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Southern Explorer Tour

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Southern Explorer Tour

We have booked a Southern Explorer Tour with Virgin Holidays departing 20th July 2012. Has anybody done this tour and if so, what did you think of it?

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Yes we did the tour last year, but booked direct. A few people booked through Virgin from the UK. The tour is great if you have a great Courier. Ours was awful, with no knowledge. Our bus broke down 3 times and we had several delays due to it. Although it did cover a lot of territory, something we couldn't do our selves, it was one of the worst tours we ever did. The same tour was travelling along side us with another Courier that was fantastic but they did have several breakdowns. All of the passengers that booked through Virgin, sent complaint letter upon there return and ended up getting a partial refund. We also complained and got a substaintial refund. If you are happy with very basic information and accommodation, the bus doesn't break down and the courier is knowledgeble it should be good. Other wise find another tour.

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Yes we did the tour last year, but booked direct. A few people booked through Virgin from the UK. The tour is great if you have a great Courier. Ours was awful, with no knowledge. Our bus broke down 3 times and we had several delays due to it. Although it did cover a lot of territory, something we couldn't do our selves, it was one of the worst tours we ever did. The same tour was travelling along side us with another Courier that was fantastic but they did have several breakdowns. All of the passengers that booked through Virgin, sent complaint letter upon there return and ended up getting a partial refund. We also complained and got a substaintial refund. If you are happy with very basic information and accommodation, the bus doesn't break down and the courier is knowledgeble it should be good. Other wise find another tour

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Thanks for your feedback. We have gone ahead and booked the tour because as you say, it does cover a lot of ground which we would not be able to do ourselves. Let's hope our courier is knowledgeable and the buses have been upgraded so no breakdowns...

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http://www.tours-usa.com/southern-explorer

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Hi, the average age of the people ranged from about 35 to 60, there were 4 single people on the tour, but they were all male. The rest were mainly couples. Unfortunately too many of the hotels were out of town and you had to taxi it in. Nashville, Orlando, Washington to name a few. If you are on a budget this does cover a lot of territory. Sometimes we were on the bus for 9 hours, but it did stop for breaks. You would be fine on your own.

Hope this helps you.

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hi we are thinking of booking this tour up for next Sept 2013 would you recomend it

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How did you find this tour? Me and my boyfriend are looking at booking it for August this year and can't find any other reviews on line anyway so needing some more reviews from people? Thanks :)