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Comments and Suggestions for a 25 day Europe Tour

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1. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

Hi,

My itinerary is the following:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/member_map.cfm?itinid=55859&tripid=55859

Please comment on the do-ability of this and suggest some places that i might drop and others that i might include.

And places within these cities that I MUST not miss.

Thanks

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

1) Drop Bern, too much hassle with the Schengen multiple-entry visa and the seperate Swiss visa for an Indian citizen and out of your way. (Swiss trains are quite expensive too.) Catch the direct night train from Vienna to Venice instead.

2) More days to Florence. There is so much to see there. I was there for 5 days and did not nearly come close to scraping at the surface. 4 days is the minimum, 6 or 7 if you have an interest in art.

3) Switch Brugge in Belgium for Rotterdam, unless you need to go to Rotterdam for some reason.

4) If you are going to Vienna, visit Bratislava too. Drop Budapest instead, it is too far away. I suggest taking the train Berlin-Dresden-Prague-Bratislava-Vienna.

5) Calculate at least 3-5 days for every major city. Make a maximum of 7 stops.

6) Oslo is very much out of your way and expensive too. Expensive to get to and expensive to stay in. Drop it, unless you have a very good reason for going.

7) Nice: similar to 6).

3. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

Thanks Maria,

Oslo is a must do because my brother lives there.
But the brighter side is that I get to stay and eat for free

I didn't know Florence was that intriguing. Thanks for the suggestion :)

I was planning to go to Nice in order to do a coupla day trips.
But I don't mind dropping it. Thanks again.

No compelling reason for Rotterdam either. (It all sounds so unplanned all of a sudden ;) )

Budapest noted too :)

Thanks so much for your reply.

4. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

Yes you should stay more in Florence.

But why would he drop Budapest for Bratislava ?

Budapest isn't such far away. You can't go in this part of Europe and don't visit Budapest.

I've been to theses two cities few times and i don't think that Bratislava is more interesting to see than Budapest..

For France, don't stay in Nice. Too expensive. Too old.
If you can take a plane from Rome To Paris, you would stay longer in Paris. More things to see than in Nice.
Or try to take a plane or a train to Marseille.
From marseille you take the TGV to Paris (3h Marseille - Paris).

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Quoting norian

But why would he drop Budapest for Bratislava ?
Budapest isn't such far away. You can't go in this part of Europe and don't visit Budapest.

Ok my fault. I was thinking of the time it takes to go by river cruise Passau-Vienna-Budapest-Bratislava-Passau and by these standards Budapest is quite far. But as the EC train takes only 3 hours, it is certainly doable. But I was also thinking of something else: Most people go from Vienna to Prague via Bratislava in order to get more out of the same money. The train ticket Vienna-Prague is 36 EUR compared to 19 EUR to/from Bratislava. From Brats it is another 15 EUR for the boat to Vienna - but then the cruise on the Danube and a day trip to Bratislava from Vienna are already included in the 36 EUR they would have spent on the direct train. (See http://www.twincityliner.com for the speedboat connection.)
Unfortunately if you spent a day in Brats you cannot spent the very same day in Budapest, so I thought I was being practical.

kidintown's schedule is overfull already, which is also why I refrained from suggesting a stop in Dresden (nicknamed Florence of the north).

BTW, Dresden reminds me of something. Apurva - do you hold Schengen or EU permanent residency? Will you be needing a Schengen visa? When do you intend to travel? If you need a Schengen visa and want to go in 2007 you cannot travel to Budapest, Prague or Bratislava as Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are not full members of Schengen yet. (The visa is just too much of a pain.) They are scheduled to become full members in 2008 though.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 6, 2007, at 2:48 AM by t_maia ]

6. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

Dresden is one the german cities i prefer !
And it's not very far from Berlin

7. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

Thank you Maria and Julien! :)

But awwwwww! I don't have a European or a Schengen residency and am going on a Schengen visa next month.
Looks like Hungary and Czech will have to wait too
God, my tour is getting reduced by the day :(

But that'd mean more time for other places

Thanks again guys!

Lemme know if you want something from India :) !