After taking everyone's advice we redid the itinerary. We took off Portugal and The Azores and are planning a 2 week trip dedicated solely to those places next year.
Here is our new Itinerary:
May 17th - Leave DC
May 18th - 13 hour layover in Dublin (we want the long layover so that we can see Dublin)
May 18th (late at night) to May 20th - Barcelona (This will give us 1 entire day in Barcelona)
---Leave Barcelona early May 20th and arrive in Ibiza by 8am
May 20th to May 23rd - Ibiza
---Leave Ibiza at 10pm on May 23rd & arrive in Venice at 830am on May 24th
May 24th to May 30th - Venice and Dolomites (We plan to rent a car and spend 2-3 days of this time in Dolomites)
---Leave Venice early and arrive in Florence around 730am
May 30th to June 3rd - Tuscany and Cinque Terre
---Leave Florence early June 3rd and arrive in Rome around 9am
June 3rd to June 6th - Rome
---Leave Rome early and arrive in Naples by 9am
June 6th to June 10th - Naples and Capri
June 10th - Leave Naples to fly back to DC (This includes a 21 hour layover in Dublin from 3pm on the 10th to 1pm on the 11th. We plan to get a hostel overnight.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated! This has been so helpful to us!
It's your time and your dime. I did not see your earlier plan but I have to say this one is trying to cover far too much in too little time for me.
The two commonest mistakes people make are packing too much and trying to cover too much in too little time. How's your packing list?
We live in a 'fast food' society where we do everything in a rush and think that is the way things are supposed to be. Contrast your daily life to someone in a Mediterranean country where they take a siesta every day during the lunch 'hour' (who decided it was an hour by the way) which lasts from 12 till 3pm. When is the last time you took a 3 hour lunch hour?
That rush translates into everything we do including travel. A lot of people seem to think that quantity is what matters rather than quality. They talk about 'seeing as much as possible' but in fact mean seeing as MANY as possible. The words 'much' and 'many' are not synonymous. The way to see as 'much' as possible is to spend time IN places, not in BETWEEN places.
I am a proponent of 'Slow Travel'. In Slow Travel, you try not to visit anywhere for less than a week and attempt to as much as possible 'live' in the places you visit, as much like a local as you can.
In 3 weeks I would visit no more than 3 places and quite possible as few as ONE. Quantity or quality?
This will be backpacking trip so that is all we will pack. We are doing it for the adventure and I am a photographer looking to build my portfolio. We did Santorni, Mykonos, Naxos, and Athens in 12 days last time and that was plenty for us. I understand we are covering more distance here. We appreciate the advice and know that we will be moving all the time (we like that). We plan on doing this to get an idea of places we love and come back at later dates to see more of those places.
I guess you could look at it either way. If you were never able to travel again you could look back and say I wish I spent 2 more days in Venice or you could say I wish I went to see the Dolomites while I was so close. I would rather see something for a day than to never see it at all. If that makes sense. We are open to changing the plans or adding some times as long as dates and flights work out. That is why we are looking for advice. Thank you!
We are now looking to do this....
3 days Barcelona
2 days in Ibiza or Corsica
5 Days in Venice with 2 of them at Dolomites (weather permitting)
4 days in Florence/Tuscany
4 days in Rome
4 days Almafi Coast
using all late or early transports. We will be traveling with just our backpacks so that will make things easies.
Does anyone have any experience with getting from Corsica to Venice?