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Amsterdam to Paris, where, what and how?

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Amsterdam to Paris, where, what and how?

We've got a week before spending time with friends in Bordeaux. We plan on landing in Amsterdam on October 26th ish and making our way to Paris over the course of a week. I'd be grateful of any insight/suggestons wrt, areas to stay in, places to visit in Amsterdam and on the way to Bordeaux. I'm wondering where to stop on the way (thinking about the train) and how to divide up the trip. I've had good luck with VRBO and would like to hear of any specifics if anyone has used them in the areas we're going to.
Thanks in advance for you time and suggestions.
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sam123 wrote: We've got a week before spending time with friends in Bordeaux. We plan on landing in Amsterdam on October 26th ish and making our way to Paris over the course of a week. I'd be grateful of any insight/suggestons wrt, areas to stay in, places to visit in Amsterdam and on the way to Bordeaux. I'm wondering where to stop on the way (thinking about the train) and how to divide up the trip. I've had good luck with VRBO and would like to hear of any specifics if anyone has used them in the areas we're going to.
Thanks in advance for you time and suggestions.
Why not fly... I fly with EasyJet and Ryan Air through Europe and it's painless. Just flew both airlines 3x in the last month and had no issues at all. Can't beat the prices either!
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Stop in Le Mans on the way to Bordeaux - we did the opposite drive to Paris from Spain and then on to Amsterdam and it was a fun little stop. Also Juno beach - highly recommend travelling along the north coast of France as much as you can, lots of great little towns.
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BrunetteGirl wrote: Why not fly... I fly with EasyJet and Ryan Air through Europe and it's painless. Just flew both airlines 3x in the last month and had no issues at all. Can't beat the prices either!
I thought that taking the train and hitting a few places on the way down would be a good way to see the countryside and some cities.
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snow00774 wrote: Stop in Le Mans on the way to Bordeaux - we did the opposite drive to Paris from Spain and then on to Amsterdam and it was a fun little stop. Also Juno beach - highly recommend travelling along the north coast of France as much as you can, lots of great little towns.
I'll check them out, thanks.
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Train is fast, usually best to book at least a couple of weeks in advance (way cheaper). In Amsterdam do a canal tour, visit the Vondelpark if it's a nice day, the national museum (Rijksmuseum).

Brussel is an easy stop en route to Paris, there is a nice square there (Grote Markt).

Lots of people seem to Like Antwerpen (between Amsterdam and Brussels).

Between Amsterdam and Antwerpen you could stop in Rotterdam, a city with more modern architecture. There you could visit the Maeslantkering, a huge moveable storm surge barrier that protects the city from disastrous floods that could occur once every couple of decades.
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Thanks barbmans, would you stay overnight in any of Brussles/Rotterdam or Antwerpen?
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Never been to Antwerpen but lots of Dutch people go there for a weekend, so I imagine it's worth it. Brussels is worth an overnight stop I think. Rotterdam is so close to Amsterdam that you could even do it as a day trip if you want to save yourself the hassle of checking in/checking out, moving luggage. People also seem to be liking day trips from Amsterdam to fishing villages like Volendam.
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sam123 wrote: Thanks barbmans, would you stay overnight in any of Brussles/Rotterdam or Antwerpen?
I stayed one or two night in brussels on my last trip. It's worth it. Not a lot to see, but it's got it's charm. I wouldn't day you need more than one night though

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