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Clueless! First time in Europe! (Itinerary help) Please

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1. Posted by RealtorKen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

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Ok heres the deal, 27 year old male in the process of divorce. I want to celebrate and do something I have always wanted to do. I need some help however... making this dream become a reality. So please help me out. I would like to make this a last minute thing and go the first or second week in June.

First, length of stay... I would like to keep it as short as possible, no more than 2 weeks preferably 7-10 days. Due to budget constraints.

Second, destinations... I would LIKE to see 4 main spots. Fly into london, then in any order Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin. Dublin isn't as major if I don't get there now but I would like to if possible and feasible. I would like to spend atleast 2 nights in Amsterdam. The others I want to be able to at least run by the "main" tourist traps in Paris and London. I will be travelling alone so no need to care what anyone else wants to see.

Third, budget... If I have to about $2,000 would prefer not to go anywhere near that. That will have to include atleast $350 for Airfare.

The main point of this trip besides Amsterdam is to "Get in and Get Out" Cheap but not slumming and have enough to visit Pubs and clubs along the way.

Now, what I need from you is, what route would make the most sense. How much do you think I should plan in travel expenses (Train) Heck if someone would please just make me an itinerary I would appreciate it. Then others can comment on expenses for that itinerary. And reccomend places to stay at each destination.

PLEASE HELP!

Thanks in advance,
Ken

2. Posted by Biggy (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Hi there Realtorken,

Landing yourself in London is a good idea but I don't suggest for you to stay in London for too long cos it uses the British Pounds and not the Euro!

In London, you can find loads of B&B (Bed & Breakfast). It's supposedly to be cheaper than hotels. Since you're alone, I don't think it will be much of a problem. Goind to pubs in the evening is definitely a good idea if you intend to get properly wasted because it is indeed cheaper than the rest of Europe, especially during Happy Hours where a pint of lager, beers and Guiness would only cost GBP1.50 where else in Amsterdam, it would cost Euro4.50 for a glass of beer.

To find a B&B, you would probably have to be more specific with where you want to stay. You can even check it out on the net. You can check out www.londonbb.com

From London, you can get to Mainland Europe in a few ways, and they are by air (which is a bit more costly), by train (Eurostar: which is quick but costly too) and by sea (which I supposed is the least expensive one out of the three).

Most of these things are available in the net, so I supposed you can check the prices out in their websites.

If you go by Eurostar, you would be departing from Central London and arrive in Cetre of Paris, but if you go by sea, you would have to travel about 2 hours of train ride from London to Dover, board the ferry, arrive in Calais, and take another train ride to Paris.

In Paris, you can also find the same type of B&B there. I don't know much about Paris so I can't help you out with this one.

However, you can take a train ride from Paris to Brussels and stay there if you want or you can just go straight to Amsterdam. It's only about 6-8 hours of train ride from Paris to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is my town, so I can help you out with this one too. You are still able to stay at a nice but cheap place. You can find information about where to stay in the net as well. Things are cheaper and all.

From Amsterdam, You can get a train back to Paris and head back to England with the way you came from.

Another alternative is to fly with EasyJet (a cheap airline) from London to Paris, Amsterdam or so... but you would need to book early.

That's it for the moment. Please ask if you need more information for food and where to go in London and Amsterdam.

Good luck!

3. Posted by pawl (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y

my advise would be to skip dublin. it's a great city for pubs and clubs but there's nothing else really to do or see there. the west of ireland is a better place to visit, but i don't think it's what you're looking for with this trip. london, paris and amsterdam are great cities ,though if you only have 7-10 days i'd suggest just only visit 2 of them so you get to see them properly.

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

Hey Ken,

I agree with Pawl....skip Dublin and concentrate on spending more time in the cities. Even if you do Paris, London and Amsterdam, you can still spend three days in each and see a good part of them. I really think yuo should make your own itinerary though - it has to be tailored to suit the traveller's needs, and none of us know what you want to see and how you want to do things! Do a little researh on the net for site-seeing and the like, even check into walking tours of the cities when you get there, and you'll be fine!

Good luck!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

5. Posted by faperry (Full Member 18 posts) 12y

I'd skip Dublin too. Roundtrip to and from London is cheap but not transportation to the continent. I found flying from London to Amsterdam to be cheap ($40 max) while Chunnel from London to Paris is about $80+

I would do London - Amsterdam - Paris absolutly. All three of those cities has so much to do and offer (although London is pricey) You could easily keep yourself busy for 7-10 days. Go and day trips too.