Tour or On Our Own

Mar 1st, 2019, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jacooper View Post

If you read through all the posts you’ll see that several people thought she meant $10K per person.

That may be, but the only mentions from the OP herself were >>The cheapest tour is about $10,000 but that one includes airfare. << and in a different post >>I was choosing between Zicasso which is an expensive "VIP" tour and Go Ahead which is a kind of budget group tour. But the lowest amount was way over $10,000 for two of us . . .<<. So it seemed pretty clear she was talking about combined costs for two people, not per each.

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Mar 2nd, 2019, 08:49 AM
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If it's $10,000 per person, it's beyond ridiculous. If it's $5.000 per person it's believable but more than I would spend.

At any rate, it's really easy to plan a trip to Italy on your own. I could never stand having someone telling where to be and where to go every minute of the day. I do speak Italian, but I don't think that's a game changer - and it's a simple language. The world is full of guidebooks and websites for general guidance.
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Mar 2nd, 2019, 09:52 AM
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I don't think a tour is a bad idea if that is what you want and can afford. Many people do that for a number of reasons.

I can remember back in the mid 1970's, when my then boyfriend (now DH) and I set off to Europe with the certainty of a plane ticket, a backpack and a "guide book," and that was it. We rented a moped one summer vacation and drove into little English towns and looked for vacancy signs.
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Mar 2nd, 2019, 11:35 AM
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I have traveled independently since 1985.. .many countries.. alone sometimes, sometimes with a friend or hubby, and twice alone with a child.

However there is NOTHING wrong with a tour.. I have done one.. and it was damm fun.. it was a Rick Steves tour.. and it was very relaxing for me as I was alone with my 11 yr old ( her first trip over , but not her last ) and I had already taken my 13 yr two years before and realized that being the sole adult in charge of everything for 3 weeks was tiring for me.. its easier alone or with another adult. I did a 14 day tour with here and 12 days on our own.. a good mix for us.

Rick Steves tours are not the cheapest ones however.. .. and the cheaper tour companies have what look like awful tours to me.. I remember my ex MIL took a Globus Italy tour and found it exhausting.. crappy out of town center hotels, and too fast of a pace, plus lots of nickel and diming.. so choosing the RIGHT tour is important.

Oh other hand I agree you can easily do this on your own.. I say easily but it still takes a bit of homework.
I also think is a good choice .

My one caveat is traveling with an inexperienced travel buddy can be annoying as heck if they are constantly looking to you to decide everything, and figure out everything.. Ive had that experience and I did not enjoy it at all.
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Mar 2nd, 2019, 12:08 PM
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For a trip on your own, some things are easy: Book flights, book hotels. Also easy: Cab from airport or train to hotel, and the reverse.
Less easy: Choosing where you want to go and what you want to see. Solution: Web, guidebooks, and asking questions.
Harder: Seeing an overview type tour of a city, touring the Vatican (there are no labels on the art and artefacts), finding your way efficiently from site to site in a city. Solution: Take a one day tour, which your hotel can arrange or you can call one of the tours from the brochures in your hotel. These tours are available anywhere you are likely to go.

When we were in Rome (6 years ago, but Rome is eternal), we took a hotel arranged Vatican tour the day after an attempt on our own failed due to a one kilometer line to get in. We had pre-.booked a Context tour of the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine (half day), and another half day tour of Livia's Villa (Context again, highly educated guides). The benefit of pre-booking is being sure you get a place on the tour you want;. The downside is weather can't be pre-booked.
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Mar 3rd, 2019, 05:29 AM
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If you're not confident enough traveling alone to a foreign country or you do it for the first time, then you should probably go on a guided tour. However, if you choose a tour, you should understand you'll always have to stick to your group of tourists, so you'll have less freedom. If you travel on your own, you can visit whatever places you want to, feel free to explore some remote and interesting places, meet new people. So it's up to you to decide but you should choose the option where you will feel more comfortable
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