europe Trip with ursula
Friday, oct 21st to Sunday, nov 6th  
(15 nights)
previous dates: may 1-17/sep 4-20

Hello Bobbie, Kevin

I have updated the plan with the new dates and information .  Here you can find all details you need.   I will continue to add information, as reservations are made and additional things are added.     

Take your time going through this and let me know if you have any questions

Itinerary (Last updated on May 30, 2022)

  • Oct 21(22) - Oct 25  LONDON 

    • Flight Orlando - London

      • Departing Friday, 8:50PM (Arriving 10:10 AM)

        • American Airlines (operated by British Airways) AA 6924

      • Record locator: SYRFOZ

      • Ticket Numbers:

        • Bobby: 0012432480886​

        • Kevin: 0012432480887

      • Overnight nonstop flight

    • Three nights in London (Saturday to Tuesday)

  • Oct 25 - Oct 28  KRAKOW

    • Flight London (Heathrow) - Krakow

      • Departing Tuesday, 8:05 AM (Arriving 11:35 AM)

        • British Airlines BA0872

      • Record locator: WLPPJO

      • Ticket Numbers:

        • Bobby: 125-2138681895

        • Kevin: 125-2138681896

      • Nonstop flight

    • Airport Transfer: Driver will be waiting for you at the airport, with a sign with "Roberta Shaffbower" on it.​

      • Provider: Luxury Services - Paris​

    • Three nights in Krakow (Tuesday to Friday)

  • Oct 28 - Nov 1  ROME

    • Flight Krakow - Rome (Ciampino)

      • Departing Friday, 8:50 AM (Arriving 10:45 AM)

        • Ryan Air FR9663 

      • Record locator: PBSQ5Z

      • Nonstop flight

    • Four nights in Rome (Friday to Tuesday)

  • Nov 1 - Nov 6  PARIS (and Normandy)

    • Flight Rome (FCO)  - Paris (ORY)

      • Departing Tuesday, 9:30 AM (Arriving 11:40 AM)

        • Vueling Airlines VY6251

      • Record locator: IFGMRJ

      • See boarding Passes here

      • Nonstop flight

    • Airport Transfer: Driver will be waiting for you at the airport, with a sign with "Roberta Shaffbower" on it.​

      • Provider: Shuttle from Hotel

    • Five Nights

      • Three nights in Paris

      • Two nights in Bayeux

        • Paris to Bayeux, Train​

        • Bayeux to Paris, Train

  • Nov 6  ORLANDO

    • Departing mid-morning

    • Nonstop flight

 

Note:​ Some flights will charge more if you have a carry one, so please just have a small personal item, and one checked bag (20kg = 44 lbs) per person. 

Activities

These are activities we discussed. I think would complement your visit in each city.  Let me know if  there is anything else you are interested in: 

 

Oct 23 - LONDON - Tour around the city in an iconic double decker bus with tea hour included.

  • 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Meet your host and ride at:

    • Victoria Coach Station, 16472 Buckingham Palace Road, Greater London, England SW1W 9TP

      • Go inside the station.  Bus usually departs from Gate 0 - Check on the TV screen

    • You can get there by taxi or by taking the District or Circle Subway Lines.  Rides takes about 20 minutes. Ask your hotel staff for assistance. 

    • Host asks you to be there 15 minutes before. Please plan accordingly 

      • Number is +​44 2030261188, in case you are running late.

    • Consider arriving earlier and grabbing lunch in the area. 

  • You will travel to some of London's most emblematic and historical locations.Your London bus driver will take you round Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more

  • Note: There are no restrooms in the bus. 

OCT 26 - KRAKOW - Auschwitz and salt mines guided tour

  • TIME

  • Directions

  • Short Description.Krakow is the closest city to the museum, therefore the best place to stay when visiting the site. Your tour would start at the main plaza where you will be picked up. The tour would include all sites and buildings, and salt mines.  It lasts approximately 7 hours. 

OCT 27 - KRAKOW - Walking City Tour

OCT 29 - ROME - Walking tour

OCT 30 - ROME - Guided tour of the Vatican

OCT 31 - ROME - Explore the underground

  • Explore the underground:  Explore with actual anthropologists underground/excavation sites in the basements of the city.  Rome has been built over and over again on top of ruins, so the chance to see these excavations and sites are only possible here!  This is the best way to get close to and learn about the fascinating history of the city.  

  • Alike Paris and London, I think you can see and visit some of the famous sites on your own, so I am recommending again a more unique experience to be the one we do guided.  You can then explore the city more as you venture into streets and plazas on your own. 

  • Another options I have considered for Rome was a coffee/bakery hopping experience with a local chef. They would share history, fun facts, and take you to some of their favorite spots for Italian delicatessens. 

NOV 1 - PARIS - Sidecar City Tour

NOV 2 - Train to Bayeux

NOV 2 - BAYEUX - Normandy Tour

NOV 3 - Mount Michael Tour

NOV 4 - Train to Paris

  • Biking and Wine Tasting Tour: I like this experience because it gives you the chance to see some of the less common sites, explore the beautiful streets of Paris, and even check out some small vineyards right in the middle of the city. 

    • I also see Paris as a place where you could walk and check by yourself of the most known sites, so the experience I am recommending is with the intention of showing you more than that. ​

    • I would provide additional tips and guidance to see sites on your own upon request. 

    • Another option I like is checking out some rooftops in museums and art galleries. Places that give you the chance to see the city from above, check out art, and grab drinks if you want! More exclusive. 

Bayeux (Normandy)

  • Normandy Tour: Be picked up at the hotel, and taken to a day tour around some of the main sites related to WWII history in Normandy (landing beaches, memorials, cemetery). The guide is local and knows about history, and can share a personal perspective and story about it. 

  • Mont Saint Michel: Tour to one o f the most beautiful villages and castles in Europe.  Guide will pick you up in Bayeux in a small van and drive you to M.S.M. There you will be able to learn about its history, explore on your own, and grab lunch. On the way back, they usually take you to see and explore other sites.   

  • Have in mind these might actually be your busiest days during your trip. Both tours will be long and back to back.  Nevertheless, you will be able to rest and relax in this little town at night.  

Please note:

  • Nights out - I can look into recommendations for places to go out, gran drinks, see shows, etc. We can look into these later, after the plan is settled. 

  • Lunch/Dinners -  Same as above, we would provide recommendations and help with reservations as desired. 

  • Transportation We can also pre-arrange transportation from and to airports and within the cities as necessary.  We can look into these in more detail also once the plan is more defined.  It would be trains and subways in some cases, taxis and shuttles in others. 

Accommodations

I have booked the following places for you, based on what we had before. Similar pricing and amenities.  

 

Like before, all accommodations are centrally locate; near attractions and areas with restaurants, cafes, bars, etc.  

Oct 21(22) - Oct 25  LONDON - Studio Apartment

  • You will be staying at Locke at Broken Wharf

    • Address:  2 Broken Wharf Broken Quay House
      City of London, London  EC4V 3DT, United Kingdom

    • Phone Number:  +44 330 202 0404

    • Check in is 16:00, and check out is 11:00 (They can hold your bags)

  • This apartment/hotel has its own small river front restaurant, working spaces and bar, and even a gym.

  • Within a mile walk, you can find places like the Shakespeare's Globe, the famous TATE Modern Museum, the Barbican, St. Paul's Cathedral and the iconic London Bridge.  For information and recommendations from the hotel on restaurants, bars, places to visit , and more,  check out this page by them.

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Oct 25 - Oct 28  KRAKOW - Hotel

  • You will be staying at Hotel Betmanowska Main Square Residence

    • Address:  Rynek Główny 44, Old Town
      31-017 Kraków, Poland

    • Phone Number:  +48 12 426 40 81

    • Check in 15:00, and check out is 12:00

    • Breakfast is included

  • This hotel has 2 restaurants, and a pub. 

  • It is located right next to the famous Main Square in Kraków.  In the heart of the city.  walking distance to local attractions.   If you want to know more about main sites in the city, check out this page.  It's a site I like to reference sometimes for cultural recommendations. 

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Oct 28 - Nov 1  ROME - Apartment

  • You will be staying at a beautiful apartment in he heart of Rome

  • The apartment is located in the heart of the city, on the historic street of antiques. From there you can walk to Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, the beautiful Fontana di Trevi, Piazza San Pietro, Via del Corso and the popular Piazza di Spagna. If you want to know more about main sites in the city, check out this page.  It's a site I like to reference sometimes for cultural recommendations. 

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Nov 1 -2 / Nov 4 - 6  PARIS - Hotel

  • You will be staying at  Hôtel Jardin de Cluny

    • Address:  9, Rue du Sommerard 5th arr.
      75005 Paris, France

    • Phone Number:  +33 1 43 54 22 66

    • Check in at 15:00, and check out is at 12:00

    • Breakfast is included

  • This hotel is located near the famous Notre Dame Church, and the beautiful Luxembourg gardens/Park.  In an area of the city that very touristy but also very local.  Lively, tons of options for restaurants and places to see. If you want to know more about main sites in the city and near the hotel check out this page the hotel has created.  

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Nov 2 - 4  BAYEUX - Hotel

  • You will be staying at  La Maison de Mathilde

    • Address:  23 Rue Larcher
      14400 Bayeux, France

    • Phone Number:  +33 2 31 92 08 13

    • Check in at 15:00, and check out is at 11:30

    • Breakfast is not included, but it is available for $12.

  • This hotel is located in the heart of the historic center.  It has its own restaurant and lovely terrace.  It is about a 10-15 minute walk from the train station.  You can walk there, but also catch a taxi if you would like instead. 

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Package Details:

  • All accommodations

    • London Apartment 

    • Krakow Hotel 

    • Moscow Hotel - Breakfast included

    • St. Petersburg Apartment

    • Paris Apartment

    • Bayeux Bed and Breakfast - Breakfast Included

    • Rome Apartment

    • London Hotel 

  • All Flights (Including one checked bag each, carry ons, and extended leg space where possible) and round trip train ride to Bayeux.

    • Orlando - London​

    • London - Krakow

    • Krakow - Rome 

    • Rome - Madrid

    • Madrid - Paris 

    • Paris - Bayeux - Paris (Train)

    • Paris - London

    • London - Orlando

  • Activities as described in each location

    • London - Private City tour on a Black Cab​ (3 Hours) 

    • Krakow - Group tour to Auschwitz Camp and Salt Mines ( 10hours)

    • Rome - Group Underground City tour 

    • Madrid - Group City Tour 

    • Paris - Group bike tour/wine tasting (5 hours)

    • Bayeux - Group Normandy tour (5-6 Hours)

    • Bayeux - Group Mont Saint Michel tour (5-6 hours) 

  • Concierge services before and during your trip. We recommend and help with reservations at restaurants, shows, and other things to do. We can also help setting up transportation. All of this can be planned in advance and pay through us so you don't have to worry paying later 

  • We would provide as well guidance and recommendations for you to enjoy during your free time. 

POINTS TO MAKE:

 

  1. I believe, we can continue to plan without making changes on the total for now. 

  2. As mentioned, flights are higher right now ( but we save some $$ not going to Russia)

  3. Activities seem to also be more expensive, but I am hoping they come down again, or more options become available.

  4.  Some hotels are also a bit higher, but we do seem to have more options. We should be ok here. 

  5. I want to confirm this new plan (dates and itinerary) with you first.  Do you like it? any changes?

  6. then, I'd like to propose to wait a little longer to confirm flights, as right now we have less options and they are more expensive.  Maybe in a couple of months, while travel goes back to normal things can look better.  thoughts? 

  7. if you agree, i will continue to monitor and check in with you. I will save us money where I can, and let you know if anything is more expensive so you can make the call.  I believe we can make this happen with the same price, but will let you know if that is not the case so you can decide how to adjust. 

Let me know if you have any questions or comments after reviewing the package.  

Thank you 

Previously Presented Information

Itinerary SEP 2020

 

  1. Orlando - London

    • Departing Friday night - TBD 

    • Overnight nonstop flight

    • Two nights in London (Saturday to Monday)

  2. London - Krakow (Poland - Auschwitz)

    • Departing Monday mid afternoon​

    • Nonstop flight

    • Two nights in Krakow (Monday to Wednesday)

  3. Krakow - Moscow 

    • Departing early morning ​

    • One stop flight 

    • One night in Moscow** (Wednesday to Thursday)

  4. Moscow - Saint Petersburg​

    • Departing late afternoon

    • Nonstop flight 

    • Two nights in Saint Petersburg (Thursday to Saturday)

  5. Saint Petersburg - Paris ​

    • Departing mid-afternoon ​

    • One-stop flight

    • Three nights in Paris*** (Saturday - Tuesday) 

  6. Paris - Bayeux (Normandy) ​

    • Departing early morning on train (2h15) 

    • Two nights in Bayeux (Tuesday - Thursday)

  7. Bayeux - Paris - Rome ​

    • 8:30am to 10:50am - Departing early morning to Paris on Train 

    • 2 to 3 hours to transfer in Paris and head towards Airport. This takes about 40 minutes in a car or public transportation.

    • 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Afternoon flight​ to Rome 

    • Nonstop Flight

    • Two nights in Rome (Thursday - Saturday)

  8. Rome - London

    •  Departing Late Afternoon or Late morning

    • Nonstop flight

    • One/last night in London (Saturday - Sunday)

  9. London - Orlando​

    • Departing mid-morning . Arriving in Orlando at 2:50 PM Sunday

    • Nonstop flight

 

Notes:​

  • I figured spending more than/less than 2 nights in certain places might be a nice change of pace

    • * I initially thought one night in Auschwitz, but given flight schedules and tour hours, two nights seem to be required.

    • ** I chose Moscow as the place to spend just one night based on input. Let me know if you would like to spend more time here and less in another city. 

    • *** I chose Paris as the place to spend three nights based on input. Let me know if you would like to spend more less nights here and more in another city. 

  • I think dropping one or two destinations might be ​something to consider if you would like to have more time in some of the main destinations. Schedule is tight, but totally doable is you are ok with having a fast paced schedule and just quick stops in all these places

Recommended Activities

These are activities I think would complement your visit in each city.  There are other options of course, so please feel free to tell me your reaction to them or if you had something else in mind

Moscow

  • Day exploring Moscow: Group guided tour through some of the main sites of the city.  This tour would include rides in public transportation systems, stops for drinks and food, and more. 

 

Saint Petersburg

  • Night out with St. Petersburg style: I think a guided bar/rooftop crawl could be fun here. The culture is different and therefore the way the socialize.  They would take you to some of the best spots in the downtown area. Also a chance to meet other tourists and share stories. 

    • Other options I was thinking are dinner with locals or a more traditional guided walking tour.  Experiences like dinner with locals or go out to grab drinks seem interesting as they would give you a glimpse into the Russian culture which might be the least common of the ones visiting. This applies for St. Petersburg and Moscow. 

    • If this is not the case for you, let me know and we could look into options like these in another country. 

  • Walking on your own. You would have time to explore some of the main sites on your own since it is a small city.  Places like the Winter Castle museum can be visited on your own. I already have the site where we could reserve tickets in advance.   

Accommodations

Moscow 

  • I am also recommending hotel for Moscow.  I don't know the city myself and would like to recommend staying centrally, near touristic attractions.  Also, hotels would offer better assistance and guidance if needed.

  • Moscow is also a bit expensive and options seem a bit more limited. yet, I was able to found a small boutique hotel I think it meets all requirements for a good stay.

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Saint Petersburg

  • This city seems more tourist friendly and easier to manage than Moscow. I am recommending an apartment.

  • We can get beautiful options for the amount of money 

  • This place in particular is well located. Also walking distance to many sites like the previous ones. 

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Athens (Acropolis)

  • Acropolis and Neighborhoods: This is walking tour into the famous Acropolis but also some of the surrounding areas. Places that are vibrant and happening. This is also a sunset experience, so you can continue onto dinner or even explore night life after the tour.  You would end in the middle of everything.   

    • You had mentioned Olympia in your inputs. Olympia (including the stadium) is a bit far from Athens, . not as easy to access. It would require additional time to explore.  If your priority is in fact to visit Olympia then I can look into it but other destinations might be affected as it requires more time to get there, extra flights, etc.

Athens (Accommodation) 

  • Athens also seems like a city . easy to navigate and tourist friendly. I am recommending an apartment here. 

  • This place is located near the center and with amazing views and a lot of outdoor space. Large terrace and balcony.

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