Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

So here's how much we spent for 4 of us, 2 weeks, Paris and Rome

So here's how much we spent for 4 of us, 2 weeks, Paris and Rome

Jul 3rd, 2005, 06:20 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 9,232
So here's how much we spent for 4 of us, 2 weeks, Paris and Rome

One of the things I wondered about when I was planning our trip was how much would it cost? Of course everybody spends money differently, but I thought it might be interesting to others how much we spent.

Our trip was one week in Paris and one week in Rome. It was myself, my husband, and our two teenagers. We are not extravagant eaters (our most expensive meal was $180 euros), but we didn't particularly skimp either. We stayed in apartments - which I think was about half the cost of two hotel rooms. We bought no souvenirs to speak of. I recorded almost every penny we spent so I think it is fairly accurate. The only things I can think of that I did NOT include were the price of passports, any new clothes or luggage, and tour books. It includes EVERYTHING else - even the millions of bottles of water we bought in Paris, daily gelato, museums, transportation, etc. It even includes lousy airport food. All prices have been converted to US dollars and are for the four of us.

Jet Blue (Rochester, NY to NYC and back) $467.60
Delta (NYC to Paris and Rome to NYC) $842.40
Ryan Air (Paris to Rome) $236.08
Total flights $1546.08

Paris $1708.00
Rome $1531.68

Trip Insurance $237.00

Segway (Paris) $380.00
Context Rome (Rome - two tours) $614.40

All other total daily expenses (excludes all the above stuff): $3565.05

Interestingly, Paris averaged $268.39/ day and Rome averaged $227.23/day (excludes accommodations/airfare/airport transfers)

TOTAL TRIP $9582.21

Now all we have to do is figure out how to pay for college this fall...

Maybe this will be helpful to some other family trying to figure out how much it might cost to go to Europe.

wliwl is offline  
Jul 3rd, 2005, 06:23 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 9,232
SORRY - Posted in wrong forum!
wliwl is offline  
Jul 3rd, 2005, 06:54 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 17,226
But was very informative. Thanks for sharing.
starrsville is offline  
Jul 3rd, 2005, 07:34 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,356
SO informative! I don't usually go to the Europe board, so thanks!
E is offline  
Jul 3rd, 2005, 07:58 PM
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 13,102
Thanks. This was very informative and I also don't spend much time in the Europe forum.
girlonthego is online now  
Jul 4th, 2005, 05:34 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 9,232
I better mention here (even though this is the wrong forum) that some astute readers on ihe European forum noticed that I screwed up on the flight costs. Our Delta flight was $3369.60 for the four of us (I quoted the individual price). All other prices were for the four of us.

That brings the total trip up to $12,109.41. Sorry!
wliwl is offline  
Jul 4th, 2005, 05:59 AM
Posts: n/a
Thought maybe you meant Paris, Texas and Rome, New York....
Jul 4th, 2005, 06:30 AM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 5,440
Thanks for posting the info. Did your teens LOVE it? Was it worth the cost? Is this expensive? I haven't been to Europe in so long, don't know what a bargain would look like.

I have never been to Paris and really want to go, soon. Thinking about next April for our 25th anniversary. Wouldn't that be perfect?
Heavens is offline  
Jul 4th, 2005, 07:00 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 9,232
Yes the teens LOVED it. They are vey proud of their photos and are showing them to everybody. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Eldest is off to college this fall and so our family vacation days are probably numbered. We have usually done pretty modest vacations (Adirondacks, Outer Banks) so this was a big splurge. A fortunate gift from the in-laws made it possible.

It looks like our expenses were about normal. Others on the European forum report that they spend about $150 each per day excluding airfare. We spent about $144 each.

I left two trip reports on the European forum if you're interested. There's a link to our photos too. (One for Paris and one for Rome.) If you click on my name you will find them.

Do Paris for your anniversary - YES!

wliwl is offline  
Jul 4th, 2005, 07:21 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 9,232
I just clicked on my name and noticed there are like a million things listed there. The trip reports are titled "Paris report with teens" and "Rome report (with teens)". Thanks.
wliwl is offline  
Apr 9th, 2007, 08:17 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 15
Great info! Thanks . My husband and I are planning a trip with our 14 and 13 year old boys next summer to Belfast and Paris. Where did you stay in Paris?
Can you recommend any places to eat, see? What were their favourites? French is not a problem for us if that's a consideration.

Thanks for any advice
kclarke is offline  
Apr 9th, 2007, 09:27 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 45,322
Hi Kclark, this thread is almost two years old. Also, many I suggest you go to the Europe Forum and post your questions as you will get a much better response. Your trip with your sons will be wonderful I am sure!!
LoveItaly is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Aug 21st, 2010 12:25 PM
Apr 10th, 2008 04:34 AM
Nov 18th, 2002 03:01 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:24 PM.