Weekend Trips to Europe

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1. Posted by nzjamesb (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Looking for suggested destinations for weekend trips into Europe. I'm in Manchester at the moment and am looking for places I can fly out to on a Friday night and come back on a Sunday afternoon/evening.

I know there are lots of places to go so I'm really looking for opinions of places that are worth taking more time to see, or alternatively places that are you "do" in only a day and a half. Obviously I don't expect to be able to see everything all at once.

Places I've been so far include North Wales, London and Paris.

I'm part way through my RTW adventure. Just got myself one of those Mon - Fri job things to fund the rest of it but unfortunately it means I don't have much time to actually travel for the moment. Not afraid of early starts or lots of walking.

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

You might want to look into going to Carcassonne. It is an amazing place. Especially if you can get accomodation inside the Old Town (an old fortress). There is a very good HI hostel there.
It is a very nice place to stay for a day or two, not too big so you can see most of it in a weekend.

There are probably a lot more places, but Carcassonne was the first thing that popped into mind.

3. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Spend a weekend in a place with an awesome beach and all the conveniences in the Algarve.

It’s a sensible place and perfect for walking around or just unwinding in a cafe or at the beach.

Check out Praia da Rocha & Portimão:
Prepare to enjoy!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

How about the places skyscanner.net coughs up? For example on 7-9 Sep to Dublin with AirLingus for approx. 55 GBP return? They fly out late and come back early, so depending on when you have to be at your job you might be able to book the return flight for the 10th. If you cannot, take the last ferry and train it back. Dublin is a cool city.

Another short trip I found is on the 12th to 14th October to Cologne with TUIfly. See the cathedral and have some Koelsch beer. Viva Colonia! 55 GBP return.

Venice is available 23- 25 Nov with thomsonfly, if you can get away early on Friday. 55 GBP again.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 14, 2007, at 2:28 AM by t_maia ]

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Belgium is a short hop and small cities with great outdoor cafe culture and good beer!
Im on my way soon for Brussels for 4 days!!

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 5108 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Ryan air flies from manchester to dublin which you could certainly do in a day or 2. Ryanair also flies to many more places from Liverpool airport, which you can reach easily and cheaply using the terravision bus from Manchester city centre. we have just booked flights to Venice for £21 return for 2 nights, as even though its a short time its such a bargain.

Jet2 are another budget airline who fly from manchester to many destinations in europe. with them you could go to prague for the weekend - there is more than a day and a half's worth of things to do but you could certainly see some of the highlights. you could also visit many locations in spain for a couple of days. Salzburg is a nice place to spend a couple of days - thomsonfly go there from manchester.

edinburgh could be an option too for a day or 2 - you can get there for very cheap with megabus.com but on the train which you can book on the same site.

cologne would be a good option as mentioned in a previous post - i am going there in september and it would suit your times as the flight is about 8pm from manchester.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello Nzjamesb:)

For a good night life, I would say Berlin.
If u like nature, try Munich. U can go to the mountains on the train, and spend a night or 2 in a guesthouse, in one of the villages up there.
Amsterdam for the Amsterdam specialities.
Brighton for a British seaside weekend.
South of Europe, for sun and beaches etc.
Dublin for the drinking etc.


[ Edit: Edited on Aug 14, 2007, at 12:34 PM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by nzjamesb (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Awesome! Thanks for the great suggestions so far. There are so many places to go and so many great flight deals its a little overwhelming at times. I really like the Lonely Planet feature of "<City> in XX days" with suggested things to see depending on your schedule. We found it really helpful in China. Is there a "community/open source/wiki" version of that around somewhere?

Now I know I'm going to get paid at the end of the month I might go and start booking some flights!


9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

U could let where u go depend on which flight are on bargin prices.
This is what I do. If u buy the tickets a few months in advance, u can get some great deals.
Just check the budget airlines websites often.


10. Posted by nzjamesb (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, the problem I've had with that method is that I don't know how much money I'm going to have a month or so down the track. I'm glad someone suggested skytracker.net though. Its very helpful.

Off to Blackpool this weekend. Not quite as exotic as Europe but cheaper to get to at short notice.