France, Italy, Switzerland March 2014

Aug 18th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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France, Italy, Switzerland March 2014

Hi!

This is my first time posting in a forum here, so please excuse me if i make any errors..

Iv been all over Europe over a total of 3 summers with my family.. covered different areas each time. Iv never had to worry about planning a trip coz my dad did all the work, always hired a car and just drove around. My last trip was 4 years ago.
Now, im planning a trip with my cousin (who lives in New York) In March next year during Spring break.
We have 2 weeks at our disposal . She really wants to visit Paris & Rome. I really want to re-visit Bellagio and Zermatt. And we both want to visit Venice.
We are obviously on a budget, i dont think anyone traveling to Europe isn't.
I wanted your opinions on how we should plan this out. Initially i thought we could land in Paris, do Rome next Venice, then Bellagio, Zermatt and then back to Paris. Or would that be completely wrong? I think we have more than enough time to cover all these places.. I wouldnt want to spend more that 2 nights each in Paris and Rome. Im very confused about transportation and the trains we'd have to take etc.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.. thanks for your time !
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Aug 18th, 2013, 08:54 AM
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With two weeks I would pick 4 bases myself.

Fly into one location and out of another to avoid backtracking to Paris.

You could fly to Paris, fly to Venice, train/bus/ferry to Bellagio then onto Rome and fly home...just as an example.

Remember you lose approx. half a day each time you change locations so factor that into your plans.
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Aug 18th, 2013, 09:01 AM
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I should have given a little info about myself incase it helps in any way. Im 25, live in New Delhi, India. Well travelled but hardly ever independently.
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Aug 18th, 2013, 09:08 AM
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hmm that makes sense.. i just thought it would work out cheaper if we buy a return ticket, but come to think of it we'll be spending the same amount backtracking to Paris. Thanks!!
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Aug 18th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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Paris - Zermatt - Bellagio - Venice - Rome is way too much for only 2 weeks. For decent visits, conunt at least 4 full days (without jet lag) for Paris, 4 days for Rome, 2 days for Venice and 3 days for travel betweeen these places.
What do you want to do at Zermatt: prepared snow trail hiking, skiing, boarding?
Must it be Bellagio? Stresa is a similar place, along the train line from Zermatt to Venice
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Aug 18th, 2013, 06:36 PM
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Wanted to do Zermatt and Bellagio not for any sightseeing or activities in particular.. there isnt much to do there.. but i have a ton of memories attached to those places.. been wanting to revisit them for ages.. might not seem very practical. I wanted to do Brienz also, but that was the only place i could let go of so we didnt have a very full itinerary.
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Aug 19th, 2013, 12:40 AM
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Actual timetables (best trains/buses in order to waste the less time possible; may slightly change in mid December):

Paris L dp 17.57 - Lausanne ar 21.37, direct; sleep at Lausanne. Lausanne dp 8.21 - Zermatt ar 11.13, change at Visp
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Paris L dp 16.23 - Brienz ar 22.27, change at Basel and Interlaken Ost; Brienz dp 16.38 - Zermatt ar 19.15, change at Interlaken Ost, Spiez and Visp.

Zermatt dp 15.39 - Brig 17.03/17.44 - Domodossola 18.22/18.55 - Milano Centrale 20.35/21.20 - Varenna 22.36/23.05 - Bellagio ar 23.20

Bellagio dp 17.00 - Varenna 17.15/17.37 - Milano C 18.40/19.05 - Venezia SL ar 21.40

Venezia SL dp 17.25 - Roma Termini ar 21.10
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Aug 19th, 2013, 04:57 AM
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Neither Zermatt nor Bellagio will be at their best in March. Not sure when you visited before but you might be disappointed in chilly, rainy weather. I agree that 4 stops in 2 weeks is more than enough. I suggest looking at transportation and logistics and choosine one or the other. Then travel from Paris to your choice then on to Venice and Rome.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 07:29 PM
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Thank you so much everyone.. will take all your suggestions into account while planning .
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Aug 20th, 2013, 10:55 PM
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Agree with mamcalice...Bellagio in March will be cold and most everything will be closed. I understand wanting to go back; but fear you will be greatly disappointed.
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Aug 21st, 2013, 01:30 AM
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In March, everything will be in flowers along the North Italian lakes, temperatures may go below 10 degrees centigrade (50 degrees Fahrenheit) during the night, however.
Regular boat traffic begins in the second half of March.
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Aug 21st, 2013, 06:43 PM
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klondike and neckervd thanks for your inputs! I live in Delhi where we get barely 3 months of winter.. so for me, colder the better! Love grey cloudy skys and chilly weather.. We are planning to leave mid March so hopefully the boat traffic wouldve started by then? Zermatt will be cold too, but out of the two which one will be nicer in terms of places being open etc.?
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Aug 22nd, 2013, 04:41 AM
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Everything will be open at both places. The season along the Lakes begins mid March whereas at Zermatt, it ends after Easter (April 22nd).
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Aug 22nd, 2013, 11:20 AM
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In March it is still winter in the Alps - with winter sports and snow - will be warmer with flowers only south of hte Alps -a nd then just starting in March.

You're not looking for winter sports are you?
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Aug 24th, 2013, 12:38 AM
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Good to know.. nytraveler not too keen on winter sports.. just like the idea of sitting in front of a warm fire and reading a good book .. dont think there will be anything else to do in zermtt except eat all that delicious swiss chocolate!
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Aug 24th, 2013, 07:33 AM
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Should that be a joke?
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