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London to Amsterdam, or other "short" bus tour

by fireboat

My wife, grandmother, and I will be visiting London this summer to visit family members. We're from USA and this will be our first trip overseas. Needless to say, we're very excited.

Our trip is only two weeks long - from August 15 - 28.

Even though we're going to visit family in London, we do want to spend some time seeing a little more of Europe.

We were thinking of a short bus tour - maybe to Amsterdam or Brussels or something like that. Unfortunately, all of the ones I'm finding on the internet are LONG tours - ones that would take 10 - 14 days or more.

Does anyone know of a tour company that offers shorter European tours?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

- Tim

P.S. We did find a company called "International Friends" that has a great Amsterdam tour - but they're all booked up. :( Any other thoughts?

Re: London to Amsterdam, or other "short" bus tour

by wise23girl

When we were in London we picked up a few of the London travel brochures which are everywhere and I noticed short tours to say Paris overnight and others something like that.
Or you could take the Eurostar to Europe.

Re: London to Amsterdam, or other "short" bus tour

by Agraichen

Hmmm...Might I sugest my preferences... a few days in London, then train to York. A couple days in York and on th Edinburgh. A few days hmmm, 2-3 in Edinburgh then maybe on to Glasgow or south to take in the Cotswolds and possibly a stop in Wales, over to some historic sitec and back to London.


Re: London to Amsterdam, or other "short" bus tour

by christine.j

The tour companies of London also offer guided day or overnight tours to Paris. This link is just an example:

Or just go by yourselves, but it may be too late for the cheap fares of the Eurostar. If you take the Eurostart to Brussels, you can change into a train to Amsterdam. Most people speak English there, so you'd easily manage on your own.

Re: London to Amsterdam, or other "short" bus tour

by unaS

Agree with Christine. Take the train and do it yourselves. Cheaper, more your own style and everyone in Brussels, Amsterdam and such speak English. From Brussels you can also take a train to Brugge - just gorgeous and definitely worth a visit.

Re: London to Amsterdam, or other "short" bus tour

by henry14

As advised above, you can do it cheaply yourself from London but if you want it organised for you there are several coach operators that do short breaks (google 'short coach breaks') for example Travelsphere and Gold-Crest. We did a short trip (2/3 days) to Paris with Travelsphere a couple of years ago and weren't expecting much but it was well organised and great value.

The links below might be of use to you.

Travel Tips for London

the renocated bridge

by yeah_baby

Latest Update:
The Millennium Footbridge opened again after they closed it down due to alarming swaying effect and gave people feeling of seasickness. Created to look like a fine metal ribbon by day and a floodlit blade of light at nite, the bridge quickly became London's popular new attraction.

A A London Internet Centre

by pieter_jan_v

The Internet Centre at New Oxford St was cheap (1 pound for an hour Internet usage) and very basic. Don't expect anything fancy. Cold drinks are being sold as well.

It's located at 73 New Oxford Street, Holborn - London, WC1A 1DG
Tel: +44-020-78361359

Flowers and Fountains

by pedersdottir

Regent's Park. Oasis of calm in the rush of the city.

With playgrounds, a boating lake, and the London Zoo, Regent's Park is the perfect place to spend a fine day in the great outdoors.

A park-within-the park, Queen Mary's Gardens contain formal rose beds, boxwood-edged knot gardens, and a duck pond with Japanese serenity garden all within the Inner CIrcle.

Lining the boulevards to the east and south of the Park are crescents of finely whitewashed Georgian Townhouses, surely deluxe housing for a fortunate few.

The Park is reached via the tube, Regent's Park stop, or the #453 bus.

Stand on the Right!

by Jetgirly

When riding an escalator in London, it is essential that you stand on the right side of the escalator, so that people who want to walk up or down can pass you on the left side. Aggressive escalator passengers will not hesitate to yell at you or push you out of the way, even if you are a bewildered foreign child (like me!)

The British

by sjvessey

The British are generally an unfriendly lot, extremely nationalistic (especially when it comes to football, at which they have historically excelled at losing), sour-faced and miserable-looking. They feel themselves to be the natural-born rulers of the world, temporarily down on their luck, and will take any and all opportunities to break into blood-thumping militaristic songs like 'Rule Britannia', as well as the considerably more unimaginative football chat 'Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land' (the last Scottish football song was titled 'Don't Come Home Too Soon', reflecting slightly more realistic expectations north of the border). Avoid talking to British people wherever possible. If you do find yourself having to make polite conversation with one, the chances are high that you will not be able to fathom a word he or she is saying, due to the existance of impenetrably thick regional accents (see below). The London accent in particular can be difficult to follow, and you may come away with the distinct impression that the vocabulary of the typical Londoner consists of little more than sexual swear words. My advice is to simply nod and smile inanely, which will cause the British person to annunciate his syllables extremely slowly in a loud voice, while thinking 'bloody foreigner' to himself. Do not ask teenagers for directions as British youths, having little else to do, will sometimes amuse themselves itself by pointing people in the wrong direction while attempting not to snigger out loud. Be wary of anyone who does not look obviously foreign who attempts to approach you in the street for any reason whatsover. The chances are they will simply ask you for money, regardless of how they initially start the conversation.


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