Subject: Italy by tour company
My point wasn't focused on that she could have a better trip on her own, but was that if she wanted a tour then she should look for one with a different itinerary than Italy Bellisimo had...one that gave her more time in the major cities of Italy, which I consider more appropriate for a first-time traveler; remember, I feel strongly that once someone goes to Italy, he/she WILL go back! I just did not feel she had made the best choice as to tour itinerary.

As to your question...setting aside considerations such as someone to handle baggage for you and those comfort things that go with being on a tour, if you are talking just about price then yes, one can do a trip on one's own for the same price as a tour in many instances. Sally Watkins, CTC