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Bob the Navigator

www.bobthenavigator.homestead.com

Trip Planning, Italy, Consultants

Trip Planning Services for Independent Travel to Italy & Southern Europe

Location: North Carolina


BOB THE NAVIGATOR is a retired IBMer whose passion for independent travel in Europe has evolved into a hobby and small business. He is a TRIP PLANNER and not a travel agent. He has personally traveled to Europe 27 times, and has developed more than 300 customized TRIP PLANS for his clients.

 

His fee-based services include:

ITINERARY PLANNING: Trip timing, routing, and annotated maps

DAILY DESTINATIONS: Day trips and primary attractions

HOTEL OR VILLA SUGGESTIONS: The right place for your budget

TRAVEL CONSULTING: Advice on car rentals, weather, tips etc.

BOB has the expertise to OPTIMIZE your European adventure. Every TRIP PLAN is unique, and is customized to match YOUR preferences, travel style and budget. His experience can make the difference between an average trip and a true EUROPEAN ADVENTURE.

READ BOB'S ARTICLES ON SLOW TRAVEL

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why do I need BOB'S help in planning this trip?

A: Consider the same logic as a CPA doing your taxes. He can do it faster, better, and his expertise will probably save you more than his modest fee.

Q: OK---how much should I expect to pay for a complete trip plan?

A: It really depends on the complexity of your trip and what you want. The typical two week itinerary takes about six hours of his time, and his fee is $50 per hour. He does require a deposit of $100 to begin the process. The completed TRIP PLAN is usually mailed to you within 10 days of receiving your detailed input and the deposit check.

NEW !  ASK ABOUT " BOB LITE " FOR THOSE WHO ONLY NEED TWO HOURS OF CONSULTATION &  MINIMUM DOCUMENTATION.

Q: Sounds good---how do we get started?

A: Contact BOB by email or telephone and discuss your general plans. He will send you his TRIP INPUT FORM and that will start the process.

BOB THE NAVIGATOR: phone: 919-929-7707, email: rplittle@bellsouth.net

FIVE FAVORITE ITINERARIES FOR ITALY

After 23 trips to southern Europe, and having developed more than 180 customized TRIP PLANS for others, I am now older and  hopefully wiser. Here is an updated version of my favorite itineraries. I hope you enjoy.

NOTE:  These are only intended to be SAMPLE ITINERARIES.

1.  BELLA ITALIA

Five destinations in 15 days — car & train travel.

* Arrive in Milan [MXP] & depart from Venice [VCE] or reverse.

* Itinerary to include the Italian Lakes, Ligurian coast, rural Tuscany, Florence, & Venice. Suggested timing is 3-2-4-2-4.

Best time to go: May & June or September & October

Option: Drop the coast & rent a villa in Tuscany [ 3-7-2-3]

See my Bella Italia photo gallery.

2.  LA DOLCE VITA

Three destinations in 12 to 14 days — car & train.

* Arrival & departure from Rome[ FCO] or arrival in Naples.

* Itinerary to include Rome, the Amalfi coast, and Tuscany.

Best time to go: Easter to end of October

Option: Fly into Naples & stay at 2 locations on the coast

3.  CLASSIC ITALIA

Three destinations in 12 to 14 days — car & train.

* Arrival & departure from Rome — may start trip in Florence.

* Destinations to include Florence, Rome & Tuscany/Umbria.

Best time to go: Anytime, but May & October are my favorites

Option: Consider a weekly rental in Tuscany/Umbria

4.  SICILIAN CHARMS

Five destinations in 15 days — car travel.

* Connections to Catania & Palermo via Rome or gateway city.

* Itinerary to include Taormina, Siracusa, Palermo & more.

Best time to go: March to November — May is best !

See my Slow Travel Trip Report.

5.  THE VILLAGE SAMPLER

My favorite venues for those who enjoy natural beauty and quaint, small villages.  Arranged from north to south.

* Arrive Milan & depart Rome — car travel — 3 nites for each.

* Itinerary to include Lago Orta, Castelrotto/ Ortisei [Dolomites], Portovenere [Liguria], Montalcino [Tuscany], & Spello [Umbria].

Best time to go: May to October for the lakes and Dolomites

Option: Pick 3 out of 5 and stay longer in Tuscany/Umbria. 

FIVE FAVORITE ITINERARIES FOR OTHER DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE

NOTE:  These are only intended to be SAMPLE ITINERARIES.

See my travel articles on World is Round.

1.  OF ALPS AND LAKES

Four destination in 12 days — train travel.

* Arrive & depart from Zurich — June thru September.

* Itinerary includes Bern. Oberland, Lugano, Luzern, Lago Como.

Option: You could rent a car in Lugano to tour Italy lakes.

2.   MAGICAL FAIRYLANDS

Four destinations in 12 to 14 days.

* Arrive & depart Munich — car travel — May thru Sept.

* Itinerary has Salzburg area, Dolomites, Lago Garda, Bavaria.

Option: Add Venice to the itinerary and drop Lago Garda.

Bonus: Renting car in Germany versus Italy saves about 30%

3.   FRENCH HIGHLIGHTS

Three destinations in 12 to 14 days.

* Arrive Paris and depart Nice — car & train travel preferable.

* Itinerary to include Paris, Provence, & Cote d' Azur [5-4-3].

Option: Can be done by train, but will limit Provence options.

Bonus: TVG train to Avignon to get car for Provence.

4.  ANDALUSIAN TREASURES [Spain]

Five destinations in 15 days.

* Arrive & depart Madrid — car and train travel.

* Itinerary to include Madrid, Seville, Ronda, Nerja, Granada.

Best time to go: April & May are best — avoid hotter months

Option: Substitute Toledo for Madrid & drive the entire trip

NOTE: It really takes 4 trips to see Spain — this is just one.

5.  THE WONDERS OF PORTUGAL

Four destinations in 12 days.

* Arrive and depart Lisbon — car travel — 2 varied itineraries

* Portugal North:  Lisbon/Cascais, Obidos, Minho, Marvao

* Portugal South:  Lisbon/Cascais, Obidos, Evora, Algarve

Best time to go: Spring or Fall — avoid summer months

Option: Combine north & south in 15 days

See my Slow Travel Photos of Portugal

Contact Information

Company: Bob the Navigator

Name: Bob Little

Country: USA

Phone: 919-929-7707

Website: www.bobthenavigator.homestead.com

E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry


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