Ask an Expert: Planning a southern European holiday
Q. My partner and I are planning to spend three weeks in France, Spain and Italy over the northern hemisphere summer. When is the best time to book accommodation and tours and can you recommend an itinerary?
A. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your European holiday as most of the main airline players have released their early bird airfares to Europe for the 2018 summer. Particular airlines will allow you to fly into one city and out of another so I would suggest flying into Rome and then out of Barcelona so you have plenty of destinations to explore in between.
Along with airfare specials, many House of Travel touring partners also offer early payment discounts. From first timers to repeat travellers, I highly recommend a tour as the best way to see and experience what these amazing countries have to offer. Whether it's a visit with the Pope at the Vatican or skipping the line at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, it's all taken care of for you. You can do as much or as little as you want and not have to worry about where you are going to stay or how you are getting there. From small groups of 15 up to coaches of 45, there are tours to suit every budget and itinerary. The best time to book is now so you can take advantage of the deals and availability as many popular tours sell out quickly.
Before you know it you will be sitting on the Grand Canal or under the Eiffel Tower or wherever you want to be!
- Jan Crooks, senior international consultant, House of Travel Parnell
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