Would like some advice/evaluation from those who have been on an HOI tour.
I'm looking at HOI for my husband and I this summer. I'm 61 yo and have a good bit of arthritis in my knees which makes me a super slow walker. I can get there, but it will take a bit of extra time. For my travel adventures (not everyday life), I bring along a cane. My husband is in entirely better shape than me (and a few years younger to boot)!
So, I'm thinking, can I do this tour? RS tours are totally upfront that 'our tours are physically active'. In November I did Israel with a tour group and I was very aware that I was always bringing up the end of the group. A couple of times I just said, 'hey, I'll stay here in the cafe and have a coffee while you do that site and catch you on your way back to the bus'. So I'm realistic about sometimes just taking a pass on a sight--but I wouldn't want that to be happening all the time. It has to be the exception (like twice in a week) and not the norm every day of the tour. Our most strenuous day in Israel my phone said 10,00+ steps. Other days were mostly 4,000 to 6,000 steps. Obviously, the walking was over uneven ground and cobblestones, etc as described as part of RS tours. Last summer I traveled 7 weeks without a tour group, including all over Rome up and down the many more than 7 hills, Assisi, Sorrento/Amalfi and then around Poland. As that was solo travel I was moving me and my luggage to hotels with walking, buses, trains, etc. Though stairs are pretty much my biggest enemy.
I want to be realistic about whether I can do this tour. I have used RS guides for years all over Europe, watched the show, listen to the podcasts on the app and the radio show. Yup, I'm converted by RS way of travel. I even watch the live stream of the tour weekend every year. I wouldn't even know how to find another tour I would trust.