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1. Posted by skaro (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Hi!!!

Firstly let me say I have only just stumbled across this site and it is great!

Me and my girlfriend are heading out to Europe for three weeks in September/October of this year. Our current plan is to buy an all zones InterRail pass and the idea is to do the following route:-

[*]Switzerland

[*]Austria

[*]Slovakia

[*]Hungary

[*]Croatia

[*]Slovenia

[*]Italy

I am just after some advice - is this too much to do in three weeks? We are intending to spend most of the time in Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Secondly, am I right in assuming we will need an all-zone inter rail pass? From what I can see we are only using three zones, but a three zone pass does not exist.

Finally, any advice/places to visit/things we should know would be gratefully received!

Many thanks in advance!! :)

2. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hi, this is quite a lot to fit in 3 weeks, but it does depend on what cities you want to go to within these countries. I would recommend Budapest in Hungary, Bratislava is the only place i have been to in Slovakia, so cant really comment on anywhere else, Ljubjlana in Slovenia is really nice and def worth a visit. I have been to Pula, Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia. Zagreb was a bit of a let down really, i didnt think that it lived up to its repuation. Pula was really nice, lots of things to see, some nice beaches and plenty of boat excursions to be taken. Did have some problems leaving the place which was why i ended up at Rijeka - not the kind of place you would really go as part of a back packing tour in my opinion.

There is loads to see in Italy, i really enjoyed Venice, and am looking forward to doing Rome and Naples plus a few others this year.

Anway, once u have decided which cities you want to go to feel free to drop me a line and i can tell u if ivce been there and info about hsotels and rail travel and the like.

Nicola

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

skip at least 3 countries otherwise you will be exhausted when coming home and you a haven't seen anything

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Three weeks isn't even enough for one country . I'd suggest picking one or two countries you really like (and make sure they're close to each other), so that you can really get the feel of the country you're visiting. I'm planning a three-week trip to Italy later this year and I still feel it's too short!

5. Posted by skaro (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Thanks for the tips/info so far...just out of interest Wouterrr...which 3 would you drop?

Cheers

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Skaro, my traveladvice

I would skip Austria because you are willing to visit Switserland (its all mountains). Then I would visit northern Italy (Milano, Florence and Venice). After Italy I'd straight to Croatia where you only travel through Slovenia (without visiting). I think you can compare Croatia to Slovenia but I think Croatia is the best option of the two. And then finally to Hungary (Budapest).

So I would skip:
Austria
Southern Italy
Slovenia
Slovakia

You have 4 countries to visit. I would stay 5 days in Switserland, 7 days in Italy, 5 days in Croatia and the last few days I would spent in the cheaper capital of Hungary.....

7. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

I would have to disagree and say that the Slovenian capital is well worth a visit. In my opinion is much nicer than Zagreb. I would also leave out Milan. Is very nice if u have lots of money to spend on shopping and the like, but i found it a bit wanting for the budget traveller. Budapest is really nice and there is loads to do and you could quite easily spend 3 days there and fill them all. I would agree about skipping Austria, is very similar to Switzerland if there isnt anything in particular u want to see then it would be easy to miss.

Nicola

8. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Having travelled a bit of Europe I think this is far too much to see in 3 weeks. I agree with the other replies - you will be exhausted if you try to fit all of that in.
I just spent two weeks in Italy and feel like I only scratched the surface!
I would chose 2/3 places maximum.
I would go to Croatia, Austria and Italy

9. Posted by Cale Cross (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

Were you intending to take the train from the UK or fly in to your destination? I would definately recommend flying into one destination and out of another by low cost airlines. You will save money and not have to doubleback on yourself.

10. Posted by skaro (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Quoting Cale Cross

Were you intending to take the train from the UK or fly in to your destination? I would definately recommend flying into one destination and out of another by low cost airlines. You will save money and not have to doubleback on yourself.

Hi, this is exactly our plan - fly to Geneva (maybe) and fly back out of Rome.

Cheers!