How fit do I need to be to join one of your tours?
Our tours by their very nature involve a significant amount of walking, often in hot and humid climatic conditions, as well as scrambling over rough terrain on archaeological sites which are frequently rugged and with loose rocks underfoot. This can make them difficult to negotiate and physically tiring. Your physical fitness should therefore be of a level that will allow you to get the most from the chosen tour.
It’s important to note that on our gulet cruises, we do at times go ashore using the gulet’s dinghy. Therefore if you would like to join these specific onshore excursions, you will need to be able to safely descend/ascend the gulet’s ladder and step into and out of the dinghy. Members of the gulet’s crew and our guiding team will be there to assist you if needed but having good mobility and balance is important for your safety and enjoyment.
While all of our tours involve an element of walking, the distance, duration and terrain can differ considerably. So we’ve graded our trips to better help you assess the level of fitness needed in order to enjoy them to the full.
Our light tours include easy walks on mostly flat ground, often in towns or cities. Short stretches on tracks or paths may include some steps and uneven terrain. Walks are of short duration and distance, usually below 3km/2 miles or 2 hours, site tours likewise tend to be under 2 hours.
On moderate itineraries, key site tours can be of up to 5 hours’ duration. Walks are rarely over 2 hours in duration and 5km/3 miles in distance. Walking is mostly limited to flat terrain or towns, but some stretches may be on relatively steep slopes and narrow paths.
Our intermediate tours include stretches of walking on narrow tracks, across rough terrain or on steep slopes. Distances rarely exceed 5km/3 miles, but some walks may last over 2 hours. On city tours, entire mornings or afternoons are spent on foot (5 hours, including breaks). Site tours last up to 5 hours.
On energetic tours, we cover distances up to approx. 8km/5 miles per day, including walks on rocky and rugged ground, sometimes off the beaten track, including some challenging tracks, paths requiring a good sense of balance, and long uphill or downhill stretches. Average walking/hiking duration is generally below 4 hours per day.
Our most intensive walking and hiking tours or cruises include some strenuous walks on rough ground or across rugged terrain, ascents or descents on steep slopes (mostly on pathways), narrow tracks and other challenges. The longest walks have a duration of up to 7 hours, covering maximum distances of approx. 18km/11 miles.
Lovely gulet cruise in the Greek Dodecanese. Our first trip to Greece included a week long gulet cruise with Peter Sommer Travels cruising the Dodecanese islands. With 2 guides (an art historian and an archaeologist), excellent staff, 10 other congenial passengers, and outstanding weather, we could not have had a better time. Excellent.