This is my first solo trip. I assume every group is unique, but wondered what overall impressions are for someone new to travel alone, but in a group. Also, has anyone done this tour?
We did the Ultimate Alps and Dolomites in 2014. It was our second Tauck trip. It has changed some but was great back then. Don't nap during the bus rides in the Dolomites- the scenery is spectacular- actually more so than the Austrian and Bavarian Alps!. Unless they desired to be by themselves, singles on all our trips since have been warmly welcomed and accepted by the other travelers.
I've done 5 of 6 of my Tauck trips solo. No soclializing problems at all. Number of solos on my trips have varied from 2 to 7. In my (limited) experience, if you book on one of the dates that Tauck offers a solo discount, you'll find more solos there. Note that not all destinations offer the solo dates.
Again, in my limited experience, more important than the number of solos is the number of very large parties. One trip I did had a family of 11. While they were all very personable on an individual basis, it was a hassle for everyone, including the TD, to accommodate them in restaurants, as they always wanted to sit together on their own.
Tauck is a good group to travel with if you are solo. Out of my 5 trips with Tauck so far, 4 of them have been solo. I never felt alone or unwelcome. I am somewhat introverted and probably about 20 years younger than the average Tauck guest, so I may be slower to talk to people at the welcome reception, but once the tour gets going and there is more opportunity to meet and talk to people, I have never had a problem. Most people on these tours are very nice and welcoming, so hopefully you will have a similar experience. There may be certain parts of the tour where you will be by yourself, but overall you will likely be in good company.
I have not taken the specific tour you mention, but I am sure it will be great. Have fun!
The "large party" factor can affect any tour. Our England Scotland Wales tour had 28 people (although was initially sold out) of which there was a family of 8 and 10 couples. They seemed pleasant but mostly had little to do with the rest of the tour group, always had to sit together (even if it meant moving others) and always were in the same local tour group. Other than the being moved situation, it mostly ended up with a fun small group tour of the 10 couples. We all had a blast. Small group for the price of a regular tour.
Our Ireland tour had 2 solo travelers traveling together. We all welcomed them into our circle.
Yes indeed. Singles are great, big groups are not, they really mess up the usual flow of a tour.
Thank y’all so, so much for your really helpful comments. It sounds like there might be other solo travelers with whom I can eat or tour when the group doesn’t have specific plans. This is my first solo tour and I’ve been researching what to do when alone, but maybe I won’t need to always venture out by myself.