Thought I'd start a new thread on this subject rather than let it get hidden elsewhere. We've been wondering about booking a package holiday this year. We've gone independently for years but felt a bit exposed during some volcano action last year and have decided to try and avoid car hire this year - I'm always convinced I'll be ripped off or the car will be stolen or some other expensive disaster will happen . Trouble is we like to avoid hearing English spoken as much as possible. Stood in a queue at an airport last year as a Thomsons coach arrived and the carrying on had to be seen to be believed - all this hugging and kissing the reps and shouting up and down the queue to new friends. Couldn't stand that!! However - don't want to spend a fortune for an "exclusive" tour operator either. You see I'm basically a standoffish, risk averse skinflint. Any suggestions.