Hi All - Three of us will be backpacking Europe this July. We've all been to Europe before, but never done the backpacking thing. Can you check out my itenerary and let me know what you think?
1. Barcelona 7/4 - 7/10 (6 nights) - Pamplona one night
2. Paris 7/10 - 7/13 (3 nights)
3. Amsterdam 7/13 - 7/17 (4 nights)
4. Prague 7/17 - 7/20 (3 nights)
5. Krakow 7/20 - 7/22 (2 nights)
6. Innsbruck 7/22 - 7/25 (3 nights)
7. Florence 7/25 - 7/28 (3 nights)
8. Rome 7/28 - 8/2 (5 nights)
Yea..it's pretty tight, but it has to be. We only have a month, and have to accomdate 3 different tastes.
is this the route u r taking? You should be a bit more flexible
and one thing you your missing is travel time?
for exampe - Krakow to Innsbruck! is a hella long train ride!
Youre spending alot of ur time on trains - unless you fly. I think Skyeurope.com may have flights from Poland to Austria or France...etc
And honestly - Barcelona is way to hot in July. I hated it there. But to each there own
You will have difficulty with this. Be flexible - and be prepared for "disagreements" on where to go and how long to spend. Traveling with 3 on a tight schedule can be dangerous for ur friendship!
Personally I think Florence only needs a day really. Also - your gonna want to fly from Barcelona to Paris - easyjet do it dead cheap and direct.
Thanks for the help! I was afraid that things were a little too tight. Not too worried about the heat in July...I'm from L.A., but I am worried about the train travel and the stress on my friends...one in particular who freaks out about everything.
We'll redo the itin with your suggestions. Thanks!!
Also...it's a tad hard for us to be fliexible, as we're not stying in hostels. We're staying in hotels...so it will be hard to just roll into a town and find a decent hotel in our price range, which I assume is what happens when you stay at a hostel? In anycase...that adds to the tightnest of the schedule.
I suppose the only way to make this work is to take out some cities? What do you suggest we cut out or shorten?
for one month, you should just stick with a region. Like Western Europe perhaps.
Barcelona to Paris is a flight definetly...its way too far.
But you could do Barcelona to Paris via the south of France - Nice, Toulouse, etc...and then head up to Paris. Really get to see France.
Then fly Skyeurope - Paris to Innsbruck (40 euro average flight) - train to Florence and Rome. That would probably cover a month right there.
Krakow and Prague are too far away. better another time.
Hotels - yeah u need to book way ahead of time for this time of year.
You can check hostelworld.com for budget hotel reservations. If theres three of you, a good number of cheap hotels will have three bed rooms for decent rates, but I'd book them pretty soon for that time of year.
Also, personally, I don't think Amsterdam warrants 4 nights. Unless you're planning to be in a drug-induced coma for a good while, the sightseeing will take up 3 days max. My two cents.
You can always go to Rotterdamn for a day (amsterdam is better though)
And bars in Paris are expensive!
cheers and good luck
You could try the accommodations link at the top of this page...the tools and links are very helpful too. Good luck and ENJOY!
Personally, I'd stay less time in Amsterdam. I was there for 3 nights and was more than ready to leave by then. Once you've sampled the coffee shops, has a wander round the red light districe, seen the anne frank house and toured the Heinekan factory, you've pretty much done it all. And thats possible in just one day if you want to save time..