hello everyone, im new here. i was wondering if you could help me with a few things... im going to europe with two friends in frebruary 2008. we are not sure of the number of days in some of the cities. can you tell me what you think?
barcelona 3 (is it enough with two?)
paris 3 + 1 day for versailles
brussels and bruges 2 and 2... is it enough for each one?
prague 3 days
vienna 3 days and a daytrip to salzburg (is it enough?)
we havent decided how many days we are going to stay...but our budget is more or less for 20-25 days... is it enough?
thanks... this is our first trip to europe and we are really excited... besides, argentinian peso is really devaluated and it took a lot of time to save the trip money...we want to make a good use of it...
From Vienna to Salzburg is about 3 hrs by car so I think you should have 1 night in salzburg at least. 2-3 days in Vienna is enough depending what you want to do.
Check out this link for Vienna: http://www.talkingcities.co.uk/vienna_pages/sights_main.htm
You can get a Vienna card which has a 72 hour travel pass included in the price (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, bus, tram) and reductions for many sights.
There's a similar card in Salzburg too.
Forgot to add that I think 2 days in Prague is enough.
Have you thought about going to Budapest too?
I think that you should probably aim for 2 days in Brussels and 1 day in Bruges. I did Bruges as a daytrip from Brussels and didn't feel I'd missed out on anything. If you did this, then you could allocate that extra day to Barcelona where 3 days really isn't enough to see the whole city properly if you include the suburbs.
Personally I find that big cities like Vienna or Paris deserve at least 4-5 days. I also like to leave things a bit unplanned so that I can decide what to do on the spot, depending upon the people I met.
BTW, by going in January you have picked a bad time for true budget travel, because it is winter and the coldest time of the year. The cheapest way to tour Europe is with a tent and cooking gear in your luggage so that you can stay on camping sites for less than 10 EUR per night and cook your own food. In January this is not possible so you will have to stay in hostels for 15-30 EUR per night, which often do not have kitchens.
Also keep in mind that a number of attractions/fun things to do are closed or impossible to do. For example I really liked the Organ concerts and the danube river cruises in Passau, but they are only available from April to October. IMO the only reasons to go to Europe in winter is to 1) take advantage of cheaper flight tickets or 2) go skiing!
Money: As an absolute minimum plan to have at least 35 EUR per day and person plus money for getting around. If you book hostel beds over the internet make sure the hostel has a kitchen. Work out the prices for getting from one place to another before you leave. Feel free to ask here for advice - Eurail is not always the cheapest option, there are many tricks and special offers one can take advantage of if you only know how.
Hope this helped a bit.
thanks for the advice. we rather go in october but summer holidays in Argentina are from december till march. so thats the time we have...
thanks for your answers regarding my itinerary, ill keep them in mind...
ill be asking more questions, thanks for your time
If you can go for 20 days in March - by all means, go in March! Much nicer weather then.
i cant go in march...we have to take february or nothing... so i guess we will be cold... but thats ok...we are used to really cold winters in argentina...