I've never gone to Europe before; indeed have traveled no further than Canada (live in the US). Although the cost makes me swallow hard, I'm really thinking about doing a Rick Steves tour of Paris and the heart of France. Several reasons go into my considering this, among them being a solo female traveler, no experience in Europe, and wanting to perhaps leave some of the travel details to others in the beginning.
I would never really consider a typical tour group; the hordes following their guide in a huge bus everywhere is a common sight where I live and not one I'd want to be part of. But it seems from the descriptions of their tours that this could be a tour that would work for me. I'm fit,active, and love to walk for miles and take mass transit whenever possible, pack super light, have no desire to stay in fancy places and really just want someone to make enough of the arrangements so I can figure out how to get around without getting lost! And learning about what I'm seeing is good too.
Have you done one of these tours? What was your experience? As a solo traveler will I feel isolated or enough a part of the group? Any other info you want to share?