A travel website that does not sell travel but enables travelers to save money on travel as long as they do their own bookings is now offering services to internet travelers. This service is a unique addition to travel options for all travelers comfortable with direct bookings using a new type of travel document called a TopTravelVoucher.
The operators of this service are addressing the issue of travel pricing which often includes a 10 to 25% mark-up to allow for the payment of travel agent commission to either wholesalers or retailers but when travelers buy directly from the provider (accommodations, tours or transportation) they can still pay the price inclusive of commission. To overcome the travel providers’ problems of showing multiple prices for the same products and services on their websites, they can now offer ‘fair fare prices’ by issuing TopTravelVouchers.
Travel Providers are given marketing and promotion in exchange for their own travel vouchers, equivalent to or more than, the commission that would be payable upon sale of their various travel packages and services, so they still incur the commission cost on sales but do not have to alienate their distribution chain of wholesalers and retailers by offering a retail, wholesale or ‘direct’ price on their website. This is done by the voucher operator who sells their vouchers to travelers at deep discounts to their redemption values to be used when making direct bookings, hence a travel agent who does not sell travel, only travel vouchers and therefore is not a travel agent.
If you’re vising German, in particular the area of Wetzlar or Weilburg (Hesse), a canoe tour on the Lahn river is great fun for the whole family! There are local businesses for renting canoes. They even do guided tours.
We recommend this one in Weilburg:
– Kanutouren / Kanuverleih Weilburg
– Aktivhotel Lindenhof
– Frankfurt Strasse 23, Weilburg
They offer various packages. In their basic package you rent the canoes and all the equipment, incl. pick-up of the canoes after the tour. Before the canoe tour they provide you with tips and guidance to make sure you know how to get along on the Lahn river. For a day tour the price is 17 Euro per person for this package. It starts in Loehnberg until Fuhrfurt, over Runkel.
You will get even more out of their Clubtour. This tour starts in the morning at 9:30 am at Frankfurter Strasse 23 in Weilburg. They give you a tour and overview about the canoes at the Weilburger Bootshaus. The canoe tour itself then takes 3 hours. Enjoy the great scenery along the Lahn river, historic castles, and more. There will be a short stop in between, where you can have a picnic and lunch. The tour then ends around 3 pm in Fuhrfurt. A bus will pick you up and return you to Weilburg. The team of the Aktivhof Linden is already waiting for you and will prepare a delicious BBQ with steaks, German sausages, and fresh seasonal salads. Drink a cold beer in their Biergarten and enjoy the rest of the day in a relaxing atmosphere. They also own an Irish pub, where you can enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays. You can even book canoe tours that span over multiple days!
This article has been written by Bettina Kraft. She likes to write Germany related travel articles on Live Like a German – a site for exploring Germany, to learn more about its culture/language, and to find great Germany holiday rentals [http://www.live-like-a-german.com/vacation_rentals] or vacation apartments when going on a Germany vacation. Bettina likes to help visitors from all over the world to experience Germany in a different, more personal way, and make it easy for them to do so by providing detailed travel tips and advise.
If you intend to use the public transport system in Paris, whether the bus, metro, tram or RER, you can make big savings if you intend to make more than a single journey. Unfortunately, there are lots of different options available, so take a look at this quick guide before deciding which system is best for you.
This ticket allows unlimited use of the metro, RER, tram or bus for 1 entire day, starting at 5:30am. It is not valid for travelling to any of the airports via the RER or bus. It can however be used on the standard buses which visit the airports if you buy the correct zone (i.e bus lines 183, 285, 350 or 351). You can buy a card in any of the automatic metro ticket machines, at stations or RATP shops. The price of the card depends on the tarif zone you intend to use.
Ticket Jeunes Week-end
This ticket allows the unlimited use of the metro, RER, tram or bus for 1 entire day, starting at 5:30am. However, it is only valid for people aged 25 years and under and can only be used on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday. It is not valid for travelling to any of the airports via the RER or bus. It can however be used on the standard buses which visit the airports if you buy the correct zone (i.e bus lines 183, 285, 350 or 351). You can buy a ticket in any of the automatic metro ticket machines, at stations or RATP shops. The price of the card depends on the tarif zone you intend to use.