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1. Posted by chandra (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

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I am planning to visit London in June. Also France, Germany and Holland. I have two weeks and limited cash. Is it possible to travel by train during night and do sight seeing during day time. May be I can cut cost on hotel rent. How is this Eurail pass?. I am coming with my son and grand son.Or is it cheaper to fly?. How good are the conducted tours by tour operators?. DO they really rush?. Please enlighten me !!!

2. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

Trains at night . . .in England there are very few, although by the sounds if it you are only intending to visit London . . It is very cheap to fly in Europe, but how old is your grandson . . .some airlines charge half price for children up to 12, others start charging full price from the age of 7. Not sure how the buses/trains charge.

Two weeks to visit four countries is quite a challenge, if you want to visit all four then flying or interail will be the best options . .. but I would strongly recommend you cut down on the itinerary, and spend more time in one or two places. There is a lot more to England than London!!

Hope this helps, there are a few other posts in the Europe forum with ideas for itineraries on tight timescales, may be worth a visit.

Good luck!

B

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y

ah Becky, always tryin to sell us the rest of England ;)

anyway i agree with her. cut down you rjourney - 2 weeks is aggressive traveling..and your grandson may get tired of the constant - jump-on-jump off.

It depends what you and your family want to see. Im assuming - again with a child - museuems are gonna be tough. So I woul skip Paris? besides - France is REALLY expensive!.

and ..well....Amsterdam isnt the place for children either ;) so maybe England, London, Southern England, Wales? and then fly over to Germany, Bavaria region! or the Dutch countryside?

have fun!

4. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

Agreed, depending on your grandson's age and interests he might get really tired of the rush of getting to all of those spots in two weeks. I wouldn't worry about taking kids to Amsterdam though, just stay away from the red light district, unless you are trying to give him an education in anatomy and the effects of THC on the body.

When I was younger though I much preferred England to other places in Europe. I would throw in my chips with the others and suggest seeing a bit more of England than London. Places like Hull, Stratford upon Avon, Manchester/Liverpool, and Glasgow/Edinburg.

That being said, it is your vacation. If you are set on your itinerary, I would suggest flying as much as possible with whatever works for your budget so you spend more time in your destinations than on the train.

5. Posted by chandra (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

I can not believe that I will be getting response from all of you so soon. Thanks a lot. I want to know if it is better to take any of the conducted tours to Paris and Amsterdam and local sight seeing tours at London. Does it save time?. I also heard people saying that conducted tours are no good. My garndson is 8 yrs old and shouldnt be a problem. Also I need some info on decent accommadation in London, Paris aand Amsterdam. Can I get the names of Hotels ?. The net offers too much info but I still prefer some personal recommendation, as every hotel seems to be good. We are pure veggies from India and not interested in Lunch or Dinner offered by hotels as part of their charges.

6. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

Obviously have not convinced you to venture out of London yet!! ;) ut I know I have convinced jeff!!

The open top bus tours are a good way to get an overview of the city, but I would advise making your own tour and visiting what you want to see . . places that always go well down with an 8year old are the Transport Museum, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Madame Tussuads, London Eye, Aquarium and Science Museum . .

Sorry cannot advise on hotels, but don't worry about the food, there are some fab vegetarian and indian restaurants in London . . .

But if you have the time do try to explore out of the city, try Bath, Brighton, Oxford, Leeds Castle(which is in kent not Yorkshire!!)

Hope this helps

B

7. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

Obviously have not convinced you to venture out of London yet!! ;) ut I know I have convinced jeff!!

The open top bus tours are a good way to get an overview of the city, but I would advise making your own tour and visiting what you want to see . . places that always go well down with an 8year old are the Transport Museum, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Madame Tussuads, London Eye, Aquarium and Science Museum . .

Sorry cannot advise on hotels, but don't worry about the food, there are some fab vegetarian and indian restaurants in London . . .

But if you have the time do try to explore out of the city, try Bath, Brighton, Oxford, Leeds Castle(which is in kent not Yorkshire!!)

Hope this helps

B