Could you advise on planning an Europe visit during summer from India. I have learnt from the Forum that London is the place to start any Europe trip.
I am thinking of the following itinerary for a month trip with my family.
1. Any suggestions on itinerary. Any place I should add or delete
2. Please suggest budget travel to & between these cities, would it be train, road or air travel. where to get it?
3. Suggestions for budget accomodations.
Thanking you in advance.
That seems like a fairly good list of places you want to see in Europe. I would recommend a few change though. The changes are as follows:
a) Replace 'Geneva' with Interlaken in Switzerland.
b) Replace Vienna with Salzburg (unless you have time to visit both)
c) Replace 'Brussels' with Brugge in Belgium (unless you have time to visit both)
d) Replace Nice with Cannes or Monte Carlo (Monaco)
Now, I will give you a vague idea of how many days each city warrants:
London: 4-5 days
Paris: 3-4 days
Nice (i.e. French Riviera): 3 days
Rome: 3 days
Venice: 2 days (spend a night here)
Florence: 2 - 2.5 days
Prague: 3 days
Munich: 2 days (2.5 if you plan to visit the concentration camp at Dachau)
Vienna: 2 days
Berlin: 2-2.5 days
Amsterdam: 2 days
Brussels: 1-2 days
Vienna : 2 days
Your best option for travel within Europe is by train. Check out this website for train schedules so that you get an idea of how long it takes from one place to another: www.bahn.de. It is a german website but click on the "international guests" section and the website will show up in English. As far as buying Eurail passes, I know for a fact that travel agents in India sell them so that should be not a problem.
As far as budget accomodations go, are you looking only at budget hotels or hostels too? I forgot to mention something earlier. If the distance between two cities that you plan to visit, is short, I would recommend using the "Eurolines" bus instead of using days on your Eurail pass.
Hope this helps.
Thanks a lot, Pranav. Your suggestions were very useful. I will get back to you if I have more queries.
Just have to add that is would be more practical to go from Nice to Milan instead of Nice to Florence just to save on the travelling time. Other than that the itinerary looks amazing.. Have fun.
How many people are you travelling with and will you be travelling with young children? Long train trips might not be the best way to go with restless children running around..
I think the Generator Hostel is great if you want to stay in Berlin. AO hostel on Zoological Garden is also good. I have stayed at both of them and can vouch for their cleanliness and value for money.
I've spent loads of time in Berlin, so am happy to advise you on budget, snack tips, tours and photo opportunities etc.
PM me if you want to know more. I can point you towards loads of good websites, webcams, accommodation sites etc.
Be happy to help!
Ps agree you should ditch Nice for Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo is fab. Go and see the palace, the cathedral and have a walk round the old quarter. You can fill a long day with that beautiful place, and then some.
I think it's hard for others to advise you as everyone has different tastes. -snip-. Have fun no matter what you decide!
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