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Old 01-13-2019, 01:15 PM   #121
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DH booked this Globus trip last summer; here’s the itinerary, which is followed by a three-night Aegean cruise; total cost including air from Chicago is $3760 for the two of us https://www.globusjourneys.com/tour/greek-escape/kga/. I didn’t even know he wanted to see Greece, and I think the okay group trip we took last spring to Ireland with relatives perhaps appealed to him with no planning on our part (vs the amazing Spain trip we took this fall with friends, after two years of DH planning an awesome itinerary down to the tiniest detail using TripMaster). I don’t ever mind being perceived as a tourist because duh, we are, and am looking forward to it and seeing it with DH. We have traveled a lot so this is just another little dancing lesson for us.

SousChef, I hear such good things about Tauck but this one likely will not come near that level.

Scuba, I told DH we can skip part of the group stuff and get a guide on our own considering this trip as is is pretty reasonable. I am sure we will be up at dawn every day!
I have attached a copy of our trip story to give you an idea of what you will see,
Another company I would recommend is Odysseys Unlimited. They feature small group tours of about 20 people. I have taken tours of China and Italy with them and enjoyed both of them.
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:18 PM   #122
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Some plans are emerging...


My mum wants me to drive my Motorhome to Britain in the summer. And I have agreed. But that is all we have planned so far.


Before that I want to be a snowbird. I usually take my Motorhome but this year I will probably try something new - drive my SUV and stay at AirBnB type places.

On these trips I usually don't plan much. I have a general idea of where to go - like Spain or Italy. The actual route and places visited emerge from local weather reports and googling for information about what is nearby.

Living in Norway I have to cross a few other countries first. Taking my time. Staying for a few days if the weather is nice. But it's winter. So if it's not I am driving further south.
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If you go to SF, try to get tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon. It is hysterical. Like SNL on steroids and no censor. We loved it

Thank you. I remembered hearing about BBB after reading your post; it is included (Day #4) on Road Scholar itinerary.
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We just got back from a Hawaiian cruise. Our story is attached.
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:59 AM   #125
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My mum wants me to drive my Motorhome to Britain in the summer. And I have agreed. But that is all we have planned so far.

And I just learned to call them caravans.
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DH booked this Globus trip last summer; here’s the itinerary, which is followed by a three-night Aegean cruise; total cost including air from Chicago is $3760 for the two of us https://www.globusjourneys.com/tour/greek-escape/kga/. I didn’t even know he wanted to see Greece, and I think the okay group trip we took last spring to Ireland with relatives perhaps appealed to him with no planning on our part (vs the amazing Spain trip we took this fall with friends, after two years of DH planning an awesome itinerary down to the tiniest detail using TripMaster). I don’t ever mind being perceived as a tourist because duh, we are, and am looking forward to it and seeing it with DH. We have traveled a lot so this is just another little dancing lesson for us.

SousChef, I hear such good things about Tauck but this one likely will not come near that level.

Scuba, I told DH we can skip part of the group stuff and get a guide on our own considering this trip as is is pretty reasonable. I am sure we will be up at dawn every day!
After your trip, please let us know how it went. DW wants to go to Greece, so I'm on the look out for good ideas.
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After your trip, please let us know how it went. DW wants to go to Greece, so I'm on the look out for good ideas.


Sunset, we spent six weeks in Greece last year. Feel free to PM me if you want ideas. Depends on your interests of course but Greece offers something for everyone. We loved it!
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After your trip, please let us know how it went. DW wants to go to Greece, so I'm on the look out for good ideas.
Will do!
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To celebrate our 35th anniversary, we booked a 12 day walking trip in June in Southernmost Ireland (the Dingle Way) with MacAdventures (they arrange bed & breakfast and ferry luggage to bed & breakfast, so you only carry a day pack).

We've used them before to walk the Lake District and the West Highland Way (Scotland). Price was more than reasonable (and going down with the pound), although we haven't booked airfare yet.
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We are doing our usual 2 consecutive timeshare weeks in Vermont and New Hampshire for the summer. Plan to go to Utah in September to see Zion and Bryce. Hopefully the government will be open by then because I will need to book airfare in a couple of months!



Then we go back to our Vermont timeshare for Thanksgiving week. And our usual few days at an Inn in New Hampshire for XMAS.
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We're always looking for an airline to take on a new destination, and this year it's Boston to Madrid that is offering cheap flights. Visiting Toledo on a day trip.

We'll take a train down to Granada. Then fly over to Barcelona and take a fast train to Paris a few days later.

We've given up having relatives take care of 7 year old granddaughter, Brynley. We're just taking her with us the day school is out, and she'll be a very well traveled gal. She especially wants to see the Eiffel Tower.
If you can, take the train to Segovia (30min). From the station, take a taxi to the Segovia Alcazar. It's like a Disney castle. We liked it much more than the Toledo Alcazar.
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We're not traveling anywhere that's more than a few hours away from home. Aside from the airline hassles, I would be embarrassed to travel abroad and be identified as an American.
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We're not traveling anywhere that's more than a few hours away from home. Aside from the airline hassles, I would be embarrassed to travel abroad and be identified as an American.
Your loss. There are more days behind you than there is in front of you.
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We are traveling from our home in Hawaii to the US mainland and then to South America.
Houston to Costa Rica, to Peru, to Chile, to Uruguay (7 days with a day trip to Buenos Aires), back to Santiago, Chile where we will live for a month, Peru, Costa Rica, US mainland, home. 63 days total.
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Taking a short hop with my buddy (was best man at wedding) to Germany. Using Munich as the anchor hotel location and hitting Ulm, Lindau, Konstanz and Salzburg as day trips. Also going to BMW Welt and Museum on the "rest" days.
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We just got back from a Hawaiian cruise. Our story is attached.
Thank you I enjoyed reading about your trip!! Many years ago we had a driver take us to Hana. That way, we got to shut our eyes for some of the Hana Road.
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Wifey and I just returned from a 9 day Celebrity Cruise to the ABC Islands. Weather last week was sunny, warm, with no rain.

We have two more trips planned this year.

1. A spring getaway to Illinois (wedding.)

2. Last week of June - a one week trip to London and Amsterdam.

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We have two more trips planned this year.

2. Last week of June - a one week trip to London and Amsterdam.

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I would recommend spending at least a week in each city. So much to see, so much to do!
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We are traveling from our home in Hawaii to the US mainland and then to South America.
Houston to Costa Rica, to Peru, to Chile, to Uruguay (7 days with a day trip to Buenos Aires), back to Santiago, Chile where we will live for a month, Peru, Costa Rica, US mainland, home. 63 days total.
If you will be in Peru, find a charter flight over the Nazca lines while you still can. They are amazing!
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We're not traveling anywhere that's more than a few hours away from home. Aside from the airline hassles, I would be embarrassed to travel abroad and be identified as an American.
That is sad...
Most folks in foreign countries like us visiting, it provides income and a chance for both sides to learn new things about the actual citizens of the country instead of just gov't declarations.
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