6 Cities in 6 Weeks
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2012 4:39 PM Last Post By: shehaswunderlust
Sep 18, 2012 6:27 PM
6 Cities in 6 WeeksMy husband and I will be traveling from London to these cities: Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna, Barcelona, Paris, Rome. Somewhere along the way we plan on going to Sicily (which we figured it'd be best to take the train from Rome). My question is: in what order/route would you seasoned travelers travel? Time is on our side - well, six weeks - and money is a priority but also need to make the best sense geographically and best bang for our buck. Don't mind ferries, train but mostly via plane. This would be mid February 2013. We were considering London->Amsterdam->Prague->Vienna-> Barcelona->Rome->Sicily->Paris->London. Please share your thoughts! Grazie!
Edited by: shehaswunderlust
Sep 19, 2012 4:58 AM
1Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
Cross-post your request at the Western Europe and Eastern Europe & the Caucasus branches.
It's going to be bitterly cold in some of your suggested destinations - but you knew that already ! !
Personally, I'd go.... London-Amsterdam (flight) -Vienna (flight) -Prague (train) -Barcelona-Rome (flight).
Then the rest by train/boat.
Of course, it could always be juggled about with one against the other.
Are you just hand-baggage travellers? It will be cheap on budget airlines if you are.
Check-out wizzair, EasyJet and Ryanair for some good connections.
Just beware though, if you're with loads of suitcases etc. There are massive extra charges for hold bags.
Just a few lines from me - hope you have a great trip and be prepared to wrap up warm.
Sep 19, 2012 7:51 AM
2I'll temporarily assume this is the western Europe branch, and say you can do Rome - Sicily by both train and coach, but neither is all that comfortable and it takes a very long time - 9 hours or so - and most people fly. However if you really want to see you railway carriage getting on and off the ferry - or if you're on the overnight train, being woken by all the clattering etc (and no I don't mean from the people in the next compartment) then fine. And if you are lucky (you wouldn't have been this February) it might be slight less cold in Sicily than in places further north
Sep 19, 2012 6:17 PM
3Thanks so much for the "lines!" So happy for my first response. :)
Gosh, I knew it'd be cold but didn't consider it alas. Silly me and I mean SILLY ME!! So you've actually given me food for thought. I'm now wondering if I should postpone those colder countries for another time and select warmer ones. What a task. We would be traveling very light (a bag pp). I'm trying to familiarize myself with posting in different branches...a bit confusing.
Sep 19, 2012 6:20 PM
4We decided on mostly plane. I've traveled the Rome --> Sicily route a few times (I'm from Italy) and I find it tolerable. Flights aren't bad that time of year so might as well fly. I'm not a seasoned traveler on this side of the world (lived in the US and traveled extensively in South America) so thanks for all the advice! I'm gonna need it.
Sep 20, 2012 2:56 AM
5If you are very clear as to the cities you want to go to then it may be worth pre planning (not my usual advice!).
Budget airlines are great in Europe if you are travelling light and make sure you make your flight!
I have just had a quick look at the Ryanair and Easyjet route maps and the following seems a doable route:
Vienna-Rome (Flight - possibly from Bratislava with Ryanair)
Rome-Sicily (whatever suits you)
Sicily-Barcelona (Flight - ryanair fly twice a week from Trapani to Girona)
Barcelona-Paris (Flight or Train)
Paris-London (Flight or Train)
Sep 21, 2012 3:02 AM
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