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What New My Way Tours Would You Like to See?

I have taken the My Way Alpine tour and enjoyed it very much. It was more appealing to me than some of the others because of the tighter travel times, i.e., fewer bus hours at a time. BTW, I am an 8 or maybe 9 time RS alum.

I think I would enjoy a My Way France of some sort, a My Way UK, and especially, a My Way that would encompass the Rhineland, Alsace, Black Forest, and perhaps Basel/Luzern. I am thinking perhaps of working this last trip up for myself next Nov/Dec.

What are you longing for?

Debbie

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I'm right there with you, Debbie: My Way France, Germany, Ireland, UK..........

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I would like to see some repackaging of some of the central European destinations into shorter 7-10 day groupings, e.g., Berlin, Prague, Krakow, or Slovenia-Croatia. Oh, and a southern England-Ireland itinerary.

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Good ideas, Debbie. I would like to see a My Way Scandinavia as the guided one is pretty pricey.

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I've done 6 guided RS tours and one My Way (Alpine). My thinking at this point is that the My Way concept works best for:

  1. Itineraries that are more outdoor oriented than cultural. Hiking and experiencing the outdoors seems more suited to an independent My Way tour than does a tour heavy on the museums, historic sites.
  2. Tours to places you may have toured before but want to see again with more control over your schedule.

I wouldn't mind a My Way to Ireland for reason No. 2 above. However, for people who have never been to Ireland, I would strongly advise taking a guided RS tour because the guides add so much to the experience (as they do throughout Europe).

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Yes, I agree with Eric's reason No. 2. I have thought of going on the My Way Italy, but I don't really care for Assisi. Maybe that won't be a total impediment at some point. Here's hoping the RS folks have some new and exciting tours in the planning!

Cheers. Debbie

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Would LOVE new tours Period. Also, same tours with longer stops--like DD beaches in Normandy. Would love to take that tour but ALL reviews state that they would have liked more days there.
Love the idea of "My Way" tours to France, England, Scotland, Ireland.
More "village tours" would also be welcomed--France, Austria, Switzerland, England, Spain.
What about NORTHERN Spain--a truly LOVELY area with wonderful views, history, Food. More Spain would be welcome--Rick does not do it justice at all, not in tours or guidebooks.
Lets hope some of this comes true in 2016!!
Gladys

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Great topic, Debbie. I hope everyone in Edmonds is listening intently! I would take tours that go to places that are hard to get to on my own.

The UK immediately springs to my mind too because I would not want to drive there. Devon, Cornwall, Wales, the Lake District, Scotland, the list goes on . . . quaint villages, beautiful scenery, easy/moderate hiking, and throw in a couple of cities - York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stratford . . .

I like your suggestion of France too. If I were balancing the cost of a DIY trip on my own with rental car against a tour, I'd lean toward the tour for convenience and for the group experience, not to mention the bonus of being able to taste as much wine as possible because I wouldn't be driving.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to my first MyWay tour in two months to the Alps.

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Enjoy your trip, Chani. It goes to some of my favorite places. I can't wait to spend more time in Hallstatt's environs.

Gladys, I had not thought about the Village tours, but yes, I would like to see more of them. The Village Eastern France is one of the tours I enjoyed most. That is what put the Alsace on my return list. And soon, we are entering fresh asparagus season there, another favorite memory. I think I had better book a trip somewhere soon.

D

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My Way France--can't understand why they don't have it yet.

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Hi Debbie,

This has briefly been discussed before so I've included a link. :)

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/tours/134944

I definitely would like to see more Village Tours - maybe a Village Spain and/or Village Germany. I'd also like to see a Best of Germany tour, a Northern Spain tour, and maybe one that includes some smaller countries (perhaps adding Luxembourg, for example to the Belgium tour, for example). As you'll see in the thread I linked, I would love to see some "second tier" tours maybe offered 1-2 times each of the busiest summer months that would be less popular for RS Tour newbies, but would cater to the major repeat customers. On my last tour, there were several RS alums who had already done 4 tours, including me, but I also had people who were on their 12th/13th tours). I'm sure some of those customers would like a chance to visit places they haven't gone on a RS Tour yet (how many times can you see the Mona Lisa for instance). I know that RS caters to first-timers, but I also think the repeat customers make up about 33% of their business, so I bet they could sell some out. Maybe offer 1-2 new itineraries and alternating them year to year (similar to what they're doing with the Bulgaria tour).

Oh well, one can hope. I know it's very unlikely. :)

Maybe if we all campaign enough, it might happen.

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Oh, and I bet if they add another My Way tour, it'll be France! :)

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A my way tour of Croatia would make a lot of sense. It's not the easiest country to get to, a round trip out of Zagreb would be helpful vs. trying to find a reasonably priced flight out of Dubrovnik (which still would require two stops from the west coast of the U.S.). And the transportation within the country with no train line to Dubrovnik and ferries necessary for the islands, seems tricky. I'm not so sure this is a country I would like to drive in, either. They could tack on Slovenia, Kotor, Mostar. Lots of interesting visits nearby, but the logistics of doing them all are daunting. Maybe Greece too, that's another country where I don't know if I would want to drive, yet trains are not a practical option.

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I have done 2 My Way tours. -- Alpine and And Italy. they have become very popular tours . I expect RS to have some other new ones but I don't expect to see them for every country ETTBD visits. There are not enough guides nor transportation to accommodate one for every country. A just my opinion.

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We would like to see a My Way Village Spain tour. We can easily plan a tour to the big cities but would appreciate the intimate settings and unique experiences/activities of an RS Village Spain tour.

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Hi. Thanks, Gretchen. I searched for a former thread as I thought I recalled one. I think the search function on the RS site is not very nimble. I look forward to reading it. I like your two-tier approach. Each time I take an RS tour, more and more travelers are alumns.

Sherry, I have not been drawn to any of the Spain tours with the possible exception of the Basque tour, which I have not been motivated enough to sign-up for. A village tour would appeal to me.

Good reading, all. Hmmm. Croatia. I have not even begun to explore the eastern European countries.

D

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I think Eric hit it exactly right. The regular tours are designed for first-time visitors, whereas experienced travelers would appreciate more of the in-depth back door tours.

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I also would like to see more Village tours. I loved the Village Italy, perhaps it was the great guide Trish who made it fabulous. Village France and Spain would be great!

I have not yet taken a My Way tour but would consider ine in the future. I am visiting Spain for the first time this fall on a Best of Spain tour. Perhaps Spain my way would be great for a return trip.