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First time to Europe, itinerary questions.

First time to Europe, itinerary questions.

Jun 3rd, 2011, 09:18 AM
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Well planned, it looks great to me! I too would give Rome one dayfrom Venice but that's just my preference! Enjoy!!!
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Jun 3rd, 2011, 09:38 AM
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Nicely done. I'd keep it just the way it is, but I'm a Venice lover.
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Jun 3rd, 2011, 09:40 AM
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Your new itinerary is very feasible, but I would second the suggestion to reverse the order and fly into Venice and depart from Rome. Not only is it easier to get to the Rome airport for an early morning departure, but I'd rather recover from jetlag in Venice than in Rome.
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Jun 3rd, 2011, 10:46 AM
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If you are booking your own flights online, look for the "multi-city" option in the search box. That allows you to book into one city and out of another, sometimes called "open jaw. And because getting to the airport in Venice early in the am to catch a flight is hard, and getting a limo to the airport in Rome is easy, start in Venice and work south.
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Jun 3rd, 2011, 11:17 AM
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I will definitely be considering, and researching the options of the swap of flights in and out, thanks for the advice!
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Jun 3rd, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Good choice jbman! I think this will be a much more enjoyable trip. And, as others have said, I second the idea of flying in one city, out of another.

BTW: I had said that I wouldn't go to Chatsworth on my first visit to England. To clarify - I meant to say that I wouldn't do this on YOUR first trip being that it would be a very short visit. If this is your wife's dream, of course you should do it on your trip to England in the next year or so. I was just worried that you'd try to "do" England in one day on your very first visit to Europe.

Enjoy yourselves - Mr. soogies and I have celebrated many anniversaries in Europe.
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Jun 3rd, 2011, 07:22 PM
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I'm so glad you have taken the advice from the experienced Fodorites. I agree with all the above.

Your revised plans are much better. I also agree to fly in to Venice, take a day from Venice and add it to Rome. Not that I don't love Venice too, I do!

Also - if you are going to Florence mainly for art - remember many of the sites are closed on Mondays. Check carefully for opneing hours/days for what you want to see and make advance res on line if you are going to the Uffizi and Accademia.

Buon viaggio!
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Jun 4th, 2011, 08:29 AM
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I would skip Venice on your first time there and spend more time in Paris, London, Rome and do a stop in Florence. Easy to get to on the train.
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Jun 4th, 2011, 11:15 PM
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I have to agree with most of the others. Do your 10 days in Italy, or 5/5 London & Paris. Way too much wasted time running from hotels to trains. You are wasting your vacation. I would definately re-think your plans.
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