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Activity - Sicily vs Adriatic or Eastern Europe

Started dreaming and planing for 2021. The three trips we want to take are Sicily, Adriatic and Best of Eastern Europe. We are a bit worried since they are all listed as very active. We have no problem with walking. But concerned about stairs, steps and uphill walking. Of these three trips, which would suit us best. Thanks, Gladys

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Gladys, you might want to talk to the RSE Tour office and ask this question. They are very helpful in providing guidance. Otherwise, there are probably very few people participating here who have taken all three of these tours and can compare. I have done the Sicily tour and yes there are steps and uphill walks to do, but can't say if more or less than the others.

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Good advice from Stan re calling the Rick Steves tour office. I have taken all three tours and frankly, they are all about the same as far as walking, stairs, etc. Of the three tours, I would say the Sicily tour has the slight edge over the other two for more hill walking. Nothing I couldn't comfortably do and I am "medicare" age plus. But I also live at a significant altitude level in Colorado and exercise outside regularly. A lot of what you should consider is your own level of fitness-do you both exercise regularly? Are you comfortable walking up and down stairs at home? If, as you say, "We have no problem with walking", you should be fine with any of the three. For me, I find it a lot more tiring to stand around in the museums! Now, if you were to ask about Village Italy.....I would have a different answer. All three tours are terrific and I think you'd be perfectly ok with any of them.

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Thank you for your replies. Will contact the tour office as you both suggested. I am intrigued by Andi’s comment about the Village Italy tour. Was that tour more strenuous than the other three? That was another tour we were considering. Thanks, Gladys

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Gladys, I made that statement because the Villages Italy tour focuses mostly on visiting the hill towns of Italy. It's a wonderful tour full of wonderful and unique experiences and I wouldn't have missed it for the world-one of my very favorite tours. But, given you asked the question and expressed some concern I just wanted to give you my own personal comparison of the three tours relative to the activity level of Villages Italy. Do keep in mind for any Rick Steves tour, you are always free to opt out of any activity you feel you aren't up for doing.