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12 night cruise, British Isles, Le Havre, Belgium and Amsterdam

May 24th, 2019, 05:32 PM
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It looks like they do pay a tourist tax. Useful info though!

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

For now, Amsterdammers can rent out their entire home or apartment for 60 nights out of the year, plus Airbnb collects a six percent tourist tax on all bookings for the city (just like at hotels). But, as of January 2019, that count will drop in half, to just 30 nights a year. On top of that, Airbnbs can host a max of four adults at a time, so if you've got a bachelorette party of six, you're screwed. To keep track, hosts have to register and report when travelers stay with them through the municipal government. Staying in private room, where the host is also staying in the home or apartment, is a good workaround, as they are exempt from the night counts.

https://www.cntraveler.com/galleries...ct-airbnb-laws

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May 24th, 2019, 05:41 PM
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>>It looks like they do pay a tourist tax. Useful info though!<<

The problem is airbnb continues to list properties that have exceeded their limit
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May 25th, 2019, 07:25 AM
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Thanks all for the feedback!

I actually havenít seen a tour that includes both D-Day sights and Mont St-Michel so I guess thatís common understanding.

Weíll try to hire private guides where possible. Thatís what we did on our Med cruise, especially in Italy and it really elevated the experiences. I would like to spend the night somewhere lovely and peaceful. Iíd prefer not to lose the time driving back to port at the end of the first day and cool opportunity to feel more of the area. However, if hotels donít like to book for one night, we may not have the option.

Re: VRBO/Airbnb - Iíve never known of anyone with a bad vrbo or airbnb experience and was just wondering if someone here had personal bad experience. Mine have all been wonderful and given me a much more flexible and authentic experience that I wouldnít have received at a hotel. Itís also nice to meet hosts who care about your stay and offer great recommendations. I think the companies are responsible for seeing that the hosts are legal with their processes and as customers, we have no reason to believe theyíre not. Not sure why anyone would assume they were staying in illegal properties when they are most likely doing everything by the books.

From this thread, itís clear that many people donít feel this way. I enjoy a hotel stay in some locations and feel that both types of accommodations offer their own benefits and how lucky that we have even more options to enjoy new places and cultures. Also, many hotels use VRBO and AirBnB as well to list their rooms.

Originally Posted by StCirq View Post
One doesn't have to have a "bad experience" to steer clear of illegal rental properties. Just don't do it.

I can't imagine doing Omaha Beach, all the D-Day sights, and le Mont St-Michel in one day. Maybe there are tours that would haul you around to all those places, but I wouldn't go on one.

How do you plan to travel between Rouen and Giverny? It's 65 kms. Train? That seems like sort of a mad dash, as there is plenty to see and do just in Rouen, and Giverny is usually crowded if you don't get there very early in the day.

No, it's not uncommon for hotels/B&Bs to require a 2-night minimum. Nobody wants to clean house daily if it's possible to avoid it.
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May 25th, 2019, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by geanster View Post
Thanks all for the feedback!

I actually havenít seen a tour that includes both D-Day sights and Mont St-Michel so I guess thatís common understanding.

Weíll try to hire private guides where possible. Thatís what we did on our Med cruise, especially in Italy and it really elevated the experiences. I would like to spend the night somewhere lovely and peaceful. Iíd prefer not to lose the time driving back to port at the end of the first day and cool opportunity to feel more of the area. However, if hotels donít like to book for one night, we may not have the option.

Re: VRBO/Airbnb - Iíve never known of anyone with a bad vrbo or airbnb experience and was just wondering if someone here had personal bad experience. Mine have all been wonderful and given me a much more flexible and authentic experience that I wouldnít have received at a hotel. Itís also nice to meet hosts who care about your stay and offer great recommendations. I think the companies are responsible for seeing that the hosts are legal with their processes and as customers, we have no reason to believe theyíre not. Not sure why anyone would assume they were staying in illegal properties when they are most likely doing everything by the books.

From this thread, itís clear that many people donít feel this way. I enjoy a hotel stay in some locations and feel that both types of accommodations offer their own benefits and how lucky that we have even more options to enjoy new places and cultures. Also, many hotels use VRBO and AirBnB as well to list their rooms.


Re: VRBO/Airbnb - Iíve never known of anyone with a bad vrbo or airbnb experience and was just wondering if someone here had personal bad experience.
Yes, I have. More and more apartments in my building are being bought by AirBnB investors and turned into an illegal mini-hotel. So now we have an ever-varying parade of anonymous people with rolling luggage in our building and increasingly fewer residents.
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May 26th, 2019, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by geanster View Post
Re: VRBO/Airbnb - Iíve never known of anyone with a bad vrbo or airbnb experience and was just wondering if someone here had personal bad experience. Mine have all been wonderful and given me a much more flexible and authentic experience that I wouldnít have received at a hotel. Itís also nice to meet hosts who care about your stay and offer great recommendations. I think the companies are responsible for seeing that the hosts are legal with their processes and as customers, we have no reason to believe theyíre not. Not sure why anyone would assume they were staying in illegal properties when they are most likely doing everything by the books.

From this thread, itís clear that many people donít feel this way. I enjoy a hotel stay in some locations and feel that both types of accommodations offer their own benefits and how lucky that we have even more options to enjoy new places and cultures. Also, many hotels use VRBO and AirBnB as well to list their rooms
I have. My friend booked an apt thru AirBnB for a trip to London (she is currently there now).Just this Wednesday 48 hours before she departed and was due to stay, the lister suddenly canceled. AirBnB was useless to help her find a new place to stay. She got a refund but had to scramble at the last minute.

I had a similar experience with Airbnb 4 years ago and now refuse their "service."

Also, there is an EXTREMELY long thread here from someone utilizing Home Away (a subsidiary of VRBO) Is there a way to determine if this property is legit? and a scam uncovered there.

Use theses sites, fine. But caveat emptor is on you if you're left without accommodation at the last minute.

Me, and I'm a "millennial" don't need to be bitten twice and just book a hotel, and via Booking.com who have a good CS policy. I also check with my accommodations 1-2 weeks before departure to ensure there are no changes. But, that is my OCD!

Good luck. Hope you find the accommodation you're looking for.
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May 26th, 2019, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Travel_Nerd View Post

Use theses sites, fine. But caveat emptor is on you if you're left without accommodation at the last minute.

Me, and I'm a "millennial" don't need to be bitten twice and just book a hotel, and via Booking.com who have a good CS policy. I also check with my accommodations 1-2 weeks before departure to ensure there are no changes. But, that is my OCD!

Good luck. Hope you find the accommodation you're looking for.
​​​​​​I also use booking.com.

​​​​Airbnb is avoiding turning in data to my home city, Portland, for its listings. There was just a story in the local news. Would like to see them comply with the law.
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May 27th, 2019, 07:38 AM
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Crikey the Dublin Pass is VERY expensive - Ä94! I'm not sure you'd get your money's worth there. My advice is to do an open-top bus tour and then - because time is limited - visit a couple of attractions. Many attractions are actually free - the National Gallery and the National Museums spring to mind. If you're thinking of visiting Trinity College (which isn't included in the Dublin Pass) go in the afternoon when it's not crowded. Then have afternoon tea somewhere nice or visit a Dublin pub for a drink.
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Jun 11th, 2019, 07:05 AM
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Final days! We fly out Thursday!
It’s kind of a lot of places to research while you’re doing your real day job as well.
I have a few other things I’d love recommendations on.

For Liverpool day, Beatles? Chester? Or ship excursion to Wales/Conwy Castle and Beth’s-y-Coed?

We are taking the train into Paris for a 10 hour day. Trying to find a ToursByLocals or similar option for someone to show us around or we’ll do a self-guided walk to see things. I’d love a good lunch recommendation or something else special like a Seine tour or something more authentic?

We are doing a dday beaches tour the 2nd day. We’ve heard the women’s world cup has a game in Le Havre that weekend so should be interesting...

And Cork, we have 2 days there and other than the Blarney Stone and Woolen Mills, still need to learn much more. We don’t have to just go, go, go. Something calm and quiet would be nice too.

For Belfast, we’re heading to Giant’s Causeway and to see the golf course where the British open is coming up, etc.

Dover tour options have been pricier than other people were happy with so that may be a quiet day in Dover and Canterbury.

Thanks in advance for anymore thoughts or advice.

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Jun 11th, 2019, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ter2000 View Post
Crikey the Dublin Pass is VERY expensive - Ä94! I'm not sure you'd get your money's worth there. My advice is to do an open-top bus tour and then - because time is limited - visit a couple of attractions. Many attractions are actually free - the National Gallery and the National Museums spring to mind. If you're thinking of visiting Trinity College (which isn't included in the Dublin Pass) go in the afternoon when it's not crowded. Then have afternoon tea somewhere nice or visit a Dublin pub for a drink.
I think it is a risk whether or not weíd get our moneyís worth so may just start with the hop on and hop off bus and a Guinness visit. May plan Guinness later in the day and just make it the beginning of a night of pub visits. Iíd love a step by step guide on a lovely day in Dublin. Iíll do a search when I have a minute but recommendations welcome.
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Jun 11th, 2019, 10:13 AM
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>>For Liverpool day, Beatles? Chester? Or ship excursion to Wales/Conwy Castle and Bethís-y-Coed?<<

All three are excellent options, you need to decide what youíd like best. The Beatles Experience will take half a day, after which you may like to explore Alfred Dock and the excellent Maritime Museum.

Chester is a short train ride away and an easy DIY day trip. You can take the bus from Chester station to the old town, donít forget to walk the walls.

Plan on getting to Blarney early before the tour buses arrive. The views from the top are gorgeous, as are the extensive gardens, also the unusual poison garden. Kinsale is a small seaside town you can easily visit from Cork, thereís also St Charles Fort outside town. Cobh itself has quite a bit to offer, the Titanic Experience and the Cobh Heritage Center. Cahil Castle and the Rock of Cashel are other options, though not what Iíd call relaxing ones.

In Dublin Trinity College and Kilmainham Gaol are not to be missed IMO, but you will need to pre-book tickets. A walking tour is always a good way to get a feel for any city, or at least walk around Dublin Castle and St Patricks and Christchurch cathedrals. Try and spend some time at the Chester Beatty Library if you can. And of course Temple Bar!

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Jun 11th, 2019, 01:03 PM
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geetika Thank you so much! I’ll be working out that Dublin plan this evening and will look into tickets. And for Cork, early arrival sounds like a good reason to find our own way to Blarney Castle.

I hope I’m not disappointed that we didn’t see the Beatles stuff if we go to Wales, but that’s something I’ve wanted to do for the years since I missed Wales on my last trip 25 years ago.

Looking at busybus tours for the smaller tour that will pick up from ship. Reviews look generally good and the person promised a “darn-right lovable guide”.

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Jun 11th, 2019, 03:22 PM
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Dover Castle is excellent and Canterbury is lovely. Dover itself is a dump.
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Jun 11th, 2019, 06:57 PM
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Dover Castle is excellent and Canterbury is lovely. Dover itself is a dump.
Very helpful, thanks! We should have a pretty good view of the cliffs from the ship and then maybe weíll spend more time in Canterbury. I know some people are going into London for the day but I really donít think thereís enough time there to make it worth it.
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Jun 12th, 2019, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by geanster View Post


For Belfast, weíre heading to Giantís Causeway and to see the golf course where the British open is coming up, etc.


How are you getting to the Causeway coast, is it a tour or self/private drive? If on your own or private tour, you should also hit Dunluce Castle, right down the road from the Giant's Causeway, and even the Dark Hedges if it is on your way. We stopped by the Open golf course in March while driving the coast and it didn't feel as friendly as other courses we popped into.
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Jun 12th, 2019, 07:58 AM
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Butler's tour buses do pick up at cruise terminals but you can take the train to Midleton and see Jameson distillery. The train is not that far from the Distillery. Ger Walsh was our local driver from Ballycotton. The Ballymaloe house and the Ballymaloe cookery school are so well worth a trip. The farm/cookery school is now my fav place. The gardens were amazing. I would pay a taxi to take me there. It really is not that far. Ballycotton is magical. The lighthouse tour is great. Best seafood around. Cobh is ok. St Colman's is beautiful and great views from up there. I know everyone does Blarney and Kinsale so giving you other places to visit. Belfast, the black cab tour is good but a tour to Giant's Causeway is best.
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Jun 12th, 2019, 08:02 AM
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Ger Walsh Michael Walsh (086) 264 7001 (087) 262 6901 I bet they would do a private tour for you of east Cork.
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Jun 12th, 2019, 09:47 AM
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How are you getting to the Causeway coast, is it a tour or self/private drive? If on your own or private tour, you should also hit Dunluce Castle, right down the road from the Giant's Causeway, and even the Dark Hedges if it is on your way. We stopped by the Open golf course in March while driving the coast and it didn't feel as friendly as other courses we popped into.
We hired a driver and have another couple joining us. We should have flexibility and I think Dunluce Castle is on the list for sure. Thanks!!
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Jun 12th, 2019, 10:45 AM
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Butler's tour buses do pick up at cruise terminals but you can take the train to Midleton and see Jameson distillery. The train is not that far from the Distillery. Ger Walsh was our local driver from Ballycotton. The Ballymaloe house and the Ballymaloe cookery school are so well worth a trip. The farm/cookery school is now my fav place. The gardens were amazing. I would pay a taxi to take me there. It really is not that far. Ballycotton is magical. The lighthouse tour is great. Best seafood around. Cobh is ok. St Colman's is beautiful and great views from up there. I know everyone does Blarney and Kinsale so giving you other places to visit. Belfast, the black cab tour is good but a tour to Giant's Causeway is best.
This sounds like the perfect second day for us. Thank you for the ideas! Iíll let you know if we book through the person you mentioned.
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