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1. Posted by superwell (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

The wife and I are planning a trip starting July 1st in London for a day then to Brussels, Belgium for 2 days, over to Paris France (2days), Madrid, Spain (2 days), Barcelona, Spain (2days) Nice, France (2 days), then over to Milano, Italy (2days) Bern, Switzerland (2days), Lucern, switzerland (2days) then back to italy (2days) in Venice, 2 days in Florence, 2 days in rome, 2 days in the sorrento area and finally 2 days in siracusa, italy.

If anyone has any suggestions for just about anything, like replacing one stop with another or skipping a spot altogether or even what to see in each spot please post, it's out first euro trip and it will all be new to us.

thanks in advance..

michael

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 10y

Sounds like you will be really rushed if you are only spending two days in those places! Remember to take into account travel time, so in reality you might only be spending a day and a half in your selected cities. You should be able to see the major sites there, but may not not be able to experience these cities fully.

Just as a note: Milan is beautiful, but I don't think it is worth two days. You can see the major things in a day...so making it a day trip wouldn't be a bad idea.

I hope you have fun!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

woah 2 days! lets start by stetchin out those 2 days into atleast 3-4 days per said city/region. Then we will hav to chop off some places since ull be pushing the amount oftime?

How much time are u goin for? i guess i can multiply the places by 2 but im terrible at math. ;)

no really mtlchica is right - TRAVEL! iteats up time and energy. how are u gettin to Belgium? I might suggest Burgge (Belgium) as well - i think its the most beautiful small town in europe/world.

London, Paris, Madrid need atleast 3-4 days - my first time in London lasted 2 weeks!

hope this helps.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Yeah - I have to agree. Two days per place seems awfully rushed. You may well start to feel like all you're doing is travelling, unpacking, packing, and travelling again. I spent 3 days in London, and I barely scratched the surface - and even after 2 weeks in Paris there was still so much left to see.

Why not pick 3 or 4 must sees and enjoy them thoroughly? Europe's not going anywhere - so you can come home and start planning your next trip!

5. Posted by ag815 (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

I'd have to agree with everyone else. If that's all the time you have then you need to cut some of the destinations off and focus more time on fewer cities. I spent two days in Prague the last time I was in europe and it was a waste. I never really saw much about the city and barely relaxed before I had to get on the next train. I'd say a minimum of 3 days per city and the bigger cities like Rome, London, and Paris you'll want to spend closer to a week. I've heard that you have to spend at least an entire day in the Louvre in Paris alone and Paris has a lot more to offer than just the Louvre. I'm going to be spending about 5 days in Paris this May and one of those days is at the Louvre and the other is in Normandy to see the D-Day beaches. I recommend doing multiple trips and spacing things out. Like do London, Paris, and Belgium in this trip. Then do Italy and Switzerland on your next trip. Anyways, best of luck!!
-Aaron

6. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Dear Micheal, it total depends on the what you want to visit in the cities you are visiting. If you want to visit all major museums you will be "museum-tired" after a week/week and a half. Take some days to relax. Barcelona and Nice have excellant beaches. The more you rush the less you will like it.

7. Posted by superwell (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Everyone, thanks so much for your help...guidance and eye opener's!!!

In talking to the wife I think we will do 2 places a week rather then the 2 days in each place that way we can spend 3days easy and the 4th day (day between cities devoted to travel only. That way we spend 3- 3.5 days per city and aren't as rushed and also only spend 1 day a week traveling. Also I am taking away Madrid and Milan, as people mentioned in other posts that Madrid is very hot and there is no water...Milan is very much like toronto...many buildings???? Anyway if there anything huge or very beautiful in these places that I should definately keep them in the agenda then let me know.

8. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

Ur right about Madrid - altho i liked it more than Barcelona - But I think anyone who goes to Spain in the summer is MAD!

I was only in Milan for 3 hours - enroute from Austria - but from what i saw looked nice but I have also never been to the TDOT to compare. Im no expert on Italy tho and im sure other cities are much nicer and worth more time.

u should atleast see the Dumo in Milan.

9. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Make sure to make a reservation to see the last supper if you are in Milan. I tried to see it during the lower tourist season (winter) and I still could not get in without a reservation. You should be able to get the number from any travel book...if you are interested. Good that you decided to cut down on days in each place. As good as it sounds on paper, it is never fun to be running around that much. Otherwise, I think you might want to think about how you are visiting each country. Maybe, London, then Brussels, then Spain, France (both destinations), then Switzerland, and then finally finish in Italy. It is easier than jumping between countries and you will lose less time in transition. Hope you have a great trip...sounds like a very fun itinerary!!

10. Posted by superwell (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Quoting maridod

Make sure to make a reservation to see the last supper if you are in Milan. I tried to see it during the lower tourist season (winter) and I still could not get in without a reservation. You should be able to get the number from any travel book...if you are interested. Good that you decided to cut down on days in each place. As good as it sounds on paper, it is never fun to be running around that much. Otherwise, I think you might want to think about how you are visiting each country. Maybe, London, then Brussels, then Spain, France (both destinations), then Switzerland, and then finally finish in Italy. It is easier than jumping between countries and you will lose less time in transition. Hope you have a great trip...sounds like a very fun itinerary!!

Thanks for the heads up...i ddin't even know there was a last supper in milan..wow!! Nontheless, we have changed it up a bit so that we further don't run around and it will now be:

Fly into paris directly, stay 3 days.
Fly using easyjet to barcelona stay 3 days
Start on the eurorail from barcelona to Nice, and stay 3 days
from Nice to Venice and stay 3 days
Venice to Florence with a day trip to Pisa 3 days in total
Pisa to Rome, 3-4 days
Rome to the amalfi coast, we might take 3-4 days here as there is a few areas, including capri.
Then we are up in the air we might head back to rome and ake the easyjet back to paris and head back to toronto or I might head south in italy from amalfi to siracusa area, which i really want to see but not sure if I have time, as it will be 21-22 days already..either way we will be flying in and out of paris as a return ticket for both of us to paris is cheaper then flying into london, spending a night and then paying for the chunnel over to paris or brussels.

I have taken brussels and switzerland out, mainly because of the running around but I would of liked to see them also..maybe next time...but I am still in the air about brussels or the trip to siracusa, can anyone give me pro's and cons to either place in july?

thanks,

michael