Subject: Re: New Trip Planning (Long)
Dear Ole and Maria,

I'll address your Rick Steves' question. I haven't taken this particular tour but I have taken several. I love them for their efficiency. You will see more in the same time than you can do on your own--at least for a first-time visit. The bus has lots of room and you can move around. The picnics are a highlight. Where ever possible you are encouraged to go out on your own. You have time to see the things that interest you. Hotels are well located.

As for plane tickets--I'd at least start looking now, getting a feel for the prices. Hopefully you'll get more informed responses than mine.

Barbara in CT