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HELP PARIS TO ROME TO VENICE TO PARIS BY TRAIN IS THIS REALISTIC IN 14 DAYS?

HELP PARIS TO ROME TO VENICE TO PARIS BY TRAIN IS THIS REALISTIC IN 14 DAYS?

Jul 18th, 2007, 08:42 AM
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We will plan now to take the overnight train from Venice to Paris and use the Italian train system to travel between Rome-Florence-Venice, Can you use a pass to cover everything, or do you buy separate tickets, for each leg? I've been cking out hotel recommendations from this sight and they look great-what a great resource- Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions!
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Jul 18th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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My wife and I took an overnight train from Berlin to Budapest about ten years ago. We brought food along because we guessed (correctly) that no food would be available on the train, but we forgot to bring water. As it turned out, the tap water on the train was not potable, and we wound up buying water from a vendor on the train at an outrageous rate. Be warned.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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cgremillion,

We did 4 nights in each Florence and Rome - I was concerned that might be too long - but it was not - I could have stayed longer in Florence - something about there was magical. It did not even seem "real" to me.

Anyway - 2 nights in Paris (due to flight problems on the way out - was to be 3) 3 nights in Switzerland (btw, I LOVED Switzerland and it is a country we would both love to return to), 4 nights in Florence, Rome.
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Jul 18th, 2007, 04:02 PM
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dawnnoelm-

Thanks for your response, I'm feeling pretty good about our plans at this point, I hope I've allowed enough time in Florence (2 nts) most people seem to rush thru but after reading a post and viewing pictures from another post I hoping we'll have enough time. Can you recommend your accommodations in Florence and Rome? You might want to check out these photos from Florence and Venice, they are amazing!

www.neilsampson.com/photography/italy/index.html
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Jul 18th, 2007, 08:29 PM
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My husband and I did a trip much like yours a few months ago. We flew into Paris, spent several days there, then took the overnight train to Rome. We had a private sleeping car. This was an additional cost to our Eurailpass. We spent 3 days in Rome, took the train to Florence, spent 3 days there. From Florence, we took a train to Venice and spent 3 days there. We took the overnight train back to Paris and spent 3 more days in Paris before flying home. The overnight train, while sounding exotic and adventurous, is really much more down to earth. You sleep in bunk beds, which actually are fairly comfortable. The food they served us on the train was awful. Be prepared. But, when you wake up in the morning, you are at your destination! I felt that it was the most convenient way to get to all the places that we wanted to see. The second overnight trip was better than the first because we were better prepared and had a much nicer conductor. I think that if we were going to do it again, we would plan it as you did and just have one overnight train. It certainly is a one of a kind experience!! Enjoy your trip, it sounds wonderful and makes me want to do our trip again!
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Jul 19th, 2007, 06:45 AM
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Toby11-thanks for the reassurance, Can you recommend hotels in Florence, Venice, Rome?-I've got Paris covered? Were 3 days enough for you in each spot?
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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:02 AM
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Good work on changing the plane tickets! That really smooths out your plan. Here's my favorite hotel in Venice (stayed there twice):
www.lacalcina.com

I don't think you are using the train enough to warrant a rail-pass, rather just purchase point-to-point tickets. The overnight train is the only one you might want to arrange a few days in advance to make sure you can get a private sleeper cabin for 2.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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It sounds like you have everything worked out. 14 days seems to be plenty of time. I did paris, cinque terre, florence (sienna) rome, capri, pompeii, venice and back to amsterdamm in 21 days and had more than enough time with twice as many places. Also, it depends on what your interest are..venice was only a day and a half for us and i thought it was plenty! Again, all about what your interested in seeing and doing! We flew seattle to paris, 4 days later took the overnight train and then saw italy flying back out of paris~ if you found a ticket out of rome even better!
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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:48 AM
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Three nights in each city is my personal minimum.

If you can get the Calcina in Venice, definitely go for it. Lots of people on this Forum love it there. We had brunch at their restaurant on the water, and went into the lobby to talk with the desk clerk and collect a brochure. It looked to me like a fabulous value and a great little hotel.

On a budget of about $200/night last May, we liked the Domus Julia in Rome, and the Relais Cavalcanti in Florence. We couldn't get the La Calcina in Venice, so stayed at the simple (but charming and clean) one-star Hotel Riva, with a room directly over two canals.

You're smaret to be planning your trip now. The great little hotels book up this far in advance.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 08:00 AM
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Maureen, thanks for the tips, I will ck into the hotels you mention, I wondered if I was planning to far ahead as when I look up availability on line, it appears it is too far out to book, so I guess I will not let that stop me!
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Jul 19th, 2007, 01:26 PM
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Do you usually book hotels direct by phone or email or do you use a booking agent?
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Jul 19th, 2007, 03:40 PM
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I always book hotels directly myself. I have never used an agent of any sort.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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cgremillion I don't know if this is possible, but I'd give it the old college try

Have an excellent time. And be ready to fall in love with a whole lotta cities.

Theresa in Detroit.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 04:01 PM
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You can use venere.com to find availability and compare rates. I did use venere for one hotel in Italy, which didn't reserve any other way.

But I found I could get a better rate usually, by going directly to the hotel. Also for paying in cash sometimes, if I've booked directly with the hotel. Many are good with e-mail correspondence.

You're probably right that some hotels won't book this far out, but it's almost certain you can find availability by starting now.

Have fun planning your trip.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 08:38 PM
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Thanks so much for the tips, I will give that a try.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 02:58 AM
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WOW 34 replies to a question about trains in Europe and no-one has mentioned www.seat61.com

If you go to the Italy section it will tell you how to get between Paris & various places in Italy by sleeper and also trips within Italy
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Jul 20th, 2007, 04:22 AM
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The overnight train always sounds so enticing. Go for it!

As a backup, though, Myair.com has excellent flight schedules between Paris and Venice (and cheap). They fly into Orly so your just a few minutes from central Paris. We were very happy with them.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 04:39 AM
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If you're husband loves travelling by train, there is a nighttrain from venice to paris, leaving at 8.07 pm, arriving at 8.23 am. You can rent a cabin with 2 beds, it's like being at the hotel while you travel. You take your evening picknick (don't forget the bottle of wine) and have your meal while travelling through Northern Italy. And you wake up in Paris. Sleeping is quite comfortable, but the biggest advantage is that you don't loose 'daytime' for travel.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Just took similar trip this summer. We flew into Rome spent 4-5 days in Rome and then trained to Venice and spent 3 nights there and then trained to Paris for 5 nights and flew home. We used Hotel Smeraldo in Rome (reasonably priced, great location - near Campo di Fiora, good breakfasts), Hotel Novecento in Venice (funky, very clean, kind of pricey, good breakfasts, great location - near enough, yet far enough from Saint Marco's) and Hotel Muguet in Paris (near Eiffel Tower, clean, reasonably priced). If you can swing it, I liked the Hotel Brighton better the last time I was in Paris - more central location.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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We used Eurail 3-country flex pass because we were traveling through Switzerland during the day. If you take a night train from Venice to Paris, you can get 2-country pass cheaper. The pass was cheaper for us than separate tickets.
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