We've revised our itinerary taking into account some of the feedback we got on here a few weeks ago. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind reviewing it again and giving some input!
Aug 4 - Fly from Amsterdam to Madrid, arrive @ 13:50 and explore the city
Aug 5-7th - Explore Madrid. Take night train to Barcelona.
Aug 8-11 - Explore Barcelona
Aug 12 - Fly to Rome, arrive @10:20
Aug 12-16 - Explore Rome
Aug 17 - Train to Pisa. Explore Pisa a few hours. Train or bus to Cinque de Terre
Aug 18 - Explore Cinque de Terre
Aug 19 - Florence
Aug 20-21 - Venice. Night train to Prague (approx. 18 hours)
Aug 22-26 - Prague
Aug 27 - Travel back to The Hague, Netherlands. We're not sure if we're going to fly or relax and take a train across the German countryside (approx another 18 hours).
What are your thoughts on the itinerary and on taking the train back to The Hague as opposed to flying? Thanks again!
get ready for some heat tho!
Skip Pisa and exchange it against Siena. Skim a day of your Rome plans too, 1 day for Florence is not enough. (Having been to both Florence and Rome, I found that there was more for me to see in Florence than in Rome.)
BTW, price for a regular ticket from Prague to Amsterdam is 3497 CK (121 EUR). If you can find a cheaper budget flight, fly.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 25, 2007, at 6:38 AM by t_maia ]
I've wondered if five days is too long for Rome or Prague. The thought on only spending a day in Florence was that we'd see Pisa and Cinque de Terre instead of spending the extra day in Florence. That way, we'd get a taste of Tuscan life in a few different cities. But if we really should add a day to Florence, we can shuffle some things around. Also, we had a tough time finding a flight from Prague to Amsterdam but depending on the price, we'll still consider it. Thanks for the replies!
Prague to Amsterdam with Sky Europe Airlines on Aug 26th is currently around 110 EUR. On the 27th, it is 60 EUR, on the 24th it is around 80 EUR.
If you are determined to explore Cinque Terre, either cough up the cash to stay for one night in San Gimignano or hostel/hotel/B&B it in Siena.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 25, 2007, at 7:13 AM by t_maia ]
t_maia, you're incredible. I'm going to book the flight from Prague to Amsterdam later tonight. I was thinking that we might be able to find someone to stay with in Pisa on couchsurfing.com and then bus into Cinque de Terre that morning. Bad idea?
There is not much to see in Pisa exept the tower. Most people only hit the city because of the Ryanair airport. Siena and Cinque Terre are much nicer.
Rome-train to Siena- overnight in Siena-San Gimignano-bus and train to Florence. (FYI, coming from Siena or Florence by bus or train and going to SanGim you'll need to change into the bus in Poggibonsi.)
On such a tight schedule as yours Pisa would be a detour, because from Pisa to Cinque Terre you'll need to go down south again on small slow regional trains after going up to Pisa from Rome on a small slow regional train. You would also save yourself the "obligatory" day trip to Siena from Florence via San Gim this way.
BTW you might want to contact TP member amanecer on help with the Cinque Terre stuff and acco in Siena, IIRC she lives there.
For Florence I highly recommend visiting the Uffizi galleries. Call ahead and reserve your tickets in advance or you might not get in on the day you are there. The telephone booking centre (+39 (0)55 294883) is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 18.30 and on Saturdays from 8.30 to 12.30. Touring the gallery takes about 4 hours and is really really worth it.
For accomodation I can recommend staying at the plus villages in both Rome and Florence. Very nice (especially in Rome) and good value for money.
I also stayed at the plus village in Venice, but I liked it less because of the noise from the airport. Only good if you are flying out of the place the next morning or need something really cheap.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 25, 2007, at 4:43 PM by t_maia ]