Best of Spain and Portugal Q & A

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If you have a question about our trip, email me at or phone me at 972-702-0000. I will answer your question and then share it on this web page.

What is the temperature like in Vietnam the first two weeks in September?

Answer: During the first two weeks of September reports that the temperature in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City averages during the day 88 degrees which is about 5 degrees cooler than in Dallas. Nights however average 79 degrees or about 10 degrees warmer than Dallas.  A good time of year to enjoy Vietnam.

What about rain?

Answer: June, July and August average 10 inches of rain a month so we are just out of the rainy season; however, we haven’t escaped it totally. So bring an umbrella for some occasional afternoon showers.

What is the Private Coach that we will be traveling in like?

Answer: We are traveling with a large tour operator. The Private Coachs are “luxury styled” and nearly brand new with recliner “lounge” seating that is extremely comfortable.

What is in the bus such as WiFi etc?

Answer: The majority of the buses are ‘new age’ with internet connectivity, WiFi, and USB ports to charge our devices along with excellent sound systems.

Will my butt get sore sitting on the coach for many hours at a time?

Answer: We will be traveling about 950 miles in a modern coach with studio style seats during our 13 days or averaging about 75 miles a day through picturesque countrysides and ancient villages. So, probably very few sore butts and the views out the windows will be quite magnificent.

I am an insulin dependent diabetic and I use the insulin pens. Will the hotels have refrigerators in the rooms?

Answer: Nine out of ten of the hotels will have mini-refrigerators in the rooms. If not, arrangements can be made to have a mini-refrigerator brought to the room, a cool place provided in the kitchen, or ice available to the room.

Will there be a necessity for a dressy outfit or outfits for dinner?

Answer: Not necessarily; however, I will bring a sport coat and slacks and probably a third of the time wear them. Mainly the dress is casual.

We are going to be visiting a lot of cities. Will we always be packing and unpacking?

Answer: The majority of the time we will be spending three days – two nights – in most cities. So, some packing and unpacking but not an extrodinary amount. But, hey, if we want to see the best of both Spain and Portugal we need to be moving around to see it.

Since most of the 17 meals included are breakfasts, what should we budget for eating on this trip?

Answer: For the 12 full days on the ground this would be 36 meals… probably a little less since some is going and coming from the airport. But, less the 17 meals that are included leaves 19 meals at perhaps $12 per meal so this would be $228 per person for a real rough estimate. Sometimes more… sometimes snacks in the hotel room.

What is the approx. tip allowance we should plan for our guides/coach driver? Our 2014 trip it was approx $120 each, if I recall.

Answer: This is up to each of us… but your estimate is reasonably in line. The trip packet we will receive a month before we leave will give additional information.