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best way to travel around Europe

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best way to travel around Europe

We are planning to vacation in Europe for 6 weeks this spring. We will fly into London. The countries we want to see are: France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. What is the best way to travel to these countries? Any other info you can help us with would be much appreciated?

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You don't say if this is a city vacation or a countryside vacation. If it is London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Nice, Florence, Rome, Venice, Geneva - then probably train. However, if it is Loire valley, Provence, Tuscany, etc, then rental or lease car. A rental will have quite significant one way fees if you hire in one country and drop of in another. A lease car has pick up and drop fees of around C$200 outside of France. If it is a mix, then probably best to use train between cities and hire a car for a few days when you need to tour the countryside.

I usually lease a car for the duration and pay for the parking in the cities, but it's not for everyone.

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compare costs and convenience of inexpensive flight carriers and trains -- e.g. our trip from Florence to Paris was absolutely best managed by Easyjet -- our trip from Paris to Amsterdam was best managed by Thalys train

for long distances, it is usually cheapest to fly -- for shorter hauls, trains may be a better choice -- if your plan is to tour more rural areas e.g. Tuscany, Burgundy, Provence, the Dordogne then rental car is the best choice (although you want to return it in the same country you rent it to avoid drop fees)

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Train London to Paris www.eurostar.com

French trains www.voyages-sncf.com

Paris car rental, say for travel to Provence/Marseille www.auto-europe.com www.auto-europe.co.uk

Flights Marseille to Barcelona www.spanair.com

Spanish trains www.renfe.es

Flights Madrid or Barcelona to Rome or Naples www.vueling.com

Italian trains www.trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html

Flights Rome to Basel or Geneva www.easyjet.com

Swiss trains www.sbb.ch

Flights Geneva or Basel to london www.easyjet.com

Accommodation www.venere.com www.wotif.com

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By ¨seeing a country¨, I presume you mean everything about that country. Otherwise you can sail to St Pierre et Miquelon and say you´ve been to France. Now 6 weeks is not really enough to see either France or Italy, as each region in each country demands a week or more.

Can you be more specific on sites/sights you wish to see/experience? To me travel is more than gathering badges or spoons (or stamps on your passport). And we want you to spend your 6 weeks doing things that benefit/suit you, rather than airlines train operators etc.

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5. Re: best way to travel around Europe

Hi there

I find driving a terrific experience in Europe. The - DK - books have a series called Backroads.We used the French one last year and it was great for planning our driving holiday.

Kind Regards


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