I was reading some of the latest reviews about the tour we are about to embark upon (Berlin/Prague/Vienna) next week. The first one started off with "Too much history, too little free time etc". Reviewer gave one star and suggested that the itineraries need to be tinkered with. What the heck???
I've been to Europe many times and planned our own itineraries for years - that is why I so appreciate the RS approach to incorporating history/art/culture (and yes - food) into one or two weeks. That reason is why so many of us do choose these tours. When I read someone saying "too much history" or "too much art" (which I did hear someone from a Steves tour saying in our hotel breakfast room last year -we weren't on the tour - just chose the same hotel that we stayed in with a RS group) I just throw up my hands and wonder why these people opted to sign up - the tour literature certainly stresses the focus on education.
Maybe it's because I was a history major and ended up with a graduate degree that I'm drawn to Europe. Europe is living history - all the years of wars and conflicts have left indelible marks on the lands and the people and their art/architecture/music. For someone to go on this particular tour which is in the virtual center of medieval through 21st century changes/discoveries and atrocities to suggest that the tour itineraries need to be looked at - well, I've no words except I glad I wasn't in this person's group.
This person should look at beach vacations in the future or cruises to the tropics.