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Popular Walking holiday
Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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The Dolomites area of Italy is just beautiful and it was really lovely to be there. It is important that people signing up to this trip are prepared for a wide variety of experiences, since doing the Via Ferrata was much more weather dependent than I had appreciated. I had expected that rain and low cloud would not have prevented us from doing the Via Ferrata routes, simply that the experience would have been a bit damp and with reduced views. Unfortunately, non-optimal weather completely ruled out doing Via Ferrata routes for about half of our trip. On those days we went for walks instead. On those days we did see some incredible historic sites where there had been trench warfare on the hilltops, which we perhaps wouldn't have seen otherwise, however this was not an eventuality I had anticipated and I was really disappointed not to be able to do much of the Via Ferrata planned. I think it would be better to include this information in the Trip Notes, ie that weather may mitigate entirely against doing the Via Ferrate, so peoples' expectations are set an an appropriate level. It would also help if there was a 'Plan B' in place for such times because I think that the days when we didn't do the Via Ferrata would have felt better spend if we had been engaging in a pre-planned 'Plan B', rather than playing things by ear on a 2-3 hourly basis during those days.
Reaching the top of the Via Ferrata that we did manage to do on Day 2 - what an achievement!
Michele was friendly and fun, and I felt very safe with him as our guide. As in the 'summary' box above, I think it would have helped if he had had some 'Plan Bs' up his sleeve in advance, in the event of suboptimal scrambling weather. I also think it would have been helpful if he had told the group at the start of each day what kind of clothing we might need to take, since it was often unclear how very cold and windy (and even a bit snowy) it would be at the altitudes we were going to be driving up to, to start each day at. On one day, on arrival at our starting summit point, we quickly realised that our group would have to abandon the plan for the day because several members of the group did not have enough warm clothing, having left it in the hotel since it had not been clear how much colder it would be at our start point.
As above: be prepared for all weathers and do not expect to be able to do the Via Ferrata on days that it is not clear and dry. Take warm clothing WITH you in the van in the morning as you can always leave it behind in there if you don't need it in your day-sack. Mountain biking in the area is lovely - this is a great back-up option in my view and also for something fun on the day off. Bikes can be hired for about 18 Euros near the train station.
I really want to do this trip again so I can actually do the Via Ferrata!
Yes, you can. Helmets, harnesses and lanyards for clipping onto the cables can all be hired locally. Check the detailed Trip Notes for exact costs.
David Richardson - Sales
It literally means 'Iron Way' in Italian and refers to a system of cables that cling to the side of the mountain to create routes that would normally be the domain of rock climbers. Thanks to an extensive network of metal cables, rungs and ladders built during the First World War to help troops defend their territory, every confident scrambler can enjoy reaching high passes and spectacular summits with no previous climbing experience. To reach these perfect defensive locations, all you need is good fitness and a head for heights.
Olly Leicester - Sales
Yes, it would not be advised to do this trip. Many walks over the week will include exposed sections, so you must not be afraid of heights to take part in this trip. You need complete confidence in your physical condition and be able to handle difficult underfoot terrain such as scree, snow or difficult paths on steep mountainsides. There are steep ups and downs on gravel or rocky terrain and the average ascents and descents per day are around 800m. Some sections of Via Ferrata lead up/down vertical rock faces, which require a good upper body and arm strength.
David Richardson - Sales
Yes, it is possible but, as it can be a long journey, you will need to prepare in advance. Taxis will be very expensive but there are some public transport options available. Please contact the Customer Operations team on 0845 863 9643 for more details, and we can run through the best way to get there!
Rachel George - Customer Operations
There's really no restiction, whatever feels comfortable for you. Whether that's a wheelie case or a rucksack, you won't be carrying it too far so don't worry!
Amanda Ceraolo - Product Manager
Yes, this trip is centre based so if you would prefer to take off any of the days, you're free to do your own thing. Obviously we hope you'll take advantage of all that is on offer, but it's still a holiday, not a forced march!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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**2015 dates to be released soon**