Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are planning our two year anniversary vacation. With a modest honeymoon, we decided to finally tap into some of our savins and take a 14-16 day trip to Europe.
We have never traveled overseas together, so this trip should be a lot of fun. I have been to Englad, Irealand, France and Scotaland but he has never left the country.
We both decided on flying into London and spending a couple days there, and perhaps traveling to Belgium (Brussels/Brugge?). However, we are not sure what’s feasable beyond that. He’d like to visit Germany and/or Prague in the Czech Republic.
Since the hive is full of such well travelend, kind ladies, I thought I’d ask here. Any suggestions on where to go, what cities to skip, how to travel or what trip makes the most sense? I don’t want to be spending our entire trip traveling, but obviously we are going to be taking some time flying, riding or sailing to see what we want to see.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
You can find a lot of cheap flights around Europe through easyjet and ryanair, if you book early enough. Just note that a) sometimes they use airports that aren’t the main airports, so in London they might use Gatwick or Luton instead of Heathrow, and b) they’re cheap for a reason – you can’t book a particular seat (unless you pay extra; otherwise you just have to sit wherever you can) and the flight is filled with commercials being broadcast over the loudspeakers. Still, the flights are short so I think it’s worth it (compared to trains; nowadays a lot of flights are cheaper than train rides).
If you’re only there for 2 weeks I would suggest limiting your travels to 3 cities. Otherwise you won’t be able to relax. The flights are short but still, getting to and from airports tends to eat up a lot of time.
Is there any particular reason you want to go to Belgium? What sorts of things do you enjoy doing when you’re traveling? Museums? Nature? Shopping?
Post # 4
Prague and Brussels are great cities but you only need a couple of days in each. You can spend longer in Berlin and Munich.
I would suggest taking the train where possible. You can get the Eurostar to Brussels and then on from there you can get over night trains etc to most German cities.
There is a company called rail europe that can help you plan your trip.
Post # 5
@faeriehazel: Firstly, thanks! We enjoy relaxing and drinking beer, but we also want to do a lot of sightseeing during the day. We looked into Belgium and it not only seemed like an easy distance from London and western Germany but a good place to sightsee and drink Belgium beer.
@Twizbe: I like the idea of taking an overnight train to Germany. When I was in England I felt traveling by train was much easier than by air. Thanks for the suggestions!
I guess I was just concerned that London, Brussels, Brugge, Berlin/Munich/ect, and Prauge would just be too much for 14-16 days. I was wondering what trip would be, in your opinion, best in regards to the sights and, of course, the convienence.
Post # 6
@JackieDe: If you like beer, you’ll get plenty of good beer in Germany and Prague. I would strongly recommend you keep your trip to three cities, at the most four, if you’ll only be there for 14-16 days. I’ve traveled a lot in Europe and I feel like you need at the very least 2-3 days in a city to enjoy it. You could easily spend a week in London and still have plenty of things to do and see.
If you want to see more cities, traveling by air will definitely save you time, and like I said above, nowadays plane tickets cost about the same as train tickets (sometimes cheaper!). For the same price you can get to where you want to go much faster. Personally I would only take the train if that particular route is famous for the scenery or something. (I know some people hate planes, though, so ultimately you have to weigh the pros and cons.)
I hope you have a lovely trip!