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South India Explorer QDS

Visiting: India
Trip Duration 17 Days
 

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South India ExplorerScores 7.2 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
(2 out of 10)

Rajendra

Woking, Surrey
Hotels were very poor - showers didn't work, air-conditioning didn't work, hotel in Quilion seemed more of a drinking joint with bottles littered in corridors, itinerary was poorly constructed such that we didn't get much time in the hotels. Some day trains could have been equally done at night to optimise time. I dind't find the homestay added much to the experience (people running the homestay were really good and caring).

My view was that the Explore Leader was much more interested in making money on the side than showing around properly. On occassions we started earlier than required just so that he could meet his friends/relatives early (we missed out on breakfast). If this tour continues in present form, a new leader may provide tourists a better view of India.
Confirmed traveller: 27 April 2016
Published on: 12 May 2016

I am grateful to you for providing feedback, but it’s a shame you felt that some of our accommodation and homestays didn’t rate very highly. We do note in the trip notes that hot water is not always available 24 hours a day in some of the smaller properties. As this is one of our ‘simply’ range we also advise that accommodation will be basic, though we would not expect bottles in hallways and will take this up with our local agent. On this style of trip, meals, transport and optional activities aren’t included as standard. As such your Explore leaders are slightly less involved with the group overall, but are there more to facilitate the smooth running of your additional excursion arrangements. Fewer sights and activities are included on these trips, leaving you free to choose how to spend your time and your budget so you get the opportunity to plan in your own hidden extras – places you want to see and explore.

(8 out of 10)

Graham

Sheffield
Overall a good trip. It was much better to stay in places for two nights. A bit disappointed in the hotel location in Goa. Was supposed to be a beach relaxing end to a lot of travelling but ended up in the middle of Panjim well away from anything and not really knowing what to do.

We each gave £105 to the leader for expenses (entry fees etc) and tips at the beginning of the tour - which we hadn't realised was coming. We received no accounts for this sum at all - on other holidays we had had a daily tally from the leader verified by one of the group members. Would also have liked the Explore custom of leaving a daily notice on the wall of the hotel so we didn't have to keep asking questions.

Highlights? Temple at Maduri (and excellent clothes shopping at the temple bazaar). Overnight trains - one was bad (screaming baby) but the other was good fun. Our guide wasn't provided with a bed! Seemed very mean. Homestay was a good idea and I particularly liked Cochin.

Oh - also flights! Very long and tedious journeys both ways. Are there no direct flights from Goa to London or Chennai to London? Yes! Why not offer these to customers? Might be more expensive but was a real pain. We had a 24 hour journey home.

Apart from this - a good tour. South India seems much cleaner and calmer than the north and some stunning scenery. Everything went very smoothly - transport connections, hotels etc and the group was great. Food was excellent and no-one got ill - and we got to eat at reasonable times which is a big bonus to me!

Thanks. See you again soon!

Liz and Graham
Confirmed traveller: 06 April 2016
Published on: 16 April 2016
(8 out of 10)

Brenda

Brighton
The trip was very well organised, with seamless transport from place to place, enabling us to cover a huge amount in terms of places and experiences in only 17 days. The variety of experiences - from markets and schools to temples and home stays -was fascinating.
This, however, did mean that the pace was pretty hectic, staying only one night and two at the most in any one place, and that the amount of travelling did not allow much time for exercise and/or exploration, but overall, a great experience.
Confirmed traveller: 06 April 2016
Published on: 09 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Patricia

Stratford upon Avon
The highlight was seeing so much of Southern India within 16 days and the tip I would give is that you need stamina.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 06 January 2016
Published on: 19 January 2016