Excellent week. Oliver was a fantastic guide and looked after the whole group professionally and expertly. Elaine provided fabulous food the whole week and although I don't usually eat cake - her cakes are so delicious I had one everyday.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The whole week was brilliant. I loved each walk as they were all different in terms of the immediate landscape but always with the mountains as the stunning backdrop.
Eating pear and chocolate tart and drinking hot chocolate at a mountain refuge in the sunshine with clear blue skies was a real moment of joy.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent. One of the best leaders I have had on a group activity holiday. This is because he paid attention to the needs of the whole group and worked hard to ensure we all enjoyed the walking and the landscape.
Elaine provided food for the week and she did so incredibly well. The food was excellent and the amount available was brilliant. In fact I would have to admit to eating a little too much. Large breakfast and lunch (enough to spread over '2' lunches), and a 3 course dinner. Good job I was on a walking holiday.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This holiday is for you if you want a good introduction to the area, enjoy taking in the views and time to appreciate the journey.
It is important to understand the grading of the walk as this will determine the level of the group that you will be walking with all week.
If you want to use a holiday to push your own physical fitness then you need to understand your own fitness levels and how this compares to the walk selected.
This holiday is graded as a B and this is a sound description of the walks.
Oliver is a true group leader and will set the pace of the walk according to the needs of the group, as he should.
I found the pace on the holiday good and it was great to see the whole group enjoying the walking. There was a great deal of diversity in our group, from marathon runners (not me!) to regularish walkers. But we all enjoyed the walking thanks to Oliver.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Oliver and Elaine make a great team. The chalet is homely and comfortable, the food fantastic and the walking varied, interesting and beautiful.
We all fell in love with Dylan the dog. He is a real character and an asset to the chalet savoy team of talent.
Olivers sense of humour is fun and the group appreciated this so much by the end of the week there appeared to be an Oliver style pun and joke competition running. His final joke of the week involving a moped is worth waiting for. However, underlying his humour is a real sense that he is there to look after you and he would not allow anybody in the group to compromise the safety and enjoyment of the whole group.
Thank you to Exodus for once again providing a fantastic trip with what must be one of the greatest guides in the business.
On another Exodus trip one guide described a fellow guide as a 'legend'. He was right but I think this is also a very appropriate description for Oliver, Elaine and Dylan.