Hi fellow travellers,
I will be making my maiden trip to europe with my spouse towards the end of september. During this period we'd like to accomodate travel plans to france and italy. We'd like to do france the first week and italy the next. The places of interest for us are Paris, Florence, Venice and Rome.
We're a little undecided about planning the accomodation part. Since we will be going to multiple places, would it make sense to book a hotel room for a week in each country ? It seems wasteful to me. On the other hand, travelling without advance reservations seems risky to us. As far as travel is concerned, should we go in for an Interrail or a Eurail pass?
Based on our information from different sources, the rail transportation network is good in both countries. We need to decide on how we can cover all the places mentioned above within a reasonable travel budget.
Could the experts help us out with this. Your helpful inputs would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
The cities you mention are top tourist destinations and I would definitely not go without reservations. I think that you will find many hotels are already booked.
In Paris you could base yourself and do side trips. For Italy you will need to stay in each of the cities mentioned.
I can't help you with train options as we have always rented a car . We love to get out in the countryside .
You may want to start out with the accomodations link on this page. I would not wait too long to get started as hotels book up quickly and I don't think you want to spend your vacation traipsing around looking for someplace to stay.
Have a wonderful time!
I agree with beachpat about the accommodation part: book in advance, even if end September is not "high season" anymore and you could find some free place.
About moving Venice-Florence-Rome, they are very well connected by train (look here www.trenitalia.com, for timetable and prices, it's in English too). You can count about 3hrs from Venice to Florence and about 1h30 to 2h30 (depending on the train) from Florence to Rome.