Exploring on foot is one of the best ways to discover a new place, to see sights and to get a feeling for the local atmosphere. Your tour is sure to include ample walking. Many cities restrict motor coaches from their city centers in order to preserve the atmosphere and to reduce wear and tear.

Therefore, many interesting sites are only reachable on foot. Motor coaches are sometimes asked to park in designated areas, often a 10 – 20 minute walk from the site being visited. Therefore, walking becomes necessary to get to the heart of the city.

If you aren’t accustomed to being on your feet, we suggest that you prepare for your travels by increasing your level of activity during the months before departure. Even a few walks a week will help to make exploration on foot more enjoyable during your tour.

Check online for inspiring websites or phone apps you can use to help you get excited to walk. Try wearing a pedometer and see if you can increase your number of steps each week; shoot for a goal such as 10,000 steps a day before you leave. No better excuse to get moving than a wonderful trip on the horizon!

We also recommend that you pack comfortable walking shoes. Aching feet can be a painful distraction, so plan to wear shoes you can comfortably walk in for lengths at a time. If you buy new shoes for the trip it’s a good idea to wear them before you travel so that they are comfortable while on tour.

Travelers with limited mobility can ensure their comfort, as well. If you have mobility limitations, please let your director know in advance. Please complete our limited mobility form so we can anticipate your needs. If you will need a wheelchair, plan to bring one along for use during the tour. Make sure you have made arrangements with a fellow traveler who is willing and able to assist you with pushing your wheelchair and helping you board the motor coach.