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1. Posted by Ricoh (Budding Member 6 posts) 18w

Hi guys,

I'm planning a short Euro trip (3 countries in 10 days) and I could use your help and expertise on these countries. I'm flying from Los Angeles to Paris (1st stop) and arriving on the 4th of September. Here is my plan below:

3 nights in Paris
3 nights in Interlaken
2 nights in Venice
2 nights in Rome

I'm more concern about transportation from one city to another. Hotels and flights, i can manage, but could use some help/advice too. Thanks.

Btw, I'm glad I found this site.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 426 posts) 18w

Are you sure you want to do this? Four cities in ten days, especially including Paris and Rome, is very rushed. There's enough to keep the most restless of travelers busy in Paris for at least five days. Personally, I'd cut Interlaken for another time and just do Paris and Italy - even then it's tight. Or just Italy and then possibly include Florence too. Is your flight home from Paris at the moment?

3. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 497 posts) 18w

Borisborough makes an excellent point that your itinerary is too rushed. But if you're determined, your best bet would be to use trains between the places you want to visit. Interlaken does not have an airport. The closest one is Zurich. You then have to travel by road or by rail, taking 2 - 2.5 hours. For information on rail schedules, check this Web site: https://www.bahn.com/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml

Flying between cities is an option. But getting to/from airport to the central city, plus time to check in and to go through security, etc., will consume any potential time savings you might have. So rail is better. You'll also see more.

If I were in your shoes, I'd skip Interlaken. It's a shame to go there and not do some hiking. Suggest four days in Paris, two days in Venice and four days in Rome. Because of your compressed time schedule, you should consider purchasing day tours in the cities you're visiting. Then go back on your own to the sites you're interested in.

I suspect you'll need an extra day in Paris to adjust to the time change and to take it easy after a nearly 11-hour flight. Paris is nine hours ahead of the time in Los Angeles.

I'm an American; and I have many friends who only have 10 days to two weeks to travel. Europe is a favorite destination. So some opt for package tours, such as a cruise on the Danube. Others who want to do it on their own usually confine their trip to a region, visiting one, two or three cities. Friends of mine recently spent four days in Prague, four days in Budapest and four days in Vienna, traveling by train between the cities. They flew into Prague and flew out of Vienna.

4. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 212 posts) 18w

As a list ticking trip you can then go home and casually drop into conversation from time to time, 'oh yes, I've spent some time there', it sounds fine.

As an actual worthwhile doing idea it sucks. What you have planned is a trip that will not allow you to have anywhere near enough time to see and do anything in any of the locations you list. You have enough time to visit any ONE of them and expect to do some justice to the one you visit but no where near enough time for all of them. I certainly would not attempt to visit more than 2 of them.

Of course if all you want is to tick them off a list for bragging rights, then fine, go ahead.

5. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 639 posts) 18w

I see both sides to this, and the other side needs stating.

We all enjoy different paces of travel, and that's fine as long as you know what you're getting into. Yes it's a quick schedule, but you can certainly do a few places in that time to see the main sights.

It may be that you fall in love with somewhere you pass through, and want to go back for a proper look. But you'll never know this beforehand, so to me it's worth skipping through fairly quickly for an initial look at a number of places. And to me, limiting your trip to just one of these places is overkill.

6. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 497 posts) 18w

Ricoh, my Miami friends, who travel to Europe on 10-14-day trips because of time constraints, recommend that you scrap Interlaken. They suggest spending three nights in Paris, two nights in Venice, two nights in Florence and three nights in Rome.

You could fly from Paris to Venice. Or, alternatively, take the night train from Paris, arriving in Venice the next morning. Florence is two hours by train from Venice; Rome is 90 minutes by train from Florence.

My Miami friends don't have much time to travel, so they take short trips when they can.

As a retiree, I have the luxury of spending more time on the road. But I also have responsibilities that I can't ignore, so I'm home during certain times of the year. Most people have time constraints; and we travel when we can. But with your tight schedule, you have to decide what you priorities are. I agree with my Miami friends that you can get a "flavor" of Venice with a couple of nights there. But you'd short change yourself with only two nights in Rome. In fact, I think it would be a darn shame!

But if Interlaken is important to you, by all means travel there. It's your choice, after all.

7. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 18w

Quoting Ricoh

Hi guys,

I'm planning a short Euro trip (3 countries in 10 days) and I could use your help and expertise on these countries. I'm flying from Los Angeles to Paris (1st stop) and arriving on the 4th of September. Here is my plan below:

3 nights in Paris
3 nights in Interlaken
2 nights in Venice
2 nights in Rome

I'm more concern about transportation from one city to another. Hotels and flights, i can manage, but could use some help/advice too. Thanks.

Btw, I'm glad I found this site.

Trains are a good enough way to transit you itinerary. The man in seat 61 is good for all things train,

I did a train trip, criss-crossing Switzerland using a Swiss pass & had an excellent time - super efficient & the pass is good for trains, lake ferries, busses & discounts on cable cars. I found Interlaken to be a great base & should have spent more time there.

My TP blogo has a lot of good things to day about it.

Whatever you do, do whatever YOU want to do/

Happy travels.

Steve

8. Posted by Ricoh (Budding Member 6 posts) 18w

Quoting Borisborough

Are you sure you want to do this? Four cities in ten days, especially including Paris and Rome, is very rushed. There's enough to keep the most restless of travelers busy in Paris for at least five days. Personally, I'd cut Interlaken for another time and just do Paris and Italy - even then it's tight. Or just Italy and then possibly include Florence too. Is your flight home from Paris at the moment?

Hi, I think it's doable. A co-worker of mine went to London, Paris and Venice in 9 nights. I can add 1 more night in Paris and Interlaken so that makes it 12 nights total. Like I was saying, I would only visit the major attractions in each of the cities.

So in Paris, it'll be the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre,Centre Pompidou,Notre Dame Cathedral and The Palace of Versailles. So 4 nights is still not enough?

In Interlaken, It'll be day trips to Lauterbrunnen, Lucerne and Bern. No hiking here. We just wanted to take lots of pictures. If time permits, maybe a trip up to one of the alps like Jungfraujoch, Mount Pilatus and or Mount Titlis.

In Venice, well just Venice. According to my co-worker, 2 nights is plenty to see most of the attractions.

In Rome, like Paris, just the major landmarks around the city itself. I'm not planning to go out of Rome.

Btw, I'm flying home from Rome,Italy.

Thanks again.

9. Posted by Ricoh (Budding Member 6 posts) 18w

Quoting berner256

Borisborough makes an excellent point that your itinerary is too rushed. But if you're determined, your best bet would be to use trains between the places you want to visit. Interlaken does not have an airport. The closest one is Zurich. You then have to travel by road or by rail, taking 2 - 2.5 hours. For information on rail schedules, check this Web site: https://www.bahn.com/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml

What about Bern? Isn't Bern closer to Interlaken? Is it possible to fly from Paris to Bern then just take the train to Interlaken?

Flying between cities is an option. But getting to/from airport to the central city, plus time to check in and to go through security, etc., will consume any potential time savings you might have. So rail is better. You'll also see more.

I thought about that, but would taking the train be 4x longer? My plan is to take the plane from Paris to Bern, Bern to Venice, then train from Venice to Rome. How's that?

If I were in your shoes, I'd skip Interlaken. It's a shame to go there and not do some hiking. Suggest four days in Paris, two days in Venice and four days in Rome. Because of your compressed time schedule, you should consider purchasing day tours in the cities you're visiting. Then go back on your own to the sites you're interested in.

Not planning any hiking. I just wanted to see the beautiful landscapes and towns. I do plan to purchase some day tours and that would be on my next post.

I suspect you'll need an extra day in Paris to adjust to the time change and to take it easy after a nearly 11-hour flight. Paris is nine hours ahead of the time in Los Angeles.

I plan to extend to 4 nights in Paris and in Interlaken.

I'm an American; and I have many friends who only have 10 days to two weeks to travel. Europe is a favorite destination. So some opt for package tours, such as a cruise on the Danube. Others who want to do it on their own usually confine their trip to a region, visiting one, two or three cities. Friends of mine recently spent four days in Prague, four days in Budapest and four days in Vienna, traveling by train between the cities. They flew into Prague and flew out of Vienna.

10. Posted by Ricoh (Budding Member 6 posts) 18w

Quoting hasbeen

Quoting Ricoh

Hi guys,

I'm planning a short Euro trip (3 countries in 10 days) and I could use your help and expertise on these countries. I'm flying from Los Angeles to Paris (1st stop) and arriving on the 4th of September. Here is my plan below:

3 nights in Paris
3 nights in Interlaken
2 nights in Venice
2 nights in Rome

I'm more concern about transportation from one city to another. Hotels and flights, i can manage, but could use some help/advice too. Thanks.

Btw, I'm glad I found this site.

Trains are a good enough way to transit you itinerary. The man in seat 61 is good for all things train,

I did a train trip, criss-crossing Switzerland using a Swiss pass & had an excellent time - super efficient & the pass is good for trains, lake ferries, busses & discounts on cable cars. I found Interlaken to be a great base & should have spent more time there.

Thanks, I'm planning to purchase that Swiss Pass, but wasn't sure which one or which website cause there's different kinds. By the way, does the Swiss Pass covers the Golden Express?

My TP blogo has a lot of good things to day about it.

Whatever you do, do whatever YOU want to do/

Happy travels.

Steve