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© 2006 to 2017 Market Access Promotions, Inc.   PO Box 290816, Tampa, FL USA   33687
BOOK EUROPE WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
813-868-0007
We are EUROPE Specialists!
We love Europe but with the long flights, we only go about every third year.  We have explored our heritage in Italy, Germany and Ireland.  We have visited Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland.  Europe is older than North America with more history and a great local food culture.  The continent has a great public transportation network and you can go seamlessly from country to country within the EU. We usually suggest that you segment European journeys regionally.  Even though, we usually suggest at least 2 weeks for a European vacation, if you have time.  Europe is a pretty big land mass even with trains and regional aircraft.  Spain and Portugal combine nicely.  Paris and London or London with Scotland or Ireland team nicely.  Italy pairs can pair with Greece, Switzerland or Southern France and Germany pairs with Amsterdam or Belgium easily. Biggest Tip with Europe… Match your itinerary with your time available.
Our map on this page also lists major River Cruise destinations in Europe.  These are great to connect two European cities as you can do a pre and a post with many river cruise trips.  River cruises allow you to cruise from town to town without unpacking and see a lot of the small river towns along the way.  Looking at our map, you will see that we have multiple choices of river cruise itineraries that include Eastern Europe, France, The Rhine River and also smaller rivers around Europe.
How do you want to do Europe? We   offer   many   different   styles   of   European   vacations.     The   most   popular   are   Escorted   Tours,   River   Cruises, Ocean    Cruises    and    Independent    Travel    (including hosted   vacations,   fly/drive   and   public   transport   travel).     Each   type   of   trip   offers   advantages   and   disadantages plus   some   trips   are   better   suited   for   different   types   of personality.            Consider    the    following    factors    when deciding   what   type   of   vacation   you   are   seeking.      Since Europe   is   a   historical   society,   they   built   cities   with cobblestones,   pavers   and   steps   in   many   places.      Unlike the    United    States,    Europe    has    a    pretty    functional public    transportation    system    which    can    consist    of trains,   city   and   long   distance   busses,   trams,   faniculars, rental   cars   in   some   areas   and   even   ferries.      English   is not   the   primary   language   but   many   tourism   workers speak   some   English   especially   at   hotels   and   tourist restaurants.      Some   European   countries   are   big   so   places   like   Italy,   Spain,   France   or   Germany   can   be   an   entire vacation.  Visiting multiple countries requires a fast pace panorama trip and/or multiple weeks. As   we   alluded   to   above,   our   biggest   tip   for   Europe   is   to   break   it   into   manageable   size   pieces.     When   planning   a European   itinerary,   we   are   always   mindful   of   the   sights   in   a   given   place, the   transportation   logistics   of   moving   from   place   to   place   (you   usually   lose most   of   a   transfer   day)   and   the   time   alloted   by   our   clients.      Using   this formula,   we   can   suggest   the   maximum   number   of   destinations   that   make sense   within   the   time   constraint.      The   reason   for   this   is   that   you   want   to have   time   to   “soak   up”   the   destination.      If   you   are   always   running   from place   to   place,   you   won’t   get   time   to   sit   in   the   town   square   for   a   glass   of wine   or   an   ice   cream.      You   only   get   cultural   osmosis   through   interactions with   Europeans   which   takes   free   time   in   between   sightseeing.      As   we always   ask   clients   what   they   want   to   do,   many   people   suggest   unrealistic itineraries   where   they   will   spend   most   of   their   vacation   time   in   an   airport, on   a   train   or   in   transit.     As   a   rule   of   thumb,   if   you   have   a   week,   maximum   2 cities/countries.      If   you   have   10   days,   you   can   add   a   third   and   with   2   weeks can stretch out 3 destinations or add a 4th. As   I   stated   above,   the   different   types   of   vacations   appeal   to   different   age   groups   and   different   personalities.     The   average   age   for   escorted   tours   has   gone   down   to   the   mid   fifties   at   this   point.      More   people   are   traveling   at a   younger   age,   so   some   travelers   are   less   experienced   and   escorted   tours   have   gotten   more   “cultural”   over time.      River   cruises   have   burst   on   the   scene   in   the   90s   and   have expanded   rapidly.     They   are   similar   to   a   bus   tour   except   you   don’t have   to   pack   and   unpack.      Ocean   cruises   can   cover   a   lot   of geography,   but   you   are   only   in   port   for   a   few   hours   and   kind   of chip   at   Europe   from   the   edges   (example   Livorno   is   about   2   hours from   Florence).      They   are   cheap   to   buy,   but   the   shore   excursions can   be   expensive   long   days.      Travel   agencies   are   doing   a   lot   of independent   travel   in   all   forms.      We   have   always   routed   people on   public   transport   like   inter-city   trains   and   arranged   fly/drives   of places    like    Tuscany    or    Ireland.        Now,    we    even    offer    hybrid “hosted”   packages   that   are   usually   independent   with   a   host   who welcomes you to town and arranges one city tour.
European Escorted Tours We offer multiple escorted tour companies with all kinds of European itineraries.  These are basically bus tours that move from place to place to see the major sights.  They can include a tour boat to see a hightlight river or a train ride to connect two cities but usually you end up on a motorcoach with a driver and a tour guide to go see the sights.  The advantage of an escorted tour is that you usually get closer up to the sights (at point of drop off) and you usually have an appointment to see a local guide or enter an attraction.  The prices are pretty attractive as they run the same tour 52 times per year so they get a good price from suppliers.  You can cover a lot of ground as you are back on the bus and off to the next sight but most of these also offer free time.  The tour guide has pre- arranged with local cultural favorites like restaurants, farms, music/dance or artisans to have highlights along the way.  Luggage is handled and you usually get breakfast daily along with 3-5 other meals per week which also includes some type of welcome dinner or highlight dinner.  The only disadvantage we see in escorted tours is the moving from place to place with 40 or 50 other tour participants.  The pace is usually fast and you have to be up, out at a certain time with bags out an hour or so before. Globus Tours Cosmos Tours Trafalgar Tours Brendan Tours Tauck Tours Collette Tours Insight Vacations European River Cruises We handle all of the major river cruise companies in Europe.  Whether you are looking for the Rhine, Danube, Southern France, The Seine, Tulip time or a sail through the wine country of Bordeaux or the Douro River Valley in Portugal, we can help.  River cruises appeal to various age groups but usually there is more walking on a river cruise than there would be on a corresponding escorted tour.  The reason for this is you keep tying up at various towns and the format for the trip is to assign you to a guide who will take you into see the town.  Some places (like Heidelberg on the Rhine), you will be assigned to tour guides on a motorcoach but much of the sightseeing is walking tours.  Many river cruise companies do assign guests upon request to a slow walking tour and other river cruise companies offer athletic (hiking, biking, etc.) tours for younger people so this river cruise product is diversifying as it grows.  River cruises are a competitive value as they offer your transportation, food, beer or wine with meals and sightseeing all at one prepaid price.  As the boats and vendor companies have expanded, there are more deals in river cruising than there was at the beginning of this business.  The only drawback we see to river cruising is the abundance of boats on the popular rivers.  The river cruise boats end up docked 2 or 3 abreast and the tiny river towns are busier than ever.  If you cannot walk long distances (1 mile or so) you will not see as much as those that can do the whole walking tour.  Check out our River Cruise page for more info. Ocean Cruises (Eastern or Western Mediterranean, Northern Europe or British Isles) Most of the major cruise lines head to Europe for the summertime.  This would include the largest boats in the world all the way down to specialty lines like Azamara, Crystal and Silversea that sail smaller upscale ships.  Most seven day sailings are broken down into Eastern (Venice, Croatia and Greek Isles) or Western (Italy, France and Spain) Mediterranean.  Some longer cruises combine Eastern and Western Med. or reposition between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean to extend the European season.  Ships that berth in England for the summer mostly sail between the British Isles (England, Scotland and Ireland) with some France or Germany added in.  Other boats depart London or Copenhagen and sail up to St. Petersburg with stops in Estonia, Norway, Sweden and other Nordic countries.  The advantage of Ocean cruises is you can cover a great deal of geography in a week or 10 days plus you will get all your meals onboard that will cater to Americans.  The disadvantage as we explained before is that sights may be further away from a cruise ship port and your time will be tight as most port calls are 8A to 5P or less.  Some of the “small ships” will do overnight port of calls and even provide transport to the city center in some ports to compensate for this disadvantage although at a higher per diem cost. Holland America Lines Royal Caribbean Intl. Celebrity Cruises Azamara Club Cruises Crystal Cruises Norwegian Cruise Lines Oceania Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Silversea MSC Cruises Princess Cruises European Independent Travel Travel agents are indespensible if you are planning an independent trip to Europe.  We handle hotel reservations and we can dynamically package a vacation with skip the line tickets, escorted tours of various sites and daytrips from most of the iconic cities in Europe.  We issue open jaw tickets so you arrive and depart from different airports, we sell train tickets with advance seat assignments, rail passes, inter-European flights and other forms of transportation.  We arrange rental cars through Auto Europe who wholesales most car brands and guarantees the best rate plus a contract that you can understand.  We book small hotels, larger tourist hotels and even specialty properties like b&bs and apartments across Europe.  Our itineraries (while paid time), are informative to help you keep all your arrangements straight.  As former tour operators, we make a custom plan for your traveling party with hotel, sightseeing vouchers and Googlemaps of your destinations.  In these envelopes, you will get a flight itinerary and preprinted train tickets along with airport transfers and sightseeing trips.  We do also sell independent travel where you get a little more help in the form of “hosted” vacations with companies like Monograms.  These include a welcome, one highlight tour and nicer hotel accommodations with breakfast.  Check out our Independent Travel page for more information on these services.
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European Escorted Tours We   offer   multiple   escorted   tour   companies with   all   kinds   of   European   itineraries.     These are   basically   bus   tours   that   move   from   place to   place   to   see   the   major   sights.      They   can include   a   tour   boat   to   see   a   hightlight   river   or a   train   ride   to   connect   two   cities   but   usually you   end   up   on   a   motorcoach   with   a   driver and   a   tour   guide   to   go   see   the   sights.      The advantage    of    an    escorted    tour    is    that    you usually   get   closer   up   to   the   sights   (at   point   of   drop   off)   and   you   usually have   an   appointment   to   see   a   local   guide   or   enter   an   attraction.      The   prices are   pretty   attractive   as   they   run   the   same   tour   52   times   per   year   so   they   get a   good   price   from   suppliers.      You   can   cover   a   lot   of   ground   as   you   are back   on   the   bus   and   off   to   the   next   sight   but   most   of   these   also   offer   free time.      The   tour   guide   has   pre-arranged   with   local   cultural   favorites   like restaurants,   farms,   music/dance   or   artisans   to   have   highlights   along   the way.      Luggage   is   handled   and   you   usually   get   breakfast   daily   along   with   3- 5   other   meals   per   week   which   also   includes   some   type   of   welcome   dinner or   highlight   dinner.      The   only   disadvantage   we   see   in   escorted   tours   is   the moving   from   place   to   place   with   40   or   50   other   tour   participants.      The pace   is   usually   fast   and   you   have   to   be   up,   out   at   a   certain   time   with   bags out an hour or so before. Globus Tours Cosmos Tours Trafalgar Tours Brendan Tours Tauck Tours Collette Tours Insight Vacations European River Cruises We   handle   all   of   the   major   river   cruise   companies   in   Europe.      Whether you   are   looking   for   the   Rhine,   Danube,   Southern   France,   The   Seine,   Tulip time   or   a   sail   through   the   wine   country   of   Bordeaux   or   the   Douro   River Valley   in   Portugal,   we   can   help.      River   cruises   appeal   to   various   age groups   but   usually   there   is   more   walking   on   a   river   cruise   than   there would   be   on   a   corresponding   escorted   tour.      The   reason   for   this   is   you keep   tying   up   at   various   towns   and   the   format   for   the   trip   is   to   assign   you to    a    guide    who    will    take    you    into    see    the    town.        Some    places    (like Heidelberg    on    the    Rhine),    you    will    be    assigned    to    tour    guides    on    a motorcoach   but   much   of   the   sightseeing   is   walking   tours.      Many   river cruise   companies   do   assign   guests   upon   request   to   a   slow   walking   tour   and other   river   cruise   companies   offer   athletic   (hiking,   biking,   etc.)   tours   for younger   people   so   this   river   cruise   product   is   diversifying   as   it   grows.     River   cruises   are   a   competitive   value   as   they   offer   your   transportation, food,   beer   or   wine   with   meals   and   sightseeing   all   at   one   prepaid   price.     As the   boats   and   vendor   companies   have   expanded,   there   are   more   deals   in river   cruising   than   there   was   at   the   beginning   of   this   business.      The   only drawback   we   see   to   river   cruising is   the   abundance   of   boats   on   the popular   rivers.      The   river   cruise boats     end     up     docked     2     or     3 abreast   and   the   tiny   river   towns are    busier    than    ever.        If    you cannot    walk    long    distances    (1 mile    or    so)    you    will    not    see    as much    as    those    that    can    do    the whole   walking   tour.      Check   out our    River    Cruise    page    for    more info. Ocean Cruises   (Eastern or Western Mediterranean, Northern Europe or British Isles) Most   of   the   major   cruise   lines   head   to   Europe   for   the   summertime.      This would   include   the   largest   boats   in   the   world   all   the   way   down   to   specialty lines   like   Azamara,   Crystal   and   Silversea   that   sail   smaller   upscale   ships.     Most    seven    day    sailings    are    broken    down    into Eastern     (Venice,     Croatia     and     Greek     Isles)     or Western   (Italy,   France   and   Spain)   Mediterranean.     Some   longer   cruises   combine   Eastern   and   Western Med.   or   reposition   between   Northern   Europe   and the   Mediterranean   to   extend   the   European   season.     Ships   that   berth   in   England   for   the   summer   mostly sail   between   the   British   Isles   (England,   Scotland   and   Ireland)   with   some France   or   Germany   added   in.      Other   boats   depart   London   or   Copenhagen and   sail   up   to   St.   Petersburg   with   stops   in   Estonia,   Norway,   Sweden   and other   Nordic   countries.     The   advantage   of   Ocean   cruises   is   you   can   cover   a great   deal   of   geography   in   a   week   or   10   days   plus   you   will   get   all   your meals   onboard   that   will   cater   to   Americans.      The   disadvantage   as   we explained   before   is   that   sights   may   be   further   away   from   a   cruise   ship   port and   your   time   will   be   tight   as   most   port   calls   are   8A   to   5P   or   less.      Some   of the   “small   ships”   will   do   overnight   port   of   calls   and   even   provide   transport to    the    city    center    in    some    ports    to    compensate    for    this    disadvantage although at a higher per diem cost. Holland America Lines Royal Caribbean Intl. Celebrity Cruises Azamara Club Cruises Crystal Cruises Norwegian Cruise Lines Oceania Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Silversea MSC Cruises Princess Cruises European Independent Travel Travel   agents   are   indespensible   if   you   are   planning   an   independent   trip   to Europe.      We   handle   hotel   reservations   and   we   can   dynamically   package   a vacation   with   skip   the   line   tickets,   escorted   tours   of   various   sites   and daytrips   from   most   of   the   iconic   cities   in   Europe.      We   issue   open   jaw tickets   so   you   arrive   and   depart   from   different   airports,   we   sell   train   tickets with    advance    seat    assignments,    rail    passes,    inter-European    flights    and other   forms   of   transportation.     We   arrange   rental   cars   through Auto   Europe who    wholesales    most    car    brands    and    guarantees    the    best    rate    plus    a contract   that   you   can   understand.      We   book   small   hotels,   larger   tourist hotels    and    even    specialty    properties    like    b&bs    and    apartments    across Europe.      Our   itineraries   (while   paid   time),   are   informative   to   help   you keep   all   your   arrangements   straight.     As   former   tour   operators,   we   make   a custom   plan   for   your   traveling   party   with   hotel,   sightseeing   vouchers   and Googlemaps   of   your   destinations.      In   these   envelopes,   you   will   get   a   flight itinerary    and    preprinted    train    tickets    along    with    airport    transfers    and sightseeing   trips.      We   do   also   sell   independent   travel   where   you   get   a   little more    help    in    the    form    of    “hosted”    vacations    with    companies    like Monograms.      These   include   a   welcome,   one   highlight   tour   and   nicer   hotel accommodations   with   breakfast.      Check   out   our   Independent   Travel   page for more information on these services. All pictures copyright John Rice
Tampa Bay’s Cloud Based Travel Agency
813-868-0007 info@vacationtc.com
Registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel.  Reg. #10098 Florida Travel Insurance License #A165107 Cruise Lines International Association Member #00577404
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BOOK EUROPE WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
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We are EUROPE Specialists!
We   love   Europe   but   with   the   long   flights,   we   only   go   about   every   third year.      We   have   explored   our   heritage   in   Italy,   Germany   and   Ireland.      We have   visited   Italy,   Spain,   France,   Germany,   Netherlands,   Switzerland   and Ireland.      Europe   is   older   than   North America   with   more   history   and   a   great local   food   culture.      The   continent   has   a   great   public   transportation   network and you can go seamlessly from country to country within the EU. We   usually   suggest   that   you   segment   European   journeys   regionally.      Even though,   we   usually   suggest   at   least   2   weeks   for   a   European   vacation,   if   you have   time.      Europe   is   a   pretty   big   land   mass   even   with   trains   and   regional aircraft.      Spain   and   Portugal   combine   nicely.      Paris   and   London   or   London with   Scotland   or   Ireland   team   nicely.      Italy   pairs   can   pair   with   Greece, Switzerland   or   Southern   France   and   Germany   pairs   with   Amsterdam   or Belgium easily.
Tampa Bay’s Cloud Based Travel Agency
813-868-0007 800-955-5594 info@vacationtc.com
Florida Seller of Travel.  Reg. #10098
© 2006 to 2017 Market Access Promotions, Inc.  
BOOK WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
813-868-0007
BOOK EUROPE WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
We are EUROPE Specialists!
We love Europe but with the long flights, we only go about every third year.  We have explored our heritage in Italy, Germany and Ireland.  We have visited Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland.  Europe is older than North America with more history and a great local food culture.  The continent has a great public transportation network and you can go seamlessly from country to country within the EU. We usually suggest that you segment European journeys regionally.  Even though, we usually suggest at least 2 weeks for a European vacation, if you have time.  Europe is a pretty big land mass even with trains and regional aircraft.  Spain and Portugal combine nicely.  Paris and London or London with Scotland or Ireland team nicely.  Italy pairs can pair with Greece, Switzerland or Southern France and Germany pairs with Amsterdam or Belgium easily.
Our map on this page also lists major River Cruise destinations in Europe.  These are great to connect two European cities as you can do a pre and a post with many river cruise trips.  River cruises allow you to cruise from town to town without unpacking and see a lot of the small river towns along the way.  Looking at our map, you will see that we have multiple choices of river cruise itineraries that include Eastern Europe, France, The Rhine River and also smaller rivers around Europe.
How   do   you   want   to   do Europe? We    offer    many    different    styles of    European    vacations.        The most      popular      are      Escorted Tours,     River     Cruises,     Ocean Cruises   and   Independent   Travel (including      hosted      vacations, fly/drive    and    public    transport travel).      Each   type   of   trip   offers advantages      and      disadantages plus   some   trips   are   better   suited   for   different   types   of   personality.        Consider    the    following    factors    when    deciding    what    type    of vacation   you   are   seeking.      Since   Europe   is   a   historical   society,   they built   cities   with   cobblestones,   pavers   and   steps   in   many   places.     Unlike   the   United   States,   Europe   has   a   pretty   functional   public transportation   system   which   can   consist   of   trains,   city   and   long distance   busses,   trams,   faniculars,   rental   cars   in   some   areas   and even   ferries.      English   is   not   the   primary   language   but   many   tourism workers    speak    some    English    especially    at    hotels    and    tourist restaurants.      Some   European   countries   are   big   so   places   like   Italy, Spain,    France    or    Germany    can    be    an    entire    vacation.       Visiting multiple    countries    requires    a    fast    pace    panorama    trip    and/or multiple weeks. As   we   alluded   to   above,   our   biggest   tip   for   Europe   is   to   break   it into   manageable   size   pieces.      When   planning   a   European   itinerary, we    are    always    mindful    of    the    sights    in    a    given    place,    the transportation   logistics   of   moving   from   place   to   place   (you   usually lose   most   of   a   transfer   day)   and   the   time   alloted   by   our   clients.     Using    this    formula,    we    can    suggest    the    maximum    number    of destinations   that   make   sense   within   the   time   constraint.     The   reason for   this   is   that   you   want   to   have   time   to   “soak   up”   the   destination.     If   you   are   always   running   from   place   to   place,   you   won’t   get   time to   sit   in   the   town   square   for   a   glass   of   wine   or   an   ice   cream.      You only    get    cultural    osmosis    through    interactions    with    Europeans which   takes   free   time   in   between   sightseeing.      As   we   always   ask clients    what    they    want    to    do,    many    people    suggest    unrealistic itineraries   where   they   will   spend   most of   their   vacation   time   in   an   airport,   on a    train    or    in    transit.        As    a    rule    of thumb,   if   you   have   a   week,   maximum 2   cities/countries.      If   you   have   10   days, you   can   add   a   third   and   with   2   weeks can   stretch   out   3   destinations   or   add   a 4th. As    I    stated    above,    the    different    types    of vacations   appeal   to   different   age   groups   and different   personalities.      The   average   age   for escorted    tours    has    gone    down    to    the    mid fifties     at     this     point.          More     people     are traveling   at   a   younger   age,   so   some   travelers are   less   experienced   and   escorted   tours   have gotten    more    “cultural”    over    time.        River cruises   have   burst   on   the   scene   in   the   90s   and have   expanded   rapidly.      They   are   similar   to   a   bus   tour   except   you don’t   have   to   pack   and   unpack.      Ocean   cruises   can   cover   a   lot   of geography,   but   you   are   only   in   port   for   a   few   hours   and   kind   of chip   at   Europe   from   the   edges   (example   Livorno   is   about   2   hours from   Florence).      They   are   cheap   to   buy,   but   the   shore   excursions can    be    expensive    long    days.       Travel agencies   are   doing   a   lot   of   independent travel   in   all   forms.      We   have   always routed   people   on   public   transport   like inter-city   trains   and   arranged   fly/drives of    places    like    Tuscany    or    Ireland.      Now,    we    even    offer    hybrid    “hosted” packages   that   are   usually   independent with a host who welcomes you to town and arranges one city tour.
European Escorted Tours We    offer    multiple    escorted    tour    companies    with    all    kinds    of European   itineraries.     These   are   basically   bus   tours   that   move   from place   to   place   to   see   the   major   sights.     They   can   include   a   tour   boat   to   see   a hightlight    river    or    a    train    ride    to connect    two    cities    but    usually    you end   up   on   a   motorcoach   with   a   driver and   a   tour   guide   to   go   see   the   sights.     The   advantage   of   an   escorted   tour   is that   you   usually   get   closer   up   to   the sights   (at   point   of   drop   off)   and   you usually    have    an    appointment    to    see    a    local    guide    or    enter    an attraction.      The   prices   are   pretty   attractive   as   they   run   the   same tour   52   times   per   year   so   they   get   a   good   price   from   suppliers.     You   can   cover   a   lot   of   ground   as   you   are   back   on   the   bus   and   off   to the   next   sight   but   most   of   these   also   offer   free   time.      The   tour guide     has     pre-arranged     with     local cultural   favorites   like   restaurants,   farms, music/dance      or      artisans      to      have highlights   along   the   way.      Luggage   is handled   and   you   usually   get   breakfast daily    along    with    3-5    other    meals    per week   which   also   includes   some   type   of welcome     dinner     or     highlight     dinner.       The   only   disadvantage   we   see   in   escorted   tours   is   the   moving   from place   to   place   with   40   or   50   other   tour   participants.      The   pace   is usually   fast   and   you   have   to   be   up,   out   at   a   certain   time   with   bags out an hour or so before. Globus Tours Cosmos Tours Trafalgar Tours Brendan Tours Tauck Tours Collette Tours Insight Vacations European River Cruises We    handle    all    of    the    major    river    cruise    companies    in    Europe.      Whether   you   are   looking   for   the   Rhine,   Danube,   Southern   France, The    Seine,    Tulip    time    or    a    sail    through    the    wine    country    of Bordeaux   or   the   Douro   River   Valley   in   Portugal,   we   can   help.     River   cruises   appeal   to   various   age   groups   but   usually   there   is more    walking    on    a    river    cruise    than    there    would    be    on    a corresponding   escorted   tour.      The   reason   for   this   is   you   keep   tying up   at   various   towns   and   the   format   for   the   trip   is   to   assign   you   to   a guide   who   will   take   you   into   see   the   town.      Some   places   (like Heidelberg   on   the   Rhine),   you   will   be   assigned   to   tour   guides   on   a motorcoach   but   much   of   the   sightseeing   is   walking   tours.      Many river   cruise   companies   do   assign   guests   upon   request   to   a   slow walking    tour    and    other    river    cruise    companies    offer    athletic (hiking,   biking,   etc.)   tours   for younger    people    so    this    river cruise   product   is   diversifying   as it   grows.      River   cruises   are   a competitive   value   as   they   offer your   transportation,   food,   beer or      wine      with      meals      and sightseeing    all    at    one    prepaid price.      As   the   boats   and   vendor companies       have       expanded, there    are    more    deals    in    river    cruising    than    there    was    at    the beginning   of   this   business.      The   only   drawback   we   see   to   river cruising   is   the   abundance   of   boats   on   the   popular   rivers.      The   river cruise   boats   end   up   docked   2   or   3   abreast   and   the   tiny   river   towns are   busier   than   ever.      If   you   cannot   walk   long   distances   (1   mile   or so)    you    will    not    see    as    much    as    those    that    can    do    the    whole walking tour.  Check out our River Cruise page for more info. Ocean    Cruises     (Eastern    or    Western    Mediterranean, Northern Europe or British Isles) Most   of   the   major   cruise   lines   head   to   Europe   for   the   summertime.     This   would   include   the   largest   boats   in   the   world   all   the   way   down to    specialty    lines    like   Azamara,    Crystal    and    Silversea    that    sail smaller   upscale   ships.      Most   seven   day   sailings   are   broken   down into   Eastern   (Venice,   Croatia   and   Greek   Isles)   or   Western   (Italy, France   and   Spain)   Mediterranean.      Some   longer   cruises   combine Eastern   and   Western   Med.   or   reposition   between   Northern   Europe and   the   Mediterranean   to   extend   the   European   season.      Ships   that berth   in   England   for   the   summer   mostly   sail   between   the   British Isles    (England,    Scotland    and    Ireland)    with    some    France    or Germany   added   in.      Other   boats   depart   London   or   Copenhagen   and sail   up   to   St.   Petersburg   with   stops   in   Estonia,   Norway,   Sweden and   other   Nordic   countries.     The   advantage   of   Ocean   cruises   is   you can   cover   a   great   deal   of   geography   in   a   week   or   10   days   plus   you will   get   all   your   meals   onboard   that   will   cater   to   Americans.      The disadvantage   as   we   explained   before   is   that   sights   may   be   further away   from   a   cruise   ship   port   and   your   time   will   be   tight   as   most port   calls   are   8A   to   5P   or   less.      Some   of   the   “small   ships”   will   do overnight   port   of   calls   and   even   provide   transport   to   the   city   center in   some   ports   to   compensate   for   this   disadvantage   although   at   a higher per diem cost. Holland America Lines Royal Caribbean Intl. Celebrity Cruises Azamara Club Cruises Crystal Cruises Norwegian Cruise Lines Oceania Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Silversea MSC Cruises Princess Cruises
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Biggest Tip with Europe… Match your itinerary with your time available.
European Independent Travel Travel   agents   are   indespensible   if   you   are   planning   an   independent   trip   to   Europe.      We   handle   hotel   reservations   and   we   can   dynamically package   a   vacation   with   skip   the   line   tickets,   escorted   tours   of   various   sites   and   daytrips   from   most   of   the   iconic   cities   in   Europe.      We issue   open   jaw   tickets   so   you   arrive   and   depart   from   different   airports,   we   sell   train   tickets   with   advance   seat   assignments,   rail   passes, inter-European   flights   and   other   forms   of   transportation.     We   arrange   rental   cars   through Auto   Europe   who   wholesales   most   car   brands   and guarantees   the   best   rate   plus   a   contract   that   you   can   understand.      We   book   small   hotels,   larger   tourist   hotels   and   even   specialty   properties like   b&bs   and   apartments   across   Europe.      Our   itineraries   (while   paid   time),   are   informative   to   help   you   keep   all   your   arrangements straight.      As   former   tour   operators,   we   make   a   custom   plan   for   your   traveling   party   with   hotel,   sightseeing   vouchers   and   Googlemaps   of your   destinations.      In   these   envelopes,   you   will   get   a   flight   itinerary   and   preprinted   train   tickets   along   with   airport   transfers   and sightseeing   trips.      We   do   also   sell   independent   travel   where   you   get   a   little   more   help   in   the   form   of   “hosted”   vacations   with   companies like    Monograms.       These    include    a    welcome,    one    highlight    tour    and    nicer    hotel    accommodations    with    breakfast.        Check    out    our Independent Travel page for more information on these services.