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Paris and theHeart of France/ single supplement

I paid for the single supplement, anyone else done this, any reviews, tips, etc. And anyone going May 8?

Posted by
1175 posts

What exactly is your question, you paid the single supplement and you will have your own hotel room for the entire tour. What is it that you would like to know. I have been on 12 RS tours and went on most of them solo and paid the single supplement. I am not going on the May 8 tour, but am going on this tour in September. I have been to Paris with RS and love the city and to the Loire Valley on the France tour and visited one of the chateau's that this tour is going to visit. What tips are you looking for?

Posted by
9579 posts

Yes, I agree with Ann, need a bit more on what info you are seeking.

As far as paying for the single supplement, I am more comfortable having a private room when I travel and have done so on all my RS tours as well as on the Road Scholar tours (international and domestic) I have done. Do be aware that in Europe having a single room sometimes means it is a much smaller room than others but that is just the way it is when you are in an older building that has been retrofitted for hotel rooms.

Traveling as a solo on a RS tour has always worked out great for me altho I have not done this particular tour...yet, lol.

Posted by
8 posts

Not meant to be a biggie, just getting excited, room size does not bother me, but on this particular trip was wondering if single rooms have own bathrooms? Are there any shared baths on this trip? On Mont St Michel is the hotel high up with lots of stairs? I am not single, hubby does not travel though, and not looking to pair up but love to meet folks and have fun. I think I just made a question up to get involved since waiting is hard. LOL, thanks for replying.

Posted by
9579 posts

Laughing, I so understand!

I think one of the highlights will be the overnight on Mont St Michel. I am new to birding and I was thinking about taking binoculars with me for this trip. It seems like there might be some great opportunities for seeing some water birds from the vantage point of the island.

On the RS tours you will have plenty of time on your own as well as time with the group. I am sure you will enjoy it!

Posted by
4370 posts

"I think I just made a question up to get involved since waiting is hard. LOL."

LOL!

You are forgiven ;-) Heck, I'm excited for you, and I'm not even going!

(FWIW, you might consider Editing your title to read "...H of F - May 8, 2015 Departure" and you might find some others on this tour!)

Posted by
51 posts

Awww... I am going on this trip as a solo traveler but on May 19th!! Just missed you! I'm getting really excited too!

Posted by
1713 posts

Hi Ele, I did this tour solo a few years ago & had a great time. Lots to see. Single rooms are sometimes small but I always had my own bathroom. For Mt St Michel, put a change of clothes in your carry on & leave your suitcase on the bus. Lots of steps but worth it, great experience. Don't worry, you'll have a great time too!

Posted by
16883 posts

There are no shared baths on this tour itinerary, nor most of them. If there's a chance of a hotel with shared bath on the route, then that should be mentioned in the "Activity Level" description online for the tour. I assisted on this route two years ago and am confident you'll have a great time.

Posted by
87 posts

I went on this tour a couple of years ago and it is fantastic. On the Mont, instead of there being one hotel as such, the rooms were scattered throughout the Mont - - a couple here, a couple there. Mine was about halfway up the Mont but my friends were quite a bit higher and had a great view out their windows. Being on the Mont in the evening when it's nearly empty is an unforgettable experience, so be sure to plan to go out and wander around after dinner. Other highlights for me were the D-day beaches (with an excellent guide!) and the little unexpected things such as towns we stopped in for lunches - - one of them had its own ruined castle right in the center of town, which could be explored on one's own during the lunch break.. And the Bayeux tapestry, which was much more interesting than expected. Also the castle in Amboise (on my own, during lunch break) and of course the great chateaux are nice too.
On various RS tours I've done single supplement (usually this gets a smaller room to oneself) on some, and shared a twin room with strangers on others. Both ways have worked out fine.
Have a great trip!

Posted by
8 posts

Again thank you all for the replies, I am grateful for each and every one. The info about baths and the Mont were much appreciated. Yay, getting closer and closer.

Posted by
333 posts

I fully understand, lol! I created the thread "How Do You Prepare for a Rick Steves Tour" just so I'd have people to talk to before my 21 Day BOE tour next month. I too am going on a single suppliment. I too am happily married to a husband who doesn't like to travel but knows that I must. Do you have a part of the tour you're most excited about? Have you been overseas before?