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How - Globe trotter travel - Works
Our packages travel are land-only. You can get a quote of airfare from your city ON REQUEST. The reason is because most of the people who travel with us wish to shop around for airfare, or use frequent flyer points.
Complete list of recommended itineraries. On our web-site you can find several trips where you can read all information, such as how much time you spend in each location and what services are included. You can also do some mixing of these plans. Be sure to note what is included in each of these recommended packages.
The best way to start planning your trip is to look at where you wish to go in Italy and Europe, how much time you will spend at each location, and what pre-arranged services you want us to provide.
What's included in our packages. Each of the recommended itineraries in our complete list includes hotels and essential transportation, usually trains (sometimes a fly) between the cities or car rental, in the price shown.
Some packages also include local transfers, popular sightseeing tours such as to the Vatican Museums, private guides, or cooking classes. If it isn't shown in the package description, it isn't included in the price, but it can probably be added at extra cost.
Please be sure to tell us everything you want included in our price quote for your trip.
Get a Quote. At the end of each of the packages offered on our website, you will see the button "Get a Quote." When you click this button, you'll get a brief form. On this form, you tell us which of our proposed itineraries you have selected, when you want to go, how many are in your party, changes you are considering, and so forth.
This is where you can advise us to add any services you want that may not be included in the standard package, such as an airport arrival transfer, or a Vatican Museums tour.
After reviewing your submittal, We considering whether we can make changes you may want and we will respond to you by email.
So we will provide the best package price we can for a total set of hotels and services. That new quote includes all compensation for us, and there are no separate fees for our time.
Frankly, a lot of work goes into each quote. In the final analysis, each trip is personalized.
Even if you make no changes to the Globe Trotter Travel itinerary you select, the trip will still be customized for your specific dates, for the best hotels where we find availability for your dates, room arrangements or type of transportation appropriate to your traveling party, and so forth.
The way our business is designed, we don't just pull a product off a shelf. And because we spend this significant amount of time on each quote -- before asking you for any money -- it's really important that we understand your requirements and get it right the first time.
We will prepare one Quote for you. After you receive the Quote, we can do some tweaking. But telling us, after the Quote, that instead of going in the springtime you've decided to go in the fall, is not tweaking. Nor is telling us, after the Quote, that three more people have decided to go, or that your budget has changed. Big changes like that would require that we start over, from scratch, which is often not something we can offer to do.
So it's to both your advantage and ours if we have a clear understanding from the outset as to how we can plan your trip to serve you best. Specifically, we must know your dates, number of people, the package you have chosen, your budget (if your trip is different from one of our packages), plus any hotel nights, transfers, guides or other services you wish to add.
All changes require a budget. If you make significant changes to one of our suggested itineraries, or if you ask for a trip that really doesn't fit one of those established plans, we must know your budget -- the total $ limit we should stay within for whatever services you want us to include.
We CANNOT use daily budgets, or hotel costs, or hotel categories in place of a total budget. Our starting point for planning any trip is our package price OR, if different from a package, the budget we are given.
We cannot guess about your budget, because people come to us with all kinds of requirements. We may talk to one person who can spend $4,000 on a trip, and the next person who calls us can spend $20,000.
The main reason we have many itinerary options shown on our website is that you can see what you can get for a certain price.
So this part is absolute -- we cannot offer to quote your trip without either... (1) choice of one of our established itineraries, as is, or... (2) a total budget for whatever we are quoting for you.
Please note that usually we no offer to sell air tickets, and we do not provide lunches or dinners. So the budget you give us should not include airfare or any food except for breakfast.
If you want something different from one of our packages. We need just more time to provide the best tour price for you. Obviously, first of all we try to sell our own suggested itineraries, this because they have been carefully designed. We have taken into account of all the main requirements that customers have submitted over the years.
When we know what you want, we make preliminary inquiries, such as checking hotel availability for the time you require. Then we will either confirm that we can supply one of our packages for your dates, or give you a quote if you have requested additional services to modify a package.
Sometimes, if your trip is coming up very soon or you're going at an especially peak travel time, we need to address the hotel situation right away, early in the planning process. We may propose to block hotel space for you, just to be sure that it is still available when the planning and authorization process has been completed. Timing is often critical in booking lodging in popular Italy.
About your flight arrangements. Typically, the fly dates should be in place before booking hotels, transfers, guides, trains, etc.
So if you have decided to book your flight for its own account, we need to know if you already arranged your flights or know when and where you will fly in and out of Italy or Europe.
However, we need to coordinate our land travel plan with your own flight arrangements. In particular, we can help you decide where to fly in and out of Italy.
Also, it's important that you know about your flight options before you make a final choice of a land travel package or before you give us a budget. The airfare may be more -- or less -- than you anticipated, which can certainly affect what budget you have remaining for the land trip in Italy.
So when you first determine the kind of trip you want, and where you will fly in and out of Italy, we recommend that you check some of the major airfare websites, to get an idea of that cost.