Europe - Western Europe
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We hope you find plenty of useful information about travelling to Western Europe here. It is highly recommended that new users check out the Western Europe FAQ thread before posting a new thread as you may find many of the answers you seek there. It also contains helpful information about how to search the forum, advice for how to post your questions, and obsolete information was deleted as recently as June 2008! If you are a returning user or a Europe guru, please help us keep the FAQ thread up-to-date by adding important information which is absent, or pointing out information which is no longer being represented accurately.
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- Trying to see too many places. Think quality, not quantity. Less is more. You will have more time to actually see things if you spend 2 days in Paris rather than 1 day in Paris, half a day in a train, and half a day in Amsterdam. Even if the second option covers 2 instead of 1 cities you have less time to see things.
- Trying to see everything. (Also known as 'We want to see as much as we can') You will have to make choices. Europe has 1000s of places worth visiting. Accept that you can't see every...
Does anyone have any suggestions on tour companies who do a segway tour of paris?
I am planning a 12 day trip to greece with my husband in October. I will reach Athens on 1st and leave on 13th from Athens. I want to go to probably one island for 2-3 days and rest of the days covering a few places in the mainland. Nafplio, Delphi and Meteora are the places i don't want to miss other than Athens. For island i am thinking Santorini....but i am a bit confused...should i avoid santorini and stick to the mainland covering a city or two more or is there any other island that i can go to not very far from the mainland. Will i be missing a lot if i choose not to go to Santorini?
Also i would like to know the best option for travelling in the mainland? I am not really enthusiastic about going to places in organised tours as it doesn't give much flexibility.Still if anyone has had a very good experience touring like that plz share the website of that operator and t... more »
Hey guys, I need some help.
I am planning to study abroad in Spain during the spring 2014 semester.
The thing is I'm having a REALLY hard time picking a city.
I just wanted to see if you guys could give me some advice and opinions on the cities.
These are the things I'm looking for:
-Close to the beach
-Lots of things to do
-Outdoor Activities (I'm huge on sports, hiking, jogging, etc.)
-GREEN (From Arizona, US so it'd be nice to change it up)
-Easy to travel from
I've been leaning towards Barcelona BUT by going to such a big city I'm worried I'll miss out on experiencing the true Spanish culture.
Oh and I'm fluent in Spanish so the language is not a problem.
Thanks guys :)
We will be spending around 10 days in Puglia this July (husband, wife and 3 adult children ages 21, 24 and 26). We want to find a vacation rental for one week and then travel by car for 3 nights with overnight hotel stays. This is our first trip to Puglia but we have traveled in Italy several times before. One member of our group is fluent in Italian.
We would like a place where the adult children can be on their own, exploring on foot or by bus if they choose to. Based on what I have read Monopoli looks like a good destination. Any recommendations?
We also want to do a trip to Altamura where my grandparents were born.
before taking the decision to rent this apartmenrt i would be very much interested if anyone knowing well this area of Berlin can inform me if it is easy to park in this street ( from Google map I saw a lot of cars parked) because I will travel by my car.
Additionally do you know if in this street or in very nearby there is some bakery shop and food market.
I would also appreciate to get your opinion on the general value of this street and area where I should stay one month Thank you.
I'm looking to spend a few weeks in Granada, would be keen on suggestions of which area and more importantly if there are good hostels / hotels with a community feel to them and in the budget category, under 15 euros a day.
Keen to avoid the young party hostels.
Rather than spending $735 to fly home from South America to NYC, I'm paying the same to fly from Lima to Madrid on the 27th May (arriving at about 7 PM on the 28th) and from Barcelona to Madrid on the 5th June.
I was thinking this would give me time to enjoy both Madrid and Barcelona. I three main questions:
1.) How would you suggest I divide up my time in terms of an itinerary? (Feel free to list as many details of things to see as possible.)
2.) How would you suggest I get between Madrid and Barcelona? I would definitely prefer to take the train -- what is the difference in time/money between a high-speed train (preferred for the experience) and a slow train?
3.) How can I save as much money as possible on this trip? (i.e. transit passes to purchase, ways to get a cheaper train fare, attraction discounts, etc.).
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We are a couple in our late twenties/ early thirties planning a 3 week trip to Europe (Switzerland, France and Italy) in September. We like scenic places, mountains and beaches, and aren't very big on museums.
Below is the first draft of our itinerary, would appreciate your feedback - are we trying to do too much? We don't like very hectic trips and have tried to keep in medium paced but maybe we underestimated the time it might take to do things.
We are planning on flying open jaw, but we would like to use our Lufthansa miles at least one way, and the only direct flight from Dubai to our destinations is to Zurich. Due to this, we are considering making Switzerland our first stop (Zurich), but would appreciate your thoughts on whether this would significantly increase our travel time. Would be great if you have any suggestions on accomodations as well - we are not looking f... more »
My partner and I are travelling to Santorini for the first time and trying to decide which hotel to stay in.
Does anyone have any feedback re Altana Traditional Houses and Suites??
Any other suggestions would be appreciated!
Me and my boyfriend want to go to Sicily for a week in July. please can you recommend the best town/village to stay
What I would like:
A hassle free holiday - we normally do everything independantly but work stresses mean that I just need to get away for the week to unwind
It would be nice to stay by the beach and have access to a town full of lovely restaurants.
i don't want too much hussle and bussle but it would be nice to go out in the evening for drinks and food in a good atmosphere
We do love sight seeing and walking but it we would proabably have a car for a couple of days to look around. The rest of the time to chill out on a beach/pool and enjoy the local atmosphere.
Hotels/B&Bs - we are not fussy where we stay but for once I would like a little bit of luxury (we are used to camping on a lot of holidays, so luxury to me is somewhere clean with a pool with g... more »
I will be using mostly internet on my mobile.
For my journey, I will be taking train from St Moritz - Tirano - Varenna - Milan.
is there any shops I can buy the prepaid SIM card in Tirano or Varenna instead of Milan?
Does the metro day pass work from the Madrid airport? If so, which one. The 8 euro or the 17 euro per day. I need to hit the metro even if I take the bus in so if it's the 8 euro one, I think it would be cheaper for the day for me to get that instead of the bus.
My dear fellow travellers <3 I'm asking for a hand in a vote that you too can participate. There's a competition in Finland by a travel agency: they will send one family to Crete for a week for free to report on their vacation and the service of the company. I'm trying to get there with my beloved family and need all the votes I can get. So could you be so kind as to go to the link below, and ckick on the orange box next to our photo that says "ÄÄNESTÄ". And you could do this every day until June 16th =)
I'm truly hoping to get this trip as we loove to travel but won't be able to anytime soon as I'm currently unemployed and it's not exactly cheap tp travel abroad with a family of five... Plus, I love to write and take photos and this is what the winning family is supposed to do: report on their holiday, services, etc.
Thank you for all your help <3
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I arrive in CDG Paris at 7 on a Sunday morning and need to be in Marseille by late afternoon at the latest. I am going to purchase a Eurail pass (France-Switzerland 5 days, 2 months).
My question is; would it be possible to validate my eurail pass, make a reservation and get on the train that same day. Or should i make a reservation online before hand?
The only problem with making a reservation is that I don't know what time I will be ready to leave the airport as I am coming from Australia via Malaysia so there could be delays and also can't predict how long customs might take.
Thank you, Rosa
Hello from New York,
I am trying to plan a vacation to Switzerland with my sister and parents, for roughly one week in late August. My parents want to "relax" (i.e. not have a busy daily itinerary, just stroll around), with the only requirement that they want to "see the Alps." We like nature, of course, but no steep hiking, please! I was thinking we'd maybe fly into Geneva and then home from Zurich airport (most affordable flights from US). If we did that, will we be able to "see the Alps"? Maybe there is a daytrip from one of these places that I'm not aware of. Thanks for your advice!
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