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Drive Amsterdam to Paris - via Brussels and Ypres

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Drive Amsterdam to Paris - via Brussels and Ypres

Please advise if you believe that this is a good idea:

We are travelling from Amsterdam to Paris. We can leave Amsterdam in the morning (9 or 10 am) and need to be in Paris by the pm (6 or 7pm). We are travelling with 3 kids (teens). We have a few travel options - but need your help to see if our desired option is a viable one. We could fly or take the train or rent a car and drive direct, but we are considering:

Leave Amsterdam in the am via rental car

Drive to Brussels (to see Brussels, even for a 1 hr lunch)

Drive to Ypres and see the Vimy Ridge memorial (1 hr)

Drive to Paris and arrive in the pm

This way we get to see Brussels and Vimy Ridge in addition to the travel needs. Is this a good idea? Too rushed? Take the train instead and skip Ypres?, etc??

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To ad to your requests:

The international train Amsterdam -Brussels, for this train you do not need a reservation, buy your tickets in the Amsterdam- Central station (or on any other station)

The Thalys Brussels, Paris will need a reservation, perhaps it is also possible to travel this by regular train ? see www.nmbs.be (Belgian railways)

If your point of arrival and departure is Amsterdam, it will be much more convenient to rent a Hollyday car see for example. www.sixt.com

Both trains have the same rout until Brussel .Amsterdam -Schiphol (Airport) Den Haag -Rotterdam -Antwerpen and Brussels.

P/s If you like to go by car take a car navigation set with you than all travel will be a lot more relaxed see www.TomTom.com

Have a good trip in 2007 Vic

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12. Re: Drive Amsterdam to Paris - via Brussels and Ypres

Driving is not an option if you're not planning to return the car in NL. I don't know any rental company that will allow you to return a car at a branch abroad.

Besides, the train (and the Thalys in particular) is a much more relaxing way of travelling imo. Traffic can be soooo heavy here... Just sit back in your train seat and fly by all of those nasty traffc jams! :-) Online reservations can be made at http://www.thalys.com/

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