I recently returned home after traveling on the London to Florence family tour and I have a few questions. This was my 24th RS tour, so I’m familiar with the regular tour format. This tour was quite different, but not in the way I had expected.
I assumed that a family tour would have some activities just for the kids, but there were none. And, this tour had the least amount of actual guiding that I’ve ever experienced. I did question our guide about that and he said that the office feels that the family tours need more free time. From what I saw on our tour, I think that everyone (kids and adults) would have enjoyed some activities specifically for the kids, and some orientations/activity suggestions/restaurant recommendations. We did have an assistant guide and I thought that she might do some activities with the kids, but she didn’t really interact with anyone other than the lead guide. Aside from the group dinners, which I thought were excellent, this felt more like a My Way tour than a regular one.
To me, local guides add a great deal to my experience. We had only one local guide and that was for about 30 minutes in Florence. We did have a Ghost Tour in London, but he was more of an entertainer than a guide. I expected guides for the kids and adults in the Louve, but we had none.
Before I fill out my evaluation, I’d like to know if my experience was similar to others who have taken family tours. I’m wondering if, rather than being tours geared both for kids and adults, they are simply tours that allow kids to go along?
I don’t mean for this to sound like a negative report. We had a wonderful time, our group couldn’t have been better and I liked our guide a lot. I do think that it could have been so much more, though.