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RTW ticket - best option ?

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1. Posted by mico82 (Full Member 54 posts) 9y

hey all,

i've spent hours looking at different flight tickets, route planners etc etc. i've got a route that's a bit all over the place but unfortunately i have to go in this order to meet friends and stick with certain dates. believe me, if i could change the order of the route i would, but i can't.

the route:

london - lima (overland to buenos aires) - new york (or new york first then lima) - vancouver - auckland - bangkok - hong kong - beijing (overland to Moscow) - cape town - london

does anyone have suggestions on who to book with ?
could i reduce the whole cost by booking some flights when i'm there ?

one world appears to be good but quite pricey... i'm looking at just under £2000

has anyone done a similiar route to this ?

thanks in advance... please help ! :)


2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

You couldn't possibly do the New York-Lima-Vancouver on any RTW ticket as that would be backtracking between continents which is not allowed on any RTW ticket. No RTW ticket will let you go directly from Moscow-Cape Town. No places on RTW tickets can fly directly to or from Russia. The best RTW ticket with your type of situation would be a continent based one world ticket, but even that wont let you do those back tracking between continents, going from Russia-South Africa-London. So without being able to re arrange your trip some what, you will be stuck paying up real big amounts for individual tickets.

If you are wanting to go from Moscow-Cape Town, I think that is not going to happen on any RTW ticket. Also London-Lima isn't possible on a One World ticket so most likely not on any RTW ticket. Going London-Buenos Aires overland to Lima and then fly from Lima-New York is possible, but not having Lima first. If you chose to do New York first well then you couldn't do Vancouver on the trip unless you went London-Vancouver-New York-Lima.

So without the option of changing dates I'm afraid you'll be forced to pay for individual tickets and with that route you'll be up for a lot more than £2000 I'd imagine.

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 7:59 PM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by mico82 (Full Member 54 posts) 9y

hey, thanks for the info. much appreciated... i'm a bit confused now tho lol :)

if i went from london to b.aires (overland to lima) then up to new york then vancouver... would that be okay ?

i'm thinking the one world ticket does look the best. i noticed on their website:

"Your route from one continent to another must move forward in a continuous westward or eastward direction. However, there are no backtracking restrictions so you are free to roam locally at will within a continent as long as you don't go back to your point of origin."

when i drafted a route using their tool online it didn't mention that were any errors with my flight itinerary... only when i went over 20 stops and had too many flights in asia... i then managed to sort that.

I don't think i'm going to get anything cheaper that £1900 but was just wondering if anyone had done a similiar route for cheaper ?

thanks again,
meeshy :)