Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: UK and Western Europe

by Anna Blanch on April 28, 2012

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

 This is part I of what will likely be a 20 part series of posts tracing my probable (and planned) itinerary. As has become custom, as I marvel at the places where this blog is read – in the last week the countries where readers have flitted through parts of this blog include the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Canada, Germany, India, Singapore, Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Bulgaria, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Philipines, Yemen, Pakistan, Hungary, Greece, South Korea, Ireland and Mauritius – I invite you to offer your thoughts and suggestions on any part of this itinerary or any of my Overland to Oz posts. I will appreciate any advice or expertise you may have to offer!

The countries that are part of UK and Western Europe are generally recognised as being Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Wales.

The itinerary for this sector of the trip is looking like as follows:

St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Newcastle International Ferry Terminal , England

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cologne, Germany

However, Austria and Belgium still might form part of the itinerary depending on how it shapes up.

Day 1: Take a train from St Andrews to Newcastle (approx 40 pounds).  Transfer to the overnight cruise ferry from Newcastle to Holland.  For details of timetables, fares & how to buy tickets for travel to Amsterdam via each of these ferry routes, see the UK-Netherlands page on seat sixty-one.  Newcastle to Amsterdam – Ferry –  Foot Passenger from £29pp  (approx 140 pounds for a cabin (sleeps 2)) (https://booking.dfds.it/seaways/English). Ferry leaves at 17:00 from Newcastle.

Day 2: Ferry arrives in Amsterdam around 10:00. I plan to spend the day in Amsterdam as all the sights are easy walking distance from Centraal station.  Left luggage lockers are available at Centraal station, 4-6 euros for 24 hours. If I was going from Amsterdam direct to Moscow, then  I would take the Russian sleeping-car leaves Amsterdam Centraal daily at 19:01 (17:41 from 23 July to 28 August 2011), arriving Moscow 2 nights later at 09:37 (day 4), passing through Germany, Poland & Belarus.  UK residents can book the Amsterdam-Moscow sleeper online at www.raileurope.co.uk, with instant confirmation.  You could try www.tgv-europe.com, which can also book the Amsterdam to Moscow train (works for anyone from any country except the USA).  Booking opens 90 days before departure. For more information about how to book European trains, see the How to buy European train tickets page.  The Amsterdam-Moscow sleeper fare is £277 per person travelling in a shared 3-bed sleeper or £433 per person travelling in a 2-bed sleeper.

Day 3: After a night in Amsterdam, Netherlands I plan to travel to Cologne, Germany.

Stay tuned for Itinerary post, part 2, next week, where we begin to journey into the geography of western, central, and eastern europe!


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Traveller. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.

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