Hi there! I and a friend (both in our 20s) are planning to travel through Europe for 3 1/2 weeks - London, France & Italy - in June/July 07. We are planning to train. We're only just beginning to sort out our itinary. Any suggestions to the below? Any places not so worthwhile travelling to? Would it be worth squeezing Amsterdam in perhaps after Paris? P2P passes vs rail-pass?
June 18th – Arrive in London, Heathrow
June 19-20th – sight-seeing London
June 21th – day trip to Bath
June 22-23rd - London
June 24th – depart London to Paris (Eurostar); sight-seeing Paris
June 25-26th – sight-seeing Paris
June 27th – depart Paris to Loire Valley/Tours
June 28th – sight-seeing Tours
June 29th – depart Loire Valley to French Riveria/Nice
June 30th – sight-seeing Nice
July 1st – depart Nice to Milan
July 2nd - depart Milan to Venice
July 3rd – sight-seeing Venice
July 4th – sight-seeing Venice
July 5th – depart Venice to Florence
July 6th - sight-seeing Florence
July 7th – sight-seeing Florence
July 8th – depart Florence to Rome
July 9th – sight-seeing Rome
July 10th – ? day trip to naples
July 11th – sight-seeing Rome – Vatican city
July 12 th – depart Rome back home
Any suggestions/advise/tips on anything/accommodation would be most welcome.
My suggestion would be to take a lot more time in each city, by the looks of it you will be on the train more, than you would be actually in a city, and the time you have in the cities in only enough the scrape the surface.
The London bit is OK, but Paris and Rome need more time. I would consider skipping the French countryside, and get a flight to Venice from Paris. http://revolutionmusic.eu/flightassistent/countries/france/parisall.html
You can have some extra days in Paris and Rome, and maybe add an extra day to visit Siena. For Rome it is good to have at least 4 days (without the daytrips). You can do the trip to Pompeii from Rome if you are interested. And maybe staying 1 night in Sorrento (or somewhere else on the Amalfi coasts, would be a thought).
July 2nd and 3rd is enough time for Venice, you will run out of things to do/places to see on the 4th in Venice. Give that extra day to another location.
You are going to be spending 50% of your trip on the train with a schedule like that, trim down the stops...
THanks for the advise We thought we might take 1 day out from London to give us more time in France/Italy. How about if we skipped tours/loire valley and trained directly from Paris to Nice, spent a few days there and then went on to Milan. Do you think that would still be too rushed? Or would you suggest flying straight from Paris to Italy?
Any suggestions of cheap places (e.g. hotels) to stay in Paris/Rome/Venice/Florence? Have to be safe, clean & comfy but not necessarily too fancy And we'd prefer them close to the sights or at least close to tube/rail station.
For Paris, you could stay in Luxia Hotel (**). they have breakfast and stay in montmatre...It is a cheap hotel