I discovered this site around a week ago and have been going through many posts and have found a lot of useful information.
Anyway i am 23 and from London and I have been thinking of doing a europe trip for quite a while now and im deciding to go for it next year (hopefully may/june time). There are 4 main cities that i would like to visit:
I can only book a maximum of 20 days off work though. Im thinking of spending 2 days in Paris then maybe getting a night train to Berlin and staying there for around 3 days. I will then get a train to Prague and spend maybe 3 days there. Im not sure about getting to Rome though. I would like to travel by train but it is quite a distance. Would it be worth stopping somewhere on the way? will i have enough time? or shall i leave Rome for another time and go somewhere else instead?
Also I will be travelling by myself :-S, If anyone could give me any advice or words of wisdom to do with anything that would be amazing!
That means you have 4 weeks off work? right? (20 work days). That should be sufficient to visit all those 4 cities. The other question is, if you really want to visit that many cities.
If you want to save time travelling, you can take easyjet (not the most ecological) which is, if booked well in advance rather cheap. The other possiblility is, to get interrail pass. Is a bit slower but you can stop anytime during your journey.
I hope this was any help to you
Have you checked out Ryanair at www.Ryanair.com. If you want to go to 4 cities so far apart in 20 days, it's a great option. They offer super cheap flights. It's much cheaper than the train and you cut travelling time by hours.
It may seem too cheap to be true, but they are for real. I have used then many times.
You may also want to consider booking City Passes. Paris has a Museum Pass. It saves a lot of money and time. You can cut lines and can see all sorts of attractions for one cost.
Also, www.hostelworld.com has tours you can book. It might be a good idea to do a city tour when you arrive at each city. That will get you familair with the city and you may get to meet people.
One quick suggestion. Add another day to Paris and knock one off Berlin.
Although ambitious, it's feasible. But don't fly around; take trains instead, and see some of the countryside between your cities. All connections make for interesting journeys, esp. the one between Prague and Rome.
Rome is a wonderful city and once you are there you will want to see and do more, and more, and more. It is not a city to be rushed. I personally think Italy is a country you need to spend some time in rather than sprint through.
You might want to look at the Interail ticket, see what you can afford first, then work out the regions the various tickets cover and consider the cities within those regions. Catching the train to where ever you end up going will give you a chance to see lots of fab country side.