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I want to buy a European package for my retiring engineer

  • Martin
     asked this on November 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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Hi Martin ~ What a great idea for a retirement gift to an employee! The gift of travel!

Some questions you may want to consider; Has the person traveled to Europe before? If so, to where? Do they have a valid passport; or is that part of the gift as well?

A 7-10 day land trip would be perfect! Combining two classic cities of Europe such as London/Paris, Prague/Budapest, Istanbul/Cappadocia, Rome/Florence would work well. Or a 7 night city stay would be just as fun in Barcelona, Istanbul, Amalfi Coast or Dubrovnik.

There are many options depending on when you will presenting the gift and when they can travel.

Hope this helps ~ Any way you look at it; it's a fantastic opportunity and a gift anyone would welcome!
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Hi Martin, it might help if you could be a little more specific with respect to your employee's interests. One option that might be worth considering is a Mediterranean cruise, for example, though I'm obviously not sure if this would be something he'd appreciate (or for which you have a budget). Depending on where you're based, getting to Europe (if you're not already there) is very easy these days, though it can get pricey when booking during the high seasons (December and spring/summer). You may be a little too late to take advantage of some of the great transatlantic fall "shoulder-season" deals, though keep an eye open for packages in the winter after the Christmas peak season. You can try on OTA sites like Orbitz.com (http://www.orbitz.com/App/PrepareDealsHome?z=8c22&r=g), plus keep a tab on package deals that come through individual airline websites like American Airlines, British Airways, or Virgin Atlantic. Typically, you can also eke out savings by booking an Air+Hotel package. Maybe a long weekend to somewhere like Paris, London, or Madrid with airfare and hotel included might be a good way to go? Good luck, and congrats to your engineer on his retirement. Sounds like a very nice gesture!
  • Alistair
     answered this on November 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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