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Trip - Italy, Germany, France & Spain

Travel Forums Europe Trip - Italy, Germany, France & Spain

1. Posted by jlala (Budding Member, 36 posts) 4 Aug '06 00:21

Hi all,

I am planning my long vacation and I am due to leave from Singapore to Italy, Germany, France & Spain. I basically have about 2 months to cover the 4 countries. Its abt 2 weeks per country.

I have read alot about these countries I am visiting from various threads and I've decided on the following itinerary. I would like some comments

Italy (Total 2 weeks)
Rome - 4 days

  • Colloseum
  • St Peters Basillica
  • Vatican
  • Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish steps
  • Santa Maria Della Concezione
  • piazza navona

Florence - 3 days

  • going to see Pisa along the way
  • read in the forum here that I shd visit Lucca

Cinque Terre - 1/2 days (maybe)
Venice - 3 days

  • St marks square
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Byzantine Basilica

Germany (total 1 week)
Munich - 5 days

  • going to Legoland in Gunbergz

- I have not really decided what I want to see and do in Munich. I have abt a week to spend in Germany.
- Suggestions are welcomed

France (Total 1.5 weeks)
Paris - 2/3 days

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre
  • Champs Elysees

I am heading south from France and was wondering if someone can give me suggestions as where I shd head to next.

Spain
Barcelona - 3 days
Madrid - 3 days
Saville - 3/4 days

Have not made many plans yet. So suggestions are welcomed.

Appreciate everyone's comments and suggestion for my upcoming trip (which is suppose to begin in abt 2 months). I am going to panic soon.

2. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 4 Aug '06 15:25

How are you getting from Italy to Munich? Flying or taking the train? If you take the train, go via Austria and stop in Salzburg for a day. From there make your way to Passau. In Passau you should go to one of the famous organ concerts and take a three-river-cruise: Ilz, Inn and Danube join their waters here. In Passau you can stay in the Youth Hostel "Veste Oberhaus", which is an old castle on top of a steep hill converted into a nice modern hostel.

See: www.passau.de

For Munich, see the excellent Tourism section of the official town website: www.muenchen.de

If you intend to take the train from Munich to Paris too, you could do another stop in the Western part of Germany. Strasbourg on the French side of the French-German border, Baden-Baden, Neustadt/Weinstrasse, Stuttgart, Aachen or Cologne offer themself, as all of them are stops along routes the train takes. I can highly recommend Cologne, as it is very different from Munich. Aachen has a lot of history if you are interested in the German kings and empereors. But let me know what you think of this idea, maybe I can come up with something more.

3. Posted by lperzs (Budding Member, 7 posts) 7 Aug '06 01:47

In Spain I'll take two days in Seville (3 at most if you want long walks) and distribute the rest between Madrid and Barcelona. In Madrid, depending on how much you like art, it can takes you easily more than one day visiting El Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. Other interesting places are Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Barrio de las Letras, Puerta del Sol, Catedral de la Almudena, Los Jerónimos, San Francisco el Grande,... you should take a good guide as it all depends on what you want to see. I'll visit Aranjuez, El Escorial or La Granja, but are about 45 minutes far from the city. A good place to look for information is www.descubremadrid.com

4. Posted by lugosi (Budding Member, 28 posts) 7 Aug '06 03:37

The Cinque Terre National Park is a place not to be missed! Spending two weeks in cities is very very exhausting, so I do recommend you to stay in Cinque Terre for at least two or three days and get a good rest. :)
Your plans for Rome, Florence and Venice sound good. However, there is not much to see in Venice, so 3 days might be too long a time to spend there. Rather spend that one day in Florence, exploring Galleria degli Uffizi!
Or alternatively, go to Rimini before going to Venice, and have a good time on the beach.

Hope you will enjoy your stay in Italy! :)

5. Posted by chimomu (Budding Member, 8 posts) 8 Aug '06 02:18

Hello jlala!

It seems a very interesting trip arround Europe.

I think that you could spend 1 or 2 days in Valencia zone and leave the other 2 days for Sevilla because there are many places to visit in there.

In Valencia city, you can visit:
antique center of the city withh "Serrano and Quart towers" and "La Virgen square" with its cathedral with "Miguelete tower". If you like the art, you have the "IVAM museum" that is one of the best museums in Spain in modern art and if you like the architecture:
!!essential you must go to "CAC"(City of Arts and Science)!! in the new part of the city with its magnifique and modern buildings and museums: "Oceanographic", "Science museum prince Felipe", "Hemispheric" cinema, "Arts Palace".. you will like very much, it´s the best of Valencia.

If you like beaches: you can go to Cullera, Gandía or maybe a bit further more, visit the marvellous beaches and towns of CostaBlanca: Denia, Javea, Calpe, Altea and Benidorm...

There are many places too but it would be very difficult to visit all of them.

With those above you will have a good idea of Valencia land; maybe, if you can spend more time you can go through the interior of CostaBlanca to visit pintoresque small white twons up in the mountains like Guadalest, Bocairente, Polop, Alcalali...

I leave you a very useful url when you can see what I am talking:
http://www.comunitatvalenciana.com

I hope you have a good travel and visit some of the places I advice you.;)

6. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member, 203 posts) 8 Aug '06 07:24

valencia is a beautiful city, although the coast (benidorm and so on ) doesn't have so much appeal (in my opinion), because is full of skyscrapers.
Close to sevilla don't miss the amazing city of granada, and the ancient cathedral of cordoba.

7. Posted by jlala (Budding Member, 36 posts) 9 Aug '06 20:54

thanks for the many inputs. I am trying to revise my plan accordingly.

Do you all think I shd buy a consecutive eurail pass or a 10 day flexi eurail pass for my trip?