We had the great fortune this year to take a 21 day tur through Europe. We went with an American tour company "Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door" and I have to say it was fantastic. The tour company takes the approach of not staying in the big chain hotels, but instead staying in family run hotels an pensions. Not tiny little places necessarily, but still not the normal tourist accommodation. We started in Haarlem, Amsterdam and travelled through Germany, Austria, Rome, Switzerland and into France. Unfortunately we never made it to France as we left in Switzerland due to family emergencies, you can read about all that on my other blog, "Through the Valley of Life"