CLASSIC DOLOMITES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Being on top of the highest peak of the week, betwixt all the WWI fortifications between the Italians/Brtits and Austro-Hungarian Empire, with the astonishing views and trying to envisage how such warfare was conducted in such winter conditions 7000 feet up in the mountains.

What did you think of your group leader?

Karl paced the five walks well, as, though quite fit, I just had the fitness to fully enjoy the last and major gradient walk of the week. His knowledge of the routes was esxllent and, as important for this trip, his research on the hills and in hsitorical research on how this part of the Dolomites was a significant battleground in WW1 was superb. He and his wife's company socially was a great bonus too.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Exodus information does not play up enough the extra interest value of the military history and how much can still be seen in the mountains. Nor does it explain that the South Tyrol is a bi-culotural, autonomous region of Italy and about two-thirds Germanic. So, it helps to shift between danker and graze and to expect as much if not more central European food as Mediterranean.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Once again, a fantastic, mixed, sociable and interesting bunch of Exodus fellow-travellers - the best thing for me about an Exodus trip - and a well-organised week's holiday all round. While pricier than other similar, European week's walking holidays Exodus offers, the execllent hotel with its spa facilities, good rooms and very fine food makes it worthwhile. And do request firmly a room at the rear of the hotel if you like a window open and not used to church bells through the night!