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Looking for suggestions for a "reasonable" Europe trip

Mar 6th, 2008, 05:57 PM
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Rather than Montreal, try Quebec City for a Euro-vibe without the Euro-prix choc.
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Mar 6th, 2008, 07:07 PM
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I agree with the above but they are both fun cities. You could do 3+3 days.

I don't think anywhere is Europe is a value, I also think that Lisbon is a cop-out. Its all high priced but there are always reasonable options. You can shop in markets, eat sandwiches, stay in apartments and see alot for nothing. Hell, a bottle of wine and a hunk of cheese is a nice option. In Italy there are always Tavola Caldo which serve fun warm buffet food and pizza by the slice like you never ate before. Baguettes in France and FEBO croquettes in Amsterdam.

I am not saying Lisbon isn't fun but I don't think it's the best first choice. I really don't think $1000 will go very far. In 1992 i traveled to London on a students budget and it was $1200.

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Mar 6th, 2008, 08:01 PM
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Thanks for all the great variety of suggestions. You have all given me a lot to ponder! The girls and I will discuss amongst ourselves and come back with some specific questions.

Thanks again for the terrific input!
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Mar 6th, 2008, 08:01 PM
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I second Sicily esp at that time of year. history,scenery ect..rent a car. can easily do it on your budget at that time of year.
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Mar 7th, 2008, 12:39 AM
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What about exchanging timeshare? The are usually a lot of options in Spain.
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Mar 7th, 2008, 02:17 AM
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If you stick to an all inclusive package a week at south coast your budget would allow you to have the holiday you wish. Maybe 2 day excursion can be included to the historical sites.

Happy travelling,
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Mar 7th, 2008, 04:40 AM
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Italy is a great choice to consider because you can eat and drink for really cheap.... lots of incredible pizza by the slice, shopping at grocery stores for cheese, bread and really tasty wine for cheap. Also, lots of sightseeing for free.

Munich and the surrounding areas of Baveria are another great choice. Transportation is really cheap. They offer day pass on all subway, bus, trams for 8 euro for up to 5 adults. You can also travel about 2 hours away to Fussen to tour Mad Kind Ludwigs castle (beautiful) and the romantic road- the 27 euro rate will also cover a round trip for up to 5 adults.

My family of 4 visits Europe several times a year and spends very little. Our kids are pre teens so they get in most sightseeing venues for free which helps on the budget.

Enjoy your trip... You all will enjoy Europe in which ever trip you choose!!!
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Mar 7th, 2008, 05:39 AM
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We have always found Germany to be less expensive than many countries in Europe. Munich is a great city, and the scenery around the Bavarian Alps is spectacular. You could visit Salzburg as well, as they are both close to one another. If you rent an apartment you can save a great deal of money. We have an apartment rented near Berchtesgaden for next month...it's two bedrooms and price is 70 euro per night. If you get an apartment with a kitchen you can save some money by eating there as opposed to always eating out.

Good luck and best wishes,
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Mar 7th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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Review airfarewatchdog.com, has some good fares.
Definetely consider renting an apartment: shop in markets, supermarkets, gives you a feel of the country and people (purchased some good Reserve wine at El Corte Ingles in Barcelona, market on Ramblas is super). Lunch menus will help with any budget, as they are more reasonable; have some meals at the apartment; bread,cheese, wine make always a good picnic. Whatever you decide, have fun!
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Mar 7th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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There are a number of excellent suggestions here: Lodging prices go down in many places in November as does airfare compared to high season.

Choosing one city as a base and renting an apartment rather than staying at a low priced hotel will save a bundle, especially since you can use the cooking facilities for breakfast at least. Apartments renting for $150/night are easy to come by. Split 3 ways it leaves a comfortable amount for food. Use local markets.

Choose a place that has lots to see for free or close to it.

Choose a place with good public transportation.

Sicily is wonderful and generally costs less than mainland Italy, but you do need a car. Rental, insurance and gas quickly adds up.

Prague meets all of your criteria except weather. We were there in early November a few years ago and the weather was very pleasant during the day but cold at night but not uncomfortably so - but that was then and maybe we were just lucky. It is a stunning city and very walkable.

Rome can have nice weather in November (or not)and there is so much to see and do for free or nearly so that it is no problem to fill up a week keeping costs low. In Rome, other than apartments, there are convents and similar places that have low prices for simple lodging.

Using an apartment, Paris does not have to be expensive either.

The suggestions for Lisbon and Madrid are good too for the reasons stated.

Air fare makes a difference. For example www.kayak.com shows the following for R/T Miami to "X" leaving Nov 3 returning Nov 10:

To Prague = $588
To Rome = $697
To Paris = $743
To Lisbon or Madrid = $748
To Florence = $752

The above fares include taxes and fees.

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Mar 7th, 2008, 07:08 PM
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basingstroke2 - nice job summing it up!
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Mar 8th, 2008, 04:31 AM
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Hi cmerrel, I'm not sure what you mean by mild weather, but Ireland is a great alternative to some other higher priced destinations. The airfare alone can save each of you about $500 if you book your seats through Aer Lingus early enough. We've gone to Ireland in April '06 and in late October '07. Both times, we were fortunate to have very nice weather - partly sunny with temps in the 55-64 degree range. Each time we rented a self-catering cottage to save money. Both cottages were beautiful and had unbelievable views. The 1st one in Kenmare (Shamrock Cottages) cost about $350 for a week and it slept 6. The 2nd one in Doolin cost $750 (Fuschia Cottage online) for a week and slept 7. The rental car was about $350. Even with the falling dollar this past October, we were able to have a wonderful time. We really liked Kenmare,Dingle,Kinsale,Ennis, Clonakilty and Doolin. Obviously, the weather won't be as warm as other places, but Ireland's people are warm and friendly. And, the country is so beautiful.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 05:12 AM
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Hello, In may I am going to Italy. I have rented for 8 nights in Praino a little villa


In Oct or Nov it will rent for $724. a week. You can cook some meals there, use the bus to get to other areas. It is next to Amalfi on the coast. Sit on patio and look, at sea and sip wine. It will be a great place to budget. There's a bus very reasonible from Rome you could take down. The weather is warmer. Check it out. This company was recomented by several friends to rent from. Good luck.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 06:57 AM
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mimi-your little villa looks wonderful. Bkmk'ing in case our dates in Praiano work out.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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Check out Gate1, their prices are very, very reasonable and they have a good reputation for budget travel. We booked with them for Greece and Turkey leaving in April and so far have been pleased with how they conduct business.

I checked out their Italy and Spain sites and you can travel Rome and Barcelona together for $1399.00 pp INCLUDING airfare and hotels.

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Mar 11th, 2008, 09:18 PM
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Last year we had four Months traveling in Europe and one of the very pleasurable and value for money sojourns was when we flew from Frankfurt to Rome and planned a week to just relax before we flew on to Istanbul. We were fortunate enough to be advised to stay at a Pensionato San Paolo. It is run by Giovanni Sansonetti. He is one of a large and talented Italian Family. The Accommodation is right next to St Pauls outside the Wall. The rooms are large spacious old but clean and busy staff are trustworthy and friendly. It is about two blocks from the Underground and there are a many busy
popular bars where locals flock and one may buy a litre of beer another the tiniest cup of coffee and coffee comes in so many flavours or with additives of so many styles or a generous glass of wine. Snack food is varied and attractive. Eateries galore and not at all expensive. Market stalls line the streets near the underground with International items all competitive prices. The Pensionato serves a very substantial breakfast in most pleasant surroundings with the Basilica dominating the view through the windows as buses queue for tourists to visit. Lunch time it is VERY busy, seems many of the University staff that surround the area eat their lunch here. Rooms all with ensuites prices vary ours was a vast room and around 70 Euros a night for the two of us with breakfast and it was only a few stops to get to town by underground and a Bus stopped outside too. Liked the underground and never used the Bus. It was easy to get into the City and catch a tourist bus and jaunt around all the main sites of Rome. Without being aware of it happening - we were robbed on the esculator going down from the Coliseum area - intending to go to St Peters Square. Sadly the police advised that tourists were a gang and targeted my husband.They said he should have NOT carried a wallet. To place money in a small square plastic sealing bag and safety pin it into a pocket and to have several and place only about 40 Euros in each. Neck wallet were better. The owner was most hospitable and they sell snacks coffee postcards and maps and it was on the third floor and equipped with lifts. We were able to utterly enjoy our stay mainly due to the Sansonetti families help.Address is 41 Viale F. Baldelli email [email protected] be aware they are all Italian though some of the staff or resident students do help translate. We had no stress with being there just a pleasurable stay and did regret having to move on. Basilica San Paolo was a magnificient building which had us making several visits. Look it up, undergound 150mt 3 autobus service almost at the door and such a delightful complex by the station to explore with all manner of shops and varied eateries. Large open gardens and the Basilica dominate the view it has 50 rooms with telephone Sat. TV and is just a happy place to stay.
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Mar 12th, 2008, 05:59 PM
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Save on airfare by flying to the least expensive major hub and then use regional budget airlines to get to an interesting less touristy (read less expensive) area. Four of us flew to Amsterdam from Detroit on a reasonable promotional fare and then flew on to Milan/Bergamo on Trans Avia. Spent a couple days in Bergamo ( a great surprising city!) and trained to Florence. Reversed flying itinerary coming home. This was over $300/person cheaper than flying directly to Milan or Florence. I found regional airlines on www.whichbudget.com. Sometimes it means flying to hub (like Heathrow)and transferring to regional airport (like Stansted) which must be considered in cost and time. Amsterdam meant only changing concourses.

Renting an apartment is also a great choice for econmy as well as having the chance to live in a neighborhood and meet the real deal. Shopping at the local shops is great fun and you can get authentic souvenirs and gifts as well for lots less money than in the more tourist traffic areas.

Enjoy the adventure.
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