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Trains!

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We are enjoying the expensive amenities of the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Goteborg, Sweden. Internet is great to have on the trains but it came with the 17 Euro first class supplement we had to pay even with our first class Eurail Passes. Even the second class supplement (a reservation fee that is not covered by Eurail and varies enormously depending on the route, train, and class), would have been 7 Euro.

Based on our now somewhat extensive experiences with first and second class in several countries I’d say that first class is a pretty questionable value proposition – it almost seems like the main advantage is more quiet and fewer folks. Thanks Eurail for helping to sponsor the trip!

Booking Europe with TripAdvisor and Venere

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As I wrap up our hotel bookings for the Europe adventure I’m very pleased with the many reviews I’m finding at TripAdvisor.com and the booking services at Venere.com, though I think Venere is best for the major cities where TripAdvisor is very helpful even for smaller city destinations like Vernazza in the Cinque Terre.

For Paris, Rome, and Venice I was very pleased with Venere’s ability to sort through thousands of listings and give me high rated properties at lower cost.    Most importantly I was able to reserve them with my credit card with very reasonable  cancellation policies – in one case better than that at the hotel website.     Plans can change in Europe and I’m concerned about the fact that some areas – like the Cinque Terre – are not at all cancellation friendly.     Although my understanding is that you can usually find a nice place in the Cinque Terre without a reservation I’m not risking that with a family in tow and the area surging in popularity pretty much every time a Rick Steves show, book, or magazine extolls the beauty and charm of the area.

Although it’s time consuming, a good approach for smaller destinations is to review the TripAdvisor listings for your destination and then use Google search to find the specific hotel website.   From there I’m finding friendly hotel folks who seem genuinely apologetic when they can’t find me the right room.

Thanks again to Eurail Pass, for helping to sponsor our European Rail Adventure



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