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Travel advice needed for 7 day trip to Europe; open to city requests

Old Jun 26th, 2014, 09:05 AM
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Travel advice needed for 7 day trip to Europe; open to city requests

My husband and I are wanting to take a trip for approximately 7 days to Europe... we have a 12 month old and need a vacay (the baby will not be joining us on this trip!).

Cities we've visited:
Madrid
Barcelona
London
Paris
Rome
Florence
Dublin
I think that's it...

Places we are considering (but open to other options):
Berlin
Frankfurt
Vienna
Prague
Zurich
Geneva
Milan
Venice

We would like to visit 2-3 cities and are open to traveling to each city by rail or plane.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated about which cities to visit!

Thank you!
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Old Jun 26th, 2014, 09:41 AM
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Do the 7 days include travel days? If so you then have 5 days in Europe. In that time I would visit 1 major city or 2 smaller cities close together.

When will you be traveling? Do you want to avoid hot or cold weather?

If you have 7 full days Prague and Vienna make a great pairing. Other ideas are Vienna, Saltzburg, and some countryside.

With a shorter time, Belgium is small enough that you can visit Bruges, Antwerp, and Ghent in 5 days, choosing Ghent as a base and taking day trips to the other 2 cities.

We need more information from you to properly advise.
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Old Jun 26th, 2014, 09:45 AM
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oh, goodness, what a brief.

what you don't say is what you like doing. museums, trips out into the countryside, restaurants, opera, music, walking, etc. etc.

if you like a mixture, i might suggest Berlin and Dresden for example - there you have history plus music, and from Dresden some great day trips on the river Elbe, possibilities of cycling or walking plus music, opera etc.

if you are very keen on music and museums, Vienna might be a good choice; if you like italian culture particularly, Venice might fit the bill.

you see the problem?

and you don't say the time of year either - that could be important.
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Old Jun 26th, 2014, 09:46 AM
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adrienne and i were posting at the same time - great minds....
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Old Jun 26th, 2014, 10:06 AM
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We would like to visit 2-3 cities and are open to traveling to each city by rail or plane.>

Unless it is a very long way between cities trains are the best way to go city center to city center - nowadays they blow along routinely at speeds well over 100 mph up to nearly 200 mph - flying can take longer than trains for cities close together - going out to the airport - waiting for the plane to board - possible delays - waiting for luggage - getting into the city, etc. Even a short flight can consume a half-day.

On cities far removed like those in Germany and Italy you can also take overnight trains - could be romantic for a couple if you get a private compartment!

Anyway for lots of great info on European trains check out these IMO superb sites: www.seat61.com (great info on discounted train fares that are available if you book weeks or months in advance - and then often in stone as conditions regarding changes or refunds may be severe - but much cheaper than just showing up); www.ricksteves.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com.

And do not even consider any kind of railpass for at most one or two longer train rides.
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Old Jun 27th, 2014, 06:35 PM
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Good questions!

Approx dates: Late August, early September 2014

Climate: no preference - we are totally open for hot or cold

what do we like to do? walk around the city, restaurants, visit some museums, etc.

Thanks for your help!
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Old Jun 28th, 2014, 06:21 AM
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Berlin
Frankfurt no
Vienna
Prague
Zurich no
Geneva no
Milan
Venice

Basically I've given a no because the city is dull. I've worked or holidayed in each of them.

Now since you are visiting in the Autumn I'd look at country stuff and add the nicer ones of

Strasbourg
Barcelona
Sienna
Bologna/Ravenna (just down the railway track)
And then anywhere close to the wine harvest.
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Old Jun 28th, 2014, 07:47 AM
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Milan and Venice would make a nice combination.
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Old Jun 28th, 2014, 08:15 AM
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Can you please let us know if you have 7 full days in Europe or are travel days included in the 7 days. With such a short time those 2 days make a huge difference.
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Budapest and Vienna is a nice combo, and you could do the river towns in between.
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The trip will be 7-8 days long including travel time unfortunately...

Loving all of your suggestions - thank you very much.
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With 5 days I would visit Vienna (including a day trip to Melk) and Salzburg. That's about all you'll have time for.
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Visit:
Venice or
Berlin or
Amsterdam or
Prague and Vienna or
Budapest and Vienna
If it were me, I would only visit one city with 5 days to work with.
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Berlin and Prague for choice. Tons to see and do and not break the bank expensive like Switz - so you can splurge a little more within a reasonable budget.
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