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4 Free Sites in Paris

They Won't Even Cost a Euro

carnavalet gardenWhen on a tour to Paris, travelers will find that most churches and parks are free to enter.   But some museums and other attractions are free of charge also.  Some of the attractions listed in the blog post are familiar but I have also listed some of the best free Paris attractions too, that you have probably never heard of. Today, The Traveling Professor will review some of the better free locations to visit next time you are on a trip to Paris.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1874)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

How to Complain and Get What You Want

Hotels, Airlines, Restaurants, Tour Operators

how to complainStuff happens and stuff happens while on vacation.   Instances like lost luggage, flight delays or cancellations, late pickups for tours, overpriced items, problems with hotels and more can happen to anyone.   When it does happen, getting the issue solved and solved in a satisfactory manner should be your goal.   Take a look at today's blog post and see how I effectively complain and (usually) get what I want.

Sunday, March 22, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1333)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

4 Religious Sites in Paris

Religious, Archtectural, and Hollywood Signficance

miraculous medal tours to parisWhen visiting Paris solo or on a small group tour, it is always a good idea to put some religious sites on the itinerary.   Some are important for their historical or cultural value, some for their religious value of course, and some because they have been featured in famous Hollywood films.   Read The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out about some interesting Paris religious sites on your next tour to Paris.

Saturday, March 21, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1662)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

How to Get Low Airfares to Europe

Major Carriers Like American, United, and British Air

low fares to europeIt's a fact:   The Traveling Professor gets lower airfares than you do.   For instance, I got a $1, that's right a $1 fare (plus taxes) on American Airlines to Copenhagen for July.   I booked it again for a buck in June.   If you know how to do it, you can find airfares that are super-cheap and itineraries that fit your travel style.  Read my blog post to see what great deals are out there and how you can book great airfares too.

Friday, March 20, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1930)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.7
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Airfares

The Veneto Region of Italy

Padua, Verona, Vicenza and Lake Garda

veronabridgeFirst timers always visit Rome, Florence, and Venice.   Our most popular small group tours to Italy involves Rome, Venice, and Florence also.  However, we recommend to get past the tourists and trinket shops to get a more intimate view of Italy.   In the past few years, I've discovered the Veneto region of Italy.  I love the authentic culture, food, in a relaxed atmosphere.  Check out my blog post and I will tell you more about Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Lake Garda.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1808)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

4 Places to Picnic in Paris

Grab a Baguette and Bottle of Wine and You are All Set

paris picnicPicnic in Paris.  How authentic is that?  Whenever I am on a solo tour to Paris or traveling on one of my small group tours to Paris, it's always a good idea to take a break from sitting in a cafe or bistro and do what the Parisians do - enjoy a picnic.   Grab a baguette, pick up a bottle of wine and enjoy the day.   In my blog post you will see The Traveling Professor's favorite spots for a Paris picnic:

Sunday, March 15, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2395)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.0
Categories: Paris

The Travel Story of 2015

The Strong US Dollar

travel story of 2015I ran my first tour back in 1992 to Spain.   Since then, I have seen a lot change in the travel business.  One thing I could always rely upon was that travel was going to get more and more expensive each year - until now.   I can remember traveling to Paris in the 1990's and easily be able to afford luxury hotels.   Airfares were dirt cheap.   Italy was a bargain for Americans.   Then in the 2000's things began to change. But let the good times roll again!  It is time to go back to Europe and I will tell you why.

Friday, March 13, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1408)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Markets of Paris

Everyone Loves to Shop

markets of parisOne of my favorite activities when on a tour of Paris is to visit one of the many different markets.   A Paris market can be found just about any day of the week selling anything from flowers to antiques to birds.   Some are located in central Paris and some require a little bit of planning to get there.   Check out The Professor's blog post on his favorite markets of Paris.

Monday, March 09, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1615)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Luxury Italy: Amalfi Coast and Tuscany

The Traveling Professor's Newest Tour

amalfi luxury tourWith the strong dollar, the days of luxury hotels at bargain prices are back.   The Traveling Professor introduces travelers to one of the most spectacular hotels in all of Europe, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.  We'll see Ravello, Positano, Sorrento and of course, Capri.   From there we head up to our top-rated hotel in Florence where we will base ourselves for our tour of Tuscany - at the perfect time of year.   Luxury is back at affordable prices.   See the details on The Professor's newest tour in this blog post.

Friday, March 06, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2747)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Why You Need to Go to Europe NOW

It May Never Be This Inexpensive Again

cheap europe travelSince The Traveling Professor has been running small group tours to Paris, Italy, Spain and other destinations in Europe, every year the price of a tour goes up.   In fact, on our first tour to Paris back in 2008, we could run a tour for $999.   Since then I have added many, many amenities and improved our tours significantly, but the price has gone up too, almost three times the original amount.   But just because of the weakness in the US dollar, costs on running a tour to Europe have risen significantly.   But now, the US dollar is stronger than it has been in about 15 years and for the first time since I have been running tours, prices have gone down.  NOW is the time to go to Europe.

Thursday, March 05, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1545)/Comments ()/ Article rating: No rating
Categories: ParisItaly
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Off Beat Things to Do in Paris

Whenever we take a small group tour to Paris we always visit the top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre and Orsay.  But how about something a little different?   In today's blog post we take you to some of the most unusual and offbeat sites in Paris.  The Professor guarantees that you will be talking about them for years to come.

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Venice Travel Advice

venice traveling professorOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, Venice is one of our most popular stops.   Everyone loves the unique canals, history, great food, and of course, the gondolas.   Like any other Italian city, Venice is easy and enjoyable.  However, there are some things to take under considerations that will greatly enhance your tour to Venice. 

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Where is The Professor Going in 2016?

istanbul traveling professorWe get ideas on proposals for new places to travel all the time.  Most of them come from travelers we meet at trade shows or on trips they are currently on.   We are also approached by many different sources (mostly tourist board or tour operators) to run trips.   A lot of new and exciting things will be going on in 2016, and we think it might be the biggest year yet  for The Traveling Professor's tours.  To take a look at where we are thinking of going in 2016, take a look at today's travel blog post.

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3 Beautiful Parisian Restaurants

On any tour to Paris, dining out is an important component of the trip.   Whenever I take a tour to Paris I like to dine at least one restaurant that has that typical Parisian atmosphere.  You know, it could be those places with high ceilings, paneled with mirrors, or it could be a romantic spot, with chandeliers and candles.   Read The Professor's blog post to find out his picks on the best Paris restaurants for classic beauty and style.

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Tips on Buying High-Speed Train Tickets in Italy

Trenitalia Traveling ProfessorThe Traveling Professor tours to Italy are a little bit different than those standard big-bus tours you see going there.  First of all, we only travel with about 12 people.   But we don't like to insulate our travelers by putting them in those big busses either.   We like to take public transportation like the high-speed luxury trains that go from city to city.   Whether traveling with The Professor on a small group tour to Italy or going on your own, you'll appreciate these tips on buying train tickets in Italy.http://www.travelingprofessor.com/

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Why You Need to Go to Europe NOW

cheap europe travelSince The Traveling Professor has been running small group tours to Paris, Italy, Spain and other destinations in Europe, every year the price of a tour goes up.   In fact, on our first tour to Paris back in 2008, we could run a tour for $999.   Since then I have added many, many amenities and improved our tours significantly, but the price has gone up too, almost three times the original amount.   But just because of the weakness in the US dollar, costs on running a tour to Europe have risen significantly.   But now, the US dollar is stronger than it has been in about 15 years and for the first time since I have been running tours, prices have gone down.  NOW is the time to go to Europe.

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Luxury Italy: Amalfi Coast and Tuscany

amalfi luxury tourWith the strong dollar, the days of luxury hotels at bargain prices are back.   The Traveling Professor introduces travelers to one of the most spectacular hotels in all of Europe, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.  We'll see Ravello, Positano, Sorrento and of course, Capri.   From there we head up to our top-rated hotel in Florence where we will base ourselves for our tour of Tuscany - at the perfect time of year.   Luxury is back at affordable prices.   See the details on The Professor's newest tour in this blog post.

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