Europe trip for two months! Need help with Itinerary
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 4, 2012 7:52 AM Last Post By: DennisOss
Oct 3, 2012 12:50 AM
Europe trip for two months! Need help with ItineraryHi,
I'm off to Europe this May for approximately two months. However some of my family is telling me that I won't have enough time to see all the places I want to go to.
What I have so far as a rough draft itinerary is:
London- Paris- Barcelona- Venice- Florence- Rome- Athens- santorini- Istanbul- Dubrovnik- Budapest- Vienna- Munich- Frankfurt- Amsterdam- Brussels- London
Istanbul and Santorini are still not 100% but I would love to go. I don't know if I have enough time but I'm a little nervous. My budget is also around $5000 for the trip and I would be going Eurorail.
I need advice from people who have been and how it all sounds please!
Oct 3, 2012 12:52 AM
1I also realized I posted this in Eastern Europe.... Whoops.
Oct 3, 2012 1:54 AM
Oh that's OK, some of your post refers to Eastern Europe anyway.
Have you cross-posted it at the 'Western Europe' branch as well? You'll get more answers there too.
What do you mean by Eurorail?
The $'s you speak of, are they Canadian? Europe rarely uses $'s of any description.
Best mention your budget in local currency - and how much for each country.
So can I assume you're not a countryside fan and just prefer mainly huge cities instead?
Back to you.
Oct 3, 2012 4:27 AM
3All those places in 2 months. Well it is doable, not sure if it would be enjoyable though.
A lot of those places could easily eat up a week alone. London, even more.
Oct 3, 2012 5:04 AM
Oct 3, 2012 5:09 AM
Oct 3, 2012 12:40 PM
16 locations in 60 days. All cities many of which are not connected to one another by rail or easy transport. Dubrovnik has no train service. Look at budget flights.
But really tell us your interests because honestly, these would not be my choices for what I assume will be your first trip to Europe. Personally, I would focus on a smaller area, I would include some smaller places. Do you really want to spend so much time getting from place to place. Second, I would look at what it is that appeals to you about the places that you have listed because I can't find a common theme. Third, I am not sure about your budget. 5K CAD is less than 4K Euro. Assuming that your money has to cover your flights to/from Canada, I don't think you have enough funds for this trip. Even if you flights are not included, 4K is less than 67 € per day and that has to cover your transport from place to place. Plus some of the places that you mention are extremely expensive - not just accommodations but also admission costs - London, Paris, Vienna, for example. And finally, the more traveling the more money you spend. Moving from place to place is more expensive than staying put.
I have to agree with others. Why Brussels and Frankfurt? Why not Berlin and Krakow? And the cost of getting to Santorini for a night or two makes little sense to me. Yes, it is picturesque but so are lots of other places.
I hate to rain on your parade, but I think you need to go back to the drawing board. Several thoughts when doing so. One, remember that this won't be your last trip to Europe. Two, Avoid really expensive places like London and/or Paris which you are likely to return to later when traveling for a shorter period of time. Three, try to pick some sort of theme - art, music, architecture, history, etc to help you chose places. Four, focus on a smaller area of Europe and probably a cheaper area like Eastern Europe. Five, look on the travel on a shoestring branch for budget travel tips. Six, check out budget flights on websites like flybudget.com or whichbudget.com
Oct 4, 2012 7:02 AM
Oct 4, 2012 7:52 AM
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