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Okay so I'm sure there are plenty forums of people asking is exact question but they aren't easy to find. I have planned out most of my trip to Europe around just a random day. I got really anal with it and created a mock schedule that I would use next year when I went on my trip. I started on July 20th and worked my way to August 19th (62 days). With this schedule I'll celebrate the 4th of July in Venice. Which I'm looking forward to but if someone can figure out a different route that includes a large city during this time I am open to your opinion.

Here are the list of cities that I plan on visting in order:


London (6 days) bus to
Amersterdam (3 days) bus to
Berlin (2 days) train to
Venice (4 days) fly to
Dubrovnik (4 days) fly back to (trust me this is the best way I found)
Venice (1 day) train to
Florence (5 days {including day trips}) train to
Pisa (day trip)
Fiesole (day trip)
Rome (6 days) train to
Naples (3 days) fly to
Athens (3 days) fly to
Madrid (5 Days) train to
Barcelona (4 days) train to
Nice (3 days) train to
Lyon (3 days) train to
Paris (6 days) Fly back home


These are the cities that I've always wanted to visit but I also want to have tons of fun during my trip. I wanted to do stuff like the bull run in Spain. The tomatina tomato fight even. My degree is in psychology and I love people watching and meeting new people. Which is why I want the large crowd/party atmosphere.

I added up bus/train fare that would be best. I've created a route that would help me work around a particular rail pass and included the plane to and from the states. My total without local transportation would be ~$3,500 US. I want the 10 day pass within 2 months. I figured my 2 months wont start until I connect Berlin to Venice. That's about $1721 with out my flight to and from the states.

My housing would be hostel and that comes up to ~$1,950 US. I'm not opposed to couchsurfing.com I just haven't gotten around to looking at it yet. I just went on hostelworld.com and got an average from each city for a bed in a hostel. I've included overnight trains/buses when ever I could.

Only thing I need to factor in is 1.Food 2.Partying 3. Tourist attractions 4. Local transportation and then relook at my housing.

What I need from you guys is an expert eye on what I have already.
--Do you see something that I need to change/
--Are there any festivals/events during the summer that you feel I MUST go to? I want the summer because I want to lay on the beach when I can and enjoy forigen summer nights.
--Regardless of all that do you think I should push back my trip more to go to events like Oktoberfest (or anything similar)?
--Are there any of your favorite party spots that are in these cities or close by?
I tired looking and I was unsuccessful in finding a list of "top European events for the summer" I'm open to extending my trip also. I just felt that each city got its right amount of time plus travel days.

Let me know if you have any questions, Thanks

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