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Help with Western Europe Itinerary

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1. Posted by velvet und (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

So im leaving for Europe Aug 1st and this is my itinerary.

1-2 Ireland
3-8 England
9-15 France
16 Belgium
17-23 Netherlands
24-28 Germany

Im kinda nervous because this is my first trip alone overseas and was wondering if you guys/gals could help me. I was planning to buy a Eurail Select Pass for 3 countries (france, benelux, germany) but would it be cheaper to buy point to point tickets? Any tips on must-see things in these countries? Any good hostel recommendations? Is this too much traveling in too little time? Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Yes, this is too much in too little time. You will spend all your time travelling and looking for hostels/hotels if you do this itinerary. Chop out a couple of countries at least - I would say no less than a week in each country.

It is probably cheaper to buy budget airline tickets internationally between the countries you've listed than it is to fly. But travelling by train is nice and environmentally friendly. It might be cheaper to get point-to-point tickets if you can book the cheapest super-advance tickets - check out the search on the Rail Europe UK website to compare.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Velvet:)

I think, if u want to go to that many contries, and for such a short time in each, then u should choose 1 city in each to visit and no more.
I would knock a couple of days off the Netherlands and England, and add them to Ireland and Belgium.
If u want to buy cheap plane and train tickets, buy them a few months i advance, if u can, on the interent. Although, if u are resident outside Europe, u may not be able to buy the train tickets in advance.
If u get Eurorail, u would still have to pay for a portion of the boat tickets, is that correct? I think if u can get flights at the right price, then it may be cheaper to fly point to point.
U can check the flight prices, on the internet and then consider if it would be cheaper to fly, than to use the Eurail.
For Dublin to London, check the Ryanair website, for flights.
www.ryanair.com.
For England to France, u could probably use Ryan air too.
France to Belgium, u could check if any of the following budget airlines fly that route. Ryanair or www.easyjet.com
Same to the Netherlands from Belgium.
For flights from Netherlands to Germany, try www.germanwings.com or www.condor.com
Dont forget to add on the taxes, when u are checking the flight prices, on the websites.

Mel