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Open to Suggestions - Where Should I Go To In March 2002

Open to Suggestions - Where Should I Go To In March 2002

Sep 11th, 2001, 06:31 PM
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BOB THE NAVIGATOR
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Leslie, In March you want a destination that will not be dismal and chilly. I have done Portugal twice in March, with one of those trips including Seville.
Hard to beat for March.
 
Sep 11th, 2001, 06:37 PM
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There's a thread on this forum about safety in Venice. Everyone agrees that it is one of the safest cities. Perfect for a woman traveling solo.
 
Sep 11th, 2001, 06:45 PM
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Venice is a possibility. But, 8 days in Venice is too much. Where else would I go? How many days in Venice?

Come on people be creative for me. No more than 2 hotel changes. Don't want to travel more than 3-4 hours by train to the next destination if I am going to stay in a second hotel. So far, the best advice has been Belgium, or Belgium and 2 days in London getting my fill of theatre. Seems I can stay in 1 hotel in Belgium for the whole trip and make day trips to other cities.

Bob, whereto in Portugal? And then take the train to Seville? How long is that ride? Do I do a roundtrip to Lisbon or an open-jaw ticket flying out of Seville?
 
Sep 12th, 2001, 10:05 AM
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Leslie, If you plan to use the rails then I will change my idea about Portugal---best seen with a car. So, here are two good options with only 2 destinations for 8 days:
Madrid[include Toledo and Segovia], and Seville. Or, Rome and Amalfi coast.
I would not go north in March, but I hate cold weather. Good luck !

 
Sep 12th, 2001, 10:19 AM
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March is a wonderful month to go to Sevilla, since it is starting to get warmer and there are no crowds. A combination Madrid (Toledo, Segovia easily accessible by train or bus ) and Sevilla via AVE train ( a comfortable trip, just two hours and twenty minutes from Madrid Atocha Station to Sevilla Sta Justa Station )would be nice. From Sevilla there are some day trips really nice to be done as Cordoba ( AVE trains stop at Cordoba )or Jerez/Cadiz. No high prices by that date.
 
Sep 12th, 2001, 01:55 PM
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Bob and Pedro,

You are both making Spain sound very interesting. Are both of your itineraries too much for 8 days? How many days should I spend in each city? I was actually thinking of spending 3 weeks in Spain in either September or October of 2002 and seeing more cities.

Please give me your opinions.

Best,

Leslie
 
Sep 13th, 2001, 12:37 PM
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Leslie, I will certainly bow to Pedro for all things Spanish--he knows his stuff. Actually, what he said is just more detail on what I had in mind. I see that as fine for 8 days.
 
Sep 13th, 2001, 02:57 PM
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I think 8 days are fine to be spent in Sevilla and Madrid as bases, and the weather and landscape would be really fine for that area. For your 3 weeks trip and if you like Spain and want to come back, a really nice trip in September could be the following:

Flying into Madrid, fly then into Jerez airport and start the route of the coast:

Jerez-Cadiz ( the old city is quite interesting by its particular XVII-XIX century architecture and situation, great seafood )-Vejer ( one of the most picturesque villages in Andalucia )-Bolonia roman ruins ( located just by a superb beach )-Tarifa ( wonderful views over Africa )-Gibraltar ( the rock always imposing )-Castellar ( a nice town with views overlooking a reservoir )-Marbella/Puerto Banus ( Luxury resort and yacht harbour )- Ronda ( One of the nicest cities in Spain )- Malaga ( great views from Gibralfaro mountain )-Nerja ( scenic white town, great atmosphere, gorgeous caves in the surroundings )-Almuņecar ( some of the best places in the Mediterranean to dive, tropical cultures, beautiful landscaped marina at Marina del Este )-Salobreņa ( beautiful setting perched at the top of a rock overlooking the sugar cane fields )-Granada ( The majestic Alhambra, the Cathedral and the royal tombs, The beautiful baroque Cartuja )-Almeria ( the alcazaba offers beautiful views from the top )-Cabo de Gata Natural Park ( some of the finest beaches in Spain, almost deserted volcanic landscapes and golden sandy beaches and coves. )-Murcia ( imposing baroque cathedral, superb groceries in that area )-Orihuela/Elche ( palm tree forests and gardens make them almost oasis )-Alicante ( the capital of touristy Costa Blanca, now not as crowded, nice views from Sta Barbara Castle )-Ifach Rock ( imposing natural monument ideal for hiking )- Valencia ( some monuments and a modern area around Science City, the birthplace of Paella dish )-Mallorca Island by ferry ( the entrance in Palma bay is beautiful, Palma itself is an elegant city plenty of remarkable sights as the Cathedral or the Old Castle of Bellver, the island is quite varied, from the tourquise beaches in the north and striking Formentor Cape to the rugged West Coast or the several wonderful caves as Drac, Arta or Campanet )-Menorca island by ferry ( much smaller but Biosphere Reserve, it has preserved its old cities, prehistoric monuments and landscapes almost intact, Mahon, with its british touch, and Ciudadela are nice as well, a perfect place to rest with really good beaches too )-Barcelona by air or ferry ( a vibrant modern city full of awe-inspiring architecture ). I think this itinerary is absolutely varied, especially thought for the car but might be done by using public transportation ( buses, trains, ferries, etc ).
 
Sep 13th, 2001, 03:11 PM
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Pedro,

Muchas gracias! Now, if I offer to pay for your accommodations, will you be my tour guide and show me all of these sites? And if not, I would at least like to buy you dinner or tapas and sangria at whatever city you live closest too.

Bob, you are more than welcome to join me also. And, Rex, you too, maybe we can get a Fodorites group together for March.

If I don't get any of you to join me, it looks like I will have to flip a coin for the spring trip of either Spain or Belgium. But it looks fairly definite that my fall trip will be Spain. 3 weeks on the above itinerary if I go to Spain in March, and 4 weeks in Spain using both itineraries if I go to Belgium in March.

Many, many thanks,

Leslie
 
Sep 13th, 2001, 03:56 PM
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I'd head to S.E. Asia - maybe 4 nts in Hong Kong and 3 nts in Bangkok. Thailand is a magical country, and 3 nts is not even remotely close to being enough....but it would familiarize you with the country.....and then you could go back and spend lots of time in the Golden Triangle. Hong Kong is fun no matter how long you stay, and there are a million things to see and do. Plus
there are wonderful packages available right now. And yes, you can go that far in that short a time and enjoy it.
I do it often........as often as I can!
 
Sep 13th, 2001, 04:03 PM
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Pedro, Bob, and anyone else who might know the answer,

Can you guesstimate in US dollars what the cost of the transportation within Spain would be? I would not rent a car, and would still prefer to use planes, trains, buses and ferries. Also, how much should I allot for a well-located hotel room each night? Just looking for something clean with a decent bed. Assuming 21 days, is $100 per day too much or too little for transportation and accommodations? And then, approximately how much should I allow per day for food and entrance fees to venues?

Thanks again for the thoroughness of your prior posts.

Leslie
 
Sep 14th, 2001, 06:05 AM
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I would plan on $200/day for hotel, food, and tourism--transport extra. You could do it for less, but that is a good comfort range.
 
Sep 14th, 2001, 04:46 PM
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Belgium is very pretty but I wouldn't go in March. Chances are that the weather will be cold and rainy. Southern Europe sounds a lot better!
 

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