Convertible Caravans of Europe ~ An Authentic Vacation Experience

We’ve just become aware of a new variation on vacation packages: Convertible Caravans of Europe! No, it’s not tent camping. It’s not even touring in convertibles~although that is an option. It’s a collection of independent travelers brought together to tour some of the most scenic parts of Europe driving in a private car at their own pace. Created for those who want to explore in safety, comfort, and in the company of like-minded explorers. Special interest itineraries~for Golfers (and non-golfing companions,) Mancations (fast paced men-only itineraries,) Classic, MYWay (custom tailored itineraries,) Soft Caravans for those with special needs, and my favorite ~ itineraries for foodies! These are small group trips with a minimum and maximum number of participants based on the program. Check out the possibilities and picture yourself touring Europe in a whole new way.

Convertible Caravans of Europe

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  • European Cruise Stretch

    Are you planning an ocean or river cruise in Europe this year? Why not stretch your vacation and avoid the headache of potential airline delays and the rush of same-day arrival, with a pre-cruise hotel package? Or, keep a good thing going with a post-cruise extension. Avanti Destinations® offers a wide selection of add-ons throughout the most popular embarkation and debarkation ports in Europe. Here are just a few:

    Pre- and Post-Cruise

    3 Days/2 Nights from $269* per person
    Includes: 3 Star Leidse Square Hotel; Rijksmuseum & Canal Bus Day Pass; Private Transfer from or to Pier; and Daily Breakfast
    Combine this with an Avalon Waterways river cruise:
    Avalon Europe

    3 Days/2 Nights from $249* per person
    Includes: 3 Star Hotel Arion; City Tour & Visit to New Acropolis Museum; Private Transfer from or to Pier; and Daily Breakfast
    Explore Athens in conjunction with an Oceania Cruises voyage.

    3 Days/2 Nights from $289* per person
    Includes: 3 Star Hotel Del Mar; Private 2-hr Car & Driver; Private Transfer from or to Pier; and Daily BreakfastRoyal Caribbean Cruise Line Logo
    Link this package with your next Royal Caribbean Mediterranean cruise.
    Royal Caribbean

    Copenhagen Tourists at outdoor cafes on Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen, Denmark
    3 Days/2 Nights from $469* per person
    Includes: 3 Star Superior Square Hotel; Hop-on/Hop-off City Tour; Private Transfer from or to Pier; and Daily Breakfast

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    3 Days/2 Nights from $359* per person
    Includes: 3 Star Kensington Court Hotel on Nevern Place; London Oyster Card; Private Transfer from or to Tilbury Docks; and Daily Breakfast (Private transfers from Harwich pier or Southampton pier available)

    3 Days/2 Nights from $395* per person
    Includes: 3 Star Hotel San Zulian; City Tour; TripBuilder Guidebook; Private Transfer from or to Pier; and Daily Breakfast
    Celebrity Cruises has Mediterranean departures from Venice and Rome.
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    Representatives of travel suppliers are a valuable source of insider tips that can be passed along to our clients. Fran Gellar of Fran Gellar & Associates regularly shares suggestions for authentic travel experiences. You’ll want to keep these pointers from Fran in mind when planning a trip to Rome.


    Been to Rome before and ready to discover the less touristy areas? Try the Monti district. The Bettoja Hotel group, Via Cavour, situated on the top of the “Monti” on Edquilino Hill, has grown through five generations of Bettojas to establish itself as the oldest and among the largest family owned hotel groups in Italy offering value, fine food and service. If you are staying at the Bettoja Hotels, you don’t have to walk far. They are in the Monti. Arguably more Roman than Piazza Navonna and CampoFiori, (NYTIMES, 2/2011) and the hottest “hood” in Rome (intelligenttraveler, 3/13) the old Monti neighborhood is the new place to be for Romans. Just up the hill from the Coliseum and tucked between the Roman Forum and the Quirinale Palace, this neighborhood has emerged as the place to see and be seen. Called the artistic village in the middle of Rome, it’s winding, well-kept cobblestone streets are home to some of Rome’s best locali (hangouts) as well as eclectic shops, endless gems of architecture, craft, fashion and restaurants, The Monti is full of piazzas, and surprises for enjoying everyday life.

    Winter is a wonderful time to experience Rome. The weather is cool, not cold. The “go to” tourist spots are pleasurable with the viewing open and relaxed. The streets are easier to navigate promoting casual strolls and impromptu stops for some serious window shopping. Winter is the time for Romans to reconnect and discover the new “in” places. If you are coming to Rome this winter here are a few tips and must-sees:

    For the Roman, food is a religion and most visitors are quickly converted. However, it is hard to keep track of all the good restaurants and trattorias. We found the system. Pick a district and try several in that locations. Here are a few new finds in the Monti district:

    Urbana 47: Specializes in organic, seasonal fare like vegetable polpette with sweet pecorino, sheep’s milk yogurt, and ravioli with pumpkin and amaretto. The decor is warmly retro. Brunch from 9 a.m on Sundays, daily aperitivo from 6 p.m. The restaurant stays open for dinner until after midnight. Via Urbana, 47

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