Travling through Europe- First Time
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 12, 2012 9:17 PM Last Post By: gerardkenny
Dec 11, 2012 12:26 PM
Travling through Europe- First TimeI am planning a trip to Europe this coming April, 2013. My plan as of right now is to spend 2-3 weeks in Spain volunteering (workaway program), then I want to spend two to three weeks traveling through Europe and making my way to Prague, at which point I will meet up with my family and we will travel through the Czech Republic and Italy together. Here is my proposed itinerary for my travels through Europe, since it's my first time I would love any suggestions, other places towns to visit (I love traveling off the beaten path, not really a huge fan of playing tourist), suggestions for travel (train vs. flying), things to do or see, basically anything will be appreciated!
Barcelona 2-3 days
Morocco 2 days (I could do without this trip, though if I do go to Morocco I would like to go on one of the camel/nomad day trips)
French Riviera 2 days (Cannes and Nice)
fly to Paris
Paris 4-5 days
Brussels 2-3 days
Netherlands 2-3 days (Amsterdam)
Frankfurt possibly for 1 or 2 days
Berlin 2-3 days
Dec 11, 2012 1:16 PM
1Get rid of Morocco, get rid of Monaco, get rid of the French Riviera, get rid of Brussels. That gives you up to an extra 9 days or so to use. Use 3-4 of those days to spend extra time in Barcelona and Amsterdam. I would use the rest in Morocco as it's completely different to the rest of the places you mention.
Why Frankfurt? There's nothing there.
Dec 11, 2012 5:08 PM
2Your wish to see all those things while they are so close by is understandable, but in this way you loose so much precious time.
I should say: choose a route which slowly brings you from wherever you'll be working in Spain to your destination, Prague. It gives sense to your travelling and you'll spend much less time moving yourself which you can use of enjoying all the things Europe has to offer.
Coming from Span you can spend some days in the Languedoc, move on to the Provence, cross the border to Italy, where you can for example spend a few days in agreeable Vincenza, from where you can easily visit Venice as a day trip. Turn north for Austria, which has a lot to offer from culture (Vienna is a showcase!) to mountain walking. And from there you can direct yourself directly to Prague, or go by way of Bavaria, where you have another choice of nice destinations, from big city München to small town Amberg or whatever you want.
And no flying. Trains are the best way for travelling in this part of the world. Planning can easily be done by using www.bahn.de, which has a timetable for the whole of Europe. On short trips reservations are not really necessary.
Dec 11, 2012 10:03 PM
3Did you read the Community Guidelines, FAQs and "Itinerary or budget question - read this first" thread before you posted?
With all due respect, looking at this itinerary I don't think you've done the recommended basic research (look at a map, find out what there's to see and do in each place, how long it takes to travel between them etc) yet. Please do that first. Feel free to post a better itinerary when you've done so and please don't forget to include a few details about why you selected the places on it and what interests you have.
Dec 11, 2012 10:20 PM
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Dec 12, 2012 9:17 PM
8Skip Morroco, 2 days isn't long enough. You will be just ticking it off a list.
Barcelona to Paris to Amsetdam to Berlin to Prague would be the most typical route I would think. Or maybe from Paris head to Switzerland visiting a few places there, going on some hikes. Then Beer on up Munich, before heading to Berlin and finally Prague.
But you do win the award for worst itinerary posted on Thorn Tree.
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