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11. Posted by Cpt_Smooth (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

I agree that a smaller range of countries would give you a much better experience; less time travelling between places and cheaper travel costs. Also, it lets you pick up more of a language and so makes it easy and more fun to meet some locals, buy train tickets, food, drinks etc.

A trip I really enjoyed was starting in Madrid, making my way to Oporto and then down Portugal, back into Sevilla and then to Morocco. After that you can come back and make your way up the Spanish coast and finish in Barcelona or Paris if you have the time. I liked that route because it showed a nice contrast of culture, and if you are budget conscious it is certainly a cheaper route of Western Europe to do.

I spent 60 euro a day when I did that trip, but you could do it for less, I was travelling with my girlfriend so we didn't use so many dorms.

12. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

A couple of quick thoughts:

Remember that the exchange rate on USD right now is pretty crappy. Also things over here in general are more expensive than at home, sometimes quite a lot more so.

Personally I would narrow things down and spend more time in the places that you are the most interested.

Possible replacements for Dublin are Belfast (N.I.) or Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula possibly based out of Killarney (and flying into Shannon). I would personally put either of these before Dublin.

Hope this helps.
-K

13. Posted by backpack86 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Ok. First of all thanks. It is hard for me to cut out so many places so here is my new plan...

1. Dublin - 5 days (Arrival Destination)
2. London - 5 days
3. Amsterdam - 4 days
4. Paris - 5 days
5. Interlaken - 4 days
6. Florence - 3 days
7. Rome - 7 days (Exit Point)

This leaves 6 extra days. This will be spent on trains and any extra time we may want to spend in a certain area. Also we can then explore smaller cities along the way. Let me know if this is possible?

14. Posted by Cpt_Smooth (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

It's definitely possible to explore smaller cities on the way if your are travelling by train or bus. You can also look at doing day trips from the cities you are based in, for example, going to oxford or cambridge for a day / night (or even half a day depending on how close the places you chose are from your base) from London.

15. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 8y

When picking your destinations, make you sure you take into account how long it takes to get from point A to point B as opposed to the actual km's in between. Then look into all methods of transportation. You may choose to use the trains, buses as well as planes to get around. Which is what I did. Seeing as you are probably used to traveling great distances, go wherever you want. Check out some travel guides and read up on things you'd like to see and do in each of the cities and maybe surrounding areas. Maybe you don't need to spend 4 days in Dublin for example? It depends what interests you. Some cities I spent 1 day in and others 2 weeks depending on if the place actually appealed to me. Personally I am not a big city person, so visiting only big cities for me is a big turn off. There are so many other interesting towns and cities worth looking into in all of the countries you're interested in visiting.

16. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 8y

Doing a bit of research whether it be on contemporary culture, political systems, history, architecture, artists, literature, musicians, landscapes, etc...may greatly influence where you want to go. And can make your trip much more valuable as you will appreciate everything that much more.

17. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 8y

Also, budgeting for Europe is super easy. You could do it easily on 1000/USD per month, that is if you do at least a bit of planning. I did it on much less than that on a 3 month trip a few years back, and did not plan anything, just kind of woke up in the morning it did whatever I felt like that day. Never booked accommodation ahead of time, and I kind of zig zagged all over East and Western Europe. Planning your route will make a big difference.

18. Posted by desmondus (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Quoting backpack86

1. Dublin - 5 days (Arrival Destination)
2. London - 5 days
3. Amsterdam - 4 days
4. Paris - 5 days
5. Interlaken - 4 days
6. Florence - 3 days
7. Rome - 7 days (Exit Point)

This leaves 6 extra days. This will be spent on trains and any extra time we may want to spend in a certain area. Also we can then explore smaller cities along the way. Let me know if this is possible?

Alrighty then. First of all apologies for repeating what some folks have probably already said ( I speed read most of this thread).

Dublin - fly in then get the train to Galway / Connemara

London - NO, unless you have a specific reason for going to this dirty, expensive, crowded spot for a reason, then I suggest Scotland. Edinburgh is a much nicer place. But to be fair the V&A is one of the best museums (if you can call it that) I have ever ever been in - I think it needs 2 days alone - so perhaps London has one saving grace.

9 days seems like a lot for Amsterdam and Paris - but then I tend to stay in places for only 3'ish days at a time. You can do a lot in Holland, Belgium and Northern France in 9 days.

Never been to Interlaken, so don't know.

10 days in Italy. Yup if you like that sort of thing. What about Naples? I don't recommend Milan by the way.

Unless you want a sequence of city breaks then I suggest getting away from the bigger urban jungles.

19. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

4 days in amsterdam, for your time frame and needs, i think is a bit much, you can get away with it being 2 or 3... depending on what you wanna see, there are alot of museums, loads of places to go out and party, restaurants, and of course the red light district and the coffeeshops.... but i think you can cut it down to 3 days and use that day somewhere else......

i would def consider stopping into brugge or ghent while heading to paris, theyre really beautiful! if youre into gardens and tulips or just things that are visually pleasing, then head to the keukenhof in lisse which is in the general direction between a'dam and paris. there are lots of germans there, and it can be a little crowded but its beautiful!

maybe you can also have a look at luxembourg while youre headed down there?? dont just visit the big cities, after a while they all look the same...........

20. Posted by backpack86 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

what would be cooler venice or florence?