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Best European Tour Company for Two 56'ers

Best European Tour Company for Two 56'ers

Jun 14th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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We are in our early sixties and have been traveling with Grand Circle for about 4 years (7 trips), and, on only one trip, have we been the youngest. On that trip the oldest turned 72 on the trip. There have been some that have trouble keeping up but they are rare. In general, regardless of the company, the travelers are older, these being the people with the time and the availble money.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 04:39 PM
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For elderhostel, you or your partner need to be 55. I have to say that the older oldsters are sometimes not the ones who have trouble keeping up. Sometimes it is a younger oldster.

I have never found it a problem to be on the younger end of one of these groups. It depends on your attitude. On my Russia trip, one of the nicest energetic people was 80. She was a pistol!

On any group trip you will have a mix of personalities. There will be people you like and people you don't. You hang with similarly minded people and ignore others. The advantage of a group trip is it takes the worry out of travel. The tour director has all the worries and problems dealing with the complainers. You just enjoy the trip!
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Jun 14th, 2007, 06:17 PM
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I have friends who no longer feel comfortable traveling independently but have enjoyed Globus tours in both Italy and Ireland. They specifically chose a type called "Leisurely __" because they said they were able spend 3 or more nights in the same hotel, had some time on their own, and didn't feel like they were being herded quickly from place to place. Hope your parents find what they're looking for!
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 10:59 AM
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I was notified today, one week prior to my Egypt trip with OAT (Grand Circle), that because of overbooking, my reservation, made in April, is being cancelled.

I was offered another reservation for March- (Egypt's summer. Thanks a lot).
I contacted the better business bureau and was informed that:

"On 12/22/06 the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office announced a settlement with Grand Circle LLC. The company has agreed to pay cash and travel voucher refunds to more than 730 travelers resolving allegations that the company did not give it's travelers adequate notice of cancellation of the cruise portion of their trip. "
They are no longer a member of the better business bureau and the company is considered "Unsatisfactory".

Please let your friends know about the policy of this travel company and.....buyer beware!!

I am aware that many people have enjoyed their tours, but there are at least 730 plaintiffs from the MA class action suit that suffered the same shocking treatment as I did. JKR
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 03:23 PM
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jkr2006: How many more times are you going to post the same complaint??

Topping 6 month old threads just to post it again and again is overkill IMHO . . . . . .
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 03:55 PM
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JKR seems to be playing the "Let's knock GCT" game, post after post. It's becoming very tiresome.
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 04:32 PM
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madamepetunia's parents aren't seasoned travelers so of course, they want to book with a company they can be sure will deliver.I would be so disappointed to have my trip canceled through no fault of my own, one week prior to the departure. Better forewarned about recent problems with certain tour companies so one can be sure your trip plans will go on as scheduled. I would ask many questions and be sure to read the fine print before signing on.

And, 56 is not old (I'm saying that because I'm in that age)! madamepetunia, I bet you will get your parents hooked on travel and then they will be gladly researching madly away! Oh, did they travel this past summer or is this trip coming up? I'd love to know.
My parents did one organized tour when they started traveling internationally about a decade younger than your parents, then felt comfortable to plan their own trips independently. When that became tougher as they got older, they adored Elderhostel and enjoyed the educational aspect mixed with travel. They ended their traveling days cruising. I hope your parents get the bug and do even more.
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Nov 16th, 2007, 04:15 AM
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Trip Overbooked post by jkr2006 has been resolved apparently to their satisfaction in approx. 2 weeks. Link: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=35087243

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Nov 16th, 2007, 04:36 AM
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Hi M,

May I suggest that you encourage M and D to get online at this forum, and give DIY a try?

Italy is extremely easy to plan 2-3 week itineraries.

Also , it is very easy to learn Italian: you jusa puta vowele ata the enda eacha worde.

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