How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Georgina was an example of the very best of Explore tour leaders, with an eye for detail - a hand-written note of welcome for those of us who were Land-only, or wonderful suggestions for great dinners in the evening, as well as good local knowledge and a very friendly and engaging manner. Explore would do well to hire more of these 'professional' tour leaders, who have made it their career. Georgina really made the tour come to life, finding out everyone's particular interests and suggesting how they could be incorporated into our free time. This was a tour driven by the constraints of train timetables, and Georgina managed to make it seem effortless (it wasn't!), whilst making sure that we had all of the information that we needed to use our time well, and be on time in the morning!
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Expect long train journeys, and don't pack too much. Bring along plenty to do for the 'train' days, or just be prepared to watch the world go by. If you can, do brush up on your Spanish, especially menu items. A little knowledge goes a long way. If you're interested, maybe read up on the Guggenheim and the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela prior to the journey.
Do you have anything else to add?
It was a wonderful tour, relaxing and reasonably slow-paced, with more than enough to fill the days. The hotels were mostly excellent - free wifi in many helped with planning for town and city walks - with good breakfasts and very helpful staff.