The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA programs relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, six to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.
It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA programs should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant or Professor Green whether this is a suitable subject for you.
Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s/Matthew Absalom’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the program, and that ASA/PMatthew Absalom retain the sole discretion to direct a participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the program. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form. It is a condition of travel that students notify Mr Absalom and ASA at the time of applying, of any medical conditions, or treatment for any chronic condition, mental or physical, of any kind, that might in any way affect participation during the tour.
Matthew Absalom is a university teacher and researcher, linguist, Italian language coach, translator and published author. His current appointment is in the Italian Studies program at The University of Melbourne. He holds qualifications in music, education, languages and linguistics, and his research interests cover Italian linguistics, computer assisted language learning, and languages education. A regular visitor to Italy over the last 25 years, he has carried out research, led study tours including the Federal Government’s Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship to Italy, and negotiated in-country study opportunities for his students. His university career in Australia spans three universities: the Australian National University, University of South Australia and The University of Melbourne.
Elisabetta Ferrari has worked in tertiary education in Australia for the past two decades in various capacities. She currently teaches in the Italian Studies program at The University of Melbourne. Following university study in languages and literature in Italy, she completed BA with Honours at Monash University and a Master of Arts in Cinema Management at The University of Melbourne. Her research interests are in Italian cinema, contemporary Italian detective novel, 20th century Italian visual art and aspects of the teaching and learning of Italian.