10 European Cities in 3 weeks

Apr 9th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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I understand the desire to see everything - I've only been to Europe twice and on my first trip, we started out with a giant itinerary and then ended up trimming it down significantly. We only had 10 days, which we ended up spending entirely in southern Germany. Our flights were in and out of Munich and at first we thought we would also go to Paris and Amsterdam and Fuessen - or maybe through Switzerland and Italy. UNTIL we started researching Munich and realized how much we wanted to see just in Munich - the 2 days I originally planned just wasn't going to do it. And we started researching transportation and realized how much time we'd spend getting from one place to another if we kept all these places in our itinerary.

So we decided that we should see fewer places but spend more time in the places we did go - and if it was our "once in a lifetime" trip to Europe, at least we would have really seen the places we did get to. Turns out, as soon as we took that trip, I was totally hooked and vowed to go back again and again. We took our second trip last year and have a third planned for 2011. We hope to be able to go back to Europe every 3 or 4 years. Not as often as many on this board, but we all have to work within our financial framework.
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Apr 9th, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Bratsandbeer has given you a reasonable plan that allows the most time for sightseeing with the least travel time. However, I would take it one step further.

Except for Brugges, you have mostly large or busy places. Getting away from that would give you a different experience. That is why I would skip Milan and add one of those days to Paris and one to Florence. The extra day in Paris, go to Versailles - great chateau, wonderful gardens, small town. The extra day in Florence, go to Sienna - lovely hill town with stunning piazza.

Another option would be to add both days to Rome and visit Orvieto.

And. . . one more, which is more hectic, but you might like. Add the two days between Florence and Rome. From Florence, go straight to Sorrento and visit Pompeii and take a boat trip down the Amalfi Coast.

There are tons more possibilities, and probably better ideas from other posters. I am just trying to offer you options that give you great sightseeing without eating up so much travel time.
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Apr 9th, 2010, 12:11 PM
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It is better to see a few places well than many places. Paris is worth at least a week by itself. And one can easily spend weeks in Italy.
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Apr 9th, 2010, 12:11 PM
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It is better to see a few places well than many places poorly.
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Apr 9th, 2010, 06:32 PM
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Thank you very much for all your replies. My mind is now swirling back to sensibility. I really appreciate all your suggestions and opinions. Will take notes later.

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Apr 9th, 2010, 07:11 PM
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WHY????
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Apr 9th, 2010, 07:43 PM
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I'm smiling because my sister, her hubby, their 3 teen boys & 87 year old FIL were/are planning a trip very similar to the one you 1st described. Am not sure whether they're still planning it, but just listening to their list of cities made me exhausted. They have never been to Europe, don't speak anything but English & the elderly gentleman doesn't walk very well or steadily and has health issues; I have concerns but it's not my place to interfere.

My other sister & her family have taken whirlwind tours of Europe where they went to a new city every day; couldn't tell us anything about any one place they went to because it literally was all a blur! It was a pajama coach tour by some company or another.

We're going to be in Europe for 23 days & don't have that kind of stamina. We will just hit a few places but that's how we prefer to travel. We were in Europe 15 years ago for 3 weeks & stayed in 5 different places.

It takes all kinds--don't let anyone dissuade you if you have your heart set on seeing as many places as possible in as little time as possible, but you may be more "viewing at a distance" than enjoying much of anything. If that's your goal, have at it!
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Apr 9th, 2010, 10:00 PM
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Many thanks to all those who responded. I'm glad I posted this topic to get back into reality.

I really want to see all these cities not necessarily the spots but walking around and taking photos would be great, because I just spent 6 days in small Singapore last March I only got to see 4 spots and the rest I spent in restaurants and coffee shops while chatting with my family and I really enjoyed it.

I showed the itinerary to my brother and we're already exhausted so we decided together to see if the city is worth staying for a longer time or else we head to the next train.

Too much planning can spoil the fun. Most of our accommodations are walking distance to main train/metro station and airports so it's not a bother.

I do pack a lot when I'm on vacation but that's only because I stay in the same place for long but this time I wouldn't bring my whole closet.

Many thanks to all the reasonable and sarcastic explanation. I really enjoyed on this thread. ^_^
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Apr 12th, 2010, 09:31 AM
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Happy Trails to You.... Until We Meet Again... with a after the fact report!

Bon Voyage
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Apr 14th, 2010, 08:38 AM
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Hi Palenque, thanks for your advice, I will get back to all of you for a trip report
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Apr 14th, 2010, 04:59 PM
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We did 5 cities in 19 days (London with a day trip to Windsor, Prague and Cesky Krumlov, Budapest, Berlin and Paris). We used Easyjet to fly between cities with the exception of a shuttle bus and train from Cesky Krumlov to Budapest (that turned out to be a long day of travel). We booked early morning flights which gave us most of the afternoon of our travel day to explore our next destination and then stayed 3 or 4 nights in each city. We did city tours as soon as we could and then also did some tours on our own. Have fun and enjoy your trip!!
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Apr 16th, 2010, 11:43 PM
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I'm also using Easyjet from Venice to Dusseldorf, then Ryan Air for my flights from Paris to Madrid / Barcelona to Rome.

Thank you Snowflake! Can I see your travel photos from Prague, Cesky, Krumlov and Budapest?
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Apr 17th, 2010, 12:48 AM
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If you are using the low cost airlines then you need to build extra time into your schedule as many of the airports they use are well outside the advertised destination city and transfer times into the city centre can 2hrs +. Check where the airport actually is not where the airline says its going to!
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Apr 20th, 2010, 08:24 AM
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Yes indeedy - Ryan Air from or to Paris could mean Beauvais (or it could mean Paris proper), a town Ryan Air uses for flights and then provides a bus - about 10 euros - for the hour or so drive into Paris.
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Apr 24th, 2010, 04:03 AM
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Thanks Hastobe_Katt and Palenque for the additional tips. I already made research on the airports for our departure, a bit far from the city but that's what one gets from saving. It's part of the journey so I'd make the most out of it.
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Apr 24th, 2010, 04:56 AM
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I think if you are going to do this then you need to make the journey part of the fun rather than the punishment.

If you want to go by train, take a picnic with more food and drink than you want. Then you can see if your fellow travelers want to picnic with you. It breaks the ice and may make your journey more memorable.

If flying then set yourself up with talking books and enough to travel literature to pass the time planning so you arrive ready for the hunt when you land

Plan. The is a phrase which works out as P*** poor preparation leads to P*** poor execution. Details organised now will make the whole think easier at the time.

Then you need to come with a really positive frame of mind so when things do go wrong you can see the sunny/funny side and be positive
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May 11th, 2010, 12:14 AM
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Thanks Bilbo, I'll take note of your tips

I promise everyone, I will make a trip report. 18 more days to go...!
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May 11th, 2010, 06:44 AM
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And make provisions in case volcanic ash closes airports in northern France! Ah the incongruities that volcano has created.
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May 11th, 2010, 01:16 PM
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Be sure to book Ryan Air's shuttle bus between Beauvais and Paris otherwise it's a round about way to go into Beauvais and to its train station for trains to Paris.
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Jul 5th, 2010, 12:25 AM
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Finished! The whole trip was a blast! So fun that I decided to come bak for me Thanks to everyone who gave their crazy, supportive ideas and violent comments ^_^
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