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Old 10-05-2018, 11:20 AM
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St. Lucia, Greece and Italy

Planning St. Lucia in Feb and Europe in Oct "19". Looking at Sandals in St. Lucia but seriously open to other a little higher end places too. Don't think the Jade Mtn. will be in the budget? Any recommendations or "can't miss" in these venues would be appreciated. Couples only paces a must and quality beech is important too. I am booking and putting deposits down in the next week on St. Lucia and next 30 days on Europe, so help appreciated please
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:51 AM
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Jade mountain in st Lucia. Wow.
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I looked at it (Jade Mtn.) but planning to stay 9 days in peak season might bust my budget this time? Maybe stay a few less days to make it happen? Looks very nice. Have you been CLRUSSELL?
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Greece: We went on an eastern Mediterranean cruise a few years ago, which stopped in Athens, Santorini and few other places in Greece. If I went back on a non-cruise vacation, I'd fly into Athens, spend one or two days there, and then head out to Santorini for a week or two. Visiting the Parthenon in Athens was very cool, so it's definitely worth spending at least a day there. Santorini was spectacular. It's at the top of the list of places we've visited on cruise ships and want to return to for extended stays.

Italy: We spent 4 days in Venice before the cruise. Venice didn't impress us much. Very touristy, crowded, overpriced, and the people there weren't very friendly. It's worth checking out for a day if you're in the area - it is a unique place - but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit.
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Planning a cruise from Venice to Greece in 19. I've been around Italy and Venice was our least favorite place there. Rome is awesome. I've been to Greek islands, but never to Athens, looking forward to it.
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:59 PM
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My wife just returned from Italy, 2 weeks ago so I have some ideas on where to go and not from her trip and recommendations but need Greece and St. Lucia input for sure. Will definitely accept input on Italy as she did not see the entire country in 12 days but have a start there from her.
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I looked at it (Jade Mtn.) but planning to stay 9 days in peak season might bust my budget this time? Maybe stay a few less days to make it happen? Looks very nice. Have you been CLRUSSELL?
Yes I stayed there. Wow.

Was the best money Iíve ever spent on vacation.
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Old 10-06-2018, 02:03 AM
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Greece: We went on an eastern Mediterranean cruise a few years ago, which stopped in Athens, Santorini and few other places in Greece. If I went back on a non-cruise vacation, I'd fly into Athens, spend one or two days there, and then head out to Santorini for a week or two. Visiting the Parthenon in Athens was very cool, so it's definitely worth spending at least a day there. Santorini was spectacular. It's at the top of the list of places we've visited on cruise ships and want to return to for extended stays.

Italy: We spent 4 days in Venice before the cruise. Venice didn't impress us much. Very touristy, crowded, overpriced, and the people there weren't very friendly. It's worth checking out for a day if you're in the area - it is a unique place - but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit.
Ditto on Santorini. We did a 12 day Mediterranean cruise this summer and it was the highlight. (Although Rhodes is fascinating too.)
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Planning St. Lucia in Feb and Europe in Oct "19". Looking at Sandals in St. Lucia but seriously open to other a little higher end places too. Don't think the Jade Mtn. will be in the budget? Any recommendations or "can't miss" in these venues would be appreciated. Couples only paces a must and quality beech is important too. I am booking and putting deposits down in the next week on St. Lucia and next 30 days on Europe, so help appreciated please
We stayed in a "cabin" right on the beach at the Sandals St. Lucia I think there are two sandals one is for older folks and the other one is like the party younger crowd..... did the twilight cruise and snorkeling... I didn't end up going skiing... It was a great time... beaches are wonderful. but yea if you have the money go for the mountain... I liked being right on the water though...

That was a long time ago so I don't know if they still have the cabins or not... not really a cabin more of a beach house...
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:25 AM
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Are you looking for couples only/all inclusive for Europe as well? Can't speak to Greece but I've been to Italy a number of times and could help if you're not looking for the "resort" experience
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