Short European Trips from London

Discussion in 'Food & Travel' started by quicksand, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. quicksand

    quicksand Member

    May 7, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm going to study abroad in London next semester and I'm hoping to make it farther into Europe at least once. To achieve this end, I'm looking for an "off the beaten path" destination that also wouldn't be (relatively) too terribly hard on the wallet for between three and five days.

    Any suggestions?
  2. 96Squig

    96Squig Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Hannover 96
    Nat'l Team:
    if you can somehow make it away from london there are a lot of flights by Raynair, easyjet or HLX for example connecting you to Ireland and the continent, and if you book early enough you only pay amounts up to 99€ or so.
    And in every city in europe there are youth hostels, that means that you can sleep there very very cheap, but need to e member at the youth hostel club (that's efortable though imo...)
    What exactly you want is up to you though, tell us and we tell you what that could cost... ;-)
  3. firstshirt

    firstshirt Member+

    Bayern München
    United States
    Mar 1, 2000
    Ellington, CT / NK, RI
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    take the ferry to Zebrugge,,,,Brugge is a beautiful town thats worth a day trip, brussels, antwerp, Rotterdam and amsterdam are all within in and hour and a half ride from Brugge,,,,thats a good 4 or 5 day trip to enoy what each town has to offer. Take the Ferry to Calais and scoot down the coast to check out Mont st michelle and then check out the beaches at normandy and northern france...that will take a few days too....have fun
  4. Rapids/Arsenal Fan

    Mar 8, 2001
    Denver, CO USA
    I'll vouch for Brugge, that place is great.

    Colmar in France is a really pretty is Nantes and Lyon.
  5. johan neeskens

    Jan 14, 2004
    It's very easy and cheap to fly into destinations in Northern Europe from London. In Holland (which is fantastically cheap compared to the UK) visit Maastricht, a medieval city in the south and by far the most beautiful city in the country. If you're going to do the Amsterdam thing I'd advise you not to stay in the city itself. The hostels and hotels are a total rip-off. Instead stay in The Hague on the seaside, beautiful beach, much cheaper than Amsterdam and only a short train ride away.
  6. gremista

    gremista New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary
    Budapest and Prague are increaisngly popular weekend destinations for folks coming form the UK

    Budapest is served by Sky Europe (Stansted) and I believe Wizz Air flys out of Luton. Am not sure about Prague

    Both great cities, small enough that you can cover a lot of ground in a weekend
  7. scottycap

    scottycap New Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Brugge: A must...
    Hague: A must
    Prague: You'll kick your self in the ass if you don't go... I'm serious!
    The last time I was there a few months ago they were filming a movie .. I couldn't figure out who was in it..but it was hollywood...who knows. Place is b-e-a-utiful and very inexpensive.

    Take the chunnel if you get a's pretty cool.
  8. scottycap

    scottycap New Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I you get a chance you'll have to hit me up when you get here.. I'm here with about 25 other fellas and ladies (some of the ladies are lookers too!) from the States... 24-31 age range. Cambridge is a Good weekend trip.
  9. RichardL

    RichardL BigSoccer Supporter

    May 2, 2001
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    flights can be a lot cheaper than that. Cheapest I've seen (admittedly not a lot of use to you) was a ryanair flight from Stockholm to Oslo for 7p. Yes, really. I once flew from Finland to Stockholm for £5. Flights for £2 are common, but you do have to book early.

    You can also go a lot further than just northern europe. A two hour flight, which can take you virtually anywhere in the EU, doesn't cost any more than a 1 hour flight.
  10. fidlerre

    fidlerre Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    Central Ohio
    This is a must. I did this coastal trip 2 years ago for a 4 day weekend and it was an amazing, enlightening trip. Make sure you see: Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, Mont St-Michel, Saint Malo, and Etretat's white cliffs which are spectacular at sunset <same with Mont St-Michel>
  11. RandyNA74

    RandyNA74 Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Washington, DC
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    I can vouch for Colmar being gorgeous, and if you don't go to Prague, you don't deserve to spend a semester in Europe. ;)

    Northern Spain is worth checking out. Especially Galicia, places like Santiago de Compostela. Santander is nice. San Sebastian....the list goes on.

    Money will be your only problem in terms of travel opportunities, because in terms of quality AND quantity, it's hard to beat Europe. But as mentioned above, you can get very cheap flights these days.
  12. 96Squig

    96Squig Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Hannover 96
    Nat'l Team:
    Places to be where you will find a lot of teenagers getting drunk:
    Lorret del Mar, Spain
    Kreta island, Greece
    Ibiza, Spain
    Palma de Mallorca, Spain

    (for spring break kind of things ;-) and it's the German's, Dutch and British most pop drinking vacs afaik...
  13. Lockjaw

    Lockjaw BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 8, 2004
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Heidelberg is the most popular destination in Germany for Americans. Beautiful city & not too pricey.
  14. comme

    comme Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    Well I know that a couple of people have said Mont St Michel, but while it is very popular, it is also pretty tacky.

    In britain we have the budget airlines that mean you can be anywhere in just a few hours. Barcelona, Athens, Paris, Milan, Prague are all covered by the budget airlines and are all deserving of a visit.
  15. Captain Splarg

    Apr 25, 1999
    Pacific Grove, CA
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    EasyJet flys from London to Tallinn now.

    Tallinn is a wonderful city and Estonia is a great place to spend a couple days. It is a very cheap flight to go there, and i highly recommend it.

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