My Interrail Itinirary
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2012 8:52 PM Last Post By: aTziG
May 24, 2012 5:57 PM
My Interrail ItiniraryHi there, I'm new to this forum but I have been reading through many posts and they have really helped with my decision on traveling alone through Europe for one month. I hope you all can help me make a realistic itinary ( I understand I'll probably want to spend more time somewhere else), this is just a rough outline of my plan.
MONACO 30/9/12 (Not a must see, could be scrapped)
The cities that are a must see for me is Berlin,Munich,Rome & Carcassonne.
I would have a week left of my month Interrail pass, I would be really grateful if you could help me maybe add another city? or cut it down, you lot are the pro's. I really want to see Interlaken, Krakow & Dubrovnik (bit out the way) but I have no idea where I would fit in.
This is all based on train times which I have looked up and the travel times as well.
I am from the UK and 19 years old. I have never traveled on my own before in a different country so I'd be so happy for help.
May 24, 2012 7:38 PM
1OK, so you've noticed in the other posts that people always ask your interests - please be as specific as you can to get good tips. Rather predictable itinerary, which isn't necessarily bad in itself. But do you know why you want to go to Brussels, for instance, rather than somewhere else in Belgium? While you are waiting for more responses, why not spend a little time just looking at posts for Belgium, and at the destinations tab above. Doing so might help you articulate your interests.
Congrats on your first trip on your own. It's going to be great.
May 24, 2012 11:08 PM
Why not add more days onto your 'must see'places......instead of trying to fit more in? You can always go to them another trip.
And scrap the ones that you are not that interested in (like Monaco).
If you have a month to travel-to mostly big cities with lots to see-you should be looking at around 6 or 7 sleeping stops maximum. (I would probably do 4 maximum).
May 24, 2012 11:12 PM
3OP probably wants to do 1 day in Brussels and 1 in Bruges or Ghent :)
I'd chop a city to give a bit of space for the rest + allow for downtime. Think hangover recovery, laundry, phone home, orientation, and just general chillaxing. The one I'd go for binning is Turin, that's a bit odd.
Monaco will murder your pocket. If you must see it, do it as a day trip from not-quite-as-expensive Nice. Take a packed lunch.
Some of these legs are a bit of a mission in terms of duration, with Munich to Venice standing out. Carcassonne is also a hike back to Paris - 5hr 22 minimum, which eats into sight seeing. There is a night train circa midnight; I suggest you use it to save valuable sight seeing time.
You are intending to arrive the night before Oktoberfest starts in Munich. If that's deliberate book accommodation ASAP - some hostels are already showing as booked out at certain points on hostels.com. If it's not, perhaps you wanna avoid it and do it another time. Don't rule out ringing them up and asking for a reservation - just cos it says they're booked out online doesn't necessarily mean that they're booked out in reality.
May 25, 2012 12:36 AM
May 25, 2012 2:16 AM
5thanks for your replies! the reason why I want to go Brussels is because I have family at Aalter, So I guess it wouldn't be brussels, it would be Aalter, sorry for not stating that.
Monaco was just one of these cool places, which were on the way in my journey sort of thing?
Turin, I have always wanted to visit, I've been Milan before and I didn't like it the first time round, Turin because it has my favorite football team Juventus & I wanted to visit my grandads grave, so that's the reason for that.
I wanted to visit the predictable cities this year before I travel to smaller places and further next year. :)
@Clementis, This is the reason why I posted, so you could help with it.
I didn't even realise I was arriving a night before Oktoberfest. Ha. Should really think about that one. Thanks!
Also really thanks for all your replies so far, I knew this would be the best place to ask. I just need help. If I should cut it down then I will. :)
Work time, I'll check this out tonight! Keep the help coming.
Edited by: aTziG
May 25, 2012 3:09 AM
6Monaco was just one of these cool places........... - I am not sure if you know what you are talking about.
May 25, 2012 4:00 AM
May 25, 2012 4:44 AM
May 25, 2012 7:27 AM
9The reason why I like Monaco and think its cool is because where it is situated. I've always admired it when I was younger and always said I wanted to visit. Cool might not of been the correct word, but its on the way to carcassonne so that's why, as I said help will good.
May 25, 2012 8:41 AM
10Op...I'm afraid regards is right about Monaco.
It may be cool if you are a millionaire....if not,its just a bunch of tourist shops,expensive cafes and some big yachts in a harbour...
Still...why not go and see for yourself?
May 25, 2012 3:49 PM
11I'd definitely go check Monaco out too, but I'd definitely buy a soft drink and organise a packed lunch before I left Nice.
Jun 24, 2012 8:52 PM
12sorry about the slow reply, I've been really busy at work & watching Italy beat England!
Anyway, Thank you for all you're advice so far, really appreciate it.
I think i'll take Monaco out and try it another time. I also will add more days in Rome & Berlin.
I realise that I'm only doing big cities but I think for my first trip I'd like to see the big cities, before I get used to travelling and do smaller places and learn more about one country, sounds mad but it's just my way.
I know some journey's are long, but I'm used to coach journeys which take a lifetime, I don't mind it. I think train journey's are excellent to see different things along the way.
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