Tour Difficulty Ratings
To provide our guests with a better idea of what to expect when joining a tour, we categorize excursions as either short, medium, or long. We do our best to create great itineraries with the perfect balance of history, sightseeing, culture, and plan old fun. When looking through itineraries, you may notice that most tours have a good mix of tours from each category making for the perfect tour tempo. Summaries of each category may be found below.
Short excursions will typically last between 3 to 5 hour tour from the time we leave the hotel until our return. Walking is minimal and bus rides shouldn’t exceed 45 minutes each way. We try to include a few easy-going short days in every itinerary allowing time for independent activities or R&R.
Short Excursion Example
Departure: between 9 am & 10 am
Travel Time: 15 to 45 minutes each way
Example Activities: Small town walking tours, chocolate seminar, cheese tasting, cable cars or boat ride followed by lunch.
Return time: 3 - 5 hours after departure.
Medium excursions are 5 to 8 hour days that with travel time lasting between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours each way. Medium excursions often include stops at several locations as well as lunch along the way.
Medium Excursion Example
Departure: between 8:30 am & 9:30 am
Travel Time: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours each way
Activities: Castle tours, city tours, special events. Many medium tours will include several stops along well as time for lunch.
Return time: 5 - 9 hours after departure.
With so much to see and so little time, we try and include 1 or 2 long days in each tour itinerary allowing guests to make the most of their vacation. Long days normally include visits to multiple destinations. Of course, our tours are designed with the retiree traveler in mind and rest stops are planned into each trip accordingly. Long days can last upwards of 9 hours.
Long Excursion Example
Departure: between 7:30 am & 8:30 am
Activities: Multiple country tours, trips to other regions, some transfer days or special events. Long days include numerous stops with time for lunch. While tours return in the evening, we ensure that dinner options are available.
Return time: 9 - 12 hours after departure.
Please note, the times mentioned above are approximate and are intended to provide guests with an idea of what to expect on each days excursion. In some case, departure, travel, and return times may vary.