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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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A great week of walking with a good multi-national group and a great guide. There was variety in seeing something of the region and enjoying different walks. Braccicorti, our home for the week, was just that and helped us to absorb a little of Tuscan living.
Probably reaching the summit of Mount Prado was the one moment I'd choose, after all it was a challenge walking week. However, there were others: the view from Mount Tambura, the successful baby wild boar rescue and finding the unusual swallowtail butterflies. Also, an enjoyable day in Lucca,
Sara - amazing! She managed the group well and made everyone feel valued. She was an interesting and special person who could be quite inspirational to listen to. Sara led the walks well, giving some freedom to go on ahead and supported where necessary. She was also able to change the itinerary with the refuge being closed due to late snow and included a couple of evening activities.
If you do one of the challenge weeks, make sure you have appropriate rain gear, walking poles and boots. We all did and needed them. We were not able to use credit cards anywhere, you do need to have Euros. Read the reviews, they are always helpful.
It was great to have wine with every meal at Braccicorti and to go somewhere where you can drink the water. Not only was it safe to do so, but it did not have a chemical taste, as is often the case in England.
Beautiful location in an unspoilt valley amongst the mountains of the Alpi Apuane and Apennines with a wide variety of walks possible to suit anyone from keen ramblers to the more adventurous. Accommodation is in a lovely farm estate with excellent home cooking, using much of their own produce, accompanied by their own most enjoyable light Sangiovese wine.
The panoramic view of the mountain ranges all around from the first summit we climbed.
The final day spent climbing Tuscany's highest mountain.
Sara was an absolute star organising, guiding and caring for us, enabling us to achieve our aims in safety, comfort and good spirits. She was also a fount of knowledge about the area and everything we might want to do.
If you like walking through woodland up to mountain ridges and enjoy beautiful scenery do not hesitate to choose this trip.
Most days started and ended with a minibus ride along twisting mountain roads to reach the walks.
The Garfagnana; a green valley of Tuscan rural heaven, sandwiched between two mountain ranges; the Appennines and the Alpi Apuani. Staying at a farmhouse providing us with hearty evening meals and wine, largely from their own produce, and walking in exhilarating mountains, followed by a dip in the refreshingly cold pool on our return. Wandering about Lucca, a mediaeval town still with its walls intact, on our day off. Last but not least, the good company, the craic.
Turning a corner whilst walking the ridge of Monte Prado, we came upon a small snowfield, in June!
The view from a lookout point down the valley was a little piece of Via Ferrata; not for the vertigo-challenged!
Lizz was a mine of information about the area, and was a help whenever necessary, without imposing too much on the group's own chemistry; she got the mix just right. The farm's two dogs, Elvis & Dora came along for some of the walks, and their company was very much enjoyed by everyone; you always knew when Elvis had left the building!
Moderate fitness required for the trip, as some of the walks were steep, but no scrambling required. If you use poles (I don't), then should you forget your own, there are spares available. We had one or two wet interludes during the week, but nothing a waterproof jacket couldn't deal with. We met a huge (nearly 30) party of Poles of varying ages & abilities on one trip, just as the weather was breaking, and were very grateful for our group being of a much more manageable size (around 10) on what could have been a tricky, slippery descent.
As usual, the health professions were well represented on this trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed informing a radiologist, who had been looking at a mountain known as "Uomo Morte - The Dead Man", that he'd just performed a "whole body scan"!
If you are used to walking with trekking poles then you can take them with you, as you will probably find them useful, especially on the downhill. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold.
Anna Faulder - Marketing
Staff member Anna Faulder travelled to Tuscany recently and you can read her article here to get a personal viewpoint of the area.
At Braccicorti, Mamma believes in producing authentic Tuscan cuisine that is simple, yet packed full of flavour. Using seasonal ingredients, such as the 16th Century staple grain Farro and the abundant sweet chestnut, delicious recipes are produced for you to enjoy. Although, traditionally, Italians believe in quality over quantity, Mamma also believes that when something is so good, there should be plenty to satisfy your healthy appetite and enjoys nothing more than seeing you enjoy her creations!
Stefania Aniello - Customer Operations
The start hotel is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours drive from Pisa Airport and, if you decide to grab a taxi, the cost will be approximately 160 Euros. It is also possible to reach the start point using public transport. There are many trains from Pisa airport to Lucca, from where you should change and take a train to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, (approx. cost €5). A timetable of train times can be found on www.ferroviedellostato.it. Total journey time – 2.5 hours.
Stefania Aniello - 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
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