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No, 4 days is (way) too short for tourists and especially in the winter. Yes, you can probably drive around the ring road (Route 1) in Iceland; it's 1,332 km and the Golden Circle is only 300 km. The roads are paved, in good condition, and the maximum speed is 90 km/h (with a few exceptions in villages). That means that with ~5 hours driving per day, you ...


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I'm afraid that, because you booked your Air Italy and Ryanair flights separately, your connections are not the airline's concern. Air Italy is obliged to offer you a choice between alternative transport to your destination (which does not have to be on the same days etc) or a full refund. That's it. You can try to negotiate for better flights than the ...


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Airlines, in conjunction with airports, set a minimum connection time (MCT) for combinations of flights at a certain airport depending on a number of factors, such as whether one is international and the other domestic. The airline will offer you any flight that meets MCT and typically shows flights with either the lowest total duration or lowest cost first. ...


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The two most likely causes are a change in routing or a change in take off and landing slots. Routes can change for various reasons, some may be longer or shorter. They usually don't make that much of a difference to a short flight (although it can happen if one route had a better jetstream, those are usually variable) Most likely is a rearrangement of ...


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I'd posit two reasons: limited time and not understanding the size of the continent. In both the US and Japan, the standard vacation time allotment is ten (10) days per year, which translates to two weeks. (And in Japan, if you're a salaryman, using all your allowance is considered near-treasonous towards your company.) Substract a week of that for sick ...


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For any particular flight, you could look it up in FlightAware and see if there’s an annotation for the change. Most probably not. For any particular flight, Rory’s answer is likely correct - that it’s a gate scheduling issue. However, there’s a general trend in the aviation industry to post longer flight times for the same routes than previously: ...


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OK, firstly I can't comment on Namibia/Namaqualand, but my folks went there many years ago and the stories of huge sand-dunes is something I can't get out of my mind - I need to go at some point, it sounds amazing :) Anyway, the rest: Kruger National Park - you'll be able to see almost all the famous animals of southern Africa here (if you're lucky), aside ...


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To fully answer this question you need the administrative operating carrier and flight number, scheduled departure date, departure airport, stops and arrival airport. If all of these are the same the flight will be shared. You specifically need the administrative operating carrier as there may be multiple marketing carriers for a single flight, so if you ...


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It is all about (unsurprisingly) economics. An airplane (which is very expensive) only makes money when it is flying, so airlines have an incentive to get them in the air as quickly as possible. Technology has allowed for quicker planing/deplaning of passengers. Further, many things that required a lot of paperwork (thus slow and inefficient) are now ...


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I once flew from Auckland International to Great Barrier Island, and upon checking in different passengers were given different coloured boarding cards (as far as I know each group was given only one colour). These corresponded to different aircraft that we would be travelling on, even though we had nominally the same flight number, departure time, departure ...


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You will need a visa for Turkey, but the other countries you have listed (Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Malta) do not require visas from American citizens. Also remember that Crete is part of Greece, although I don't see it on your map, so perhaps this isn't relevant. A Turkish visa is issued at the border to US passport holders and is good for 3 months of ...


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As a general rule, I would advise against renting a car for the entire trip. Renting a car in Turkey is expensive. The bus network in Turkey is very dense. Bus travel is comfortable and not expensive. Prefer the buses for long distance travel. You may consider to rent a car locally to access some sights. For very long distances, flying may be an option too. ...


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Basically, yes, but you'll have to be in a hurry all the time. I personally don't love my trips in a rush. Driving from Haifa to the Golan is about 1.5-2 hours. The Banias reserve is a one day trip. It consists of 2 parts, the waterfall itself, and the antiques. It is very close to Castle Nimrod, and Castle Nimrod can be covered in 2-3 hours: The ...


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No, Tokyo is not a disaster area during golden week. However, flights out of Tokyo may well be more expensive, crowded, or already sold out on the first weekend, and queues may be longer. Another factor is that on the national holidays, some (not all) stores will be closed down, as will be banks (and that includes ATMs in most cases). Possibly also some ...


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One highlight is the Middle Rhine valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a picturesque region, has good wines and is crossed by the famous Rheinsteig hiking trail. You can choose either Koblenz or Mainz/Wiesbaden as a starting point to visit that region. From there you have good train connections. There is one line on the right hand side and one on the ...


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Yes, you are usually required to submit flight and hotel reservations. They do not have to be paid reservations, so you can cancel them afterwards. (VisaRite has some handy samples of what is accepted.) Nobody will care once you're in China as long as you stay out of sensitive regions in western China (Tibet, Tibetan bits of other provinces, Xinjiang, etc)...


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That's entirely possible. Firstly, there are no trains. Seriously. Don't bother trying to find them. In Argentina there's one from Buenos Aires to Rosario, but the bus is cheaper AND faster. There are some tourist trains in North Argentina (near Salta) and yes, there is the train from Cusco in Peru to Aguas Calientes, but that's about it. I'll discuss ...


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Frankfurt Hahn is in the middle of the Hunsrück, a beautiful area with small forests and hills and countryside typical of the region. A good destination for family cycling trips. For example, there are a number of rail trails in the area, where former railways were converted into cycling tracks. Photo from Wikimedia Commons I've been cycling on the ...


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So much to see... Obviously this is very very very subjective and there is too much too see - so here are a few inspirations from my wife and my experiences. Your tastes may vary. 2 of us "did" England, Scotland, Wales, Eire and a splash or Northern Ireland in 2 weeks. Run the whole time. See much. Collapse exhausted when you get home. FWIW our look-...


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It's actually pretty common to sleep at Cusco your first night. My brother, for example, flew from Lima to Cusco. It's not ideal and you're likely to have a headache, but it's uncommon for anything too serious. You definitely want a full day (two nights) based in Aguas Calientes if you want the full experience. The reason being if you want to be on the ...


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First of all I have to say I totally agree with jpatokal answer. But on top of that I wanted to point out a flaw in the reasoning of your question; There are two possible reasons to go on a holiday: To relax, not being stressed To see stuff you never get the chance to see normally Now, for some people it makes sense to combine those things - like it seems ...


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I'd say that's plenty of time for the Golden Circle, but not nearly long enough for the ring road. I went around the ring road in about 8 days in late September a couple years ago. It felt a little rushed to me. There was a lot I wanted to see, but didn't have time to visit because of the distances we had to travel. It also usually took longer than what ...


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This is awfully broad, but I will suggest you try a different way of thinking. Instead of "I want to ski the week of Jan 15th" followed by "oh god I have not planned my ski trip" and increasing panic panic panic until you get to "too late", try the exact opposite. List some things you like to do. Investigate some of them in more detail. Don't ask people to ...


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In my opinion, 8 days are fine to visit Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt, but you'll have to speed up a bit to visit the main attractions. I recommend you this route: Vienna-Salzburg-Hallstatt. Spend at least 3 days in Vienna. This city has one of the biggest cultural offers so, even a 3 days time visit won't be enough. Visiting "the Ring", Vienna's city ...


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Changing flights is a complex process that involves a lot of rules (differences in applicable fare classes, collecting additional fees or possibly issuing partial refunds, etc). Like any complex business process, it would cost a lot of money to develop an easy-to-use/intuitive web-based interface for it that any user (not a professionally trained ticketing ...


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This almost comes under 'opinion based', but we can treat it as a compare-and-contrast option. Hi from Sydney, BTW. Australia is huge. Literally similar in size to the US. That doesn't mean you can't drive across it, but you have to take things into account that don't occur to people compared with the US: gas stations are few and far between in some ...


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Once you have been issued a visa, it is valid for the entire Schengen area (within the validity and duration of stay it is issued with). There's no problem with tacking a short visit to Denmark on to your conference trip, if it can be done within the allowed duration of stay. You could get into trouble if it turns out you lied about the purpose of your ...


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First of all, if you want to take trains in Switzerland, the website of the national railway carrier is a very important source of information. There you can find the whole train and bus schedule and most tickets you can buy there online. It is also important to mention that in Switzerland you can almost reach every village and every small town by train or ...


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Easy. For starters, there's a bus (don't take it) from Venuezuela via Lima and Santiago to Buenos Aires that I was told about while there, takes a week. But gives you an idea of the max time you might spend on buses, given you're doing a bit of tracking around. Lima to Arequipa and then Cusco can be done in 1-4 days depending on what stops you want to do. ...


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Use www.trenitalia.com. It's the official website of Italian railways. You can find all routes and also buy tickets with credit card. This is definitely what you need. As you can see in the image, in the home page of the site you can search for any departure/arrival station and change the date/time of your trip (note that. The names of the stations are ...


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