Friend Kim from Oklahoma and I spent most of yesterday hovering over our email accounts, hoping for news about our upcoming RS tours; finally she figured out the information was on our RS portals. Thanks, Kim!
So I now have all the information (well, most of it) for our upcoming 21 Day Best of Europe. I'm delighted to see that our guide is Dimitri Rigas. We don't know him, but we've heard he's top notch.
I'm also pleased to see that we'll be staying at the Hotel Stechelberg in Switzerland. We loved that hotel, and were disappointed when it was posted on this Forum that RS was no longer going to use it. (Evidently some folks complained about having to (gasp!) share a bathroom for a couple of nights. I don't want to start the Bathroom Wars all over again, but when we were at this same hotel in 2011, DH and I shared a bathroom with 2 very quiet German men. The door had a lock, and everyone was considerate.)
But I digress. I was also glad to see that we'll be staying at different hotels in some of the cities. Florence and Rome for sure, and possibly one or two others; I'll have to check my notes. I know this contradicts what I said about being glad we're staying at the Stechelberg again, but I do like trying out new places.
They've changed to format of the tour roster; instead of listing first and last names of the participants, the new roster has first names only, but adds home towns. Privacy concerns, I suppose. It makes it harder to search for old tour mates ahead of time, though.
So having the tour packet now makes all this dreaming, wishing, and planning real! Now, where's my backpack....