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  1. BluesTraveler

    ABD Newbie - Considering Alaska June 2020

    I honestly can't remember. There was one day with a good bit of driving - 5 or 6 hours? But it's well broken up. It's testament to how well ABD handles it that I can't remember. I think if you call ABD they can give you a breakdown by day, but whatever they say it will feel like less.
  2. BluesTraveler

    ABD Newbie - Considering Alaska June 2020

    This was our first ABD in 2016, before they refreshed the itinerary. We loved it, and I think with the changes it looks even better. Based on what you've described it seems like it would be a good fit for your family. The bus rides can be a little long here and there, but it was such a luxury...
  3. BluesTraveler

    Japan 2019

    I’ve been so happy to read how outstanding this trip is. Thanks for posting!
  4. BluesTraveler

    Europe ABD with 6 year old

    ABD is such a great way to travel with kids, but I really do think younger than 8 is tough. The trips as a whole are so full and busy it does take a certain amount of independence and maturity, even with kids who are pretty experienced traveling with their parents. And I agree about the group...
  5. BluesTraveler

    Do you wear your ABD backpack on your trip?

    It's been a while since a backpack was in the box. When we did Alaska in 2016 they gave real backpacks (more substantial than this year's) and everyone on our trip used them - they were perfect for day packs. We go to Greece this summer and we're planning to take the packs that were in this...
  6. BluesTraveler

    Other Options...

    Please report back on the Backroads Peru trip, that one is high on my list. We are going to the Galapagos with them in February. Yes, Backroads also does private trips. Am pretty sure the number is 10 - we were trying to coordinate a private Vietnam trip with some friends but couldn't quite...
  7. BluesTraveler

    Ecuador/Galapagos

    Thanks. As much as I love totally checking out, it's better if I can at least keep an eye on e-mails while traveling. Not the end of the world if not.
  8. BluesTraveler

    Ecuador/Galapagos

    Thanks!
  9. BluesTraveler

    Ecuador/Galapagos

    Oh, one more! Any wi-fi on the boat?
  10. BluesTraveler

    Ecuador/Galapagos

    Super helpful, thanks. We don't mind dated as long as it's clean and comfortable. 2 more questions - we are told each room is individually air conditioned - were you able to set your room at a comfortable sleeping temperature? Also, was there space to store suitcases or do we need to use...
  11. BluesTraveler

    Ecuador/Galapagos

    Thank you - how did you like the Legend? We are doing a Galapagos trip in February and that's the boat we are on.
  12. BluesTraveler

    Other Options...

    Update - Nat Geo just called me back to say...they don't actually know for sure about the family expeditions (the higher end). She very politely told me they're not sure internally. Maybe they are discontinuing those so as to not compete with ABD since they are now the same company??
  13. BluesTraveler

    Other Options...

    I called Nat Geo today - and the woman I spoke with said they are not discontinuing the Family Expeditions and replacing them with the Journeys - they just don't have 2020 dates for the Family Expeditions yet. They'll have both offerings next year. This is consistent with our experience last...
  14. BluesTraveler

    Other Options...

    I think they have actually doubled their offerings, and now half of them are "premium" (higher end hotels, more full itineraries) and half of them are "casual" (less high end hotels, more on your own time in the itineraries). They have added a bunch of new ones for 2020, including a France trip...
  15. BluesTraveler

    Group size of 45?

    Someone on this board had a group size of about that - maybe even 48? To Italy within the past year? I can't remember the specifics. Last check we have 39 on our Greece trip, and that's 9 too many for me. But I don't really blame ABD, they're filling those slots and within hours of releasing...
  16. BluesTraveler

    Is anyone getting through?

    Tons of good discussion on the Other Options thread and definitely recommend you read through that. Also, you will love Backroads! We traveled with them last fall on a hiking trip to Arizona and just booked a February Galapagos ocean cruise with them. We are the same - travel people who found...
  17. BluesTraveler

    Other Options...

    I would look at Abercrombie & Kent, although their dates for the next year don't usually come out until later in the summer. But you can see the 2019 Australia family trip and see if it looks like something that would work.
  18. BluesTraveler

    Is anyone getting through?

    I agree with this! I find today's frenzy fascinating when there are so many other options for this kind of travel. (But, that's probably like telling a Yankees fan that she could always go to a Mets game if the Yankees are sold out.) Disney's brand loyalty is definitely its super power. I'm...
  19. BluesTraveler

    Other Options...

    @TXTransplant you should also look at Backroads trips for Alaska. Not sure their 2020 dates are up yet, but they have a lot of family departures, and depending on how old your kid is they break it down by age group e.g, older teens, younger kids, etc.

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