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1. Posted by Puppet (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

This is my basic Intenirary.

Sep 16: Fly from Houston to Paris
Sep 17: Arrive in Paris 8:35am
Sep 18: Paris
Sep 19: Paris
Sep 20: Paris
Sep 21: Leave from Paris to London
Sep 22: London
Sep 23: London
Sep 24: Leave from London to Dublin
Sep 25: Dublin
Sep 26: Dublin
Sep 27: 6:00am Fly from Dublin to Houston, arrive at 1:20pm

This is the outline of the places we would LIKE to see.

Paris
Cathédrale Notre Dame
Louvre
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triumph
Bassin du jardin du Luxembourg
Grand Palais
Bal du Moulin Rouge
Cathédrale de Chartres
Château de Chenonceau
Mont-Saint-Michel

London
Big Ben
Buckingham Palace
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower of London
Stonehenge

Dublin
Guinness Storehouse
Giant's Causeway
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Bushmills Distillery
Dunluce Castle
Crown Liquor Saloon
Ring of Kerry
Kylemore Abbey and Garden
Cliffs of Moher
(Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

To the people who have traveled more than me...
Does this seem plausible?
Are these places even worth seeing?
Is there any nice reasonably priced hotels I can look up?
I'm basically just looking for an overall critique if you could.

Would greatly appreciate it,
Meko

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

In three days Paris and two days London, it should be possible to see all the sights you're interested in. Maybe not that much more, but especially in Paris, just walking around is also a very good way to spend your time. Don't know Dublin, so I can't comment.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Giant's Causeway, Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry? No way. Those aren't even in Dublin, you'd need a rental car to see those destinations on the same day and it would be very rushed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Kerry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant%27s_Causeway
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliffs_of_Moher

People who want to see the destinations you have jotted down for Dublin usually plan on a week in Ireland.

My suggestion would be to drop one city off your schedule. If you haven't booked the flights yet my vote would be to scratch Dublin, 2 days in London is very rushed. I would instead spent one day going on a daytrip into the English countryside, Salisbury or Bath. If the flights are booked already reconsider going to London.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2009, at 00:30 by t_maia ]

4. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Stonehenge is a pain to get to without a car; it's basically a train ride to Salisbury and a bus, and as far as I remember, the buses are infrequent, and you still have to walk a lot- by car, its much faster as Stonehenge is pretty much next to the motorway, but there are no big towns etc right next to it.

Unless you were absolutely set on going to Stonehenge, I'd scrap that and concentrate on sights in London instead. Maybe just do some people-watching, pop into a pub or visit one of the markets. London itself has enough sights to keep you busy!

If you do definately want to see Stonehenge, I'd recommend hiring a car, since your schedule is so tight.

5. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Hey,
I'd seriously check out what you want to do in Ireland.
Two day won't even get a quarter of those things taken care of.
Get a map of Ireland and pick a couple of places in one direction - eg Dublin to Giant's Causeway and you might just be able to throw in the Distillery and the rope bridge also.... but that's it.

As mentioned already, the Cliffs of Moher is in another direction completely and the Ring of Kerry is half a day's drive from the cliffs - and they're on the same side of the country.

So, pick two or three things you really want to do and then make sure you have your route planned - carefully - on a map.

Good luck and I hope I didn't discourage you too much. You'll have a great time.

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Sept 28th, 29th, 30th, sleep, sleep, sleep.

Stonehenge has half day tours from London.

edit: http://www.londontoolkit.com/whattodo/stonehenge_tours.htm

Big Ben (Houses of Parliament) and Buckingham Palace are within walking distance of each other - about 30 minutes. I would suggest you go up Whitehall past Downing Street, Horse Guards, to Trafalgar square - hang a left through Admiralty Arch and walk up the Mall towards the Palace itself. There is a shorter way through Birdcage Walk alongside St James Park. Most things are walkable once you're in the area, but no one sees it all. Place is just too big.

There are also river buses http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modalpages/2648.aspx that will take you from Westminster Pier (Big Ben) all the way down past the Tower of London towards Greenwich. About £10 for an open day ticket. It's a great way to see a lot of London in comfort. You can get on and off the many stops as and when you want.

Anyway, just my thoughts.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2009, at 05:05 by fabyomama ]

7. Posted by Puppet (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Wow thank you so much.
I was afraid of Ireland being too much.

8. Posted by Puppet (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Quoting zaksame

Hey,
I'd seriously check out what you want to do in Ireland.
Two day won't even get a quarter of those things taken care of.
Get a map of Ireland and pick a couple of places in one direction - eg Dublin to Giant's Causeway and you might just be able to throw in the Distillery and the rope bridge also.... but that's it.

As mentioned already, the Cliffs of Moher is in another direction completely and the Ring of Kerry is half a day's drive from the cliffs - and they're on the same side of the country.

So, pick two or three things you really want to do and then make sure you have your route planned - carefully - on a map.

Good luck and I hope I didn't discourage you too much. You'll have a great time.

Definately not discouragement but now I'm just a little nervous because we HAVE to leave from Dublin which isn't a problem but now I have to pick the right places to go so in the right amount of time so I don't miss my flight :P

9. Posted by Puppet (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Quoting Ofelia

Stonehenge is a pain to get to without a car; it's basically a train ride to Salisbury and a bus, and as far as I remember, the buses are infrequent, and you still have to walk a lot- by car, its much faster as Stonehenge is pretty much next to the motorway, but there are no big towns etc right next to it.

Unless you were absolutely set on going to Stonehenge, I'd scrap that and concentrate on sights in London instead. Maybe just do some people-watching, pop into a pub or visit one of the markets. London itself has enough sights to keep you busy!

If you do definately want to see Stonehenge, I'd recommend hiring a car, since your schedule is so tight.

Renting a car, or hiring someone?
Do taxis do that?

10. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting Puppet

Quoting Ofelia

Stonehenge is a pain to get to without a car; it's basically a train ride to Salisbury and a bus, and as far as I remember, the buses are infrequent, and you still have to walk a lot- by car, its much faster as Stonehenge is pretty much next to the motorway, but there are no big towns etc right next to it.

Unless you were absolutely set on going to Stonehenge, I'd scrap that and concentrate on sights in London instead. Maybe just do some people-watching, pop into a pub or visit one of the markets. London itself has enough sights to keep you busy!

If you do definately want to see Stonehenge, I'd recommend hiring a car, since your schedule is so tight.

Renting a car, or hiring someone?
Do taxis do that?

A taxi will surely do that, but it will probably cost more than your flight home :) Maybe check the tours that were recommended a few posts earlier- I always forget to concider the tours as I don't use them myself, but it might be most time-effective. If you do decide to rent a car, I would then suggest you make a day out of it, and spend the whole day in Wiltshire, which in itself is very nice- you could go to Stonehenge in the morning, then check out Salisbury cathedral, have lunch and maybe do a loop to a few nice, old towns and sights nearby on your way to London, such as the Old Sarum and Avebury. However, it might just stress you out too much, organising a car and spending one of your precious London days navigating in and out of it!
If I were you, I'd probably either look into tours, or leave Stonehenge until next time. Sorry, don't mean to discourage you, but seeing as you have a tight schedule in Paris and Dublin too, it might be worth concidering.