Covid-19: What To Do About Your Travel Plans

There is a lot of fear, worry and misinformation concerning the global impact of Covid-19 on travelling; we are going to be consistently updating this page with only the facts.

As a platform that encourages everyone to travel, regardless of budget or background, we feel compelled to discuss just what can be done in relation to travel as the impact of Covid-19 continues to be explored globally.

To begin with, please familiarise yourself with the up-to-date guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which can be found here. National governments and health organisations are also releasing new information frequently; if you have to travel abroad in the near future, it is paramount that you are aware of the guidance provided by the country of your visit.

It is likely that any international travel in the next 2 – 3 weeks at least will be very questionable. At time of writing, many countries including Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic and Switzerland have all declared national states of emergency, or have taken measures to control international arrivals (and in some cases even departures). Other countries have enacted policies of compulsory quarantining for all international travellers arriving into their nation. Some nations are imposing even fines on those who try to avoid such measures.

Unfortunately, due to the unpredictability of the future, many travel insurance providers have refused to cover those cancelling their upcoming trips because of Covid-19. This would mean that if you chose to cancel your future travel without the explicit ordering of your national government, you will be liable for all costs. Some flight providers have taken the move to cancel flights scheduled to some of the worst-affected areas in the immediate future; these changes will result in the flight company being liable to provide a full refund, or an alternate flight. More information on flight cancellations can be found here. There has also been the move made by some airlines to waive the fees usually charged if flights needed to be changed; this includes easyJet and Ryanair. It is important to note that if new flights are chosen, any difference in price (if the new flight is more expensive than the original) must still be paid by the traveller.

Above all, please keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy; these are unsure times, but if we support one-another, we can soon be back to seeing the world safely.

A Student Holiday Plans Christmas: Dresden

Winter holidays aren’t always easy to come by, so we’re going to help you in finding the cheapest break just in time for the Christmas tree going up! Check out the first holiday in our guide now!

We love a good festive getaway here at Student Holiday Plans – whether it’s wandering around a festive market or sitting next to a warm fireplace with a nice mug of hot chocolate, we love it all! You might be worrying that you’ve left it too late to sort out your winter adventure this year, but fear not, as we’ve found some of the best deals for your last-minute break!

The first location in our Christmas series is Dresden, the ‘Jewel Box’ of Germany’s Saxony region. This historic city is located right on the banks of the river Elbe, boasting glorious architectural structures constructed after the city’s near destruction after World War Two. From the beautiful Church of Our Lady to the resplendent Zwinger Palace, Dresden’s gorgeous Baroque style shines brightly among the modern developments in the city.

A must-see in Dresden is the ‘Milk Shop‘, an amazingly decorative location boasting some of the widest varieties of cheeses, desserts and ice creams in the region. As well as buying gifts to take away, the restaurant above the shop allows an immediate tasting of the shop’s delights, for a very reasonable price. The uniqueness of the city can also be experienced through the Schwebebahn Dresden, a hanging suspension railway that will allow for you to see the city in a truly memorable fashion.

(All prices correct as of 13th November 2019)

5th Dec – STN – DRS (07:05 – 09:50) – £10 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Dresden Airport to city centre = £2.50 – VVO)

7th Dec – VCE – STN (10:25 – 11:20) – £10 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Dresden Airport from city centre = £2.50 – VVO)

Total = £25

Dresden is unsurprisingly home to many different types of lodgings – from chic homestays to exciting hostels, you can easily find your spot to rest before going out to continue your adventure. Be sure to check out our guide to safely using services like Airbnb, while new users can still get a generous £25 off from their first booking over £55 via our affiliate link here (be sure to check out our Airbnb dos and dont’s here first)!

Currency conversation rate (13th November 2019) – 1 GBP = 1.17 EUR

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised.

Images: Tobias, Max Libertine

Know Your Rights – What To Do If Your Flight Is Cancelled

Caught up in the upcoming airline strikes? Check out our guide to managing the situation, as well as not losing out financially!

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare – you’re just about to jet off on your much-deserved holiday, or are ready to get home after a great adventure, and you get an email or a text from your flight provider saying that your flight has been cancelled. It can seem like an absolute disaster, and a definite way to ruin your break, but if you prepare yourself with the knowledge we’re about to share, then should the worst happen you’ll be able to get through the process without losing out, either emotionally or financially.

While flight cancellations can happen due to a number of reasons, including weather issues and technical faults, we’re going to focus on the issue of strikes, a problem currently facing late summer travellers due to planned strikes that could affect many UK holidaymakers (this refers to UK-based Ryanair pilots, UK-based British Airways pilots, and Spanish Ryanair cabin crew, among others). It is important to consider that different reasons for a flight cancellation can result in different actions by airlines; if bad weather is forecast for the timing of your journey, be sure to read up on just what your airline does in those circumstances in relation to what you can be offered.

Under EU law (this relates to the location of the airport and not solely the airline’s country of origin), airlines are required to pay compensation to affected passengers if their flight is significantly delayed or cancelled. In the case of planned strike action, should travellers be informed of their flight being cancelled as a result, then it is the responsibility of the airline to either offer a full refund for the affected flight, or a ‘rerouted’ flight. Airlines often don’t make it clear that it is the right of the passenger to choose what happens going forward – if your flight is cancelled at the last minute, don’t feel pressured to take the refund if it means having to pay through the nose for a changed flight yourself. For most people involved in the upcoming strikes, an alternative flight might be the more preferable option.

You’ve surely heard the horror stories of an airline offering alternative flights days later than the original date that effectively cut a holiday in half or leave passengers stranded abroad for days on end – while these are extreme, it’s worth considering that you don’t necessarily have to accept the option if you’re approached with a changed flight that is over 48 hours later than your original. Individual airlines vary regarding the order in which they approach rerouting, with some having reciprocal agreements with other airlines that would mean you could be offered a seat on a ‘rival’ airline, while others seem fixed on only the options through their own airline, however your rights still stand if their offerings aren’t suitable.

You can approach your airline with an alternative route, and should the costs of your route not exceed the maximum amount of compensation available (€250 per passenger – see below for further guidance on compensation), the airline can agree to reimburse you for your transport costs, though you may have to initially pay for your ticket costs in the short term. The number one rule if you choose to do this is to communicate this with your airline first – if you don’t formally reject their offer of a alternative flight and instead go ahead with purchasing tickets for your own route, they are within their rights to claim that they believed you would accept the rerouted offer and not pay out.

If you choose to accept an alternative flight that is scheduled for a day later than your original, then your airline is responsible for ‘care’ costs; this includes meals and accommodation. Likewise, should you be offered/construct your own route that departs from or arrives into a neighbouring airport to your original, you can further claim transport costs for the transfer to the original airport or location, if required.

Here are examples below of routes that could be offered should flights be cancelled, with alternative options presented (prices correct as of 25th August 2019):

2nd Sept – SEN – BGY (08:00 – 10:50) – £24 (Ryanair)

can be replaced with

2nd Sept – LTN – MXP (15:15 – 18:20) – £58 (easyJet)

As part of a reciprocal agreement with Ryanair, the easyJet flight could be offered directly by Ryanair, with transfer costs from Southend to Luton, and Milan Malpensa to Bergamo covered.

3rd Sept – STN – RIX (06:25 – 11:05) – £15 (Ryanair)

can be replaced with

3rd Sept – LGW – RIX (17:25 – 22:05) – £94 (airBaltic)

As airBaltic is not an airline connected to Ryanair, passengers may have to re-book flights themselves and later reimburse the costs from Ryanair, including transfer costs to Gatwick.

Of course, it’s not just the issue of flights that are involved with considering the cost of a holiday. The costs of accommodation, local transport and more can often be affected if a flight is delayed. It’s important to consider that it is not the responsibility of the airline to cover any costs accrued as a result of a cancelled flight immediately outside of the flight itself, however this doesn’t mean you end up losing outright either. The easiest way to do this is with travel insurance. When purchasing or renewing a multi-trip annual insurance plan, be sure to research if it covers the resulting costs of flight cancellations as a result of strikes, bad weather and more. This might cost a few more pounds in the short term, however could end up saving you hundreds if your flight is cancelled and you can’t get refunds on your accommodation or more.

It’s also worth considering that, if you’ve lost out due to the changed times of your flight and you’re not covered by your travel insurance, you might still have the chance to reclaim some compensation, though this must be based on the amount of notice given, and the timings of your flight.

This is the specific advice from the Civil Aviation Authority – in order to be able to gain from this, passengers must have been told about the flight cancellation less than 14 days from the date of the original flight:

Seven to 14 days’ notice:

If you received seven to 14 days’ notice of the cancellation, you may be able to claim compensation based on the timings of the alternative flight:

  • If your new flight departs no more than two hours before the scheduled time of your original flight AND your new flight arrives less than four hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you are not entitled to financial compensation.
  • If your new flight arrives more than two hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you can claim €250 – no matter what time it departs.
  • If your new flight arrives earlier than two hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you can claim €125.

Less than seven days’ notice:

If you received less than seven days’ notice of the cancellation, you can claim compensation based on the timings of the alternative flight:

  • If your new flight departs no more than one hour before the scheduled time of your original flight AND your new flight arrives less than two hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you are not entitled to financial compensation.
  • If your new flight arrives more than two hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you can claim €250 – no matter what time it departs.
  • If your new flight arrives earlier than two hours after the scheduled time of your original flight, you can claim €125.

Here are our final tips if your flight is cancelled:

  • DO make clear to your airline that you know your rights if they try to convince you that you must accept a refund or a poorly-timed alternative flight
  • DON’T act before you know what’s happening – even though it might be reported that your airline’s flights are being affected on your day of travel, until you are officially told by your airline whether or not your flight is cancelled, any costs accrued if you try to ‘beat’ the rush for new flights will never be covered by any organisation, including airlines and insurers
  • DO communicate with your airline should you find a more suitable route yourself – you may be told that you need to re-book the flight yourself, but you can gain acknowledgement that your airline is aware of your actions, and that you will be applying for reimbursement
  • DO buy travel insurance that covers the after effects of flight cancellations

If you want to know more, we advise visiting the Civil Aviation Authority website – should you need to go further with reclaiming compensation, the CAA offers more guidance here.

Are you worried about the upcoming strikes and want some help? Have you had any previous experience with trying to get money back from a flight cancellation and want to share your tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below – we’ll get through this together!

Image: Bambi Corro

Summer in the City – September Breaks for Last Minute Getaways

Left your holiday planning to the last minute? Don’t despair, our September city breaks could still help to save your summer!

The months are rushing by, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve left it to the last minute to finalise your plans for your summer break. While the popular summer destinations might now be out of reach, the student saviour for getting a few days away is still an option – September. Prices for both flights and hotels drastically drop during this first month after the big summer blitz, and it can allow for you to take your holiday without worrying about spending over the odds for peak prices. We’ve collated just a few of the options currently available for city breaks across Europe, with prices that will have you rushing to the airport!

 

All prices correct as of 8th July 2019:

 

  1. Copenhagen

Copenhagen is arguably the world’s leading hygge spot, and one of the best cities in Europe to spend a few days relaxing while taking in the Danish capital’s wonderful culture. As well as the obligatory visits to the Little Mermaid statue and walking by the beautiful buildings in the Nyhavn harbour, another must-see in Copenhagen is the unique Tivoli Gardens – the traditional theme park is in the centre of the city, and is home to some of the most classic rides you could ever find. In this 2nd oldest theme park in the world, you can take a spin on the carousel before going for a stroll around the glorious gardens – how idyllic!

Copenhagen does still maintain a crazy side – from the Nasothek Nose Collection (the clue is in the name!) to the Geological Museum holding many curiosities, you’ll leave Copenhagen mesmerised by both its beautiful and its barmy brilliance!

 

2nd September – STN – CPH (08:40 – 11:25) – £18 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Copenhagen Airport to city centre = £4.50 – DSB)

5th September – CPH – STN (22:10 – 23:10) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Copenhagen Airport from city centre = £4.50 – DSB)

Total = £42

 

You can still explore Copenhagen in 3 days for a low cost! –

3rd September – STN – CPH (08:55 – 11:40) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Copenhagen Airport to city centre = £4.50 – DSB)

5th September – CPH – STN (22:10 – 23:10) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Copenhagen Airport from city centre = £4.50 – DSB)

Total = £39

 

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Copenhagen’s harbour is beautiful whatever the weather!

 

2. Gothenburg

Staying with Scandinavia, the Swedish port city of Gothenburg is Stockholm’s edgy little sibling. We’ve written about the wonderful natural beauty of the city before, which can be found here – don’t forget to pack your swimming costume for the central open-air swimming opportunities!

 

2nd September – STN – GOT (08:15 – 11:05) – £18 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Gothenburg Airport to city centre = £8.50 – Flygbussarna)

4th September – GOT – STN (22:05 – 23:10) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Gothenburg Airport from city centre = £8.50 – Flygbussarna)

Total = £50

 

3. Brussels

Belgium’s capital is always one of the top choices for an easy to reach city break. Beer, chocolate and waffles aside, the city is one that exudes history. From the grandeur of the town hall to the magnitude of the Atomium, Brussels is perfect for a wander around – if you want a great view from above, be sure to climb to the top of the Basilica of Koekelberg for a wonderful gaze across the city!

For more of an avant garde view of Brussels, why not follow the comic book route? From the nation that gave the world both Tintin and the Smurfs, these icons and more are honoured in unique ways across the city. The capital is also a marvel of modern street art, with wonders painted across walls in the centre for you to enjoy.

 

3rd September – MAN – CRL (07:50 – 10:15) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to city centre = £9 – Flibco)

5th September – CRL – MAN (21:20 – 21:45) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Brussels South Charleroi Airport from city centre = £9 – Flibco)

Total = £48

 

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Lose yourself in Brussels’ dreamy shops!

 

4. Strasbourg

The capital of the Grand Est region might not be on the top of the tourist’s bucket list, but Strasbourg is definitely a city to explore. From history to modernity, this city is one that really cannot be missed!

Consider taking time to visit some of the most picturesque areas in the surrounding countryside – Colmar, a gorgeous location only half an hour outside of the city, is somewhere that has to be seen to be believed! You can find more on Strasbourg’s surroundings here.

 

8th September – STN – SXB (07:55 – 10:20) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Strasbourg Airport to city centre = £2.50 – TER)
11th September – SXB – STN (17:50 – 18:15) – £13 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Strasbourg Airport from city centre = £2.50 – TER)

Total = £33

 

5. Košice

You may not have heard of Košice, but after this I guarantee you’ll want to pay a visit! This city in Eastern Slovakia isn’t a tourist haven, but it cannot be missed for a cultural break near to the Carpathians. This city is an un-uniformed delight, with glorious architecture from the Gothic cathedral to the art nouveau streets bordering each other and seamlessly blending into the skyline. The city was also recently the European Capital of Culture, with elements still present today – wonderful street art can be found, while a bustling modern museum and cultural space presents Košice in a unique light!

Košice also works as a base for exploration up into the hills surrounding the city, with the beautiful Tatra Mountains only a couple of hours away from the centre – it will be a break you’ll never forget!

 

10th September – SEN – KSC (06:45 – 10:10) – £13 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Košice Airport to city centre = 50p – IMHD)

12th September – KSC – SEN (17:45 – 19:10) – £13 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Košice Airport from city centre = 50p – IMHD)

Total = £27

 

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Košice is a great base to explore the wonderful nature around Central Europe!

 

Accommodation in central city locations is vast – from slick hotels to cosy homestays, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Be sure to check out our guide to safely using services like Airbnb, while new users can still get a generous £25 off from their first booking over £55 via our affiliate link here (be sure to check out our Airbnb dos and dont’s here first)!

Currency conversation rate (8th July 2019) – 1 GBP = 1.12 EUR; 11.82 SEK; 8.33 DKK

 

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this content at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as displayed.

Images: Adventurous Miriam, Anton Karatkevich, Jonas Jacobsson, Noralí Emilio, David Leveque, Marten Bjork, Gaelle Marcel, Michal Mrozek

A Winter Vacanza in Veneto

We might still be basking in the summer sun, but it’s never too early to start thinking about a perfect winter getaway! Check out our guide to a Christmas break to remember in the Veneto region of Italy!

The summer sun is still beaming down on us as July starts, but in a blink of an eye winter will be here and we’ll be lamenting our loss of the sun’s rays (as well as stressing over Christmas presents)! If you want to soak up the last of the year’s sun, then look no further than the famed region of Veneto in north-eastern Italy for your final fix of travel for the year.

 

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Winter travel can be just as fun as exploring the world during the summer!

 

This simple route encompasses two of the region’s most gorgeous cities – Verona and Venice. Starting in the city best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, we too lay our scene in the fair surroundings of Verona. Known as ‘the painted city’, Verona is a true symbol of Italian art and culture brought to life. If you want to imagine yourself as being an artist in search of a muse, then let this city inspire you all year round. You may also be surprised to find a winter stalwart nestled between the traditionally Italian surroundings – Verona is home to a fully-stocked Christmas market, inspired by the iconic Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg; get a taste of winter in Germany while gazing at the gorgeous Italian scenery surrounding you! Speaking of taste, you can’t carry on your journey without sampling Verona’s own winter staple of pandoro, a delicious sweetened bread – just don’t ask for panettone!

 

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Verona’s streets are perfect to meander through on a lovely winter’s day!

 

 

The second and final location on this whistle-stop tour of Veneto is, of course, Venice. One of the world’s greatest tourist hubs, by visiting in December you’ll have the chance to marvel at some of the most stunning architecture and scenery without having to fight your way through the crowds. For a distinctly Christmassy adventure, be sure to take a trip to the island of Murano, known globally for its beautiful glass pieces – in the winter, a whole host of mesmerising handmade decorations both adorn the streets, and are available for you to purchase as a long-term memento of your holiday. Winter in Venice isn’t just about shopping, though – the city itself takes on a whole new appearance under the low sun and drifting sea fog; you won’t forget these sights in a hurry!

 

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Venice is truly transformed under the low light of winter!

 

(All prices correct as of 1st July 2019)

10th Dec – STN – VRN (06:40 – 09:40) – £25 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Verona Airport to city centre = £5.50 – ATV)

11th Dec – Verona – Venice (17:00 – 18:25) – £5 (Flixbus)

13th Dec – VCE – STN (22:00 – 23:10) – £25 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport from city centre = £7.50 – ACTV)

Total = £68

 

The two largest cities within the Veneto region are of course home to many different types of lodgings – from fun hostels to elegant homestays, you can easily find your spot to rest before going out to continue your adventure. Be sure to check out our guide to safely using services like Airbnb, while new users can still get a generous £25 off from their first booking over £55 via our affiliate link here (be sure to check out our Airbnb dos and dont’s here first)!

 

Currency conversation rate (1st July 2019) – 1 GBP = 1.12 EUR

 

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised.

 

Images: María Julia Martínez, Daniil Silantev, Luca Dalge, Simone Corrò

From Bayern to Čechy – A City Break with a Difference

Experience Munich, Prague and everything in-between! Read up on our summer city break plans, SHP-style!

Summer. Whether it’s chilling out on the beach or seeking out new adventures, we all love to get away form it all for a few days. Although the summer break is just around the corner, it’s not too late to get your holiday plans sorted for your amazing summer getaway. City breaks are our bread and butter, and today we’re presenting you with not one but 2 (and maybe 4!) city visits in one journey! From Bavarian brilliance to a perfect Prague finale, this trip is one of my absolute favourite routes!

 

Landing at Nuremberg (a beautiful city that we’ve previously covered in our double-barrelled Budapest review here), this adventure starts with a quick pit stop in this Bavarian city of beautiful culture and history, before going on to Munich, just over a 2 hour bus ride away. This is where the holiday really begins – Munich is often discounted as a visiting point for the budget traveller owing to the expensive costs of a direct flight from the UK to this Bavarian stalwart, however for the price of a pizza you can get a bus to the region’s capital and start exploring a city often off from the student radar!

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Munich’s streets are worth exploring, if only for their aesthetic!

Unsurprisingly, the city is a hub of art and culture. Home to one of the world’s oldest art galleries in the Alte Pinakotheken, you’ll be able to see some classic pieces by some ofthe most famous artists in history, as well as the beautiful architecture of the site itself that inspired so many well-known structures across Europe. The city’s beautiful designs extend across the streets, ranging from the picture-perfect Gothic design of the Neues Rathaus to the gorgeous open space of the English Garden – Munich is definitely an insta-friendly location! Don’t forget about the food (and beer!) – the Viktualienmarkt is a great way to experience the best ingredients on offer in Munich, and will give you an idea of what can be found across the city’s wonderful traditional restaurants and cafés. And beer? Of course! Both inside the 16th century building and outside in its gorgeous beer garden, the classic Hofbräuhaus will be a treat for your tastebuds!

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Is there anything more ‘Munich’ than a beautiful beer garden?

This is where your own choice comes in – from Munich, you can take a direct train to the Czech capital of Prague, or our extended route travels south to the idyllic Austrian city of Linz, before travelling up to the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site of Český Krumlov, before finally reaching Prague. Both Linz and Český Krumlov have been discussed before on Student Holiday Plans, and our must-read of a Czech adventure, including these two cities, can be found here.

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Český Krumlov is a real life fairytale city!

Finally, onto Prague. A SHP favourite, the Czech capital city is one of beauty and fun. Where else in the world would you find the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments a few steps from the 14th century glorious Charles Bridge?! We’ve chatted about Prague once or twice, so what else is there to add? Grab a trdelník and settle down with our guides to this amazing city!

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Prague’s gorgeousness can be seen whatever mode of transport you use!

 

(All prices correct as of 27th May 2019)

 

1st August – STN – NUE (07:35 – 10:15) – £23 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Nuremberg Airport to city centre = £2.50 – VGN)

1st August – Nuremburg – Munich (15:10 – 17:20) – £7 (Flixbus)

3rd August – Munich – Linz (09:00 – 12:35) – £14 (Flixbus)

4th August – Linz – Český Krumlov (12:40 – 14:00) – £5 (Flixbus)

5th August – Český Krumlov – Prague (12:15 – 15:45) – £5 (Flixbus)

7th August – PRG – STN (20:35 – 21:35) – £19 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Prague Airport from city centre = £2.50 – Prague Public Transit Co.)

 

Total = £78

 

If you however want to spend more time in the two major cities on this route, you can follow this plan below, which features a direct train between Munich and Prague:

 

1st August – STN – NUE (07:35 – 10:15) – £23 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Nuremberg Airport to city centre = £2.50 – VGN)

1st August – Nuremburg – Munich (15:10 – 17:20) – £7 (Flixbus)

4th August – Munich – Prague (10:43 – 16:19) – £13 (cd.cz)

7th August – PRG – STN (20:35 – 21:35) – £19 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Prague Airport from city centre = £2.50 – Prague Public Transit Co.)

 

Total = £67

 

Accommodation for the major cities on this route is vast – from beautiful hotels to vibrant hostels, you can find your favourite lodging to base yourself in your city adventures! With Český Krumlov, although there are hostels available, the tourist nature of the city means that we suggest using a home-stay service, such as Airbnb, to ensure your comfort during your short stay in the gorgeous city. Be sure to check out our guide to safely using services like Airbnb, while new users can still get a generous £25 off from their first booking over £55 via our affiliate link here (be sure to check out our Airbnb dos and dont’s here first)!

 

Currency conversation rate (27th May 2019) – 1 GBP = 1.13 EUR; 29.3 CZK

 

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised.

 

Images: Marvin van BeekAnastasia Dulgier, Petr Sonnenschein, Frekvence 1, Studio Reasons

Secret Spain: Northern Adventures for Summer Successes

Northern Spain is calling you! Check out our guide to some of Spain’s best kept secrets for your big summer break!

Although the weather here in the UK right now might make it feel like it’s summer already, it’s not too late to be planning your holiday getaway. While Spanish beaches and cities are on the radar of nearly every traveller, the cities in the north of the country are often missed from the travel guides. For a unique experience of culture, the northern Spanish coast can be a great place to make lasting memories.

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Spanish beaches are often unexplored delights!

The centre of this particular route focuses on the Basque capital of Bilbao. This port city is home to much more than just a thriving industrial trade – art and culture are paramount, with the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts showcasing wonderful collections that need to be seen to be believed. The city’s old town is also a marvel, with the narrow streets hiding new surprises around every corner. The famed food within the city is equally a haven of surprise – from finding new flavours at La Ribera market to experiencing the city’s unique pintxos bars, you’ll leave with a new love of Basque cuisine.

 

The gorgeous seascapes of Santander and San Sebastián are also features of this route. The Cantabrian capital of Santander is home to a simply gorgeous coastline – if you want to escape from city life, this is the place to do it! The gardens within the beautiful Palacio de la Magdalena offer a great escape if leaving the city isn’t for you, but you still want to experience nature. San Sebastián, or Donostia, is also all about the coast. This long-term resort offers gorgeous scenery as well as incredible surroundings. From climbing up the Monte Igueldo to staying down on the sea-front, your views will definitely be picture-worthy! Be sure to take a guided tour of the city to learn all about this Basque beauty!

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The Basque Country’s unique pintxos bars have to be tasted to be believed!

 

(Prices last checked 19th April 2019)

 

4th July – SEN – BIO (06:30 – 09:10) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer from Bilbao Airport to city centre = £3)

5th July – Bilbao – Santander (10:30 – 12:15) – £6 (ALSA)

6th July – Santander – San Sebastián (12:30 – 16:20) – £12.50 (ALSA)

8th July – San Sebastián – Bilbao (14:10 – 15:30) – £6 (ALSA)

9th July – BIO – SEN (16:20 – 17:00) – £15 (Ryanair) (Transfer to Bilbao Airport from city centre = £3)

Total = £60.50

 

If you want to experience true Northern Spanish accommodation for less, don’t forget that Student Holiday Plans offers new Airbnb users the chance to save £25 from their first booking anywhere in the world over £55 – check out our page here explaining how!

 

Currency conversation rate (19th April 2019) – 1 GBP = 1.16 EUR

 

Please note, all the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised.

 

Images: Jorge Fernández Salas, independent.ie, Maddi Bazzocco