Family of four, five weeks in Europe

Aug 27th, 2007, 11:46 PM
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Thanks for letting us know how the trip turned out. It sounds like a great one!
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Aug 28th, 2007, 12:08 AM
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May I ask the total cost of your trip?
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Aug 28th, 2007, 01:39 AM
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Another idea that you might consider, especially if you narrow it down to the Spain, Portugal, Italy idea some have suggested is RVing thru Europe which is the way most middle class Europeans do it.

http://www.transitionsabroad.com/pub...n_europe.shtml

Don't scoff until you learn a little more as it is a fabulous way to see Europe and every major city has a wonderful campsite nearby. It is a fabulous way for families and kids as there is much to do at most of them and lots of Europeans to get to know.

It is mentioned as a great way in the great book " take your kids to Europe" along with renting Apts.

We were at a great campsite outside of Seville for Semana Santa in April with a nice pool and Barcelona had one of our favourite campsites right on the beach with indoor and outdoor pools and great restaurants.

There is no packing and unpacking and lots for kids to do outside touring times.

It is easy to take the RV from Barcelona on a super luxurious ferry ( more like a cruise ship with every amenity including pool and jacussi on deck and wifi) to Rome. The ferry alone will be a unique and fun experience for the kids and a great way to leave Barcelona and arrive in Italy from top deck.

Rome to Tuscany is a VERY short and easy drive and the 5 star campsite there will blow your mind with its unending luxury ( at cheap prices) that you will feel like it is your won villa. The kids will love the sliding pools and swim park, horseback riding etc and you will love the restaurants and wine tasting etc.

We have found TONS of places that have been amazing for our daughter in the last year. Look to our blog archives for areas that interest you as I try to put things that are oriented to kids and families.

http://www.soultravelers3.com/blog/blog.html

Happy planning. I highly agree with doing all that you can to educate and excite your kids before going as it will make the trip so much more rewarding.

It is great that you have 5 weeks and you can do a lot in that time ( you can see how much we did in our 3 generations tour when family joined us in Spain for just 2 weeks).

BUt with kids you will want to slow it down if at all possible and take time just to hang out as a family. If you push too much, you will not enjoy it and see little.

The more you want to do and the less time you have, you must plan VERY well. The good news is you have lots of time to plan and prepare.

Happy planning and carpe diem!! Your kids will be enriched by the experience and so will you. Make the most of this exciting opportunity...what ever you end up deciding on!

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Aug 28th, 2007, 01:43 AM
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Oops, I did not get to the bottom before replying. Perhaps my post will be useful to another.

Glad you had a good trip and thanks for posting back on what worked and did not for you on your trip!
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