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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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AMAZING!! I did a similar trip during College - you are going to have the BEST time!

A few comments:

1) I would spend less time in London - especially if you are on a tight budget. Everything is expensive there and you could probably see everything you really want to see in 3 days (allowing for jet lag for the first bit).

2) I went to Split in Croatia and did daytrips to Bol and to the national park. It was a b*tch to get to (pardon my language) but it was great. Back then there were virtually no tourists, we rented a cheap apartment and everything was super cheap.

BUT - if you end up cutting out Croatia because of the travel time, what about spending a bit more time in Italy on the Amalfi Coast? Or you could head to San Sebastian for a few days (you could probably fly in and out between Barcelona and Paris at the end of your trip). These are both amazing spots which might be easier to get to.

I preferred both of these spots to the south of france, but that was really nice too and we took an overnight train from paris so saved money for the hotel. We stayed in Nice but travelled to Monaco for a few hours and Cannes for a day - check out when the film festival is though since that will impact available hotels and costs.

If you are an adventure junkie, you might want to check out Interlaken in Switzerland, but I don't want to confuse you more.
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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 11:31 AM
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It's been a long time since I used a rail pass. But when I did, what I remember most about it was that it freed us up to not worry about transportation - there was always a train we could get on. And when we did pay the supplement for an overnight berth, it wasn't ever more than what lodging would be, so we were still ahead by saving time.
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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 03:21 PM
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I don't believe "similar" = "virtually equivalent"?

Two Croatian cities/towns on the Istrian peninsula, a mere 22 miles apart, sharing much of the same history, architecture, etc. - in the context of the OP's trip plans, and given that one would be easier to reach than the other, which was looking to be an issue, that is "similar" enough, I think.

Coop - if you want to have an itinerary planned around major cities planned, then do it. You don't have to travel carefree and unplanned like others are suggesting. You might end up staying somewhere for a week, deciding that on the fly, and skipping a couple of the places you have planned to do it, and that's fine. Only you know the way you want to travel. If you want to see some smaller places and still have a schedule, then do it.

Rovinj is complicated. If you are looking for other possible options, choosing something along your intended route makes sense, and doing it around the middle of the trip makes sense too as it would give you a breather from "Major" Europe. That would put you around your Florence and Rome dates so Tuscany and/or Umbria might make sense. Parts of it are better served by rail than others, you would have to do some research to get settled in a good spot.
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