How was your Explore Tour Leader?
I was so pleased when Lou introduced herself at the airport as I had read such excellent reports about her and that she had been runner-up tour leader. She was absolutely brilliant in every way. Organised, punctual, informative, sorted the many border crossings, speaks fluent Spanish and seems to know everyone as she has been doing these holidays for years and still seems to love doing them. She always had an easy solution for any problem. She knows all the best places to change money and the best places to eat, arranging several group dinners during the holiday. Lou is an absolute asset to Explore and I will be voting for her in this year's Tour Leader of the year.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Take new dollars in low denominations, WiFi in all hotels, soaps and shampoos in all but 1 hotel and mobile phones don't always work to the UK depending on providers and which of the countries you are in. Take binoculars for bird watching as Lou stops the coach when she sees different birds.
Do you have anything else to add?
Even though it covers a large area we had free time most days with only two long days of driving always with stops every couple of hours for food and toilets. All the hotels in the hotter countries had air con and/or fans.