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Flight Free Europe (Time Out Flight Free Europe) [Paperback]

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Book Description

3 July 2008 Time Out Flight Free Europe

As concerns grow about global warming and more people look for holidays closer to home, Time Out has put together a selection of inspirational trips to Europe (and sometimes beyond!) that won't cost you or the planet a single air mile.

Europe's railway system is getting faster and sleeker, and now that Eurostar trains depart from St Pancras, with great connections to the north of the UK, continental destinations are more accessible than ever before. You can get to Paris in two hours 15 minutes , Brussels in under two hours and Strasbourg and Cologne in under five. By 2010, Europe will have 4,000 miles of high-speed lines - and some very boutique-y sleeper cars, making plane-free holidays a realistic and stress-free alternative to air travel.

But Flight-Free Europe isn't just a railway guide. It also includes trips by boat - including the new cruise-style ferries - bicycle and motorbike, even car (now hire companies are offering greener options), covering a variety of destinations from classic cities to undiscovered countryside. For each, we give a selection of the best places to sleep, eat and experience, and some great ideas for side trips. There are also activity breaks and a section of longer journeys to undertake for their own sake, bringing back the idea of the Grand Tour and rescuing the romance of travel.


JOURNEY TIME: Under two hours:

City breaks in Brussels and Dublin; cycling in Pas de Calais; wilderness hiking in the Orkneys.

JOURNEY TIME: An easy day:

City breaks in Marseilles, Cologne and Lyons; wine-tasting along the Rhone; best of Brittany.

JOURNEY TIME: Overnighters:

City breaks in Toulouse, Turin and Barcelona; touring the Canal du Midi on a péniche; exploring Spain's Picos de Europa.


Scottish Isles & Iceland; Orient Express; Baltic ferry-hopping; yachting in Croatia; Trans-Siberian Express; Stavanger, European City of Culture 2008, and the Norwegian fjords.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Time Out (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846700876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846700873
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 14.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Handy and environmentally friendly" -- Independent on Sunday

"Provides all you need to plan 30 breaks, by rail, road and sea" -- Daily Telegraph


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By B Legg
This book gives a great introduction for the green traveller who would like to see Europe, but does not want to fly there. In the book are a set of city guides that give clear advice backed up by some fantastic colour photography. The key advantage of this book over other guide books is the fact that it describes how to get there, how long it will take and the costs you can expect to pay. The book also makes it clear how to use the individual transport networks in each place making travelling within them easy. All the trips are planned from the UK, therefore this book will be of less relevence to non UK nationals. Overall a fantastic guide book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone... 15 Oct 2009
By KayBee
Great if you're a family (lots of useful snippets on how to keep the kids occupied etc) and if you're on a whistle-stop tour of Europe or a long weekend, but if you want to take the time to discover the place, then this book isn't for you (even if, in all fairness, it doesn't purport to be)

The writing is very opinionated - not a bad thing per se - but it can get tiring. In the Brussels entry, for example, he waffles on (hoho) about the EU not being democratically elected and spouts the usual tired clichés about the place rather than providing some relevant info. He doesn't even attempt to scratch the surface, choosing a few touristy bars just off Brussels' main square. This is repeated in a few other entries too.

He fares much better elsewhere - the Calais cycle route entry, for example, was quite enlightening.

So, in conclusion - opinionated, superficial but fairly interesting and useful in places. I would recommend this to friends but only if they're the sort of people who do extra research of their own...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flight Free Europe 15 May 2010
I purchased this book as a present for a family member. Before I passed it on I did look through the information in some detail and found the content very interesting. Given that flying is becoming increasingly difficult and unreliable, the information this book provides on Europe wide train travel will be of great value.

Up to now long distance travel has been easier and faster by air and the cost more often than not, lower, but with the uncertainty of air travel and the likelihood of higher taxes on air travel, the costs will become less of an issue. I would encourage anyone who enjoys travel to get this book, it provides a wide range of information on the quality and scope of the rail network. The fact that it is possible to get from Inverness to Marrekesh by train and ferry opens up a whole new field of exploration.(whether living in such beautiful countryside as Inverness would tempt anyone to travel to North Africa, I don't know).

A good purchase that will provide the information needed to plan some great journeys. In fact the family member I gave this book to, has already booked his family holiday by train from the North West of England to Southern Spain, via Paris. I wish I was going!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Politically Correct Tourist Guide? 18 Aug 2010
By Diego Banducci - Published on
I don't know if that's what the editors expected when they brought aboard the clowns who wrote this book, but that's what they got.

We bought this based upon our highly favorable experience with Time Out Shortlist Florence. Unfortunately, it appears that the Time Out editors hire a new set of local writers for each book. That worked beautifully for Florence but bombed miserably for San Francisco.

As is my standard practice with San Francisco guidebooks, I looked for the entry for Tadich Grill, the oldest restaurant in California and one of the long-time classic San Francisco restaurants that get good marks from virtually all travel and restaurant guides (Mimi Sheridan, the New York Times restaurant critic, ranked it the top San Francisco restaurant about 15 years ago). Much to my surprise, there was none --- Nada, Zilch. This is as serious a gaffe as not mentioning the Empire State Building in a New York guide book.

What is covered is a long list of trendy, gay, overpriced dumps that the authors "discovered" during what must have been a very short visit to San Francisco. But they do include quite a bit about the Haight during the "Summer of Love." Urrrppp.

Fellows, the Summer of Love took place in 1968, 42 years ago. It's over. Take my word for it.

There's also a lot about the gay community, but it appears to have been written to impress, not inform.

All in all, an abomination.
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