Have you thought about planning a specialty tour, like art history, Tuscan cooking, chocolate tasting, or landscape painting? If so, you might want to see if the tour is the right one for you.
Is it tailored to and designed for beginners or for experts? That will make a difference on how much you enjoy it. No sense being bored as the tour guide explains the difference between oregano and basil. Yet, all the art history information geared to college professors might be a little over your head.
Ask yourself some basic questions. Is this a hands-on tour? Will I be able to try my hand at making gnocchi?
Is my guide trained in Renaissance art? What language does my guide speak? Are there additional fees associated with this tour…or is the wine included?
What happens if the tour gets cancelled?
How many people will actually be in the group?
Now, read the reviews. Are they recent ones or all over a year old? Read reviews on more than one site. Are they ALL positive? If so, I would be little concerned. Is the site reputable? Do they post both great and not-so-great reviews? You want the truth.