Hey does anyone know of where i can find cheap flights from australia to Paris or europe in general?
fly to Paris 15th Apr spend 3 to 4 days?
travel to venice somehow seeing sights 3 or 4 days ?
3 days in venice? from there to rome sight seeing 3 or 4 days?
from there to athens cheapest best way?
3 days in athens then around the greek islands for 2 weeks
and home to Oz from either athens or some where in europe that is the cheapest way.
and i would like to train it through the swiss alps some time in that vicinity.
What do you think??? what should we see and do and is there anywhere else we should go? we have around 42ish days over there.
In my opinion and probably anyone who has gone to Italy, in your time allocation for Venice and Rome, perhaps an idea would be spend 2 days in Venice and then 4 days in Rome as a minimum. Rome is an amazing city and 4 days in one city sounds a lot if you are sightseeing, but in Rome 4 days isn't enough to see it properly. I was in Rome for 4 days (one of which was a day trip to Pompei & Naples), in the days I had in Rome I walked for 14 hours, 14 hours and then 12 hours basically eating on the move as well. In the 40 hours of walking I did (which is more than most would be fit enough to do), I still didn't see a number of the attractions and museums or any of underground Rome (except the metro which couldn't really be considered underground Rome). People with an interest in ancient architecture, history, beautiful monuments and extraordinary artwork like is featured in the Vatican City, 4 day would barely be enough to touch the surface unless you are a very fast walker. On a later trip I went back for another 7 days and I still didn't get to see everything, but that was because I saw many of the things I had already seen.
In the greek islands, Santorini is a must see island, it has some of the most absolutely amazing landscaping you'll ever see in the main city of Fira.
Usually the cheapest way of getting from Australia-Europe would be flying to London and then buying tickets on European budget airlines like Ryanair or Easy Jet. Ryanair sometimes has very very cheap fares that are like $0.01 + taxes. Those sales come up once a month or so, but on Ryanair you get charged for any luggage, but if you pre-book your baggage it'll save you about 1/2 the cost that you'll pay if you just turn up to the airport with it. Those super cheap fares need to be booked quite a long way in advance, because if you leave them close to the time they are always very expensive.
About the cheapest of the budget airlines that gets you from Italy (Rome) - Athens would be Aegean air, so you could check the prices out on that. I checked a random date and found a price of 39Euro + taxes but the taxes don't show up until you go and put your details in so I can't tell you what they are. Other flights I checked weren't as cheap as that. Check out http://www.aegeanair.com/aegeanen/home/index.asp for the cheap flights to Greece.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2007, at 2:32 AM by aharrold45 ]
There are different airlines flying between Australia and Europe and I think Cathay has one of the best offers, at least the other way around from Europe return. For around 750 euro excl taxes. But you have to book in time.
Don't try to fly with Qantas (good airline though) because it normally has two stopovers if you are travelling to mainland europe (SEA somewehere and then London...Heathrow is bad...).
Other airlines are Malaysia, Singapore, Japan Airlines for example. Others I won't book at those really long flights. Stay away from China Airlines.
Try to fit in Switzerland between Paris and Venice. But stay for several days in places like Luzern or Bern. There is a traintrip to the Jungfrauhoch (3400 meters) but it's over 200 AUD.
Between Venice and Rome, fit in Florence, Pisa and Siena if you can. I don't about any cheap flights from Rome to Athens by head. But there are ferries from Brindisi for example to Greece. Or Bari to Durres in Albania. Albania is not so known as a travellers place, but it sure is amazing and from there you can cross the border to Greece. Might even fit in Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, beautiful.
I guess 42 days is a nice time to visit a lot of these places. Skip a few if you feel like rushing it.
I think, to get the best flight prices, buy your ticket on the internet. Then u can browse as long as u want, to find bargins, and avoid paying the travel agents commission.
Europe is such a diverse place.
Where u go is a matter of preference.
Personally, I like the former Eastern European countries. Also Slovenia.
U can also buy bargin flights and train rides, on the internet, to get around Europe. I usually book flights, on the internet 3 months in advance, to get the best deals. I think with train tickets, u have to be resident in Europe, to buy them on the internet.
Here are some links, where u can buy bargin flights, around Europe. I usually pay 29Euros including taxes (that would be 6 Euros, before taxes), to fly from one city, to another.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2007, at 2:31 AM by Mel. ]
For Switzerland, check out that excellent official website:
Have a look at their Switzerland Travel System Passes. They might be expensive, but are worth it, as they are an exellent way to control travel costs in mega-expensive Switzerland.
Thanks everyone for your advice. I ended up buying 2 return tickets to Paris on etihad air, AU$3554 including taxes for two. It was the cheapest I found. I cheacked out the airline on an online forum and it got 4 stars from passengers.
I dont know what you guys think of it or if you have heard anything.
As for my trip, I'm slowly reaslising that I will very quickly fill up my leftovers days. We plan on spending more time in rome and Paris because there is just so much to see.
We also plan on going to Disneyland which should be awesome.
Anyway thanks heaps, and if you have any more advice I'd be glad to hear it.
Yellow Hostel is a great place to stay in Rome. I just love it there!
The more days the better for Rome, but 4 is a nice good number if you are tight on days alloted.
If you planning on visiting Dublin checkout freedublin.com, it gives great advise on free things to do - I always mention it as Im tired of hearing how expensive my city is. Have fun wherever u end up!