Europe In march

Dec 11th, 2015, 06:59 AM
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Europe In march

I am on going on a group trip to London-Scotland for 6 nights with my wife.

Post that , both of us are planning an extension , where my return is scheduled from London on the 14th day .

We are not sure if we should stick to UK , Or we should explore places like Budapest, Prague , French Rivera and then Head back to London for return to India !

Please share your views as i am an avid traveller would like to explore lively places with a touch of scenic beauty as well.

Your help on this would be appreciated.


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Dec 11th, 2015, 07:24 AM
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6 days is not very long for the UK - and especially not long enough for London AND Scotland. Why not give us a link to the tour so we can see where you are going, how long you are in any one place, etc.

Then we can make other recommendations.

You only have another week so no you don't have time for Budapest, Prague and the French Rivera and return to London.

If you do add some more time in the UK, you might have enough time for one other city - be it Paris, or Prague or wherever.
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Dec 11th, 2015, 07:30 AM
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As European, I'd advise to stick to UK and visit from there - lots to see.
In Scotland alone we spent 2 weeks and didn't get enough time.

Now as Indian, you may have a lot less holidays and may not come back before some time. It is then up to you to decide.

French Riviera can take your 6-7 days, for Budapest I'd say 4 days, Prague 3 days are enough.

Also the weather can help you decide : depending on the season you mught want to go to Nice, which has a sunny weather.
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Dec 11th, 2015, 07:41 AM
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So you have one extra week, if I understand it?

Depends how much you really want to see, I think you could easily at least see Paris easily in that time for about 5 days before going back to London. I think the Riviera is a very bad idea, what's the point in March, anyway, and it's a long ways you'd travel to go to/from. YOU may think it's tropical there, but it isn't, it's not beach weather in March. Budapest ios also pretty far away.

If anything, add Amsterdam to Paris, they aren't that far away. If you have no interest in that, fine. But I'd add more to the UK if you are only there 6 days to begin with.

So maybe 4-5 days Paris, rest in UK.
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Dec 11th, 2015, 08:11 AM
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So your trip is in March? The weather that time of year is not the best for the British countryside. Or even northern Europe. Lots of rain, cool. Concentrate on cities.

On your interest list, France is the closest and the easiest to get to; take the Eurostar under the Channel to Paris, less than 3 hours city center to city center.

Or fly to Nice, spend time on the Cote d'Azur and fly back. The weather should be reasonably pleasant and there are lots of places to visit up and down the coast by public transportation.
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Dec 11th, 2015, 10:32 AM
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March is very early in the year for scenic beauty - unless you are headed to southern Italy or Spain. North of the alps that is still winter and while London may not be that cold expect Scotland to be cold and quite possibly snowy.

If you want to see another place in the weeks you have left (and I would put at least 4 days in London there since it seems likely you will have very little time in London) either pick an place with many indoor sights (Paris?) or perhaps the south of France. Budapest and Prague are on the central european plain and are likely to still be quite cold - and again, possibly snowy.
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Dec 11th, 2015, 10:41 AM
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No, March is NOT too early in the year for scenic beauty in the UK. The early spring flowers are gorgeous, the countryside is green and the fields are full of baby lambs.

But the OP is on a 6 night coach tour of London (and England?) and Scotland which I fear means they won't much. So until we see where they are visiting and what is actually on the itinerary I honestly don't think we can give useful advice.

For instance, what if the tour only has one day in London . . .
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Dec 11th, 2015, 05:33 PM
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I would assume one day in London and then long days on the motorways with the passengers half asleep most of the time.

Agree that it can be springlike in southern England - but Scotland can still be winter. (We were there in July one year and the temps were in the 40s and it was raining heavily with wind gusts throwing the rain side ways - although it had been about 80 when we left London 5 days before.)
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Dec 12th, 2015, 03:37 AM
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First of all , i would like to thank you all for your prompt response

Sorry for not mentioning the details of my itinerary.

As mentioned , its a group that we are travelling with doing 4 nights in London and 2 nights in edinburg.

The others are back on the 6th From Edinburgh & then we are on our own.

Now we have 6th March to 14th March to play with as our return is from London itself .
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Dec 12th, 2015, 05:50 AM
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2 nights isn't very long for Edinburgh. There is also some wonderful countryside to explore on the way back from Edinburgh to London. Weather in March can actually be quite good so don't be put off by negative comments. Just make sure you have plenty of layers and a windprrof/waterproof outer layer.

Allow enough time in Edinburgh to see the city and some of the surrounding countryside - St Andrews with its ruined castle and cathedral, Rosslyn Capel, Stirling for its castle...

Coming south, there is Northumberland. Think about a stop along Hadrian's Wall and don't miss Durham with one of the best Norman cathedrals in Europe. Then there is York, a medieval walled town with another amazing cathedral (Minster). You could easily spend a couple of days here - more if you decide to visit some of the great ruined Yorkshire Abbeys. You might want to consider a detour into East Anglia. Stop off for a night in Cambridge and then head to Suffolk with its lovely old villages and towns set in attractive countryside. The primroses will be in flower by now. Then head for London.

This is just scratching the surface with a few ideas as there is loads more you could see. I've not mentioned Lincoln, Stamford...
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Dec 12th, 2015, 08:18 AM
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If you stay in the UK, will you be driving or using public transportation?
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Dec 12th, 2015, 09:52 AM
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If you have already had 4 days in London (not a huge amount of time but reasonable) then I might consider adding another major city. Paris is the simplest in terms of transit (3 hours by train city center to city center) and has a huge amount to see and do. You could easily pop over to Paris for 4 or 5 days and still have a couple of days to see more in and around London before flying home.

However I would not reco heading to a number of different places - you would be spending too much time in transit and not have very much time to see/do anything versus just get to these places.

You could do this with any one of the places mentioned - but would need to fly to and fro or waste a huge amount of time (2 full days anyway) on trains except for Paris. I would get the Michelin green guide for the places you are interested in and then determine which you want to see most.
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Dec 12th, 2015, 10:47 AM
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I would stay one additional day in Edinburgh, then I would pick up a car and do one or two full days in the Borders, one full day in Northumberland (Hadrian's Wall and the coast - unfortunately, Alnwick Castle doesn't open until late March). Then on to York and drop the car. stay two full days in York.

Then return to London since you will have spent not much time there. You could use some of the extra time in London to visit Windsor or Oxford as a day trip.
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Dec 15th, 2015, 07:00 AM
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Sticking to UK sounds more or less final ??

But will this all be too much of architectural and scenic itinerary, with less happenig places like clubbing, parties, shopping, exquisite food etc

I guess London should be good with all this . Not sure if any of the places are big cities

But do you guys think its a decent blend of the programme as we are a young couple with just an year to our marriage.

Cannot be totally curtailed into scenic beauty and cathedrals all the time .

I am unsure about if it would not be too monotonous because freinds you would know India is about too many people with diverse cultures.
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Dec 15th, 2015, 07:10 AM
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Also if there would be any adventure sports that time we could expedite as well, should be great !

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Dec 15th, 2015, 08:09 AM
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Edinburgh and Glasgow are both major cities -- you wouldn't have to step inside a single cathedral if you don't want . . . .
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Dec 15th, 2015, 10:04 AM
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If you want clubbing, parties and shopping, maybe add Amsterdam. Fly Easyjet from Edinburgh.
Train to Paris, for more shopping and good food, spend a few days there and train back to London (or flight, connecting with your return flight home).

That doesn't have any adventure sports, though. You could go skiing for a week, after Edinburgh. March is usually good for skiing in the Alps.
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Dec 15th, 2015, 01:03 PM
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Paris is only a few hours from London via Eurostar trains - spends some more time in the U.K. perhaps then blast over to Paris -Amsterdam is but 3.5 hours from Paris and is a noted party capital - fly back from there.
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I think that time of year the adventure sports are all winter - even if not skiing then sledding or skating or cross county or showshoeing.

Most other adventure sports would be more warn weather.
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Dec 16th, 2015, 02:58 AM
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Amsterdam I have been to !

Not sure will be great in march , but definitely open to Paris for 3 days .

Contemplating still !

Anyway thanks for your support always .
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