I am in the final stages of committing to the RS Best of Europe 14 day tour starting June 22, 2015....for my husband and I, with our daughter who will be 18 then, and our son who will be 13. We're so very excited - the trip is a long-awaited high school graduation present for our daughter. This will be our kids first trip to Europe and our first RS Tour. My husband and I have only been to Europe 17 years ago - and this was just to London.
I have really enjoyed reading the posts to this forum. I have a few questions that I'd greatly appreciate this group's input.
First, our teens would really love to have other teens on the tour, so I'd love to hear from others who have attended this tour in the mid-to-late-June timeframe....were there other teens on the tour? How did the tour go? Has anyone else reading this signed up for this specific tour/date? We selected this date because of our schedules and are hoping since the majority of the US should be out of school by then, there will be older kids/teens on this date. The places visited on this tour is more preferable than the family tours (my daughter's favorites as well), and since our kids are older, we think this tour would be better for us than the family tour.
Secondly, I've read several posts about arranging for special activities during the free time during the tour....we've already begun reading the RS Best of Europe guide for ideas. Are there other ways to research and decide on what activities to do in our free time? I understand the tours can be subject to change, so it is wise to book anything in advance? We are planning to fly into London a few days early to see family and tour the key sites; as such, we'll arrive in Paris a day early and will plan to tour the Eiffel Tower then (since this is not part of the RS tour). I see that the Vatican Museum is now listed as part of this tour, which is fantastic and something we really want to see. Any other "must sees/dos" during the tour free time, or afterwards in Rome for things not included in the tour? We're planning to stay over an extra day in the backend in Rome as well.
Lastly, how far in advance should we start seriously looking for our flights? I have been hoarding my Delta miles for years, so I think I will have enough to pay for 3 of our 4 tickets with miles if I can get a somewhat decent fare. We are planning to fly into London, take the train from London to Paris, then fly back home from Rome.
Thanks so much for the feedback.