Hi, I took MyWay Alpine, during its first season, 2013. How time flies! I think our group jelled really well. We had many couples and quite a few singletons. Our tour manager was very accessible, and to facilitate tour members getting to know one another suggested things like a group "cocktail" party - not sure there were really any cocktails, probably not, though maybe somebody brought wine. But we got to know each other and often found we gravitated to the same restaurants. When that happened, we often joined tables. I was on my own but never lacked for an invitation for a meal or how to spend some time - unless I chose some time out.
I had been to a few of the tour locations previously, but not all. I am an over planner so had a detailed to-do list. But I actually happened to kick-back and have a vacation on this trip. About half way through, the to-do list was scrapped. I spent time with tour members lunching and dining in a relaxed manner. I went on a leisurely stroll/hike in Gimmelwald and spent the afternoon at the restaurant patio of the local hostel - just taking in the beautiful scenery and a few beers. I enjoyed myself.
Pros: more leisurely pace if you want it; hotel and transportation taken care of (works for me in helping reduce travel-related stress; also fewer wake-up calls); access daily to tour manager; ability to eat when and how late you want (I really like this as I often think the RS group meals are too, too large - as if the restaurant thinks it should stuff us to make a good impression). Cons: nothing really. It took a few days to get into my stride. Did I miss how much tour guides can teach me? Meh, not really, Our manager was accessible and super helpful. I will probably take this tour again.