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Relative Cost - Family Trip to London, Paris or Rome

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My husband and I are planning a 10-12 day trip with our (then) 5 and 9 yo daughters in mid-April during their school break. We are deciding between London, Paris and Rome which we have selected for a variety of reasons. While we will ultimately choose based on our and the kids' interests (and husband and I have been many times to all three and love them all), I am wondering if, all in, there is a material cost difference between them. I realize that the exchange rate at the time will be a large factor we cannot predict.

Here are a few relevant factors:

Flights - flying from Boston and prefer nonstop but okay with one short stop

Accommodations - we will rent an apartment. Prefer a two bedroom but a larger one bedroom with a sofa bed for the girls is fine. In Rome we want to be very central given the lack of public transportation. Paris we would like to be central as well. In London we are flexible as long as we are near the Tube. In all three, we would like to be in a neighborhood with some restaurants, take out food shops, park/garden for the kids and stores. I would like to keep cost to under US$250/night.

Food - don't plan to go to any high end restaurants with the kids. Will likely eat breakfast in the apartment and some dinners. I don't want to spend the whole time cooking so access to good prepared food would be great. Some lunches and dinners out in casual places (pubs, outdoor restaurants in Rome, brasseries in Paris). Lots of sandwiches, pizza, ice creams, pastries.

Activities - will do the major sites in each place to show the kids as they were in these cities as younger kids but don't remember much. Hope to see some museums as well maybe coupled with outdoor/park/playground time. Will also spend time just walking around, going to markets and soaking up the atmosphere. While I know that many museums are free in London, this is where I am concerned that London will become really expensive as we will want to do things like the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London.

Transport - hope to walk and willing to take easy public transportation but if the kids are tired, are not going to wait for the bus or take the subway with multiple connections so need to factor in some taxis for convenience. Definitely to/from airport.

Day trips - will likely do 1-2 day trips from each city. For now thinking Ostia Antica or Orvieto (Rome), Hampton Court or Oxford or Cambridge (London), Versaille (Paris).

Other - we have learned in traveling with the kids that it is usually worth buying them the odd knick knock, $8 ice cream cone, etc to keep them happy when their energy is flagging. In other words, we try to be realistic about keeping a budget with keeping them happy.

I would be interested in you have any thoughts on whether one of these cities is likely to be more expensive all around then the others. Flights will be cheapest to London, then Paris with Rome always more expensive from Boston. Thank you!

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