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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fozrunner, Jul 13, 2017.
Nice report Team Fozrunner
No that was the total cost (including bike transport), but without my airplane ticket and three days accommodation and two 1/2 days of meals when I was at the conference. That's also in CDN dollars. We could subtract $300 for Birkenstock sandals and a lunch that was $175. Tracey also got a cheap airfare because we used points. If you take away the airfare, bike transport, one lunch and shoes we spent about $3500 for the trip. We obviously didn't scrimp too much and could have done it much less expensively. The highest accommodation cost was in Vienna ($100/night) and Schwangau ($120) near the castles. The room at Rothenburg would have been over $200 but again I used points and it came down to $83.
We spent about $267 on petrol. We only did about 2500kms, although the gps trip showed about 2900. $1661 on accommodation and $1151 on food. Hope this helps other people's planning, but it really is hard to predict costs based on another individuals spending.
Including bike transport and all costs it's still way less expensive than a river cruise for two for 10 days, or for any guided or non-guided bike trip. It was worth every penny, but next time (hopefully I'll either be retired or part-time by then) we will definitely do it less expensively and for a longer time.
Some of the meals we had were outstanding for the price. In Budapest we went to a local restaurant, I had a large beer, Tracey had wine and we had two good meals (I think I had chicken cordon bleu, not sure what Tracey had) and it was less than $15 each. We had a few meals like that if you stayed away from the main tourist drag. That said we also had a great meal right across from the Prague opera with a view of the river for $47 including three large beers. It was really difficult paying $8 for a small beer when I got back to Calgary!!
I started haggling at my local pub when I returned from a trip once, they would have none of it.
There might be another option instead of transporting a bike. Adriatic MotoTours has a fleet of rental bikes which they generally sell before they turn two years old. These bikes come with pannier frames, heated handgrips, and have been well maintained. This company is in Ljubljana and might be worth a contact. If I wanted an EU registered bike I wouldn't hesitate to contact them. In my case I would not be staying long enough to warrant owning a bike there but a rental for a month could be very attractive and easy. They also rent bikes in addition to the tours they put on.
I had the same experience when me & the ex were in Prague, beef & dumplings & a beer for less than $5 (2005) & the food is not only great tasting, but it's probably not got any Monsanto products in it!!!
I also remember paying exorbitant prices for beer when l visited BC several years ago in the RV & turned around within a day after being told it was $70 to park in the OVERFLOW car park in the RV at Whistler.
A fine, fine ride report! Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to share your experience with us. I think you made a great choice to take your bike with you on your trip.