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Message posted by Capt Lightning on 27/10/2017 at 4:46pm
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The C&MC has been going to town with brochures this week. The first to arrive was "Escorted European Tours". I'm not interested in one, but had a look at the offerings anyway.

What really got me was the cost.. Lets take one of the cheaper examples..Dutch bulb fields & more.. 7 nights FROM £727 for 2 people + outfit.

Day 1 - arrive. Day 2 - introductions + tea/ coffee. Rest of day free. Day3 Coach tour. Day 4 The Hague & Delft.
Day 5 - Free. Day 6 Amsterdam. Day 7 Free + dinner. Day 8 - leave.

So, that makes 7 nights site fees + 3 days of excursions.
£729 + sounds a lot for what you get. Bear in mind, NOT included are the ferry crossings and travel insurance.

I'm sure there may be plenty of people who want everything laid on, but with a bit of planning and the excellent Dutch railways, you could do it for half the price.
   

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Message posted by paul+julie on 27/10/2017 at 5:49pm
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We went to Holland in April to see the Keukenhof gardens.
We stayed at 3 campsites all ACSI around 17 euros and had 12 days including ferry crossing, 4 different sites. Visited all the attractions and had a great time for under £800 inclusive of all meals and drinks out. However, whilst we were at Delfstehout site there were 2 different rally's going on. Every other night they had something going on and the people we talked to said they were having a great time. Lots of different things organised for them to take part in. The main one that most were on was a c&cc rally organised by Essex I think and as far as I know they got a good deal on site fee, could stay as long as they want and it cost them £75 which included some evening drinks, nibbles and entrance fees. I think it's the camc that are expensive because the activities on their rally was no different to the other group.

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Message posted by Whatamess on 28/10/2017 at 6:38am
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When you go on a guided tour you’re paying for the organisation of that tour and, presumably, some kind of tour guide. The one to Sri Lanka is over £6,000 per person!

We go on CCC winter sunrallies and love them.

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Message posted by Opensauce on 28/10/2017 at 7:29am
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Telling anybody who wants to go caravanning that it is cheaper if they do not go caravanning rather misses the point that the object is to go caravanning. 'Club life' is not for everybody but those that do it enjoy it seem happy to pay whatever it costs.

Message posted by 664DaveS on 28/10/2017 at 9:39am
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The organised tours include quite a lot of coach trips and some meals.
We are happy to do our own thing and go low season using ACSI.
We have done cruises,where we do some excursions.
We also visited Australia ,twice,and Canada.We rented motorhomes in both countries but travelled solo,booking through travel agents.(We recommend Trailfinders).
This saved us a good deal over organised holidays.
Each to their own,although may try C and CC winter rally.

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We prefer to organise our own holidays, its part of the fun. Never been short of company to socialise with on campsites. Most people are like minded but also able to enjoy your own time.

We may decide to stay an extra night or leave a day early on a particular site which you can't really do on organised trips or rallies.

We might decide to do an excursion if its somewhere we want to go and its fairly easy to shop around for the best price.

At the end of the day we all do what suits us, so there is no right or wrong.


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Message posted by ldpdmp on 28/10/2017 at 2:44pm
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We have been on tours - NZ / Canada/ USA. I ran the figures through for my first and found that I was more expensive than if I had done it freelance but not enough to make it worth my while researching / booking / hoping it would be ok. So I paid up and never even checked for the next 3.
It was like a small mobile village. You never knew who you would meet or when as you travelled for a to b. As for staying on a day or two. That is all well and good if you have a flexible stay. It is impossible to say if a place is worth 2 or 3 days.
But as has been said before, chacun a son gout.

Message posted by freeatlast on 28/10/2017 at 8:26pm
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We've done 2 C&CC tours, Canada first then NZ. While the latter was very good, they chose the wrong time of the year and most days it was too cold to sit out in the evenings, and the motorhomes were anything but comfortable, so there was less socialising than I would have liked.

Now I plan my own and enjoy researching the tour over the winter and producing our own detailed tour guide. We tend to stay on National/State parks sites and can usually get a photo on-line of the actual pitch we want to reserve. We have been to the US and Canada several times like this, and the cost is less than half the escorted tours. Of the last four tours, we have had brand new vans twice now with just delivery mileage on them.

Message posted by Mike3003 on 28/10/2017 at 9:08pm
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I know we are all different, and please do not think bad of me, but a guided tour type holiday would be a punishment for my wife and I.

We have toured Europe, USA, Australia x4, New Zealand and South Africa x2, and could think of nothing worse than not being independent and being herded around in a group.

I love the planning and organising, although we have done most of the above with just a flight and hire car, or ferry and caravan. So no real planning needed, just a rough idea where you would like to go, we have never failed to find somewhere to stay.

I fully appreciate some people like the security of an organised group, but it is just not for us.

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Message posted by Mike3003 on 28/10/2017 at 10:55pm
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Not really Opensauce. A friend of mine did a wonderful tour of Southern Africa, March last year, we met them right at the end in South Africa.

He has a heart condition, has had since he was 50 or so, but he and his wife were desperate to see that most wonderful part of the world, so took a tour which gave them both security, their words.

They had the most amazing time.

Weak he isn’t, he was a career fire fighter until his heart problem.

I am afraid your assumption was wrong, we just prefer independence when traveling. That, of course, may change, who knows.

We very recently did a 2645 mile trip around South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, had the most amazing adventure. But whether I will be up to that in 5 or 10 years time, I don’t know..........But I would like to think so, because we want to do Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. 😀👍

However it is confession time, I am planning to go to Nepal next November with a friend and hike to Everest Base Camp. We will have to be part of a group of course, that is just the way it is. They won’t let you do it on your own! Spoil sports. I hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014, we had to have guides for that too, you are not allowed to do it without. I was glad of them though I must say.

So perhaps I am a little weak and not as adventurous as I thought.

This post may seem rather strange, but it will make sense to Opensauce............Who has just removed his previous post! 😀😀😀

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I fully appreciate some people like the security of an organised group, but it is just not for us.


I don't think badly of you, but the word 'security' is a somewhat emotive term. I think the 'fun' of a group would be much more relevant.

Equally, the 'herded' idea of the group is about as far from reality as you can get. Everyone is free to roam to wherever they want, leave from/arrive at the campsite whenever they wish, talk to or ignore others as they wish, even to go to another campsite if they so desire.
Herding would be anathema to me too


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