We're planning on taking either the Family Europe Tour, from London to Florence, or the 14-day BOE Tour, Paris to Rome, sometime next year. It'll be a first trip to Europe ever for me, not my husband, but first RS tour for both of us. First question - for a first trip to Europe, do you recommend one tour over the other? We have no children, so the only reason for considering the Family Tour is its itinerary. Any insight on either of these tours would be greatly appreciated!
So far, the major advantages with the Family Tour are: It starts in London, which I'd love to see, and it makes for an easier transition culture-wise; Taking the Chunnel to Paris - just for the experience; We'll spend a couple days in Cinque Terre, which I find very appealing.
Not-so advantageous Missing cities included on BOE tour (Munich, Venice, Tuscany, and Rome); Medieval day at Guedelon
Pro's for BOE tour: Munich, Venice, Tuscany, and Rome; Wine tasting day in Burgundy & Beaune
Con's for BOE tour: No London or Cinque Terre; Morning tour at Dachau (It's one of those things that I'd probably regret if we don't go, but I'm not particularly raring to go there, if that makes any sense. Years ago, a group of friends and I drove to DC specifically to spend the day at the Holocaust Museum when it first opened. Excellent museum, but it definitely casts a pall on your day.)
Also, while in Paris, do RS Tours provide the Paris Museum Pass, or is that something we buy on our own? It looks like we'll be hitting a few of the places included on the Pass already. But, according to the itinerary, there's a free afternoon (or part afternoon) and evening in Paris, and we'd love to see Versailles. Is there enough time to catch the RER to Versailles and back to see the Eiffel at night? Is that too ambitious? Or are we better off catching more, closer sites, like Orsay, Tuileries, and exploring a little bit of Paris?
I realize this tour is like a teaser tour - something with which to get our feet wet before diving into more detailed tours. There's just so much to see and so little time! Thanks again for any input!