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The Grand Vittoria Excelsior Hotel

5 Star Luxe in Sorrento Italy

grand vittoria sorrentoNormally, The Traveling Professor small group tours stay in 3-star or 4-star hotels on his tours to Paris, Italy, and Scandinavia.   This time we are with a small group tour and we were able to get a 4-night stay in the luxurious Grand Vittoria Excelsior overlooking the cliffs on the Bay of Naples.   Check out my blog post to find out more of our experience in Italy.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1153)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

The Professor is Off to Italy - Again

Amalfi Coast, Florence and Venice This Time

small group tours to italyI just returned from a tour with 10 travelers to Florence and the Veneto region (Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Lake Garda) and today I am on another adventure with 9 travelers.   We start in the sunny Amalfi Coast and wind up in unique Venice, passing through Renaissance Florence on the way.   On this tour we will be staying at the luxurious Grand Excelsior in Sorrento, the Il Guelfo Bianco in Florence, and the Hotel American Dinesen in Venice Check out my blog post about my small group tour to Italy and our itinerary.

Saturday, September 26, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1096)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

My "Go To" Travel Websites

I Find Myself Using Them All The Time - Maybe You Should Too

best travel websitesI travel more than most people racking up about 75,000 air miles per year.  I also help other people make travel arrangements.  I find myself constantly using the same websites and travel apps not only to save money and time.   As you will see, they are mostly airline websites, train booking websites/apps, and general travel sites.   Check out my blog post to see what The Traveling Professor uses to plan his travel life.


Thursday, September 24, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1514)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

Padua: The Perfect Italian City

You Haven't Been to Italy Until Visiting Padua

small group tours to paduaWe just returned from Italy on a Traveling Professor small group tour with 10 travelers.  After 4 days in Florence visiting great sites like the Chianti region and the Uffizi's Vasari corridor, we headed off for 5 nights in Padua.   Never heard of it?  Well you should know it.  It might just be the best city in all of Italy. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1248)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8
Categories: Italy

Tuscany and The Veneto Region of Italy

We're Off With 10 Travelers on Friday

trip to the venetoI arrive in Italy on Friday for another small group tour to Italy.  We have 10 experienced travelers this time.  We are bypassing some of the traditional sites on this trip.  Although we stay in Florence for 4 nights, we will day trip to Lucca, the Chianti region, spend a couple of days in Florence digging deeper into this Renaissance city.   Then we go to the un-touristy city of Padua where we will base ourselves.  We'll spend some time there and also visit Shakespeare's Verona, Vicenza, and the better-than-Lake-Come destination, Lake Garda.  Look at the blog post for our itinerary.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1204)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Top 5 Tips for Visiting Paris

Save Time, Money and Enjoy Paris More

Save Money in ParisThe Traveling Professor has visited Paris many, many times not only personally but on his small group tours to Paris.   The City of Light can be an expensive city and a lot of time can be wasted if careful planning is not undertaken.  So, take the benefit of my years of experience in traveling to Paris and look at my Top 5 Picks to save money and time while visiting Paris.

Saturday, September 05, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1614)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Traditional Roman Walk

Itinerary Idea When Visiting Rome

best rome itineraryRome is one of the most popular destination in all of Europe.  The Traveling Professor has led many small group tours to Rome since 2010.   One of our favorite activities is to wander around this open-air museum.   Check out today's blog post for a worthwhile itinerary when visiting this ancient city.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1483)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
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Cheap Flights to Europe

People talk to me about travel and the high cost of airline tickets all the time.   Just this week someone complained about the $1,100 ticket from New York to London.   Tickets to Italy are in the $1,500 range.   With the cost of fuel reaching record lows, you would think airlines would cut their prices.  However, supply and demand dictates prices, not fuel costs.  However, if you are smart, you can get to Europe on major airlines like American Airlines for $635 round trip.  How about a $300 ticket to Oslo?  Read my blog post and find out how to save money on your next flight to Europe.

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Why Scandinavia is the Best Travel Deal

cheap trips to norwayWhenever I mention a tour to Norway, Denmark, Iceland or any other Nordic countries, people tell me right off the bat, "too expensive, I'm not going there".   While it is true, food can be expensive in these Nordic countries, in the end, it can be cheaper than you think for a GOOD Nordic vacation without cutting corners.   See my blog post and get in on a real travel bargain.

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Four Free Sites in Paris

free things to do in parisParis is an expensive city.  Meals are costly and hotels are pricey. However, there are some free attractions that are well worth the time to visit.  So, whether you travel alone to Paris or you are on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, check out some free things to do.

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Traditional Roman Walk

best rome itineraryRome is one of the most popular destination in all of Europe.  The Traveling Professor has led many small group tours to Rome since 2010.   One of our favorite activities is to wander around this open-air museum.   Check out today's blog post for a worthwhile itinerary when visiting this ancient city.

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Top 5 Tips for Visiting Paris

Save Money in ParisThe Traveling Professor has visited Paris many, many times not only personally but on his small group tours to Paris.   The City of Light can be an expensive city and a lot of time can be wasted if careful planning is not undertaken.  So, take the benefit of my years of experience in traveling to Paris and look at my Top 5 Picks to save money and time while visiting Paris.

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