I'm planning my trip in europe this July, I will have 10 days to spend. First stop in Holland for 4 days for the wedding and another 4 days in Belgium to visit some friends before heading back to Thailand and I will have about 10 days in between to spend. Do you have any idea where to go? Any country in schengen countries (I will have schengen visa and don't want to get any other visa for this trip).
Woman travels alone, backpacking on tight budget, any recommend?? Help me please...
In my opinion you could visit part of Germany and the northern part of France. Both these countries have a good system of tourist offices.
I'm going to visit France and Germany next summer (but the southern part) and I wrote e-mails to tourist offices asking for informations, maps, list of budget accomodations. They sent me brochures in a few days.
from the french web site you can also download brochures and informations.
Considering that you've just 10 days, better to go not too far from belgium where you've to come back.
here you can find (and book if you want) hostels:
check here the timetable for trains in EU:
Thanks amanecer, I will consider that.
Is Italy nice to go?
yes, it is, but only in 10 days you would need to take a low cost flight from amsterdam to italy, if you don't want to spend your journey on the train..
I agree with amanecer about Germany and France. You could go and see the Mosel valley and the Rhine. Go to Cologne and see the Cathedral as well as the German-Roman museum. Then take your pick from Heidelberg, Frankfurt/Main, Aachen or Trier. You can also squeeze in that anomality Luxemburg, just to add one more country on your list.
BTW, the Mosel and the neighboring Ahr valley are the warmest place in Germany. They have a microclimate not unlike Italy, allowing grapes, figs and all kinds of otherwise exotic fruit to grow there.
10 days, boy, talk about squeezing it all into a packed program!
I don't want to provoke a riot, but I personally think Italy is very easy to go to if you have 10 days : it would probably take you about the same time (and about the same price) to get from Holland/Belgium to Italy/Spain/Southern part of France/... with a low cost carrier as to go to the Northern part of France or Germany on train eg : the southern part of Europe is very well connected to Belgium/Holland by the most common low cost airlines (Ryanair, Easyjet, Virgin), just check out their websites.
To give you an example : on train, it takes 8h to go from Antwerp (Belgium) to Rennes (Brittany - France) which is about 700km, while it only takes about the same time to get to Rome (train to the airport, waiting, checking in, flight and checking out time included), which is about 1500 km.
Besides, once you're in Italy, trains are quite cheap over there.
If you're looking for something different than the cultural heritage of the Netherlands and Belgium, I'd advice you to go to Italy or Spain, as I think the cities in Germany are a bit similar to NL/B, even though they're interesting (just my humble opinion!), and the Northern part of France is not my preferred part. Also, the weather in our part of Europe (B/NL/Germany) in July is rather unstable (we've had some really bad summers the last few years, but we had a really hot one a couple of years ago) while temperature in It/Sp is more stable.
After all, it depends of what you want to do/see. I'm just saying that it is doable to go to Italy as you suggested.
I really want to see Italy or Spain though and I have the same thought as myo. I've been to Belgium and Paris in summer 2004 and yes the weather was unstable (had many bad weather days when I was there *sob sob*), this time I need to see some differences.
So if my choices are only Italy or Spain. Any further recommend? Only one contry destination: Italy or Spain?
Go to Madrid and from there you can catch a bus to Toledo (which is just breathtaking) and/or San Lorenzo El Escorial (also fantastic). Well worth it for a few euro each leg.
Again, it depends on what you want to see. Spain is really nice, especially for beach holidays, but has some really cool cities too (like Barcelona eg.). If you're more looking for historical and cultural things to visit, you would probably want to go to Italy (and again, this is my personal opinion). Italy has a lot of old towns, small (Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, but also outside of Toscany) and large ones (Rome, Florence) and the country sides in eg Toscany are beautiful. Italy also has a lot of beaches off course, so you could do a mix of culture and sunbathing.
You should check out the websites of the low cost airlines to see where they're flying to from wherever you want to leave to be able to see which cities would be more doable than others (some cities can only be reached by flying to another one, and spending some time in trains/busses/...). Just google the names of the low cost airlines that I gave to you in my last post.
If you have more questions, just ask :-).