Friday April 13 – Sunday April 22 2012
All inclusive tour package to Europe?
As their retirement present, I want to send my parents on an all inclusive guided tour for at least a week in Europe (especially France, Italy, and England). This would be their first trip oversea, so yes, they would need a guide, or else they would get very lost and confuse (just trust me on this one). I am looking for a guided tour package deal where they can travel with like a group or something with a guide (preferably aiming toward an older crowd), which include airfare or other transportation there, hotels (preferably something decent, at least 3 stars), tickets to any attractions they’ll be visiting, breakfast, lunch, and dinner (since the guide could take them to the good places and introduce them to the local cuisines), so when I’m talking all inclusive, the only money I want them to spend out of pocket on this trip would be on souvenirs and snacks and stuff. I’ve been on the similar tour package (except by cruise ship) to the Caribbean before, but not sure if there anything similar to Europe I could send my parents to and not have to worry that they’ll get lost and stranded somewhere…
Ooh…be careful here. I’ve been on two tour groups to Europe, and one of those times I went with my 50 year old mother and 76 year old gma. It was WAY too rushed and fast and hectic for them. The tour was 14 days, rick steves. We stayed an additional few days without the group, but in the group it was very fast-paced. How old are they? Can they stand A LOT of walking? Can they stand staying in france for 2 days then rushing off to italy? Are they more the sit down and relax and go at a slow pace kinda people, or what? Even for me, an 18 y/o, the pace was rather rushed. You just can’t do paris in 2 days. Florence in half a day.
If you do get them the package, try for at least 2 weeks. 10 days is too little, and idk if they even offer a 7-day week.
I work in Libya and would like to see switzerland Austria and Italy,with family in a budget?
We are 3 adults, and can travel eighter by bus/train or air for this cultural trip to see the main attractions.I will arrange visa and buy air tkt to eighter Switzerland or rome to start the trip. Budget is US $ 1700-1800 per person, all inclusive( accomodation, breakfast and dinner, sightseeing with entrance fees, localtransport , guide services)
That is not a lot of money. I hope you have not included the cost of flights from Lybia to Europe in this budget or it will be very tight.
AFAIK flights from Lybia to Europe are expensive, consider going to Tunisia or Egypt and catching a charter flight. There is a ferry from Tunis to Sicily, if you want to travel around Italy this might be a cheap way to get to Italy.
You need to plan on having at least 50 EUR per day and person, that is just enough money that you do not have to sleep on the sidewalk or beg for food. It will pay for beds in a hostel dorm and food from the supermarket, but not much more. For some comfort I would recommend taking 65+ EUR per day.
Your 1700-1800 USD work out to about 1300 EUR. With a budget of 65 EUR per day that will allow you to travel for 20 days. Note that Switzerland is expensive, your money will go further in Italy or Austria, take that into account.
20 days is a good timeframe for travelling from Sicily to the north of Italy. All three countries (Italy, Switzerland and Austria) might be a bit much in such short time. I would recommend travelling only to Italy and Austria. Both Austria and Italy have relatively cheap train tickets, no need to buy a Eurail pass if you use an international ticket from Brennero to Palermo for Italy and the Einfach-Raus-Ticket in Austria. Fly into Vienna with Turkish Airlines and then take the train to Sicily and then the ferry to Tunis.
Get yourself a good guidebook, I know that Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let’s Go or Rick Steves are good for independent travel.
Cost for 2 people-Travel Rome, Florence, Venice and then Paris, France.?
My husband and I are planning a trip to 3 cities in Italy– Rome, Florence, Venice and then Paris, France. We are considering a package from Costco Travels that is coming close to 7500 all inclusive for a 12 day trip-flights included. I recently came across a brochure from TrafalgarTours and they seem to have a variety of packages and offer 10% discount for costco members.
Please give me your opinions based on ur own experiences. And let me know how much should I keep aside for expenditure while in Eaurope – on meals, sight seeing etc.
Trafalgar Tours is one of the major players for organized tours here. If you see something you like, you can check the reviews on tripadvisor. However, you could arrange the whole thing on your own for less if you were inclined to. I always prefer to travel independently, but it is more work to book everything that way. When I go from Venice to Paris, I take the night train for 45 euro – a discounted fare that you have to book in advance since it sells out quickly. The normal fare is 127 euro for a berth in a 4 bed compartment.
Generally, I count on spending 25 to 50 euro when I go out for a meal here in Italy, but you can eat well for less than that. A pizza runs from 8 to 13 euro, for example.
Train travel between the cities can be worked out here: http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=ad1ce14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD
I use this site for hotels here in Italy: http://www.venere.com/
I am going on my first cruise shortly?
Iam going on a thompson cruise soon calling at 3 ports in italy, The cost of the arranged trips to Rome, the Vatican etc, seem quite expensive. Is there a cheaper way to do the trips or are you tied to Thompsons. also are the drinks on board expensive? is it worth paying for the all inclusive drinks package.? many thanks Peter
Our first cruise was with Thomson and included Civitiveccia, which is the nearest port to Rome. Unfortunately Rome is about 2 hours drive away. You are under no obligation whatsoever to to do the excursion with Thomson. You can come to an arrangement with a port taxi driver, or see if there are any other excursions companies working from the port. You could though, be left disappointed, or waste a lot of sightseeing time trying to arrange this. I have always found the Thomson excursions better value and far superior to other cruiselines such as P&O. Our trip to Rome was amazing and the agent took us to loads of touristy places that we would have been hard put to find under our own steam,
The drink prices on board are comparable with most pubs. As for the drinks package – it depends on how much you drink. We sat down one year and worked it out. We don’t drink too much, and it worked out just less to buy them separately. We found that those on drinks packages had smaller glasses, and then the wine waiters weren’t too quick at refilling them.
Cheapest places for destination weddings?
Where are the cheapest all inclusive places to go, not including mexico because I do not want to go there. I would really prefer the carribean, africa, or europe. My top choices are Morocco, Jamaica, Italy, Spain, and Ireland. Of those which would be the cheapest place go and how could I lower the costs. My budget is 10,000 dollars for me, my bf, my parents and my brother. His family will be paying for their portion of the trip
Montego Bay, or Ocho Rios Jamaica is nice, or Hawaii. Like another poster said, make sure you have passports.
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Friday April 13 – Sunday April 22 2012