Italy - on your own or travel package

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Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby CdnSue » Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:13 pm

What opinions are out there on doing Italy on your own vs. booking some sort of tour? I'm hoping to visit next year, likely solo. When I travel solo I tend to like the comfort of traveling with a group, but in more developed countries I don't get as concerned about traveling by myself.
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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby jimshu » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:52 am

It's a question that pops up often on travel forums.
I like to suggest it depends on
1. How much time you have?
2. How much money you have?
3. What do you want to see/experience?

IMO if you want to see as much as possible, but have limited time, and can afford it, a small group tour is the way to go. OK it's a set itinerary, but you can't see everything, so there will be a lot of stuff you do see that you didn't think of. No hassles of finding where that dang bus terminal is, or even having to get out of bed... May cost more but what the heck...it's all done for you..just enjoy the ride and the company. Hey it's great having a vino after the day is done with the fellow travellers.

But if you have plenty of time, and need to watch the dollars, go independent. Hopefully in that cheapie dorm each night you may meet up with like minded travellers for a cheap rough vino... and the hangover next day is to die for...oooh the memories! :D
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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby TravelFun » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:38 pm

Jim has made some very good points but personally Europe is easy and cheaper to do it yourself. Italy has a good train system and good connections between major and smaller cities/towns. Yes you will need to take some time doing some research and planning but it's worth it. I mostly travel to Europe by myself and I can enjoy a vino in my own company quite happily...plus if you stay in hostels then you have a good chance of hooking up with other travellers too.

Only thing to consider is, if you want to visit certain sites and/or museums then you may have to book in advance and some places do book up quite quickly so do check these beforehand.

Italy is such a cool country and you'll love it however you choose to do it.


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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby DanielBMe » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:03 pm

Italy is on my list for 2013 unless my plans for 2012 change. I thought about the same thing, solo or tour. I think unless I have someone to go with I would rather go on a tour. While I don't mind going solo, Italy however is one of those places I think would just be fantastic to share your memories of the day over a glass of vino in the evenings.

I did Spain with GAP a few years ago...must be about 6yrs ago now...wow time flies! It was great sitting at cafes/restaurants in the evenings drinking, eating, and laughing the night away.
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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby kateyb » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:43 pm

Italy is very easy to get around by yourself. Stay in hostels and you will meet so many people, you will not have to worry about being alone. I signed up for couchsurfing and I meet up with locals through there. You don't have to sleep on their couch, you can arrange to meet with them for coffee, drinks or for the day. Signing up for walking tours is also a great way to meet people too.

You will save so much money doing it independently and I am sure you won't have too many days by yourself. And sometimes it is nice to spend some alone time too.
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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby Zuleika » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:48 pm

I would do a tour as having a glass of vino by yourself can get a bit tired after a few days, I like the camaraderie of the group travel and the ease of travelling together not having to worry about booking things in a country with the difficulties of a foreign language to cope with. Then you can concentrate on seeing the best bits without the hard work!
I really want to do the G Ultimate Italy tour and will book time at the beginning and end in Rome and Venice to spend by myself - mainly for the photography, this would be ideal tour for me.

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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby DanielBMe » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:37 pm

Zu,

June 2013 is definite! Looks like my 4x4 self drive through Botswana is going ahead for 2012. Hold off until then lol. I was thinking along the same lines as you about arriving early in Rome. I was thinking of adding an additional day in Rome and Venice but decided on 2 additional days for Rome just for photography. I think there's far more in Rome history wise than in Venice.

So what is that...only 600 days to go lol...
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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby yohani » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:59 am

I normally always travel individually, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone.

The only times I choose to take an organised trip with a tour operator, is when it's almost impossible to do it on your own (i.e. to difficult (and/or to expensive) to organise it yourself (like Antarctica for example), and on trips where specialist skills are essential (canyoning, wild water rafting, dog sledging, snow scooter safari's, diving trips, etc...)).

Organising your travels yourself doesn't always come cheaper nor it needs to be less comfortable or less fun for that matter. It does mean a lot more work to get your vacation planned, but hey, that is part of the fun for me.

You never get stuck with people you don't like, you can see, visit and do what you like in full freedom without being stuck on a fixed itinerary, fixed features and strict timetables and when you're travelling alone you'll meet other (local) people much faster than when in group.

If you're not into adventures travel, ploughing through heaps of travel guides and internet websites to search for the necessary information or trying to explain something with hands and feet, you probably will be much happier on an organised tour and go with the flow.

So everyone needs to see for him/herself what‘s his/her cup of thee… .

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Re: Italy - on your own or travel package

Postby onyx007 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:42 am

Yeah, Italy (or Europe anyway) is very easy on your own. I did it several times (but I live in the middle of it).
In Italy the most famous places are easy reachable by train and most of the cities are small enough to make it all by foot. (for example Rome or Venice).

Easy to do and a must see in Italy is Rome - Naples (with Pompeij) - Milan - Firenze - Verona and Venice.

(Just don't use your credit card in Naples; I used it when I was there in a Pizzeria and they copied it and used it afterwards - good luck my company warned me and I had no problems)
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