Over the weekend, I decided it was time to nail down our hotel stays for our upcoming trip to Italy and Greece. We plan one night in Venice, two nights in Florence, two nights in Rome, a week on SeaDream I, and three nights in Athens. Though I had been looking at a lot of properties, I finally made my decision by going on Jetsetter.com and finding several hotels.
Our first night will be spent at the Hilton in Venice, which is a five star hotel. Ordinarily, I'd prefer a family owned hotel, but hotels in Venice are expensive and we had enough Hilton points to book a free night. So that's what we're going to do... It should suit our purposes fine.
The next hotel is Marignolle Relais & Charme, which is a small hotel about six miles outside of Florence. I looked for a hotel closer to town, but this one won me over because it's in a quiet area and has beautiful countryside views. We will be using taxis a lot, no doubt. Hotels in Florence are expensive too, though...
In Rome, we will stay in Relais Orso, which was on sale on Jetsetter.com. We got a junior suite at a reasonable price and it's close to The Vatican. Supposedly, the place is in a great location. Rome is a huge city, though... I almost wish we could stay on the outskirts and come in for the day.
May 11th, we will take either the train or a cab to Civitavechhia and get on SeaDream I, which will take us to Sicily, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Delphi, Kefalonia, Corinth Canal, and Santorini. We end in Athens on the 18th, where we'll unwind at the Hera Hotel until the 21st.
I managed to book all these hotels for just under $1800-- about $220 a night. Not bad, considering we'll be in tourist hot spots. It helps to get a free night.
I'm really looking forward to this trip. Hopefully, I'll make some headway in chipping away at the debt!