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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 04:15 AM
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4 WEEKS EUROPE ITINERARY

NEED HELP IN PLANNING A 4 WEEK ITINERARY FOR FAMILY OF 3 WITH A 14 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. TRYING TO HIT 4 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. WHERE SHOULD WE FLY INTO & OUT OF & HOW LONG TO STAY IN EACH COUNTRY. WE ARE VERY ACTIVE FAMILY ON THE GO.
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 05:08 AM
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Are you going by train or car - a classic Europe for first timers would gravitate around London, Paris, Switzerland and Italy - fly into London - take the Eurostar train to Paris - and on to wherever you end up, say Rome and fly out of there - so called Open Jaw ticket.

If going mainly to big tourist cities as most are want to do on their first trip, naturally, cars are worthless in most European cities - public transit so great and trains so fantastic - for a fix on the European train system check www.budgeteuropetravel.com (download their free and excellent IMO online European Planning & Rail Guide for suggested itineraries in various countries); www.seat61.com and www.ricksteves.com.

so maybe:

London 5 days
Paris 5 days
Switzerland 5 days
Venice 2 days
Florence 4 days
Rome 4 days
with one day for travel and relocating in between.. and try to do a day trip from large cities to smaller regional towns - like from Paris to Chartres to see the world-famous Gothic cathedral or from Florence to one of those iconic Tuscan hill towns, like Siena a short bus ride from Florence. Or from London to Oxford or Cambridge or Windsor Castle, etc.
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 05:09 AM
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You will need to do some preliminary work yourself. How long in each country depends on how much interests YOU in each country. Most people want to see Paris and Prague - but there's no reason to do what most people do. Your assignment is to figure out what YOUR family wants to see and do. Then come back here with some sort of outline and get some further suggestions.
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See what happens when you have no outline of your own? Others who know nothing about you steer you to places that aren't on your list.
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 05:33 AM
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THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE. SPENT 5 WEEKS IN ITALY & SPAIN THIS PAST SUMMER. WE LOVED THE TRAINS.YES I ONLY TAGGED THE COUNTRIES I WANTED TO SEE & FORGOT SWITZERLAND.
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Oops - I failed to see the 4 countries you selected - sorry so scrap my typical first-timer itinerary.
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 07:10 AM
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Stop shouting for crissakes.

And state your interests and where you're coming from. If from North America, go to your farthest spot east first and work back so the return flight sucks less.
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 08:25 AM
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Why not start in Vienna and end up in Paris, travelling via the Czech Republic and Germany? With your luxurious four weeks, you can do a lot in these countries, ranging from mountain walks to exploring the rich baroque ecclesiastical architecture (one of my favourites), from the faded glory of nineteenth-century spas to half-timbered villages. What are your interests?
And I always promote - on a non-commission basis - the pan-European train planner of the German railways: http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml Wonderful tool to see what's realistic to do, and great pre-travel fun!
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 08:28 AM
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It would really help to know your interests to be able to tell you how long to spend in each place. (Since you traveled last year you must be able to define what matters most to you.)

As for flights - how can anyone possibly tell when we don;t know where you are coming from - which could make a huge difference.

Also -please stop shouting (all caps is shouting) - very rude and hard to read.
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Old Sep 11th, 2015, 08:57 AM
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very rude and hard to read>

Is it rude if the newbie posterer has no idea it is rude. No of course - a gentle reminder of Fodorgarch's penchants against AL CAPS WOULD BE ENOUGH ALREADY!

TELLING SOMEONE TO STOP SHOUTING WHEN THEY DON'T KNOW THEY ARE SHOUTING IS DOING THE SAME SIN YOU ACCUSE THEM OF IME.
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All-caps has been the computer equivalent of shouting since whenever Al Gore allegedly invented the internet. It's not new.
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Then the OP was purposefully rude and I apologize to nytraveler and excoriate SIPVINO for being so so loud and shouting - not polite!

Or like me he/she never knew that as I or he/she may not visit many other forums.
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All-caps has been the computer equivalent of shouting since whenever Al Gore allegedly invented the internet. It's not new.

True - everybody knows that.
If they don't, now they do.
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>>BigRuss on Sep 11, 15 at 11:10am

>>Stop shouting for crissakes.


I find the response to the use of CAPS by others far more interesting than the use of caps itself.


>>BigRuss on Sep 11, 15 at 4:12pm

>>All-caps has been the computer equivalent of shouting since whenever Al Gore allegedly invented the internet. It's not new.

Simply because someone declared it so, it seems. Everyone who likes to correct others found a place they could call home.

Intent is not hard to discern - the OP wasn't "shouting" - let it go.
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