CPE Preparation - Writting Task - Unit 4

From: Grammar for CAE and proficiency by Martin Hewings

Unit 3: Writing Task - Last year you went on an organised walking holiday for a week, walking along a long-distance footpath to a different hotel each night. A friend has written to you asking whether you would recommend the holiday that you went on and the company who organised it. Read the extract from your friend's letter and some extract from the diary you wrote during your holiday. Write a letter to your friend saying what you thought about the holiday, how it could have been better, and weather you would recommend the holiday and the company.


Write your letter in 180-220 words. Do not write any postal address.


Dear Martha, I’m glad I’ve received your message today, I had a lovely time in Italy, however I don’t think this is the right holiday for you.

First of the scenery was overwhelmingly beautiful, I must say it compensated for everything else! We slept at a different hotel each night and the food there was just wonderful. The guide was really knowledgeable and she was constantly telling little fun facts about the places we visited. The other people in the group were all very nice and interesting, there was even an astrophysicist with us!

Unfortunately there was some down sides, the tracks were usually very hard to climb and I even stay behind on one occasion! I think you'd need to be very fit to keep up with everyone else. Even though the food was excellent, it was quite expensive, sometimes the price was so ridiculous that I had to complain with the guide. Finally, in a couple of occasions the hotel was not ready when we arrived, which was quite annoying.

I believe I’d had a better time if I’d chose one of the tours with the easier tracks. I’d recommend one of the lighter ones as you’re not fit (just like me) and you’d enjoy the tour more if you weren’t so out of breath all the time. 

Love Levi.

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