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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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A Schengen Visa allows you to enter and exit the Schengen area through any port of entry. It does not have to be in the country where you applied for your visa. So if you got your Visa from Italy you can arrive eg. in Germany and leave from France. No problem. However, there are certain rules you must observe. One of those rules is that you must apply for ...


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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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No, absolutely and definitely not. Canadian immigration is very clear that nothing about applying for a visa needs to be done by an agent. Everything can be done by the person making the application. In fact Canadian Immigration actively warns about false information being put about by unscrupulous agents claiming that an agent was necessary for some things....


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Airlines sometimes make a push to improve their on-time statistics, and this usually includes publishing longer flight times, which will automatically improve the on-time performance for any flight not already running at 100%.


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It primarily depends on where you apply for a visa and secondarily on what your nationality is. Visa requirements for China differ from embassy to embassy. Typically, in 'the west' they are less strict. You will, most likely be asked to hand over your flight plan, with proof, for entering and leaving the country and you might be asked to show some proof ...


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In general, the only way that you will be guaranteed to have the airline re-accommodate you on a later flight in the event of a delay is to book the flights on the same ticket - which basically means that you need to buy all of the flights together, from the same source. There is no means to "combine" them after booking, even if they are booked on the same ...


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I know that the question is bit old but I feel my answer can be useful for other users. Since you are willing to go as far as Tadoussac, I will recommend two other parks: Parc national des grands jardins (2h15 from Quebec-City) Parc national des hautes gorges de la rivière Malbaie (2h30 from Quebec-City) I will recommend the Pioui trail at the Grand ...


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Generally speaking, airlines frown upon this because it can be used to circumvent their pricing policies. Here is what the KLM website has to say about it: If you do not take all flights or legs of this journey, or in the specified order, extra costs may be charged. If you just show up in Amsterdam, they might charge you something or even sell you ...


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