On private tours you set the activity level.
On the advertised, scheduled tours we set it.
Group / Scheduled Tour Requirements: Our scheduled tours are
physically active! You should be in decent / good shape when you sign on to a tour.
It is important for you to have similar activity levels and abilities on the trip
as everyone else so that we know you will be able to stay with the group and not
fall behind on our walking and hiking activities. As well, we're travelling, exploring,
and socializing for a whole week and that alone takes good health and fitness. You should:
Why is BMI important? - One indicator of a person's fitness and ability to participate on all
activities is the height to weight ratio (BMI). The higher range BMI often indicates a person
is less likely to keep up with the the hills, back-country & mountain hikes and therefore not enjoy themselves. It is even
more important when it comes to safety as our activities will put an extra workout on different
parts of the anatomy. When there is a higher weight to height ratio, the activities can
be a strain on the anatomy and can result in injury to limb or worse, internal organs especially
the heart. If a person's BMI is high, it is a good indication (unless a weight lifter, etc.)
they do not engage in regular cardio activity. The last thing we want is for you to break a
limb or worse on a tour. As well, our tours utilize 9 seat passenger vans. These seats are roomier
than cars but not as roomy as a coach seat. A person's BMI lets us know if they and other guests will be
comfortable sharing seats in a row within the vehicle for the whole week.
- Be able to walk briskly up hills / mountain paths on hikes of 1 to 3 hours, keeping up with
the guide and group.
- Be able to climb flights of stairs in castles, B&Bs.
- Be able to stand for long periods in museums, castles, exhibits.
- Be able to carry your own luggage up flights of stairs and lift it in and out of vehicles.
(See Luggage Allowance)
- Have a BMI >below 29.5.
your BMI here
Our regular itineraries and logistics do not allow for an alternative activity or opt-out for
non-participating guests. The "activity, walking and fitness level" section on each tour
page details the requirements for each tour.
Note: These are not endurance tours! People who are in relatively good condition and
regularly engage in at least medium cardiovascular exercise should have no problem on our tours.
On the booking form you'll give height, weight, medical conditions and your pre-timed mile result.
Footwear for the active parts: You are required to have walking boots or
shoes with ankle support. This means a boot that comes up and laces around the top of your
ankle. Without proper footwear, you will not be allowed to participate on the hikes or