You are so right about making up my mind to have a great time whether alone or with others. I will do that. I went alone on the Paris & the Heart of France trip and found that people were very friendly and I have warm memories of our time together. We toured the Normandy beaches in 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and most of us were in tears. This is a bonding experience that I think the RS tour philosophy fosters with their itineraries and guides.
Belgium/Holland appeals to me because there are so many art museums like Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Vermeer & Delft, the Ghent Altarpiece in Ghent, to see. Also, I want to see the Anne Frank house, Flanders Field and Bruges with its Memling Museum with its masterpieces. And, so much more!
BOE in 14 also has its attractions - Switzerland & Italy, 2 countries I have not visited yet.
Tonight I am leaning toward Belgium/Holland and thinking I probably will go ahead & spend 2-3 nights beforehand and possibly 1 night after. Tomorrow may be another story. I think I might do GAS in the following year. If you do that one, you will love, love Vienna! Get tickets for the Opera, we went to Rigoletto in June this year and had a great experience. In June I went with a friend on the Berlin Prague Vienna tour - wow what a great time we had!
Again, Ann, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I need to go on two trips a year to get to all the places I want to go! Wish, wish, but I will do the best I can with each one.
So many trips!