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claredenandrose
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Spain
294 Posts

Posted - 08/07/2005 :  21:56:38  Show Profile
We have for the last few years booked our break at the Hotel Costa Brava direct, and our flights etc, but we have noticed over the last couple of years that not many English package companies are going to the Hotel Costa Brava, only the usual Bus Companies.
Not that we are complaining, we like the mix of Nationalities.
Some of our friends have used Thomas Cook, and previously JMC, but there seems to be no Holidays in June with them for 2006.
Yes some of us are already planning for next June
Has any one else had difficulty booking through a Travel Company

Sarah
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United Kingdom
625 Posts

Posted - 08/07/2005 :  22:54:49  Show Profile  Visit Sarah's Homepage
We were booked through Thomas Cook for June 2005, until we received a letter from them about three months before saying that they were no longer flying from Gatwick to Gerona and did we want to fly from Manchester or Birmingham instead?

Obviously we didn't, so we cancelled and booked our flights with RyanAir and booked the Hotel Costa Brava through the GHT online booking system.

In the end it was much better as we booked 15 nights instead of the usual package tour 14 nights, and could choose the flight times that suited us best.

There are very few package tours now serving the Costa Brava, but this has got to be a good thing, as now we are seeing more culture travellers who are more interested in fiestas, traditions and heritage than 'all you can eat and drink' fans.
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claredenandrose
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Spain
294 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2005 :  17:50:09  Show Profile
I have never flown Ryanair, but hear that their luggage allowance isn't that much. I remember once flying from Gatwick to Gerona with B.A.who use G.B. Airways for their flights, don't know if they still fly there.
Another way is to book flights with a tour operator, and a transfer to Tossa, then book the Hotel Direct. Some English Tour operators go to Tossa, but not the Hotel Costa Brava.
I agree with what you say about the eat and drink as much as you can type of holidaymaker, send them all to Lloret I say, leave Tossa to those who love the place for it's beauty and culture as well.
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June
Platinum Member

United Kingdom
339 Posts

Posted - 24/07/2005 :  18:30:17  Show Profile
Ryanair now fly from Blackpool to Girona, So we shall be booking with them next time, or not going to Tossa again, because we are oso fed up with the package holiday set-up AND Blackpool Airport is only 30 miles from our home so sod the luggage allowance (sorry about the language)
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Sandra Mollat
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United Kingdom
211 Posts

Posted - 27/07/2005 :  17:50:36  Show Profile
we have just returned from a long holiday in tossa & flew with ryanair; our luggage for the hold each weighed 14 kilos in tossa but when we arrived at girona airport they each weighed 15 kilos[ the hold allowance] exactly, so we know for next time to make sure we keep to 14 kilos or under. However 10 kilos in the cabin is quite generous[ but not as generous as easyjet] so my advice would be to always make sure that ryanair can't charge you more for excess baggage. On both our flights, staff were helpful & friendly and we arrived ahead of time on each journey

S.Mollat
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claredenandrose
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Spain
294 Posts

Posted - 27/07/2005 :  21:41:35  Show Profile
Hello Sandra,
It's great that more people are joining the forum. Welcome
Strange you mentioned Ryanair baggage allowance, I read on another Forum recently that this is very common with Ryanair. People checked their bags before getting to the airport, only to find they were "overweight" according to Ryanair staff. Bearing in mind that staff are apparently on commission for every kilo overweight they find!!!
Makes you think doesn't it
I think the moral is as you say, make sure you are underweight for hold baggage, and use the full allowance for handluggage

I must go down to Tossa again to the azure seas and sky
And all I ask is fair weather as my time there passes by.
Adapted from "Sea Fever" by John Masefield

Edited by - claredenandrose on 27/07/2005 21:42:37
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