Your Questions About Planning A Trip To Greece And Italy

Richard asks…

Need Help Planning my trip to Italy and Greece.?

I am planning a trip to Italy and Greece. It is our first time and we have NO expectation to see and do it all. We want to see some sights and get some relaxation in as well. So far the plan is to Fly into Rome spend 2 nights, 1 night in Naples, 2 nights in Capri, 2 nights Athens and 3 nights in Santorini. I am not sure if we should even stay in Naples or add an extra night to Rome or Capri. Getting to Pompeii for a day is a must though. I just really need help narrowing down the amount of time we spend in each place. Any advice would be great.Hotel suggestions would be great too. Santorini is giving me a run for my money trying to pick a area and hotel. We are in our early thirties and want relaxing but good bars and food need to be close. Thanks for any suggestions.

Yaz answers:

Hello there! We are temporary residents in Italy and we just returned from Greece (most of the time we live in San Francisco).

I can’t speak to all of your planned cities, though we loved Santorini. It is a great time to go, as the weather is gorgeous (well, somewhere between “perfect” and “just a tad cold”), and even supposed touristy spots are not crowded! We stayed at the Blue Horizon , which admittedly is not in the center of the action, but once we had a scooter, it was not an issue, and it was fun to see the island that way. We paid an off-season rate of 60 euro for the hotel and 13 euro for an 80 rpm scooter.

Just one thing — not sure how much relaxation you are intending, but I think for some, 3 nights might be one night too much, especially since it is soooo quiet there right now.

We’ve been based in Turin during our time in Italy, so as regards Italian cities and sights, we’ve covered the north a lot better. It’s obvious you have limited time, but I do highly recommend Northern Italy as well, principally Cinque Terre, which we’ve visited 3 times in the last 4 months. :-)

Ken asks…

I’m a 20 yr old female, planning to make a solo trip to southern Italy & Greece.?

Just need some tips and advice from those who’ve been there before, especially solo women travellers. I’m only planning to be 5 days in Italy and then move on to Greece. What are the must-sees in Southern Italy and where should I stay if i’m only staying 5 days…Florence, Venice, Rome?

I’ll be staying in a single room in a Bed & Breakfast place. Is it safe to leave my valuables behind in the room, while I’m out sightseeing? I understand that some of these B&Bs don’t have safe boxes. But I cannot possibly carry along my passport and all my money everywhere I go.

Also, I can’t speak Italian, will the language barrier be a problem? I know that in Greece they all speak English but what about Italy..?

Lastly, until what time is it generally safe to walk around in the streets on my own, esp in Italy?

Yaz answers:

Y go alone
take me with you

Steven asks…

How to plan a Trip to Italy, Greece, and Turkey next year?

what is the best way to travel, best places to go, and cheap ways to get from Rome to Athens? Has anyone taken this type of trip? Where is the best place to stay?

Yaz answers:

Try Trip Planner, and collect ideas from many people

Donna asks…

Planning a trip to France, Italy and Greece?

I’m planning a trip to Europe with my husband for a belated honeymoon. We plan to fly into Paris and from there travel to Italy and Greece. We will then fly back home from Athens. We are trying to figure out the most economical way to go about this and I am open to any suggestions. First of all, is it cheaper to rent a car and drive from country to country, or to take a train? Secondly, is it cheaper to buy a 3 country Eurorail pass ahead of time or to purchase tickets at the train stations? And finally, what is the best way to get from Italy to Greece? I saw on the Eurorail website that the ferries are included, but I’m wondering what the price difference would be if we were to not go with the Eurorail — it just seems so expensive. Again, any advice would be helpful, so just lay out some suggestions, please :)

Yaz answers:

The Eurail option for getting from Italy to Greece is the ferry – it’s a very long way by train. However, there are budget airlines that are competetive. A good site for finding budget flights is: http://www.skyscanner.it/ . Personally, I prefer the night train for travel between Paris and Venice, Florence or Rome. Partly, that’s because it best suits my schedule for a weekend trip to Paris from my home in northern Italy, but it can also be an inexpensive option if you buy tickets in advance. They are also the only direct trains between Paris and Italy. The standard fare is 130 euro for a berth in a 4 bed compartment. If you use a Eurail pass, you will still have to pay an additional 45 euro for the same accomodation for the mandatory reservation. However, if you buy a ticket far enough in advance, there are discounts on individual tickets. The cheapest rate for the 4 bed compartment is 45 euro – the same cost as the supplement you have to pay using a pass. There are also 6 bed compartments which are a little cheaper. Note that this is a popular route and it is not easy to get the discounted tickets. There is also a limit to the number of railpasses that can be used on the train and that limit is also often hit fairly far in advance of your trip date.

There are links to the various national train websites where you can price individual tickets and a ton of information on railpasses here: http://www.seat61.com/

The drop off fees for a rental car will be very high when you’re starting in one country and ending in another.

Chris asks…

Planning a two week trip to Italy and Greece?

So my best friend and I are planning a two week to Italy and Greece. Neither of us have been there before, so we’re not quite sure what we want to see. He’s a photographer and is hoping to get some great shots of ruins and scenery, and I’m an actress so therefore looking forward to seeing some great theatre in both countries. There’s so much we want to do, and we may extend our trip if we need to to see everything we want to see, but I was hoping we could get some advice on the best things to do.

We’re thinking 9 or 10 days in Italy and 4 or 5 in Greece (maybe a couple more). We want to try to be as authentic as possible in where we stay and eat, but also don’t have a completely expendable budget (though we will postpone our trip to earn as much money as we need! :D)

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions? If you’ve done a similar trip, please go ahead and tell me where you went and how long you stayed in each place. Thank you so much! I’m so excited about this!
Can people please stop talking about riots and things? That’s not why I posted this question. And the trip is about two years away. We’re planning way ahead. Thanks.

Yaz answers:

For your visit in Italy, I would visit Rome and Florence for a few days each, and then from there take a train to either Venice or the Cinque Terre- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinque_terre

If you have more time, you could also visit Milan or the Amalfi Coast. Wherever you go, just look for decent hotels in the center of the city. Hotels.com is helpful, and you can also check the Lonely Planet or DK Eyewitness Travel Guides for hotels. Don’t forget to ask the hotel owner or manager for good places to eat. They will help you. But a rule of thumb when you’re out is to look for places without English translations… They will be more authentic.

I don’t know as much about Greece, but I know there are some 4 or 5 day cruises that just hit the islands, which are gorgeous. I loved my time there.

Good luck and enjoy your trip!

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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:

You can visit this site to Find the Cheapest Deals Online and for Free coupon codes,Free Discount Coupons and Vouchers on Airlines and Hotels
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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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Richard asks…

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…

Yaz answers:

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.

Mary asks…

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)

Yaz answers:

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.

Ken asks…

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.

Yaz answers:

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/

Sandra asks…

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

Yaz answers:

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.

Lizzie asks…

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

Yaz answers:

Montego Bay, or Ocho Rios Jamaica is nice, or Hawaii. Like another poster said, make sure you have passports.

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Your Questions About Trips To Italy Packages

Richard asks…

How much does it cost a vacation/honeymoon package trip to Italy?For 10/11.Please provide name & links.?

Thanks Mary for your answer but a lot of times the travel agents they rip you off AND I don’t want that.Suggestions please keep them coming.

Yaz answers:

I suggest that you meet with a travel agent in your area! A fact-to-face relationship is much more likely to get you the trip that will please you — and your budget — the most. It costs nothing to work with a travel agent. (Mine does a wonderful job for me, answering all my questions, answering questions I don’t think to ask, and always finds me some wonderful deals that at least match anything on the internet and are often a bit less.)

By the way, Italy can be VERY expensive depending upon where you choose to go. Notwithstanding the expense, I recommend that you consider Venice!

Sandra asks…

i need full package trip included airline tickets to italy?

how much does it cost trip to italy included airline tickets, hotel and meal from Morocco to italy?

Yaz answers:

It depends on which hotel,1-5 star,on which airline whaat class,dates,u can try this site,may come under $500-1000.
You can try
http://freetravel4ever.blogspot.com

Steven asks…

Need tto book a trip package from los angeles to hawaii,help?!?

Hi,i m planning a trip from 18 sept to 28 sept for me and my girlfriend.
We are from italy but i have some parents in La,so we was interested on a trip from italy to La and than from La to hawaii,but the problem is that the travel agencies do not have browser to find cheap packages from La to hawai.
i found a site http://www.valuetravelhawaii.com/ but i really do not have experience to book from this,price are ok but does anybody have more site or info or package that could suggest me?
My budget is not too much but 800-900$ each is ok,also cause we have to book a flight from italy to La and that cost me a lot too.
Any help is really glad

Yaz answers:

Just to let you know it is cheaper to fly out on a thursday and come in on the weekdays. If you are looking for a package for them from LAX TO HNL with that budget um……… I looked on orbitz.com and i found this package that is a nice hotel with the beach not to fard down the street http://www.orbitz.com/App/shared/pagedef/results/hotelDetailsStandalone.jsp?z=15e3&r=1rp&z=15e5&r=1rr&lastPage=interstitial

Susan asks…

I need suggestions on finding a good package deal trip to Barcelona? Also what’s the best time of year to go?

I looking to book a trip to Barcelona (or Italy actually) sometime next year for me and my boyfriend. I’ve never been there before and when he went last he backpacked (not my style). So I’m looking for any help/suggestions I can get on good flight deals, hotels, etc. And also what time of year is best to go. He went in the summer before.

We’re kinda set on Barcelona but I would also take any suggestions anyone has on trips to Italy.

Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Hola! I’m from barcelona, and obviously I recommend you come whenever you want. Always there are tourists in Barcelona at any time of year because the weather is usually very good, but especially between late July and early September, the hotels, hostels, campsites … Fill with people. So if you want movement, life, great food, millions of trips and the best weather of the year I recommend you come in those months.
COUNCIL IMPORTANT: As we say here “a l’Abril aigües mil” in the month of April used to rain a little, and in the last 2 weeks of August and early September at 2 also. Barcelona is quite different if you see a sunny day to overcast.
Sorry 4 my English = google translator

Robert asks…

Recommendations for Rome Italy travel packages for a week in November?

We are spending a week in Florence with my family, but my husband and I want to see Rome for an extra week after the family vacation ends. But we don’t know how to plan the trip, does anyone know any good places that offer packages? We are interested in seeing ancient historical sites.

Yaz answers:

It’s only a 1 hr 35 min trip from Florence to Rome on a fast train. You can find schedules and prices here: http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=ad1ce14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD You don’t need to buy tickets in advance of the trip.

I use the Venere.com site for hotels here in Italy: http://www.venere.com/italy/rome/ . One place that I particularly like is the Cesàri Hotel http://www.venere.com/hotels/rome/hotel-cesari/ which is close to the Pantheon. It’s within walking distance of most of the attractions. There are lots of other options.. The Colosseo, Trevi, Navona, or Pantheon areas are all good choices for sightseeing.

You might also consider a convent/monastery stay: http://www.monasterystays.com/

It’s very easy to get around in Rome on your own, but if you’re interested in escorted tours: http://www.viator.com/Rome/d511-ttd?pref=02&aid=g3392

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