My family is from Italy, but I have never been there. Even though It was somewhere my husband and I agreed that was one of our top destinations when we married over 35 years ago, we were always sidetracked for one reason or another. Finally, we have set aside three weeks to go this September/October. We have an ambitious itinerary because we doubt that we will be able to return and would like to see as much of the country as possible. We would like to include Venice, Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast, as well as visit Perugia and Bari--the birthplaces of my family.
We have always enjoyed traveling independently and having that control. We like to research and find just the right hotels (with character) and those special local restaurants, but have used guides on occasion. We like a good mix of the cultural and the "real" country experience. A recent trip, however, did make us realize that age is catching up with us! We are now considering the Best of Italy group tour by Trafalgar, thinking that we can add some time at the end to visit Perugia and Bari.
Our quandary is that we are concerned this type of travel will disappoint and we really want the trip to be as memorable as we always hoped. Are there any members out there who have been in a similar situation (i.e., switched from independent travel to group tours because of age) willing to share experiences? Would it be possible for our itinerary to be accomplished independently and smoothly through car and train travel?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.