Fitness Requirements

It is important both for you and for your fellow travellers that you are fit enough to be able to enjoy all the activities on this tour. To give you an indication of the level of physical fitness required to participate on our tours, we have given them a star grading. We have three levels of star grading. Please see below the participation criteria of each grading.

Academy Travel’s tours tend to feature extended walking tours and site visits, which require greater fitness than coach touring. We ask you instead to consider carefully your ability to meet the physical demands of the tour. If have any questions about these gradings, or you are concerned about your ability to meet the requirements of the trip, we urge you to contact us for further information and to consult your medical practitioner for an honest assessment.

Grade 1

Participation criteria for a Grade One tour

This Grade One tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility. You should be able to comfortably participating in up to three hours of physical activity per day on most days, including walking at an easy pace, sometimes on uneven terrain, climbing stairs and standing in galleries.

You should be able to:

  • keep up with the group at all times
  • walk for 2-3 kilometres at a moderate to slow pace with only short breaks
  • stand for a reasonable length of time in galleries and museums
  • negotiate stairs and escalators
  • get on and off a coach with steep stairs unassisted
  • move your luggage a short distance if required

A note for older travellers

If you are more than 80 years old, or have restricted mobility, it is likely that you will find this itinerary challenging. You may have to miss certain activities and may not get the full value of the tour. Before submitting your booking form, please contact Academy Travel to discuss your situation and the exact physical requirements of this tour. While we will do our best to reasonably accommodate the physical needs of all group members, we reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding for you and/or if local conditions mean we cannot reasonably accommodate your condition.

Grade 2

Participation criteria for a Grade Two tour

This Grade Two tour is designed for people who lead active lives and can comfortably participate in up to five hours of physical activity per day on most days, including longer walking tours, challenging archaeological sites, climbing stairs, embarking and disembarking trains and/or boats, and a more demanding tour schedule with one night stops or several internal flights.

You should be able to:

  • keep up with the group at all times
  • walk for 4-5 kilometres at a moderate pace with only short breaks
  • stand for a reasonable length of time in galleries and museums
  • tolerate uncomfortable climatic conditions such as cold, humidity and heat
  • walk up and down slopes
  • negotiate steps and slopes on archaeological sites, which are often uneven and unstable
  • get on and off a large coach with steep stairs, train or boat unassisted, possibly with luggage
  • move your luggage a short distance if required

A note for older travellers

If you are more than 80 years old, or have restricted mobility, it is highly likely that you will find this itinerary challenging. You will have to miss several activities and will not get the full value of the tour. Your booking will not be accepted until after you have contacted Academy Travel to discuss your situation and the exact physical requirements of this tour. While we will do our best to reasonably accommodate the physical needs of all group members, we reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding for you and/or if local conditions mean we cannot reasonably accommodate your condition.

Grade 3

Participation criteria for a Grade Three tour

This Grade Three tour is among our most physically demanding. To participate on this tour, you should be able to comfortably undertake up to seven hours per day, over several days. Activities may include travelling long distances, walking on difficult terrain, climbing stairs, embarking and disembarking trains and/or boats, exposure to high altitudes and long days of touring. These tours may include one night stops and early starts.

You should be able to:

  • keep up with the group at all times
  • walk for 5-7 kilometres at a moderate pace with only short breaks
  • stand for a reasonable length of time in galleries and museums
  • tolerate varying climatic conditions such as humidity and heat
  • a reasonable level of physical and respiratory fitness
  • tolerate a diet that can be significantly different from a typical Australian diet, and where some dietary requirements cannot be met
  • walk up and down slopes
  • negotiate steps and slopes on archaeological sites or mountain paths, which are often uneven and unstable
  • get on and off a large coach with steep steps, train or boat unassisted, possibly with luggage
  • move your luggage a short distance if required

A note for older travellers

We regret that we are not able to accept bookings on a Grade Three tours from people more than 80 years old, or with restricted mobility.

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