I'm traveling to Europe for the first time and traveling with a senior 65+. Itinerary is as follows:
London to Paris
Paris to Venice
Venice to Florence
Florence to Rome
Day trip to Naples (Pompeii)
The point to point prices for this itinerary including senior discounts where applicable, 2nd class seating on day-time trips, double cabin overnight train to Venice and roundtrip Rome Naples is about US$1,131.
The purchase of the 4 day France/Italy select saver pass 1st class, a discount on Eurostar and double cabin overnight to Venice is about US$910.
I used www.eurorailways.com to arrive at these numbers.
Finally to my questions:
1. It appears that the pass discount with the France/Italy pass on the Eurostar is only good on Paris to London and not London to Paris. But I have received conflicting information. Does anyone know which is correct? The 2nd class regular price is $255 for adult and $90 for senior. The pass discount is $75 for each...a much better deal. I also discovered from another forum thread that I can get a roundtrip for $90 for each and not use the return so if I can't get the pass discount, I'll go that route.
2. With the pass, if I take the day trip from Rome to Naples to visit Pompeii and return later that day, is this counted as one day?
3. I assume that the overnight from Paris to Venice is only counted as one day.
4. What is an "open ticket." The point to point tickets to Naples were described this way.
5. I read that if you pass through a country you will be charged extra. Is this usually included in the original purchase price of a ticket or will you be charged somewhere along the route of your trip? I am assumning that we will pass through Switzerland on our way to Venice. The double cabin price is $229 each or $102 each with a pass discount. Will there be another charge along the way?
6.What is validation and can you make reservations (we'll be traveling in July and figure that we'll need them at least on the overnight and the Eurostar) can you make reservations without the validation?
Wow!!! This does seem to be alot...any help from the friendly folks here on TA would be greatly appreciated.