I’m considering the Best of Sicily tour, friends are concerned that it’s rated most active, can you give me an idea how many miles you walked a day.
This what Rick's website says:
Overall Activity Level
This is one of our most active tours! Most days are strenuously paced with 2–8 miles of walking, including hilly terrain and lots of stairs.
Brenda, that description is accurate. But note the part about stairs and hilly terrain. Plus there's a lot of standing in museums and some sights while listening to guides.
Its not an 8 mile army march with full field pack.
I have been on tours that have the '2-8 miles' per day notation. Its broken up into manageable bits.
If someone gets worn out, they can take a taxi back to the hotel--- just let the guide know you are not 'missing'
I think the 2-8 miles per day is pretty accurate. The longest walking day is in the Valley of The Temples, and, contrary to the previous posters comment, taking a taxi if you can’t make it is likely not an option as you are in an area not immediately accessible to motor vehicles. You could opt out. There are several times on this tour where the bus cannot get to the hotel so you need to walk a few blocks with your luggage. Frankly, we thought Greece was more strenuous, but RS tours rates it less. Go know.
I am in poor physical shape. I’m 75, overweight and don’t exercise on a regular basis. I loved the Best of Sicily trip. Yes, there are hills and stairs and standing around. I can’t remember a day during which we walked more than 4 miles and that was in an eight hour day. And it was not every day. It’s not like taking a hike. For example while visiting Agrigento there’s @ long walk to the first temple. Then you stand, sit or lean and listen to the guide. A short walk to the next temple. Repeat. Next temple. Repeat. Leaving the site, it was a short walk to a restaurant for lunch and then we visited the museum.
I had more physical problems and challenges visiting the lovely village of Assisi for 2 days than on the entire Best of Sicily tour. Go! Enjoy it.
It also depends on what time of year you are going. Hiking even two miles in 90 degree weather is harder than when it's cooler. I took this tour in September one year and thought there were a few days that it was a bit strenuous. But since I really like hot weather, I was fine with it. When you're in Agrigento, you can't take a taxi back. If you have concerns, I'd call the Tour Department.
Thanks everyone, I just finished the Eastern Europe tour and we walked an average of 6-7 miles per day so I was hoping this wouldn’t be any more than that. I agree the heat did make the walking/hiking more difficult.
I think you'd do just fine on the Sicily tour then. It's a fantastic tour!
And you can pay to ride in a golf cart at the Valley of the Temples, one way, either way.
Brenda, if you recently walked 6-7 miles on the Eastern Europe Tour, you should be fine! We found that the "most active" RS Tour was Greece. That said, we walk about 5 miles every day at home, so it was doable. Agree with others who said heat can make a difference. Highly recommend Sicily.
Hi Brenda. I saw your post on my Sicily Tour Review thread early this morning, but couldn't get to it until late this afternoon. I looked back on the fitness tracker on my phone and a detailed mileage report for each day is now at the end of the thread. Have a look and pass the information on to your friends - I hope it helps. There are easy walks, moderate walks and some strenuous walks. It was all manageable. Our group ranged in ages from 11 to 79 - everyone was able to keep up. I think that sometimes the RS folks tend to overstate the strenuousness of a tour, not because they want to weed anyone out (really don't like that expression,) but because they don't want people to be unprepared and disappointed. Footwear is key on this tour, as is watching where you are walking. It is an absolutely beautiful tour and I sincerely hope you and your friends choose to go!