Very basic, general question: In October I will be flying to Paris. I have about a week and a half. I am considering purchasing a Eurail pass and ripping across Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, to Zagreb. Do a U- turn and head back to Paris. Stops in Zurich, maybe Florence, Trieste, and of course Zagreb. Hopefully Milano on the re- bound. I am of 2 minds about this; it intrigues me, but at the same time seems ridiculous and futile and self- defeating. Sure, maybe it could be done....but NOT ENOUGH TIME. I am put in mind of a dog in a park visiting the trunks of trees. What do you think? I love trains ( especially in Japan ) but this venture is just too much in too little time. Travel Snooker, so to speak. Thanks Very Much for whatever opinions you can offer. Probably I will just hang out in Paris. Kevin.
I have traveled all over the world for many years. In my opinion, if you try to accomplish your busy itinerary, all you will be qualified to say is that you are an expert on Central European train stations, and the backsides of cities as viewed from a big, fast window! It's always tempting to cram as much into a travel opportunity as possible, and equally, almost always inadvisable. You'll be eyeing your watch more than the fleeting glimpses of art and architecture. I have traveled extensively to Northern Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. Believe me, after four trips researching a book; Milano-Trieste-Slovenia, Croatia, I still feel there is so much more to explore. I still haven't made it to Venice, which is only an hour from Trieste. Slow down a bit, avoid frustration, and enjoy yourself!
Another option would be doing the alpes zone, eastern france, northern italy and switzerland. but since I know nothing about european trains i'll just leave it at that.
But it would certainly be a great trip.
I think, your instincts are right.
Have fewer stops and spend at least 3 nights in each place. I personally would stay in Paris, for the entire 1 and half weeks. That way I might get to know some people and would have the energy to try the night life and the time to absorb the atmosphere.
And bear in mind, that rushing around like that would be wearing enough, without the jetlag u will have, after flying accross the world.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 7, 2007, at 7:40 AM by Mel. ]