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Just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you put into the Italy tour. There definitely was a huge amount of details and thought you had to put in to make that trip work! All went spectacularly well, was a once in a life time holiday for the Amalfi Coast…All in all, I would highly recommend the tour as you put it together. great selection of cities, hotels, guides.
Thanks for all your effort.
– Rick – Italy | Private Tour
As a young couple wanting an adventurous holiday Richard has been fantastic in organising our trip and taking away the hassle of our now fully booked climb to Base Camp, Mt Everest. He managed to get us great airfares on reliable airlines that suited our timetable perfectly. We now like to book our trips through Richard Fletcher from Fine Travel.
Thank you very much for your greetings and indeed my trip went well. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the music in Lucerne was brilliant and I had the company of my sister there too. Bayreuth for the marathon Wagner Ring cycle etc. was tradition all the way, a stay with friends near Munich airport (at Freising) was heartwarming, and a gathering with relatives in Norway was icing on the cake.
The Etihad experience was everything I expected. I was almost tempted to bid for an update from Business to First Class but decided that $1400 (NZ) and up extra per sector – minimum – was not worth doing. They sent a couple of Emails but I did not weaken! The chauffeur service worked well. Etihad rang the hotel the day before leaving, and arrived on time.
The only hitch during the Abu Dhabi stay, destination London, was that it was so hot at the airport they had to delay boarding for an hour while they cooled the cabins down, not surprising – my taxi driver told me on the way to the airport that the temperature outside was 52 degrees!
Generally, the Etihad cabin service was spot-on. Clearly the service is appreciated by the Aussies since the flight Abu Dhabi had lots of them on board. Even first class was full. Personally I found the long corridors at airports very draining for me and I think I might call for wheel chairs in future. Guess I am old enough for that, yet I could manage walking long distances elsewhere when not under the stress of an airport. So you may hear from me next year as my sister is already talking about another Lucerne orchestral festival next August.
All prices quoted in New Zealand dollars unless otherwise specified
With 2017 disappearing at an alarming rate, we are already seeing a lot of interest in 2018 Business Class Specials to Europe. Although planning ahead is a good idea, based on our past experience the best specials for 2018 travel to Europe are yet to come.
With so much to see and such geographic and cultural diversity, a South African holiday is best planned with the benefit of local knowledge and expertise. Fine Travel, in association with our specialist wholesale partner World Journeys, provide an overview of a leading South African itinerary taking in Cape Town, a Kruger National Park safari and Victoria Falls.
Fine Travel Consultant Kylie Bryers recently enjoyed her first river cruise with a two week European river cruise with luxury cruise line Scenic Tours. She reports back with her experience.
With China Airlines offering competitive Business Class airfares from New Zealand to Europe via Taiwan, Fine Travel Consultant Irene Field took the opportunity to experience China Airlines' Business Class and Economy Class to Taiwan.
In our blog post about how we expected the 2017 Earlybird Business Class and Premium Economy Specials to Europe to unfold, we explained that the start of the Earlybird season generally marks a reset of discounts to the lowest levels. From there, we predicted that as the specials expired we would see a gradual increase in prices as we got closer to peak travel times. This has played out as expected with prices increasing - and there have been interesting developments along the way.
When holiday time is precious, retracing your steps to connect with a flight home can feel a waste of valuable time. For many Fine Travel clients who take advantage of Business Class Specials to fly from New Zealand to Europe to spend time with family, a return flight from Heathrow makes good sense. But often European travel becomes much more than this.
The Cunard Line trans-Atlantic cruise is one of the quintessential cruise holidays. Crossing the Atlantic from Southampton to New York (or the reverse) is a bucket list experience.
One of the most common responses travel agents hear when recommending travel insurance is: "That's ok, I have free travel insurance with my credit card". Even though the cost of the travel insurance premium may be built into the annual card fee or interest rate, the true cost of credit card travel insurance can be much higher if it doesn't cover you when it comes to claim time. Here are three of the common traps we encounter with credit card travel insurance.
Cruise holidays are now almost mainstream for New Zealand travellers, but many are looking to join a cruise for the first time. Cruises from Auckland are a popular foray into cruising as the itineraries are close to home, can reduce wasted travel time in airports and there are many exceptional itineraries. In this blog we share 5 tips for choosing your first cruise from Auckland.
Given the distance we have to travel from New Zealand to Europe, it is often tempting to think "I just want to get there" and as a travel agency we hear that from many of our clients. However, for 2017 travel to Europe we are seeing greater interest in stopover packages - and for good reason.