Need help planning Trip to Italy and Paris
Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 20, 2012 3:04 AM Last Post By: Stav_ros
May 17, 2012 6:29 PM
I am going to Europe for the first time ever!! I am very excited. I need help planning an 11 day trip to Italy. I want to also visit Paris if possible. I don't know how to begin. I fly in and out of Rome, so this will be my hub.
My interests are dinning, shopping, music, visiting museums and some other tourist attractions. Im not a hiker or really athletic if you know what I mean. I very much enjoy culture. So I want to encompass a trip that has interests relevant to mine. When I travel in the states I don't generally do "touristy" things but I love a vivacious energy and people.
I want a trip that will allow me to get the best out of Italy and I really don't want to leave europe with out going to Paris. I need help convincing my partner that it's possible to do both!
All suggestions/recommendations are greatly appreciated!!
Rome, Florence and Venice are the top destination-- possibly cinque terre
Edited by: Trvlr312
May 17, 2012 8:01 PM
1All suggestions/recommendations are greatly appreciated!!
The last thread I responded to that expressed this sentiment was entirely deleted by the forum moderators, despite well over a dozen different posters contributing 3 pages worth of comments. So please forgive me in advance if I'm not inclined to respond in detail.
I suggest that you work out a proposed itinerary with travel dates for different cities, including realistic "door-to-door" travel times (see this thread). Doing so should make it clear that you can see quite a bit of 2 destinations (Rome and Paris, say), a little bit of 3 destinations, or very very little of 4 or 5 destinations. The more destinations you have, the more you'll see of trains, train stations, airplanes and airports..
Providing an itinerary will also make it clear if your 11 days include arrival and departure days. And thus whether you'll be doing the "door to door shuffle" practically every day or only every other day.
May 17, 2012 8:11 PM
2Why are you flying in and out of Rome and what airline are you using? Air France will usually give you a free stopover in Paris as it's kind of their mission to promote France.
I think a 7-day trip to Italy followed by a 3-day trip to Paris is great. You will only skim the surface, but so what. The whole idea is to find what you like and return. I'm sure if you do a Google search of 7 days in Italy or 3 days in Paris you will get a lot of ideas. Or just visit your local bookstore (or Amazon) and browse the travel books.
May 17, 2012 10:28 PM
BTW you should really look into an open jaw ticket- fly into Rome and out of Paris.
Alternatively, you can spend your 10 days in Italy which will allows you to make a rushed visit to the 3 most visited places- Rome, Florence Venice.
May 17, 2012 10:50 PM
May 17, 2012 11:10 PM
May 17, 2012 11:20 PM
6You could do Rome, Florence and Paris in 11 days, but it would only be at a very superficial level. The problem you have is that you're flying in and out of Rome. What you wanna do is change your ticket to fly into Rome and outta Paris (or the other way round) so that you can avoid flying back to Rome for no reason whatsoever.
May 18, 2012 4:06 AM
May 18, 2012 7:31 AM
May 18, 2012 7:44 AM
9Being honest, best way to answer that is either point you towards the LP guide to Italy (available on this website under "Shop"), or click on the destinations section above and drill down into Italy.
I found the Sistene Chapel in the Vatican to be distinctly underwhelming, but it might be more your cup of tea than mine.
May 18, 2012 7:47 AM
10Long shot, but if you booked just now, some airlines will allow cancellations or changes in the first 24 hours for free. You might need to dig in the details on the website to find it. UA allows it (I'm guessing because of 312 in your handle). I think they do this to deal with people who made an error using the website. Any chance this is the case?
May 18, 2012 1:36 PM
11No can't change flight anymore. How about taking a train overnight to paris? I've read mixed opinions!
May 18, 2012 9:18 PM
12I would fly....I'd say it would be cheaper,and it would certainly be faster.You haven't got much free time though!
Maybe better to concentrate on Italy for this trip?
May 18, 2012 10:03 PM
May 19, 2012 6:12 AM
14based on everyones great advice, I think remaining in Italy would be a better idea and plan for Paris another time.
So the tentative plan is
three days in Rome
three days in Florence
Two days in Venice
Two days in Cinque Terre
And then return to Rome to head back home.
Any recommendations on Fabulous restaurants in any of the locations?
Thank you all for your help and suggestions!!
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