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We pride ourselves for being the specialists for self-guided walking & sightseeing holidays here in Liguria and along the Italian Rivieras. We are based here, we breathe the air daily and have a great passion to share with you our local knowledge to make your holiday just that little bit special.


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The general instructions about travel, and suggested excursions were well thought out and clearly explained. I do not go on many holidays like that but it was the first time in my experience to receive what seemed like a really personal introduction to our trip.
David Le Breton, England.

Holiday: WM01 - CLOUD to COAST WALKS
thanks for everything on an excellent holiday. Your arrangements were superb and we loved Arezzano as well as the hills.
Robin and Celia, Scotland.

Holiday: A401 - 4x4 CROSSING of the SOUTHERN ALPS

The holiday was great. Its typical that the weather was so gloomy. When we returned everybody told us about the heat wave that happened in Britain.

The propshaft UJ was totally knackered by the time we came to go home. So I removed it. I finally stripped the engine again. The cowboy who built it, had put the camshaft and pulley together using a sledge hammer. He had deformed the cam and fractured the pulley so that it would always kill the oil seal. Its all fixed now.

I went to buy a new UJ from Paddocks but they were selling the whole propshaft for 44, so I was lazy.

Thanks for a great holiday

Chris + Janet
Chris and Janet, Hatfield, England.

Hi Mike

I felt I had to write and thank you and the staff at Xtrallusion for all the arrangements you made that allowed us to have a fabulous short vacation at lovely Sestri Levante.

We arrived in sunny weather and non of our party of 6 had been before. The resort is lovely and the Hotel full of old charm, antique furniture, exotic plants and nooks and crannies everywhere which we could not hope to fully explore in 3 days. The staff were also very friendly and ever helpfull.

Your well thought out walks were fantastic and we managed to walk the full Cinque Terre walk the first day and the Black walk on the Portofino National Park the second. We also managed the final days walk from Levanto via Punta Mesco but we were well tired by the time we descended into Monterosso.

It was a very kind thought of yours to provide the surprise gift of champagne for Angela's 50th birthday and the memory will last for a long time of a great evening made even better by your generosity.

Once again thanks for everything and we hope to be back in the not too distant future for some more Xtrallusion adventures!!

Kind regards

Max Robinson.
Max Robinson, Bristol, England.

Holiday: A401 - 4x4 CROSSING of the SOUTHERN ALPS
Hi Mike,

Sorry for the late reply but we have been on another short holiday down to London to stay with our son. We both had a wonderful time with you in Italy and would recommend your tour to anyone, you certainly have the enthusiasm for your subject (you know your Alps from your elbow). The five days we felt were just about right for the length of the tour, the accommodation and meals were first class and the only suggestion we could make would maybe be a nights camp in the mountains.

We had a lovely last night, we enjoyed a great meal in the hotel and then had a stroll round the village stopping for a few drinks here and there( naturally). Rather than taking our time going home we decided to blast back as quick as we could and got a a ferry 2 days early. Thanks for the photos by the way.

Once again thanks very much for a memorable trip.


John & Mary Mark
John & Mary Mark, Chorley, England.

Ciao! Mike

As promised I have attached a few of the photos of you & the group. Sorry it took longer than I expected, but with over 1200 photos in total, it has taken a bit of time to look through them all & select the best ones. I've also been away last week completing my residential part of my award, so been quite busy the past week. I haven't looked at everybodies photos but have had a big enough selection to choose from. If later, I find any other better ones, I will forward then to you. Just send me a quick reply to let me know you got the photos ok, please.

Anyway, I would just like to thank you both again on behalf of the whole group & all the staff for a truly amazing week & a fantastic experience. The scenery, people, towns, beaches & pizzas were nothing I had ever seen before, & similar for most of the other members of the group, especially the scenery & landscape. The mountains over there were completly different to what we are use to here in Scotland. Also the weather was something different & a new challenge, walking in the heat. The campsites were very good with all the facilities we required - more luxury than we are used to actually, & the fully supported vehicle you provided us throughout the walk was very much appreciated. The 2 offdays - at the pool & beach - were relaxing & made the 'holiday' part of our trip extremly enjoyable. The walk, as expected was very tough & much harder than we needed to do for our award but the sense of achievement & pride when we completed the expedition gave us all a huge boost.

Thank you again for a life-changing experience & all the best in the future. Also, we were congratulated by our rector, intially who was against the trip, for our hard work fundraising & a fantastic organised trip. He also mentioned, during head boy interviews, that he had noticed a grown maturity & confidence in the Duke of Edinburgh candidates, which gave us an edge. You will be very welcome anytime in Scotland & Arbroath, you might just need to bring more warm clothes.

Cheers & Grazzi,

Greg J. Milne
Greg J. Milne, Arbroath High School, Scotland.


I know I can speak for the others when I say we had a brilliant time. Possibly the biggest physical challenge any of us have taken on and we loved it despite being tired at the end of both days. The scenerey was truly amazing and kept me going even when I started to feel tired. The reward at the top was everything I expected and more (certainly the feast). And that pint (2) at the end was the best ever! Even beat Sean's Ben Nevis one apparently!

Pisa was great and we even squeezed in a trip to Florence the day after so it was certainly an action packed holiday.

I really don't think there was anymore you could of done to help us and we consider ourselves extremely lucky that you came up with us else we may never have found our way. For me air conditioning in the hotel would have been great as we were so hot at the end and the rooms were stiffling but thats us not being used to the heat.

I have already put pictures of my trip on my facebook account and have received loads of feedback from friends very impressed and some jealous. The latter of which I have given you website and email address too so don't surprised if you get an enquiry or two probably from Bournemout/Dorset area soon!

Are any of the pictures you took on the website as I did try to look?

Thanks again for a great trip and I certainly wouldn't rule out us coming again.

Tristan, Sean, Stuart & Sarah, Bournemouth, England.

Hi Mike

We absolutely loved the holiday, we really did. We dont have any good photos to forward you but I think what we most appreciated was the local knowledge. What made the Cinque Terre so lovely for us was actually staying in one of the villages and we would never have thought of staying at that hotel in Sestri but it was fine and the position was great.

We loved it

Thanks again

Claire Waxman, Cheshire, England.

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Enjoy relaxed, independent walking holidays in Italy along the Italian Rivieras using self-guided itineraries. Explore the beautiful mediterranean countryside and coastal mountains by foot taking in some of the regions most famous and magnificent towns and coast - the Cinque Terre, Portofino, Genova (Genoa), Santa Margherita, Rapallo, San Fruttuoso, Camogli, Chiavari, Sestri Levante, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Portovenere, Savona, Spotorno, Noli, Finale, Alassio, Imperia, San Remo and it's national parks to name but a few.

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