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Recommend a Rick Steves tour to non-urban destinations?

Recommend a Rick Steves tour to non-urban destinations?

Dec 22nd, 2005, 07:19 AM
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Recommend a Rick Steves tour to non-urban destinations?

Anybody have any experiences about taking one of his guided tours to areas outside the major cities? I was thinking one of his tours might be a good alternative to renting a car, especially if I go it alone to Italy or France.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:42 AM
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You will probably get a lot more useful information if you check in at the RS site... RickSteves.com
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:59 AM
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If you go to the Rick Steves website, click on 2006 tours, then on the right, click on tour members' feedback. You'll see the different tours, and you can click on the responses to various questions. Although most of the tours include major cities, I would think the Village Italy one would be a good one. Or you can click on the tours, read the itineraries for ideas, and put together your own trip. One advantage to RS tours is that there is seldom a single supplement.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:02 AM
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There is also another escorted tour company that does regional-type tours - I think it is "Insight Tours"...
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:25 AM
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It's not really true that Rick Steves doesn't have single supplements. If anything, I would consider that a disadvantage and one reason why his tours never appealed to me -- he forces you to room with a stranger, even if you do not want to, and even if you would have been perfectly happy to pay for your own room. He claims to use very cheap hotels, so a single vs. double room really would not have added very much on to the cost.

IN fact, on a few of his tours, he does allow you to book a single room, and then he does charge a single supplement.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:34 AM
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Christina - I said "seldom" charges a single supplement. The trip reports I have read by single travelers on the tours have mostly indicated they were quite happy with their "room mates" and made new friends that way. Not much time is spent in the hotel rooms anyway. But I can understand that it might be an issue for some people.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:21 PM
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Hi W,

We recently completed 2 weeks of driving through France. It is much easier than you might think.

The roads are well maintained and well marked.

Use www.viamichelin.com and www.mappy.com to help you prepare your routes.

The most important difference is that road signs point to towns instead of routes, eg, if you are driving on the Dxxx and want to turn right at the Nxxx in YYYY, the road signs might say "ZZZ", which is the next major town beyond YYY.

You might find my trip report helpful:
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...2&tid=34676645

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