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ilarumk Mar 27th, 2011 09:00 PM

Itinerary for May
We are going europe from April 28 to June 18
here is the probably itinerary, does this sound OK os too cumbersome ?
any suggestions ?

for this trip, anyone think I should take eurail global pass for 2 months ?

Dates Country Destination
28-Apr-2011 Netherlands Amsterdam
29-Apr-2011 Netherlands Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Amsterdam
30-Apr-2011 Belgium Antwerp, Ghent
01-May-2011 UK London
02-May-2011 UK London
03-May-2011 France Strasbourg, Nancy, Dijon
04-May-2011 France Bordaeux / Toulouse
05-May-2011 Spain San Sebastian
06-May-2011 Spain Madrid
07-May-2011 Spain Valencia, Alacant / Ibiza
08-May-2011 Spain Ibiza / Barcelona
09-May-2011 Spain Barcelona
10-May-2011 France Cannes
11-May-2011 France Nice/Monaco
12-May-2011 France Lyon
13-May-2011 Switzerland Geneva
14-May-2011 Switzerland Lausanne / Bern
15-May-2011 Switzerland Jungfrau region/Zurich
16-May-2011 Switzerland Verzasca dam
17-May-2011 Switzerland Matterhorn
18-May-2011 Italy Milan
19-May-2011 Italy Venice
20-May-2011 Italy Venice
21-May-2011 Italy Florence
22-May-2011 Italy Pisa, Rome
23-May-2011 Italy Rome
24-May-2011 Italy Naples
25-May-2011 Italy Naples / Palermo
26-May-2011 Sicily Palermo / Catania / Agrigento
27-May-2011 Sicily Palermo / Catania / Agrigento
28-May-2011 Sicily Bari -
29-May-2011 Greece Corfu / Patras - Take 7pm ferry to reach Patras at 5 am
30-May-2011 Greece Olympia
31-May-2011 Greece Olympia / Githio
01-Jun-2011 Greece Kalamatta / Athens
02-Jun-2011 Greece Myconos / Rhodes / Santorini
03-Jun-2011 Greece Santorini
04-Jun-2011 Greece Santorini / Athens / Larissa
05-Jun-2011 Greece Larissa
06-Jun-2011 Greece Thessaloniki
07-Jun-2011 Croatia Dubrovnik, Mlijet
08-Jun-2011 Croatia Korcula,Split
09-Jun-2011 Croatia Plitvice National Park/Zagreb
10-Jun-2011 Austria Innsbruck
11-Jun-2011 Austria Innsbruck, Wattens
12-Jun-2011 Austria Wattens, Carinthia
13-Jun-2011 Austria Hallstatt
14-Jun-2011 Austria Vienna
15-Jun-2011 Austria Vienna
16-Jun-2011 Hungary Budapest / Prague (one of them)
17-Jun-2011 France Paris
18-Jun-2011 France Paris
19-Jun-2011 France Depart

travelzomg Mar 27th, 2011 11:22 PM

what comes now, you will hear from many i suppose...

there are way way way too many destinatins on your trip... as you will, with each change of city/accomodation, lose at least half a day, you will only have few hours in certain destinations.... you will be running from place to place, constant husstle as to where to deposit you luggage etc etc..
not even talking about the lack of time to even halfway appreciate the locations you want to visit...

you should realy cut down the locations, propperly check out the places you want to see (i.e. the switzerland part.. you have chosen a route, that each day ends out beeing a full day trip.. you will have to get going each morning very early to reach your destination, have some time there and will get back relatively late..) i realy doubt that this pace of travel will allow you to enjoy even half your journey...

Ingo Mar 27th, 2011 11:57 PM

Agree totally with the poster above. Gives me a headache just to read that itinerary! *way* too many places.

ilarumk Mar 28th, 2011 12:12 AM

Thanks for the response, let me remove few places and comeback to it.

mamcalice Mar 28th, 2011 05:33 AM

I wouldn't remove just a few places, I would start anew. Try to spend at least 4-5 days in major cities and 2-3 in other places. Have you been to Europe before? What are the places you have always wanted to visit? Choose 5 or 6 countries at the most and spend 10 days to 2 weeks in each. Start with 5 days each in London, Paris and Rome. Spend a few days or a week a couple of times during your trip in a relaxing destination to recharge your batteries and take some day trips.

Greece seems to be a favorite destination as you are spending lots of time there. Choose a place or two where you can stay for a while and make day trips.

Keep in mind the time it takes to get from place to place, checking out of and in to hotes, waiting for trains,etc. In most cases, you have left no time for actually seeing the place. You will become very familiar with train stations and trains but will have little time for anything else.

Start again.

ira Mar 28th, 2011 05:57 AM

Hi ila,

Your draft itinerary looks as if it was put together by a travel agency offering a whirlwind tour of Europe - "If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium".

Plan at least 1 week for each major venue.


bobthenavigator Mar 28th, 2011 06:10 AM

Surely you jest!
In that time pick half of those destinations.

hayestrip Mar 28th, 2011 06:34 AM

That's not a vacation that's a tour of Europe's train stations. I did very roughly the same route and it took the better part of six months.

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