How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Neil was FANTASTIC! As mentioned, he entertained us with stories and historical accounts of many of the places we'd be seeing. He was helpful, positive, polite, and funny. He would organize group dinners, but not every night which was appreciated. On my last morning he woke up at 3AM to walk with me to the bus depot to ensure I was safely on the bus to the airport! (VERY much appreciated)
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Don't expect to go to the Parthenon and take pictures without hundreds of tourists in the way! ;-)
Other than that...If you feel that a visit to Greece would not be complete without some island hopping, add that time to the end of your trip as a nice, relaxing wrap up to seeing mainland Greece. Unfortunately I was not able to add another week to a 13 day holiday, so what I did was book two early nights in Athens before trip commencement and found an all day tour from Athens to the local islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS - the ruins at Aegina were STUNNING and worth a visit."
Do you have anything else to add?
Oftentimes group trips are enhanced by having wonderful companions with whom you've shared the experience. I was fortunate to have a great group of travelmates on this trip. Two weeks later, I'm still on a post-vacation high. :-)