what are the best destinations?
strong pound makes Europe a more affordable destination resulting
in a growth surge in the "city break" market in recent months. There
are over 100 short break destinations to choose from throughout
Europe and beyond.
trips to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam by Air or Eurostar are a
fabulous way to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or special occasion.
Orient Express (Venice Simplon Orient Express) is one of the most
glamorous trains in the world for those who have a deeper pocket
than most. Fine food is matched by the immaculate service of the
Italian waiters in the restaurant car, while the bar provides a
perfect setting for a relaxing aperitif. Cabins are warm and welcoming,
becoming a cosy bedroom by night. The train journey includes travel
to Paris, Venice, Florence or Verona.
and self-drive holidays to France's Parc Asterix and Futuro Scope
are all possibilities for short breaks with children as are holiday
parks in Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
addition short cruise breaks are also becoming popular as they offer
good value for money.
- a new rail era
powered, Eurostar trains travelling at speeds of about 180mph are
the fastest, smoothest and most convenient way to reach the heart
of Europe. City centre to city centre without time-consuming transfers,
Eurostar truly pushes back the frontiers of rail travel. Each train
has 18 stylish, fully air conditioned coaches. There are separate
coaches for First and Standard class, smoking and non-smoking, as
well as seating for disabled passengers. Every train has two bar/buffet
coaches serving hot and cold snacks plus a trolley service. Eurostar
can be picked up from London Waterloo and from Ashford in Kent.
serves the following cities: Paris from London Waterloo in just
under 3 hours, and from Ashford in Kent in just under 2 hours. Lille
from London Waterloo in just 2 hours, and from Ashford in Kent in
1 hour and Brussels from London Waterloo in 2 hours and 45 minutes.
To reach Bruges, combine a high speed Eurostar journey to Brussels
and an onward journey to Bruges with Belgian Railways, in 3 hours
and 45 minutes. For Amsterdam, combine a high speed Eurostar journey
to Brussels and an onward journey to Amsterdam with Dutch/Belgian
Railways, in approximately 3 hours.
for Eurostar start at around about £150 per person, but there are
concessions and offers you can take up. Archana highly recommends
this route as "it dramatically cuts the transit time so you get
to spend more time at the destination of your choice rather than
hanging about in airport lounges or road traffic queues". There
are obvious advantages to taking the car, of course. You can stock
up on drink for example! For destinations not bordering the cross
channel coastline flights have the obvious advantage. If you don't
need to plan too far in advance last minute deals on European flights
can be superb value.
topic on short breaks would not be complete without mentioning the
use of Air Miles. These ubiquitous reward points, which millions
of users collect on purchases ranging from flights to milk, can
be put to excellent use on European short break holidays.
mode of travel for short breaks includes driving, flying, train
(Eurostar, Orient Express), or short cruise breaks (Choice). Channel
crossings on ferries and hovercraft are all at affordable prices.
short haul destinations, charter flight operators should be fine
even though you have a raft of European airlines offering daily
scheduled flights. For long haul flights it is still better to consider
scheduled flights that offer better service, fewer delays and more
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