By: Vince Todaro, Travel Consultant
For my first time visiting Italy, we decided to go on the Italy Bellissimo with Trafalgar tour. My wife and I took our oldest son as a memorable graduation gift, and we are so glad that we did!
This past July, my husband and two sons were fortunate enough to enjoy a delightful week in the Mediterranean and Adriatic with Azamara Cruises aboard their ship, the Quest. Only hosting 690 guests, the smaller size of this floating boutique hotel ensures up-close access to ports that other bigger ships do not have.
Globus has passionately been showing travelers the world for more than 85 years. Europe has been a popular destination and since there is always something new to discover, it is no secret why people keep returning back. Globus offers dozens of vacations in Europe, but the two most popular escorted tours for 2017 are the Best of Switzerland and the Best of Italy. Both itineraries let travelers appreciate the culture with Local Favorites, experience off the beaten path cities, and have VIP treatment at all the top sightseeing destinations. See why so many travelers love these breathtaking countries and what makes them a must go to destinations in 2017.
My journey began as I met my daughter in London and flew into Milan for 2 nights before the tour started. We flew into the small airport in Milan, Linate, and took a short, relatively inexpensive taxi ride to our hotel, the Chateau Monfort – 5 star hotel, centrally located in Milan and within easy walking distance from the Duomo, Milan’s grand Cathedral.
Growing up, I always saw myself exploring Europe with a big backpack, ripped up sneakers, and multiple large paper maps. I had dreamed of the backpacking life that most 20-something-year-olds fantasize about. I had it all planned out, my limited budget would allow me to fly into one airport, walk, hitch hike, or find a cheap standing only train ticket to move onto my next city. For accommodations, I would find any hostel that seemed relatively safe and clutch my belongings tightly in my sleep so no one can steal anything if I happened to be able to fall asleep among the noise of however many other people were in that same room bunking with me. Plan b would have been to find the warmest, cleanest corner or steps to get a few hours of sleep in before I explored the city with all my belongings on my back.Continue reading