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Amsterdam Travel Map Singles Holidays Over 50s

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David asks…

Where is another fun place nearby Amsterdam to travel by train?

My friends want to minimize there traveling, and would like to know where another fun, cool place is to go to. i looked on a map and saw denmark to the north, and poland to the east, and than uk on the west. they were thinking skydiving, any beautiful places to go? or any ideas at all? partying? hot girls?

Yaz answers:

You can pretty much get to anywhere in Europe by train from Amsterdam quite easily, but it will take longer than you probably expect. Poland and Denmark will take an long time to get to. Your best bet will be England, Belgium, Germany or France.

England will be expensive to get to by train though because the eurostar (the train that goes under the sea) is very expensive, so you might want to travel to Calais in France and take a ferry instead.

As for those ‘activities’ you mentioned, you can do those anywhere in Europe. Why not take in some of the culture instead?

Mandy asks…

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT: where can i get a map of it?

i am 14 and am traveling alone for the first time trans-atlantic (w/out shaperone)
im a bit nervous and thought it wud be easier if i had a map of the amsterdam airport.
ive tried eveywhere but i cant find it. pls help!!!

Yaz answers:

Try the airport website

http://www.schiphol.com/Travellers/AtSchiphol/Maps.htm

Michael asks…

Where and how to travel in Europe?

I have come across dozens of websites that provide helpful tips and advice on how to successfully backpack across Europe, but that’s not what I’m looking for.

I want a website or any of your suggestions of where to go in Europe, based on what cities are close to each other and easy to travel to. I basically want to land in Berlin (for example), spend a week or two there, take a train to another city, Amsterdam (for example), spend a week or two there, take a train to another city, Brussels (for example).

I can open up a map and see what cities are near each other, that’s not the problem. The problem is, I need advice on which is the ideal route based on their distance, what trains operate there, which is the least expensive, etc.

I am planning on visiting Europe next summer, so I’m planning ahead. I don’t really know what I want to see yet, but anywhere in Germany, France, Italy, and Spain sounds fun. I will have three months set aside for the trip, so I definitely think I can tackle some really nice cities. There has to be a website that gives recommendations on where to go, based on how close the cities are and what trains go and come from there.
DETAIS: I’m sorry I wasn’t clear enough, but thank you for the answers already provided. I basically want to land anywhere in Europe, and travel the rest by train or airplane (if it’s not too expensive). I want to see all that I can in three months, but would rather see less and do more, rather than seeing more and doing less. I want to see cities like Berlin and Prague, but don’t know where to start and where to go, based on how far they are from each other, and how much it costs. So, I basically need help by someone who can tell me where to start and where to go, all based on what cities are near each other and can be traveled to inexpensively. Again, I’m open to cities like Berlin, Prague, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, etc.

Yaz answers:

I do not think there is one site which has all the information you want, or when it has it will be buried under a lot more information.
Sites like Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/uk and Rick Steves’ : http://www.ricksteves.com/ have a lot of information. You will have to study the sites to find the parts with most useful information.

For travel planning you could try the German rail site in English:
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?newrequest=yes&protocol=http:&
Which can find you trains in all of Europe.
With that and a basic map, I use google maps for that, you can work out a schedule.

There are trains between all European cities, sometimes you will have to change, but for many main destinations you will have several direct trains each day. The name of the company that runs the trains does not really matter, as tickets bought for the journey will be valid on all trains running between them, with only a few exceptions. The most important exception are the fast trains, they often require a surcharge in the form of a seat reservation, in some cases they do need a different kind of ticket from the other trains. The Thalys between Amsterdam and Paris is one of those, and the Eurostar between the continent and London is not on any of the rail passes but only on its own kind of ticket.

A good site to work out what kind of tickets or maybe a pass is best for you is this:

http://www.seat61.com/
If you go to the rail passes page, click on the word rail pass in the top of the page, you will get a lot of information on them. But seeing your ‘schedule’ I would be surprised if a pass turns out the best for you. The site also has information on how and where to buy tickets.
And a lot of information on traveling from the UK to the different countries. Often that requires a change in Paris or Brussels, so the info is also useful if you start out form those cities. And they give a good idea on rail travel in the country they have selected as ‘destiny’ but often farther down the page.

And a bit of personal advise, do not just stay in the cities of Europe. Do at least day tours out of the cities, but I think it is better to select one city and one bit of countryside, or a small town, per country. It gives you a more varied feel for the continent. And it will be much easier to remember where you have been. All cities tend to blend together, villages and countryside are more distinctive and will break your cities into separate experiences.

Added:
Prague to Berlin is about 4 hours in the fast train.
Berlin to Amsterdam, about half a day, Amsterdam- Brussels about 3 hours, but count on using half a day with checking out of your hostel, travel to the station and finding your new hostel. Brussels to Paris, a little less again.
Paris-Barcelona, from 8 hours by day train to 12 hours for an overnight one.
Barcelona to Rome is a much longer travel and most people advise not to do it in one go, unless you have a strong reason. It will be much more pleasant to break the journey in the south of France, or North Italy, travel times for a journey in one go run around 24 hours.

Most of these times require you to travel in the fast trains, good if you book early, but otherwise they are rather expensive, and if you travel with a rail pass, you will have to pay a surcharge.
The seat 61 site will explain it all, better than I can.
You will have to learn to play with these planners and sites, makes your travel that much better.

By the way, you had explained it rather well, that ‘person’ asking for more information is a robot who is trying to get enough points to go up a level and be able to make life links, spamming is what he is build for.

Ken asks…

Advice on planning a cycling tour from Amsterdam to Gothenburg?

I have about 10 days, maybe more. I need ideas for routes and things to do on the way. It’s at the end of the month and I have, roughly mapped out a route from Amsterdam to Utrecht via Keukenhof, to Zwolle, Dersum, Wildeshausen and Bremen. From Bremen I would take a train to the Danish island where Copenhagen is, maybe I would take it all the way, depending on time, and then cycle to Helsingor to catch the ferry to Helsingborg and travel straight to Gothenburg via Halmstad or some someplace. Does anyone have any criticisms of this route and could anyone suggest places along it (or that I’ve excluded) that would be worth spending more time at and things I could do and see along the way? Primarily I’m trying to figure out how long to allow myself to get to the train station in Bremen. Perhaps it’s worth nothing that I’m not particularly fit (above-average but my training has been derailed by illness and injury), nor accustomed to touring, navigating and camping. Thanks.

Yaz answers:

Figure out how far you can ride a day and plan around that distance. If you are not very fit forget about it, you need to be in good shape to ride distances like that.

James asks…

Planning major trip, want to hit France, Spain, Italy, Amsterdam, Ireland, U.K, Greece. Need help w/the route!

Please help me map this thing out — I first need to figure out which country to fly into (obviously =). From there, I’ll do all my traveling by boat, train, etc. Right now I’m thinking:

Fly into Ireland, then take the ferry to England, then another ferry from there to Amsterdam, then a train to France…and then I’m lost as to which direction to go in! Spain’s location is kinda throwing a wrench into my already horrendous mapping skills. Any ideas? Should I just fly to Spain first – then ferry to Ireland, England, Amsterdam, France, Italy, and then end the trip in Greece and just fly back to the U.S from there? Or is there a completely alternate route that I’m just not thinking of?
Just realized it’s not Spain’s location that’s such a problem — it’s Greece’s! Let’s take that destination out of the equation and see if it makes this map-plan any easier!

Yaz answers:

If you’re on a budget, then a ferry from Spain to the UK or Ireland is a very expensive option as it takes a couple of days and you have to book a cabin. Also the Bay of Biscay can be very rough. The short ferry trips from France to England are much cheaper and quicker. E.g. Calais to Dover, and since the Channel Tunnel, you can simply go by train from, say, Paris to London.

I would recommend flying to Spain, then everything’s East from there and you can travel by land to most places. Also you can buy cheap interrail passes for travel in Europe. I would probably do Spain – France – Italy, then through the alps and Switzerland to Germany and Holland. Also, these days, flights are really cheap if you book in advance between large european cities. An Irish company that flys from Ireland and the UK to many European cities is RyanAir.

If you are going to fly between places, a good way to plan the times of your flights is to use a website that can display the prices for a whole month, and plan your trip around these dates. The one I use is called skyscanner, I’ve put a link to it below. Instead of picking exact dates you can select whole month, the same for cities as well, so you can get the cheapest flights, regardless of a fixed city in that country. This way, the trip could almost plan itself :-)

If you want read about Spain(and Scotland) from an English-speaking foreigner’s viewpoint, have a look at my travel blog below.

Good Luck!

¡Ciao!

John

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Amsterdam Travel Map Singles Holidays Over 50s

LONDON – PARIS – AMSTERDAM SINGLES VACATION

April 26 – May 6, 2012 – Tulip Time
$2,795

Amsterdam Travel Map Singles Holidays Over 50s

Amsterdam Travel Map Singles Holidays Over 50s