Posted by: Lastcardlouis
Posted: 18th Apr 2012
My wife and I did a "sort of" group cruise/tour a couple of years ago. Can't remember the name of the company or even the boat we were on but we booked it though Flight Centre and it was great. We certainly could have dome the whole exercise on our own but frankly our brilliant chief guide, a lady named Christiana, was so good that we were very happy to go with the flow. The group was small and mostly weirdos from the USA, but we didn't have to get pally so it didn't matter. Being based on the cruise boat while we explored Athens and islands and coastlines of the Aegean Sea made it easy, 'cos once you're on the boat you just unpack and don't worry about anything until it's disembarkation time. In retrospect we could have done without one or two of the island tours - they were all starting to look the same, but of course you don't know what you might miss!
I don't know about cost-effectiveness: I think you pays your money and you takes your choice. We've travelled elsewhere in Europe on our own because that's what suited us. No guide, no problem.
Last, I don't think I'd like a guided bus tour. Too much pack/unpack and the world rushing past your window. Reply