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Help me decide........

Hello travel friends,
We may actually get to do two trips to Europe next year, but I need help figuring out flights. We are considering doing the VFR and our dates are somewhat flexible. The dates we are considering are as follows;
1. VFR Oct 16th-Oct 25th-We would depart Seattle on the 14th and return on the 27th. $3,195pp(tour price)
2. VFR Nov 2-Nov 11th-We would depart Seattle on the 31st and return on the 13th. $2,695pp(tour price)

The second tour is quite a bit less than the first one, so that is always a factor in the decision. The other two factors are flights and cruise ships in port at Venice. In looking at flights, it looks like the best price/time in air etc. might be to take Norwegian out of Seattle, stopping in Gatwick and then taking easy jet to Venice. However, we have never flown Norwegian and their website does not show the easy jet flight. So, my question is, how do you book this? Do you book Norwegian on their website and then book easy jet on another? On goggle flights it shows them paired together. Then it looks like we would take either Aer Lingus or Lufthansa on the return, so it would be two one way flights. We don't mind paying a bit more for good schedules and less stops.
We already have to depart from Anchorage, so we use Alaska airline miles to get to Seattle.

Then, what site should I look at to see which cruise ships are in port in Venice on the days we would be there?
Thanks in advance for all help!!!

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diveloonie, exactly where and how are you coming up with these flights and numbers? Are you trying to cobble together a bunch of one-way flights? I went to Orbitz and plugged in a multi-city route, Oct 14 to SEA-Venice, Oct 27 Rome to SEA, and see American Airlines for about $1000 per person. One stop in Philadelphia on the way there. You want to do this on one ticket.

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I think Diveloonie is quoting the prices of the actual Rick Steves tour costs for the Venice Florence Rome tour on the two different dates. I don’t think she,s quoting any airfare price here, just discussing what she is finding.

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Oh OK, my mistake. I can see $500 is quite a difference to consider.

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oh dear, and I thought I was trying to be so clear. The prices listed are the prices of the tour, not the airfare.
Stan, on goggle flights it lists Norwegian air and easy jet like it is one ticket. But, when I go to Norweigian site, easy jet is not listed, so I am unclear on how to book this. Do I use two different websites? Why does goggle pair them if they are seperate tickets?

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Is the RS tour’s cost less in November due to weather? Rain?

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Somebody just last week or so mentioned something new called Worldwide by EasyJet, this combo with Norwegian must be part of that somehow.

I imagine the price is lower in November because the demand for the trip (and demand for hotels in the three cities) is lower. And yes, part of that is probably down to a better bet for nice weather in October than in November although of course anything can happen in any given year.

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So far, not answers to my questions. @Suki, yes the tour price is lower because demand is lower. The RS office explained that hotel prices are lower at that time of year. But, what I really need help on is booking flights!

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diveloonie, ". . . Why does google pair them if they are seperate tickets? . . . " that's one of the reasons I don't book through third party site, just research itineraries. Third party sites can book it, but it doesnt mean there are seamless connecting, baggage transfer, same terminal connections, etc. And if you miss the connection, which airline is responsible? Not saying you cant make it work, its just more opportunity for things to go wrong. What numbers are you coming up with for your itinerary? .

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Worldwide by Easyjet is 100% what you want. It will bundle Norwegian and Easyjet into one itinerary.

I'm not familiar with how the sites work, but this one seems to provide cruise schedules.

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Thank you Amy!!!! The world wide site bundles the flights together (depart Seattle on Norwegian and go to Gatwick and then get on Easyjet) so you are protected. Perfect!!! Thank you! and wow, $200 bucks from Seattle to Venice one way!!!

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Checking Skyscanner, it looks like you could fly this route for $1287 each for the entire route for the first dates you listed. You could save your Alaska airline miles for another trip.

Anchorage-to-Seattle-to-Amsterdam-to Venice on the Skyteam (Delta, KLM). We have taken that flight from Seattle to Venice. Return is Rome-to-Amsterdam-to-Seattle-to- Anchorage. Since those airlines are partners, you wouldn’t run into issues booking everything on one ticket reservation.

Amsterdam is an easy airport to maneuver, and you probably would have less restrictions on your luggage size than Easy Jet.

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I would go with Jean’s suggestion. This will allow you to check your bags all the way to Venice (if checking bags). Also keeps your flights all on one ticket, so need to re-check in at Seattle or elsewhere if you are on multiple tickets. And allows you to save your Alaska miles!