Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Family Vacation to Europe - advice needed

Jump to last reply

My husband and I are taking our two children, ages 11 and 12, on a trip to Europe for their first time. We wanted to include them in the decisions as much as possible - my daughter wants to visit Pompeii and my son, London and Berlin. We only have 2 weeks - Aug 15-Aug 31.

I decided to make our flight reservations, as the longer we waited, the more the cost was going up. We are flying into London and out of Naples, Italy. Now that I am plotting our course, I am getting concerned that we are trying to squeeze too much in.

Our original ideas were: London, overnight ferry to Copenhagen, train to Berlin, train thru Switzerland to northern Italy, visit Cinque Terre , Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum.

I am now trying to narrow it down: London (3 days), overnight ferry to Amsterdam (2 days), overnight train to Switzerland (2 days), Cinque Terre, Rome, Pompeii (one week for all).

I am looking for suggestions on our route - where we should go in Switzerland, where to go/stay in Cinque Terre . . . Also, we are hoping to stay in family hostels, monasteries, or other interesting places - we would love any suggestions.

I am also nervous that we have planned too much. I am wondering if paying the Itinerary Penalty for changing our flight plan might be something to consider . . .
Maybe skipping London all together, and flying into Berlin instead? Making our trip: Germany (Berlin,Munich), Switzerland, Italy? My son is very interested in Berlin because he has become interested in the Berlin Wall - but I am wondering if the city is a good destination and interesting beyond that ... what do you think?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions/advice you can pass along.

31 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 What kind of Tourist are you?
  2. 2 Trip Report Trip report: Kayaking, Riding and fall in Split, Croatia
  3. 3 Anyone used the new airline La Compagnie
  4. 4 Have you ever stayed in Praiano?
  5. 5 A few ( stupid) questions 1st time to Paris
  6. 6 Trip Report Live ( almost) report from Greece!
  7. 7 Ireland: Which region and where to go? (1st timer)
  8. 8 Trip Report Notes on Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris - Sept 8-28, 2014
  9. 9 London Trip Travel
  10. 10 Trip Report Croatia, Slovenia, Salzburg and Prague 3 week Trip Report
  11. 11 I dream of Europe
  12. 12 Trip Report Weekend in Norfolk
  13. 13 50 and Fabulous in 2015---need help planning my trip to Amalfi, FINALLY
  14. 14 St Germain
  15. 15 Spain-Would appreciate input on itinerary
  16. 16 Trip Report Cotswold Churches
  17. 17 Trip Report Autumn in Paris
  18. 18 Christmas Eve and Day in Munich
  19. 19 Frankfurt airport to Leuven, Belgium by train
  20. 20 Trip Report Norway 2014
  21. 21 Trip Report 17 amazing days in Tuscany, Positano and Rome – June 2014!
  22. 22 Trip Report A trip into the neonatal ward of Western civilization
  23. 23 Family heritage/name origin services in Poland?
  24. 24 Young couple - where to stay in London?
  25. 25 Trip Report Off-Beat Day Trip from London: Chatham, Isle of Sheppey, Rochester...
View next 25 » Back to the top