It's difficult to identify just one highlight from the trip, as with Explore holidays, we managed to do so much over the course of a week. I really appreciated the balance between having time to explore Florence and Siena; soaking up the culture in the art museums and sitting back to enjoy a hot, milky cappuccino in a quiet cafe. On other days, ruc-sacs and walking boots ready, we set off to walk through the beautiful Tuscan countryside, winding our way through olive and vineyards whilst soaking up the sun. And, perfectly timed, just when our thoughts began to turn to lunch, we inevitably rounded a corner to find a delicious picnic lunch all laid out for us, courtesy of our Explore guides. Our holiday truly was a taster of the 'la dolce vita'.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Adrienne, our tour leader, was lovely. She took the time to chat with everyone in the group, joined us for dinner most nights and was very happy to share her knowledge and love for good food and wine.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
I have no hesitation in recommending this trip. It was lovely to be based in one place so no concerns about packing and repacking your luggage every few days. The walks were delightful and thought had gone into ensuring that there were frequent water stops and lovely picturesque points to stop and rest, have lunch or just admire the views.
Do you have anything else to add?
I've had a great holiday. I've enjoyed excellent food and wine, soaked up some Autumn sunshine, increased my knowledge of Renaissance Art, walked aplenty to burn off the pasta calories and, perhaps most importantly for me, I feel truly refreshed and rested.