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The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours 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, seven 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 tours 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 whether this is a suitable tour for you.
Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.
Dr Adrian Jones, OAM is Associate Professor of History and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. Adrian graduated with a BA from the University of Melbourne, an MA from La Trobe University and an MA and PhD from Harvard University, where he specialised in Russian history. His publications include a scholarly monograph, Late-Imperial Russia: An Interpretation (1997) and a local history, Follow the Gleam (2000), which won the Information Victoria prize for the best print publication on history in 2001. He has published on historiography, educational theory, comparative revolutions, and French, Russian and Turkish social and intellectual history. His Ottoman interests focus on the Battles of Çanakkale/Gallipoli, and he is currently researching Russian-Ottoman relations in the early-eighteenth-century era of Ahmet III and Peter the Great. Adrian reads Russian, French and Turkish.
A foundation Director of the [Australian] National Centre for History Education (NCHE) (2000-03) and a former Chair of the History Council of Victoria (2003-08), Adrian was awarded a national (ALTC) award in 2008, and an Order of Australia Medal in 2009 for his teaching and professional activities.
Adrian currently leads ASA tours to Russia, Romania and Slovenia.