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trips abroad

Discussion in 'Classics' started by Helena Handbasket, May 2, 2012.

  1. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    Has anybody run their own trip to the Bay of Naples or Greece? Did you find it much cheaper or easier than using a company?

    Any suggestions?

    thanks
     
  2. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    Has anybody run their own trip to the Bay of Naples or Greece? Did you find it much cheaper or easier than using a company?

    Any suggestions?

    thanks
     
  3. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    I would not even be tempted to run a trip like this myself. Greece and Italy are notorious for fouled up bookings and if you arrive at a hotel you think you have booked and find that either they will not honour the booking at all, or that you have been bounced to another hotel on which you have no health and safety checks, you will be on your own.

    Flights, too, can be a nightmare if everything does not run as smoothly as it should.

    You might save a little money, although even that is moot, but in my opinion, there is absolutely no way that "easier" might apply.
     
  4. I go to Italy every year and am very conscious of cost. However, never be tempted to go on the cheap as Italy, while charming, is also iffy. You absolutely need to have back-up, if and when, things go wrong. Late arrival at destination, unsuitable rooms, food not as described, accidents, illness, bad guides, changing prices, unwanted attention etc are easier to deal with when there is an agency behind you.If you are going to Pompeii, Herculaneum or Rome, I now have wonderful guides and lots of ideas.
    Also, I sometimes think I worry too much about keeping prices down. Not sure it is always appreciated.
    The trip is well worth doing..But use the professionals.
     
  5. You might save a little money, although even that is moot, but in my opinion, there is absolutely no way that "easier" might apply.[​IMG]
     
  6. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    Thanks everyone.
    I got a great quote for Italy and submitted it to SLT only for them to say that they want to see if anyone else wants to go anywhere first before saying yes - despite me planning on taking them in Easter break.
    It is as I suspected - for the past year they have encouraged me in my plans to start a small classics department. Allowed me to market and accept A Level and GCSE students, supported a successful grant application in order to fund the projects and have now told me I can't do any of it. [​IMG]
     
  7. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    Sorry to hear about your wasted effort, HH.

    For the general record, this looks like being a good time to think of travelling to Greece or Italy as the pound is going a lot further than it was a year ago - should bring the price down.
     
  8. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    Thank you all for the encouragement.
    When I was marketing the GCSE to my year 9s I mentioned the possibility of a trip and that got a really positive response from them so I think I would manage to get a decent amount. I found a great quote with a school travel company after the advice on here. However, I have now heard that a member of SLT has asked someone to organise a trip that would be running at the same time I asked for mine which makes it even less likely now!
     
  9. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    FWIW, I was on the phone this morning to an old friend of mine who used to run a specialist school travel company.

    Although he is no longer working full-time, he is still planning and organising study tours to Greece and Classical Italy for both school and adult groups and would be glad to hear from you.

    http://www.culturetrails.co.uk/culture-trails/ancient-civilisations.htm
     

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