Europe - Western Europe
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Hello, looking to travel with friends for a week in July to a beachside destination with a lively atmosphere, good local food, music & funky bars. We've heard that Lisbon and Lagos are good... but Corsica, St Tropez and Sicily have also all been suggested. Upshot is that we're having trouble narrowing down our options and would love some advice. Thank you!
1) I am going to hike the Mare i Monti hiking trail in Corsica at the end of the month. I usually carry my own lugagge but unfortunately I injured my back last week and it's going to be a struggle unless I can arrange luggage transport between the lodgings. I looked at the travel agencies online (mostly based in the UK) but they only provide luggage transfer for organised tours (none of which coincide with my travel dates and I prefer independent travel). I would be very grateful if someone could provide a name of either corsican or british travel agency that could organise luggage transfer for an independent traveller.
2) My Corsica hiking guide suggests that accommodation along the trail can be booked a day in advance. In your experience, is that about right for this time of the year?
I'll go to Italy in april & i would like to know the italian hot springs... you have experience near tuscany? or other regions
I plan on meeting my daughter in Amsterdam in late May. She'd like to visit Brugge and then I'd like to visit Paris. We'd like to go to one more city before heading back to Amsterdam to fly home to Canada. Any suggestions on where to go? I'd really like to see Prague as I've heard it's beautiful. Should we take night trains or are all of our routes short trips? Also, any suggestions on whether to fly or go by train between destinations and hostels or hotels in the cities we've chosen. Of course, we'll be on a budget.
Thanks for any ideas or help you can give (;-)--
Hello fellow travellers.
I wholeheartedly understand you get inundated with these types of posts, however I feel at wits end trying to decide upon an itinerary. I would really appreciate some guidance from the experienced travellers in here, as this will be my first time solo in Europe.
Some contextual information:
- I am 21 years old, male and from Melbourne, Australia.
- My budget is around $10-13,000 AUD (~10,000 Euro)
- I will be travelling for 14 weeks - June, July, August, and the first fortnight of September.
- I would like to concentrate on one broad region and travel it well.
- My family recently acquired an apartment in a medium-city in South-Eastern Poland (where we are from), where I would like to spend at least 2 weeks.
- I have a $750 gift gard to use with Topdeck tours.
- Music - jazz and 'indie' rock.
- Scuba diving (most likely w...
Sorry to return to this topic but I need specific instructions.
This September I will travel by train from Paris to Liverpool and was told that you can book an end-to-end trip via Eurostar. I am aware that I will need to change trains at St Pancras.
However the Eurostar website does not provide me with a Paris-Liverpool option. All it shows is Paris-London. However, it does show the opposite journey ie. Liverpool-(London)-Paris but I do not want that.
The reason I wish to book a single trip is that the total price may be cheaper than buying two tickets. But more importantly, from what I have been told, if the Eurostar arrives late in London I can catch a later train to Liverpool without penalty.
Could someone please specify the links through the Eurostar website so that I can enquire about a Paris-Liverpool ticket. I am also aware that I will probably have to wait until ... more »
Will have 1.5 day of free time before my business trip in Toulouse in a few weeks, so was thinking to visit the northeast corner of Spain.
Barcelona is a natural itinerary. Am very interested in seeing at least one of the Dali museums, so my my idea was drive down after I land in Toulouse at around noon. Should be able to visit a museum that day, stay overnight in Barcelona and see the city that day before heading back to TLS that night. Does this sound reasonable?
I was also wondering if there is any interesting itinerary outside of Barcelona instead, but which would still fit within my constraint of having to be back in TLS that evening. I like a bit off the tourist paths - small villages,unusual or natural sights.
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Looking for some advice on how to spend a few extra days in France in a couple of weeks. I will have 1.5 days at the beginning of my business trip and 1.5 days at the end of my business trip in Toulouse.
Was thinking to spend one of those legs in Barcelona. Am very interested in seeing at least one of the Dali museums, so my my idea was drive down after I land at around noon. Should be able to visit a museum that day, stay overnight in Barcelona and see the city that day before heading back to TLS that night. Does this sound reasonable?
I was also wondering if there is any interesting itinerary outside of Barcelona instead, but which would still fit within my constraint of having to be back in TLS that evening.
For my second 1.5 day trip, I was thinking to go up the east coast of France a bit to the Camargue area to see the flamingo and salt flats. I've... more »
After lots of research and changes of plans, my fiancé and I will be in Bologna for 3 weeks in June. It is our first time in Bologna and we are looking forward to exploring, eating, drinking all of the fabulous Emilia-Romagna treats! We really want to settle and get to know the area. We are looking for an area that is very central to tasty cafes, wine shops, farmers markets, and close to the metro.
My mom is joining us for a week for her 60th birthday and she has never been to Italy so we were thinking that it would be a great home base for exploring. It is a short train ride to Milan, Florence, Venice and close to Tuscany. Do you recommend any areas in Bologna to stay in? I am going to be using airbnb, homeaway, vrbo, and other sites.
Just wondering if anyone can provide any information on where to obtain and return a Visitors pass for the Via Verde in Portugal.
We are leasing a car, French plates. Will be picking up from Lisbon airport.
Once we have travelled through Portugal we will then continue into Spain via the A22.
Information i could easily find...
I have looked on Via Verde website and it states that we can rent transponder for 27.50E deposit (refundable on return of transponder minus 6E for first week, then 1.5E for each week thereafter). On rental, they take our credit card details and each toll is just automatically charged to credit card.
Some roads (like the A22) are electronic only.
Information not so easy to find...
It states transponders can be obtained at any post office, Via Verde stores and 'service centres'.
Looking on their website there is a 'Techni... more »
Traveling to Lake Como in June. Debating which town to stay at on the Western or Southwestern side of the lake. Looking for recommendations!
I am planning to visit Barcelona to see the easter festivity, but I only have one option : either it is in Palm Sunday or Good Friday. I am especially interested in Nazarenos costume, will they be also paraded in Palm Sunday?
What is your suggestion to see the best of the festivity, is it in Palm Sunday or Good Friday? Why?
If later on apparently I only have an opportunity to go in Palm Sunday, do you have tips to maximize the experience?
Thanks for your suggestion.
Looking for advice: I've flying into Cologne, Germany on a Thursday, speaking at a conference on Friday, and then free to do whatever I want.
I come back home the following Thursday, out of Rome, Italy. So basically I have free time from Saturday (Cologne, Germany) to the following Thursday (Rome, Italy).
How should I spend these days to make the most of them, ensuring I end up in Rome for my flight home.
More about me: I've been to Europe a couple times in the past, spending time in France, Germany, Norther Italy, Austria and Hungary.
I am 30-something, so I am not into partying but I do enjoy hanging out at pubs and meeting fellow travellers or new people. I like beaches but not necessary. Not a huge history buff but enjoy seeing the iconic sights.
Input wanted / appreciated. Thanks all.
Wife and me planning a hike on the GR 11 in July 2013. Starting in Parzan continuing to:
Refugio de Pineta
Refugio de Goriz - 2 days
Refugio de Bujaruelo
Casa de Piedra
Refugio de Respomuso
ending in Sallent de Gallego
Have read numerous trip reports ranging from good to bad. Would appreciate hearing from those who have been on this section. Not planning on bringing a tent; leaning toward bringing the MSR Waterworks filter, with iodine as backup; no sleeping pads; no stove; will carry hard salamis, and cheeses, breads, Clif bars, nuts, dried fruits; probably bring our micro spikes rather than full crampons; probably hiking sticks; probably carry 4 liters of water between us with electrolyte powder to add.
How is the food at the refugios? I read one account of 18 euros for a couple of crappy sandwiches. We have an old Lonely Planet guide book that doesn't say anything a... more »
I just want to give some information that might help you. If you guys considering to go to Milan please do not sleep at Hostel Adelchi, because t he service was really bad.
The people are not nice, we must pay for wifi (5€/night), I went there with 2 friends of mine then I asked for map they just give us 1, and when I asked for 1 more they didnt give it, also when I asked then where places to visit in Milan, they said they don't know.
And when my friend come to visit my room, they showed their anger eventough my friend are just came by for an hours.
Really, they're sucks! Not friendly at all.
I hope this information will help you guys, and hoping also Lonely Planet doesnt recommend it on their website.
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