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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Stephen Greenberg Sep 14, 2015 at 05:48 PM

Going on 9/20 to 10/1 trip. Looks like rain most every day. Does anyone have any sense of whether the rain is intermittent or through out the day? How accurate are this longer range forecasts/
Stephen Greenberg Oct 06, 2015 at 08:33 PM

To answer my own question, not that accurate. We wound up having great weather!

Jaleh Barrett Aug 31, 2015 at 10:27 AM

I am signed up for this trip and am very excited.....this is my third RS trip but first one walking and hiking. I was wondering if anyone plans to spend a day or two in Milan after the trip. I am heading to Rome after the trip but would be happy to spend a day or two in Milan as I have never been there.

Diane Adam Aug 04, 2015 at 07:46 PM

Nancy, did you enjoy the hiking? Besides being uphill, were the trails wide and protected from any chance of falling?
Nancy Dunbar Aug 04, 2015 at 08:02 PM

Well, I think there's always a chance of falling but I did not find the trails dangerous at all. One day we hiked up in a steady drizzle and, since the trail would have been treacherous coming down, we took a bus back to town. I was glad to have both hiking boots and a walking stick, and yes, I did very much enjoy the hikes. FYI, I am not an experienced hiker.
Natalie Elefant Aug 07, 2015 at 11:28 PM

Recalling my trip in Sept '13, some of the hikes are somewhat challenging. Some of the trails are narrow although I wouldn't say one is likely to fall. I would recommend that participants have some experience hiking or be in very good condition from other types of exercise.

Nancy Dunbar Apr 01, 2015 at 08:52 PM

I'm looking forward to my first RS trip. Anyone hoping to work on their Italian during our hikes?

Susan Welch Sep 15, 2014 at 08:57 AM

We are enrolled in the upcoming Oct. trip, is anyone else:
1. arriving early to Stressa?
2. combining this program with the French Barge canal voyage (#21158RJ)?

Leslie Nixon May 15, 2014 at 04:52 PM

Elizabeth and Eileen……actually, anyone; would you please share a bit of your experiences on this trip. I am thinking about doing it in 2015
Natalie Elefant May 16, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Hi Leslie & Eileen, I went on this trip last Sept and it was very good and we had an excellent trip leader. A couple of the hikes were a bit challenging but everyone was successful. The lakes are beautiful. I recommend it!
Leslie Nixon May 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Where a couple of the hikes challenging because of rough terrain or uphill or length?? Also, I am trying to decide if spring is better than early fall. Did you enjoy the fall weather there?? Thanks for responding. L
Leslie Nixon May 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

oops, I meant 'were' not where.
Natalie Elefant May 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The challenging hikes had some elevation climb (only a walk or two was fairly flat; all the others had quite a bit of climbing) and sometimes there was rough terrain. The fall weather was good. This was my only visit to the Lakes.
Leslie Nixon May 19, 2014 at 05:30 PM

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond, Natalie. Now I have a really clear idea of what to expect. I hiked around Mt Blanc about 15 years ago. This sounds much like that.

Leslie Nixon May 15, 2014 at 04:52 PM

Elizabeth and Eileen……actually, anyone; would you please share a bit of your experiences on this trip. I am thinking about doing it in 2015

Elizabeth Lurie Apr 02, 2014 at 03:11 PM

I'm signed up for the May 5th trip. I will be arriving at Malpensa early on the 5th and hope to meet everyone for the transport to Stresa. I would like to hear from others who will also be meeting the tour at Malpensa.
Eileen Okel Apr 02, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Hi Elizabeth! My husband Ed and I are excited about Walking the Italian Lakes. We plan to arrive in Milan on May 2, do some sightseeing and then meet the group on May 5 at Malpensa to go on to Stresa. I'm looking forward to visiting this beautiful area of Italy.
Elizabeth Lurie Apr 02, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I'll be arriving from the states that morning so I'll look forward to meeting you. Have you been to Italy before? I was in the Lake district in 1993 and again in 96 with my husband. It is beautiful and I will be happy to spend more in depth time there.
Eileen Okel Apr 03, 2014 at 10:11 PM

This is my first trip to Italy! Looking forward to meeting you, too.

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