13 N euro trip itinerary

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Jan 17th, 2017, 04:32 AM
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13 N euro trip itinerary

First of all, i would like to thanks this forum for the good suggestions.
Now i have booked my tickets for my first euro trip and very excited about it.
I am covering 3 countries Netherlands, France, Switzerland.
I am flying to Amsterdam on 10th may and flying back from Zurich on 23rd May.
Can exp people suggest some good itinerary for my stay and places that i must cover during my stay.

10/11/12/13 ( 4N ) Amsterdam and nearby area,
14/15/16/17/18 ( 5N ) Paris and nearby areas,
19/20/21/22 (4N) Switzerland visit, on 23rd fly back from Zurich.

I am flexible to modify my stay in any of the city based on the feedback if required.
Traveling with 3 year kid and would like to explore the Europe during my visit (greenery, mountains,falls,beaches etc..)

How early i can book my inter-city trains i.e. train from Ams to Paris and Paris to Zurich ?
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Jan 17th, 2017, 04:51 AM
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In Switzerland stay 3 nights in Lauterbrunnen and one night in Zurich. Lauterbrunnen has the mountain scenery you want, not Zurich.

You could stay in Lucerne on your last night instead of Zurich. Lucerne has a direct rail link to the Zurich airport and takes 70 minutes. It's a more pleasant interesting city and also has nearby mountains.
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Jan 17th, 2017, 06:06 AM
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For info on European (NOT "euro", PLEASE, that's the money not the place) trains read seat61.com.

Agree that the scenery you want is in the Lauterbrunnen area, although I would stay in somewhere like Murren. The Netherlands are mostly flat, flat, unbelievably flat, and you don't seem to be going any where near a good beach.
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Jan 17th, 2017, 07:49 AM
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thursdaysd, landscapes in the Netherlands are very varied, and it's a small country, so you can see a lot of variety in a short time. Most people only see Amsterdam and its immediate surroundings. That's one Dutch landscape, but it's not the only one.

here's the Posbank, near Arnhem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPLSdBGCSI4
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Jan 17th, 2017, 08:30 AM
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How early i can book my inter-city trains i.e. train from Ams to Paris and Paris to Zurich ?>

www.thalys.com for Paris-amsterdam -probably about 4 months but check site

www.voyages-sncf.com Paris-Switzerland -90 days I think but can vary -check site.

Rail info sites: yes www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

You may investigate a Swiss Pass - www.swisstravelsystem.com - what are you tentative plans for Switzerland?

If you want the Alps at their finest check out the Jungfrau region around Switzerland - stay in a mountain village like Wengen or Grindelwald -maybe go to Lucerne for a day and go to Zurich airport from there.
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Feb 9th, 2017, 10:21 AM
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I've traveled to Europe a few times and I've never booked train tickets online ahead of time. When I arrive by train in one city I'll book tickets for the next city and I haven't had a problem.

I have a travel blog post about Amsterdam (along with a few other cities). I've included my itinerary, recommendations, and photos. I highly recommend walking tours though I'm not sure how interesting it'll be for a 3-year-old. I guess you can duck out any time. Just let the tour guide know!
http://fanofblank.blogspot.com/2014/...th-africa.html

Enjoy trip planning!
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Feb 9th, 2017, 10:26 AM
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When I arrive by train in one city I'll book tickets for the next city and I haven't had a problem.>

No there is rarely any problem getting on trains at full price but one could save a ton of money if they want to lock themselves into non-changeable non-refundable often tickets. Like Thalys - I have booked Amsterdam to Paris for 39 euros - walk-up fare about $200!

the price differential on other trains is not that great but still very substantial. So buying walk-up tickets is nearly always possible but you pay a lot more than by booking long in advance.
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Feb 9th, 2017, 11:11 AM
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Well, yes you have, but apparently you're not aware of it. There is a TON of money to be saved on almost every European train system by booking well in advance, especially for long-distance and high-speed trains.
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Feb 9th, 2017, 11:57 AM
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What they said. If that is a sample of the "advice" on your blog I'll give it a pass. Suggesting a walking tour for a three year old doesn't sound that smart either.
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Well, yes you have, but apparently you're not aware of it. There is a TON of money to be saved on almost every European train system by booking well in advance, especially for long-distance and high-speed trains.<

May they were in Europe ages ago when everything was buy the kilometer -in advance or at the station? But certainly for last 15 years or so what St-Cirq says is true IMO.
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