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Looking for a base for a few days to explore the area between Narbonne and Marseille in January 2014.
Ideally on the coast and not a major city - something with character - but with public transport options - may have a car but will see how we go with driving the previous week and the weather.
Also any suggestions of things to do /see apart from the obvious will be gratefully received.
Does anybody know the cheapest possible apartment available anywhere in Paris? If so, how would I be able to arrange for one before I actually get to Paris from here in the U.S.? Another thing that complicates matters is that I'm only staying one month, so I wouldn't be able to do like a one-year lease or anything. And as if things couldn't get even more complicated, I speak no French whatsoever. OK, thanks! —Zach Boyer
I am looking to hire a car for 13 days next April, picking up at Limoges and dropping off at Nice.
looking on both the Hertz and Europcar websites, they quote the same price for this one way hire as they do for return to the same location.
They give a breakdown of all the inclusions and exclusions and there is nowhere on the websites that I can see, that alerts you to a one-way fee. This seems improbable and I have never before had a one way rental without a fee.
I am skeptical about these quotes and would rather know up front what the fee is rather than be hit with a hefty penalty when I return the car.
Can anyone please shed some light?
On Dec. 15th they'll be introduced new direct trains from France to Spain and they are already on sale on the webs of RENFE and the SNCF.
The new introduced trains are:
2 direct (daytime) trains from Paris to Barcelona
1 direct train from Lyon to Barcelona
1 direct train from Toulouse to Barcelona
1 direct train from Marseille to Madrid (it stops in Barcelona too)
Those interested could look for info about intermediate stops.
My husband and I are going to Provence next June and looking for day hikes (2-6 hours) throughout Southern France. We will be picking up a car in Avignon, then staying 3 nights each in:
4. Gorges-du-Verdon (4 nights)
5. Hyeres (4 nights with day trip to islands)
I would also be interested to know of any required trail passes or parking permits we would need. Merci!
Hello my names Jade and this is my first post on this site.
So I am currently planning a backpack trip through Europe. I haven't set a budget or even a time length( thinking about 2-3 months) I am just looking up where I want to go and planning out the route I would potentially be going on. So far my plan starts in Spain in the capital city Madrid, then the next city I plan on is Valencia and then to Barcelona. After I visit Spain I was wanting to go to France but just not to sure where to go! obviously I was planning on going to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower but I'm not to sure where I should stop before or after, I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations on what to see in Paris, or any tips or information to share!
My boyfriend and I are going to be visiting some friends just southwest of Carcassonne next summer, so we thought we'd go over in our car and take our time getting there and back - we'll have up to 4-5 weeks altogether, and we'll be taking our tent with us. We have a few possible routes in mind, and to an extent we'll be playing it by ear as we go, but we'd also appreciate any recommendations/suggestions for regions that we shouldn't miss. We did a trip across northern France, Luxembourg, Germany & Belgium a few years ago, and we've been to Paris several times, but apart from that I haven't spent much time in France since I was a child so I'd like to get to know it a bit better.
I'll be doing all of the driving and I don't really want to do more than 5 hours or so in one go, so we're thinking about a route down that would have stops somewhere in Alsace-Lorraine, the west of Switze... more »
A friend and I are coming to the alps to complete an epic ski trip! We just need some suggestions on the best ways to get around. Our plan is to land in Geneva on the morning of the 5th, head to Verbier for a day, then on to St. Anton, Austria for 5 days. Afterwards we are going back to Geneva then heading to Les 3 Valles in France for around ten days. We are having some difficulties planning our way around.
1. What is the best way to get around? Train? Bus? Plane? Car, even though we are most likely against this one?
2. Do the trains only run during the daytime?
3. Is a train multipass the most cost effective way?
4. Are these locations all linked by trains?
5. Where are the cheapest places to stay in between?
Any help would be greatly appreciated! We are soo pumped to be riding the alps in a few weeks, but need to lock down the logistics of it all.
Thanks all, a... more »
We'll be picking up a car in Avignon in May 2014 (yes, a long way off but planning ahead!) and spending 24 days driving via Provence, the French Alps and Jura Mountains to drop off the car in Strasbourg. I picked this 'roundabout' route in the expectation of seeing not only some bucolic settings but also some mountains and a few places 'off the beaten track' (four wheel driving excluded, naturally).
I'd like some suggestions on villages, towns and locations to visit on the way. Yes, I realise there are probably many beautiful places in this part of France but high mountains, waterfalls, canyons and expansive views rank high on our list. Next on our things we'd like to see relate to monasteries, churches and cathedrals. This followed by Roman locations and ancient art sites. Anything further is just a bonus.
It's a tall order, but every other time I've asked for help here, contr... more »
As a background we are going to France/Italy for a 5 week holiday in May 2014 plus an additional 3 nights in London at the start, we are flying from Aus (will be our first Europe trip, my boyfriend and I). I would like to split the time evenly between the two countries (so approx 2 and a half weeks in each), so I am planning the itinerary to take us down through France to be able to get the train into Italy. We don't want to do a whirlwind tour and see too many places, definitely want to see some of the sights, but also interested in getting a feel for the different areas, rather than just the tourist sights. So far the draft itinerary for France looks like this:
7 nights in Paris (our rental apartment has been booked for this already)
Get train to burgundy and stay for 3 nights as we wanted to see coutryside France (if anyone has suggestions on where would be a good base for this... more »
I really want to go to Paris next summer to study French for a month. I would live out there, either apartment for just me somewhere in Paris or in a shared (halls type thing) basis. I have not 100% decided which school to go with, or an option on the staying aspect.
Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should do, should I rent a 1 bedroom place for just me or stay in a homestay, or halls (if the school offers it). I also have an idea that I would go on a train trip for a couple of weekends either home, or through to Germany, Italy or Switzerland etc. to split the time up (I've always wanted to go interrailing) so the apartment could work out cheaper as I won't be there during that time.
I have researched into LSI, Accord, AF (although people don't seem to rate this favourably) and Sorbonne (and this is fully booked when I want to go).
Another important... more »
So I am thinking about spreading my wings out of Spain for a couple of days and maybe visiting Paris for a Friday to Monday quick trip. I know it is not a lot of time for such a big and beautiful city but this doesn't have to be the only time I visit.
My question is what budget should I realistically expect to spend. I don't mind sleeping in cheap hostels and eating cheap food or maybe just buying some things from a grocery store an eating like that for a couple of days...
Also if I go I would be arriving at PARIS Beauvais. Is this far from the center or interesting places to visit?
I've been lurking around this board for quite a while and have read all of the main threads and many others as well. I've also done a fair bit of off-TT research.
I'll be visiting France and Spain as part of a wider trip to Europe. At the moment, it looks like I'll be coming in through Germany. I'll be meeting up with various friends along the way so I'm trying to fix dates. This will be probably be from the end of August 2014 to the start of October 2014. Probably about 4.5 weeks, all up.
Does this itinerary sounds realistic? I'd also love suggestions for places in or around the ones I've earmarked that I might be interested in. I enjoy day hikes and good scenery, particularly alpine scenery or stunning riverscapes. I like museums, culture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, eating a lot and wandering down alleyways. I particularly enjoy wandering around old ruins and j... more »
I’m looking at hotel options for Avignon, Lyon and Paris (which arrondissement would you suggest?).
I’m looking for 3/4-star hotels. My 4 criteria are:
- free wifi
- central location
- preferably with elevator
I have no experience with apartments.
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