Shane and Michelle take the Oldies to Europe and put 'em on a bus...

This is what we have so far.

Saturday 9 April 2005
Shane, Michelle, Marg & Barry leave Australia. We get a one night stopover in Narita Japan on the way.

Sunday 10 April 2005
Arrive Rome about 06:40PM
Transfers from the airport to the B&B arranged.

In Rome 4 nights. Staying at a B&B ( www.valeevale.com ) about 10 minutes walk from the Vatican. Pick up car Thursday morning and we've got it for the rest of the trip - Peugeot 407. Very nice.

Thursday 14/04
Assisi for two nights. Small hotel ( www.assisihotelsole.com ) in the Centro Storico - the historic old town on the hill.

Saturday 16/04
Siena for two nights. B&B ( www.bb-sanfrancesco.com ) not far within minutes of il campo - the main square in Siena.

Monday 18/04
Florence (Firenze) for three nights. B&B / small hotel ( www.locandadeiguelfi.com ) about 10 minutes walk from the Duomo - the main Cathedral in Florence.

Thursday 21/04
Venice (Venezia) for three nights. Hope to arrive at our B&B ( www.cariccio.com ) in the afternoon. We're going to park in the Tronchetto which is a parking area on the Venice lagoon. It is a short drive across a causeway from the Mestre which is the city on the mainland. From the Tronchetto we can catch a water bus (vaporetto) to where our accommodation is in the main part of Venice just off the Grand Canal.

Sunday 24/04
Marg and Barry will probably catch the train, Euro City, to Vienna. They need to get to Vienna by 06:00PM to meet the tour group. The only early direct train leaves Venice at about 6:50AM and gets to Vienna at about 01:00PM.

Ma and Pa then join the Globus Best of Austria and Switzerland tour which finishes up in Zurich Switzerland on Thursday 5th May.

Michelle and I will head for Parma ( www.hotelbrenta.it ) for two nights till 26/04 when we arrive in Cinque Terre ( www.cinqueterreresidence.it ) where we've got three nights booked. On the 29/04 we're in Lucca ( www.aicipressi.it ) for two nights and then we're off to see more of Tuscany - Castellina in Chianti ( www.villacristina.it ) for three nights & Montalcino ( www.barlanzone.com ) for four nights. We then duck over to Umbria and stay in Spello ( Hotel il Cacciatore ) for another four nights. We head back to Australia on 13/05 from Rome after one night in another Roman B&B ( www.babredrose.com ).

Mum and Dad's Itinerary Continues...

Thursday 05/05/05
Zurich - Munich
The tour finishes in Zurich so Marg and Barry will board the train from Zurich to Munich. Ben and Sonja can then show them Munich and surrounds. In Munich for five nights then plane to London with EasyJet.

Tuesday 10/05
London for five nights until the tour starts on Sunday 15/05. Ben can look after the oldies here too.

Sunday 15/05
Insight's Highlights of Britain - a tour of England, Scotland & Wales. Finishes in London on Tuesday 24/05 (Mum's birthday - happy birthday to you blah blah blah).

Tuesday 24/05
London for three nights. Ben will be back on board to make Marg and Barry's last few days in Europe interesting.

Friday 27/05
Marg & Barry fly home from Heathrow on JAL at 7:45pm via Narita Japan.

There you go.


Ciao
Shagger

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