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The 175 Explore Tour reviews listed below are from past clients of Global Journeys that have travelled with Explore. Each review has been individually verified by our team.
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Malta and Gozo     0 , VIC, Australia, Mar 2024
The trip lasted 7 days. For the first 4 days which included 3 days on Gozo and the 1st day in Malta was an absolute shambles. We were not met from the ferry in Gozo, the guide was too busy talking in the bus with the driver and didn’t notice this very big ferry had docked. One of our group decided to do a car park search after waiting for 3/4 an hour ...read more and found them ! The guide was not interested and did it because she had to. A very unpleasant experience. Arriving Malta and checked in to our hotel. A guide took us out to dinner but never saw her again. The next day was a public holiday which saw the group waiting in the lobby with no idea who, what or when we were being met. Phone call made to the local office to enquire what were the plans and that person was spoken to in such a condescending manner and the attitude was unbelievable which prompted another of the group to phone and email the head office in UK and made a complaint.

A guide was produced at 10 am who also did not want to be there, our entire ‘tour’ of Valletta took 2 hours only and then we were told to take the local bus home as the tour bus was leaving at 1pm!! After the complaint was made to the UK office, the next 3 days we had marvellous guides and the best driver ever who virtually saved the trip from total disaster. The accommodation was 3 star at best, however, was clean and breakfast provided. The group was made up of people from USA, UK and AUS. We all rubbed along quite well. From this experience, I have also emailed the UK head office with a more detailed description of the total lack of communication and attitude from the local Maltese office. Would I go on another Explore trip…. I would really have to think about it but at the moment, no.
Best Of Northern Thailand   0 , QLD, Australia, Jan 2024
An excellent tour. Witt our tour guide was absolutely fabulous. He was very knowledgeable, extremely informed on history, architecture, religion, culture and customs. Nothing was too much trouble. He kept us well informed of activities and time schedules on a daily basis. The transport was spacious and comfortable with an esky full of cold water and ...read more refreshments towels. The accommodation was as stated in the itinerary and actually surpassed my expectations. Truly a very memorable holiday. I can recommend Witt as the best tour guide I have ever had. Thank you Witt for an unforgettable experience.
Cycling Saigon to Hanoi   0 , QLD, Australia, Jan 2024
Houn (Tour Guide) and his team were very professional, friendly and attentive to all our needs. All went to plan. Would swap the boat trip experience for an additional 2 days cycling. Most of the group stated that would also be their preference.
First Explore tour, 1st South East Asia Tour   0 , QLD, Australia, Nov 2023
This was a busy tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. We had many different experiences. My favorite was the Ben Tre home stay in the Mekong Delta, a long day to get there: 5.30am departure from Hoi An hotel, bus to Danang airport, flight to HCMC, bus to Ben Tre then finally a boat to the home stay with a great seafood lunch onboard. Our overnight train ...read more from Hanoi to Hue was impacted by floodwaters and we ended up travelling the last 3 hours by bus - we arrived safely.

Weather wasn't great, we had a lot of rain and barely saw the sun but it didn't impact on the planned itinerary. Most hotels were equipped with large golf umbrellas which was very handy. Accommodation was very nice. The tour was full: 16 people, all British except 2 of us from Australia and 1 American. 5 couples, 3 solo females and 3 solo men. I enjoyed the tour and I'm looking at travelling with Explore again. Some fellow travellers had done numerous tours with Explore. Booking with Georgie at Global Journeys is always straightforward.
Turkey Bike Trip   0 , WA, Australia, Oct 2023
The trip was exactly what was presented in the marketing. The guide was excellent, 25 yrs living in Turkey and therefore knowledge of culture and landscape was a lived, full of real experience. The accommodation was good as was the backup van service. Would recommend.
Dubrovnik to Lake Bled   1 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2023
Unfortunately this trip was a bit of a let down. I couldn’t believe for the price that only breakfast was included not even a welcoming or farewell dinner. After just completing a tour of longer duration for not much more we had breakfast and a main meal, plus drinks included every day, sometimes three meals. The accommodation was very ordinary at times ...read more especially when we were so far out of town that we were dropped in to find somewhere to eat and told to find our own way back by Uber or taxi. Most of us had no phone connection or Uber account. This led to the guide having to use hers. Very disappointing. The walking activities were lovely but a lot of the other outdoor activities were set for the afternoon in free time but we were often too late back to do them. Danielle the guide was very kind and went out of her way to be warm, helpful and informative. The driver Stephan was very competent as well, they did their best on a very poorly put together trip.
Exploring the Baltics   1 , QLD, Australia, Sep 2023
This was an extremely informative and interesting tour. Our Tour Leader Ona was exceptional in her assistance and knowledge. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Great Trip!   1 , TX, United States, Jun 2023
In all, the trip was great. Be aware, however, if you arrive at Malta International Airport at a time other than when expected, the meeting point "in front of Costa Coffee" is in the Departure area of the airport and not Arrivals. One of my trip mates did have a problem receiving a call back or email reply from Explore. I had no communication with them ...read more as everything was handled for me well by Global Journeys.
Andalucia Spain is a great tour   0 , Florida, United States, Jun 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our Andalucia Spain tour through Explore. Tour guide Ester was funny, charming, informative, and organized. Tour combined seeing some wonderful sites and learning about the culture with free time so we could all explore our various interests. The beauty of the region is a must for people who want to see Spain. Loved the smaller ...read more towns.
Romania and Danube Delta   1 , VIC, Australia, May 2023
The idea of the trip is excellent as it covers all important highlight of Romania - a couple more days would provide a better pace. Explore uses two/three star accommodation with meals at the lower level also. The guide on our trip, Horea was satisfactory, he covered all that was required in the itinerary however he has a very prickly sharp nature ...read more and was very economical with information and answers to questions. Any particular assistance required was sparing offered after reminders.

Lunch time was often combined with important sightseeing so a compromise was necessary as inadequate time was usually allowed. The itinerary is a little rushed and the choice of day to day activity often left the group with unnecessary long stints in the bus with inappropriate comfort stops. Lunch was often after 3pm having had breakfast at 7.30am! Walks should be for important sightseeing/ forest appreciation/views, not just a hard slog to say on have walked xxx km or climbed xxm. A guide with more information about wild flowers/birds would be an asset to the group. We enjoyed the trip however it could benefit from many improvements which would not be expensive.
Wonderful tour through Slovenia     0 , WA, Australia, May 2023
A wonderful, well organised tour through Slovenia with Explore Tours. We went in mid May and can recommend this time of year. Hiked to waterfalls through beautiful forest, enjoyed the scenery of lake Bohinj and Lake Bled, cycled through picturesque villages, relaxed by the Adriatic Sea, explored caves and castles and enjoyed a scenic train ride. Accommodation ...read more was comfy, clean and well located. Our guide Miro recommended great restaurants for dinner at each location, there was also enough free time throughout the trip to do your own thing. The scenery and hiking in the Lake Bohinj area was the highlight for me. Global Journeys were also great to deal with.
Morocco and the amazing tour guide     0 , NSW, Australia, May 2023
Wow our first time travelling with Explore! and with a small tour group of eight people. The tour guide Mustapha was wonderful, a true professional with a clear wealth of knowledge about the areas and the people as we traveled through Morocco. Every day was an adventure as Mustapha our guide would find something to add on the way, like introducing us ...read more to the nomad people in the mountains or dancing with the local people in the desert. We fell in love with the people of Morocco brought to light through our guide with stories of their history, politics and religion. Thank you Explore! and a huge thank you to our guide Mustapha for making our journey AMAZING.
A wonderful week   0 , VIC, Australia, May 2023
High points of our week: the lovely Hotel Grotta with their superb breakfasts. Family run where they thought of everything. Taking our luggage to our rooms on night 1 when we arrived after midnight. The trip notes failed to mention the ferry trip was a 6.5hr journey (5 hrs) was mentioned in their notes. Sapfo Poliali an excellent guide, thorough in ...read more her advice, but the trip notes were not helpful as it was her 1st time on the Athens, Naxos and Santorini tour.

The walk on Naxos: I felt quite unsteady and felt a walking pole could have been suggested for the stony descent on our 5km hike.
Kamari Beach hotel: a lovely hotel with a super pool and drinks terrace overlooking the black sands of Kamari Beach. The coastal walk from Thira to Oia should not be described as a walk; rather a strenuous uphill slog, definitely longer than 8kms. A fantastic group of 15 individuals and super weather made the week memorable. EXPLORE, just get the notes sorted and a little more accurate.
Put Malta and Gozo onto your travel list!     2 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2023
This was a fantastic trip and I could not recommend it highly enough! Good quality hotels, great and varied itinerary with the opportunity to have some free time as well. The highlights included a farm visit and luncheon, a visit to St Johns co-cathedral in Valetta, the coastal scenery and visits to neolithic temples! In addition to those highlights, ...read more the trip was memorable because of the opportunity to travel with like minded people and to be guided by a wonderful and enthusiastic guide (Lisa). We were also able to enjoy some high quality local seafood. You must put Malta and Gozo on your travel list!
Spain & Portugal - Morning walking tour with (most) afternoons free!     1 , New Zealand, Apr 2023
Our guide Gabrielle was great - could rattle off most of the history & could answer most of the questions we asked & also looked after everyone equally! I would recommend that the amount of walking & at times quite steep should be emphasised more as a few people struggled - didn't cause any major issues but they were probably surprised at times.
Great trip through the Baltics   0 , VIC, Australia, Oct 2022
Travelling through the Baltic countries was a great experience. The countries are rich in history and the cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius are beautiful. The trip is well planned by Explore, but I would make the Curonian Spit excursion half day instead of a full day. The accommodation was on the whole good but in a few occasions the shared rooms ...read more were a bit small if you have to share with somebody you don't really know. Also being with a good group of people was fun. I booked the trip online with Global Journeys, as I have done a few times before, and it was easy as usual.
Walking in the Canaries   1 , United Kingdom, Jan 2022
I really enjoyed the trip , the walking, winter sun (interrupted by a couple of rainy days!), and a good group and tour leader - more than anything though, it was great just to travel abroad again after a gap of more than 2 years.
Truly stunning hiking   0 , United Kingdom, Jan 2022
The scenery inland is quite outstanding with dozens of deep, chiseled valleys and gorges of extreme, austere beauty. If we had just 1 gorge of that quality anywhere in the UK, we'd have declared it a National Monument. No need to go further afield for some truly stunning hiking, with a nice dose of local culture and warming, winter sun as an added ...read morebonus!
Walking in Northern Cyprus   0 , United Kingdom, Dec 2021
It was our first foreign trip for two years, and we enjoyed it overall. The Covid safety measures were affective, and we appreciated Cema arranging for tests at our hotel the day before departure. I would add that the New Year's Eve celebrations surpassed expectations - the food and the entertainment were excellent.
Walking Turkey's Turquoise Coast   0 , United Kingdom, Dec 2021
We booked a walking holiday that was rated easy. The walks were really interesting and the distances were not too long. The underfoot terrain was very rough and made for hard going. When we walked the aqueduct, there were very severe drops to one side. With uneven tracks, the potential for a catastrophic fall was evident. I felt uncomfortable on ...read more more than one occasion, even though it was a walk I wanted to do. P.S. The meal at the village was excellent
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