europe Trip with ursula
Friday, May 6th to Sunday, May 22nd  
(15 nights)
previous dates: may 1-17/sep 4-20

Hello Bobbie, 

I have updated the plan to serve you as a guide for your future trip.  Here you can find all details you need.   I will continue to add information, as reservations are made. 

Please remember, not all reservations are confirmed, and therefore some prices are still estimates.  As payments are made I will continue to confirm things.   

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

Itinerary (Last updated on May 25, 2021)

  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 - Rome 

    • Departing early morning ​

    • Nonstop flight 

    • Two nights in Rome (Wednesday to Friday)

  4. ** Rome -  Madrid​

    • Departing late afternoon

    • Nonstop flight 

    • Two nights in Madrid (Friday to Sunday)

  5. ** Madrid - Paris ​

    • Departing mid-afternoon ​

    • Nonstop flight

    • Three nights in Paris (Sunday -Wednesday) 

  6. Paris - Bayeux (Normandy) ​

    • Departing early morning on train (2h15) 

    • Two nights in Bayeux (Wednesday - Friday)

  7. *** Bayeux - Paris ​

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

    • 2 to 3 hours to transfer in Paris

    • One night in Paris (Friday - Saturday)

  8. *** Paris - London

    • Departing Late Afternoon or Late morning

    • Nonstop flight

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

  9. London - Orlando​

    • Departing mid-morning

    • Nonstop flight

 

Notes:​

  • These are the main changes on this  new itinerary.  let me know what you think. 

    • * From Poland, I have you now heading to Rome for two nights ( we had Russia for three nights before)

    • ** the second change is going from Rome to Madrid for two nights, and from there to Paris. 

    • *** the third change is adding one more night in Paris after Bayeux, instead of heading out directly to the airport.  We can find something for you to do, or give you recommendations on how to spend that day on your own, enjoying the beauty of Paris one more time. 

  • Do you like this or prefer spend an extra night in one of the other destinations? 

UPDATE:

  • This new itinerary have all the flights as nonstops. Quicker flights are an option since we don't have Russia in it. 

  • Most flights are currently a bit more expensive than they were before. I think this might be due to current situation. On the other hand,  we might be able to save some money since flights to and from Spain are cheaper than to and from  Russia. 

  • I am recommending to wait a bit longer to see if we can have more or better options for flights. For instance, right now i am not seeing non-stop flights from Orlando to Europe.  As more flights become available prices might come down too. 

Recommended Activities

 

UPDATE:  Some changes might be necessary.  Most of this activities seem to be still options, but some are more expensive at the moment,  and others are not yet available for me to confirm (since we are talking almost a year ahead.)  My hope is that as things continue to go back to "normality" , somethings will go back down to prices from 2019/2020, and if not, more options will come up so we can replace them.  I will check in with you as needed to confirm if prices are too different.  

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

 

London

  • Tour around the city in an iconic London black cab: Your guide would be an authentic London cab driver.  Someone who knows the city like no other, and is very knowledgeable of its history and fun facts.  3 hours. 

  • In addition to the guided tour, you can spend time walking and exploring the city on your own.  A lot to see and experience. I would provide suggestions and even a brief walking guide. 

Krakow (Poland)

  • Auschwitz Guided Tour: 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. 

Rome

  • 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. 

Madrid

  • Day exploring Madrid: Group guided tour through some of the main sites of the city.  

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.  

London

  • Last night:  I think we can leave the last night free. A night for you two to enjoy a nice dinner, drinks, or simply a hot bath and big bed!  it's been a long trip :) 

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 am recommending the following types of accommodations based on each destination. In some places apartments to experience the local vibe, and other hotel rooms where it might be easier and more comfortable. 

 

I also thought about cost when looking into options; All these options are about the same cost, so you can see what type of accommodation we can get in each place for about the same amount.  Spoiler, some are better than others.

 

All suggestions are located centrally.  Near attractions and areas with restaurants, cafes, bars, etc.  I am adding photos so you can tell me if you would like to spend more or less based on the look and feel of each place.  

London - Private Apartment 

  • London is perhaps the most expensive of the destinations. Places are a bit more plain and not as decorated. They are also more scattered as the city is much bigger.  

  • I still found an option centrally located. Near famous sites, and busy boulevards that would offer great options for day time and night time dinning and drinks.  

  • We could also look into places further away from the city center if you would feel comfortable taking taxis and public transportations like their subway system. 

  • Hotels are also much more expensive. 

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Krakow

  • For Krakow I am thinking hotel. It might be more difficult to get around on your own in an apartment, and also hotels are not as expensive.

  • I found a nice hotel, for a good price, in the middle of the city, something much harder to do in places like London.

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Rome

  • Rome also has a good number of options for private apartments. Prices are not bad and places are near some of the main sites in the historic area.

  • The one I liked had a lot of character and charm.  

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Madrid

  • I think we can do either apartment or hotel in Madrid.  However you feel more comfortable.  There are good options for both located near tourist attractions

  • Options seem to be similar to Paris this point.

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Paris

  • Paris is also expensive,  but there are more options for cute places (although small) in the center of the city.

  • I am recommending a cute studio with everything you need for a good stay, Walking distance from many . restaurants and shops, and sites you want to see. 

  • Hotels, like in London, can be very pricey.

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Bayeux

  • Bayeux is a super cute little town full of French charm.   I am recommending small and quaint hotel in the heart  of town.

  • This hotel is 6min walking distance from the train station, as well as near restaurants, cafes, etc.

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London

  • I figured the last night should be spent in a hotel room. A place where you can rest, relax, and not have to worry about anything. Keep it simple. 

  • This is a small hotel, but very centrally located. Rooms are nice, updated, and although simple they all look very comfortable. 

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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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