Hi Please help!
i am currently planning a trip around Europe next summer with my boyfriend. we will be leaving july 21nd and returning 14th/15th august so around 24/25 days. I have come up with a route which combines both of our preferred destinations. This is our first time travelling so i would like some opinions as i am unsure about whether there is enough time to see everything etc. any help would be great thanks!
we are planning on buying the inter rail global pass for 22 days continuous.
day 1 Newcastle (England) -Amsterdam (ferry)
3 Amsterdam - Cologne
6 Cologne - Munich
8 Munich, Munich - Venice overnight train
11 Venice- Florence
14 Florence - Monterosso
17 monterosso - Civitavecchia , Civitavecchia - Barcelona (ferry)
18 (Ferry) arrive Barcelona
21 Barcelona, night train to paris
24 Paris (fly to newcastle)
please could you give me some idea on how doable this schedule is, we will be sightseeing museums/ galleries/ shops etc but we aren't looking to do every sight in each place
Your schedule is doable, although I'd shorten the time in Cologne and lengthen it in Amsterdam, personally. What are your plans for Monterosso? Is there a reason you're skipping Rome? It might make more sense to do Rome and go north and skip Barcelona (leave it for a different trip) to save on travel time. So, Venice to Rome, through Florence to Monterosso and up. If memory serves there are overnight options to Paris from northern Italy as well.
The interrail pass can be good if you're under 26. Keep in mind that I'm not sure if you can use it on the ferry out of England and the UK operates under different rules (britrail pass). You may also want to consider bus/train combinations, as well. The x number of days in a period passes may also be better given your itinerary & timeline. Ecolines, eurolines, and bus about all have passes and there are individual bus companies in most countries as well.
If you do take the pass, unless something's changed there's a lovely boat ride available down the Rhone river you could take on your way through Germany. It's a nice way to mix up the travel and a lot of castles en route towering above you.
Hope that helps.
I like it, except my preference would be to allow for a day of travel & then two full days in each place. Giving a little bit more of a relaxing pace.
There are several Monterossa's in Italy. I assumed the one near Las Spezia ( for Cinqe Terra, which is very nice ) & so I put it between Venice & Florence.
Skip Barcelona & an extra 2 days in Paris
So it might look a bit more like this.
1 newcastle amsterdam
4 amserdam cologne
7 cologne munich
10 munich venice
13 venice monterosso
16 monterosso florence
19 florence paris
24 Paris Newcastle
or less days on Paris & an extra day elsewhere instead.
In Amsterdam check out the Regional as well as the City bus pass. And the Amsterdam card for Museums + transport. The regional gets you out to Edam & far outside Amsterdam.
In Munich, check out getting to Neuschwanstein Castle - Magical.
Look at the man in seat 61 for all things train.
Happy travels .
I also assumed the one near the cinque terre - it's beautiful there!
If you cut out Barcelona you could also add extra days elsewhere - day trip out to Dachau in Munich, or just spend more time in a city or two as Steve's suggesting. Assume the travel days are almost a wash. Even if you're not going far, packing up, checking out, getting to the station, etc and the opposite on the other end will kill a large part of your day.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Nov-2014, at 15:12 by mapsandmoxie ]