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Is there a tour operator that offers Italy tours for slow walkers?

Dear Editor,

Can you suggest a tour company that could accommodate a 78-year-old who walks slowly for a trip to Italy in September 2005?

– K

Dear Reader,

I would recommend looking into an Italy vacation with Grand European Tours, a tour operator that specializes in leisurely paced tours for older travelers. Rather than hopping from one city to the next at a hectic pace, all Grand European Tours spend at least two or three nights in each city on the itinerary, leaving ample time for exploration. As for the pace of sightseeing during the day, I spoke with a reservationist who said that tour leaders understand that their participants may need more time to take in the sites, so the agency plans the itineraries accordingly. Also, when touring Rome, Florence, or Venice, tour goers receive lightweight headsets that allow them to hear their guide up to 60 feet away, meaning that they can view attractions at their own pace and still be in touch with the group.

Grand European Tours offers four different Italy tours in September, ranging in length from 10 to 15 days. All tours visit multiple cities. Tour prices with round-trip airfare from the East Coast start at $2,649. And, if you book by May 21, there is a $200 per couple discount. Rates include round-trip airfare, airport transfers, first-class accommodations, gourmet meals, ground transportation in an air-conditioned coach, attraction and tour admissions, the services of a tour director, and gratuities. To learn more, visit the Grand European Tours website or call 800-552-5545.

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