Hello all. My boyfriend and I are headed to Florence at the end of November to run in the Florence Marathon. After that we'd like to do some traveling but we only have 2 weeks.
We really want to go to Amsterdam as well. Any suggestions on the cheapest way to travel? By train? And what about great places to stop along the way? I really would like to go to Munich as well.
Any suggestions would be most helpful! I was thinking the train would be a great way to stop off in little towns and have the most flexibility.
Think twice about travelling to north-west europe in november. The weather is usually really lousy in that time of year; cold, rainy, dark. I'd stick in the mediterranean part if I were you: Spain, Italy, Greece, southern France.
But íf you want to go through with it, trains are regularly connecting Florence and Amsterdam, with changes in Milan and Basel (Switzerland). It's not the cheapest option (that would be flying Ryanair from Pisa to Eindhoven), but by far the most relaxed and environmentally responsible one. Total fare for a return ticket for two would be around EUR 460, without any discounts. Booking are most easily made through a Europe-based travel agency, rather than through one of the carrier railways themselves.
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 21, 2006 1:00 AM by bentivogli ]
I would have to say that Nov is propably a great time to see Florence - I went in May and have never seen so many American tourists outside of America in my life! So Nov will be less crowds and less lines to get into the musuems!
Ide say take the train! Go thru Austria to Germany - a very scenic route - you should stop in Salzburg or Innsbruck on your way to Munich.
I went in February from Munich to Florence (with a stop in Milano). Anyway, Deutsche Bahn had special offers (I only paid 29 EURO from Munich to Milano). Check out for Sparnight!
More good news: there's also a direct night train connection between Munich and Amsterdam! If you book early you can travel for EUR 29 for a reclining seat or EUR 39 for a 'couchette' (SparNight tariffs).
Thank you for all your helpful input! We just booked our plane tickets to Europe today. We are going to get a Eurail pass as we've decided to go to Paris and stop along the way.