traveling from london
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Dec 8, 2012 11:23 AM Last Post By: Nice_But__
Dec 4, 2012 12:40 PM
traveling from londonHI,
My family and I are planning and trip to London next June/July, and we have no idea where to start.
Does anyone have and ideas or suggestions on other countries that we are able to visit via train or car? or destinations that are close. I would like to see the maximum Europe has to offer around London. I know Paris is 2.5 hours by train and that is a must, what about MIlan? Prague? Instanbul? Slovenia? places like that...
What about Russia, • Sweden
• The Channel Islands
• The Netherlands
Thank you for your time in advance.
Dec 4, 2012 12:53 PM
Dec 4, 2012 1:06 PM
Dec 4, 2012 1:06 PM
Dec 4, 2012 1:15 PM
5What's the idea? Using London as your base and doing things from there? Is that day trips or being away for a few nights? Or, a more realistic and more satisfying option, picking a interesting place in Europe and then slowly travelling to London via other interesting places?
Have you realised the distances and travelling times? Prague is Central Europe. It's some 1200 kilometres away and over 20 hours by train. Milan is the same distance and only half the time, but still hardly counts as 'around London'.
I suggest you first get your hand on a map (if only Google) and a train planner (bahn.de is the best pan-European one) to see what is feasible in the - unknown - timespan you've got.
And... don't make the classic mistake of "seeing the maximum Europe has to offer", unless you mean stations and trains, airports and planes. Europe will be around for a while.
Dec 4, 2012 3:06 PM
6If you want to go to places distant from London, there are plenty of discount airlines with which you can fly cheaply. If you chose to fly to a distant destination, as the price of these airline tickets is usually half the price of a round trip, you can also fly directly from there to other remote places without having to return to London.
But with two entire months you can barely begin seeing just one of many countries as they may be full of thousands of excellent places to visit. (Germany has over 30,000 castles and palaces alone.) Not hard to do as the history spans millennia, not just the last few hundred years as most places in the US. And your trip should be more than visiting centuries old sights, but also seeing how the people now live in various European countries, how some things are the same as what you are used to and others are highly different. And also remember, large capital cities may be more alike to each other than smaller places in their own country or the countryside. Don't ignore such places, they contain some of the best things Europe has to offer.
Dec 4, 2012 7:43 PM
7Please read this: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2153476
How much time do you have for this trip?
Currently your ideas, as vague and random as they are, appear highly unralistic.
Dec 4, 2012 9:51 PM
8Sweden, Turkey and Russia aren't exactly close to London, although they are all connected to the UK by flights, trains and ferries and roads are paved all the way (though your question about going by car also makes me wonder if you have done any basic research at all).
I'm afraid listing a number of cities and countries here and asking "what about them" isn't going to get you anywhere. All the places you mentioned are considered a "must" by some people, while others prefer Norway, Portugal, Croatia, Hungary etc etc etc.
Please figure out first what places you think are "the maximum Europe has to offer", based on your budget, timeframe and interests. Feel free to come back if you need feedback on your itinerary, but please do all of us a favour and read MTL's sticky first.
Dec 5, 2012 12:35 AM
Dec 5, 2012 1:35 AM
10London is an important traffic hub. You can go to more or less every place from there. Check the hundreds of possibilities and come back as soon as you have the slightest idea about what you really want to do.
Dec 5, 2012 8:45 AM
11Does anyone have and ideas or suggestions on other countries that we are able to visit via train or car?
For info about train travel from London to other European countries, take a look at the excellent link provided at the last sentence of the post made by maestro in #1.
For info about road travel (by car), you can use the web of viamichelin to get an idea of distances between two cities, cost of getting between them, travel times...
Dec 8, 2012 11:23 AM
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