New here to posting, but have read quite a bit around. My cousin and I are planning a Europe trip this summer (end of May to end of June 2012).
We are planning on getting Eurail / Interrail passes (I'm European, he is not) for one month and try to hit up what we can. We want to have a good adventure with a mix of on-the-go fun, but some laid back time as well. We might possibly try couch surfing but otherwise plan to take night trains or sleep in hostels.
Our current itinerary is looking something like this:
-Copenhagen (where we must leave from)
-Hamburg (friends here) 2 nights
-Berlin 3 nights
-Prague (friends here) 4 nights
-Vienna 2 nights
-Budapest 3 nights
-Novi Sad 1 night
-Belgrad 1 night
-Nis 1 night
-Sofia 1 night
-Istanbul 5 nights
-Thessalonica 2 nights
-Athens 5 nights
From Greece we'll get a budget airline back up to Copenhagen / around that area where we can find a suitable airport.
With approximately 10 / 12 point to point trips with some being in Northish/Central Europe, is the Euro/Interrail pass still not a good value? The Interrail for example would cost me 422 Euros, which is about 35 euros (+ 0 to 15 euros reservation cost, generally on the low end in EE) per leg of the journey? And it would cover ferry's in Greece. Maybe I'm naive to the hidden costs associated with the passes, but I've tried to read around and it still seems a good value for our trip?
And yes, our destinations are a bit odd sounding, but they are places we want to see / make up the things that we would value on this trip. We might look into airfare between Budapest and Istanbul and skip Serbia/Bulgaria, but if we're paying for the trains we figured we keep it land based.
We don't necessarily want to have our trip be only in the capital cities, but we also realize that there are great things to see/experience in capitals such as Budapest, Athens, Vienna, Prague, Berlin etc... Do you have any recommendations for how it could be changed to mix up small cities/countryside with capitals to get a more varied experience and adventure?
Are we trying to cover to much? Are rail passes the right way to go for us in this set up? Any overall tips for us? Thank you so much for your help / advice / expertise.
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