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Advice on Flights: From Chicago, To visit Venice & Paris

Advice on Flights: From Chicago, To visit Venice & Paris

Nov 4th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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I don't know what I was doing wrong but it's working for me now. Thanks.

Chgogal,

Do check easyjet. Orly airport is closer to Paris than CDG but there are flights from both to Venice.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 12:01 PM
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In case you haven't looked at it, The Man in Seat 61 has plenty to say about overnight trains. Here is his page that includes Paris to Venice: http://www.seat61.com/thello-train-f...lo_train_times
Rather than 13 hours trying to sleep on a train (much as I love them in daylight), I prefer the suggestions about flying.
To check low-cost airlines, try www.skyscanner.com It points out that Air France competes on price with easyJet from Paris to Venice, although with fewer flights daily. As always with budget airlines, watch for the extra fees that can raise the opening page quote.
Your multi-city route from Chicago might be able to include a cheap Paris-Venice leg, especially if you are using a Delta/KLM-Air France service from Chicago.
How's mom's mobility? Public transport in central Venice is limited to what floats, so a lot of walking is inevitable.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Haven't read all the way through but have you tried reversing the trip...fly into Venice and out of Paris?
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Nov 4th, 2013, 01:08 PM
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Chgogal, I have done the overnight train from Venice to Paris and my advice to you is to fly.

Very tiny cabin, has sink but you need to go down the hall for the shared toilet. No shower. Food was mediocre.

I found it difficult to stay asleep and spent most of the night awake. Our son was 14 and he thought it was great, so did my husband, but they are guys and not too particular. We do laugh about it, and how we were stacked up one right above the other.

For you and your mother, best to fly!
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Nov 4th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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>>> Easyjet site shows CDG>VCE<<<

Paris Orly airport is closer into the city than CDG so look at it instead.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 01:23 PM
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Wow, thanks to all for the great advice and experiences. I will monitor the fares for fall 2014 and be ready to pounce in the spring. Thinking the overnight train will not be a good option for Mom and me. She has good mobility - I just don't want to exhaust her and risk her getting sick. A good night's sleep is important, and looking like the train will likely not offer that.

@ bab706- thanks for your experience in monitoring fares.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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Many international flights out of Venice leave very early so you may want to reverse the order as jamikins mentioned.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 02:19 PM
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My thinking was to take a non-stop flight from Chicago to Paris (I think than means only Delta, United or American, right?), stay/see/relax in Paris a few days, take easyjet to Venice, stay/see/relax a few days, fly easyjet back to Paris in plenty of time to catch non-stop back to Chicago, maybe arriving the night before and spending the last night in Paris. This seems like it would be the easiest/least stressful plan for your mum. Non-stops make a huge (positive) difference I think.

You mentioned earlier that you were thinking about 6 or 7 days. If that's for the whole trip (both cities, not 1) it will probably be pretty rushed. A whirlwind trip. (which can be stressful)
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Nov 4th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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That's not a bad idea. There isn't any reason to do overnight trains nowadays when you can get such cheap flights, and it eats up a lot of time and isn't as comfortable as a hotel, even in a private car (in my experience, it is a train after all). And it isn't cheap, either, I imagine it would cost more than a flight.

I really prefer nonstop flights when going to/from Europe if there is one available, I just get so tired of the many hours in planes/airports, etc., and layovers waste time and also there is a risk of luggage not getting transferred, who needs it if you can avoid it.

I don't think Delta flies nonstop to Paris from Chicago. American and UAL do. Of course Air France does, they are my favorite when going to France, they often have the best rates. I guess you can book them through Delta, but it's an AF plane.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 04:06 PM
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Yeah, I forgot about Air France. I like them too and prefer their longhaul service to Paris.

<< don't think Delta flies nonstop to Paris from Chicago >>

That's why I forgot -- because for the last few years, Delta operates the daily non-stop flight for AF from October thru about April. AF now only use their aircraft from late spring until Oct. on that route. http://airlineroute.net/2011/06/12/dlaf-ordcdg-w11/
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Nov 5th, 2013, 06:48 AM
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BTW, we hated Alitalia. Staff was nasty; seats terribly uncomfortable, we we did the Classica Plus upgrade.
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Nov 5th, 2013, 09:57 AM
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>>>My thinking was to take a non-stop flight from Chicago to Paris (I think than means only Delta, United or American, right?), stay/see/relax in Paris a few days, take easyjet to Venice, stay/see/relax a few days, fly easyjet back to Paris in plenty of time to catch non-stop back to Chicago<<<

I would much prefer to fly Chicago/Venice even if it means a 2 hour layover/change somewhere in Europe. I really do not see the point of going to Paris twice. It just wastes time. I always try to travel to my furthest point on the way over since that travel day is pretty much a waste anyway.

Major airline - Chicago/Venice, Paris/Chicago
Budget airline - Venice/Paris (unless you can add it on to the other ticket for not much - sometimes you can).
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