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I am up to train bookings and would like some help yet again!

I am up to train bookings and would like some help yet again!

Old Apr 20th, 2013, 07:12 AM
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Fullsize - FFADD5PR
5008 Select 2L GPS Cielo Auto

if you know what that is . . the site is driveway and they allow you to lease the car.

car hire looks like $500 a week and then I am not sure how much a train from Perpignan to barcelona is going to be but I can't see how it will get to that figure.
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 08:02 AM
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In addition to luggage, won't you have a stroller for your two year old?
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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The problem with point tp point rental is the steep drop-off charges incurred for renting in one country and dropping off in another.

Sounds as if the lease would avoid these extra charges so that's an advantage. Just check all the t's and c's so no surprises.
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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You will also have to have room for these big bags in your car plus all the people.
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 10:17 AM
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"All the people" is two adults and two small children. Plus they should be packing light for the train trips, which means they don't need so much luggage space.

Yhere's no way I'd want to drive a vehicle that size in Europe - unless you're only driving on motorways and parking outside of towns. If you're driving to Sarlat I suspect that won't be the case. YMMV
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 10:23 AM
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I have no idea of what the vehicle is. Just still trying to make the case for packing light for the entire trip.
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I have no idea of what the vehicle is. Just still trying to make the case for packing light for the entire trip.
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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Did you do any shopping at all for this car? You can lease a large station wagon or van from the Renault Eurodrive program, for 3 weeks, all costs included, for US$1800.

I've been leasing cars in Europe for several decades and never heard of Driveway. Is it an Aussie outfit?
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 10:34 AM
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She posted the info for the vehicle - "Fullsize - FFADD5PR
5008 Select 2L GPS Cielo Auto" - just google it. Plus I decode that as five passengers.
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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It's a Peugeot 5008 (or equivalent) full-size SUV. Sounds like overkill for 2 adults plus 2 kids.
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 12:44 PM
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Oh boy! It'll be interesting driving that thing "on the wrong side of the road" and into the alleyways of small towns and villages. And parking.
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 05:44 PM
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drive away is an aussie company . .interesting about the price difference.

The ferry is booked but we can add a car and pay for that once we know what it is as the charge goes on what it is etc.

I haven't sorted cases yet but we will do our best to travel as light as possible. I am a bit of a shopaholic so I have no worries no packing much and then buying outfits over there

We are going to a car yard today to check the cars out in case we can go smaller. We are basically getting the same sized car that we have over here . .since we know that fits our bits in pieces.

I don't think we plan on driving it actually in the towns. It's more of getting us from a to b then parking . . .

so if we hire our car from Brive and drop off in Perpignan that will be around $600 then the train to Barcelona I can't get yet but I assume for 4 seats that will be $150 roughly? The if we pick up another car in Lucca and then drop it off in Milan will be another $600 ish. So I think this will be better then leasing. Hubby just thinks for ease a lease would be better. Always choices to be made! Thanks everyone!
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Old Apr 20th, 2013, 07:21 PM
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I am so excited every time I log on to see what is happening here!! Just the never ending story.
Claire, have you looked at AutoEurope that many of us LAUD.
I do realize you are young--but you have also indicated you have travelled before.
WHY do you need this huge car--it costs a lot of money, you aren't going across the OUTBACK, you have small children.
AND once again for the luggage.
You can ship things home --or buy things to put things in. PLEASE plan to pack in a 22" (expandable to 24") piece of luggage. DO IT.
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Old Apr 21st, 2013, 10:11 AM
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<< We are basically getting the same sized car that we have over here . .since we know that fits our bits in pieces.>>

Driving in Europe is nothing like driving in Oz,or even the US. Everything is half the size. Just getting out of Brive and into Perpignan with that monster SUV will be a challenge.

On my last trip to France last September, I rented a perfectly lovely mid-sized Renault station wagon (that could have comfortably fit two adults and two small kids) for less than $600 for 3 WEEKS! You seem to revel in overspending.
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Old Apr 21st, 2013, 10:13 AM
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"Everything is half the size."

Yes. Like city streets and country roads and parking spaces, lol.
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Old Apr 21st, 2013, 02:04 PM
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Hubby finally had an opinion!
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Old Apr 21st, 2013, 06:04 PM
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school holidays cath! He can finally have a look at what has been sorted! Good advice about using a station wagon! We will do that! I actually want a golf since it has park assist hubby doesn't think it will fit our luggage.

I have heard about what you have said re luggage . .mum is taking a hand luggage size for her stuff and a small bag for the plane. I am going to sort myself and the kids out sooninsh and hubby will have a large case with four wheels.
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Old Apr 21st, 2013, 06:30 PM
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What else do we need to say to get you ALL to PACK LIGHT? A large case with four wheels is indeed crazy.
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OMG!!! LIGHT,LIGHT,LIGHT..How many times do we say, yell, encourage, insist, caution this bit on information. You probably should have a leash to anchor the kids while trying to get you and your stuff on board the train. You will have a 4yr old,(needing lifting) a 2yr old (needing lifting and being held in place). accompaning bags( needing lifting), possibly an umbrella stroller, 2 hands (only) very little patience and the beginning of a huge headache!! Can hubby possibly meet you pre train, post airport??? Even if you had to stay an extra night after farewell to mom. think about it!!!
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Old Apr 21st, 2013, 06:50 PM
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And the trains arrive and leave in about two nanoseconds. You gotta be incredibly QUICK!
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