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Luxurious Peru

Let's Debunk Those Misconcpetions You Might Have About Peru

luxury tour to peruWe take about 4 small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu each year.   Every time our group is surprised how modern, up-to-date and in some ways, how favorable the services, hotels, transportation, and especially food is compared to other places they have traveled in Europe and other parts of the world, including the United States.   Peru has some terrific hotels, great restaurants, and other features that make it one of the most interesting and exciting places to visit in the world, while it still retains its cultural charm.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (40)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Favorite Family-Run Hotels in Florence, Italy

Two Choices to Make Travelers Happy

traveling professorWhen traveling solo to Italy or leading one of my small group tours to Italy, I like to stay in smaller, family run hotels.   They offer more intimacy than those big tourist-class hotels.   The small family-run hotels in Florence that I use offer specials service and make their guests feel cared for and unique.   The small, family-run hotels I like in Florence also offer greater value than tourist-class hotels.  Read my blog post to find out more about two picks for family-run hotels in Florence for your next tour of Italy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (107)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Two Quirky Hotels in Paris

For Those Who Want Something Out Of The Ordinary

traveling professorLooking for something unique and unusual in Paris?  Have I got two hotels for you.  They are both in VERY desirable locations and priced well below average.   One of them offers typical Paris rooms but the location (probably no other Paris hotel is more centrally located than this one) and situation is very unusual.  The second one is eclectic and each room is different, a throwback to a different time.  So, read my blog post and find out about two very unique Paris hotels.

Friday, April 18, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (355)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Why Europe is Getting So Expensive

Prices are Skyrocketing - And Here's Why

expensive europeI ran my first small group tour to Paris in 2008.  The cost was $999.   But while it is true I have upgraded hotels and offer far more services such as professional guides since then, the cost of running a tour to Paris has more than doubled.   When I ran my first small group tour to Italy back in 2011, we could offer a great tour for just $1,499.   But now that cost is up by over 1/3.  Again, we have upgraded hotels and offer more professional guide services.   I'll explain why Europe has gotten so expensive and why the trend will continue to go that way.

Thursday, April 17, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (180)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: ParisItalySpain

Why Peru is Such a Travel Bargain

Compared to Europe, Peru Gives Travelers More Bang for their Buck

traveling professor machu picchuWhen the euro hit a high of $1.50 against the dollar a few years ago, The Traveling Professor decided to develop small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  Not only is Peru and Machu Picchu a spectacular place to visit, it offers travelers a fantastic value without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  In my opinion the overall quality of hotels and services exceeds those I experience in Italy, Paris or Spain.   I can also tell you that the culinary reputation of Peru is top-notch and I would rate Peruvian restaurants right up there with those in Europe.  Take a look at my blog post and see why you might want to consider holding off on a trip to Paris or Italy, and look at Peru now.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (235)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6
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  • Italy Packing List

    Italy Packing List

    small group tours to italyOn Wednesday I embark for a one week tour of Italy.  When I take people on a small group tour of Italy I have a well-defined itinerary but this time, since I am traveling on a personal trip to Italy, my itinerary is somewhat more flexible.   All I know now is I will arrive in Rome and stay for 2 nights, probably taking a trip to Assisi, then I will go up to Florence for a few nights taking side trips to Pisa, Venice and perhaps Siena.   I will probably spend the last night in Milan before heading home.   Check out my blog post to see what I will be packing on a trip to Italy.

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  • Italy Trip Report: Day 1

    Italy Trip Report: Day 1

    Italy Trip ReportWe started out from Great Barrington, MA on Wednesday at 11 a.m.   We made it to JFK by 4 pm to catch our 6:15 pm flight to Milan.  After arriving in Milan it was a train to Milano Centrale train station then a 3 hour cruise into Rome, checking in at 3 p.m.  To say I am tired is an understatement, but I still went out and did a good 5 hours of touring.   Check out the blog post to see what we did today in Rome.

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  • Italy Trip Report: Days 2,3,4 & 5

    Italy Trip Report: Days 2,3,4 & 5

    small group tours to italyI have been to Italy many times in April, but never with great weather like this.  No rain, temps in the 70's.   I could use less crowds but for the most part, they have been A-OK.    Since my first report we have continued to roam about Rome, headed up to Florence, traversed over to Padua and Venice.   I have seen most of the sights while leading my small group tours to Italy, so I am doing my best to enjoy the weather, relax, and eat some good food.

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  • Money Exchange Tips

    Money Exchange Tips

    Money ExchangeWith exchange rates putting North American travelers at a severe disadvantage these days (it costs nearly $1.40 to purchase a euro), being smart about getting and spending currency while on a tour to Paris, Italy, or Spain is more important than ever.   In this blog post we will talk about how to spend foreign currency and some innovative ways to get it that I am sure you have never thought of before.  Read my blog post on European money matters and be money smart!

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  • Why Peru is Such a Travel Bargain

    Why Peru is Such a Travel Bargain

    traveling professor machu picchuWhen the euro hit a high of $1.50 against the dollar a few years ago, The Traveling Professor decided to develop small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  Not only is Peru and Machu Picchu a spectacular place to visit, it offers travelers a fantastic value without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  In my opinion the overall quality of hotels and services exceeds those I experience in Italy, Paris or Spain.   I can also tell you that the culinary reputation of Peru is top-notch and I would rate Peruvian restaurants right up there with those in Europe.  Take a look at my blog post and see why you might want to consider holding off on a trip to Paris or Italy, and look at Peru now.

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  • Why Europe is Getting So Expensive

    Why Europe is Getting So Expensive

    expensive europeI ran my first small group tour to Paris in 2008.  The cost was $999.   But while it is true I have upgraded hotels and offer far more services such as professional guides since then, the cost of running a tour to Paris has more than doubled.   When I ran my first small group tour to Italy back in 2011, we could offer a great tour for just $1,499.   But now that cost is up by over 1/3.  Again, we have upgraded hotels and offer more professional guide services.   I'll explain why Europe has gotten so expensive and why the trend will continue to go that way.

    Read more
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  • Two Quirky Hotels in Paris

    Two Quirky Hotels in Paris

    traveling professorLooking for something unique and unusual in Paris?  Have I got two hotels for you.  They are both in VERY desirable locations and priced well below average.   One of them offers typical Paris rooms but the location (probably no other Paris hotel is more centrally located than this one) and situation is very unusual.  The second one is eclectic and each room is different, a throwback to a different time.  So, read my blog post and find out about two very unique Paris hotels.

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  • Favorite Family-Run Hotels in Florence, Italy

    Favorite Family-Run Hotels in Florence, Italy

    traveling professorWhen traveling solo to Italy or leading one of my small group tours to Italy, I like to stay in smaller, family run hotels.   They offer more intimacy than those big tourist-class hotels.   The small family-run hotels in Florence that I use offer specials service and make their guests feel cared for and unique.   The small, family-run hotels I like in Florence also offer greater value than tourist-class hotels.  Read my blog post to find out more about two picks for family-run hotels in Florence for your next tour of Italy.

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  • Luxurious Peru

    Luxurious Peru

    luxury tour to peruWe take about 4 small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu each year.   Every time our group is surprised how modern, up-to-date and in some ways, how favorable the services, hotels, transportation, and especially food is compared to other places they have traveled in Europe and other parts of the world, including the United States.   Peru has some terrific hotels, great restaurants, and other features that make it one of the most interesting and exciting places to visit in the world, while it still retains its cultural charm.

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