My wife and I will be traveling to Europe for a quick 10-day vacation in August. All we know for certain at this point is we fly into and out of Amsterdam. Nothing else is carved in stone but tentatively we are planning all travel in Europe by train. We are looking at Amsterdam to Bern, Switzerland, Bern to London and back to Amsterdam. This would give us at least one full free day to sightsee in each of those 3 cities. Our flight and hotels will be covered by rewards points so we plan to splurge on first class train travel. Any hints or suggestions to help us plan? I haven't been on a train in Europe since the 70s when I was in Germany with the Air Force.
Just got back from a similar trip! Amsterdam is great because it is reasonable cheap, if you do it right. I took the train from the airport to downtown. Could not get into the nice Marriott are Ren, so I stayed out the Courtyard for two nights. It was a small commute but the savings were great.
The trains will spoil you and just get your ticket two days in advance, make sure you have a seat number because they can be crowded.
Try the Glacier Express in Switzerland, there is nothing like it.
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You could travel London to Amsterdam ( via Paris?) on the Eurostar train which goes thro' a tunnel under the English Channel. This train departs from London's St Pancras terminal.Now updated the station is I believe the old headquarters of the Great Western Railway (GWR) The magnificent offices of this company have been turned into a Renaisance hotel - So I guess it is well worth stopping a night or two there.
Stay at the Renaissance opposite the Central Station in Amsterdam. I explained what to see in See how to get there;http://www.elitepro-travel.com/2008/10/windmills-souveniers.html .Tourists like to go to the Rijks museum and the many other attractions in Holland but the place that most visitors describe as the highlight of their visit is, - Zaanse Schans INFO on elitepro-travel.com is a must see,'
. I like the location of the Marriott and it has a nice c lounge. I have been staying at the Marriot for 25 years.The Renaissance has renovated so I may stay there next time.
Take the Eurostar rail under the sea to Dover and London.
I've stayed at both the Marriott and the Renaissance in AMS. The Renaissance is a quick walk from Central Station. The Marriott a quick tram ride (buy tickets first) but also walkable (20 mins?) Renaissance is closer to tourist things; Marriott is close to a lively cafe and restaurant scene and a few minutes' walk from Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh.
From AMS you can take the ICE (Inter-City Express) to lots of places in Europe. I forget whether the TGV goes from there.
Agree about the quick train ride from the airport to Central Station Amsterdam.
Sounds like a fun time in Europe and you will find train travel excellent with the fast trains. Take a look at the web site called eurorailways.com. It has some good ideas as well as a timetable at eurorails.com/timetable where you can put in destinations and it will provide you with station info as well as times. if you are going to do much traveling a europass is an economical way as well.
Have a great trip
I recently took a two week trip to Europe with my daughter. Planning the train travel was a little daunting as I wanted to maximize our time there, and minimize our spending.
I booked my tickets through a company called Euraide, which is an American company who will book all the train tickets you need for you, ahead of time, so you have them in your hands before you leave the US. Karen even helped me figure out what was the best deal for us overall. She also explained how the transportation system worked in different countries. It took a lot of worry out it for me.
Their website is http://www.euraide.com/
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