|Subject: Re:European Tour|
There have been a lot of good suggestions so far but, having
taken two tours i think i can add something... The tour company
will suggest optional activities. meaning you pay for them.
Unless it's something you really don't want to miss, spend your
free day in each city on your own, maybe with a guide book that
has little walking tours of the city center. You'll get just as
much out of it as a group tour around the city. The only
advantage of the group tour is getting into an attraction
without standing in line and the price would be included in the
cost of the tour. With Trafalgar, some city tours may be
included already without paying extra. You could go with the
group until after you have entered the attraction you wanted to
see i.e. the Louvre or up the Eiffel Tower or whatever, then
leave the group and continue on your own.
In Venice, just walk. Wander around the islands. Take the vaporetto down the grand canal (waterbus). Gondola's are very expensive. In Rome, if your tour goes into the Vatican museums i would recommend taking it because the museums are not to be missed. Otherwise, walk around. Rome is so neat, you will turn a corner and find an old relic with a newer building erected around it in the oddest places. In Florence, again, walk. There weren't any places on the walking tour we paid for that we couldn't have gone on our own.
There are so many things to see and do in all the cities, especially London and Paris that i would add my agreement ... stay an extra day or two in both, especially London as you will be jetlagged the first day and it will give you time to get your sea legs so to speak.