I did a 21 day camping tour of Europe with another tour operator (Contiki) and i found it thoroughly enjoyable.
But here are some pro’s and con’s for camping that i found
- tour was much cheaper, thefore the money saved could be spent on attractions/ sight seeing etc
- Although we had terrible stormy weather of a night in Venice, Prague and Lauterbrunnen (Swizterland), whenever this was the case our tour manager organised cabins for an extra small fee so we were never camping in tents in pouring rain (cant guarentee this will happen all all camping tours though) so dont let bad weather turn you off.
-camp grounds tend to be out of the city, so if you want to stay out later to visit bars/clubs you had to pay more for a taxi to bring you back (and thats if you could remember the name of the camp ground!)
-Upon arriving at the camp grounds it was fairly rushed to get ready to hit the town. Everything felt really rushed, like you would arrive at the grounds, have to set up your tent, eat dinner, clean up and then get ready in time to meet the coach to get a lift into town
- you have to get up extra early to pack your tent up (and with a hangover it sucks lol)
-Generally everyone will need to pitch in to help the tour cook eg-assist him/her prepping for dinners, breakfasts, washing up, setting up the cooks tent etc (not sure if there is a cook on the non camping trips) so this will take some time away when you could be getting dolled up/ pre drinking before heading out.
Also, having a big group of people can be loads of fun. plenty of people to mingle, party and chat with!
Overall camping really isnt that bad- i sure had a blast. only thing that bothered me were the massive fat slugs on the tents in Munich… SLIMEY!!! lol
Hope this might give you a bit of insight in making your decision