A pre-tour meeting is held before every tour, allowing all registered passengers to meet each other and their tour leader before departure. Pre-tour meetings are also a forum for travellers to present questions to the tour leader.


Approximately two months prior to the departure date, at the time of invoicing, a reading list of suggested texts chosen by the tour leader will be sent out. This is a guide for any passengers interested in increasing their pre-tour knowledge, and is in no way prescriptive. If you would like to receive this list in advance, please advise at time of booking. In your final tour documentation you will also receive a tour booklet with further information regarding the destinations visited on tour.


Our tours usually go for three weeks, and tend to be quite busy with walking around museums, exploring cobblestoned city streets and clambering over archaeological sites. Additionally, the territory is unfamiliar, so while you are concentrating on what you are being shown by your guide, your also need to watch where you are walking. After a few hours it can be quite tiring.

Our suggestion is that you do at least some long walks before you start the tour. This will give you an indication of what your physical standard is and how many more walks it will take to get more confident. Some people naturally walk fast, while others stroll at a more leisurely pace, however it it is good to be able to cope and be comfortable no matter what the group circumstances.

Several previous travellers have decided that a walking stick/shooting stick is an ideal third leg to prop on in a museum/gallery, where standing for an extended period of time can be just as exhausting as walking 2 kms. It is also handy in walking over rough terrain, or where there are no handrails on steps. With a hip or knee replacement it can be quite supportive.

For our tours which tend to be a little off the well trodden and tended paths, you need to be fit enough to comfortably experience all that our tours have to offer.


These links can assist in pre-tour preparation.