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European timeshares without car

Discussion in 'European Timesharing' started by Vacationsarefun, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. "Roger"

    "Roger" TUG Member

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    I don't know what is available through SFX in England, but I did the Burnside Hotel and Spa in Bowness-on-Windermere (the Lake District) without a car. You can arrive there by train and take a short taxi ride to the resort. You are practically in town with a short walk to a grocery and a number of gastric pubs. You are very near some walking paths (up a very steep hill) and can get to Beatrix Potter's house via a ferry across the lake (meant to connect with each other) then a short bus ride. I admit that I also paid for two tours, but there is also good bus transportation from Bowness.
     
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    Short walk from Mougin resort to bus stop. Short ride on bus to train station in Cannes. Train stops at a dozen or more wonderful towns along the coast as well as Monaco and the end of the line puts you in Ventimilleglia, Italy. Only fly in my ointment was the uphill walk to the resort at the end of the day.
     
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    Let us know if you are successful with your exchange. I imagine you are also trying to match up with a school holiday. I think most of the members of SFX are in North America so you might have luck with European school holidays that don't coincide with US/Canadian school vacation time and or cold weather holidays where those from the US don't want to travel to Europe. SFX has a reputation for having more inventory in Mexico and San Francisco and the other traditional overbuilt timeshare locations like Orlando.
     
  4. Laurie

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    Good to know, thanks for this information!
     
  5. clifffaith

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    Forgot the most important thing! There is a bakery in front of the bus stop in Mougin. And in Vincennes there have to be half a dozen within 5-8 minute walk of resort.
     
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    I have been to these resorts which don’t require a car:
    1. Petenazy- Budapest Hungary
    2. Royal Regency-Paris
    3. Fitzpatrick Castle, Dublin
    4. Hyde Park- London
    5. Costa Del Sol-Spain (there are lots of resorts here)
    6. Holiday Club- Athens (actually Marathon) Greece
    One other thing you should consider is that some other resorts have such an extensive offering of side trips and shuttles that even though they are not totally accessible, the side trips and shuttles compensate for that.
    Also it has been a while since I used SFX, but as I recall they will take several resorts as long as they meet their criteria. Thus, even though a resort may not be on their directory, they may have a deposit that may be eligible for booking. So you would just have to keep inquiring.
    I think DAE (which would also take your deposit) has much more in European cities- especially if you enroll through the London Office. You can also exchange first and deposit later. All of this could change when RCI takes over DAE.
     
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  7. Laurie

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    Yup, I also thought of Petnehazy in Budapest - we drove a car there whichended up sitting in the parking lot all week, as we split out time between resort tours and solo trips into Budapest, and really enjoyed ourselves. I don't think I saw it at SFX tho, this was RCI.

    Also RCI resorts in Venice and Vienna which again I didn't see in SFX, but if the OP is making requests at other exchange co's...
     
  8. JudyH

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    We spent a week in Venice Italy in a dumpy 3 bedroom near the train station. A great location. Really a dump. I saw that RCI had others in Venice or Florence online but never saw where they were.
     
  9. abbekit

    abbekit TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    We've gone to Europe a a number of times in timeshares car free. These were all via RCI though.

    Definitely second the recommendation of Fitzpatrick Castle. Walk to the light rail train in Dalkey for easy access to Dublin. Also Dalkey has good restaurants and pubs, grocery stores and bakeries. The Fitzpatrick Castle main hotel (on the same grounds as the timeshares) also has tours that start/end there. We went to Wicklow and Newgrange on great tours.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/IZthlxLIkDqAD9Nn1
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/ftRcB8RZFkIDWJxG2

    We were able to get a timeshare in city of Florence in the historic area. I also see (rarely) a few timeshare apartments available in Venice.
    https://goo.gl/photos/igd3b1FjVdYrPVdM6

    We were good with the timeshare at Carpe Diem in Assisi (seemed we got a better unit than other reviewers). They have a shuttle bus into town where you can catch the train to tour many towns in that part of Umbria and Tuscany.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/5hD7WePk25oHA8Tp1

    Have stayed in London at Odessa Wharf, walk or bus to the tube station for sightseeing everywhere in the London. We walked to Greenwich from there too.
    https://goo.gl/photos/vqVPAFirycW5wfMDA

    We also loved Mondi Oberstaufen in the Bavaria area of Germany. The condos are walkable (but a bit hilly) from the train station (or a really cheap cab fare). The charming town of Oberstaufen has grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants. There is also a local bus stop at the resort. We took day trips on the train into Munich and to Lindau.
    https://goo.gl/photos/5ufGnefZ1DjAvtoWA

    Sadly one of our favorite exchanges in the car-free village of Muerrin Switzerland went bankrupt and has been closed for years.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/nrtt1OgQUI73Bl9v1

    Love the info about Kilconquhar and the walking paths. That has been on my bucket list but we didn't want to rent a car so it's good to know about that.
     
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    I stayed at Scandinavian Village in Scotland...about 15 min walk to train station. Bought ScotRail pass and went hither and yon. Threw away a night at timeshare to stay in a mom and pop on northern coast where you can take ferry to scenic islands. I went in June when fields of green and purple heather were in bloom ...lovely to view from your train window!
     
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    There is a bus that goes from Dublin Airport to Fitzpatrick’s Castle, runs 24/7 every hour. We have stayed without a car. Bus can take you to Dalkey, where you can take a train to Dublin or to Houth or to Bray. We also took a tour of the Wicklow mountains and were picked up at Fitzpatrick’s Castle. If you want to enjoy the resort they have an indoor pool and all the facilities are of use when you stay in the Holiday Homes. We did lots of walking too, beautiful parks and pubs nearby. We own a week here and it is a wonderful timeshare.
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