Is this possible in 2 weeks?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Sep 3, 2012 2:10 PM Last Post By: beerfree
Sep 3, 2012 3:42 AM
Sep 3, 2012 3:58 AM
1Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
Do you think this would be possible 14-15 days including travel from New Zealand
In theory, of course it's possible. Doesn't sound too much fun though.
Eight countries in two weeks.... Mmmm.
A lot of flights in between, possible delays, getting from one airport to the next etc....
Personally, I'd cut out Switzerland, Spain and Belgium.
None of them really join together either.
OK - so Germany and The Netherlands are joined, but parts of Germany are a long way from Amsterdam.
Am I right that you're planning flights between your chosen locations, or do you have some other idea(s)?
It seems like a good plan to do Italy (where? I'll assume Rome), then budget flights between the other three.
Others might have different ideas here - but that's what I'd do.
Best of luck with everything.
Sep 3, 2012 3:59 AM
Sep 3, 2012 4:21 AM
Sep 3, 2012 4:25 AM
Sep 3, 2012 4:27 AM
5I want to visit quite a few countries to experience as much of Europe as I can in the short period I will have a off work.
Sep 3, 2012 4:27 AM
Sep 3, 2012 4:45 AM
7You really can't experience a culture in a day or two. It even varies from region to region with each of the countries you mention - for example in Switzerland, the italian speaking Catholic- leaning Ticino canton has little in common with Romansch speaking Protestant St Gallen 200 miles away the other side of the Alps. French or Flemish part of Belgium? I'm sure you get the point
Sep 3, 2012 4:56 AM
Sep 3, 2012 5:06 AM
9A day in 1 place would be ok ..... to experience as much of Europe ??? What do you know about Europe what makes this statements? In such a trip your experience will be like zero.
Sep 3, 2012 5:22 AM
Sep 3, 2012 5:31 AM
11If you just want to land at one airport per country and stay one or two days in this town (of course not enough time for a decent visit of towns like Rome or Madrid), you may do so.
But be aware that airports, metros, taxis, hotels, museums, cathedrals, souvenir shops and other tourist traps are similar all over Europe. You will of course not get the slightest idea of the countries where you will stay one day or two.
Sep 3, 2012 6:39 AM
If that's what you want to achieve, then I'd scrap the plan in entry #4. For all the difference it makes, I'd not only stick with the original plan but add France as well. It can be done, and won't detract from the quality of the experience you're going to get anyway.
Sep 3, 2012 6:57 AM
Sep 3, 2012 7:52 AM
14If the OP is going to Coventry (his poor Aunt, fancy living there), by default he's likely to go via France anyway should he choose to take the Eurostar from Brussels to London to transfer to Coventry. He could even get a Eurostar that actually stops in Lille in France.
The OP could also travel from Italy to Innsbruck (so that adds in Austria), then hire a car to travel to Zurich (via Lichtenstein of course). You could also then route from Zurich to Amsterdam via Luxembourg. That and the Eurostar would bring the total up to 11 countries in 13 days (assuming you bin Spain, cos that's just crazy out of the way), deducting one day for ridiculous jet lag and counting the stopover (cos you can't fly NZ to Europe non stop).
BTW, Emirates will quite conveniently fly the OP back to Auckland out of Birmingham airport. No need to return to London, innit. There's even a direct train from Coventry to Brum airport.
I wouldn't consider a holiday trip down to NZ for under 3 weeks. There's no point. Business is of course different, one of my colleagues just flew Frankfurt to Melbourne return for a 2 day workshop.
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