Europe Trip from London

13 Affordable Trips to Europe - Articles  April 28, 2015 – 10:38 pm
Affordable Europe Vacations & Budget Tour Packages - Cosmos

With editing by Adrien Glover, Sarah Kantrowitz, John Newton, and Clara O. Sedlak

So what if the euro is up and the dollar is down?That doesn’t mean you should skip a trip to Europe this year. You can still find great deals, even in pricey places like Paris and London. The secret is simple: knowing where the bargains are.

Did you know you can see the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Pompidou in Paris for free, get full meals in London for less than $10, and spend the night in a Bavarian castle for $125?How about staying inside the storied Alhambra palace grounds in Spain for less than $150 a night, dining in Rome for under $30, and cruising on the Bosporus in Istanbul for $1?(No, that’s not a typo.)

See our list of 13 affordable European itineraries.

Here are some additional tips on how to shave hundreds of dollars off your next European vacation, no matter where you go or what the exchange rate.

Airfare: Do research through aggregators like kayak.com, then compare the results with fares offered by wholesale-style consolidators like Destination Europe and Airfare Planet.

Package Tours: Since you can book packages in dollars, they may save you money-but price the elements individually to be sure. Go Today, Gate 1 Travel, and Tour Crafters offer weeklong packages starting at $549 per person.

Transportation: Rail Europe has a variety of passes, but for any trip over five hours, opt for a faster, cheaper no-frills airline. Want to drive?Check the aggregators, as well as consolidators like Auto Europe. For a longer trip, a short-term lease of a brand-new Renault or Peugeot will be cheaper—and offer better insurance coverage—than a two-week rental.

Lodging: Find small mom-and-pop inns and B&B’s at European specialty sites like Venere and Booking. And consider the myriad of lodging alternatives—agritourism farm stays, cottages, private rooms, convents, campgrounds, villa rentals, castles—that are less expensive and more authentic.

Dining: Spend a pittance on a royal picnic. Just look for the daily markets you’ll find in most towns, and keep your eyes peeled for street stalls and carts selling roasted pork sandwiches and sugary crêpes. Or head to a pub, trattoria, or tapas bar for hearty, traditional dishes costing far less than at a restaurant. When you do dine at a temple of haute cuisine, go at lunch, not dinner: you usually get the same menu for less.

See our list of 13 affordable European itineraries.

Sights: The best things in Europe can be free. Those grandiose churches that showcase frescoes, stained glass, and architecture by Michelangelo and Matisse?Free. London’s top museums like the British Museum, Tate Modern, V&A, and others?No charge. Madrid’s Museum of the Blind and Paris’s Perfume Museum?You guessed it. Get a list of free sights and experiences in Paris, London, Rome, and Madrid at Europe for Free. Also, most European tourist offices offer discount passes for public transportation and sightseeing (a notable exception: the largely useless Venice Card).

Source: www.travelandleisure.com


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From london?

Well, first you gotta cross the chunnel, but them bullet trains are pretty fast. but from london to the czech republic has got to be over ten hours of train rides. probably more. you would be surprised how cheap flights can be. i flew from prague to milan and back and it was surprisingly cheap. (this was two years ago now, tho)
but seriously, i loved the czech repub. but i had a funny trip to europe. i was only in eastern europe and didnt do any of the normal touristy places (like france, germany, italy)
i would also highly reccomend any of the balkan countries. i had the most beautiful two weeks in Croatia

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