Greece, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 2, 2012 3:43 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Sep 23, 2012 5:09 PM
So far I have come up with a draft itinerary:
June 30 Arrive in Athens (3 nights)
July 03 Ferry to Mykonos (4 nights)
July 07 Ferry to Ios (4 nights)
July 11 Ferry to Santorini (4 nights)
July 14 Fly to Paris (4 nights)
July 18 Train to London (3 nights)
July 22 Train to Amsterdam (3 nights)
July 25 Train to Brussels (4 nights)
July 29 Train to London (2 nights)
July 31 Fly to Sydney
We are going to a festival in Brussels (Tomorrowland) which is why we go to London twice. I know there is backpedalling there but we need to fly home on the 31st & the festival is on the 26th - 28th. I also know Greece is not the best choice geographically with everywhere else, but Santorini and Tomorrowland were our 2 first choices for the trip so we are trying to work around them. The other cities are just put in from a geographical perspective, as we want to go pretty much everywhere in Europe and we have been given this time frame.. We are hoping to get back the year after for a longer period of time..
Any advice on places that need more or less nights would be very welcome. Amsterdam has only recently been added - not really sure if we have enough time for it or if we would be better off taking it out and allocating more days to the cities we already had. Everywhere except Brussels can be moved around date-wise as well.
Edited by: chloerenee
Edited by: chloerenee
Sep 23, 2012 11:43 PM
1Well, at least Greece is the only cheap destination you have listed. :(
Sep 24, 2012 4:36 AM
2Amsterdam is kind of out of the way. I wonder why you don't fly to London from Santorini, then go to Paris and Brussels. If you have enough energy left after the festival you could do a daytrip from Brussels to Gent or Brugge. Both very old towns, Brugge with a lot of daytrippers and Gent more of a town that still has a lot of activities.
Edited by: Liberat
Sep 24, 2012 4:51 AM
3Sounds like a great trip.
Subscribe to the newsletter on Tomorrowland's page so that you'll know when tickets become available - they'll sell out very fast.
If you are coming from Amsterdam to Belgium for Tomorrowland only, there is no need to go to Brussels: just get off the train in Antwerp Centraal and take a local train or bus to Boom from there.
Also make sure that you get your Santorini to Paris flight tickets well in advance; it's high season so at short notice they could be very expensive.
Have fun !
Sep 24, 2012 2:38 PM
4Thank you guys so much for your quick responses.
Luckily I am spending nearly half my time in Greece so hopefully that will even out the other more expensive destinations. Also, I'm from Australia so from what I've heard from friends nothing is expensive compared to home!
Amsterdam is the one place on the list I am definitely wondering whether or not to leave out. If I were to drop Amsterdam, does anyone have any suggestions as to where I would add those 3 nights on to? Are any of my destinations sticking out as having not enough time? Or anywhere that I could add some daytrips too, to get a better feel for it.. I have heard a lot about Brugge actually, everyone I speak to about Belgium mentions it so I will definitely look into that..
I haven't actually researched too much into Tomorrowland yet, hence why I have the destination completely wrong! I will definitely stay in Antwerp if it is the more convenient destination. Am I able to visit Brussels from Antwerp easily? Is Antwerp a nice place to stay? I will definitely sign up to the newsletter so we can purchase tickets straight away. We will book our internal flight ASAP as well, just waiting to 100% confirm dates. Hoping to have everything, including accommodation and train tickets, booked by the end of this year at the latest.
The public transport information was really helpful as well, thank you! I'm hoping not to stay at the actual festival, I think that will be really inconvenient given the amount of luggage etc we will have. I think we will do more than one day at the festival, but stay in a hotel nearby (or even in Antwerp if that's easy to get home to). Do you think that will be a big hassle?
Sep 24, 2012 10:27 PM
5There are regular trains between Antwerpen and Brussels, so it's very easy to stay in one and visit the other on a day trip. See http://www.b-rail.be for timetables and fares.
Bruges is cute, but gets very crowded in summer. Ghent is at least as charming, much livelier and AFAIK mostly overlooked by tour operators.
I'd skip Amsterdam if you're not sure if you want to go there. It's a bit overrated anyway, compared to the rest of the Netherlands. Better add an extra night to London or Paris and make a few day trips to smaller towns nearby (Oxford, Windsor, Cambridge, Chartres, Versailles etc).
Sep 26, 2012 9:05 AM
6I would suggest to camp at the Tomorrowland festival ground anyway - that is what most people do.
Your options range from bringing your own camping gear to renting a tent + mattresses, a hotel room or a private mansion with jacuzzi and butlers... check it out here:
There are not too many hotels nearby and late evening public transport is scarce.
Also, camping will allow you to meet like minded locals and travellers.
have fun !
Sep 27, 2012 3:50 AM
7cheapo airlines, make their big money on over weight baggage. Ryanair gets 25 E to check a bage.
Trains are more fun. And go city center to likewise.
have fun . not schedules.
If you don't get to all on your list, you still win.
Don't just do sometthing. Sit there. Talk with other cultures at length. Nobody tries to convince. :)
Oct 1, 2012 8:30 PM
8Thanks gawkabout, I think we will only catch one internal flight from Greece to Paris.
Something I totally overlooked when coming up with my basic plan was the ability to fly to Paris from Santorini! Will this be difficult or expensive? Am I better off to spend an extra night in Athens after Santorini and fly out from there?
If we just book a flight to Paris, and then our accommodation in Antwerp (for Tomorrowland) & London (for the last 2 nights before our flight home) would it be relatively easy to book trains and other accommodation last minute? Or will travelling in peak season mean that everything will be booked out?
Oct 2, 2012 3:43 AM
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