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Author: terric

Joined: 6/2/2011
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 7
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Three Grand circle trips, Amalfi coast, the German river cruise, and the Paris - Normandy river cruise. I have enjoyed Ireland twice with a music group and have also been to Scotland. Really interested in River Cruising.

Traveler Since: 2005

November 22, 2013

Planning a Norway trip in 2014 with a pre trip in St. Petersburg.  Does it make sense to buy liquor in US at duty free shop?





Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 607
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Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

November 22, 2013

 It all depends on what you drink. In most of the world, whiskey means scotch. If you drink vodka, that is available everywhere. In the Scandinavian countries, except for  Denmark, stores that sell liquor are not that common, and liquor is fairly expensve. In Russia, liquor is easy to find, and prices are reasonable. 

Prices in Duty free are not all that much better than in a liquor store in the staes, also, except in the airport where you buy it, you probably can not get it through security in carryon, and as duty free is after security, you can not get it into your checked bads.

Although this is specifically about Europe,. I will mention Australia,  New Zealand and Fiji. In those countries the taxes on liquor are extremly high, as a means to discourage drinking. The only place to get reasobly priced liquor is in the airports. It seem that it does not have to be an international flight, and you can by on arrival or departure.



Author: pamvaughan11

Joined: 6/17/2012
Posts: 18
GCT Trips Taken: 1
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China twice, Japan, SE Asia, England and Ireland multiple times, other European countries, Guatemala twice, East Africa.

Traveler Since: 2012

November 25, 2013

 I think duty free shops at U.S. airports are really expensive. When I've taken liquor gifts to friends in other countries, I usually shop at Costco. Much cheaper. I put bubble wrap around it and put it in the middle of my suitcase for padding and then check the bag. Don't take in your carry-on, of course, because it'll be confiscated at security gate.

Author: porkchop55

Joined: 2/6/2011
Posts: 105
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 5
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Greece, Vietnam, Cambodia, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Tunisia, China, Peru, Canada, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Fiji, American Samoa, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea

Traveler Since: 2004

November 26, 2013

If you're not flying direct that may be a problem.  Most airports in Europe make you go through security again when going to connecing flights.  I don't think they will not let you take the bottle through security.  

I 'm sure the folks working security would enjoy a good bottle of Scotch.:) 

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