Can anyone who has done this tour tell me about the level of activity/walking/hiking involved?
How flexible is the activity level? For example, if a hike through Cinque Terre is part of the trip but might be too strenuous for my mother (in her late 60s, but is very excited about this trip), is it possible to do that day "our way," hang out in one village, and meet up with the tour later that day? We also would not be doing the bike portion (I'm young and in good shape, but don't know how to ride a bike! I know, I know...).
While my mom can certainly walk and is perfectly healthy, she would probably want to sit for a bit after 45 minutes nonstop walking, and she would not be able to hike around. I want to make sure she'd still able to do, and enjoy, 90% of the trip.
Also, what is the average age range for a Rick Steves tour?