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Sage Traveling provides customized, hassle-free, accessible Europe holiday packages to numerous European destinations. Our experts have done extensive research on accessibility at European hotels, tourist attractions, and transportation.

You will experience a worry-free vacation that is tailored to your individual abilities, energy level, and interests. View more specifics for each individual city:

I am a wheelchair user and have just returned with my husband from a cruise which started in Istanbul and ended in Venice. The information you provided on both these cities was absolutely invaluable. Without it, the ‘official’ guidance in travel guides and in cruise information had led me to think I would be able to see very little in these cities. “No access/limited access/restricted access” seemed to be the main description of so many sites and places of interest.

In any event, thanks to your very helpful guidance, in Istanbul I visited the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cisterns without difficulty. In Venice, where even the local guidance information about water travel was rather negative and hesitant, once again I was able to benefit from your extensive guidance. We used the Vaporetti to tour the Grand Canal and then followed one of the routes around St Mark’s. Brilliant!

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5 things to know if you’re traveling to Europe in 2017

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Don’t get on a plane without reading these timely tips.

Thanks to cheaper airfares and favorable exchange rates, Europe is more accessible than ever. Use these tips to get the most out of your next vacation.

A Cheaper Britain

After Britons voted last year to split from the European Union, the pound sterling plummeted. While it could take until 2019 to fully cut ties, travelers will find the U.K. more affordable than it has been in decades. Many hotel properties are offering discounts to lure guests.

Heightened Security

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for all of Europe, alerting citizens to the potential risk of terrorist attacks, that will expire on Sept. 1, 2017. Expect longer lines at airport security screenings and border-control checkpoints. Check before your trip.

Fewer Tourists

Despite favorable exchange rates, terrorism has had an impact on the number of visitors to Belgium and Turkey. Though France saw a dip in visitors after attacks in Paris and Nice, it has bounced back and remains the most popular destination in the world.

Continental Drift

While tourism growth across much of Western Europe was at in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, several countries in the east enjoyed double-digit gains in visitors, including Bulgaria, Serbia, and Slovenia. Leading the way, however, was Slovakia, which saw a jump of 18 percent, thanks in part to Bratislava’s fairy-tale buildings, charming squares, and Baroque castle. The city’s revitalized Old Town is a buzzing hot spot, with younger travelers drawn to its cafés and old-school beer halls.

More Routes and Connections

There are 395 new ways to fly to Spain, which last year added the most new airline routes in Europe. Virgin Atlantic now has nonstop flights between Seattle and London, and Condor and British Airways recently began service between New Orleans and London — the former city’s first trans-Atlantic flight option in three decades.


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6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

Train travel in Europe is almost always affordable, comfortable, and safe, making it the ideal way to get around Europe with kids. Given the choice, I ll opt to sit back and relax instead of attempting to navigate by car in a foreign country any day, and my kids would thank me for it. On trains, kids are not confined full time to seats like in cars or on planes and the scenery is much easier to see out the window. All this said, traveling by rail in Europe can be confusing. Here s what you need to know when planning to travel in Europe by rail with kids. Here are some ideas for finding a baby sitter while traveling

6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

1. You can travel by train in Europe with rail passes or specific destination tickets. Which to buy? It can depend. In rural areas and small towns, often non-reservable, or open destination tickets are the only option. If nothing else, plan for these accordingly. For some high speed trains, even families with applicable rail passes must purchase reservable tickets. Generally speak, however, if you re traveling from city to city or country to country, you re almost always better off with a rail pass. Note: France is an exception. Learn more about rail travel in France .

2. Plan your itinerary before purchasing tickets. This seems like a no-brainer, but with rail passes, it s possible to purchase Global or Select country passes, then decide where to go later. While spontaneity still has a place in travel with kids, you can t compare ticket pricing options effectively if you don t know where you re going. Start at country rail travel sites like TrenItalia for Italy, and add up the price of your tickets a la carte. Then head to Eurail and see if a Global, Select. or Country pass will save you money (and allow for some spontaneity). Or, you can let Rail Europe do the work for you: you put in your itinerary, and they decide which rail options suit you best. Rail Europe is generally trusted among travelers to provide competitive pricing, so this is a viable option. When mapping out your itinerary and selecting your rail pass, keep in mind that you ll need to pay even for countries you re only passing through, not stopping in.

3. Decide whether to travel first class or second class. Second class is fine (think airline coach), but first class is not much extra per ticket and includes various perks such as wifi or light meals, depending on the train. Often, only first class tickets are reservable, worth the extra price for the peace of mind alone. However: if you have teens, you may be forced to travel second class or pay extra for adult passes. Why? Youth ages 13-25 are eligible for discounted pass prices with Eurail (approximately 35% less than adult), but only on second class tickets. If your family will be traveling first class, teens will need adult tickets (or you could make them sit alone in second class, I suppose, which might be warranted… kidding, of course). The good news: children ages 4-12 are always 50% discounted, no matter the class, and children under age 4 are always free.

4. Decide on your number of travel days. When selecting which Eurail pass is right for you, you ll need to select between a number of travel days. Bear in mind: these days do not refer to the number of days you re on vacation, but the number of actual rail travel days. You can save considerably by traveling by rail only once every 3-4 days instead of every day, and your kids will feel more rested as well.

5. Bring snacks, toys, and games for train travel. A train day can be a day to rest and recoup after busy travel and sightseeing days. Let kids spread out with games and books, or use the electronic plug-ins you ll have at your disposal in first class. Bringing food on the train is always cheaper than purchasing on-board, and the luggage and carry-on allowances are much less strict than during air travel, making packing a meal easy.

6. Know the difference between sleep compartments. Overnight trains are a great way to save daylight for sightseeing, and are a great adventure for kids. However, it s helpful to know what to expect. In second class, you usually have the choice between sleeping compartments (small compartments of bunks that are gender specific) or couchettes, which are cabins with 4-6 beds that are non-gender specific (perfect for families). In first class, you ll almost always encounter single or double sleeping compartments, which means more room, but the necessity for families to split up for children to be accompanied by adults.

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7 tips for booking train tickets in Europe

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Here’s a quick rundown on how to get the best deals for inter-city rail travel in Europe.

1. European websites frequently sell tickets at lower prices. For example, French Railways often supplies lower prices on its website for tickets that are identical to the ones it sells via an American agency. To be sure, agencies like sometimes do provide superlow deals, such as a current discount of 50 percent off train tickets on Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam routes. (Details here .) Still. you gotta shop around–and not merely rely on American sites for one-stop shopping–if you want the best deal.

2. English speakers living in the U.S. can still buy discounted tickets through European websites. Your first stop online should be at This amazingly helpful British website offers step-by-step advice on how to pinpoint the best route for your desired itinerary. and also how to find the cheapest tickets. (The site’s editor, Mark Smith, answered reader questions yesterday at Transcript here .)

3. Booking at the last-minute? There may be a deal for you online, too. In the same way that airlines offer last-minute deals to fill empty seats, Europe’s rail networks have deeply discounted point-to-point tickets. You’ll find examples here .

4. You can only buy a Eurorail ticket in the U.S. but it’s not always your cheapest option for rail travel in Europe. Says Mark Smith, “In theory, Eurail tickets can ONLY be bought outside Europe, as they are intended for overseas visitors. But in many cases you’ll find ordinary point-to-point tickets are a cheaper option, especially if you book direct with the European rail operators at their own website rather than through an expensive US agency, and especially if you are prepared to pre-book tickets on a no-refunds, no-changes-to-travel-plans basis so as to take advantage of European railways’ various budget-airline-beating special train deals.”

5. Get your timing right. The most intuitive way to figure out train times for any European rail journey is to visit the website of the German rail line Deutsche Bahn. which has comprehensive listings for all major European train companies. But the website makes it difficult for Americans to purchase travel, so book your tickets at RailEurope. or European Rail. These sites offer point-to-point tickets, rail passes, and student discounts. For railpasses for travel within the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, visit Railkey’s website .

6. Know that booking tickets on the “Chunnel” between London and Paris can be tricky for Americans. Eurostar offers fares and times for routes reaching London, Paris, Brussels, and other nearby destinations. But Eurostar’s website doesn’t offer reservations for overnight trains. Expect to make such reservations by phone instead. Another warning: Eurostar will not mail tickets to the U.S. but you can dodge this problem by booking your Eurostar tickets at The site will give you a choice of picking up your tickets at Waterloo station in London or having your tickets be mailed to a British address, such as your hotel, says rail expert Mark Smith. If your train will travel on through France, after stopping in Paris via the underground Chunnel, then opt to pick up your onward tickets at any major ticket office in France, says Smith.

7. Look beyond Europe’s best-known tourist destinations. Europe’s train systems make it easy to take a day-trip to a place outside of a well-known capital–and still be back in time for dinner. Here are ‘s ideas for adding on day-trips out of Amsterdam. Barcelona. Berlin. Copenhagen.

Related. Europe’s newest high-speed train, the TGV East between Paris and Strasbourg, is a hit with Americans after just one day in operation,” reports the Los Angeles Times .

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Airfares to Europe are lower. Let help you find best airfares to Europe.

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No, discount airfares to Europe are NOT hard to find.

In fact, it can be quite easy. If.

And that’s a big IF.

If you know where to go and who to trust.

There are a lot of promises of discount airfares to Europe flying around,

but who knows if they are really the best deal.

Can you rely on a local travel agent.

I’m sure you can rely on some, probably. If they have lived in Europe, travel to Europe a lot, know the people at the airlines, do a lot of business with each airline that has airfares to Europe, have big volume, but still have a lot of time on their hands to talk to you. Doesn’t sound likely, does it.

So who do you go to. huge online travel websites promising cheap airfares to Europe often come up short. The fares are often not that good. try it, I have. and as for personal attention, it just doesn’t exist. So that leaves out most air travel websites if you want both low airfares to Europe and a caring company that has your best interests at heart. And if you think you can be happy with a company that is only interested in selling you cheap airfare to Europe, quickly. well, that’s your call.

So how do you find good, cheap airfares to Europe.

For me, I want an established company with gargantuan real assets so I know they won’t tank and take my money with them. I want them to be knowledgeable and professional. but not only that.

I want them to be courteous and kind.

I want to be able to get a bunch of airfare options, with different airlines and prices and times of departure. Because I know that if you time things right, you can get an extra day in Europe on both ends of your stay. If you don’t, you can lose as much as two days. What is that worth to you.

I need expert accommodations advice from people who have really been there. I need rail travel once I get into Europe, so I need an expert in that. I need side trip information and booking. I need a lot. And I would like to play with all the different possibilities and itineraries on the web before I make up my mind.

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And what if I need all this very quickly. Like really quickly. Because I’m leaving sooner than is convenient for my local travel agent. Do you know of a travel web site like this.

I do. My wife and I used it this summer to go to Ireland, England, France and The Netherlands (for a look at what we did, what we saw, and how we arranged it, click here for .)

We tried local travel agencies, we tried finding good airfares to Europe on the internet,

we tried asking friends. We were at our wit’s end, and time was getting short.

At the last moment, I found this incredible travel package website. And it just so happened that it’s parent company is the one that owns most of the railroads in Europe. Talk about security.

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Yet they seemed more personal that the local travel agents we have dealt with. Maybe because they do not have to worry about the current commission structure.

They did such a fine job, from their most excellent website with package travel deals and create-your-own capabilities, to their live representatives’ professional personal touches. I even made a mistake in my request for travel arrangements, and they made new reservations for us before we left, and had the proper tickets messengered to our hotel in Ireland in time to reach us.

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London is just one of the many cities you can visit during your all-inclusive trip to the city. (Photo: Jupiterimages/ Images )

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If a trip to Europe is in your future, you can avoid most of the hassle of trip planning by choosing an all-inclusive tour of the places you most want to see. The places and cities included in all-inclusive tour of Europe vary, so be sure to compare every itinerary before making your final selection. All-inclusive tours typically include all travel, accommodation, any sightseeing fees or tickets and some or all meals. Most all-inclusive tours are also either guided or escorted tours, so if you prefer to go off on your own, an all-inclusive tour may not be for you.

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If you want a true all-inclusive package, travel through Europe with Virgin Vacations. Virgin Vacations offers trips to multiple cities, such as London, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam and Barcelona. Most tours feature more than one city stop on the itinerary and last 6 to 12 days. Virgin Vacations’ all-inclusive tour pricing typically includes all travel and transfers, room accommodation, all tickets to any sights you’ll be seeing and most meals. The number of meals covered in the costs depends on the trip. A less expensive package for land only can also be purchased separately. Plus, unlike many other all-inclusive tour companies, Virgin Vacations provides you with a list of the accommodations in which you’ll be staying prior to purchase, giving you a chance to check out the room before you buy.

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With your personal Europe Travel Pass you receive great discounts on travel services in the major cities of 24 European countries, such as:

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A few of the hundreds of savings you receive with the Europe Travel Pass:

  • All day London sightseeing – save $22-$25
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The Europe Travel Pass is all about savings in Europe. It is the best way to see and experience activities in Europe. For $15 it is also the least expensive. Don t spend more than you have to. Buy now. and take advantage of the special savings.

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REMEMBER. the Europe Travel Pass is not available in Europe. Get the Europe Travel Pass before you leave. Start saving on your European vacation before you even leave home!


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What You Need to Know About Gay Berlin

Berlin is one of the world s most gay-friendly cities for LGBT tourists here s what you need to know to get the most out of a gay Berlin holiday

How a Brick Lane Café Came To Be The Symbol of London s Gentrification

After visiting Cereal Killer Cafe, a story about how this hipster Brick Lane café came to be the symbol of London s gentrification why it doesn t matter

The Coolest Things To Do in Manchester

The World s First Sex Shop Made Entirely Out of Felt?

5 Foods To Eat in East London

Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Switzerland is Beautiful

PHOTOS: Gay Pride in Copenhagen

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Who is Adam?

In 2010 I quit my job as a graphic designer in Boston and went on a 15+ month trip around the world. The journey took me to places like North Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. Since 2011 I ve been living in Berlin—Europe s most hipster city, and probably the best city in the world.

Travels of Adam  is my blog, a personal way to share the world—everything from the cool  quirky to the amazing. You ll find gay travel stories, nightlife tips, photos and all-too-personal stories from my travel adventures around the world. To learn more about how this life as a full-time traveler began, read  how Iceland changed my life .


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Europe beckons with natural wonders, breathtaking landscapes, scenic lakes, sandy beaches, heritage sites and outdoor attractions. A vacation in this eclectic continent will be an experience that you will cherish forever.

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Europe holiday packages offer a unique combination of art, history, culture and entertainment.

Experience diverse food, culture, languages, fabulous architecture, history and natural beauty with Cox & Kings Europe tours from India.

Europe is the perfect holiday option for a family vacation, a romantic getaway or even a jaunt with friends.

Europe Holidays include tours to Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria and other popular destinations.

Europe holiday packages offer a unique combination of art, history, culture and entertainment.

Experience diverse food, culture, languages, fabulous architecture, history and natural beauty with Cox & Kings Europe tours from India.

Europe is the perfect holiday option for a family vacation, a romantic getaway or even a jaunt with friends.

Europe Holidays include tours to Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria and other popular destinations.


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Travel on a Rick Steves Europe tour for the very best value in a European vacation. Rick packages all his tours to include small groups, great guides, central hotels, all sightseeing, and memories to last a lifetime.

Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour


Our classic, three-week Best of Europe tour packs more travel thrills into a single vacation than you can imagine. Starting in the Netherlands with your Rick Steves gui. Read more

Best of Europe in 14 Days

Dreaming of how to pack Europe s top travel thrills and cultural treats into a two-week vacation? You ve found it! Your Rick Steves guide will surround you with. Read more

Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days Tour

Rick Steves Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days delivers a colorful mix of must-see cities (London, Paris, Florence), and stroll-around charms (Burgundy, the S. Read more

Family Europe: Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days Tour

Rick Steves Family Europe: Amsterdam to Rome in 14 Days makes the wonders of Europe come alive for kids and cuts the stress for parents, too. Starting in the Ne. Read more

My Way: Europe in 14 Days Tour

On a two-week, greatest hits route that takes you from Paris to Rome via Burgundy, the Swiss Alps, Munich, Venice, and the Cinque Terre Rick. Read more

My Way: Alpine Europe in 12 Days Tour

This trip delivers endless opportunities for fresh-air thrills, from Austria s Sound of Music country to flower-carpeted meadows in Italy s Dolomites, fairytale. Read more

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London Break Hostel 2015-16

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Brugge Christmas Markets 2015

London Explorer (2 Nights) (Royal National Hotel, Start London, End London)

Oktoberfest – 4 Days Camping (Start/End Munich) (Start Munich, End Munich)

Milan Shopping and Food Experience (Winter 2015-16)

Culture, cuisine, history and monuments

Europe is an extraordinary blend of languages, stories, peoples and parties. There are time-tested favourite cities with their blend of living large and historic tales: London, Paris, Rome. If you’re a first-time traveller, try getting into the European swing in France, Germany, Britain and Spain. Been there done that? How about seeing the birthplace of democracy in Athens, cruising the canals in Venice or tripping across the Bosphorus in Istanbul?

Tuscany, Italy

Design aficionados will enjoy the funky verve of Copenhagen and Stockholm. If majestic landscapes make you tingle, remember the Swiss Alps, Scottish Highlands and Norwegian fjords. Island hoppers should keep Greece and Croatia on the list. There are deserted beaches to be found in Albania and Bulgaria and the hot spots fringe France’s Cote d’Azure, Portugal’s Algarve and Spain’s Costa Brava. While in Spain – well, off-shore Spain – get your party pants and dancing shoes on if you swing over to Ibiza. Of course this is just the merest dusting of the geographical and cultural treats here. A holiday in Europe can offer these and ample helpings more.

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Europe on a Shoestring: Travel on a Budget

Budapest, Hungary at night. Photo by Greg Koszorus

Sitting in the backseat of a blue hatchback Saab, I look out onto the peaceful Danube River, which runs through the center of Budapest, Hungary. The bright lights of the Hungarian parliament light up the night sky, reflecting off the river. The historic bridges along the river are illuminated with lights, and I am amazed at the beauty of this city.

It is my first night in Europe, and I can already tell what an incredible trip this is going to be. We plan to visit Hungary, Austria, Italy, France and Germany. I can’t wait to experience the different cultures and witness the history of each place. Looking at my boyfriend, who is seated next to our Hungarian friend in the driver’s seat, I wonder how I got so lucky. How did I get all the way here from little Greeley, Colorado?

Well, by saving and planning, that’s how!

When my boyfriend first asked me to travel with him to Europe, I said yes without any hesitation, but in my head I was wondering how the heck I was going to pay for this on a student budget. After thinking about it, I decided I was going to make it happen.

The first thing I had to do was start saving. Every tiny paycheck I got, I would put a portion of it into savings. No more Starbucks, no more going out to eat and no more shopping. Sadly, Starbucks was the hardest thing to give up, but it was all worth it.

Travel in Austria was even easier using the Eurail Select Pass. Photo by Kirstin Graber

After doing my research, I learned that the best way to save money when traveling is to plan ahead. In my case, this was key when traveling to Europe because it is much cheaper to pay in dollars than in Euros. Constantly researching online for the best prices available also helped.

Buying a plane ticket from the US to Europe can be extremely expensive, but fortunately, travel websites like Priceline and Expedia made it possible. After saving and ticket hunting for a few months, I was finally able to afford my ticket to Budapest.

According to Yahoo Travel, one small thing to remember is that the cheapest days to buy a plane ticket is on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon and traveling on a weekday.

Next on the list was finding a place to stay in each country. Once again, the travel websites came in handy. We looked for accommodations in safe locations at an affordable price, and travel websites provide all the information you need. Even though you don’t know exactly what you are getting, that is just a part of the adventure.

Train travel is one of the cheapest ways to get around in Europe and can be the most fun. If you buy a Eurail train pass, you will save a good amount of money. We chose the Europe Select Pass, which allows you to travel a certain number of days within your chosen countries for one set price. Since my boyfriend and I were under age 26, we could purchase a discounted youth pass. It cost us US$ 451 each for eight days of train travel within Italy, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

When you do get to your destination, remember to set a budget for the trip and stay within the budget. Know the currency and always calculate how much you are spending in dollars. Often times, people think they are spending less than they really are.

With a little planning, it s possible to travel on a student budget in Italy. Photo by Greg Koszorus

Another important aspect of traveling is to know the little quirks about the country you are visiting. For example, in Italy, restaurants have a sit down price and a take out price. In Venice, we found Paninis for 3€ ($3.88). When we ordered, the man told us to sit and wait for the Paninis. When we went to pay, he charged us double the price.

When we asked why, he said it was because we sat down and ate in the restaurant. We could have saved 6€ ($7.77) if we had taken the order and stood outside. Knowing things like that is important, so you are aware of ways they may overcharge you.

Many students claim they don t want to travel because of how expensive it is, but I am proof it is possible. Your bank account may decrease dramatically, but the experience and knowledge you gain is worth it.

Just remember to plan ahead, save your money and stay within your budget. I have no regrets for going and cannot wait until I have saved up enough to go again.

The author and her boyfriend, Greg, during their budget travels in Europe.


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Europe History

As for Europe, a brief chronological account of its significant events begins during prehistoric times with the emergence of Homo sapiens (early man), roughly 40,000 years ago.

Early inhabitants during the Paleolithic Age, in an effort to survive, grouped together into small societies such as bands, and subsisted by gathering plants and hunting for wild animals.

The practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops and raising livestock began in the Neolithic Age some 9,000 years ago; stone tools were used and people began to live in small groups, or villages.

As man continued to journey east-to-west across Eurasia (a combination of Asia and Europe), knowledge of tools and new methods of organization arrived; civilizations flourished as metal axes and arrowheads improved survival.

In the 8th century BC, Greece began to emerge from the Dark Ages. Classical Greek culture had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire, which carried a version of it to many parts of the Mediterranean region and Northern Europe. In short, the Greek culture provided the foundation of modern Western culture.

Of the great civilizations to develop in Europe, the previously mentioned Roman Empire certainly had the most lasting influence. During its often tumultuous 500-year period of innovation, it changed the continent and had a profound and lasting influence on the development of modern architecture, language, law and religion.

After its collapse, the Eastern Roman Empire survived (285-1450) as the Byzantine Empire. In Western Europe, a wide series of tribes and tribal alliances moved into positions of power in the remnants of the former Roman Empire; small kingdoms were established, and the geography of Western Europe was about to change.

The Kingdom of the Franks was a southeastern European territory inhabited and ruled by the Franks. They would evolve into the Kingdom of France, and parts of it would morph into the Holy Roman Empire, a forerunner to the Germany we know today.

Anglo-Saxons soon crossed (what is now) the English Channel to southern Britain and established a series of kingdoms in what would eventually develop into the Kingdom of England by AD 927; 100 years later the Kingdoms of Poland and Hungary would also take shape.

The Viking Age in Northern Europe and Scandinavia spanned the late 8th to mid-13th centuries. With little interest in land acquisition, the Scandinavian (Norse) Vikings aggressively explored Europe for trade and riches. The Vikings also reached Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and Anatolia (Turkey).

The Normans (a Viking people) gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. Initially emerging in the first half of the 10th century, they had a significant impact on many parts of Europe, from the Norman conquest of England to southern Italy and Sicily.

By the end of the 15th century, great powers emerged in Europe, with England, France, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain playing predominant roles in global affairs from the 15th century onward, especially after the beginning of colonialism.

The European colonial period, the 1500s to the mid-1900s, was the era when the European powers mentioned above established colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European nations, at various times, controlled the Americas (north and south), most of Africa, Oceania and large portions of Asia.

As people craved freedom across the globe, the European colonial era began to fall apart. Specifically the British Empire, the first genuinely global empire, began to lose its powers in Africa, India and much of the Middle East, and they soon crumbled away.

Also damaging to the continent were World Wars I and II, as they were largely focused upon Europe. The enormous costs of both wars greatly contributed to a decline in Western European dominance in world affairs, and some Eastern European countries have not yet fully recovered.

After the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, and after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Europe certainly changed for the better. European cultures and factions soon integrated, the Council of Europe was formed and the European Union (EU) blossomed in Western Europe.

Today, it’s safe to say that Europe is a major economical and political center of power. As for its people, they are an innovative, optimistic and resilient group who changed our world for the better more than once, and surely they will do it again.

Europe Geography Facts

For additional geography details please use the yellow navigation bar at the top of this page. Note that some stats shown below are found in European Russia, even though that landmass is geographically considered a part of Russia, an Asian country.

  • Ukraine is Europe’s largest country
  • The Vatican is Europe’s smallest country
  • Germany is Europe’s largest country by population
  • The Vatican is Europe’s smallest country by population
  • Europe’s highest point is Mt. Elbrus in Russia
  • Europe’s lowest point is the Caspian Sea bordering Russia (If European Russian is excluded, the highest and lowest stats shown below apply to continental western Europe)
  • Europe’s highest point is Mt. Blanc in France and Italy
  • Europe’s lowest point is Lemmefjord in Denmark

Europe Geography Notes

The Russian landmass west of the Ural Mountains is commonly referred to as European Russia in most educational atlases, and by the vast majority of geography experts. It is not a separate country, but rather called that because of its longterm political, cultural and geographical blending with the bordering European countries. For reference purposes it is shown above, however, the entire country (as a whole) is still considered part of the continent of Asia.

European Russia comprising roughly 3,960,000 sq. km (1,528,560 sq. miles) and spans across approximately 40% of Europe. Its Eastern border is defined by the Ural Mountains and in the South it is defined by the border with Kazakhstan. Note that nearly 77% of the entire Russian population (about 110,000,000 people out of an approximate total Russian population of 141,000,000) lives in European Russia.

Europe Information

Links to European information that are updated daily.

Europe Map

Europe is the planet’s 6th largest continent AND includes 47 countries and assorted dependencies, islands and territories. Europe’s recognized surface area covers about 9,938,000 sq km (3,837,083 sq mi) or 2% of the Earth’s surface, and about 6.8% of its land area.

In exacting geographic definitions, Europe is really not a continent, but part of the peninsula of Eurasia which includes all of Europe and Asia. However, it’s still widely referred to as an individual continent.

The European continent, bordered by numerous bodies of water, is separated from Asia by Russia’s Ural Mountains and by the Caspian and Black Seas. It is separated from Africa by the Mediterranean Sea.

European Topographical Map

A topographic map highlights hills, mountains and valleys of a specific land area by exaggerated shading rather than by using contour lines. On this image, although small in size, you can easily see the mountainous areas of Norway and Spain. For a better view of the mountains and topography of central Europe, see the map below.

Europe Topographical Map (central Europe)

On this larger slice of a European topographical map you can clearly see the major rivers of central Europe, as well as the Alps that slice through Austria and Switzerland. Note the Apennines Range that extends through Italy. Specific details on a wide variety of European landforms can be found on this page.

Europe Outline Map

Europe Political Map

Political maps are designed to show governmental boundaries of countries, states, and counties, the location of major cities, and they usually include significant bodies of water. Like the sample above, bright colors are often used to help the user find the borders. A larger version of this map here.


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Cheapest time to travel to Europe – Business Insider #train #travel

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It’s now cheaper to travel to Europe than it has been in years

Flickr/aigle_dore Istanbul is now the cheapest destination in Europe.

Europe is known as one of the most expensive places to travel, but a strong dollar and weaker euro mean that international travelers can find some great deals on travel to the continent this summer.

TripAdvisor just released its TripIndex Europe report, which analyzes hotel prices and airfare to several European cities. The report found that the cost of a one-week summer trip to Europe has declined by an average of 11%.

Istanbul is the cheapest European city to visit this summer, with a one-week trip costing an average of $1,877 — 25% cheaper than it would have cost to travel there last year. The average nightly hotel rate in  Istanbul is only $97 and the average cost of airfare is $1,197. Over the last several years, Istanbul has been gaining popularity as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and now is an incredibly affordable time to travel there.

Other affordable destinations in Europe are Bucharest, Romania, where a one-week trip costs an average of $1,894, and Krakow, Poland, where a one-week trip costs an average of $1,938. The most expensive destinations in Europe are Edinburgh, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland;  London, and  Zurich.

See the chart below for more information on the cost of European travel this summer.


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Central Europe Tours: Prague, Budapest, Vienna Vacation Packages. #graco #travel #system

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Central Europe Tours – Escorted Travel

Escorted tours of Central Europe feature a professional English-speaking tour manager to handle all of your needs. Maximize comfort and value, while taking advantage of the camaraderie that comes with traveling as a group.

Air & Land: $1289* Land Only: $679 2 Budapest, 2 Vienna, 2 Prague Tour Type: Escorted Season: Oct ’15 – Mar ’16

    9 Day Classic Central Europe

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    9 Day Classic Russia

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    Air & Land: $2089* Land Only: $1349 2 Mainz, 1 Baden-Baden, 2 Lucerne, 1 Innsbruck, 2 Vienna Tour Type: Escorted Season: Nov ’15 – Mar ’16

    10 Day Classic Baltics

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    Air & Land: $2159* Land Only: $1239 2 Tallinn, 2 Riga, 2 Vilnius, 2 Warsaw Tour Type: Escorted Season: Apr – Oct ’16

    10 Day Classic Switzerland

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    Air & Land: $3059* Land Only: $2299 2 Lucerne, 2 Geneva, 2 Zermatt, 2 Lugano Tour Type: Escorted Season: Apr – Oct ’16

    10 Day Croatia & Slovenia

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    10 Day Affordable Central Europe with Berlin
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    11 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

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    11 Day Crown of Central Europe

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Family Vacations in Europe – Overview of Trip Ideas #madagascar #travel

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Family Vacations in Europe

Pilot your own barge, or cruise along in catered luxury. Often, bikes are provided along with the barge, so families can explore beyond their river or canal.

Have a look at some high-end family bike holidays on which all details are handled. A lower-budget option is suggested, too.

Pack the plastic swords and crowns, and take the family to stay stay overnight in a castle. Some are surprisingly affordable.

Definitely a vacation your neighbors haven t done yet.

And what a wonderful way to see the famed Irish countryside: in your own comfy gypsy-style caravan, drawn by a patient horse. Picture a tiny version of a covered wagon like you see in old Westerns. These caravans have beds and a kitchenette.

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Rent a (surprisingly affordable) cottage on Balmoral Estate. and the Queen will be your landlady. Take a guided walk, or enjoy great hiking and cycling in the area.

Picture quaint wooden stalls filled with marionettes and wood carvings and Christmas toys, then add the smells of toasted chestnuts and gingerbread. Christmas Markets are a centuries-old German tradition. The market in Dresden dates back to 1434. Many towns vie to have the best market, or the biggest candle or biggest Christmas Tree.

Stay Somewhere Fun

The places below provide fun for the family right on the property. Enjoy them as destinations or as a home base for exploring the environs.

  • Eurocamp. Forget your usual ideas about camping. Guests can stay in bungalows or deluxe three-room tents equipped with beds, and enjoy resort-like facilities and kids programs.
  • Center Parcs Family Resorts. here s where European families go for getaways. Stay in a large cottage and a huge recreational property, with kids programs and an indoor tropical pool complex.
  • Familotel Holiday Hotels for Families
    A great idea for families with young kids, these family holiday hotels in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland offer kids activities, childcare and babycare, play zones, baby gear and even strollers. Choose from ski holidays or summer holidays with pools, slides, and outdoors fun.
  • Hay Hotels. Stay in a barn in the German countryside. At heuhotels , guests sleep on a bed of dried grass, perhaps in a loft, or in feed stalls fitted out with wooden platforms; bring your own sleeping bag and towels. (Though a few hay hotels are offering more amenities.)

An even more unique place to stay — though you ll probably only want to stay a night or two — is Lapland, Sweden s Ice Hotel. Sleep in special sleeping bags on beds made of ice and covered with reindeer skins; warm outdoor clothing is provided. A tour company sells a package that arranges all.

Other Ideas About Places to Stay

Renting a multi-room abode with a kitchen has many advantages for families. A variation on the typical type of vacation home rental is offered by Untours. a company that offers hand-picked vacation rentals in apartments, farmhouses or cottages, plus insider tips for the area and a local contact.

Budget travel is perfectly respectable in Europe, and here s a way for families to save big-time. Hostels have changed much in recent years, and former youth hostels now welcome people of all ages including families who, in many places, can stay in family rooms. Spartan but clean, these rooms typically have bunk beds, and sometimes a private bathroom; otherwise, a toilet and shower will be just a few steps away (–and extremely clean, in our experience.) Some hostels are housed in architectural treasures: castles in Scotland, a centuries-old villa in Verona, former monasteries. places that are low in cost and high in character.


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Greece Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Greece – Rail Europe

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Ride the Rails in Greece

Although Greece has dramatically upgraded its rail infrastructure, it s wise to travel only on the major lines. Though safe, the local rails remain slow and tough to navigate (especially for the neophyte). Exceptions? Very touristy routes like Athens to the port city Piraeus (only 20 minutes by suburban train).

We recommend the InterCity or InterCityExpress trains. From Athens, you can journey to the very hip city of Thessaloniki (check out the fashion and the food) and onwards towards Katerini (home to several archeological digs). From there travel to ancient Corinth in just ninety minutes, and then to the port of Patras. Final destination? Argos, arguably Greece s oldest city, and the ruins of the Heraeum temple where the goddess Hera was revered.

Most IC and ICE trains offer decent comfort in second class, but first class is still preferable (except on very short journeys). On longer trips, on-board food services are good and reasonably priced.

Seat assignments vary by train and route. If you purchase a ticket for travel within Greece from Rail Europe, you will receive an ticket without a reservation. If a seat reservation is required or If you re traveling with a pass (e.g. Eurail Pass, Balkan Pass), you may book your reservation locally since they re only available within Greece. Use the OSE (Greek railways) offices in the main cities. They re less crowded and more helpful, and the reservation is free.

And if your travel plans include visiting both Italy and Greece, consider the Eurail Attica Pass. This pass includes round-trip ferry travel between Italy and Greece, plus travel to the Greek islands once you re there.

For more information on Greece contact the Greece Tourist Board .


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Greece and Turkey Tours – Globus® Europe Tours #travel #hypermarket

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Save 10% per person on 2016 Globus Europe, South and North America early booking vacations.*

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Hacks to Save Money on Europe Travel #buy #airline #tickets

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Hacks to Save Money on Europe Travel

1. Book x2 one-way tickets

If you re travelling to Europe you re likely to be visiting more than one country. Who are we kidding, you re likely to be visiting a handful! Traditionally it has always been cheaper to book a return ticket from your point of origin but times are changing. A great way to save a tonne of cash is to book a one-way flight to your starting point, journey from there to your final destination (i.e. Land in Paris, travel throughout Western Europe and fly out of Prague in Central Europe), and not have to worry about travelling in a loop back to your starting point. This is particularly helpful if you intend to visit the East and West. i.e. flying into Moscow and flying out of Paris.

2. Travel Off Season (for two reasons)

It should come at no surprise that summer is in fact the worst time of the year to visit Europe. Firstly, the prices are hiked, the hotels are booked, and the lines for museums are out-of-control long. Secondly, this is the least authentic Europe experience you can allow yourself to encounter. Why? None of the locals will be in town during the summer they mostly escape the summer madness and flee on holidays of their own. This is particularly try in the likes of Paris and Rome, but also through to smaller towns and countries in Central/Eastern Europe. Typically summer season in Europe is the least authentic experience you can have, its expensive, it is often far too hot, and it is certainly going to be filled with elbow nudging and toe-tapping as you test your patience.

So, when should you travel to Europe? Literally any of the months (and seasons) outside of summer. Rule out June, July and August.  If you are going to visit Europe in summer, know where to go to avoid the crowds . Take any of the other months and you will be fine. Typically prices also hike over Christmas/New Years, which is of course true for anywhere in the world.

3. Try stick to Family Run Businesses

So you want to save money but you don t want it to mean sleeping in dorm rooms or living off greasy carbs for your designated allotment of weeks? The best value for money you will find is almost always going to be through family run businesses. If you want the best deal that combines both price with comfort. family-run hotels, restaurants, tour operators, etc. are one of your best bets.

Its easy to look at a map of Europe and let your eyes boggle over the endless possibilities Rome; Paris; London; Prague; Vienna; Moscow; Kiev . the list is sure to be endless. But it is also important to give your trip a focus and stick to your instincts. If its your first time in Europe, a great idea is to stick to the hotspots . If you re more interested in Modern World History, Central/Eastern Europe is likely to be more your style. If you want to get off the beaten path, there are some unbelievable hidden gems lying further to the East and along the coast of the Baltic states. But one thing is for certain: you can t do it all at once. And even if you can (assuming you ve just won the lottery), you shouldn t. Europe should be explored on multiple trips at various times in your life depending on what takes your interest at that given time. Here s a few sample itineraries to get you started:

European Highlights


London is always a great place to start, particularly if you are travelling from New York and looking to save money on flights. If you re travelling from further abroad, consider airports with lower taxes such as Dublin, Ireland. From London, you have the choice to either travel by train or air to Amsterdam and make your way through Paris, the French Riviera, through to the hotspots of Italy, and finally to Bavaria in Germany.

Staying Central


If you d prefer to venture beyond the hotspots and uncover authentic and awe-inspiring Central Europe, Munich is a great place to start with many airlines flying into here or Frankfurt also a great starting point in Germany. From there, make your way to the capital of Czech Republic, followed by train travel through Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and onward to Krakow, Poland.

Discovering the East


There s so much to discover in the East and no matter how many times you ve heard it, you can t hear it enough Eastern Europe is SO UNDERRATED and cheap. Starting in the Russian capital, be sure to spend a few days discovering the city that has suffered turbulence and turmoil over the years, but manages to WOW visitors with its Orthodox churches and stunning underground metro stations. From there, take the high-speed train to St Petersburg and discover Russia s history beyond the modern world back to the days of Peter the Great and Russian regality. From there its just a short ferry ride to Tallin in Estonia. Onwards to Riga, you will be baffled by the beauty of this Baltic state that doesn t earn nearly enough credit for its charm.

Visiting the North


The Northern countries are undeniably the most expensive countries to visit in Europe, so if you re going to go, it is absolutely necessary to travel at a slower pace in order to make it viable and rewarding.

Most museums offer free entry on particular days. The Louvre offers free entry on the first Sunday of the month for example, which can be a nice saving if you re on a tight budget. If you can swing your schedule to allow for it, avoiding museum entrance fees is a great chance to save money.

Before you leave, its important to have a definitive plan for handling your finances whilst abroad. ATM fees are increasingly expensive and exchanging cash is not only costly but equally risky. Be sure to do your own up-to-date research on the credit cards available to you, but do know that the best deal I have personally found is the 28 Degrees Mastercard. There are no fees when using it as a credit card, however be wary of ATM fees which once weren t a problem but have recently been implemented (given the popularity of the card, I assume)!

A huge money saver comes when you choose to travel to countries not yet on the Euro. Take advantage of the exchange rates and consider countries like: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, or Romania. But beware of expensive countries not on the Euro because their economies are doing so well they d lose out by doing so! These include: The UK, Denmark and Sweden.

Travelling in general gets ridiculously expensive when you have to pay a higher price for everything from accommodation to food to transportation, the costs soon add up. One of the biggest money savers for me over the years has been eating from supermarkets and snacking on-the-go. If you re with others, take this one step further and make it a fun activity by grabbing some eats in the supermarket and having a picnic underneath the Eiffel Tower (champagne optional).

Saving money buying your own food for picnics is one thing, but eating with the season takes it up one more notch to serious budgeting skills .

There are certain shows around the world worth the investment (Moulin Rouge, Cirque du Soleil shows and Broadway shows for example), but don t forget many of the best entertainment around the world is completely free! Whether its a free event or just people watching from a public park or sidewalk, there s always something intriguing waiting to be discovered without a price tag.


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Heart of Europe Tours: Europe Vacation Packages 2015 #hotel #and #car

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The Heart of Europe ®  Tours Europe Vacation Packages 2015

are popular with first time visitors to Europe. Similar to the old movie, “Tuesday It Must Be Belgium,” new travelers to Europe thoroughly enjoy this tour.  Counties included are: Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium Holland. These Europe vacation packages  balances free time, included meals with right amount of escorting, travel, lectures, eating on your own and sightseeing. There is no required shopping on this tour. You will have plenty of time for free shopping.

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Going on its 54th year, our signature tour remains as popular as ever. This itinerary offers seven countries, historic cities, spectacular scenery, and lots of local flavor. It is an ideal choice for first-time travelers to Europe or anyone desiring a taste of the Old World at a great value.


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How Much We Spent Traveling in Europe for Two Months #william

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How Much We Spent Traveling in Europe for Two Months

When Andy and I set off on our Beyond Vacation kick-off trip. I decided to keep track of every penny we spent. There were two reasons for this. We ve never really tracked our travel spending, and I wanted to know how much it costs for us to travel for more than a week or two. And I wanted to be able to share with you how much it costs to travel to the places we visited in Europe. I will have posts later that break down our spending by location, but for now here s an overview of how much we spent traveling in Europe for two months.

A quick look at how much we spent

The following amounts are for two people. All numbers are listed first in euros, second in US dollars.

2,959.40€ / $3,924.47 accommodation

1,335.60€ / $1,771.31 trains

295.60€ / $391.81 other transportation

2,056.78€ / $2,726.21 food and alcohol

205.80€ / $272.80 activities

130.04€ / $172.40 miscellaneous

6,983.22€ / $9,259 total

As you can see, Western Europe is not cheap. We traveled through Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy, plus side trips to the tiny countries of San Marino and the Vatican. Andy and I are not bare-bones budget travelers, but we aren t luxury travelers either, so this should give you a decent middle of the road view on costs.

Accommodation spending 2,959.40€

We spent 52 nights away from our home. Most of this was in apartment rentals, but there were a few nights in hostels and hotels, plus one night spent on an overnight train. 2,959.40€ divided by 52 nights comes out to an average of 56.91€ per night.

We didn t pay for 15 nights of lodging. The night on the train was technically free accommodation since the ticket price is entirely included in the train category. We also got complimentary accommodations in the following places: 2 nights in Rotterdam for the post-conference press trip; 2 nights in a hostel in Nice and 3 nights in a hostel in Naples. both sponsored by Hostelworld; 7 nights in Bologna as part of BlogVille, sponsored by Emilia-Romagna Tourism. If we had paid for those ourselves, I estimate we would ve spent another 1,100€ for 14 nights.

So 2,959.40€ divided by the 37 nights we did pay for averages out to 79.98€ per night, roughly 40€ per person per night. I think this is pretty good considering how expensive hotels can be in Europe. Renting apartments as often as possible definitely helped keep our costs down, not only in this category but also in the food category.

Train spending 1,335.60€

This was a plane-free trip, so our major form of transportation was by train. The train system in Europe is generally really good, and I m starting to like train travel more and more.

We looked at getting InterRail passes (like Eurail passes, but InterRail is for European residents) but after some research decided it wasn t worth it in our situation. Since we had all of our dates set ahead of time, it was cheaper to book the train tickets ahead of time in most places. Passes would ve worked if we were booking at the last minute. There were a few trains we bought tickets for at the last minute (in the Netherlands and Belgium, and short distances in Italy) because the prices were almost the same and we wanted to leave ourselves some flexibility.

Other transportation spending 295.60€

This is almost entirely public transportation, such as buses, metros, and trams. We used public transportation a lot since we were mostly in big cities and the distances were too far to walk. Almost each city we were in offers some kind of day or multi-day pass for their transportation system, but not all of them were as economical. There is one ride in a taxi and a round trip boat ticket in here as well.

Rotterdam Tourism covered the cost of our local transportation for the 2 day press trip including this crazy tuk tuk and a water taxi. Emilia-Romagna Tourism covered the cost of the van that took our whole group on a weekend excursion, but we paid for our transportation for things like getting to Gelato University and to Modena for the vinegar tasting .

Food and alcohol spending 2,056.78€

We did our fair share of eating (and drinking) out, but we purposely rented apartments so we could eat breakfast in and make our own meals occasionally. We almost never bought breakfast out, we went grocery shopping when we stayed in apartments, and didn t eat at fancy restaurants. We certainly could ve eaten in even more often, but we also wanted to make sure we were trying the local food.

We had a few lunches covered at the travel blogging conference, all meals on the post-conference trip were covered, and a few meals were covered during BlogVille. Overall we paid for almost everything we ate or drank, and I m estimating about 3 days worth of meals we didn t have to pay for.

2,056.78€ divided by 50 days averages out to 41.14€ per day, so just over 20€ per person per day. Not bad considering how often we ate out, drank out, and indulged in gelato. (Check out Andy s post about the best sandwich ever .)

Activities spending 205.80€

This number includes visits to Vianden Castle and Castle Gravensteen. the Anne Frank Museum. the tulip farm. the Cantillon brewery. Mini Europe. renting beach umbrellas, and a few other things like that. It is a bit low though because we had quite a few activities covered by the tourism boards we were working with. The things we did in Bologna while we were participating in BlogVille were covered, like our San Marino guide, my pasta cooking class and Gelato University. We also had complimentary tours of Pompeii. the Vatican. the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and a food tour from Walks of Italy. These are all activities we would have paid for on our own if we weren t able to get them sponsored, and I estimate the cost to be around 700€.

Miscellaneous spending 130.04€

The majority of this category won t apply to most people, but there will always be some other expenses along the way when you travel, especially if you buy souvenirs. I only had one pair of jeans with me, and they were an older pair, so just a week into the trip they had holes in them and had to be replaced for 39.90€ in Amsterdam. I also bought some earrings the same day.

Because we were traveling for 2 months, I had to buy contact solution about halfway through the trip. We put our luggage in a locker at the train station in Paris during our train layover so we could find dinner. I bought some postcards, as well as 3 souvenir thimbles for my mom. We also had to spend a whopping 20 cents each to use a bathroom, which I only bothered to include here because I thought it was funny.

We each used our cell phones a little bit while we were traveling, and the extra charges we incurred for using our phones outside of Germany came out to a total of 16.04€. We also had to pay to do laundry 3 times when we didn t have free access to a washer, and that cost came to 20.60€ total.

So that s how much we spent traveling in Europe for two months! Everyone s travel budgets will be different, but this will give you a good starting point for a long trip in Europe. If you prefer more luxurious hotels or budget hostel dorms, you ll need to make adjustments when planning out your budget and saving for your own trip. In the coming weeks I will break these down by city and country so you can get a better idea of what it would cost to spend a week or two in some of these areas for vacation.

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How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets to Europe #best #price #on

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How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets to Europe

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Step 1

Search online for flights to Europe as far in advance as possible to lock in the lowest fares. If you re planning to take your European vacation during busy travel seasons, like from May to September or during the holidays, planning ahead is even more essential to beat the sky-high prices.

Step 2

Go to student travel agencies to get excellent deals on flights to Europe, even if you re not a student. Probably the most well-known student travel agency, STA Travel, can be found throughout the United States and typically in almost any big college town. It offers cheap U.S.-Europe airfare to the general public (see Resources).

Step 3

Look into charter flights to Europe. Smaller airline carriers offer round-trip flights on certain dates and from particular destinations. These flights can be significantly cheaper than those of commercial airlines, but they also can be canceled if there aren t enough passengers. Make sure to purchase a ticket with a refund policy.

Ask a travel agent about buying a consolidator ticket to your European destination. Consolidator tickets are discount airline fares sold by wholesale vendors who buy up large numbers of airline tickets and resell them at lower prices than airline companies can offer. These tickets are cheaper, but they also come with a couple of drawbacks. Frequent-flier miles aren t always valid with these types of tickets, and if your flight is canceled, another carrier isn t obligated to accept you on another flight (although many airlines often provide this service for consolidator ticket holders).

Fly stand-by to Europe if you have some leeway with your travel dates, since this can be much cheaper than booking a regular flight. (See Resources for a leading website on stand-by fares). While you won t be guaranteed a seat on a particular flight, you should be able to fly on the next plane with empty seats.


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Europe Travel Guide: Your Personal Travel Guide

Europe is the second largest continent in the world. This is a diversified continent because of its cultural diversification. An established reality about the continent which came out in the year 2004 is that Europe is visited by the 59% of the total persons visiting across the planet. If you are also organizing a trip here then Europe travel guide could be the top remedy for you which can supply you the complete information about this amazing continent. European nations are vast and have diverse culture, places, history etc and 1 can discover all this facts through guides for traveling to Europe.

Ten Countries in Europe for an Amazing European Tour

Europe is one particular of the most stunning areas in the world. If you want to tour Europe and get to see what the continent has to present, then read through these ten areas you can go to in this awesome continent. It could be a bit pricey, but a vacation I bet you will never ever forget in a million years.

1.) Fall in Enjoy with London

There are so lots of areas you can take a look at here in London. The initially and most terrific sight you will quite possibly see is the Buckingham Palace. Next, I would advocate that you check out the Tower of London. If you want to get to know the place better, then do not forget to walk in the streets of the City of London and admire its historic buildings.

2.) Lover’s Paradise

Of course, if you want to tour Europe, do not forget visiting the ever-romantic location of Paris. This place has a lot to give historically specially the Eiffel Tower, a most breathtaking sight you will ever see. This is exactly where most tourists go to, and as soon as their feet get tired of walking, get to take pleasure in the numerous cafes and bars positioned in its history-filled streets.

3.) Come Go to Rome

This is a further good place that you should by no means miss. Rome delivers a lot of historic buildings. The Vatican City alone is just one of its attractions and the various other churches it has, specially following being produced extra renowned by Dan Brown’s book, the Da Vinci Code.

four.) Charles Bridge

This is one particular of the best areas Prague has to supply. The excellent scenery it has especially at night when all the lights are lighted is adequate to steal one’s breath away. Get to know the terrific people today of Prague and their culture.

5.) Get pleasure from the Scent and Beauty of La Rambla’s Flower Shops

This is one particular of the areas Barcelona has to present visitors – the La Rambla flower shops. If you enjoy flowers, then this is an perfect location for you to stroll by means of. Also, you could take a look at its historical places like Temple de la Sagrada Familia and Cathedral La Seu, and so on.

6.) Come Fly to Amsterdam

Amsterdam – the nation where Anne Frank came from, author of the popular Anne Frank’s diary, a teenager during the Nazi period. Get to know this place’s historical canals and bridges. If you enjoy Van Gogh, do not forget to go to the Van Gogh Museum.

7.) Lovely, Lovely Venice

One particular can never deny the beauty that Venice has to offer. Get to see extra of its renowned bridges and churches traveling by gondolas. The Grand Canal alone is enough to fulfill each newlywed’s fantasy of a romantic and great honeymoon.

8.) Beauty of Madrid

Do not forget Madrid if you want a grand European tour. This should be in just about every European tour as this nation is recognized for its popular however romantic bullfighting. If you also like flea markets, then go to El Rastro, Madrid’s greatest and very preferred flea market place.

9.) Remarkable Athens

As one particular of the lands of the gods and the goddesses, you can take a look at so a number of tourist destinations here like the Athens Acropolis and the Athens Ancient and Roman Agora. There are also museums and galleries that you can check out. Of course, do not forget the churches and monasteries the place has.

ten.) Idyllic Florence

This is an additional good nation that one really should go to. Get to know it folks and culture by visiting the museums and galleries. Also, if you take pleasure in shopping but desires it to be really exclusive, then go go to Arno River exactly where its bridge is full of little shops and stores.


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Ride the dollar: This is the summer to travel to Europe

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BARCELONA—Cathie Golden takes a European vacation each year with her sister Barbara Needham and their children.

This year they chose Barcelona and Madrid. For the first time in more than a decade, the euro is almost equal in value to the dollar, making Spain and other European cities more affordable to Americans than even some domestic destinations.

“We’ve been shopping up a storm because of it,” Golden says, showing off a new pair of sneakers. “Here you’re just throwing money around.”

The family stop into the Hotel Colon in the Gothic Quarter for drinks. They are surprised when two glasses of white wine and a beer cost as much as one drink in a New York City hotel. Their train tickets to Madrid are less than seats on an Amtrak train from New York to Washington, D.C. A 15-minute cab ride to the beach is 10 euros.

Golden, who lives in the New York area, has good reason to throw money around. TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Europe, released last week, found that travel expenses for popular European destinations have dropped an average of 11% year-over-year. Travelers will be able to save as much as 25% on their summer trips.


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Senior Vacations in Europe #travel #to #jamaica

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Senior Vacations in Europe

Most European vacations begin in London with a tour of the capital cities. European tours are a favorite of senior travelers .

Seniors no longer want to sit at home and grow old or go visit nearby relatives for their vacation. Today, seniors are rapidly making up a large segment of the tourism industry. While most seniors have been to California or Florida, many have never crossed the Atlantic. Going to Europe is different and just as much fun as any place in North America. For seniors who like to travel to Europe, a little homework is required. There are many great countries in Europe and each has its own distinct language, people, culture, and traditions.  Now is the time to take a senior vacation to Europe.

With the current recession, almost every country in Europe has now become an affordable destination for seniors, special discounts and deals are available for all tourists and especially discounts on seniors tours.  There are many countries in Europe worth visiting but one should decide beforehand where they would like to go.  There is so much to see when you decide you want to tour Europe.  Taking one of the many senior tours available is a good decision because a senior travel package will give you a good cross section of European cities and activities.

The first thing seniors searching travel options should do is browse the web and get an idea about Europe. Next is to talk to a travel agent or program that caters to senior vacations only.  Find out what companies are offering European bus tours .  Or perhaps you d like to travel by train? There are many deals for seniors available at this time of the year and the itinerary needs to be specific for the mature traveler. Many types of tours to Europe including sight seeing, hiking, biking mountain climbing, going to the vineyards or staying-put vacation where one rests and enjoys peace. Some tours to Europe including spending time in cities like London or Paris, in a plush resort and being spoilt rotten.

Seniors can also swap houses which can make a European vacation very cheap. There are many companies that specialize in arranging house swaps as a means of affordable vacations. However, be careful about signing any agreements. Have an attorney review the forms before you sign any papers.

Once you decide your destination of travel, you need to decide if you want to go alone or in tour group. If you decide to go with a tour group for your senior vacation, you have no hassles and the entire trip is arranged by the travel agent. Everything from your transport to the airport, airfare, hotels, driver, and local guides is prearranged. All you need is to show up for the flight. The biggest advantage of flying with a senior travel tour group is that it is convenient and cheap. Large tour group operators deal with many customers and get large discounts that are passed on to consumers. Further, going with a tour group means you also get access to unusual and or popular sites with ease. For example, going to the Vatican museum in Rome alone will mean waiting in a line for hours/days. Guided tour groups have their own Vatican museum access times via different doors. Going with tour groups also means not having to deal with language problems or what to wear for dinner or not knowing where to go. Further tour groups provide education and new ways to see other cultures. Finally, tour groups are one way to meet other people of your own age group and develop some type of social interaction.

The disadvantages of going with senior tour groups to Europe is that since all the itineraries are prearranged, you have little choice in the matter. If you are an independent traveler, who are selective and picky, then group tours may not be right for you. Many tour groups jam up itineraries so that you see a lot in a short period of time. This way there is little time for spontaneous sightseeing, going shopping or even visiting a local friend. The other negative about senior travel tours is that most itineraries are detailed and involve a lot of traveling, walking, climbing, and hiking. Therefore, if you have health concerns, you may not be able to keep up. The final point about going with tour groups is that everything is scheduled on a particular time. regardless of many factors. Therefore, if you want to sleep in one day, or are exhausted, you have very little control of where you want to go or when you want to go. If your hotel does not live upto your expectations, then you are stuck.

Therefore, before you jump for your senior vacation to Europe, sit down, and ask your self what you want, where you would like to go, and what you want do when you get there. The better prepared you are, the more enjoyable will be your trip. Call a travel agent and discus any issues you may have and then you can see Europe the way you want.

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Singles Trips to Europe #cdc #travel

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Singles Trips to Europe

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If you’re looking for love, or if you’d simply like to take a trip with friendly fellow travelers, an organized singles trip may be the best way to see Europe. Singles travel has grown into a booming industry, with plenty of independent travelers looking to see new places, but preferring not to do so completely on their own.

Destination Options

A great deal of singles trips will take you to see the continent, and of them, many head to the same handful of locations. Not surprisingly, popular cities include cosmopolitan capitals like Paris, London, Amsterdam and Rome. However, many singles tours take you to smaller cities and towns and into rural areas you might not explore on your own. Various singles tour groups take groups of travelers to see the French Riviera, Tuscany, Andalucia and Normandy. Some groups even wend their way to less touristy areas like Italy’s Friuli region or Slovenia.


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Vacation Packages to Europe from Toronto #cheap #air #ticket

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Vacation Packages to Europe from Toronto

Europe may be the world’s second smallest continent but its 50 countries sure pack a big punch. As popular to visit as ever, there are many ways to experience the history, culture, natural beauty and charm that Europe has to offer and no matter how you decide to take it in, it is a not-to-be-missed destination that should be on everyone’s ‘to-visit’ list.

Besides fantastic regional cuisine, some of the world’s most famous landmarks, museums, galleries, boutiques and endless hours of fun, a European vacation gives the visitor great insight into the origins of the ‘new world.’ From stylish London to ancient Greece, there is a lot to see, and whether you’re travelling by Eurail trains, a comfy motorcoach, a rented car or floating by on a river cruise, be prepared to accept that it’s hard to see it all and most everyone who goes once, returns for more.

Well-serviced from most major Canadian cities, seasonal charter flights operate to the more popular European cities including London, Paris, Rome and Lisbon. Accommodations vary from fun, backpacker style hostels to posh 5-star historic hotels and just about everything in between.

Europe’s great rivers are a perfect alternative to overland sightseeing and river cruising has become an increasingly popular way to see the continent from a new vantage point. Mediterranean and Aegean Sea cruises add another element to the European experience and ports of call explore both laid-back beach towns as well as major, historical city centres.

Diverse, picturesque and utterly fascinating, European vacations entice, enrich and educate, leaving a lasting, lifelong impression on everyone who visits.


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Budget Travel Tips for Europe #cheap #flights #hotels

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Budget Travel Tips for Europe

Practical, how-to budget travel advice is indispensible. There s something particularly valuable about travel advice that opposes the emphasis on expensive hotels and other forms of high-end consumption that characterizes the contemporary travel media, perhaps especially in regions like Europe where costs are generally quite high.

Budget-friendly travel in Europe is no impossible dream, and the following sites are good for inspiring shoestring feats, assessing likely costs, and, above all else, disproving the idea that you have to spend hundreds of dollars a day to see Europe well. For some ideas about where to travel affordably in Europe, check out last week s ten budget-friendly European destinations post.

1. Less Than a Shoestring. Though no longer publishing on a regular basis, the archives of this blog are astoundingly helpful in their low-budget audacity. Particularly useful for anyone scared off at the thought of Europe s cost index are the blog s Baring my Budget posts, which run through budgets for various short trips in great detail: three nights in Malta for €50 (currently $66); five days in London for £85 (currently $133); four nights in Venice for €91 (currently $120), all departing from Berlin. Costs breakdowns are provided in these Baring my Budget posts, as are the freebies encountered along the way. The mention of freebies is particularly helpful, as it reveals how often tourist information, maps, museum admission, and various cultural performances can be accessed free of charge. Though this series ran over two years ago, it is still very relevant.

2. EuroCheapo. Disclosure: I worked as an editor at EuroCheapo for almost three years and continue to do occasional freelance projects for the site. Phew. Glad I got that out of the way. Personal loyalty aside, EuroCheapo really is an enormously helpful resource. It is first and foremost as a hotel review site with useful descriptions of hotels written by trained hotel reviewers. EuroCheapo also edits a great blog full of essential budget-oriented tips penned by correspondents on the ground.

3. Guardian s budget travel section. To be fair, the Guardian s budget travel section is good for destinations around the world, though the density of articles on the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and other European countries is impressive. Recent articles that showcase well the newspaper s creatively open approach to the subject of budget travel include Susan Greenwood s budget Stockholm journey story, indebted to insider tips provided by a local blogger; a piece on backpacking in the Crimea by Maxton Walker; and Benji Lanyado s TwiTrips series, for which the author receives tips via Twitter about the city he s visiting and then liveblogs his discoveries. The most recent TwiTrip series installment sees Lanyado visiting Liverpool .4. Flycheapo. This site felt buzzing and electrified back when Europe s low-cost airlines were announcing new routes weekly. With all the route cut-backs and cancellations of the last few years, the site sees far fewer regular updates. Nonetheless, Flycheapo is still an essential place to look for route information for inexpensive flights around Europe. The site provides new route news snippets, a route index, an airline index, and a route search, all of which are helpful for figuring out potential itineraries for low-cost air journeys across Europe.

5. Deutsche Bahn. Indispensible for figuring out train itineraries, features Europe-wide train schedules in enthralling detail. is also a much cheaper place for purchasing advance train fares than US-based agents. A very helpful run-down of how much cheaper these fares can be as well as information on how to access Deutsche Bahn sales personnel in English can be found in two posts by the editors of hidden europe magazine, here and here .


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9 Helpful Tips For Traveling Europe Alone As A 20-Something Female

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9 Helpful Tips For Traveling Europe Alone As A 20-Something Female

This summer I packed up a Rick Steves backpack, got on a plane and traveled Europe by myself. When I left, my dad was terrified and most of my friends thought I was crazy. BUT traveling alone was the best thing I’ve ever done and through trial/error/hangovers, I learned a lot.  Here are some tips for making your solo European trip as fun, safe, awesome and as cheap as possible:

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1. Realize what’s important in a hostel

One of the reasons why traveling alone is the best is that you get to make new friends nearly every day. However, a key factor of this is choosing what hostels to stay in. You might think you’ve scored big time when you book a fancy hostel (complete with bar! food! pool!) for cheap, but I would recommend being weary of such accommodations. When hostels feel like hotels, travelers tend to be less social. What’s actually important? Kitchen, atmosphere (somewhere in between chill and party) and communal lounge areas. Major bonus if you snag free breakfast.

2. Find friends at your hostel that you can trust

The least sketchy way to start out an evening is going out with people you at least slightly know. Now that being said, you can still barely know them. For example, in Scotland I went outside out of boredom and ended up tagging along with some fellow travelers and it turned out to be a great night. But knowing they had my back (to an extent at least) allowed me to enjoy getting reasonably drunk. Example number two, while out with a large group from my hostel in Paris, I got SMASHED (believe me, the caps is justified), but because I was with a great group of people, and a really nice Australian (thanks Michael), I didn’t get robbed and/or taken advantage of.

3. Come up with an Alias

There are most definitely going to be creepers, because although in the states getting a man is about as easy as performing a root canal, in Europe they’re everywhere. Sadly, not all that attention will be welcomed. Therefore, you must have an alias most importantly a last name, so they won’t know anything too personal about you.

Go with something realistic (a.k.a most of them won’t be stupid enough to believe your name is McLovin), also pick something that’s not already taken (they also won’t believe your name is Angelina Jolie). Get to know your alias so it sounds natural when you respond to their questions. Give this alias a fake city as well, preferably one you know something about. My name in Europe was Christine Benson (common last name) and I hailed from San Francisco (I have been there enough to be able to convincingly lie straight to peoples face).

4. Learn how to avoid creeps without actually saying no

The last thing you want to do is piss off the drunk Scotsman at the bar. So instead of saying “fuck off” like you want to, try to be a little more discreet. Since you probably don’t have cellular phone capabilities, expect them to ask for your name so they can stalk you on Facebook. Creepy, right? Good thing there’s a trick! Use this line: “my name is really common, let me get yours.” Say this even if your name is the most unique name on the planet (besides, your alias should be common). This way, you’re not saying no, but they also won’t be stalking your profile pictures/sending you messages in which they are overly interested in your whereabouts.

 5. Pack lightly

Everyone will tell you this and you will ha-ha at them and say, “duh, I already know that”. But really, PACK LIGHT. Bring clothes you love so much you want to sleep with them, and then wear them over and over again (also helpful because there will probably be a lot of nights when you’re too drunk to take off said clothes before passing out). I thought I packed light, but still had to ship back an 80 Euro package to make my bag fit within the Nazi like limitations of RyanAir.

6. Bring your student ID

Nobody told me this! Nobody! To my friends who’ve been to Europe I ask: what kind of friends are you. Bring your student ID even if you don’t remember the last time you cracked open a book. It can get you cheaper drinks, free museum admission and pretty much everything at a discounted price.

7. Find a grocery store

Unless you want to sit alone in your hostel and cry, you are going to have to spend some money. However, in some aspects you will have control over the amount of money you spend. Food is one of these. I would suggest finding your nearest grocery store and getting real familiar with tortellini (cheap, delicious, protein filled) Spend your food money where it counts: scotch in Scotland, a nice dinner in Paris, authentic pasta in Italy, Tapas in Barcelona, etc. The rest of the time, eat all the baguettes you can find.

8. Have flexibility to leave/stay

Saying this is going to make me sound like an ungrateful, uncultured snob, but I hated Rome. The second I stepped out of termini station (and was greeted by a vomiting homeless man) I had a bad feeling about the place, and after the first night I was ready to leave. But I still had three more full days before I departed for Barcelona. I wish I’d had more flexibility to move around as I pleased instead of being at the whim of an airline. You do have to be careful of prices rising the longer you wait (BUY A CHUNNEL TICKET ASAP IF YOU’RE GOING FROM LONDON TO PARIS), but sometimes moving on with your journey, or staying where makes you happiest, is worth the extra cost.

9. Dress/act like yourself

You are going to constantly be putting yourself out there, meeting new people, asking for directions in a language you don’t speak, going into fancy museums. My best advice for dealing with any un-comfortableness associated with these things: be yourself. Not only will this make you feel more at ease, but it will also help you attract the kind of people you actually want to hang out with.


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What Is the Cheapest Way to Travel to Europe? #international #travel

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What Is the Cheapest Way to Travel to Europe?


Airline consolidators routinely offer discounted international flights to Europe and other places. After purchasing the tickets in bulk, they are able to offer them at a substantial savings for the consumer. Flexibility and advance planning will yield the biggest savings.


Consider flying into one city and out of another. Many major European cities are in close proximity, within a few hours drive, and the potential savings could be significant.

Travel Agencies

This might seem like an obvious option, but the old stand-by travel agent still has some merit. A travel agency often has exclusive access to pooled airfare discounts and can pass those on to the consumer.

Chartered/Courier Flights

Charter and courier flights have cheaper fares, but the offerings of such flights have diminished greatly. Many restrictions apply as well, such as the need to live near a few choice departure cities, limit luggage to carry-on and fly with little notice.


Provided you’re in Eurasia or Asia in some instances, travel by train is possible. Affordable fares are available from Moscow to London and between other cities as well.


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Europe By Train

By far the most popular way to experience continental Europe is by train. Countries like France and Germany have some of the most advanced and well maintained trains in the industry. It goes without saying that rail travel is fast but with newer high-speed trains travelling at up to 186mph (300km/h) you will be able to reach your destination in a fraction of the time it takes by road.

Each country however has its own set of rail providers, for example in France the rail network is largely dominated by the SNCF network and the high-speed TGV trains. Trying to plan an itinerary which spans several countries by rail with traditional point to point tickets is an expensive minefield. In fact you will find it difficult to even book tickets outside of some countries such as Sweden.

The good news however is that several companies offer rail pass schemes that are honoured on many different rail networks throughout Europe. While the options may seem bewildering at first our comprehensive low-down aims to give you all the info you need to buy the right pass for your holiday.

Rail Passes

The standard model for most rail passes is to allow the holder to travel free on participating rail networks for the duration of the rail pass. However some rail networks only offer concessions to those holding a rail pass. You can always check exactly what rail companies you can use before you buy a rail pass. In addition many trains will require that you have a reservation. You will normally be able to reserve a seat on a train up to 10 minutes before you leave but you may want to reserve earlier on busy trains. For the most part you will not be charged for the reservation on presentation or your rail pass although again this varies.


The Eurailpass is the best known rail pass, it has been around for decades and covers most routes in 17 European countries and come valid for 15 days, 21 days, 1 month, 2 months or 3 months. A cheaper “Youthpass” provides second class travel for those under 26 for the same durations.

More recently Eurail has issued a flexi-pass, this kind of pass entitles the bearer to a certain number of days travelling non-consecutively during the period of validity. For example a flexi-pass is available allowing 10 days travelling within 2 months at a much lower price than a 2 month pass. This kind of pass is ideal if you want to spend a little time at each destination.

Additionally Eurail offer “saverpasses” for group or family travel which can save up to 15% on the individual ticket price.


Inter-rail is another company offering European rail passes valid throughout Europe. With 28 locations under its belt the Inter-Rail pass has a lot to recommend itself. Inter-rail’s pass works on a zone system. Europe is divided up into a number of zones with 2 or 3 countries in each zone. Passes are then charged based on the number of zones you are visiting and the period that the pass is valid for.

By far the best value for money is the 1 month “any number of zones” pass, if you are under 26 you can also get a substantial discount on this pass. However if you know you are concentrating your travel in a small area and one of the zones correspond to the countries you want to see then you may find one of the 1 or 2 zone passes a better deal.


The ScanRail pass is a rail pass allowing free travel throughout Scandinavia. The entire national rail networks in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark are covered as well as a small selection of ferries and buses. High speed trains are not covered but many offer substantial discounts to holders of this pass.

This pass is available in two “flexi” versions offering either 5 days in 2 months or 10 days in two months and a 21 day consecutive pass. Discounts are offered to children, youths (under 26) and senior citizens.

This really is one of the cheapest ways to travel around Scandinavia, especially as some of the other pass schemes have poor coverage of Scandinavia.


EuroDomino passes provide between three to eight days travel within a 1 month period in a single European country. These passes are significantly cheaper than other European passes and are only available to residents of European countries. Pricing varies according to the country that the pass is issued for.

If you are going to restrict your travel to one country this is probably the most convenient and cheapest pass to book with the possible exception of national passes available locally in the destination country. With many countries refusing to accept payments from outside their borders this makes the EuroDomino a much safer choice for most people.

These passes also have the benefit of having second class version available for those over 26 years of age, which can bring down your travel expenditure significantly. Although this does come with the sacrifice of some comfort.

Rail/Drive passes

Some routes, most notably the channel tunnel offer a rail and drive pass. These come in two flavours, either trains that can carry your car such as the Eurostar or rail passes which offer a number of “car days” in between train days in which you will have access to a hire car. Eurail offers “bonuses” which are effectively 50-100% reductions on car hire with some of their passes.

These tickets are useful for exploring harder to reach and rural sites although you will need a full driving licence and may need an international driving permit.

Point-to-point tickets

If you are concentrating most of your travel around a few location then buying individual tickets is the best way to go. For backpacking though the rail passes above probably represent the best value for money and offer the most flexibility.


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Traveling by Train in Europe

Traveling by train in Europe is efficient and cost-effective.

It was small, fitting neatly into the palm of my hand, but it held great promise. This simple slip of paper, my Eurail youth pass, allowed me to hop on any train in Europe. It was like winning the lottery or landing the golden ticket.

Back then, I was an exchange student studying in Austria, so I was close to the action. Eurail in hand, I would pull out my map of Europe, which started off crisp and new but soon grew tattered with use, and plan my adventures.

Should I meet friends in Spain? Travel with my roommate to Budapest? Or should we try to reach the Arctic Circle in Norway? It didn’t matter that I had to sleep in youth hostels or on overnight trains. I was exploring Europe!

Many years have passed since the train trips I took at age 20, but I’m still in love with train travel in Europe.

For me, one of the biggest benefits about vacationing in Europe is that it’s easy to visit several countries in one trip. Unlike travel in the United State or Australia, where traveling between states can take days, you can travel just a few hours or less and be in a completely different culture.

This makes traveling in Europe much simpler. I’ve rented cars in Europe, and that’s a great way to explore rural areas like Tuscany. But then it comes to driving in large cities and populated areas, driving can be stressful, and it can be difficult to find your way around.

By contrast, the train system is well-organized and takes much of the guess-work out of travel. That s why, once again, I chose to travel by train on a recent trip to Europe.

Our plan was to start off in Paris, and then travel around Switzerland. After a few tricky spots manuvouring our luggage through the Paris subway system, we took off from Paris.

It took less than six hours and just one connection to make it to the small town of Montreux, Switzerland on Lake Geneva. Going to the airport would have been more expensive and taken more time, considering all the hassles of checking in and going through security.

We chose to purchase a Swiss Pass for our rail travel.

From there, we chose to buy a five-day Swiss Pass, which provided unlimited access on trains, buses, and boats over the course of eight days.

The Swiss take train travel to new heights. Their organized, efficient and punctual train system means that you can make each connection as planned. If the schedule says the train will leave at 15:39, you can be guaranteed that it will.

From Montreux, we took the train to the cheese-making village of Gruyeres (yes, of the famous cheese). That entailed a breath-taking train trip through the Alps, a short connection in the village of Montbovon, and then we were there.

Getting from the even tinier Swiss village of Charmey, Switzerland to Zurich required a bit more adventure. First, we took a regional bus to Bulle, caught a train to Romont, and then connected one more time in Bern to reach Zurich.

Each connection was perfectly spelled out on the Rail Europe travel planning website, and went smoothly. The entire trip, including all the connections, only took 2.44 hours.

Train travel varies by country, of course, but in general, it’s safe and efficient. You still need to take the usual precautions, though. I learned this when my purse stolen once while sleeping on a train in France. Fortunately, police can be found at most stations if you need assistance.

Not long ago, my daughter told me about her upcoming summer plans – a month-long trip around Europe.

Like any parent, I worry. My daughter would be traveling overseas, far away from me. But what could I say? I remembered a girl who once did that same thing at the same age.

“Let me tell you about the Eurail Pass,” I told her, and then we pulled out a crisp new map of Europe.

Where to Buy Tickets

Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America.  They have served North American travelers for over 75 years and represent more than 35 railroads.

Rail Europe sells the following point-to-point tickets, as well as the following rail passes:

All Eurail Passes

Balkan Flexipass

BritRail Pass

European East Pass

France Rail Pass

France Rail Pass Premium

German Rail Pass

Swiss Pass

Central Europe Triangle Pass

Overnight Travel

For overnight train travel, sleeper and couchette tickets can also be purchased through Rail Europe.

Sleeper/couchette options include:

* Sleepers/Couchettes

* Deluxe: A bed and private restroom

T4 Compartment: Four beds, washbasin, linens/towels

T3 Compartment: Three beds, washbasin, linens/towels

Single: First-class compartment with one bed, washbasin, linens/towels

Please note: Some train, such as TGV, require a purchased seat reservation in addition to your ticket.


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Travel in Europe – Why take the train? #rental #car #deals

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Are you travelling Europe by train? Take advantage of our cheap train tickets to Belgium, France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland or the Netherlands. You can also pick up a special train pass to travel to multiple destinations in Europe. Sit back in our comfortable carriages and travel with 320 km/h to new lands!


Looking for the best way to travel in Europe? Start by booking via and enjoy all the benefits!


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(1) Prices from, per person, in Standard class and for a single ticket between Paris, Brussels, Calais or Lille and London, Ashford or Ebbsfleet. Offer subject to availability. Ticket exchangeable subject to a fee before departure. Ticket non-exchangeable after departure. Ticket non-refundable. Online payment is required and multiple ticket withdrawal options are available, depending on the journey and the number of days between the date of booking and that of departure (e-ticket, free shipping, withdrawal from French railway stations or Rail Europe store (( additional charges of €10 /CHF 12.-for each booking)). Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or SNCF reductions.

(2) Starting from, per person, one way tickets in Comfort 2 (2nd class) Thalys, to a selection of destinations and subject to availability at these rates. Tickets are bookable until 30 days before departure of the train, and are non-exchangeable and non refundable. Online payment is required for e-tickets, free shipping of tickets, withdrawal at a French railway station or withdrawal at a Rail Europe store in Milan, Madrid, Geneva, Cologne (Supplement 10 € per dossier). Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or SNCF discount rate.

(3) Prem’s fare, from, per person, for a 2nd class single with TGV, from selected cities and to a range of destinations. Offer subject to availability. Tickets are on sale between 3 months and 14 days before the date of departure. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. On-line payment is required. Tickets can be sent to your home address free of charge or collected at a French station or a Rail Europe shop in Milan, Madrid, Geneva, Cologne (€10 supplement payable). Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or SNCF reduction.

(4) Fare NON-FLEX, from, valid for a single outbound journey in TGV Lyria 2nd class. On sale 3 months before the date of travel. Tariff valid subject to available seats, non-exchangeable and non-refundable tickets. Online payment is required and multiple ticket withdrawal options are available, depending on the journey and the number of days between the date of booking and that of departure (e-ticket, free shipping, withdrawal from French railway stations or Rail Europe store (( additional charges of €8 /CHF 12.-for each booking)). Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or SNCF reductions.


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Transportation: Travel Europe by train, bus, car, plane, etc. #best #prices

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Traveling with a Eurail train pass is the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to explore continental Europe. The pages below provide information and price comparisons of the many forms of transportation available in Europe. Try using Pass Finder to figure which rail pass is the best value for your itinerary.

Where to purchase (find your country below)?

You must purchase your Eurail pass before you arrive in Europe. You can purchase Eurostar tickets and point-to-point tickets in advance or while Europe.

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Information to help you get started

For many people the only way to travel in Europe is by train. Eurail and/or Inter-Rail passes provide fast and efficient for those wanting to travel Europe by train.

  • Eurail passes are available to anyone who is not a citizen of Europe.

  • Britrail passes are available to anyone who is not a citizen of the UK.
  • Inter-Rail passes are only available to citizens of Europe or for people who can prove they have been residents of a European country for more than six months.
  • EuroStar train service offers high speed trains between London Paris and Brussels Paris. Anyone may purchase tickets, but Eurail pass holders are eligible for a discounted ticket.
  • If you are traveling in a small group (3-6 people) you might find it cheapest to rent or lease a car for the duration of stay in Europe. When computing the price remember to factor in buying gas, road tolls, and any other applicable charges.

    Several different companies offer flexible bus passes that go to many of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. Bus passes are sometimes, but not always, cheaper than train passes. They are an especially good deal for those traveling in Europe for more than two months, because most rail passes are only valid for up to two months from first day of use (depending on the pass you purchase).

    Yet another travel option is backpacking bus tours. I went on two of these week long tours as supplements to my independent train travel. They are fun way to travel (especially when traveling solo) and a great way for a traveler to see certain parts of Europe in depth.

    What I used during my three month trip

    Depending on the length of your stay, combining rail and bus passes can save you money and offer you greater flexibility. During my three months of travel I: used a Britrail Flexipass, went on a MacBackpackers tour, took a National Express bus to/from Ireland, went on a Tir Na NOg tour, took a Eurolines bus from London to Paris, used a 10 days in two month Eurail Flexi-Pass, and took the Eurostar from Brussels to London.


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    Rail Europe Trains – Eurail Passes Rail Europe #usa #travel

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    Eurail Pass from Rail Europe: Is it a Good Deal?

    By Veronica Mullen, Guest Author

    Karen Tina Harrison has been a New York City-based lifestyle journalist for her entire career. She has covered travel since the last millennium, with luxury travel assignments that have taken her around the globe. Read more

    Weighing Rail Europe versus Local Train Tickets

    Many luxury travelers choose trains as the most convenient, most scenic, and least stressful way to see Europe. For visitors committed to this classic, eco-friendly mode of travel, Rail Europe is an alternative to buying local railroad tickets in individual European countries.

    You could look at Rail Europe as today s version of the 19th-century Grand Tour of Europe.

    So how do you decide whether to go local or with Rail Europe? Going via Rail Europe:

    • Whisks you across borders. If you re planning on taking trains in more than one European country, Rail Europe s single tickets and passes are a logistical boon, saving time, confusion, and stress. Rail Europe services over 30 countries
    • Allows for spontaneity. Rail Europe makes it easy to travel in impromptu and adventurous style. This is a joy to footloose travelers; for travelers who prefer staying in one region or country in a set agenda, it would not be the best option

    Bottom line:  For travelers planning to visit several countries, Rail Europe can end up being a considerable money-saver.

    Still, planning ahead is essential. Rail Europe tickets must be bought in advance and delivered to you in North America before you fly to Europe. (However, individual point-to-point tickets and multi-train passes can be bought online no matter where you are.

    Rail Europe offers numerous types of passes. Handy, interactive tools on Rail Europe s website help you decide which options might be best for your trip.

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    Factors to consider: whether you have a set itinerary, may be taking more than three trains, or are looking for date flexibility.

    Some of Rail Europe s most popular types of passes:

    • Eurail Select Pass: unlimited travel on national rail networks to three, four, or five bordering countries for five, six, eight, 10 or 15 days. It s valid for two months, whether high season or off-season
    • Eurail Global Pass allows unlimited travel on the entire rail networks of 30 countries (see list below). The Eurail Global Pass is available in two options: the Consecutive Pass, good for 15 days, 21 days, one, two or three months; or the Flexipass, good for 10 or 15 days of consecutive or non-consecutive travel within a two-month period
    • An Italy-only Eurail Italy Pass is also available for visitors to Italy who are taking Italian trains and may want to cross the border into France, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, etc.

    Beyond the reach and duration of its tickets, Rail Europe offers several service classifications:

    • Premier: These tickets are the best class of service. Seats are first class. In certain cases, these also grant access to the station lounge. Under some circumstances they can be exchanged if unused

    ​• Comfort: These are first-class tickets, but cannot be exchanged and do not provide access to station lounges

    • Freedom: Seats are standard or second class. These tickets can be exchanged but do not allow access to station lounges

    • Economy: These tickets cannot be exchanged and do not provide access to the station lounge. Seats are standard or second class

    Rail Europe offers various combination tickets that include airport transfers; that cover both train travel and car rental, tour packages, and others. Endless options mean that your ticket is highly customized.

    Countries Served by Rail Europe:

    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Croatia
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • England (via Eurostar through the Chunnel )
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Luxembourg
    • Macedonia
    • Montenegro
    • Netherlands
    • Northern Ireland
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Scotland
    • Serbia
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Turkey
    • Wales

    For more information about Rail Europe:

    • Rail Europe s website
    • Rail Europe by phone: 800.622.8600 in the US; 800.361.7245 in Canada
    • Rail Europe on Facebook
    • Rail Europe on Twitter
    • Rail Europe s partner in Italy, Trenitalia


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    Planning a trip abroad to the UK, Ireland or Europe?

    Prestigious Travel UK is an inbound operator to the UK and Europe. We can be found on various American holiday search engines and other specialist US sites. We specialise in building customized itineraries, vacations and packages for those wishing to visit England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and mainland Europe. If you want to combine your UK Ireland trip with sometime on mainland Europe then we can build you a package to suit. We use and provide the best services around, to insure that everyone s vacation is exactly as it should be.

    London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Dublin are all great starting locations if you want to see more of our great British Isles. If you want to grab a rental and self-drive, or have the company of one of our personal driver/guides then we can build you the itinerary to match your requirements. For the more adventurous we can help with rail travel around Europe. We never build a vacation itinerary that we wouldn t go on our selves. For this reason we build the itinerary with you, you are free to change it as we go along. The idea is that we not only offer you flexibility before and during your trip but you are in control.


    • Enjoy a visit to the real ?Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle, and delve into the world of the Crawley family
    • Enjoy the highlights of London with an expert guide who?s chosen for his knowledge of the Downton period and the British aristocracy
    • Tour the quaint village of Bampton including many filming locations
    • Visit Basildon Park to see the filming location of the 2013 Christmas Special
    • Enjoy a visit to Greys Court where the Crawley?s were to live if Downton was sold
    • Enjoy a night of Jazz or a traditional Afternoon Tea in quintessentially English settings

    Detailed Description

    This small semi private tour is for a maximum of 6 people per date and has limited availability for the summer 2014 dates.

    Your Downton Abbey Themed vacation starts in London where you are able to stay in a traditional 4* hotel from where your driver would take you on a tour of the city to see many of the filming locations from all the series. Included in the tour is lunch at the famous Criterion Restaurant where Lady Edith first kissed her beau Michael Gregson. There is also an optional visit to a well known London Jazz Club in the evening.

    Leave London behind, in the care of your driver guide, as you enjoy a visit to Greys Court, also known as Downton Place, and Basildon Park, the venue of the 2013 Christmas Special. Spend 2 nights in a traditional English country inn similar to where Lady Sybil eloped to with Branson.

    The highlight of your tour is a visit to the real ?Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle where you are able to take a tour of the magnificent house and gardens all of which would be very familiar to real fans of the series.

    Your return journey to London would include a visit to the beautiful Syon Park which also featured in the 2013 Christmas Special where Lady Mary met one of her suitors, Lord Gillingham, for lunch. Once back in London enjoy Afternoon Tea in the quintessentially English surroundings of Fortnum and Mason?s.


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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide #flight #booking

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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide

    5. Book your airfare.

    Because airfare will probably be the most expensive part of your trip, you’ll want to book it before anything else (car rental, hotel, etc.). This will allow you to be more flexible with your dates, which is a great way to save money on your flight. You can also spend less by flying on international discount airlines like Aer Lingus.

    Enliven your trip with a layover in a different country. Many airlines, such as Air France, offer occasional free layover promotions. Stop by the Schiphol Airport for a day on the way to Paris and take the train into Amsterdam to see the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House.

    For more information:

    6. Book your accommodations.

    It’s time to go back to that rough itinerary you jotted down and fill in some places to sleep. As is the case with pretty much everything you book for your trip, the earlier you make arrangements, the better — especially during high season.

    Sure, you can just book a room at the local Hilton and be done with it. But do a bit of research and you could discover some funky lodging that’s almost as exciting as the attractions you plan to visit. Keep your eyes open for historic castles, tiny bed and breakfasts, houseboats, eco-friendly hotels or organic farms. Budget travelers take note: Vacation rentals, homestays, farmstays and house-swapping are accommodation options that can be shockingly affordable. or even free.

    For more information:

    7. Consider travel insurance.

    There are several kinds of travel insurance: trip cancellation insurance, flight cancellation insurance, medical insurance, etc. The best time to buy insurance is right after you put down the major deposits on your trip, whether that entails airfare, a package or prepaid hotels. Once you know how much money you’ve paid up front, you can insure your trip if you so choose. Many airlines and travel providers sell insurance that you can purchase along with your flight or tour package. Always, always read the fine print in your policy and compare it with other travel insurance policies before you make a purchase.

    Check your medical insurance coverage to see if you’re covered overseas. If not, you may want to purchase supplemental medical insurance to cover situations like the cost of transportation back home for emergency care.

    For more information:

    8. Book local transportation.

    When in Rome, ride the Metropolitana. Find out how the locals get around the destination to which you’re traveling, and act accordingly. You won’t need a car rental in places like bike-friendly Amsterdam or London with its convenient underground Tube, unless you plan to go outside the city.

    A car rental is your best bet if you’re traveling to locales that can’t be easily reached by rail or plane (such as the Irish countryside). Be mentally prepared to drive in a foreign country, which can be a frightening experience when faced with incomprehensible traffic signs, narrow streets or sheep roadblocks.

    To get from city to city or country to country, examine your rail options in comparison to routes and prices offered by European discount airlines like easyJet or Ryanair. Travelers embarking on extensive travel within Europe may save money by purchasing a rail pass that permits unlimited train travel within a specified region.

    For more information:

    9. Tackle last-minute logistics.

    A few weeks before your departure date is the right time to start taking care of a number of key logistics: money, phone, house-sitter, pet-sitter.

    Call your credit card companies to let them know you’ll be traveling abroad. While you’re at it, find out if you’re going to be charged a fee for using your card overseas. Research the locations of ATM’s in your destination, especially if you’ll be relying on cash.

    Does your cell phone plan or equipment allow you to make calls overseas? If not, your phone options include purchasing an international cell phone, renting a cell phone or getting an international calling plan (if you have the right kind of phone). While you may be tempted to leave the phone at home and really “get away from it all,” it’s smart to have an emergency phone with you if you’ll be traveling by car, or hiking or biking long distances.

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    10. Pack.

    Instead of packing the day before your trip, start thinking about what you’ll need to bring at least a week before you leave. For one, if your destination of choice is suddenly experiencing abnormal weather, you may need that extra time to go shopping for something like a packable rain coat. Plus, experienced travelers know that the chance of forgetting something essential increases the longer one puts off packing. (It’s only a matter of time until a scientific study confirms this.) About a week before departure day, check the weather, put together a packing list, and take a look at your suitcase to make sure its wheels work and everything’s going to fit.

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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide #travel #and #tourism

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    Planning a Trip to Europe: Your 10-Step Guide

    Before you can experience authentic Spanish tapas, piazzas in Rome or rooftop terraces in Prague. an important to-do list stands between you and your European vacation. The logistics involved in planning a Europe trip may seem tedious or overwhelming, but the more prepared you are, the greater your chances of a successful trip that lives up to your expectations. That’s why it’s important to do a bang-up job creating an itinerary, arranging transportation and tackling the brass tacks before you’re off to the Continent.

    The following simple steps will help you engineer a well-planned escape to Europe — so you can spend less time worrying about your travel arrangements and more time staring at pictures of castles and men in kilts.

    1. Get your documents in order.

    If you don’t have a passport, it will take four to six weeks from the time of application for you to receive one. Expedited services will trim the process down to two or three weeks, but it will cost you an additional $60, so it’s best to take care of this well before your trip. Already have a passport? Check its expiration date. The last thing you need is to find out your passport has expired while you’re in line at airport check-in.

    All car rental companies require drivers to have valid licenses in their home country, so you’ll also want to check the expiration date of your license. Some car rental companies also require an international driving permit for European rentals in addition to a valid driver’s license. For U.S. citizens, these can be obtained through the American Auto Association (AAA).

    U.S. travelers to Russia must have valid visas in addition to passports; obtaining one is a complicated process that can take weeks even after you have been approved — so start early.

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    2. Establish a budget.

    It’s important to establish a budget as early as possible — even before you know your destination, travel dates or itinerary. Some destinations are generally cheaper than others, but there are ways to save everywhere: travel in the off-season, pick budget accommodations, plan a shorter trip. For example, London is an expensive city with an unfavorable exchange rate for Americans, but many travel providers and airlines offer affordable vacation packages to the city, and it’s not hard to find cheap air deals to London, especially during the winter.

    Set your budget early on, and you’ll avoid any disappointment that could come from forging a fabulous itinerary, like two weeks in Geneva during summer, and then discovering you can’t afford it.

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    3. Pick a destination.

    Now that you know how much you can spend, where do you want to go? If you’re like many travelers (including the staff at and you have a humongous list of places in Europe you want to visit, this could be tricky. Some tips:

  • Pick a particular site that’s on your must-see travel list, and plan your vacation around that. Last year I planned a trip to Ireland centered on an excursion to remote Skellig Michael Island, a World Heritage Site I’d dreamed of visiting. The excursion turned into an unforgettable two-week Emerald Isle road trip.

  • Pick someplace timely. Visit countries’ tourism Web sites and search for seasonal events like festivals or local holidays (which you may want to either avoid or join, depending on how you feel about crowds). Don’t forget to check the weather before you decide on your destination.

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    4. Create a rough itinerary.

    So you want to go to France. eh? Don’t go ahead and buy a roundtrip flight to Paris and a hotel room — at least, not yet. You’ll want to sketch out a day-by-day itinerary of your perfect trip to France before you book a thing. Research sites and cities you really want to explore, and then figure out which ones you have the time and budget to get to.

    Check out alternative ways to travel in Europe. If you want to see multiple countries or cities but are on a tight budget, you may want to consider a cruise (exchange rates are naught for U.S. citizens onboard American ships). Walking tours, bike tours, camping and adventure tours are other interesting options worth considering.

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  • Greek debt relief closer than ever but creditors must act, Greek


    Greek debt relief ‘closer than ever’ but creditors must act, Greek prime minister says

    ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras kept up his demand for debt relief from international lenders on Tuesday, saying Athens was close to securing a solution to ease its debt mountain but that creditors must meet there commitments.

    Greece wants to wrap up negotiations with the lenders — the European Union and International Monetary Find — on reforms and on debt relief this month.

    It needs another tranche of bailout money, wants to qualify for inclusion in the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program, and seeks to return to bond markets immediately afterwards.

    “We are closer than ever to a substantial solution on debt relief,” said Tsipras reiterating that Greece had already agreed to apply more austerity after its current bailout expires and it was its lenders’ turn to fulfill their promises of discussions about debt relief.

    “Τhe ball is no longer in our court,” he told reporters referring to lenders’ statements on debt relief in past years.

    Despite Greece’s recent statements and a bailout review agreement at staff level, sources close to the lenders have been less optimistic seeing talks on debt relief lasting longer than May.

    This is because of sharp differences between the IMF and Germany, Europe’s paymaster, over the Greece’s fiscal targets. The former says Greece’s target and debt are unsustainable; the latter, with an election coming, is less willing to drop its hard line.

    After six months of tense talks, Athens and the lenders reached a deal last week on a set of additional reforms the country needs to implement in 2019-20, two years after its current, 86-billion euro bailout program expires.

    Greece wants euro zone finance ministers to approve the reforms’ deal at a scheduled Eurogroup meeting on May 22 — a key condition for unlocking vital loans — but also agree on a formula to make its debt sustainable in the medium-term and long term.

    Debt sustainability is key for the European Central Bank and the Washington-based IMF, which participated financially in the country’s first two rescue packages, but has yet to announce whether it will join Greece’s current program, the third since 2010.

    Greek lawmakers are expected to vote on the new austerity package by May 18, before euro zone finance ministers assess the country’s progress.

    Tsipras, who is sagging in opinion polls and whose term expires in 2019, controls 153 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament and he is expected to pass the bill.

    But the delays in the negotiations have slowed projected economic growth and have exacerbated reform fatigue after seven years of austerity hurting the government’s popularity further.

    Asked whether he was considering a cabinet reshuffle, Tsipras ruled it out.

    “We are not considering it. Our aim now is to speed up work as much as we can,” he said during a visit at the education ministry, where he announced a planned education reform.

    (Additional reporting Angeliki Koutantou Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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    How to Travel in Europe for Cheap #cheap #flights #and #rental

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    No one is ever going to claim that travel in Europe is cheap. Between taxes, higher prices and exchange rates, you could easily spend more than the cost of your ticket in a week just on housing, local transportation and food. This expense definitely does not have to be the case. With a lot of planning and some practical ideas, you can travel in Europe on a tight budget and explore the continent without breaking the bank.

    Step 1

    Plan everything. If you want to keep your costs down while traveling in Europe, leave nothing to chance. Build an itinerary to follow, noting how many nights you plan to stay in each place. This schedule will help you book your travel arrangements and accommodations in advance. Develop your itinerary carefully, however, as once it is in place, you will need to stick to it to keep your costs low.

    Step 2

    Book early, and book online. Although a standard rail pass and airfare are basically fixed costs, most other transportation is significantly cheaper if you can book it more than a month in advance. This tactic includes bus transport and trains between cities, as opposed to those covered by a national pass. Buying in advance, particularly when compared to buying tickets the day of your journey, can lead to substantial savings.

    Step 3

    Join This website is dedicated to helping international travelers find free accommodations. It costs a donation to verify your bank account and thereby your legitimacy, but after that, the service is free. It is based on a social media platform, similar to Facebook, where you can make friends and lists, but the basic mechanic allows you to find people to stay with wherever you happen to be traveling. You can also offer to host travelers yourself. Accommodations vary dramatically, with some people offering couches or air mattresses and others offering rooms or suites that you may use. Hosts specify how long you can stay, which can vary from just one night to more than a week. With even a hostel bed costing at least $20 a night, this resource is well worth exploring to keep your European travel costs down.

    Spend cash. Withdrawing money from an ATM may include small fees, for currency exchange or withdrawal, but they are less than the fees a money changer will charge you or that your credit card company will charge you for the same service. For large purchases, some merchants may even offer cash discounts. Keep your cash in a safe place, such as a money belt, but in general, spending cash will save you money. The euro is accepted in most European countries and is therefore the recommended currency to carry.

    Eat like a local. Backpackers save money by purchasing sandwich fixings and picnicking across Europe rather than eating in restaurants. If you do eat in restaurants, look for tourist menus, which offer fixed-price meals that often include beverages. Otherwise, avoid the restaurants near the tourist attractions, and look for those frequented by locals. The cost will always be lower than those restaurants serving visitors and tourists, and the cuisine will often be more authentic for the area.


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    Guide to low-cost airlines in Europe. #gullivers #travel

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    Guide to low-cost airlines in Europe

    In the past few years, the travel game has changed drastically.

    Where travelling by plane used to be an expensive mode of transport that could only be afforded by the rich, the rise in low-cost airlines means that nowadays it can be one of the cheapest ways to get around. Budget airlines offer cheap flights between European (and more recently, further afield) cities – these flights are usually found for under £200 return, but it s not unheard of to get flights for under £30 return. Demand for cheap airfare has not only caused a dramatic increase in low-cost airlines, with new airlines coming into existence yearly, but has also meant that more and more destinations within Europe are being served – these days, it is often cheaper to fly between European destinations than it would be to get a train or bus! Crazy, right?!

    Asides from the budget airline giants like Ryanair and easyJet, who have varied and growing flight routes that serve almost every major European city, most budget airlines operate between several specific regions. Smaller airlines may only have flights that fly between international hubs and key cities in their home country, and some airlines may specialise in flights between certain countries. For example, Hungarian airline Wizz Air connects Western European cities to several key areas of Eastern Europe, such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Romania.

    Currently, there are around 37 low-cost airlines operating, although turnover is fast and new companies are coming onto the scene yearly.


    Unlike more traditional air carriers, low-cost airlines are often thought to deliver no-frills service – with low cost airlines, you really do get what you pay for, and anything more than the flight will cost you. Expect to pay for:

    •  Food and drink

    Often far more expensive than even airport food, so it is a good idea to bring food with you.

    •  Check in bags

    Most airlines allow passengers to carry hand luggage up to 10kg for free (check sizing policies), but charge to store luggage in the hold. One 15kg bag could cost you from £15-30, and sports equiptment and pushchairs are always more expensive to transport.NOTE: it is a lot cheaper to buy check in luggage online than it is to do so at the airport. Also be aware that most airlines charge for overweight luggage – don t underestimate the weight of your bag, or you will pay a hefty fine.

    • Tax. as decided by the government.

    • Seat allocation – seats aren t allocated on low cost airlines, so if you want to ensure you sit by your partner or friend, it will cost you around £5 to reserve a seat.

    • Admin fees. as charged by the airlines (easyJet currently charge £12 per transaction)

    • Check-in fee

    Whilst online check-in is free with most budget airlines, forget to do this and you will face a whopping fee at the check-in desk (up to £140!), so don t forget to check-in online before your flight!

    •Boarding card fee

    Most airlines will allow you the option of printing your boarding card yourself (usually an A4 printout). Don t forget, as replacing the ticket the desk can cost as much as £20. However, some airlines are ticketless, and only require a confirmation number and passport, so do check before you fly.

    • Credit card fee

    It is cheaper to buy your tickets with a debit card, as booking with a credit card currently carries around a 2% fee. However, booking with a credit card is safer – if you spend more than £100 and something goes wrong with the flight, the credit card company and airline are jointly liable.

    A lot of low-cost airlines will also try to sell you travel insurance, car hire and hotel bookings, so check your bill before you pay to avoid any unwanted expenditure!

    • Travelling with a baby

    Some airlines charge a fee for travelling with an infant on your lap. Check with the airline to avoid any nasty surprises.

    Although the hidden costs of low-cost airlines can be extensive and off-putting, flights are still cheap even with added costs and fees. Flights are generally relatively well-run and, although quite basic, value for money. When booked tactically, flights can cost as little as £15 one way, including fees.

    Flight comparison websites such as Skyscanner and Momondo are a great way to compare the cost of rival airlines.

    Some more tips for getting cheap flights

    •Flying midweek is often cheaper than weekends

    •Flying early in the morning or late at night is also often cheaper

    •Avoiding high season (public holidays, summer and winter) can save money

    •Lots of airlines have online flash sales and sell advance flights for cheap

    •Booking in advance is always cheaper

    •Following competition from budget airlines, traditional airlines have reduced their fares and sometimes offer sales on flights – keeping an eye on their prices is always a good idea, as their prices are occasionally only marginally more expensive than budget airlines.

    •If there are no cheap fares for your preferred destination, get creative and look at cheaper nearby airports. For example, a flight from London Stanstead to tourist hotspot Krakow can be pricey (around £300), but a flight to Katowice (under 2 hours away from Krakow by bus) can cost almost £120 less. A pre-booked transfer from Katowice to Krakow can cost as little as £15 per person – booking tactically can save you money. London itself has three hubs for 3 low-cost airlines Stansted, Luton and Gatwick with coach transfers possible between all three so keep that in mind.

    Other things to watch out for on low-cost airlines

    •Flights schedules are often tightly packed, so expect domino effect delays if one flight is late. Most budget airlines are point to point and often have a questionable policy regarding refunding delayed or cancelled flights (i.e they won t) so check before you book.

    •Leave enough time between connecting flights, as budget airlines will rarely transfer your luggage from plane to plane- you often have to collect your own luggage and check it in again.

    •Budget airlines often use secondary airports to keep prices low. These airports are often found in obscure locations, far away from the city they are meant to be in. For example, if you book a low-cost flight to Paris, don t assume that the flight will land in the well known Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport – most budget carriers actually use Paris Beauvais Airport, which is a good 90 km out of the city itself! Although these secondary airports do offer transportation to the city centre, this can often be costly so it is a good idea to organise transport to the city before you fly, or risk losing the initial saving you made on your air fare.

    Table of low-cost airlines in Europe


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    Europe Tourism: Best of Europe #travel #south #america

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    Are You a Europe Tourism Organization?

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    Europe – Lonely Planet #adam #travel

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    Introducing Europe

    There simply is no way to tour Europe and not be awestruck by its scenic beauty, epic history and dazzling artistic and culinary diversity.

    Cultural Heritage

    Europe’s almost unmanageable wealth of attractions is its biggest single draw: the birthplace of democracy in Athens, the Renaissance art of Florence, the graceful canals of Venice, the Napoleonic splendour of Paris. and the multilayered historical and cultural canvas of London. Less obvious, but no less impressive attractions include Moorish palaces in Andalucía, the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the World in Turkey. the majesty of meticulously restored Imperial palaces in Russia ‘s former capital St Petersburg and the ongoing project of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família in Barcelona.

    Magnificent Menus

    Once you’ve ticked off the great museums, panoramic vistas and energetic nightlife, what’s left? A chance to indulge in a culinary adventure to beat all others, that’s what! Who wouldn’t want to snack on pizza in Naples, souvlaki in Santorini or even haggis in Scotland? But did you also know that Britain has some of the best Indian restaurants in the world; that Turkey ‘s doner kebab is a key part of contemporary German food culture; and that in the Netherlands you can gorge on an Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table)? Once again Europe’s diversity and global reach is its trump card.

    Why I Love Europe

    By Simon Richmond, Writer

    You’re likely to feel a little overwhelmed, but once you dive into Europe, these fears will be replaced by wonder and fascination – plus something, perhaps, unexpected: a sense of connection. Very few, if any places in the world, remain untouched by European history, culture and influence. As continents go, Europe’s broad variety and excellent transport infrastructure – be it air or roads, or the old standby of the Grand Tour, rail – is hard to beat and is sure to push you on to new experiences and unexpected discoveries.

    Glorious Scenery

    There’s breathtaking natural scenery: rugged Scottish Highlands with glens and lochs; Norway ‘s fabulous fjords, seemingly chipped to jagged perfection by giants; the vine-raked valleys of the Loire; and Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscape. If you’re looking for beaches, a circuit of the Mediterranean’s northern coast reveals one gem after another. Or strike out to lesser known, yet beautiful coastal regions such as the Baltic and Black Seas. Mountain lovers should head to the Alps: they march across central Europe taking in France. Switzerland. Austria. northern Italy and tiny Liechtenstein.

    Raise a Glass

    Europe has some of the best nightlife in the world. Globally famous DJs keep the party going in London, Berlin and Paris. all of which also offer top-class entertainment, especially theatre and live music. Other key locations for high-energy nightlife include Moscow, Belgrade. Budapest and Madrid, while those hankering for something more cosy can add Dublin ‘s pubs or Vienna’s cafes to their itinerary. Continue to party on the continent’s streets at a multiplicity of festivals and celebrations, from city parades attended by hundreds of thousands to intimate concerts in an ancient ampitheatre.


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    Disability Travel: Europe for the Disabled – Disabled World #flight #cheap

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    Disability Travel: Europe for the Disabled

    Synopsis: Reviews and information on traveling with a disability in and around Europe including transport and accommodation

    Main Document

    Europe encompasses an area stretching from Asia to the Atlantic, and from Africa to the Arctic. Europe’s climate ranges from subtropical near the Mediterranean Sea in the south, to subarctic near the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean in the northern latitudes. There is much here for the traveler to enjoy, with a bewildering array of diversity and culture, cosmopolitan cities and spectacular scenery.

    In recent years Europe has been making impressive strides toward opening its doors to everybody, including travelers with limited mobility. Its biggest cities offer the most accessible sightseeing opportunities for your time and money.

    In London, taxis will whisk you between more wheelchair-ready sights than you’ve got time to see. Just a few hours away by train, Paris and Amsterdam are doing their best to catch up to London.

    European air carriers have significantly different policies regarding people with disabilities than U.S. airlines. The European Commission recently drafted legislation that went into effect in 2006 to force airlines to meet the needs of people with disabilities. It’s worth looking into the differences between airlines you’re considering. Some airlines may require a doctor’s certificate for all independent air travel; others may require that you travel with a personal assistant.

    Be sure to tell the airline if you need a wheelchair at airports, as they have wheelchairs and porters to push them. There’s no charge, but the porters will be grateful for tips. Be sure they make it a note in your reservation so it’s in their computer. Arrive at the airport well ahead of the earliest time they tell you to be there. At least an hour for domestic flights, two hours for international, and add 30 minutes to an hour to wait for someone to come with the wheelchair and any other hassles you may encounter.

    A growing number of hotels have elevators and rooms with accessible bathrooms. Wheelchair Accessible Europe lists hotels throughout Europe offering accessible rooms (

    The largest air travel hubs in Europe are, in order, London (LON: LCY, LHR, LGW, STN, LTN), Frankfurt (FRA, HHN), Paris (CDG), and Madrid (MAD) which in turn have connections to practically everywhere in Europe.

    Dozens of budget airlines allow very cheap travel around Europe, often much cheaper than the train or even bus fares for the same journey. Currently the cheapest flights are offered by low cost airlines such as airBerlin, Centralwings, easyJet, HLX, Ryanair, SkyEurope Airlines and WizzAir, with the lowest fares usually found on routes which go to or from cities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

    For travel to and around Europe on a budget you can find dramatically low fares by flying the airlines that cut the passenger perks. While you may not get a free cup of coffee on your flight, you will be happy knowing that you are paying the least amount possible to get from point A to point B. There are number of these airlines within Europe. Find the cheapest airfare to Europe by flying into a hub like London or Dublin then transferring to a flight on a no frills airline to your ultimate destination. This can give you the flexibility of stopping over in the hub city for no additional cost and save you a considerable amount of money over flying direct.

    Especially in Western and Central Europe, the trains are fast, efficient and cost-competitive with flying. High-speed trains like the French TGV, the German ICE, the Spanish AVE and the cross-border Eurostar and Thalys services speed along at up to 320 km/h (200 mph) and, when taking into account travel time to the airport and back, are often faster than taking the plane.

    There are no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented the Schengen Agreement. Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen Agreement signatory country is valid in all other countries that signed and implemented the treaty. Be careful: not all EU members have signed the Schengen treaty, and not all Schengen treaty countries are members of the European Union.

    There are no specific precautions required for staying healthy in Europe as most restaurants maintain high standards of hygiene and in the majority of countries tap water is safe to drink. However, for more precise details on these matters as well as for general information on emergency care, pharmaceutical regulations and dentistry standards etc, please consult the ‘Stay safe’ section on specific country articles.


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    Complete Guide To Train Travel In Europe

    Traveling by train is the quintessential method for touring Europe and rightfully so. It s romantic. It s inspiring. Some might say it s almost magical. And to those of you who don t live in a country where train travel is prominent, it s a little mysterious. The rail network is extremely developed and train service is very reliable (unless there are strikes). Trains in Europe are not perfect, but many people consider it the best way to travel. This Train Travel 101 guide will explain everything you ll need to know about train travel and you ll learn some helpful tips.

    Sections Of This Guide

    Advantages To Rail Travel In Europe

    Disadvantages of Rail Travel in Europe

    The train schedules can be a little confusing, especially for beginners, but it is easy to learn. Also, a lot of large cities, and a few small towns, have more than one train stations (Paris has six!). It s not uncommon to arrive in one station and leave from another. I ve shown up at the wrong station a number of times, so be sure you read your tickets carefully.

    It is also possible to change stations during a single journey. For example, traveling from London to Lyon, France via the Eurostar. The Eurostar stops at the Paris North station but then you have to travel to the Paris East station to catch the train from Paris to Lyon, because there are no direct trains from London to Lyon. This transfer would require a cheap metro (subway) ride.

    Striking is a national pastime in Europe.  It happens a few times a year (or more if the people aren t happy), and you ll usually know about them a few days in advance. You ll just have to deal with them if they happen.

    How To Buy Train Tickets Get The Best Price

    Buying train tickets can be a little complicated. Finding the best price is even more complicated. Unfortunately there is no single website that can find the best ticket prices for all of Europe. It does take a little work and planning, but this guide will walk you through the process for getting the best deal possible. If you re interested in information about Eurail passes click here.

    Buy Your Tickets Online:

    You ll get the best deals on tickets if you buy online. BUT . you need to buy them directly from each country s site. For example, if you re traveling in France you should buy the tickets from the French Rail website This way you won t have to pay all the extra fees that you would if you booked through a travel agent. Generally, these tickets can t be mailed outside of Europe, so they have to be picked up at a train station.

    You can also buy tickets from the North American distributor, RailEurope. Rail Europe is a joint venture between the French National Railways and the Swiss Federal Railways, and they were created to sell rail tickets to non-Europeans. Unlike most European rail systems, Rail Europe will mail tickets outside Europe. Unfortunately, there is a good chance you ll have to pay a lot more for a ticket. These sites often don t display any current specials and sometimes they only show the more expensive tickets. It s not unheard of for tickets to be 2x-3x more expensive when purchased through Rail Europe. Although. sometimes the ticket prices are nearly identical to European prices, so it might be easier to buy them through Rail Europe in these cases. Make sure to check both Rail Europe and the country s website and compare prices.

    But (see why this can get confusing), the Rail Europe UK site will usually find the best deals, but tickets have to be picked up in the UK.

    Individual Country s National Rail Websites

    ¹ Domestic tickets (i.e. trips that are wholly within the country) are always the same price, regardless of when purchased, and never require a reservation. Therefore, it is easiest to buy at the station. However, these countries often have a separate international high-speed train system (e.g. Belgium has slower regional trains and high-speed Thalys trains that link major Belgian cities to other international cities).

    Important Notes:

    • Booking tickets online in Eastern Europe is tougher/not possible. It is usually best to purchase them at the station or at a local travel agent. Ask your hostel or hotel and they ll tell you where to locate an agent.
    • Double check the rules about ticket how you can retrieve your tickets. If the rail company won t mail you the tickets then you ll have to pick them up at a station in that country. This presents a problem if you bought your Paris to Barcelona ticket from the Spanish Rail site because you can only pick the ticket up in Spain. Some countries are starting to allow you to print your own tickets but many don t.
    • When you pick up your tickets at the station you usually need to use the same credit card you used to book/purchase online. There are many automated ticket machines in train stations and it is possible to get your pre-purchased tickets there. Although, some only take the chip-and-pin cards (not used in the US) so swipe cards might not work. You can always give it a try first, but you might have to go up to the window to get your ticket.

    Plan Your Rail Journey:

    The Germans are known for being extremely precise and orderly, so it is no surprise that they produce the most in-depth train schedule for all of Europe. Visit and input your desired journey. You won t be able to buy tickets (unless you re buying tickets for German train travel) but you ll be able to see the schedule of just about every train in Europe. This is great for complex journeys that other websites can t process. Once you know all the train schedules you can break the trip down by country. If you re traveling from Paris to Budapest for example, book a train from Paris to Munich using the French Rail site. Then use the German site to book a train from Munich to Budapest (this is a simple hypothetical situation it maybe be possible to book this journey from the French rail site). is also great because it gives you all the extra, and often very important, information about each train (if a reservation is required, if there are sleeping/food/bar cars, etc ).

    Book Tickets in Advance:

    Tickets are able to be purchased 90 days (sometimes 60) before departure, although Eurostar tickets are available 120 days in advance. There is a limited amount of cheap tickets and they obviously sell-out the quickest.

    There will usually be a huge price difference when you buy in advance. The Eurostar offers a one-way ticket from London to Paris for about $60 if you book well in advance. That same ticket will cost $140 if booked only a few days in advance and $225 if booked the day before/day of.

    It is important to remember that most regional trains (non-high speed trains) don t change in price based on when you purchase them (i.e. they are the same price no-matter when you purchase them). Just purchase a ticket at the ticket window or ticket machine.

    Youth Discount (under 26):

    All you young whippersnappers under 26 will probably get a discount on most train travel. Although, the discount you receive by booking well in advance is usually cheaper than the youth discount. It does come in handy when you re traveling spur-of-the-moment.

    Night Trains:

    If you re traveling a long distance it could be wise to take a night train. Almost every major city has daily connection to other major cities. Night trains require a reservation. You also have the option to reserve a small bed in a sleeping car. The most common configurations are 6 bed rooms and 2 bed rooms. The rooms are comfy (small) and you ll most likely be sharing the room with strangers. A bed will cost about the same as a hostel bed and should be reserved ahead of time. You save a day of sight-seeing by taking the night train, and you arrive at your destination rested and ready for a new city.

    Final Words About Point-to-Point Tickets:

    As stated above, buying tickets in advance is the best way to save, but this also limits your ability to be flexible/spontaneous. This is especially true since many of the truly cheap train tickets are non-refundable.  For optimum flexibility it might be best to buy a rail pass. For example, when I was in Krakow a lot of the hostelers were talking about Budapest and it sounded really interesting. It wasn t part of my schedule but luckily I had the flexibility to change my plans Budapest turned out to be one of my favorite cities.

    Each person s travel plans are different. Someone traveling for 9 months is going to have a totally different strategy than someone who is on a strict 2 week time limit. This is where solid planning comes into play.

    How To Use Train Tickets

    Note: You can sometimes buy your ticket on the train (although you ll pay extra) but you must seek out an employee quickly. You ll receive a large fine if they come around checking tickets and find that you don t have one.



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