Mr. Liet and I would like to go to continental Europe this summer, hitting a bunch of cities over about two weeks. We're looking at tour groups, because we want everything taken care of in advance and we want to be guided to the coolest stuff. However, we're young and active and want to tour with other young, active people too.
Neither of us are particularly social, so the idea of a tour group is a little scary, much less one filled with less active people who aren't much fun to hang out with.
On the other hand, I don't like the idea of going forth on our own, not knowing where to go and what to see. (Yes, I've seen this old question
and I'm aware that Ask MeFi is likely to encourage us to go on our own anyway.)
I'm particularly interested in something like Rick Steves' 14-day tour
-- that's the one I have my eye on. They also have a less organized tour
, but I'm afraid we'll spend all of our time waiting in lines that the tour group would be able to bypass. The Rick Steves tours are appealing to me because it sounds like they're off the beaten path a bit, and they emphasize how much walking and other activity is included.
Any suggestions for other tour companies or endorsements for Rick Steves? Again, we're primarily looking for a good social atmosphere, since we'll be stuck on a bus and having dinner with these people for two weeks.