Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Come explore the new Fodor’s Forum
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 4, 17 at 08:03 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Looking for Paris Rental Apt.
  2. 2 Internet Cafe in Rome, Florence, and Venice
  3. 3 Best way to get mobile internet in Spain?
  4. 4 Is the scenery in South Italy worth the trip by train
  5. 5 Best area to stay in Amsterdam for a first time visitor
  6. 6 where to buy baby gifts in paris?
  7. 7 What is your favorite Greek Island?
  8. 8 Hip Pocket Wifi
  9. 9 Trip Report Winter ... UK Finland Sweden. (Live...ish)
  10. 10 Lisbon stay - Olissippo Lapa Palace vs NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade
  11. 11 Help me get excited about a week in Portugal
  12. 12 Overwhelmed with planning! Need help from Italy experts.
  13. 13 Italy: Hotels on the Amalfi Coast; Orvieto; Perugia; Florence; and Siena
  14. 14 Help me with an affordable hotel in Barcelona
  15. 15 Help needed for Bergamo to Venice journey
  16. 16 Spain.... 2.5 Weeks... Need Help!
  17. 17 Is a quick stopover in Bern worth it with 3 kids?
  18. 18 August - Croatia, Italy, Malta
  19. 19 Four Nights in Nice--What should we do?
  20. 20 Amalfi as a home base for the Amalfi Coast
  21. 21 Help me pick a destination --- Please!
  22. 22 US dairy vs European Dairy
  23. 23 Italy 9 Days in December/Itinerary Help
  24. 24 A very important question regarding pronunciation
  25. 25 Trip Report Paris November 2017
View next 25 » Back to the top

Family Vacation to Europe - advice needed

Jump to last reply

My husband and I are taking our two children, ages 11 and 12, on a trip to Europe for their first time. We wanted to include them in the decisions as much as possible - my daughter wants to visit Pompeii and my son, London and Berlin. We only have 2 weeks - Aug 15-Aug 31.

I decided to make our flight reservations, as the longer we waited, the more the cost was going up. We are flying into London and out of Naples, Italy. Now that I am plotting our course, I am getting concerned that we are trying to squeeze too much in.

Our original ideas were: London, overnight ferry to Copenhagen, train to Berlin, train thru Switzerland to northern Italy, visit Cinque Terre , Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum.

I am now trying to narrow it down: London (3 days), overnight ferry to Amsterdam (2 days), overnight train to Switzerland (2 days), Cinque Terre, Rome, Pompeii (one week for all).

I am looking for suggestions on our route - where we should go in Switzerland, where to go/stay in Cinque Terre . . . Also, we are hoping to stay in family hostels, monasteries, or other interesting places - we would love any suggestions.

I am also nervous that we have planned too much. I am wondering if paying the Itinerary Penalty for changing our flight plan might be something to consider . . .
Maybe skipping London all together, and flying into Berlin instead? Making our trip: Germany (Berlin,Munich), Switzerland, Italy? My son is very interested in Berlin because he has become interested in the Berlin Wall - but I am wondering if the city is a good destination and interesting beyond that ... what do you think?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions/advice you can pass along.

31 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement