Question: I appreciate that Rick Steves tours are not at slow pace, and are planned with the intention of maximizing the traveler's experiences. But between Village Italy and Greece, which was would have MORE downtime/free time and less information overload?
More info: I have done two RS tours in the past (Adriatic and Scandinavian). Adriatic was definitely my favourite of the two - the cultural experiences, the food, and a good balance of high-quality guided sightseeing alongside adequate downtime to putter around at my own pace (or get a little extra sleep).
I'm in my mid-30s and physically fit/active at home, so I anticipate no difficulties with large amounts of walking and hills on a daily basis. But as a pandemic-era healthcare worker with only two precious weeks of vacation, I do want to be able to have a little bit of downtime between the organized/group activities to slow down and breathe, people watch, sip coffee (or wine), and take in my surroundings.
The tour descriptions suggest to me these two itineraries may offer the best of both worlds (sight seeing + downtime)! Village Italy spends two nights in every hotel, whereas Greece has TWO "vacation from your vacation" days interspersed.
So for those who have taken one or both or these... how did you find the daily pace? Lots of very early mornings and extremely long days? Did you feel like you needed a holiday to recover after your trip or did it nourish your soul?
And particularly for Greece -- was the sightseeing mostly all ancient Greek ruins or is there more? Do you have to be a total history buff to appreciate it? I'm a bit worried about ancient Greek history overload (I have also enjoyed my visits to Roman ruins but they were usually interspersed with other things).
If there is another tour I should consider let me know! My time off is end of May into the first few days of June, and I am hoping for a location with good weather at that time too (I know, i know... so picky!). And I know doing it on my own would allow me so much more flexibility (I'm an experienced solo traveler too) but I'm just finding I don't have time to plan and organize this time around.
Any thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Edit to add: I did look at the My Way options but unfortunately the available options don't work with my time off.