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leeje2 Jul 2nd, 2016 03:58 PM

London, Paris, & Amsterdam Or just London & Paris
 
Do you guys think I can do London, Paris, and Amsterdam or would it be better to do just London and Paris?

August 20th-- arrive in Paris at 9:35am
August 26th -- Train to Amsterdam
August 29th -- flight to London
September 5th -- flight to USA

OR!

Splitting August 20th to September 4th half in London, half in Paris?

TPAYT Jul 2nd, 2016 04:15 PM

With your time frame I'd do all three. Been to Paris & London----once there you will always come back.
Haven't been to Amsterdam, but on my list & to me 2 full days would give you an idea if you wanted more.

Andrew Jul 2nd, 2016 04:23 PM

You're kind of asking two different questions: is this a feasible itinerary (all three or just the two)? And, is it worth your time to add Amsterdam vs. spending more time in the other two?

To answer the first question; yes, what you propose is certainly feasible and should work out fine.

The second one is more of a personal preference question. Amsterdam isn't my favorite city in Europe, but if there are things there you wan to see (specific museums, etc.) it's well worth a quick visit at very least. If you have no interest in Amsterdam besides "I wonder what Amsterdam is like? It's a big city I've heard of" then maybe not. You could certainly do things like add day trips in France or the UK instead of going to Amsterdam

It would be easier in my opinion (more trains, skip a flight) if you could fly into Amsterdam out of London - unless you've already booked the Paris - London flights...

janisj Jul 2nd, 2016 05:15 PM

Andrew is right -- essentially no one can answer this for you. You have to decide if you want to squeeze in all 3 (totally feasible) or just do Paris/London (even more feasible)

I've been to London countless times and still haven't seen everything; been to Paris probably 8 or 10 times and haven't seen/done it all; been to A'dam 3 times - and could visit again.

So -- read some guide books and maybe some trip reports on here and decide which of the three are most important to you.

Seamus Jul 2nd, 2016 05:30 PM

The three city itinerary is quite doable and, as Andrew notes, really a matter of preference. I could spend weeks in either Paris or London, but a couple days in Amsterdam is sufficient for me.

If you have not yet booked your flights, it would make the most sense to fly into Amsterdam, then train to Paris, then train to London.
If you have booked, consider Amsterdam to London via train. If you travel very early in the morning (0617 departure) or mid-afternoon (1517 departure) there are Thalys to Eurostar connections for €167.00 showing on www.captaintrain.com (formerly capitaine train.) that get you city center to city center in about 4.5 hours without the hassle of airports and much more comfortably than in planes.

nytraveler Jul 2nd, 2016 06:32 PM

Only you can decide.

Make a list of your must sees in each place and then determine if you can see what you want in the days allocated.

For a first trip to London and Paris I would want more days in each city - so that I could do at least one day trip - but if you want to do specific things in Amsterdam then go for it

Tabernash2 Jul 3rd, 2016 12:15 PM

We did London-Paris-Amsterdam a few years ago. We liked Amsterdam a lot.

Have you already bought airfare into Paris?

We flew to London, took high-speed train to Paris, took train to Amsterdam, flew home from Amsterdam.

It's a matter of your personal preference. Do you like to stay put in one place, or stay in each city 4 nights?

Have you ever been to London or Paris? If not, you might want to spend one week in each city. You will not be bored.

mjs Jul 3rd, 2016 03:26 PM

Doing all three cities with your time is quite doable which is a bit refreshing for me to say as most who ask the question want to do it all in 5 nights. Only you can decide but with 15 full days not including travel between cities both options are fine with flying into one city and out another.

BAHItaly Jul 5th, 2016 12:14 PM

Just left Amsterdam. We truly enjoyed the city.
We went to Alkmaar, DeRijp, and Azande Schans
Took 2 hr canal ride, went to 2 must see museums-Rembrandt and Van Gogh ( get tickets online and go to side entrance).
2 resturants that we enjoyed-Donna Sofia and Oliva.
We stayed in large Air bNb with friends. But staying at Mr Jordaan on return portion.
Went to several churches and lots of quaint shops
Highly recommended!!!!!


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