Village near Cirencester
- My first trip with Explore was very good with only 8 members plus leader to an area not previously visited. Age range of party was early fifties to very late seventies, perhaps older than expected but it enabled everyone to relate.
The highlights for me were the fantastic museum at Naples, the three main ancient historical sites, the stunning drive along the Amalfi, the visit to Revello with the beautiful Villa Rufolo (optional) a perfect marriage of flowers and 13thC + architecture the absolute essence of exquisite taste and on final day during free time a bus trip to Atrani for a walkabout and lunch.
The negs were too short time at Pompeii with the hordes of tourists preventing seeing some top spots due to very long queues. A pity as for most people Pompeii is the primary trip motivation.
The tour leader I gathered from regular Explore devotees was perhaps not up to usual standard, more like a package tour rep. A very nice person but was content to do the minimum required and never or perhaps rarely joined in with the visits or provided more info than she considered necessary.
It would be a good idea if leaders had a script of interesting stats that could be trotted out when stuck in traffic jams for example our young lady offered only silence.
Published on: 13 October 2016