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Points Used:

UR: 133K
MR: 40K
SPG: 90K
AA: 148K
UA: 95K
Hyatt: 4 free nights
Marriott: 146K and 2 free nights (still waiting for some points to post and then change cash res. to points)
IHG: ~130K (still haven't decided which hotel in Belgium to stay at)
Melia: 22K
BA: 4.5K
And 1 BRG :)

Desired Locations: (Strikethrough means booked)

Israel
London
Paris
Zurich

Rome (Car rental booked FCO-FLR-PSA-VCE)
Florence
Pisa
Venice
Madrid (RT train booked to Toledo)
Barcelona
Seville
(Car rental booked SVQ-GIB-SVQ)
Gibraltar
Bruges/Ghent (Belgium) (Have to book trains within Belgium and RT to AMS.)
Amsterdam

Days Scheduled in Each Location
In no order in particular...

Rome 3.5
Florence .5
Pisa .5
Venice 4.5 including Shabbos (although others said it can be done in less time)
Israel 12
Amsterdam 2
Paris 4 including Shabbos
Dublin 1.5
London 4 including Shabbos (although others said it can be done in less time)
Zurich 1 (b/c it's the United <24 hour stopover, but I'm sure there's more than 1 day's worth of activities there)
Belgium 1
(Amount of days in the different Spain cities are short and were very calculated based on suggestions, as I wanted to save any "extra" days I had for other countries.)
Madrid 1
Seville .5
Gibraltar 1.5 including Shabbos
Barcelona 1.5
« Last edited by @Yehuda on June 08, 2014, 06:26:36 PM »

Author Topic: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon  (Read 65433 times)

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #90 on: February 04, 2014, 01:15:38 PM »
florence is really fun plus they have have a small kosher restaurant there its basically on the way from venice to rome by train it really gives a different roman feeling than rome and venice less commercial

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #91 on: February 04, 2014, 01:18:13 PM »
also if you are going to london you can take a fast train (like 2.5 hours or something) to amsterdam which is really awesome  they have the hieniken factory there and the ann franf house (make reservations really early for that) and the whole place is really cool

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #92 on: February 04, 2014, 01:23:24 PM »
In France we rented a car and drove up north to Normandie. The drive was beautiful and the beaches even more amazing! Also not as far from Paris as Marseilles...

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #93 on: February 04, 2014, 02:16:43 PM »
Cool ideas! I will most likely need trains at some point so that will definitely help.

Right now I started checking out this OneWorld Explorer Award. If I fly under 10,000 miles (which seems doable between TLV-touring Europe-NYC) it will be 70K per person, which I have enough for. So, the first step seems to be to see which cities OW has routes in. I'm using the http://onw.innosked.com/?show=MAP to help with that - picking a city I want to go to and seeing all cities they fly to from there. Once I have my Excel sheet completed, I can see which route makes sense. I'm also using http://www.gcmap.com/ to help visualize what the route would look like. A friend who did a Eurotrip said going East-West makes most sense, leaving Israel and heading back towards America.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #94 on: February 04, 2014, 03:46:18 PM »
I also created this map from zeemaps.com to lay out the pins of where I want to go. Check it out here https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=835709&location=Europe#. You can see the legend on the bottom, which explains what destinations are choice 1, 2, 3.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #95 on: February 04, 2014, 03:58:41 PM »
Pisa?

If you have any questions about scotland, feel free to ask
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #96 on: February 04, 2014, 03:59:05 PM »
Typically, you'd have to do hub - x - hub flying when building your itin.
So the hubs of OW in Europe include VIE, various cities in Germany w/ AB, MAD and BCN w/ IB, and LHR w/ BA.
FinnAir is also in OW.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #97 on: February 04, 2014, 04:02:31 PM »
Pisa?

If you have any questions about scotland, feel free to ask

Leaning Tower of Pisa. Friend just told me it's a day trip with a hike called cinqa terra.

Thanks, if we can fit it in, will definitely do!

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #98 on: February 04, 2014, 04:08:26 PM »
Typically, you'd have to do hub - x - hub flying when building your itin.
So the hubs of OW in Europe include VIE, various cities in Germany w/ AB, MAD and BCN w/ IB, and LHR w/ BA.
FinnAir is also in OW.

Right, so that's going to be a bit annoying. In OW, TLV only has direct to LHR and MAD. So, let's say for example this could work: TLV-MAD-BCN-MAD(connection only)-ORY-LHR-VCE... but then I'm stuck in Venice. Any other legs would require going out of the way to a hub to get on to the next city. And then it will keep being, like you said, hub - x - hub.

Maybe this OW Explorer isn't a great idea for Europe...

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #99 on: February 04, 2014, 04:09:37 PM »
Right, so that's going to be a bit annoying. In OW, TLV only has direct to LHR and MAD. So, let's say for example this could work: TLV-MAD-BCN-MAD(connection only)-ORY-LHR-VCE... but then I'm stuck in Venice. Any other legs would require going out of the way to a hub to get on to the next city. And then it will keep being, like you said, hub - x - hub.

Maybe this OW Explorer isn't a great idea for Europe...
I think you are allowed an open jaw on explorer award. Maybe you can use BA to get to a different city and continue from there.
Quaerite et Invenietis.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #100 on: February 04, 2014, 04:14:59 PM »
I think you are allowed an open jaw on explorer award. Maybe you can use BA to get to a different city and continue from there.

I'm searching on the whole OW route map and nothing is showing up connecting these random cities, which leads me to believe BA doesn't fly those routes either.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #101 on: February 04, 2014, 04:18:48 PM »
I'm searching on the whole OW route map and nothing is showing up connecting these random cities, which leads me to believe BA doesn't fly those routes either.
Where you looking to go after Venice?
Quaerite et Invenietis.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #102 on: February 04, 2014, 04:21:38 PM »
Where you looking to go after Venice?

That was just an example, but let's say Rome, Zurich or Amsterdam.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #103 on: February 04, 2014, 04:37:59 PM »
First off, you can fly direct to VIE on Niki, and a few cities in Germany w/ AB, along with MAD (maybe BCN as well) and LON.
And don't use the OW tool. Just check each segment you want on BAs website.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon
« Reply #104 on: February 04, 2014, 04:56:56 PM »
I'm searching on the whole OW route map and nothing is showing up connecting these random cities, which leads me to believe BA doesn't fly those routes either.
IINM you have to search through IB