These boards have always been helpful so thanking you all in advance for your most excellent advice!
First, I typically plan my own trips and recently have done some extensive travel pre and post European river cruising. I like the solo travel mix with the detail provided by a guide but loath the feeling of “invading” a culture on a large tour. That said, I reflect on my trip to Spain chaperoning my daughter’s small (8 students) Spanish club trip. Our guide focused on Spanish artists and our 90 minutes in the Prado was the most informative of any museum I’ve ever visited because of that narrow, but deep, focus. My recent “drive-by” of Kunsthistorisches in Vienna left me feeling dissatisfied in comparison.
I’m looking to a RS tour to give me the best of both worlds....breadth with focus! The advice I’m looking for is which type of itinerary to start with, an in depth city (Rome) or a “taste of” regional tour? If I’m going to jump the pond I usually commit to at least 2 weeks so a shorter city tour would give me some solo before and after time and let me experience a RS tour. Just typing this makes me think I’ve already decided but I would appreciate your valuable input!