Help europe family travel

Jul 18th, 1998, 08:28 AM
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Help europe family travel

Maybe it's to early to start planning for our trip but since we are new at this and not to sure of our selfs on planning our vacation by Internet. We are a family of four two adults and two childrens of 14 and 11 of age. We are planning a trip in July 1999 to France and Italy. Our plans are to fly to Paris spend two days then rent a car and drive to Lyon for one day then go down to Nice for one more day. Cross to Italy Cinque terre for two days, drive to Firenza and surroundings for three day, then down to Rome for two days and back up Venezia two days and Siena. Any info. on cheap car rentals , hostels, pensione and affitacamere, would be appreciated and any other help that you could give us.

Thanks in advance
Jul 18th, 1998, 10:10 AM
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We are also a family of four - two adults and two sons aged 15 and 16. We are doing a very similar trip to you this August but starting from London - where we live. We are crossing to Calais then driving down through France, staying one night in Strasbourg then driving on through Switzerland where we are staying for one night then on to Greve in Chianti - which is approx 25km south of florence. We are staying there for one week then driving back up to Venice where we are staying for two nights then on to the Tirol in Austria for three nights then back up to Calais and home. We are on a pretty tight budget ourselves and have arranged it all independently. I shall let you know how we get on if you are interested and give you any advice if possible. The only thing that you may like to know is that France has very cheap hotel chains that are similar to motels but are hotels. There are several chains but none of them seem to advertise on the net. The rooms hold up to three or four people and have tv, shower, telephone etc but are INCREDIBLY cheap. We are staying in one in Strasbourg and probably again for a couple of nights on the drive home. The cost for a family of four is about 25 in total per night. Otherwise all the hotels that we have booked have cost us about 25 sterling per person per night including breakfast. Anyway I'll let you know how we get on.
Jul 18th, 1998, 10:35 AM
Dan & Sue
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If your planning on driving, it was suggested to me by relatives to purchase a Shell Road Atlas as soon as you can. It has much more detaoiled maps of Europe and also has the listings of all the hotels, pensions and bed & breakfasts in each town. It costs about $20 and was highly recommended. We are heading there is September/October an will be buying our own. Keep our e-mail address and write us after that and we can tell you a little more. best of luck.
Jul 18th, 1998, 12:52 PM
wes fowler
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Congratulations for having the wisdom to start your planning well in advance of your trip. Smart!! Annually, the Consumer Reports Travel Letter, a publication of Consumer Reports, lists rates for european car rentals by country, size car and rental company. See May 98 issue for current information and look for the May '99 issue when published for updates. Check out websites for European countries and cities for accommodations, calendar of events, etc. There is a wealth of valuable information there. Write to the National Tourist offices for information spelling out your needs and interests. All have web sites, as well.
Jul 28th, 1998, 05:19 PM
Callocchia Angelo
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Thank you for all your help so far.

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