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post Aug 13 2018, 11:03 AM

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QUOTE(xtracooljustin @ Aug 12 2018, 11:59 PM)
Dear Sifus,

Next month, I would be travelling:
KL - London Gatwick
2 nights in London

London Heathrow - Paris CDG
6 nights in London

Paris CDG-London Heathrow
1 final night in London

Finally London Gatwick - KL

I intend to do most of my shopping in Paris. I would like to know where do i do my VAT/tax refunds? At CDG or Gatwick? My understanding is that UK is still in the EU and therefore tax refunds should be done in Gatwick as my last point of departure? Is it even possible to do the tax refund in CDG at all? Provided of cos the rate of tax refund is better in CDG then Gatwick.

Appreciate all advice and tips!  notworthy.gif
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Gatwick....credit back to your card with no commision (cash refund - 3%)


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post Aug 14 2018, 02:48 PM

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QUOTE(MoneyMaker prince @ Aug 5 2018, 08:38 AM)
Thanks!

Hows the weather there?
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Hot hot hot but not as hot as Malaysia. My chocolates that I bought at Jungfraujoch did not melt at all when we traveled around/kept in hotel for 2 weeks but melted when reached home! Imagine that. Bring sunblock, sunglass, cap/hat to avoid sunburn. Too late for me as I got sunburn on first day. Darker when I got back hahaha but nice 'momento' la haha


QUOTE(MoneyMaker prince @ Aug 9 2018, 08:27 PM)
HI, I am an Eurail Pass holder and i wanted to reserve a train seat from Milan to Zermatt. However, i read online that SBB dont allow to do online reservation for inter-country train. Reservation can only be done by call.

Anyone experience this before? Do i really need to make a call to Switzerland?
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SBB trains do not require reservation. It is board as and when you need to go. I did ask them in FB. Thats their reply. Some trains required compulsory reservation esp in Italy which you are required to pay Euro10 to reserve a seat but SBB trains in Switzerland do not require any reservation cos their trains are always not full thus reservation is not needed. Hope it helps

QUOTE(xtracooljustin @ Aug 12 2018, 11:59 PM)
Dear Sifus,

Next month, I would be travelling:
KL - London Gatwick
2 nights in London

London Heathrow - Paris CDG
6 nights in London

Paris CDG-London Heathrow
1 final night in London

Finally London Gatwick - KL

I intend to do most of my shopping in Paris. I would like to know where do i do my VAT/tax refunds? At CDG or Gatwick? My understanding is that UK is still in the EU and therefore tax refunds should be done in Gatwick as my last point of departure? Is it even possible to do the tax refund in CDG at all? Provided of cos the rate of tax refund is better in CDG then Gatwick.

Appreciate all advice and tips!  notworthy.gif
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I shopped at Switzerland. Couldnt get the custom stamp at Zurich as I left Zurich by train to Salzburg, Austria. Since Switzerland is not part of EU, I cannot get my custom stamp at Paris too. What I did was, I get the custom stamp at KLIA haha. My tax refund was refunded on that day when I bought the good in Switzerland to my credit card. no need to wait provided i send the stamped form back to Global Blue within 15 days from date of purchase. Easy peasy. Ask the shop that you bought the stuff to give you fast tax refund. there is a form to print out from credit card machine, envelope and etc.

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post Aug 14 2018, 02:58 PM

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QUOTE(NicJolin @ Aug 6 2018, 11:22 PM)
I'm going to Italy for 10 days 10 nights this Autumn

My current plan goes something like this
26th Oct, 1st day Arrive at Milan 1.35pm local time (sleep at Milan)
27th Oct, 2nd day at Milan (sleep at Milan)
28th Oct, 3rd day travel to Venice via Train (sleep at Venice)
29th Oct, 4th day travel to Florence via Train (sleep at Florence)
30th Oct, 5th day at Florence (sleep at Florence)
31st Oct, 6th day at Florence, day trip via train to Pisa & Cinque Terre (sleep at Florence)
1st Nov, 7th day travel to Rome via Train (sleep at Rome)
2nd Nov, 8th day at Rome (sleep at Rome)
3rd Nov, 9th day at Rome, day trip via to Pompeii (sleep at Rome)
4th Nov, 10th day (sleep at Rome)
5th Nov, 11th day Flight back

Need some sifu to comment & give some feedback
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Admin, I tried to add multiple quote but somehow missed this and I cant add back. So sorry. Forgive my mistake. I just got back from Italy. Hope I can give you some ideas.

26th Oct, 1st day Arrive at Milan 1.35pm local time (sleep at Milan)
27th Oct, 2nd day at Milan (sleep at Milan)

2 nights in Milan sounds good. We skipped Milan though as we did not have enough time.

28th Oct, 3rd day travel to Venice via Train (sleep at Venice)

1 night at Venice? What time is your arrival? Though Venice is a small place, it is nice to spend some time here. So make sure your train is early to max your time at Venice.

29th Oct, 4th day travel to Florence via Train (sleep at Florence)
30th Oct, 5th day at Florence (sleep at Florence)
31st Oct, 6th day at Florence, day trip via train to Pisa & Cinque Terre (sleep at Florence)

3 nights in Florence is ideal. One day Tuscany, Pisa and one day Cinque Terre. Another day explore Florence city itself. I love Florence the best. We stayed so near the Duomo and its exciting to see it daily when we passed by. Florence, please dont forget San Gimignano and Siena. San Gimignano has best wild boar truffle salami in my opinion. Bought a stick back haha Cinque Terre is amazing. We actually hiked from one village to another. So many steps. Tiring yet exciting. Try the mango slushies. Yummy! Do be very careful at Pisa. A member of the day tour grp that we joined got her wallet robbed by two ladies who posed as tourists (mother-daughter style)

1st Nov, 7th day travel to Rome via Train (sleep at Rome)
2nd Nov, 8th day at Rome (sleep at Rome)
3rd Nov, 9th day at Rome, day trip via to Pompeii (sleep at Rome)
4th Nov, 10th day (sleep at Rome)

4 nights at Rome is also ideal cos there are so much to do in Rome! Everywhere you walk is a monument or something historical and amazing. We also went Amalfi Coast and Positano from Rome. It is a day trip with Pompeii. It is more convenient to make Rome your base and then travel day trips from there. We changed 7 hotels in 5 countries and it is quite tiring to pack/unpack hahahaha!

5th Nov, 11th day Flight back

This post has been edited by babysiew: Aug 14 2018, 03:00 PM
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post Aug 14 2018, 05:49 PM

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QUOTE(babysiew @ Aug 14 2018, 02:58 PM)
Admin, I tried to add multiple quote but somehow missed this and I cant add back. So sorry. Forgive my mistake. I just got back from Italy. Hope I can give you some ideas.

26th Oct, 1st day Arrive at Milan 1.35pm local time (sleep at Milan)
27th Oct, 2nd day at Milan (sleep at Milan)

2 nights in Milan sounds good. We skipped Milan though as we did not have enough time.

28th Oct, 3rd day travel to Venice via Train (sleep at Venice)

1 night at Venice? What time is your arrival? Though Venice is a small place, it is nice to spend some time here. So make sure your train is early to max your time at Venice.

29th Oct, 4th day travel to Florence via Train (sleep at Florence)
30th Oct, 5th day at Florence (sleep at Florence)
31st Oct, 6th day at Florence, day trip via train to Pisa & Cinque Terre (sleep at Florence)

3 nights in Florence is ideal. One day Tuscany, Pisa and one day Cinque Terre. Another day explore Florence city itself. I love Florence the best. We stayed so near the Duomo and its exciting to see it daily when we passed by. Florence, please dont forget San Gimignano and Siena. San Gimignano has best wild boar truffle salami in my opinion. Bought a stick back haha Cinque Terre is amazing. We actually hiked from one village to another. So many steps. Tiring yet exciting. Try the mango slushies. Yummy! Do be very careful at Pisa. A member of the day tour grp that we joined got her wallet robbed by two ladies who posed as tourists (mother-daughter style)

1st Nov, 7th day travel to Rome via Train (sleep at Rome)
2nd Nov, 8th day at Rome (sleep at Rome)
3rd Nov, 9th day at Rome, day trip via to Pompeii (sleep at Rome)
4th Nov, 10th day (sleep at Rome)

4 nights at Rome is also ideal cos there are so much to do in Rome! Everywhere you walk is a monument or something historical and amazing. We also went Amalfi Coast and Positano from Rome. It is a day trip with Pompeii. It is more convenient to make Rome your base and then travel day trips from there. We changed 7 hotels in 5 countries and it is quite tiring to pack/unpack hahahaha!

5th Nov, 11th day Flight back
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On behalf, thanks for the very informative comments hahaha, posting so i can track back this post when i suddenly can make plans to travel there notworthy.gif

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post Aug 15 2018, 08:30 PM

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QUOTE(babysiew @ Aug 14 2018, 02:48 PM)
Hot hot hot but not as hot as Malaysia. My chocolates that I bought at Jungfraujoch did not melt at all when we traveled around/kept in hotel for 2 weeks but melted when reached home! Imagine that. Bring sunblock, sunglass, cap/hat to avoid sunburn. Too late for me as I got sunburn on first day. Darker when I got back hahaha but nice 'momento' la haha
SBB trains do not require reservation. It is board as and when you need to go. I did ask them in FB. Thats their reply. Some trains required compulsory reservation esp in Italy which you are required to pay Euro10 to reserve a seat but SBB trains in Switzerland do not require any reservation cos their trains are always not full thus reservation is not needed. Hope it helps
I shopped at Switzerland. Couldnt get the custom stamp at Zurich as I left Zurich by train to Salzburg, Austria. Since Switzerland is not part of EU, I cannot get my custom stamp at Paris too. What I did was, I get the custom stamp at KLIA haha. My tax refund was refunded on that day when I bought the good in Switzerland to my credit card. no need to wait provided i send the stamped form back to Global Blue within 15 days from date of purchase. Easy peasy. Ask the shop that you bought the stuff to give you fast tax refund. there is a form to print out from credit card machine, envelope and etc.
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Thanks! it helps alot!

Now i dont need to worry the seat reservation in Swiss already =)

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