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We're Considering a Package Tour (London & Paris) -- Any Advice???

We're Considering a Package Tour (London & Paris) -- Any Advice???

Jul 19th, 1997, 07:42 AM
Angie F.
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We're Considering a Package Tour (London & Paris) -- Any Advice???

We're considering the above tour of one week (3 days London, 3 days Paris w/o flight time) by Globus. Is this a good idea? I've been to London before as a student, and I have a friend living in London who could make arrangements for us there, so I'm comparing quality and convenience. If not Globus, any others? Their price is $1649 pp with taxes, air, and all included. The hotels are Park Court in London, and Mercure Montmartre in Paris. Some sightseeing and breakfasts incl. Can I do better on my own? How? Also considering postponing return flight home and skipping over to see friends in Gothenburg Sweden. Looking for advice. Thanks in advande -- Angie
Jul 20th, 1997, 02:44 PM
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We used Trafalgar on our first trip to Paris. Thought the value for the dollar was excellent and were happy that the major arrangements were taken care of. Next time, we're going on our own, but were very glad we did the "tour" the first time.
Jul 22nd, 1997, 12:30 PM
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You didn't say when you planned on taking this trip,
which I think makes a big difference as to whether
it's a reasonable price or not. Air fares are a
lot lower after Sept., so if you were talking in the
winter, I wouldn't think it's that good a deal.
You also didn't say where you're flying from. But,
it appears you're paying close to $200 a night for
a hotel room which isn't that great a deal in Paris.
I haven't been in London for a few years, and hotels
were often more expensive there so that may be
reasonable there. I know Paris pretty well and
would not choose to stay at the Mercure Montmartre
because of its location. The hotel is nice enough
quality if you want new, modern-type that business
travelers stay in. But it's pretty much right on
Place Clichy which is not very attractive nor a place
you want to walk around, espec. at night, and is
a bit out of the way, also. If it were me, I'd
just book the air fare myself (trying to get an
advance-purchase or consolidator rate), read a good
guidebook to hotels and book them myself (Fodors
here even lists recommendations) and then take the
Eurostar train for about $140 from London to Paris.
For sightseeing tours in Paris, just go to Paris
Vision which has an office just across from the
Palais Garnier Opera building and you'll find many
to choose from -- your hotel will undoubtedly have
brochures on these kind of things. I would stay in
the 4th-7th arrondisements in Paris, and you can
find plenty of nice hotels for that price that are
better located than the Mercure Montmartre.
Aug 14th, 1997, 02:48 PM
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My first trip was a tour through Cosmos. I would NOT recommend it to anyone. Basically, you only go to the shops they get commission from and all the good stuff costs extra. The next time I go, I think I'll do it myself. I recommend reading up before you leave and decide what you want to do while you're there.
Aug 15th, 1997, 02:11 PM
Neal Sanders
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Christina above makes an excellent point. Last fall, the major airlines were offering to fly from principal US cities to London and Paris for roughly the same price as a Big Mac extra value meal. My wife and I decided to bag Thanksgiving in the States and booked a flight to London. Total airfare for two, round trip, $614 including all taxes. You can get an awful lot of hotel for $2,686 -- the difference between your tour company's price for two and the gray-days-of-autumn fares that were around last year (granted, they may not be as cheap this year; then again, they might be cheaper). Assuming even $200 per night for a good hotel, you're almost $1500 ahead of the game. You can buy a lot of souvenirs (or great meals!) for that kind of money. The downside, of course, is that you don't have the luxury of making your plans now and then marking off the calendar, tickets in hand. Still, the tradeoff seems (to me, anyway) more than worth it! Which ever way you go, enjoy the trip.
Aug 18th, 1997, 11:29 AM
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We are going to London in Sept. We are going on a package deal through British Airways. We are staying in the Bloomsbury section of London for 7 days and we got hotel and airfare for $839 per person from New York. We just called 1-800 airways. I was quoted $1100 for the whole trip from a travel agent. We were told that the airfare will become cheaper in November from the travel agent. I guess if you can go in November wait until then. We also might go over to Paris by train for the day. Have fun!!
Aug 25th, 1997, 06:28 AM
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Forget Sweden, come to Dublin instead, its way better
Sep 1st, 1997, 03:35 PM
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You are all giving GREAT advice, and I am taking it all into consideration. Thanks. -- Philip, thank you for the advice, and I WILL be seeing Dublin sometime in my lifetime, as in your e-mail address, my maiden name is Doyle!! I will have to go to Sweden first, as I have a friend there I've missed for 18 years, but as soon as we are re-aquainted, I'll begin traveling to places like Dublin, for sure. Angie
Sep 24th, 1997, 03:46 PM
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sending to 9/24 or person having questions on Globus and other tour for UK
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