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1. Posted by misswanderlust (Budding Member 5 posts) 48w

Hello!

Planning a trip to Europe with these 4 destinations for 3 weeks. Only planning to visit major cities -

France - Paris, Lyon and/or another city (any suggestions?)
Spain - Barcelona
Italy - Florence, Rome and Milan/Venice
UK - London

Wanted to know your thoughts on the route that I should take (which country to visit first/order of visiting these countries).

Thanks.

2. Posted by Svetilania (First Time Poster 1 posts) 48w

Start with London, then Paris, then Barcelona, and finally travel to Rome and Venice. I can recommend plan your trip with the help of -snip-. There you can find the most interesting places that is advisable to visit in each city.

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3. Posted by oluyen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 47w

Hi,

Let's say from north to south, so
1- UK
2- France
3- Italy
4- Spain

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4. Posted by LifelongVaga (Budding Member 20 posts) 47w

Depends on when you're going. England pretty much rains all the time over the winter. London's a bit better than up north, but not by much. Make sure you bring lots of waterproofs if you're going at this time of year and definitely do England first as you probably won't want to leave nice warm, sunny Spain for wet, cold, miserable London...lols.

My recommendation (if you're going relatively soon/want to drive the most efficient):
1. London (due to weather worse than down south)
2. Paris (loads of things are discounted atm due to the recent attacks)
3. Lyon
4. Venice
5. Florence
6. Rome (can hug the coast all the way to Barcelona)
7. Barcelona

PS: Currently am in France and would definitely recommend Nimes. They have Roman architecture as well and still use the amphitheater for shows today, but it's not as crowded as Rome.

5. Posted by olielo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 47w

If you want to visit France and you going from North to South in your trip, here are few suggestions :
- Lille in the North of France : nice city while you come from UK
- Paris : no need to talk about it I guess :)
- Lyon : well known for being a top place for gastronomy
- Marseille : typical city in the South of France, on the Mediterranean sea
- Bordeaux : on the West end, if you get to Spain

Hope this helps!

6. Posted by LifelongVaga (Budding Member 20 posts) 47w

There's also a free zoo in Lillie that's pretty decent. It has rhinos, zebras, and a red panda. The latter looks a bit broken though, just climbs the same path over and over, but the other animals look pretty happy - not that I know what a happy rhino looks like...lols. The parking is a pain, but there is free parking right outside the zoo. Not entirely sure how to get to it though, but if you cross the bridge to the pay parking lot it's like 2euros/2 hrs or 4 for the day so, it's not really a big deal.

7. Posted by Jackiewil (Budding Member 5 posts) 45w

Quoting misswanderlust

Hello!

Planning a trip to Europe with these 4 destinations for 3 weeks. Only planning to visit major cities -

France - Paris, Lyon and/or another city (any suggestions?)
Spain - Barcelona
Italy - Florence, Rome and Milan/Venice
UK - London

Wanted to know your thoughts on the route that I should take (which country to visit first/order of visiting these countries).

Thanks.

That's a good way to go!
London is the most different of your chosen destinations, darker and colder. Then you go to Paris which is kind of in-between atmosphere wise.
And then you go to the warmer destinations - Italy and then Spain.
Sounds perfect! I'm jealous! :)

8. Posted by misswanderlust (Budding Member 5 posts) 45w

Thank you all for your inputs! :) I am excited to plan this trip and will definitely take note of your suggestions.

9. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 183 posts) 45w

How are you planning on getting around / when are you planning on going? Is there anything in particular you're interested in?

If you're flying, I'd suggest going with the order that makes the most economical sense flight wise with London either first or last as it is outside the Schengen zone and as a non-European you will have to go through a longer customs process, but with trains /busses / cars I would either go north - south or south - north depending on time of year (it can get quite hot in the summer in the south or be quite cool and rainy in London in the winter)

I see that you're from the Philippines so you may want to allow yourself a couple of days to recover from jetlag, in which case 4 places in 3 weeks is actually quite tight, especially if your flight time falls within those three weeks (+3 days of travel lost), and taking into consideration travel time between locations.

If you can give us more information on what you're thinking we may be able to help you plan your trip a bit better. Best of luck in any case.

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