My friend and I are leaving for Europe on the 12th of this month. We fly in and out of London and basically have a month to do our thing. Our plan as of now is to go
whew... anyways the travel from venice onwards we have all figured out already my question for those experienced travelers out there is what do you suggest about getting between the other cities? From what i have seen searching on the internet the train tickets can be quite expensive. Do you suggest a railpass? if so which one? or what about getting tickets individually, if so should we do this in the states ahead of time or get them in each city the day before or the day of our departure? what about airline tickets, would those be better alternatives on the longer trips (amsterdam to prague, prague to barcelona)? sorry for all the questions but we are both new to this so all the help you could give is appreciated. thanks!
OH MY GOD! All this in one month! Are you crazy? You are trying to cover an area one third the size of the USA!
I spent a whole month covering the UK and Ireland after graduation and I still haven't seen some of the major sights. Time I spent in London comes to around 4 weeks if I count everything together, yet I plan on going back to see some sights I missed the first 5 times around.
Your trip is certainly doable, but only if you spent the whole month on the train! You'll need at least 5 days for London, 3 days for Amsterdam, Barcelona and Prague. Don't know about Athens, but I wouldn't try to do tackle a city with such long history under 3 days either.
Not to mention that such a trip should be carefully planned well in advance. You are leaving in less than 10 days. All the cheap flights you are going to need will be booked by now. Have you booked anything yet? Or is too late for us to safe this thing?
Search around a bit on this forum, you'll find advice on travel to Italy pretty easy.
You really need to concentrate on one or two countries, if you want to get something out of this trip.
Wow thats way too much for a month. We spent a week each in Barcelona and Berlin alone. I would suggest getting a one month unlimited rail pass if you want to cover a lot of distance. Just be aware though that if you catch any fast trains or trains that require a reservation that you have to pay an extra fee when you book the ticket. I would suggest consolidating your trip and just choosing a few places that you REALLY want to see. That way you would get more out of it and have a real feel of the cities you visit. You will be so stressed out if you try and see that much that you wont really enjoy the time. Chill.
yeah what the others said, alot for a month. Try just one part of Europe. I found 1 week in London wasnt even enough on my first trip outta the US. Prague is best for a week as well. Wonderful city. Maybe just stick to Northern Europe. Prague to Barcelona is not a easy connection either! long train ride.
i feel i should elaborte a little bit more on the purpose of the trip. my friend and i just graduated from college and are using this trip as pretty much just a last-hurrah month-long party before we hit the real world (banking/med school). so we've accepted the fact that we wont really get the full spectrum of each city. our goal for the first half of the trip is to get to a handful of lively cities, party in each for about 3 nights and move on to the next. The second half (milan onwards) we are going to all those places (train from milan to venice, ferry to corfu, bus to athens, ferry to ios) because our goal is to get a to get to a friend who lives in ios every summer and he recommended that route. of course we want to be able to see the sites during the day but we know with this jumping around we wont get a full idea of the place. in that respect, what if we just did london, amsterdam, prague, barcelona and then milan. would this be a better idea to have the kind of trip we are looking to have? if so would cheap flights that we book now be the best way to get between the cities? again, any advice you guys have is appreciated, thanks for helpin out.
yeah better idea - just do Western Europe then, Leave Greece for another time. You can always come back. If you are goin to use Ryanair or Easyjet you should book now as prices go up so fast! keep in mind to - I dont know if any budget airlines go from Prague to Barclena. Berlin to Barcelona is an option on Easyjet.
jeff, they are leaving in less than 10 days. They aren't going to get the necassary flights for Barcelona and Prague.
I think that you should just do London and Amsterdam. From Amsterdam you could try to catch a flight south. This way you could include Greece if you can get a decent flight from Greece to London in time.
If you cannot get any flights, consider going to Paris, Brussels or Dublin apart from London and Amsterdam. Getting there by train is easy, you don't need any pre-booked flights. Grab a Eurail Selectpass or compare the ticket prices here:
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If you must go to Prague, this is doable by train too, but it will involve going through World Cup ridden Germany. Seeing Berlin like it is right now will be quite a shock if you haven't got the slightest interest in football (=soccer in USA)!
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 4, 2006 1:32 PM by t_maia ]
ok, ive done a lot of research and heres an idea for an itinerary/travel between but i still need some help from you guys (all prices are in dollars and after all taxes).
-Arrive in London early morning June 13th
-Stay till 17th then fly to Amsterdam on easyjet for $67
-Stay till 20th then fly to Prague on Sky Europe for $53
-Stay till 24th then the cheapest flight to Barcelona I could find was $180 (first place i need some help)
-Stay in Barca till the 28th then go to Milan (flight on Veuling for $44)
-Take train to Venice on July 2nd
-Leave Venice on July 3rd for Corfu on Ferry (Minoan Lines for $70)
-Arrive in Corfu on the 4th
-Stay until night of the 7th then take overnight bus to Athens ($63)
-Stay in Athens one night then take ferry to Ios on the 9th
-Return to Athens by ferry on the 13th, fly out of Athens the night of the 13th to London
-Fly from London back home on the 14th
As you can see, we arent gonna be anywhere for that long, but thats how we want this trip to be, real fast-passed, party hopping, trying to get the last of it out of our systems before we get real-world responsiblities. So my questions for you guys out there, what do you think of the flights that I found already? Go ahead and book them now? The biggest thing up in the air now is transportation between prague and barcelona, the flight is pretty expensive. How expensive/long would a train between the two cities be? Should we book it now or wait till we're there? Should we get that flight to Milan or would it be cheaper/more interesting to take the train? How much can I expect to pay for each individual train trip? Again, thanks a ton for all your help.
Just something I thought I would add. You must remember that you will be travelling in Europe in summer so there will be ridiculous amounts of tourists all over. Trains could quite easily be overbooked and the ferries to the Greek Islands are notoriously unreliable and usually quite crowded. I have had pretty good experiences with most budget airlines though.
Just something you might want to consider as if something goes wrong with connections, this can affect all the flights you have booked and end up costing you a fair bit.
In any event, I hope you have a great time.
Good luck with it all!
What about flying on the 25th, 26th or 29th from Prague to Venice with smartwings? Prague-Barcelona-Italy doesn't make much sense geographically and you already encoutered the problem of getting cheap flights.
Also keep in mind that to know the real prices for the tickets you have to simulate buying them. Often the prices quoted at websites go up because surcharges and fees are added. Not to mention that the airports the budget airlines use are often a long way outside the city and it will cost you time and money getting there. The less you fly around, the more time you have to party.
A good deal I found on skyscanner: Fly from Bratislava to Milan for about 25 USD at the end of June with ryanair. You could go by train from Prague to Bratislava and see some more of the Czech Republic than Prague.
BTW, London - Amsterdam can be done with Eurolines for 44 EUR city centre to city centre if you book through eurolines.nl. National Express (UK member of Eurolines) has funfares for 10 pounds on the 17th for the same distance. No need to get to London Stansted for 20 pounds for that ryanair flight! See www.eurolines.com
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 4, 2006 7:26 PM by t_maia ]