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Old 08/01/11, 10:44   #1 (permalink)
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There's a very interesting article about Sicily and Palermo in today's Daily Telegraph, including travel and accommodation tips.

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Is the date settled for sure? I'm hoping one of the HF hiking tours of Sicily occurs at about the same time.

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Yes. 15th October.

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I have just booked two Sleazy flights from Gatwick. I bought the last flights cheaper than £37 on the way back. I looked at these last weekend, and they were less than £30.

As the Warner Brothers used to say in the 1970s "Book early!"
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Interesting... which dates, Andy?

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Cool. I'll have a look. Thank you.

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Flights booked, Tuesday to Tuesday.

While I was in Palermo in December I stayed in a pleasant and reasonably priced hotel in the Kalsa district, which is in one of the older and more atmospheric parts of the city. I mentioned the One Challenge to the Proprietor and enquired about a discount for a group booking and he was said no problem so please let me know if you're interested and I'll find out what he'll offer.

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Sounds interesting:

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Due to infrastructure upgrading works, from Monday October 4th, 2010 the train service between the stations of Palermo Centrale and Palermo Notarbartolo will be cancelled.
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"Prestia e Comandè" buses (coaches) cost €5 from the airport and run half-hourly to any of 3 local bus hubs at Ferrovia, Libertà and Politeama. The journey time is about 45 minutes to the last stop at Ferrovia (the train station).

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Flights booked, just need some accommodation now

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"Top Tip for accommodation Nr 321"

Book through www.booking.com rather than (as I have generally done in the past) www.expedia.co.uk

With booking.com you pay the bill at the hotel. With Expedia, you pay the bill when you book. Which might be about 6 months in advance...
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My wife and I stayed here in 2008. Well located, Steeped in atmosphere. Cheap but has the essentials. Friendly service. Family run.

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My wife and I stayed here in 2008. Well located, Steeped in atmosphere. Cheap but has the essentials. Friendly service. Family run.

Orientale Hotel Reviews and Photos, Palermo, Italy - TripAdvisor

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For info, the hotel's in the old city right on the boundary, Via Maqueda, between La Kalsa (Moorish/arabic) and the La Kasr (formerly Turkish and slightly dodgy) districts.

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Flights booked, Tuesday to Tuesday.

While I was in Palermo in December I stayed in a pleasant and reasonably priced hotel in the Kalsa district, which is in one of the older and more atmospheric parts of the city. I mentioned the One Challenge to the Proprietor and enquired about a discount for a group booking and he was said no problem so please let me know if you're interested and I'll find out what he'll offer.

I'll start a separate thread in a little while with all the arrangements for the One Challenge.

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Hi Pete, we would certainly be interested in doing a 'group booking' at the hotel. I haven't booked flights yet but intend to in the next week or two. Problem is I've hardly been in the UK so far this year.

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We have already booked our hotel, but this group booking sounds like a good idea if a decent discount can be negotiated.
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We have already booked our hotel, but this group booking sounds like a good idea if a decent discount can be negotiated.
That depends on the hotel and the Trip Advisor feedback!

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