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First time, do a tour or on our own to France?

First time, do a tour or on our own to France?

Old Jan 24th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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First time, do a tour or on our own to France?

For our first time, would you do a tour or plan our own trip? We are torn between going to Paris and Provence or maybe Normandy for perhaps cooler weather? A tour seems easier but so structured and maybe too much with other people constantly? But is on our own too hard for first timers?
If a tour, which one is great? We tend to like more deluxe....recommendations?
Sorry for so many questions....and many thanks to all who help!

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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Well I'm a private sorta person with authority issues - so I don't like tour groups.
I've only been to Paris by myself, Burgundy and the Cote d'Azure I went with friends or I was on my honeymoon, so we all sort of mapped out our preferences and did them.
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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I wouldn't take a full tour. We did London/Paris/Normandy/Munich in 2005 and London/Paris/Edinburgh/Normandy last year - the first year I put a LOT of time into it, but it was worth it. Last year I didn't have to study as much, just for hotels and some day tours and such.

I don't like being told what to do constantly, or where we are going and how long I can see something. It's okay for a day tour, but not for like a week or 10 days (unless it was an area that I didn't think I could do easily on my own).
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Sometimes a tour would be correct if its your first trip but I agree with everyone else. I love to be on my own agenda. Sleep late, get up early, eat when I want, stay as long as I want, on and on and on.

It does take more work to go it on your own but thats part of the fun.
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 11:16 AM
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If you want a tour but expect something upscale look at either Tauck or the tours put together by Smithsonian or the Museum of Natural History.

Frankly, I would do it yourself. No rushing from place to place with packs of people you may - or may not like. No mandatory stop for shopping for tschokes. You can get better hotels, much better restaurants - and not have a 7am departure after you've spent the night at the opera or ballet - if you do it yourself.
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