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Continental Rail Holidays

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by sheddy, 19 Dec 2007.

  1. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Help ! Swmbo wants us to go on the Oriental Express - sounds v expensive !
    Has anybody done anything similar and if so how was it ?
    I'd post this in Tour but I know bikes won't be involved....
     
  2. depends... there are sightseeing orient express journeys... you can even do them in the UK... or you can go on the route on the standard trains.

    i used to go through deutsche-bahn (sp) a UK based euro-rail firm, they are based in surbiton. for french train trips you can book with sncf direct and they'll send the tickets to the uk.

    you can probably do it through last minute and the like now, i haven't done a euro rail trip for a while. i know swedish rail trips are a pain to book, but the orient express route should be easy.
     
  3. oh... i took the standard sleeper (called the orient express) from vienna to paris many years ago. it was ok, but the sleeper berths are split by sex, so you might have to buy the third bunk to get it to yourselves... but if you're doing a fancy trip, they might have doubles.
     
  4. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Check seat61.com for the definitive guide to traveling by rail. He really knows his stuff.
    No connection, I've just used his site (quite a lot) and found it to be the absolute canine dangly bits.
     
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Just watch out for stocky Belgians with moustaches....
     
  6. OP
    OP
    sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Thanks peeps. I might look for the the Thomas Cook Rail Map of Europe tomorrow
     
  7. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I've used some of Seat61's suggestions when railing around the continent and they do work.
     
  8. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    They surely do. Going to Sicily by train was a bit of a trek, but Corsica was really straightforward. Just looking up trains to Avignon now for a long weekend in Sault for the Tall Scary Thing aka Mont Ventoux.:ohmy:
     
  9. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Staff Member


    Thank you Doctor, for pointing out seat61.com. I am trying to plan a journey to Scotland, going one route and coming back an entirely different route. I though it would be a pain to plan, but this site has made it easy peasy. :smile:
     
  10. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Glad I could help. If I ever meet the seat61bloke, he's got a drink or 15 coming.

    *glees*
     
  11. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Staff Member

    I can see that you hire and repair bicycles, but I don't understand "glees":blush:
     
  12. simon l& and a half

    simon l& and a half New Member

    Location:
    Streatham Hill
    seat.61 is the top website in the world!
    http://www.seat61.com/Syria.htm

    do you mean the Orient Express to Istanbul (which is now a series of trains) or the smart effort going to Venice? Because if you mean the latter and you want something more affordable the Paris Bercy-Venice sleeper is nice and not too expensive.
     
  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    It means I am (or was, at that time) happy or gleeful. Nothing more than that.