“Compared to the 2017 tour, our 2018 tour really was an epic fail. For example:”
“No visit to see the training of fox hounds.”
”No cricket match”
“No Pudding Club”
“No guided Cotswold walk”
“No slate mine tour”
“No Theater by the Lake. Time dependent. Do NOT take the first tours of the season if you want this.”
“No leader- led excursions to a Railway museum and/ or cream tea”
“No walking tour of London”
“No group photos. On our 6 tours this has been initiated by the tour leader and 2 or 3 different locations/ photos were generated. Usually the tour leader gives us a copy at the final dinner. Sometimes it is emailed after the fact. Whether you think this is a big deal or not, it is part and parcel of the tour PR.”
I took the Best of England tour in 2015 and acknowledge things change from year to year. I did not look at this scrapbook ( I have tons of my own pictures that I like to go thru) but thought I’d compare this list to what I found on my tour.
—>Did not do this on my tour
—>Did not do this on my tour
—>Have no idea what this is but we didn’t do it
-Guided Cotswold walk
—>I would characterize this as a led walk rather than guided. Guided to me means the guide does a spiel and really he just led the way on the footpaths and we went along with. We chatted with each other and Tom, the guide.
-Slate mine tour
—>Did not do this on my tour. I DID do the slate mine tour in 2013 on a Road Scholar tour of Wales and was glad not to repeat. I do understand that industrial heritage is part of a country but I, personally, find mines/woolen mills/quarries/ etc. boring. I know others find them fascinating so I either go along or find something else to do.
-Theater by the Lake
—>Did not do this. I traveled in Sept.
-Leader led visit to Railway Museum and/or cream tea
—>Did not do this
-Walking tour of London
—>I honestly don’t remember if we had a walking tour or not. I’d done a previous Road Scholar tour to London for about a week plus I’ve visited on my own a number of times and done a bunch of London Walks tours so things have sort of run together on this score.
—>I don’t remember on this either. What I do know is that on 10 tours I’ve never had a guide pass out photos at the Farewell dinner. I have generally had them emailed by another tour member.
One thing mentioned on the 2018 tour Trip Report is that your guide took you to Castlerigg Stone Circle. This was not an activity on my trip. I had researched ahead and knew I wanted to see this. I got directions from someone on the forum plus I went to the Keswick Tourist Information office and got a map and additional directions. On our free afternoon I walked up there on my own (it was before the flood that washed out the old converted railway line walking path), enjoyed the site and walked back to town in time to get to the Pencil Museum before it closed.
I had been reading the itineraries for several years before I booked this tour. In years prior to my trip there were stops at Blists Hill Victorian village or Ironbridge. Either would have been OK but my year we stopped at Stokesay Castle which I liked. Oh...just realized the tour provided scones and tea at the small Stokesay cafe which I guess might have been a cream tea? Since I’m vegan this was not of interest to me so I continued with the castle, gardens or shop -don’t quite remember how I used my time. (Also skipped the cream tea at Corfe Castle on the Southern England tour.)
Anyway, I treasured every moment on my tour. I learned so much and had an exceptional time even though my mix of activities differed from other years.