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Linda asks…

selling tickets from brighton to amsterdam!?

i have tickets leaving from the university of sussex to amsterdam with discovery tours that i’m selling for 100 pounds, it leaves friday night, comes back late sunday night and it has a hotel stay and breakfast included!
http://www.discoverytours.uk.com/
im talking to the tour company to transfer the name of the ticket

Yaz answers:

Are you sure these tickets are transferable? Security and all that stuff

Lisa asks…

Cheap Europe Train Tickets?

Cost of EuropeTrain Tickets ?
Hi This is our itinerary in July. Where to buy tickets and with so many options makes it more confusing to decide. So here we go and maybe you can suggest:

How much would it cost us this itinerary? Is it cheaper to go for point to point tickets or railpass?

Point if entry: Munich, Germany
Germany- Tour for 2-3 cities within
Netherlands- Tour in Amsterdam and side trip in Brugges
France- next stop is Paris , then a day to Versailles
Last stop to Italy- roaming to Venice-Florence to Rome
Fly back home.

So how much would this tour costs in tickets alone? Please suggest the cheapest way to fulfill it.

Yaz answers:

Even with as detailed travel plans it is impossible to tell you how much the train tickets will cost.
It does depend on when you buy the tickets, when you travel and how much freedom to change you want.
The best you can do is reading the should I buy rail pass or point to point tickets chapter on the site of the man in seat sixty-one:
http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm
About three down in the list.

A further good site is the German rail site: http://www.bahn.de/i/view/DEU/en/index.shtml
Via the seat 61 site you can find the travel planners for the other countries to work out your ticket prices. But remember that many countries sell cheap tickets 3 months before traveling but on the day the tickets will be much more expensive.
In between the prices will rise with humps and bounds, as the numbers sold will go up.

Robert asks…

Is the “I amsterdam” card worth purchasing?

And what is the rough cost fo travelling around amsterdam and admission to museums and stuff? Is it worth purchasing the card for 3 days or just doing it ourselves? Also, have you any suggestions about good places to go/stay while I’m asking? The card costs around £40 for 3 days.

Thanks.

Heres whats included in the I amsterdam card:

Free benefits include:
Free use of public transport: includes trams, buses and underground of the GVB public transport system. Important: not valid for train travel, including to and from Schiphol Airport.

Free entrance to the following museums:
Allard Pierson Museum Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Amsterdams Historisch Museum Museum Het Schip
Amsterdam Tulip Museum Museum Our Lord in the Attic
Museum Van Loon Biblical Museum
Museum Willet Holthuysen Dutch Resistance Museum
De Nieuwe Kerk Foam Fotography Museum
De Oude Kerk (incl. World Press
Photo exhibition 23 April-20 June) Hermitage Amsterdam
Portugese Israëli Synagoge Hortus Botanicus
Rijksmuseum – The Masterpieces Houseboatmuseum
Science center NEMO Huis Marseille Museum for photograpy
Museum of Bags & Purses Bakery Museum Zaanse Schans
Jewish Historical Museum Tropenmuseum
Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum Museum Geelvinck
Van Gogh Museum Dutch Press Museum
Cobra Museum Amstelveen Diamant Museum Amsterdam

Free Canal Cruise
Choose between Blue Boat Company or Holland International

Other Free Benefits
Amsterdam Diamond Group (free tour & surprise) Heineken The City (free opener)
De Bazel Cafe en Conferentiecentrum
(free cup of tea) Holland Casino Amsterdam (free entrance)
De Bijenkorf (free gift) La Place (free cup of coffee)
Van Dobben Sandwichbar (free croquette roll) De Drie Fleschjes (free glass of liqueur)
Varen op de Zaan (free ferry Zaanse Schans)

25% Discount at the following attractions:
Last minute tickets Concertgebouw Selected concerts Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
The Muziektheater Amsterdam Amsterdam Arena – World of Ajax Tours
Karos Citytours (horse drawn coachtour) The Amsterdam Dungeon
Kooijman Souvenirs & Gifts (wooden shoes) Artis Royal Zoo
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Boom Chicago (comedyshow in English)
Hop on hop off Museumline (Lovers) Canal Bike pedal boat
Olympic Stadium Amsterdam Canal Bus
TunFun Indoor playground Candlelight Cruise Holland International
VOC-schip Amsterdam Cheese Farm Catharina Hoeve
Cheese Gift Shop Magna Plaza Hertz Rent a Car
Mac Bike Bicycle rental Filmmuseum
Scooter experience (scooter rental) Heineken Experience
Waterland busticket Arriva House of Bols
Caulils delicatessen & catering Fun Forest Amsterdam
Gilde Amsterdam – Mee in Mokum walking tour Reypenaer Tasting rooms
De Saense Lelie – Zaanse Schans Jonk’s Herringcart

25% Discount at many restaurants:

Yaz answers:

Whether it will be worth it for you depends on how many museums you visit, how much you use the tram and bus, where your hotel will be, how often you eat in a restaurant where you get a discount.
And how expensive those restaurants are, compared to other restaurants you could go to.

Some museums many people want to visit are not included in the card, like the Anne Frank house.
And most people will not visit more than two museums per day, so the savings there might not be as big as you might assume from the list of museums.
And I see that some places that are on the list do not allow you free entry to all the site, like Zaanse Schans has only one or two items listed, they have many more and for each you will pay separate.

I think, if you want to do three main museums with high entry costs, like Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum, a canal boat tour and a few tram rides each day, you would be better off with the card.
But if you do not plan to visit the main museums, it will not.

A good site with a lot of information on Amsterdam is:
http://www.amsterdam.info/
It has a good list with museums, with explanations in English and links to the museums own websites.
It also has more information on the different cards you can get in Amsterdam, like just transport. Or a museum pass for many museums for a year, (worth it if you want to stay longer than a few days or will be back soon.)

Daniel asks…

How to plan a multi-country european vacation?

Hey, I’m going on a Euro trip with my 5 friends, all of us 18-20 years old. We want to go to more than one country. We decided we want to go to the following places: Amsterdam, Brussels, Germany (Berlin, Munich, possibly Frankfort),Vienna, Prague and Poland (Auschwitz). So what would be the best way to plan this? We will be flying from San Francisco, Ca. Is it possible to take a train to different destinations? Do we need visas or specific vaccinations ( I remember when I went to Brazil I was required to have had some shot…like yellow fever or something). & about how much money would things like excursions cost? like tours (walking, bus), museum tickets, bars, etc?

thanks :)

Yaz answers:

When you start planning a holiday with a group of people you first have to talk about what the people want, where they want to go and what they want to do there.
If they agree on the things to do, like whether to go to the beach, just go to museums, just chill out in bars, do long hikes or whatever, and can agree on the kind of mix that is mostly the result when several people travel together you need to select a few destinations that all want to go to.

If you can agree on that, you will have to look at the practical side.

One of the answers mentions InterRail. As you are from the USA, that is useless for you, as non Europeans you can buy Eurail passes, which might work out for you. But for many people it is cheaper to buy point to point tickets.
If you do not add more countries you may get a 4 country pass, which will be cheaper and might work out for you, as long as you are willing to pay separately for the bit in Poland, as the Netherlands and Belgium with Luxembourg are counted as one country for Eurail.
This page will tell you all you need to know about rail passes and a lot more: http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm

Before you buy your passes, check that your planned itinerary will work, you can do that with the German rail planner, available in English, which works well for almost all trains in all of Europe:
http://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

If you are all USA citizens you will not need visa and will get a stamp in your passport upon arrival that allows you to stay for 90 days in the Schengen area, and all locations you mention are within that area, for tourist reasons only.
Unless you travel through a tropical country on your way to Europe you will not need shots, as neither North America nor Europe has illnesses requiring them.
If one of your party does not have a USA passport he might need visa, it is best to search google for -visa information- and the countries involved, as there are many places that give that info but the one I used to use has changed and is no more available.

For money, at this time people your age using hostels, doing their own cooking or eating the cheapest local options, drinking little and spending little on sight seeing and travel use about $US 100 per person per day, but that number can change dramatically with the currency exchange rates.
If you can save enough that you can spend €100 per person per day, that will give you a bit of leeway and will allow you some more drinking.
On top of that comes your flights, from SF it is likely that you need more than $1000 per person for a return flight.

Some people here budget lower amounts, but from experience I say that most people overspend on their budget and very few return home with money left over.

Charles asks…

Has anyone use the InterRail Global Pass to tour Europe and would you recommend it or pay-as-you go tickets?

I’m planning to travel Europe this summer – there will be two of us 25 and 29 so looked at InterRails global pass which would be about £550 for both of but wondering if it’s more economical to just buy tickets as you and even fly between cities – has anyone done this comparison? we’re probably only going to be visiting 6-8cities at most like paris, budapest, krakow, amsterdam, rome, barcelona and maybe a couple of others. Hoping some of you can help me decide which method of transport is more economical and if it is by train using one of these tickets is InterRail any good? Thanks

Yaz answers:

I loved it, but then, I love being in a train and have done several long distance as well as many short distance hops.
But then, I think early bought point to point tickets might have been cheaper.

Whether it will be for your travel depends on how early you buy, how much flexibility you want and whether you are willing to plan your travels on a 10 out of 22 days pass.

The best place to work it out is the site of the man in seat sixty-one: http://www.seat61.com/
Go to rail passes on the top of the page, and in that page the internal link to ‘Should I buy a rail pass or point-to-point tickets?’.

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Betty asks…

How strict is Amsterdam for clubs?

Me and 3 friends are wanting to visit amsterdam in July, me and one of my friends are 18 whereas the other 2 are 17, I know they can’t buy weed but can they still get into clubs? if so which ones, if we get there before say 12 will they be more leinient?

Yaz answers:

That all depends on who’s at the door and if they have had any recent trouble. A small group of good looking kids who do not seem to be looking for trouble do stand a chance of encountering leniency.

Http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/spotlight/party
http://www.amsterdam.org/old_site/clubs.php

List the highlights of the club scene. All clubs will have an English language website so it’s a matter of visiting these and find out the age limits.

Maria asks…

How much money to travel to Amsterdam?

Me & my girl friend are planning on visiting Amsterdam next year July. And we live in Toronto, ON. How much would each ticket cost? And preferably if you could tell us about a round trip fare. And also are things down there expensive? I want to know just how much money to bring,
haha please & thanks (:

Yaz answers:

The Flight Prices will vary depending on what airline you go on, and what class you are in. You will also need to get a passport if you don’t already have one. When you get there, you will need to find a hotel to stay in, and get some of their money. They use the Euro, which can be quite expansive.
So in my opinion, you should take a fair bit.

David asks…

Going to Europe for my honeymoon in July. What is a better city to visit, Rome or Amsterdam?

Yaz answers:

Rome (and Italy in general) can be very romantic, but Rome in July is supposed to be extremely hot and crowded. Amsterdam will be crowded, too, but you probably won’t have to deal with the heat issues.

Donna asks…

Good places to visit nearby Amsterdam?

Hi

I will be travelling to Amsterdam between July 29- Aug 8. Could you guys please advise what are the best cities (preferably in other countries like Switzerland) that I can travel to and come back in the same day. I would like to travel for 2 or 3 days like that. And what could be the cost of train ticket also? Thanks a lot.
thanks for the answer. can i visit some country side in holland or places where i can see the tulips?

Yaz answers:

It’s too late for the tulips. If I were you I’d spend the time exploring Amsterdam as there is a lot to see and do. Most of the rest of the Netherlands can be easily reached by train. Fare depends on your final destination and if you purchase a round trip ticket. Switzerland is way too far from Amsterdam for a day trip.

Nancy asks…

Things to see and do ub Amsterdam?

We are planning to visit amsterdam for 3 days some time in July. So would appreciate any tips and advise on places to visit and things to see, like tulip gardens, windmills, typical dutch stuff ?

Yaz answers:

July is the wrong time for tulip gardens, for that you need to come in April.
But windmills will be available, as are pretty villages, dikes and polders.

An easy daytrip from Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans:
http://www.zaanseschans.nl/
There will be tours, but you can easily do it by train. There is no entry charge, they charge you for each separate building you enter, although there are some free to enter things too.
Trains run every 30 minutes and take 17 minutes, a day return ticket will cost € 5,20 from one of the ticket machines. The station you will use is Koog Zaandijk.
This can be done for a day, but also for just half a day.

An other option is going to Enhuizen, a small Dutch city with a good open air museum:
http://www.zuiderzeemuseum.nl/?language=en
Travel time by train is just under an hour, trains run each 30 minutes and it cost € 18,70 for a day return.

There are many more options for a day outside Amsterdam, there are many tours available.
If you read in the older questions about Amsterdam, you will find most of them mentioned.

For information about Amsterdam itself, I like this site:
http://www.amsterdam.info/
It has museums, walks, shopping, restaurants, and on and on.

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George asks…

Amsterdam Tourism Market: What is the tourism cannabis market compared to the brothel market in Amsterdam?

I am trying to find stats of the tourism market in Amsterdam. Does anyone know any credible sources to find this information, perhaps an article.

I am trying to determine how much of the tourism market is cannabis versus legal brothels in Amsterdam.

Yaz answers:

You are trying to compare an illegal section with a semi legal but not accepted section and you expect the financial information to be available online? Dream on.

Besides that, not all tourist do just one or the other or even either.
The municipality of Amsterdam might be the place to find some answers, as they did investigate the situation before starting with the current clean-up of the prostitution businesses.
As many of the brothels that are closed because of that were illegal or owned by people who had other illegal activities, you might be able to find more information online now that you used to be able to, but still most will not be available.

Sandra asks…

Amsterdam Tourism?

Hello,
I am planning one of my first vacations with my girlfriend. I would like to go to the Netherlands, during the summer of 2008.
I really don’t know much about the country in regards to history, and physical layout. but I do know that I want to see the Van Gogh muesem, the Ann Frank house, and be a stones throw away (no pun intended) from some quality coffeshops.

My question’s about this are…
-How reasonable (or unreasonable) are airline tickets around summer time?
-and hotel prices
-Where should I try to find a room based on my goals for this vacation. with consideration of relying on public transportation or taxis.
-Whats the deal with the canal system?
-What should I look out for?
-Any good recommendations for site seeing?

Yaz answers:

I followed the advice and info given on those websites and I had a fantastic time in Amsterdam! Don’t forget to buy the I Amsterdam card! It can be really useful and save you some money, especially if you are to move around a lot. I used public transportation only once, as you can easily move around on foot!
Http://www.holland.com/amsterdam/gb/
http://www.amsterdam.info/
http://homepages.cwi.nl/~steven/amsterdam.html

I stayed at the Owl Hotel near Leidseplein, which is a square where tram stops are and also some restaurants and coffee shops.
The only thing you should look out for is pickpockets, but I have to tell you that I’ve never felt safer anywhere else in the world!

Apart from the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank Huis, you should visit Madame Tussaud’s, Rijksmuseum, Dam square, the Red Light district, the zoo and Heineken Museum (an amazing experience, plus three free glasses of beer!)

Have a great time!

Susan asks…

Can i enter amsterdam for tourism with business schengen visa for sweden?

I got business schengen visa to sweden and i am planning to stay there for 4 days, my first entry to europe will be through amsterdam where i want to stay there for 2 days tourism.

is it possible to enter amsterdam with business visa?
As i didnt isue the visa from Netherlands embassy , will the 4 days in sweden be considered as main destination or i will face problems in amsterdam airport?

Yaz answers:

I might be wrong but as far as I know once you have a Schengen visa for one member State then that visa is good for all memeber States. Ireland and the UK aren’t in Schengen at the moment. So, if you get a Schengen visa for say Germany you can jump on a flight and go to say Spain without any problems as far as I know. But you should probably phone the relevant embassy to doube check or better still (for a more informed and impartial answer) the European Commission office in your home country.

Ruth asks…

How much does amsterdam make in tourism annually?

I am working on a project on amsterdam and i would like to know how much they make in tourism annually. also could you put your sources so i can check it myself

Yaz answers:

The best info is always that officially sourced and there is a pdf file with basic tourist stats compiled by Amsterdam’s council – ‘Research and Statistics Economic Development” http://www.os.amsterdam.nl/pdf/2008_factsheets_4a

There is a lot of info there for you to use and so no point me paraphrasing it in an answer here when it is in English and pretty easy to grasp

Hope this helps with your project :0)

Steven asks…

Some information on hotels and drug tourism in Amsterdam?

I am writing my dissertation proposal and I am looking for some research on hotel industry in Amsterdam and a study that connects drug tourism with hotel business again in Amsterdam. If you can direct me to some sites (or paid ones).
Thanks

Yaz answers:

You have a very specific question.
I suggest you call some organisations:

The brancheorganisation for cafes, restaurants and hotels is: http://www.horeca.org/smartsite.dws?id=8 Horeca Nederland. I would call them. The hotel-section is here: http://www.horeca.org/smartsite.dws?id=448

The VVV is the Dutch bureau for tourism. Http://www.amsterdamtourist.nl/nl/visiting/praktischeinformatie/contactatcb They may have some information.

The Chamber of Commerce of Amsterdam can be found here: http://www.evd.nl/zoeken/showbouwsteen.asp?bstnum=48830&location=

The last could be the city council: http://www.amsterdam.nl/

Start with the Horeca Nederland and the Chamber of commerce

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Donna asks…

italy apartments for vacation?

ok me and my wife are gonna stay in rome for a few months and take day trips around italy and just soak up the itly life style any 1 know any reasonable flats to stay in that are safe and cheap

Yaz answers:

The cheapest apartment in Rome which is also clean and safe is this: http://romanticnest.altervista.org
but remember to book through sites like bedandbreakfast.com where you usually find 50% discount.
On the owner’s website the rate is 100 euros, instead on b&b.com you find 45 euros (per night).
Hope this helps you.
Bye

Richard asks…

tour around italy and switzerland?

i’ll be in rome for 4 days. if i want to extend my vacation and tour around italy and switzerland, are there any tour package which is cheap and nice? anyone pls kindly let me know..tks alot

Yaz answers:

Hey, I just got back from Rome actually. I took a tour with the company Contiki, and it went through Switzerland as well as Italy. My tour also included London, Paris, and Austria, but there are other options on the website that focus more on a particular country or countries, especially Italy. I know there’s a 9 day Tuscany Tour, a 13 day Simply Italy tour, and an 8 day Italian Expresso. My last tour ended in Italy and I was going to take another one while I was there. As for Switzerland, there are a lot of different European packages offered. Maybe look at “Road to Rome”. But anyways, my trip turned out to be great and now I really wish I would have booked that second tour and saw more of Europe when I had the chance. The website is www.contiki.com and my email is novosel.7@osu.edu if you want to ask me anything more specific. I love talking about my trip so feel free. Ok, well hope everything works out for you. Happy travels.

Ken asks…

Rome VS. Florence Study Abroad – 10 pts?

I have been clogging the Italy forum for weeks now and for that, I sincerely apologize. I am very torn between studying abroad in Rome and Florence, Italy. I have two huge concerns:
1) Cost
– both programs are approximately $15,000 … i have about $6,000 in financial aid. Banks allow you to take out an educational loan for the amount up to the total cost of the program. So my thought process is 15k – 6k= 9k (so the program will really only be costing me 9k because of financial aid) but, i can continue to borrow 15k so I have 5/6k for living expenses, meals etc.
– I need to know which city is more expensive in terms of living expenses! Since this is not a vacation (I will be living there for approximately 5 months) I don’t think I will feel the need to splurge on one huge night out because I will have opportunities to go out all of the time. But I do need to know which city has more expensive food, night life, attractions, etc.

2) Travel opportunities
– This means so much to me I would almost set this above cost. I was thinking of purchasing the Eurail Global Pass (the 3 month one) and traveling throughout Europe on the weekends. Now, most destinations I would want to reach (Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona) are about a day’s worth of travel away from Rome and Florence. So I was wondering if I could get any opinions on the Eurail pass vs. cheap airlines like Ryan Air and Easyjet

Overall … which city will allow me to have a better experience based on these two factors?
ps- is the 3 month eurail pass worth if for me living there for 4/5 months (i will probably only be able to travel on weekends)

Yaz answers:

Both Rome and Florence are great places to live and only 1 hr 35 min apart using the fast trains. Rome is more expensive. Either one has good train access and air opportunities. Rome has two local airports. Florence has a fairly small airport, but there are trains to the Pisa airport and Bologna is only about 40 min by train from Florence. There’s the Aerobus that runs from the train station in Bologna to the airport for 5 euro (20 min travel time). Bologna now has a lot of Ryanair flights. RyanAir and EsayJet are far from the only budget airlines here. Two good sites for finding budget flights are: http://www.skyscanner.nl/ and http://www.whichbudget.com/

A Eurail pass is unlikely to be worth the money if you only use it on weekends and certainly more expensive that individual tickets if you only use it here in Italy. For example, there’s a night train from Rome to Paris which stops in florence en route. The standard price of a berth is 127 euro. However, if you buy the ticket far enough in advance to get the discounted “smart” price, the ticket costs 45 euo. These sell out fast, but they’re not all that hard to get if you’re here and monitor when they go on sale for dates you’re interested in. If you use the Eurail pass, you still have to make a reservation which will cost you 45 euro. If you have a Eurail pass with limited travel days, it’s even worse because Rome to Paris uses two travel days in each direction. Florence only uses one because the train leaves there after 7 pm. There are only a limited number of places outside of Italy that you will be able to travel on weekends due to the travel times.

This site has a huge amount of information on train travel and rail passes: http://www.seat61.com/ . You might particularly want to read the section called Common railpass mistakes: Italy http://www.seat61.com/Railpass.htm#Eurail passes

Mary asks…

Rome versus Florence, study abroad (cost, travel opportunities), please help! 10 pts!?

I have been clogging the Italy forum for weeks now and for that, I sincerely apologize. I am very torn between studying abroad in Rome and Florence, Italy. I have two huge concerns:
1) Cost
– both programs are approximately $15,000 … i have about $6,000 in financial aid. Banks allow you to take out an educational loan for the amount up to the total cost of the program. So my thought process is 15k – 6k= 9k (so the program will really only be costing me 9k because of financial aid) but, i can continue to borrow 15k so I have 5/6k for living expenses, meals etc.
– I need to know which city is more expensive in terms of living expenses! Since this is not a vacation (I will be living there for approximately 5 months) I don’t think I will feel the need to splurge on one huge night out because I will have opportunities to go out all of the time. But I do need to know which city has more expensive food, night life, attractions, etc.

2) Travel opportunities
– This means so much to me I would almost set this above cost. I was thinking of purchasing the Eurail Global Pass (the 3 month one) and traveling throughout Europe on the weekends. Now, most destinations I would want to reach (Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona) are about a day’s worth of travel away from Rome and Florence. So I was wondering if I could get any opinions on the Eurail pass vs. cheap airlines like Ryan Air and Easyjet

Overall … which city will allow me to have a better experience based on these two factors?

Yaz answers:

You can visit http://www.linktodiversity.com where you can find out more about programs both in Rome and Florence. Hopefully it will be helpful in your decision making process.

Sharon asks…

Vacation to Rome: 1 week or 2?

I plan to take my girlfriend to Rome sometime in 2009. We’re both history buffs and love the artistic side as well. We are both in our 20’s and getting around the city, walking or metro, is no problem. The only issue is, we’re in our 20’s and money is sort of tight. I’d like to spend less than $3,500 but preferably under $3,000.

My question is, is one week sufficient to see Rome or is two weeks more necessary?

Also, I’d ideally like to see all of Italy, but that may be pushing it. I’ve heard there is a moderately priced Italian rail pass which could be an option. It would kill me to be that close to Pompeii, Florence and Venice and never get to see them.

On a side note, I’ve heard that flying into London then taking an inter-european flight is cheaper than flying direct. Is this true? What’s the best thing to do?

Please help. I want to make her dream come true.

Yaz answers:

If you’re looking to visit Rome and Pompeii, a week is fine but if you want to extend to Florence and Venice (and perhaps another city or two) then you should definitely consider two weeks.

Central Rome is quite accessible by foot, and during my previous trips I’ve always walked around pretty much everywhere. When I first visited Rome I used the guide from Enjoy Rome (http://www.enjoyrome.com/index.html ) and found it useful that I’ve used it every time since, with exception when I was visiting and my friend from Rome was incidentally home at the same time. That trip, I had a personal tour guide 😉

Metro in Rome is not particularly handy, often not going near the historical sites. The reason is simple – anytime that they try to dig for metro construction, they’ll come across some part of ancient Rome and an excavation would then be required! If you must, take the buses and they’re quite cheap. For more information on public transportations in Rome, check this link (http://www.enjoyrome.com/tourist/cityguide/public.transportation.html )

There is no need to get an Italian rail pass. Train in Italy, especially the regional ones, are cheap enough that a rail pass is actually not worth it. For destinations that are just a couple of hours away from Rome then regional trains are certainly the way to go. E.g. Train for Rome-Naples is about 10euro one way, where you will then grab a bus to go to Pompeii.

As for longer distance destination such as Venice, look into either travelling overnight (so your accommodation budget can go for the train+sleeper) and arriving in the morning. On faster trains, if you buy your tickets ahead of time, you can avail of Amica prices which usually is discounted in comparison to the normal rates. The the rail network in Italy is run by Trenitalia (http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=3fdbe14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD )

As for flights, it depends. Sometimes you could get cheap enough flight even though it’s direct to Rome. Sometimes perhaps it’s more expensive than flying to London then grab an inter-European flight, but is it cheaper after you add the costs of US-London AND London-Rome?

Flying direct to Rome means you’re not wasting time to go to London, then having to change an airport (most low-fare, no frills flights operate from other airports and not from Heathrow) and you’ll need to account for travelling to/fro the airports (prices in GBP, which is expensive if you consider USD-GBP conversion) too. Not only that, low cost airlines don’t do connections so if you miss your flights it’s your problem. On top of that, they also tend to have major luggage restrictions and additional charges for check-in luggage etc. Sometimes, taking into account of all these, unless you’re making significant savings to fly to London, then I would say save yourself the hassle and just fly direct to Rome.

Besides, see it this way. If you’re only saving about 100USD per person but you waste some 6-8 hours transitting in London with no guarantee on flight connections, is it worth it? Is the value of your time not worth more than that? You can’t ever buy lost time so why not have more of them in Rome (and Italy) than navigating different airport system and security etc?

I recently gave an answer to another question related to travelling in Italy (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjKwxD8k2IBcQ5I7Jo7Xj8Dty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20081202054031AACe9pS&show=7#profile-info-pObxZvs5aa ) so have a look at the details there. I was suggesting to the asker a potential itinerary for his rather tight schedule for Venice – Verona – Florence – Rome – Venice but of course this is just for guide, and to give you some idea of how the trip could be roughly planned, and the kind of train ticket prices that’s applicable.

If you need any other information, let me know and I’ll see if I’m able to help. I travel to Italy regularly and although I may not know everything, if I can answer any of your question, I’ll happily help.

Happy planning!

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Nancy asks…

romantic spa vacation?

I am trying to find an all inclusive vacation that would be for a romantic getaway with my husband. Neither of us is huge on beaches. I’m looking for a resort somewhere warm with beautiful views with a spa, dance lessons, ect… you can see where I am going with this, I understand I may be stuck on a tropical island somewhere which I can handle but would prefer more architecture and history somewhere like Italy or Greece. I’m willing to spend upwards of $10,000 but am unable to find a great place does anyone have any suggestions?????

Yaz answers:

The most beautiful place that I would love to visit is Kauai. It is so romantic and there is a ton to do there from surfing to snorkeling to golf to horseback riding! Check out these gorgeous rentals I found: http://www.facebook.com/kauaivacationrentals

Helen asks…

Where should we go for our vacation post college graduation?

We usually go to Mexico every year doing the all inclusive deals. But this time we want to do something different, Europe or South America, especially since I graduate with my first bachelors in spring 2008! So I am trying to plan now for this trip… We would like to go somewhere with a beach and we want to stay possibly 4-7 days max.

I already have a pretty good job, but its soon to get even more desirable once i get that piece of paper. I want to start my post graduate career off relaxed and refreshed…. Any suggestions? I was thinking Italy.

And out travel time range would be between June through October.

When is the best time to travel to your suggested getaway!?

Yaz answers:

I think Italy is a very good idea. If you are looking for a relaxed kind of holiday, Le Marche could be your perfect destination.
This region is off the beaten path but it has a lot to offer: beaches, events, art, food and wine. If you have time have a look at my site. Have a good vacation!

Sandra asks…

Would you rather go on a cruise or…..?

Just a poll:
would you rather, in the summer, go on a 7 day all inclusive cruise in the Carribean,
or do a Europe vacation that includes, London, Paris, and various places in Italy, then 2 weeks in Switzerland?

Yaz answers:

If money is not the issue, hands down Europe, it’s so much more interesting going to London, Paris, Italy, Switzerland than being stuck on a cruise ship mostly. There is so much more to see, eat, buy and experience touring Europe than going from beaches to beaches.

Ken asks…

Vacation ideas?

My mom (61) and I (38) want to take a vacation somewhere and we are not sure what would be a great mother/daughter holiday. We have thought perhaps a cruise, or an allinclusive resort, or if we could get the money together even Italy. Ideally the whole trip would cost under $2000. Does anyone have any ideas they could pass my way?
Thanks in advance!

Yaz answers:

There’s a free Cruise Travel Guide at:

http://www.yourinternettravelguide.com/freeguides.php

that has a lot Cruise tips in it so it may help. It also has some travel links in it to cheap deals sites.

Also, these review sites had some good stuff last time I looked at them:

http://cruises.reviewandresourcecenter.com
http://alaskacruises.reviewandresourcecenter.com

Hope it helps

Daniel asks…

Where to go to vacation (read) ?

I want to go to vacation for a week. But i don’t know where.
We don’t have little kids in my family so it doesn’t need to be child friendly.
Something in europe, i was thinking Italy or Greece. Maybe Portugal.
But i don’t know where. I like to go to the beach and swimming pool. And i like hotels that are All Inclusive. But i want that i can go out to the city to go sightseeing.

For the last 7 years, every summer, we went to turkey, which is alot of fun because there is everything i want, except to be able to go sightseeing because in turkey, where there is the sea, there is not city, only desert.

I want sea, good hotel and city.

Thanks :)

Yaz answers:

Yes, greece is perfect and meets your criteria perfectly!
It has many nice beaches and coasts. As well as many sightseeing spots as well. I know the weather is great over there and im sure there are some nice hotels too.

:)

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Paul asks…

Holiday advice really needed – 4 adults – two with health problems – not sure where to go?

I am paying for my family to go away somewhere in late April/early May for 10 days to 2 weeks.
My brother 30 odd year old brother had to have a hip operation last November 2010, and is still walking with a crutch and my elder sister has Systemic Lupus. Me and my mother are fine so it had to be a country that we could all enjoy without fear of getting ill, political uprisings, etc.

Desired:
Lovely weather
White sand beaches
A country which is not too hilly
Full board accommodation or all inclusive (my mother’s desire)

I had thought about the following countries but there are also disadvantages:
Cyprus: too hilly – if my brother and sister want to go for a short walk somewhere this might be difficult
Gambia – Malaria risk (though this would have been ideal otherwise)
Florida (Fine – but no all inclusive deals for this sort of destination)
Canary Islands (Weather may not be too great in April/May and the beaches do not seem to be as nice as those further afield -e.g Caribbean, Indian ocean etc)
Mauritius (I went there before and it is beautiful but hours and hours away. Also my son and I had a really bad time with the mossies despite taking spray)
Dominican Republic (Hotels that say they are 4 and 5 star when you look on hotel review sites are more like 2 and 3 star. Also seem to be problems with food poisoning in some locations – not good for my sis) – also we’ve all been to the Caribbean before – Antigua and Cuba.
Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Dubai (My family do not want to go to the first three due to present or impending political instability in those countries and Dubai does not appeal)
France, Mainland Spain, Greece, Central Europe, Portugal and Italy (too near – we want this to be a holiday in a lifetime and it will probably be the last we take together)
Australia and New Zealand (Too far away for my sister to travel to)
Fiji (Too far and realllllly expensive!)
Goa (Cannot seem to find any holidays to this area for April or May and they only seem to do Bed and breakfast during other months)
South Africa (potentially dangerous – so my mother would not entertain it)
Canada (too cold in April/May)
Cuba (a possibility but I went there before and it was a bit of a disappointment)

I really have run out of possible destinations to look at… any ideas (outside of Europe)?

Yaz answers:

If the health problems are an issue for you stick to a country within the EU and make sure that you have adequate health insurance cover OR at the very lease an EHIC card – http://www.tumbit.com/how-to-guides/articles/131-the-ehic-card-explained.html

Charles asks…

Best Holiday Destination?

We want to go on holiday and are stuck on where to go. We would like:
– A sunny place, hot but not too hot.
– On the beach
All inclusive hotel
– Five star hotel (could do four)
– Not far to travel from the UK (close like Spain, Italy, France etc.)
– Somewhere not too busy
– A place that sells English or Italian food (a buffet choice would be good)
– Very beautiful surroundings.
– Not too expensive (Under £1200 per person)

Please could you help us find the perfect destination/resort to stay in.
Thank you.

Yaz answers:

Stay home: theres no place like home for the holidays by the carpenters: look it up. Unless u live in a tropical no-snow environment,… HEAD NORTH!

Betty asks…

Recommend relaxing holiday in the sun!?

I’m looking to go away in June this year. I want somewhere where there’s nice beaches and hot weather, but I’m not really a fan of allinclusive, “touristy” places as I’m not really a fan of noise, drinking and overcrowding! Can anyone recommend a nice tranquil area in Europe, preferably around Spain or Italy or nearby countries? I’m not on a massively limited budget but I can’t afford really upmarket places either :)
Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Costa del sol, Spain the nearest airport is Malaga visit www.marbellaeye.com for holiday rentals and rent a luxurious apartment in a very lovely urbanization called Miraflores Hills and enjoy being close to Marbella and Puerto Banus and the lovely beaches and food also Tennis, golf courses…etc.

Susan asks…

I am looking to get married abroad next Aug for under £3000 anyone know of any great deals?

Hi, me and my partner and our 3year old girl and 6month old boy would like to get married abroad next year, my daughter will be 4 and my son will be 1 by then, we are looking for a 2 week holiday/wedding around the 18th Aug as we would like to be back by the 6th Sept. We would also like the plane journey to be less than 5hours as no-one likes screaming kids on the flight. That really limits us to Greece,Malta, Italy , Portugal and Corfu i suppose. All for under £3000??? Is it possible, I really hope someone can tell me it is!! Also ideally All inclusive.

P.S, We are from South East England and we would like to get married either on the beach or grounds of the hotel.

Please dont answer with :- Go see a travel agents, I am asking your opinions and ideas first. Thank you.

Yaz answers:

My husband and I got married in Barbados in April, we went with Virgin, they organised the whole wedding for £250 and it included loads of extras for free. We stayed at the Southern Palms which was AMAZING – 9 nights room only including the wedding cost about £2500 in total! We did need about £2000 spending as Barbados isn’t cheap but we didn’t skimp on the luxuries. You could probably spend half that much and still have a great time!

Ken asks…

Good holiday ideas please?

My boyfriend and I are looking to go away in September. We want to go somewhere relaxing and fairly hot so one of the following: Spain, Italy, Tenerife, France, Portugal, Switzerland etc. I speak French and he speaks Spanish, but we can get by in German as well. I’d love to go all inclusive, but I am only a student… Looking at 3-4* for a week to either a hotel or villa type place (neither of us are old enough to drive abroad as we are 19 and 20)

Does anyone know of any good websites to look? Or can recommend any good places/companies to go with? Bearing in mind I have very limited funds, but obviously don’t want somewhere too crummy…

Thanks for your help!

Yaz answers:

I normally find that going in to a shop will get you a better deal.
Looking on websites can sometimes have so much choice that you never end up making a decision because a better deal turns up!
It is also difficult to find out what sort of clubs, shops and attractions are nearby and if transfers etc are included.
A travel agent will be able to answer all your questions, and even if they don’t give you a good deal at least youll have a good idea of where you want to go.
I booked a trip away to Greece in September about a month ago, it only cost £400 for 1 week all inclusive at a 4* hotel in a really good area including transfers.
Give it a go, I reccomend FirstChoice.

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Charles asks…

considering 1 of 3 trips (alaska, italy or hawaii)??

ok, me and 2 of my friends are planning a trip for next year. We have it down to Hawaii, Alsaska or Italy. We are still deciding if we want to go stay in the US or go “overseas”. We gonna go thru a tour company that is planning trips/vacations/holiday to all three of those places.

But my questions are:
Has anybody been to any of thos places and what did you think??
How much spending money should we take??
What’s the weather in each city at the following times of year:
Alaska: May and July
Italy: October
Hawaii: October

I’ve list what is included in each package:

Grand Alaska: 10 day / 9 night, 6 full & 2 continentalbreakfast / 1 lunch / 2 dinners / 1 box lunch ($2,499.95)

Tuscan Vacation($2,599.95): 9 day / 8 night, 7breakfast / 7 lunch / 7 dinner

Hawaiian Holiday($3799.95): 11 day / 10 night, 9 breakfast / 4 dinner

Thanks for any information you can give me.
airfare and hotel and guide is included in all three deals. free time too.

Yaz answers:

Go to Italy. You will have the opportunity to experience old world culture at the same time as enjoying a modern european city. The weather in October might have a little chill, but the days should be nice. It will be much easier for you to go to the American destinations in the future than back to Europe – especially if the dollar keeps dropping. Go now and enjoy yourself!

Donna asks…

Where would I begin to look to find the best package deal for a two week trip to Italy?

Would like an all inclusive deal with flight, hotels, meals, tours and transportation included. When is the best time of year visit?

Yaz answers:

For a combination of weather, prices and fewer tourists, the best time to be here is either late april to early June or September/October, but there are interesting things to see or do anytime. For the package tours, you might want to look at sites like http://www.escorteditalytours.com/ where you can find tours offered by the major tour operators.

Carol asks…

What is the cheapest way to ship a package from Venice, Italy to America?

My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy, and our plans will require us to mail a portion of our luggage home. What is the cheapest and easiest way to mail, say, 10-20 kg of clothes from Venice, Italy to Dallas, TX? Speed is not important.

Yaz answers:

The cheapest way is to go to a post office in Venice and ship it.

Jenny asks…

Going on a trip to Italy, need to know where to go, my travel plan allows for Rome and another city?

So here are my choices, Rome is a required part of the package, but i can choose between the following: Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa, Florence, or Naples. In a city I am looking for architectural beauty and good HIGH end food. I’d also like a healthy helping of historical significance in the city i choose. Any suggestions i miei fratelli italiani?

Yaz answers:

Florence definitely.

You have to spend some days in Florence. You’ll not regret it.
If you like arts, culture and ancient things Florence is the right place.

If you go to Florence don’t miss:
Piazza del Duomo
Palazzo Vecchio e Loggia dei Lanzi
Museo degli Uffizi
Ponte Vecchio
Museo del Bargello
Piazza San Firenze
Mercato di San Lorenzo (if you like Pizza, try Pizzeria Lo Spuntino, in Canto dei Nelli, in the center of the Market).

If you are unsure, look at Florence’s photos on Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/map/#lt=43.7687324&ln=11.2569013&z=4&k=2

William asks…

Should I use a Travel Agent for a honeymoon trip to Italy?

or should I just plan it myself using travelocity, hotels.com, ect?

For what it’s worth, I’ve been to Italy and speak Italian.

Also:
How does a travel agency work?
How do they get paid?
Do you pay upfront, or only after they put together a package that’s within my budget?
Can they beat the prices of the online sites?

Yaz answers:

That depends on how much time and effort you’re willing to put into booking the trip and your comfort level with doing your own booking. Travel agents usually get paid a fee on top of the cost of the trip these days. It used to be that the airlines, hotels … Covered the cost of the travel agents entirely. Sometimes a travel agent may be able to find cheaper options and other times not. I book my own trips most of the time unless I was considering a particularly complex trip. Travel agents can help you tell you what your travel options are and help you decide where and when to go if you’re uncertain.

Here are some resources that can help you plan and check options and current prices if you choose to do this on your own:

http://www.kayak.com/ – airfares

http://www.skyscanner.it/ – budget flights especially good within Europe. For longer trips, this can be a better option than the trains. The places you’re thinking of are far apart and flying would be the best option.

Http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=ad1ce14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD – train schedules and prices. It is rarely worth buying a railpass for Italy. Individual tickets are usually cheaper. There are discounts on individual tickets for the fast trains if you buy them in advance, but generally they will be available on the day of travel with a few exceptions like the Easter period or trains to/form Venice for Carnevale.

Http://www.venere.com/ – hotels/B&Bs – prices for the same hotel can vary hugely depending on the season and what local events are going on.

Http://www.hostelbookers.com/ – hostels.

Http://www.monasterystays.com/ – monasteries & convents that offer accommodations

http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index.ht… – festivals, exhibitions and events

http://www.backpackeurope.com/ – information & advice

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Paul asks…

I need to know all the basics about Rome, Italy travel.?

I am taking my parents for a weekend trip to Rome,Italy next weekend. I would like to know what there is to know about travel there. What do I do when I get to the airport? What’s the cheapest way to get around? Where should we stay? What are the main attractions we should see?
My parents are old fashioned and they have never gone on vacation, (eventhough they fly for free) I finally convinced them to use their flight benefits with me so i need to make sure they have a great time. What suggestions does everyone have?

Yaz answers:

Hi, Inflight.

So, here’s a bit of tips for you.

At the airport: if you arrive at the Leonardo Da Vinci/Fiumicino Airport you can take a train at the Airport Station. You have 2 options:

1) you can take the Leonardo Express to Termini Station (it costs 14€, i know: it’s a robbery): it takes 30 minutes to arrive to Termini, and from there you’ll have 2 subway lines and something like 50 bus lines to go everywhere you want in the city
2) you can also take, always from the airport station, a train of the FR1 line. They’re the train of the urban service directed to Poggio Mirteto or Orte or Fara Sabina. These train make several stops into the city (at the stations Magliana, Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana, Tiburtina, Nomentana): if your hotel is near one of these stations it would be a nice idea to take on of these trains. Anyway, in Tiburtina you can also take the B line of the subway, and it can take you in the city center, like Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Via Cavour.

Accomodation: it depends by your budget. You can find everything here, starting from the youth hostels since to luxury hotels. If you want to save a bit of money you can search for a nice bed&breakfast here: http://www.bed-and-breakfast-in-italy.com/town.cfm?citta=Roma&IDregione=7

You can easily find a very good accomodation in the city center, but anyway ALWAYS CHECK the street on Google Maps: some of them say “We’re in the center”, but they’re not.

Attractions: oh, well… You know… The usual ones: Coliseum, Imperial Fora, Pantheon, Navona Square, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, Trevi’s Fountain, all the Vatican (St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilique, Vatican Museums), etc etc etc. But of course i guess it’s better to buy a good travel guide.

If you want to know anything else, just ask.

Enjoy Rome 😉

Thomas asks…

What trains take you from Italy to Paris and/or London?

As a graduation trip from college to myself, next year, I want to take a 3 week vacation and go to Europe. Specifically Rome, Italy. But I also want to travel around. I was wondering if there were any trains that take you from Rome to Paris and/or London, and if they are expensive. Also any day walking tours with guides that are around to take you to the big tourist attractions (ie, the London Bridge, West Minister Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tour ETC.)

If any of you who answer this know how much this trip would cost (approx) that would be great!
I’m looking for cheap hotels/hostels to stay in for the 3 weeks.

Any ideas are welcome!

Yaz answers:

There is one direct train between Rome and Paris. It’s the night train that leaves Rome at 7:45 pm and arrives in Paris at 10:48 the next morning. I prefer this option to flying. Even though it’s a long trip, much of the time on the train is time you would spend sleeping anyway and you save the cost of a hotel/hostel for that night. The standard price 130 euro for a berth in a 4 bed compartment, but if you buy tickets in advance, you can get the same accomodations for as low as 45 euro (the “smart” fare). There are also intermediate discount levels when that sells out. There are also daytime options with various connections.

Http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=ad1ce14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD

From Paris to London, there’s the Eurostar: http://www.eurostar.com/dynamic/index.jsp

There are aslo budget airlines that you can compare with the trains: http://www.skyscanner.it/

The prices and schedules will have changed by next year, but these should give you an idea of what to expect. One note: you do not want to buy a Eurail pass for this trip. It is almost always cheaper to buy individual tickets here in Italy than to use a pass. Further, a reservation on the night train to Paris for the 4 bed compartment costs you an additional 45 euro when you use a pass – you can get an individual ticket for the same cost without having a pass. Eurail passes can’t be used for the Paris to London trip.

William asks…

A cheap europe vacation for 5?

I want to go to europe for my 16th b-day!!!my family will onviously be coming!there are 5 of us!i wanna go to london,paris,greece,spain,portugal and italy!if i HAVE to choose 3 must see locations it would be london,paris and rome!how long should we go?would 2 weeks be to short of a time?how much would it cost for all of us in total?can 16 year olds drink in europe?

Yaz answers:

Unfortunately a “cheap” vacation to Europe doesn’t really exist, granted expenses are relative and if you come from a rich family then sure, why not. Otherwise you’re looking to spend at the minimum around $3000 per person, and two weeks might not be as sufficient. London is ok; food sucks and really doesn’t have much interesting things to look at as other places in your choices behold (no offense to any Brits out there). France; Paris is wonderful. Rome is also wonderful; both places the food is amazing and there are many extraordinary things to see. Greece would be another great place to visit, however the given the state of their economy and government, it might not be the best of times to travel there.

Also, I’m pretty sure most places in Europe require you to be at least 18 years of age. Sorry man.

Lisa asks…

Need help in planning a Italy vacation?

I’m (23) trying to plan a vacation with my parents to celebrate my graduation next year un juli.

I would like to book a multi city tour of Italy that will take us to Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome. I want Rome to be the last stop, so that we can stay some extra days there. Keep in mind that the euro is very high for tourist coming from the US. So the cheaper the better. I want to fly to Venice and get my way to Rome and from Rome fly back to the states. Airline ticket doesnt have to be included in the price. The easiest way to travel to the cities of italy is by train. But i coudn’t find online a travel agent who can combine train travel, tours and hotels.
I would like to buy a package, if you have any ideas on how to arrange this, i would surelly apreciate the help.

Yaz answers:

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Susan asks…

Vacation in Italy?

For a few years now, my family has wanted to take a vacation to Italy. We would like to spend about 4 days in Rome, 3 days in Venice, and 3 days in Florence. However, every year when we try to plan it it always comes out to be too expensive…around $6,000. I was wondering if anyone knows of any better deals than this. What time of year should we go, and would it be cheaper to find some kind of vacation package rather than just booking hotels in each city on our own? Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Try to go in an offpeak time for a start….mid summer is not the cheapest time to go…..I went in April and found it more reasonable.

Accommodation will always be your biggest money spender! I would try some of the hostel webistes…they also have cheap hotels as well, so don’t panic eg hostels.com, hostelworld. Com, hostelbookers.com among others….try to get a reasonably central place ( cheaper often means further from the centre of town which gets annoying at times).
I can recommend a place in Venice a 2* hotel calledMessiner. It has no lift so you have to take you bags up the stairs. I had a room at the end of the hall which overlooked a canal and was lovely ( although RIGHT above the kitchen, but it was not too bad).
Just ot point out, Venice is quite small and I had 2 nights and felt satisfied with my time there…I also had 3 nights in Rome and Florence….i probalby needed more time for Rome…
I did a guided day tour of Pompeii ( form Rome) which was great ( and included lunch)…try something like Viator to see costs..it may not be cost efficient for a family….not sure. (I was based in the UK at the time and earning GBP which had a great exchange rate!)

Florence is an expensive city as was Venice for accommodation…I got a cheap place in Florence, which was about 26 euros a night in a camping ground….I had a cabin, but I met 3 american girls who hired a trailer which slept 4 -6.
THe walls in my cabin were incredibly thin and it was around 40-50mins bus ride from Florence, but cheaper than staying in town….you see the dilema!
I would look at the accommodation websites first, look at different times of the year and see when its a good time to visit for you…ie cheaper.

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Nancy asks…

what is the best vacation package for a multi country vacation to europe?

I’m planning on going to Europe over the summer with my mom, and I was wondering where I could find the best deal for an all inclusive vacation to multiple countries in Europe. My preferred countries are France, Italy, Switzerland, and London/Vienna.

Yaz answers:

Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, these are few good locations for spending Vacation these months. There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. The best thing is all these places have holiday homes available for tourists.

Donald asks…

Where in the world to go on vacation?

I’ve gone to Greece, Italy, China and Hong Kong and traveled around the U.S. Took a cruise to Alaska. I’ve traveled alone and with groups. I am thinking I would like to travel with a small group on an all inclusive vacation. I was thinking about a camping safari or Egypt. I wanted other opinions from people who have traveled.

Yaz answers:

Amazon Rainforest. It takes a special person to go there. ; )

George asks…

How many Euros do you think I need?

I am going on vacation to Italy and Greece for 15 days (7.5 in Italy 6.5 in Greece and 1 for traveling) It is a tour and Airfare, hotels, transportation, and breakfast and dinner are all inclusive, except I will need to pay for lunch, souvenirs, and anything else I might want to bring home. How many Euros do you think I should bring with me?

Yaz answers:

Hi im from spain. I’ve been to italy and my parents went to athens 4 years ago. Greece is one of the cheapest countries in europe so you dont need so much money. Italy is more expensive but im sure u’ll be able to afford it. I wanna give u a piece of advice, if u r going to a bar do not stay sitting outside the bar beacuse it means a more expensive service. The most important places in Italy (at least where i was) were free. I mean i could enter to milan cathedral, venice and florence cathedrales and churches without paying.
It depends on what u r gonna do. I spent 5 euros a day in food. 15 x 5 = 75 euros in food. 50 euros in presents (i mean when i went to italy), and 20 euros in florence museum. Now it depends on u, u can buy cheaper presents or eat in the hotel. My parents almost ruined us because they were looking forward to visiting athens and watching all its monuments and going on boats through greek islands. It’s a very beautiful experience.
Gondols in Venice are expensive u pay the alone. I went with 4 friends and we payed 15 euros par person. If i were u i’d bring 400 euros but if u really want to enjoy these countries, bring even more. Good luck and bon voyage!!

John asks…

What are the best cities to travel to in Italy? Im in the planning and savings stages right now.?

I plan on going to Italy summer 2007. Are there any good vacation packages out there for a 10 day trip that goes to more than 3 cities that are all inclusive? Preferrably from north to south. I am looking for something similar to what Contiki has to offer but without an age limit. Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Praiano is on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. It has not been overrun with tourist as Amalfi has, while it is still very close by. The island of Capri is not far way either, and is nice to visit. But it is great to return to a place like Praiano where you will feel comfortable and have the best views ever while getting a true Italian experience. Stay at the Hotel Tromondoro. AMAIZING. Florence is overrated, the art is good (make sure to make reservations about 6 months before you want to be there for the Uffizi gallery and the Academia). Venice is nice but the food is not nearly as good as someother places. San Gimignano is a nice medieval town in Tuscany.

Helen asks…

Need help!! Planning honeymoon, but where to go? Give me your feedback and experiences please!!!?

Ok. Getting hitched, and me and my guy always go for the vacations that end up leaving you tired when you come home… backpacking in italy or gem mining or ust alot of planning involved in trips. So we figured we were going to do a beach nearish us. We are in Pittsburgh Pa… we were thinking like Aruba or St Lucia or st Martin or any of the beaches near florida or around that area. I have googled All inclusive vacations, but they seem very pricey… Are the worth it?? Does anyone have any experience anywhere that they can share? Or should we do our own thing or rent a villa. We like the idea of not having to worry about anything, but if you go that route which all inclusive do you choose? Is there a little island gem that we are missing!? Need help please!!!!! Give me any feedback you have on your own experiences or things you may have heard including– which islands are awesome… where to stay… what to do… where to eat… all that jazz!!! Hit me up cause we are in need!!!!!
THANKS!

Yaz answers:

I have been to many of the places you mentioned. Yes All inclusive are expensive and depending on what you like to do will determine on whether or not t is worth it. We went to St Lucia with Sandals and was not impresses. You can rent a house in some places that comes with a staff if you want to be mostly alone. If you want night life to go along with it i would also suggest a cruise. You could do more than 1 place so in future you could know which you liked. Also for much less than an all inclusive at a place like Sandals you can get a suite on a cruise.
But if you decide to go to 1 island i would not suggest Aruba too flat. St Martin, St Lucia are nice Jamaica is a great island except for the people harassing you in the towns and sights.
St thomas is also good.

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John asks…

Has anyone done any “singles” tours (esp. Italy)? Are there any companies that you could recommend?

Not really looking to “hook up” (if it happened – great!), just would rather have some company at sites and restaurants. Not looking for an over 50 tour group.

Yaz answers:

It’s not really a “singles” tour, but I recommend EF College Break if you are 18-26. You should take a look at them. If you do end up wanting to use them though, I have a disount code for them, its hesseln1188 and it saves you $50. Check out ‘classic italy’- its an amazing experience.

Ruth asks…

Single young group tours to Italy from England?

I’ve been looking for single group tours to italy. But I just can find for old people.
I’d like to find something like this:
http://www.efcollegebreak.com/HomePage.aspx .. that is for people from 18 to 26
But from England

Can you help me?

Yaz answers:

You can still use them even though you are in England. Just instead of destination, select ‘ground only’ it makes the tour cheaper too. I hope that helps a little, because I don’t know of any from England. If you do want to use EF Coll though, their discount code is hesseln1188 and it gets you $50 off. Good luck!

George asks…

Suggestions for single-friendly tours of Italy?

Looking for a good 10-14 day tour of Italy that allows some time to do stuff on your own. I’m single and will either be going alone or with another single friend.

Yaz answers:

Sorrento is awesome!!

Linda asks…

what do u thnk about going on single tours?

I am planning a trip for Italy next year and i wanted to go by myself. but a friend of mine tld me its not safe to go over seas alone esp by being a women so she said look up single tours. But i am afraid of being limited to what i can do. I really jus want to enjoy it and my time there. What is ur opinion on single tours?

Yaz answers:

Italy is actually very safe as long as you go with a reputable company and stay in the ‘good areas’. Its not really a ‘single tour’ its you traveling alone to meet new people. A great place to do that is staying in hostels where you can meet other traveling people from all over the world who also may be traveling as single or a group.

Ken asks…

What is the number one pressing challenge with travel to Southern Italy?

Looking to organize tour groups for women, particularly black single women to Italy – Southern Italy. I’m trying to determine what challenges we will be facing as black women, besides language as we’ve arranged for 2 translators. This first group is specific to black women, but I will organizing other excursions for other groups; black, purple, green, male or female :o)

Yaz answers:

I’m italian, and I don’t really see any problems in being black women travelling to Italy. If you go to the south of Italy you sure have to avoid the dangerous areas of some cities, but you would do that even if you were white, purple or green 😉

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