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South England Tour

This will be my fourth Rick Steves' tour and I am looking forward to it. However, I am older and just wondering if this is more strenuous than other tours? Is there time to rest up on this trip since there are so many places to stay. Any thoughts will be appreciated from those who have been. Thank you

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John, we took this tour in 2016, the first tour after its "resurrection." It was a pretty active tour, but since we were the guinea pigs, our guides tossed in several extra activities just to see how they would work.

"Older" is a relative term. Have you had trouble keeping up on any of the RS tours you've been on? My husband and I decided about 10 years ago that when we could no longer keep up with the guide, we'd switch to another tour company, or just travel on our own. So far, so good. (Mid-70s at this point.) We've had tour mates in their 80s who led the pack, and others in their 40s and 50s who complained about being overworked.

How comfortable have you been with the format and activity level or RS tours?

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We were on this tour in 2017. The only really strenuous activity (in my opinion) was the climb at Tintagel Castle. However, it should be noted that a number of tour members skipped the climb to the top. It was rainy that day, and the steps were slippery.

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Bob, every person on our tour made the climb up to Tintagel, including a woman in her 80s who used walking sticks. And we all agreed it was well worth the climb.

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My wife and I will also be on a tour RS tour of southern England. We are interested in spending several days after touring Bath and the surrounding area. I would be interested in hearing from past tour members on suggestions.

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I thought the climb up to the building at St Michael's Mount was difficult but it was because of the different sized cobblestones and we went up right after a rain so it was slick. I'd recommend fairly grippy shoes.

I skipped Tintagel but I have an issue with heights and just could not make myself go across that bridge. They've got a new approach now.