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Jun 5th, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Any advice for a 30 day trip??

Looking for any advice from experienced Euro-travelers or residents: My fiancé and I will be traveling to Europe in Summer 2013 for 30 days from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We don't have a CLUE where to start. We have an idea of the countries we would like to see based on friends/forums/popular cities/culture...We would be starting in Prague & ending in London. That's all I got so far. Here's where we hope to go...NOT in any particular order.

Prague
Paris
Rome, Venice or Florence?
Athens
Madrid
Dublin
London

How many countries can we actually do comfortably in 30 days? Not sure what the best Euro-rail pass would be? Hotel or hostel? Any help would be VERY MUCH appreciated as I am a newbie to Euro-travel. Thanks!
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Jun 5th, 2012, 01:19 PM
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Well my first bit if advice would be to start measuring distances. Then allow half a day to travel between places, lose a day at either end for your flights to/from the US.

Then read up on railpasses (hint they aren't a great bargain) and in any case are useless in two of the countries you intend visiting and for others it's cheaper to buy point to point tickets locally. Don't assume that trains are the best way between places (of your list the only sensible use of train would be between Paris and London with possibly Paris to Italy or Paris to Madrid if you use sleeper trains (for which a railpass would require additional payments). I wouldn't fixate on *must* fly into "A" and out of "B" as better options will probably exist.

See http://seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm & http://www.whichbudget.com/

Do bear in mind that many European airlines won't release timetables until October for next summer

Oh, and buy a good Europe guidebook.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 02:28 PM
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Thanks for the great advice. I can see what you mean about the trains. Certainly more expensive than I had anticipated for multi-city! Flights might actually be cheaper for some of our travel. The websites are very helpful & I will study the best options for us...keeping a flexible start/end point in mind.

Would you recommend buying the train tickets ahead online or right at the station? If it's not a big price difference (or risk of not getting a ticket due to high demand) I'd like to keep it flexible and get it right at the station on my day of travel...just in case we decide to stay an extra day in one place (which is highly possible). Thanks so much!!!
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