Hello, my name's Paul and I'm new to these excellent forums. There is info out there for diaabled travelers, so my need from you is more specifically with my travel ideas. The duration of the trip will be no more than two weeks and I'll be traveling with two friends. I'd like to see a little bit of Italy, France, England, and Ireland. Seeing every museum, church, statue, or monument is not very important to us.
Is it possible or even affordable to fly into one city, travel around, and then fly out of another city? (example - land in Rome, visit Florence, Paris, London, then fly out of Dublin back home to U.S.) Will squeezing this much in be a headache?
Will $100 per day get the three of us a place to sleep each night?
Thanks for your time and hopefully your assistance!
We are flying into Zurich, and then out of Gatwick 3 weeks later. Using airmiles. It is possible, but I believe it may cost you a bit more. It's been a while since I worked for American as a reservationist...but I do remember those flights usually cost more. Mind you I was in domestic...call the airlines and see what they say. My mother did a RTW. Flying into DFW, then going to Europe from here, (Sw, Italy and ???) and then flying out of London.
Welcome to TP! tresham's right - these flights usually do cost more. We did a similar thing in 2003; flew into Paris, then made our way through Spain to Rome and flew out of there. I don't really like backtracking much, so it worked out pretty well.
Another good possibility is to just get a good flight to London, which is a good hub city. From there, you can catch the Eurostar to Paris for very good prices. From Paris, the plane would be best to get to Italy. Then maybe a plane to Dublin from Rome and finally a flight back from Dublin to London to catch the return flight home.
As for accommodation prices; I think London will be the hardest on that budget and as such, I'd try to keep your stay there short. It is possible, but a lot of the cheap rooms are very small. London is exhorbitantly expensive.
Thanks for your thoughts. As much as I hate to do this, Italy may have to wait for another trip. It seems like too much to squeeze in with Ireland on the itinerary. Hopefully going to France will give us enough cultural flavor to make up for not seeing Italy. I have found some decent ($650) non-stop fares from Denver to London. From there, perhaps we'll make two train trips, one to Ireland, then the other toward France. Once again, thanks! This forum is a real treasure.
When you get to europe, it will proberbly be cheapest for you to book flights around europe using www.ryanair.com or www.easyjet.com. Both of these airlines offer exceptionally good value for one way or return trips around europe, especially if you book them well in advance.
Have a good trip.
Not sure about your flights and all that, but if you were thinking around £50 per day in London for 3 of you to sleep perhaps try joining the Youth Hostel association. Dont quote me for it but I know that the accommodation is in dorms and it costs a very minmal amount compared to a hotel that you will inevitably have to stay in in London that costs a fortune. If anyone else has more info than I have to give then please do, it was only an 'off the top of my head' thought.