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Feb 24th, 2013, 02:22 AM
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14 Days Trip to Italy, Switzerland, France and or Amsterdam

Hi me and my husband are planning for a 14 Days Trip to Europe and We Want to Cover Italy, Switzerland and Paris and f Possible would love to spend a day or 2 at Amsterdam.
We leave Singapore on 29th June. In Italy we plan to Cover Vatican City, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Milan (like within 5 days) and on the 5th Day we plan to travel to Switzerland. We plan to Spend 3 days in Switzerland and then Plan to go to Paris and Spend another 3 Days there.

Can someone please suggest us a sample itinerary from your past experience. Also in Italy, do we need to book different hoels for different cities? Anyone providing some help on intercity transportation and inter-country transportation and where exactly should be stop for the day would be really helpful. We are on a moderate budget. Thanks.

P.S - In short we are grateful for whatever help / tips we get. Thanks in Advance.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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14 days is not nearly enough for Italy alone although you could cover the destinations you list. If you want to cover one city in Italy, that is a different story. Same with Switzerland. At most, with 14 days, I would choose 4 stops. Traveling from one to the other will eat up the better part of a day so you will have only 10 or 11 full days to see things.

As an example, I would consider Rome (Vatican City), Venice and Paris or an area of Switzerland, Paris and Amsterdam.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 05:52 AM
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Your Italy itinerary is not practical at all and needs much more time.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 06:29 AM
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I'm afraid you have completely underestimated the size of both Italy and europe. You cannot see those cities in Italy from one place - you would need a different hotel in each city - and cannot begin to do this in 5 days.

You are trying to stuff 30 days of vacation into a 15 pound bag.

Agree that in so few days (and I assume the 14 days include the day you arrive and the day you leave) you should stay in 3 or at most 4 hotels - otherwise you will be spending as much time sitting on trains as actually seeing or doing anything).

So, you can see parts of Italy quickly - with perhaps one town in Switzerland - or a few day in Paris - certainly not both. And make sure you have an open jaws ticket - into the first city and home from the last - or you will waste a whole day getting back to the first city to return home.

Forget Amsterdam unless you drop both Switz and Paris.
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Feb 24th, 2013, 10:05 AM
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"In Italy we plan to Cover Vatican City, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Milan (like within 5 days) and on the 5th Day we plan to travel to Switzerland."

Jumping on the same band wagon. You would need an absolute minimum of 9 or 10 days for this . . . Not five. Once you redesign the first 10 days of your itinerary, come back and we can help you decide if you want to add Paris OR Switzerland OR Amsterdam (one - not all three)
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Feb 24th, 2013, 10:36 AM
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Also - I'm wondering why you are spending part of your very limited time in Milan - which is basically a business city,. Naturally there are a few great sights - there are in almost every sizable city in europe - but with the limited time you have you need to e selective.

IMHO, for a first visit the minimum nights you need are:

Rome & Vatican City - 4
Florence (day train to Pisa) - 3
Venice - 3

So you see you really have time for only one other city.
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Feb 25th, 2013, 12:50 AM
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Thanks for the responses Understood now. I think i need to replan the whole thing to cover 1 or 2 Countries at the max. Thanks for pointing this out to me. Thanks again.
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Feb 25th, 2013, 01:03 AM
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Spend more time in Italy, I have been to all these cities, and lived 9 years in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is probably the least impressive place. Rome is fantastic, allow more time for that, Venice you can do in 2 full days...Switzerland, depends on the cities you want to visit.
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