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Old Mar 8th, 2015, 11:52 PM
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Amsterdam

I will be in London from 25/03/15 onwards. Planning to spend some time in Amsterdam from 02/04/15 to 06/04/15 as I will be departing on 7/04/15 12noon flight from Heathrow Airport .

1. Planning to go Giethoorn, Zaanse Schans...not sure how to go about...any other place that is a mus visit?

2. Best and cheapest way to travel from London to Amsterdam ?

3. Best and most affordable way to travel around Amsterdam?

4. Best and affordable tour agencies/operators?

5. Clean,affordable, safe and convenient location to stay?

Please advice as this is my first time to Paris and wish to enjoy my stay there =)

Thank you very much in advance for any advice that will be provided by all members =)
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Old Mar 8th, 2015, 11:54 PM
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Amsterdam or Paris? See your other thread.
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 12:19 AM
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2. Best and cheapest way to travel from London to Amsterdam ?

Fly. Unless you have a lot of luggage.

Easyjet has a ticket for $191.


3. Best and most affordable way to travel around Amsterdam?

Bicycle.
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 12:30 AM
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Zaanse Schans is easy to get to by train from Amsterdam. Look at the website for details.

Giethoorn is much harder unless you hire a car. Train and bus would take a good chunk of time. There may be a bus tour from Amsterdam to Giethoorn, I don't know. An online search would tell you.
Whilst I am glad someone wants to see more than the usual tourist attractions it may be too difficult, given your limited time, to get there. You wouldn't have much time for the city if you also go to Giethoorn.

Amsterdam is very walkable. That is the cheapest way to get around the city. Plenty of buses and trams too.

There are numerous threads on the forum about accommodation.
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 05:10 AM
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Easyjet has a ticket for $191.>

Train can be as low as 39 euros and gtakes only 3.5 hours city center to city center - www.thalys.com - book early to get those limited in number discounted fares - few folks fly between Amsterdam and Paris anymore because of the train, faster overall and dirt cheap if you book far enough in advance.

For lots on European trains including the Thalys trains check these IMo susperb sites: www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

And for some ideas on Amsterdam: http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...ite-things.cfm
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OK, but they wanted London to Amsterdam which is 4:38 in duration and I didn't see a bookable 2nd Class ticket for April 2, but tthey do havea 229 Euro 1st Class ticket.
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OP has two threads, one for London and Paris, the other for London and Amsterdam, smae dates, so it is not clear which city they are visiting, so advice on getting to Amsterdam from Paris is pointless. It would seem they will visit one or the other.
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OK, but they wanted London to Amsterdam which is 4:38 in duration and I didn't see a bookable 2nd Class ticket for April 2, but tthey do havea 229 Euro 1st Class ticket.>

Oops - I thought Paris for some reason - sorry - to London at this late date the discounted tickets will all be booked probably - no you are right about flying and I made a mistake in thinking Paris.
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 08:04 AM
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The reason Paris came up on this thread is because of this in the OP >>Please advice as this is my first time to Paris and wish to enjoy my stay there =)
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 08:30 PM
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Dear all, I am sorry for the confusion.
I was deciding on Amsterdam or Paris from London.
I am in dilemma because the weather reports shown that from 2nd to 6th April,it will be rainy in Amsterdam
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 09:16 PM
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Are you really considering the weather forecast for days almost a month from now into your decision?
It would be more productive to create fall back plans for rainy days as if it would rain similarly in each city. For example, think ahead of time what would you do under different weather scenarios for each day. For example, if you wake up on April 3rd to a clear sky day with forecast showing iffy for 4th and 5th, if you planned ahead, you would know which good weather activities can be easily pulled forward into April 3rd without disrupting the overall plan.
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Old Mar 9th, 2015, 10:25 PM
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If you check the weather maps, you will see that weather patterns tend to sweep across western Europe from the Atlantic. If it's raining in London, there's a fair chance it will be at least cloudy in Paris fairly soon after, and raining in Amsterdam the next day. And no-one can be sure of exactly where it's going to rain more than a few days beforehand, and even then they might not always be right.
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Old Mar 10th, 2015, 12:05 AM
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Weather in Europe is surprisingly unpredictable.
In the UK they have a saying April Showers. Maybe you will encounter rain in London too.
This happened 2 years ago in London.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/389...ails-to-relent
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Old Mar 10th, 2015, 01:16 AM
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There's absolutely no point in planning your trips based on the weather in Europe. Early April it could snow, or it could be 18C.
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>>I am in dilemma because the weather reports shown that from 2nd to 6th April,it will be rainy in Amsterdam
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Meant to add - you probably won't have a good idea what the weather will be on April 2 until maybe March 30 - and even then it could change.
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After having been in Amsterdam many times during early spring expect wet windy weather - could be sunny and nice but I'd bet on it being cool - not cold - and drizzily - anything else would be a plus.

And as janis says the weather is very changeable - this is a sea climate with winds often whipping in from the sea - prepare for the worst and hope for the best!
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Old Mar 10th, 2015, 09:31 AM
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Annietan29

We were in Amsterdam last January,it was cold, windy and rainy
but we still has a great time walking around the city enjoying the sites. Please note we live on a tropical island, any thing below 75 degrees is cold for us. I love Amsterdam despite the weather. Great food, nice helpful people, easy to find your way around. Plus as a bonus the fries was very, very good!

Don't let the weather scare you. Click PalenQ's name, he has a good thread on Amsterdam.
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And to add to the above post the weather this year in The Netherlands during Jan was much more pleasant than the year before.
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The weather forecast can't get it right for tomorrow let alone a month away.
It could be raining in Paris in April just as easily as in Amsterdam. I am amazed you even found such a long term forecast.
I have found a 14 day forecast, which looks great, but I wouldn't rely on it to plan anything.
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