BOB THE NAVIGATOR
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TRIP PLANNING SERVICES FOR INDEPENDENT TRAVEL
          TO ITALY, THE ALPS, & SOUTHERN EUROPE
Phone: 919-929-7707, Email: rplittle@bellsouth.net
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 26 times, and has developed more than 280 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, currency, weather 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
Planning Your Trip to Europe
 
Twenty Two Terrific Travel Tips
 
Thinking and Planning Small
 
Italy Travel Budget for 2009
 
Bob's Photo Essays
 
 
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why do I need BOB'S help in planning this trip?
A: You may not. 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 ten days of receiving your detailed input and the deposit check.
 
  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.
 
 
CONTACT BOB
Email: rplittle@bellsouth.net
Phone: 919-929-7707
Web Site:
www.bobthenavigator.homestead.com
 
 
FIVE FAVORITE ITINERARIES FOR ITALY
After 26 trips to southern Europe, and having developed more than 280 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 ITINERAIRES.
 
1.  BELLA ITALIA
Five destinations in 15 days — car & train travel.
* Arrive in Milan [MXP] & depart from Venice [VCE] or vice versa.
* 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 per location.
* 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 ITINERAIRES.
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 thu 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: AVG 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.
 
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These are merely intended to be sample itineraries. Every TRIP PLAN is unique and is designed to meet your personal travel style, budget, and preferences.
 
CONTACT BOB
Email: rplittle@bellsouth.net
Phone: 919-929-7707
Web Site: www.bobthenavigator.homestead.com
View from San Gimignano, Bob the Navigator
Portofino, Bob the Navigator