The chimneys of Gaudí’s La Pedrera building in Barcelona
Fancy taking in the Venetian glamour of the Gritti Palace
while sipping Prosecco? Wandering around spectacular churches and palazzos?
Sightseeing by gondola after a little antipasto, some seafood risotto and a bottle of Bardolino? How about going for the day?
A day trip to Europe from the UK is easy and inexpensive. There’s also something almost dreamlike about the experience. It seems to
stretch time and make things more memorable.
The Arsenale in Venice
Plus there’s no luggage to carry or hotels to book, and it’s
easier to find a babysitter for a day. A day trip can turn a
special occasion into
Whether you’re driving to Bruges, getting the train to
Paris or flying to Amsterdam, you could be there in under two hours, and spend
eight or nine hours soaking up the atmosphere.
To minimize airport time,
most carriers - including Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways - offer online
check in. And you only have to check in 30 minutes before you travel with Eurotunnel and Eurostar.
This site aims to open your eyes to the unique pleasures of
day tripping to Europe. It provides all the information necessary to help
create perfect, unforgettable days out.
But avoid the temptation
to cram too much in. Try not to visit more than two or three
sights; and allow plenty of time for lunch, and aimless
exploring and people watching. After
your first trip, you’ll want to do it again, and again.
Santa Domenico E Sisto in Rome - a hidden gem
If you are planning a short break or a romantic long weekend in Europe you will also find this site invaluable.
And remember, although there are often last minute
bargains to be had, it’s usually cheaper to book in advance and travel during the
Also, on weekdays the sights are generally less crowded and it’s
easier to get into popular restaurants without booking.
The site includes information on journey times and local transport; recommended restaurants,
places drink and shop; top sights, museums and major events; as well as currency
exchange rates, learning a language, and a five day weather forecast.
If you haven't already got your free European Health Insurance Card, or you're interested in good deals on single or multi-trip travel insurance, click here.
Eco-friendly travel - to find out how you can make your travel carbon neutral visit CarbonNeutral or ClimateCare.
Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam