doug_or
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Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:57 am

After volunteering to be bumped twice last spring break, I got $600 Delta dollars, which were about to expire this spring. Long story short, I'll be arriving in Paris on March 13 and leaving the 21. I want to visit somwhere else as well, and wanted some input.

So far I was thinking Barcelona-
Warm(er than paris)
cheap(er than paris)
cheap fare on Ryanair (of course I get to spend how long? on a bus to and from airports?)

London
Speak English
always wanted to go
dirst cheap on Easyjet

Nice
Warm(er than paris)
decent fares on Easyjet
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ArmitageShanks
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:14 am

If you fly EasyJet to London, FLY INTO LHR OR LGW!!!!! Do not fly into STN. The train fare is insane and its just way to far. I made that mistake a few times.
 
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:15 am

I think Luton is my only option. 10 Pounds fare each way (?)
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petertenthije
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:18 am

ALso for London you should check out BMI. I noticed that often they are cheaper than Easyjet and other loco's. And they do fly to LHR which Easyjet does not.

What about a visit to AMS?
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doug_or
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:23 am

Wouldn't rule it out. I just figured it would be on par with London for weather and cost.

the Eastjet fare to Luton was 43 Euros after Taxes. Thats a big reason I considered it.
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nonrevman
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:50 am

If you are trying to travel on a budget, I would think twice about London. It is almost two dollars to a pound now. The flight there may not necessarily cost you, but lodging, food, and transportation will eat a hole in your wallet.
 
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 8:16 am

If you are trying to travel on a budget, I would think twice about London.

I agree absolutely, London is really expensive (maybe the most expensive City in Europe). I would recommend Barcelona, the city is really beautiful, the food and the wine is very good (and cheap) and it is already quite warm there in March.

Have fun!

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NoUFO
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 8:32 am

Since spring is the best time to visit southern Europe (warm but not too hot, not too many tourists), I would go for Barcelona to spend the rest of my Euros.
I have been there twice and love the city.

London, however, is great too, but accommodation is far more expensive.

BTW: Did you consider Rome?! Paris -> Rome -> Paris EUR 46.18 incl. tax (Ryanair).

(Man, the Berlin tourist board will hate me for this post ...)
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doug_or
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:24 am

I did consider rome, but i wan't able to find any good fares when I could travel March 14-19.

Thank you all for you advise
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usatoeze
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:56 am

Did you at all consider Normandy?

Normandy can be a little dull, and a little cold and windy, but it is full of great people and great shops. It is a great way to get to know France, and you can take the train from Paris(Did I just say take the train on an aviation site?) and stay one night. It is the complete opposite of Paris, which means it is slow, open, and friendly(I do love Paris, though).
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NoUFO
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Sun Feb 22, 2004 4:37 am

Sorry Doug, I looked for May rather than March. You should check http://www.volareweb.de (english), though. I found prices around 30 or 50 Euro (oneway).

Usatoeze is right; same goes for the north-east of France, the Alsace with Strasbourg (where you can even visit Freiburg and the Black Forest) or southern France: Provence with Aix en Provence and those pitoresque towns like Orange or Avignon.
I know, Nice, at the border of the Provence, is still on your list. But Nice is sort of one of the jet-set's favourite cities. If you go to Nice, you should hire a car to get around.


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doug_or
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:09 am

I'd like to go to the Northeast sometime, perhaps more towards summer. I'll have to coem back to Europe sometime, as I've always wated to visit Scandanavia.


Anyway, heres what I came up with:


1 adult Total: USD 143.10


Flight: Iberia flight 4423 on a Airbus Industrie Jet
Depart: Paris Orly, France (ORY)- Wed, Mar 17 10:00am
Arrive: Barcelona, Spain (BCN) - Wed, Mar 17 11:30am


Flight: Iberia flight 4422 on a Airbus Industrie Jet
Depart: Barcelona, Spain (BCN)- Sun, Mar 21 7:20am
Arrive: Paris Orly, France (ORY) - Sun, Mar 21 9:05am

Or


Ryanair

Tue, 16 Mar 04
Flight FR9102 08:45 Depart Paris Beauvais (BVA)
10:35 Arrive Barcelona Girona (GRO)


Sat, 20 Mar 04
Flight FR9107 19:20 Depart Barcelona Girona (GRO)
21:10 Arrive Paris Beauvais (BVA)


Total Cost of Flight
excluding handling fee (if applicable)
click here for new information
on handling fees
36.52 EUR under 50 USD, right?

sooooooooo....... I guess I'll be trying out this whole Ryanair thing.


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jcs17
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:45 am

I had tickets to go to Dusseldorf and London over Spring Break, but I had to cancel all of my reservations when I got into a minor car accident and had to pay for $900 worth of damages  Yeah sure ...
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doug_or
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RE: Western Europe For Spring Break (on A Budget)

Thu Feb 26, 2004 12:29 pm

My Air France flight deaprts Paris Sunday from CDG, so If I took the Iberia option, I could actauly just hang out till my flight boarding 7 hours later. I could avoid wasting that last day in Paris with the Ryan air flight (arrive after 9), probably check in somewhere near midnight (hostels would be closed I think?) , and then leave for the airport around ooon the next day- whats te point? Its $100 more, but I'll save a couple bucks on busses. I was also starting to ge a little after reading about Ryanair- seems everythings fine, untill something gets delayed or canceled- I'd hate for something like this to ruin my vacation.
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