I'll be in Paris with a friend come March. Our trip includes a visit to Chenonceau and side trips to Brugge and Amsterdam. We have decided to use the train to travel from site to site. Here's our plan:
Paris to Chenonceau: Mar 17
Paris to Brugge: Mar 19
Brugge to Amsterdam: Mar 20
Amsterdam to Paris: Mar 22
I've been pricing travel on Thalys.com, and my companion has looked at RailEurope.com. We know about the potential cost difference, but her main concern is being able to pre-book. She is concerned about that fact that since NA credit cards aren't configured with chips that we may run into various problems (what problems, I don't know, just problems...). I don't really see what the fuss is about booking-wise, but I could use up to the minute tips on any issues I should be aware of when it comes to using a NA card to book European travel. I could also use any tips you might offer on what I should book- pass or one-way tickets per leg on Thalys. I think my travel companion thinks I am more savvy than I really am when it comes to train travel.