Why a Self-Guided Tour?

The two primary reasons for taking a self-guided tour are flexibility and cost.

1- Flexibility

If you’d prefer to have someone tell you where to go and when, a self-guided tour is probably not for you.  But if you like the flexibility of riding, eating, or doing just about anything when and how you want, at your pace, self-guided tour is the answer.  For decades this is how Europeans have traveled, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t too.

2- Cost

Perhaps the biggest advantage of self-guided tours is their cost, which is often a fraction of the cost of guided tours.  And if you’re willing to rent a house with friends, the cost can be even less. Depending upon how frugal you are you can spend 20-30% or less of what a tour would otherwise cost. Even when the US Dollar was weak in 2008 and 2009 self-guided tours in France cost no more than similar duration vacations in the US.

How do I know if a self-guided tour is right for me?

Ask yourself the following questions:
  • Do you want to make the decisions as to accommodations, dining and routes? Or would you prefer that someone else make these decisions for you?
  • Are you comfortable reviewing maps? Or would you prefer that someone tell you where to go?
  • Do you want to select your travel mates? Or do you not care who you’re traveling/riding with?
  • Are you comfortable trying to speak basic French through use of a guidebook or app? Or would you prefer that someone communicate for you?
  • Are you concerned that your pace may be too slow or fast for a group of strangers? Or do you not care?
  • Are you generally more adventurous? Or less adventurous?

If you answered yes to the majority of the first half of these questions, a self-guided tour is right for you.