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Old 12-26-2018, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default We booked a Trafalgar tour...

It's been a long time, peeps. I can't say I don't miss my DVC points on a regular basis, but we've been seeing lots of other little corners of the world.

I've wanted to do an ABD tour for a while, but I just couldn't stomach the price and so we're booked on Trafalgar. I know that in the old days (IE when I was here daily) we used to discuss ABD and other options, so I'm hoping to actually contribute to that conversation.

We (5 adults) are traveling for two weeks. We're flying from the US to Amsterdam on our own. Staying at Hendricks Hotel Hotel https://www.thehendrickshotel.com/en/index.html for a few nights and then flying from Amsterdam to Munich. While in Amsterdam, we're cramming in a canal tour, the red light district, the Anne Frank House, and the Van Gough museum.

Our tour, Trafalgar's Imperial Europe is 10 nights and covers Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. We had actually booked Trafalgar's Sound of Music Tour for the same dates, ( depart May 10th) but it was cancelled due to problems with securing hotels. (That didn't stress me out at all ) Trafalgar did do a great job fixing our airfare and moving us to this (or any other tour we wanted) so that made it pretty easy. When they cancelled we were offered a full refund, the same tour on different dates, or another tour on similar dates with them moving the tour and changing airfare (at no cost to us).

Final payment is due the end of January and we still have a lot of planning to do. I'll be posting updates as well as a full report and pictures when we return home. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to answer.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everybody!
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:38 PM   #2
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Sounds amazing,Tammy! Would be wonderful to join you. Oh, wait...

Shit, payment due end of next month? Oh well, at least itíll be over with.

Canít wait for our next adventure!
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:27 PM   #3
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Sounds amazing,Tammy! Would be wonderful to join you. Oh, wait...

Shit, payment due end of next month? Oh well, at least itíll be over with.

Canít wait for our next adventure!
Yes! For the early booking discount final payment is due on Jan 31st. I'll be calling them earlier to make a payment and will verify, but I know that the Trafalgar agent should be calling.
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Yes! For the early booking discount final payment is due on Jan 31st. I'll be calling them earlier to make a payment and will verify, but I know that the Trafalgar agent should be calling.

Ooh, thereís a positive. I miss her...
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I paid off Trafalgar today. Hoping it's awesome because the price can not be beat. Pricing for our 10 night tour PLUS airfare from Charleston for two was approx $5500 including insurance. Our pre-stay in Amsterdam (hotels and day trips) are extra and we've planned it on our own (though our airfare to Amsterdam was booked through Trafalgar). With ABD priced at $5700 per person without airfare and with one less night, I think we'll take it.
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I paid off Trafalgar today. Hoping it's awesome because the price can not be beat. Pricing for our 10 night tour PLUS airfare from Charleston for two was approx $5500 including insurance. Our pre-stay in Amsterdam (hotels and day trips) are extra and we've planned it on our own (though our airfare to Amsterdam was booked through Trafalgar). With ABD priced at $5700 per person without airfare and with one less night, I think we'll take it.


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Will hit my wallet soon, Iím sure. That aspect aside, really looking forward to this trip.
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:54 AM   #8
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Wow! Quite the adventure you have planned.
The Hendricks looks so cool, what a way to begin!
Happily following along.....
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Old 04-23-2019, 11:23 AM   #9
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We fly in exactly two weeks!

Planning is pretty much complete. We've purchased a canal tour on the day of our arrival. We also have tickets to Anne Frank and the Van Gogh museum on our second day. Note that tickets to Anne Frank and the museum are available online at exactly 60 days. I'm not sure about the museum but, but the Anne Frank house releases 80% of their tickets 60 days out and 20% on the actual day. I put a reminder in my phone and booked at 60 days. I'm glad I did because the entire day is sold out at this point (as well as all of May) and I've heard the lines on the day of are horrible.

I read recently that the floating flower market is closing. So, that may be scrapped. I'd hoped to buy some tulip bulbs for home. They actually sell bulbs with health certificates that are legal to be carried back to the US and Canada. I wanted to plant some tulips from Amsterdam at home.

I'm sure we'll go and see tulips somewhere while we're there. We're also planning to eat at Foodhallen
https://foodhallen.nl/amsterdam
One thing I love about our hotel is that we're walking distance to the central train station in Amsterdam, so getting around should be easy. My only complaint is I should have gone with my gut and done 3 full days in Amsterdam instead of two, but I'm sure we'll get back.

I've been watching the weather, and it's unseasonably warm right now with temps in the 70s which I'd be thrilled with. We're looking to have more "usual" weather for our dates with temps in the 60s which is fine and some rain. I'll definitely be bringing an umbrella.

I've also started doing research on packing light- for those who don't know me, we spent 4 days in Copenhagen with no luggage in 2015, and that isn't happening again. My goal is two weeks in my rolling Mother Lode and a backpack. I bought a small anti-theft purse that I'll bring but I'll stick in in my backpack to meet the two bag allowance on the plane.

Another thing to consider if you're considering a trip like this, check what your tour operator will allow you to bring. It appears they may be as strict with bags as the airline (if not more so).

So, that's our latest update. In two short weeks, you all will be seeing some photos from Amsterdam. Can't wait!
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Sounds wonderful! I was able to visit Amsterdam in 1989, and it sounds like you've got the highlights covered nicely. If you enjoy classical music and the opportunity is available, you might try to catch the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Also look for a good Indonesian restaurant or two. They are pretty rare in the US and it is a very interesting cuisine. Since Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony they are easier to find in the Netherlands.

As I like to say about the Van Gogh Museum, it has every painting of his that isn't somewhere else.
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