We plan to spend around 3 weeks in europe. My wife & I are travelling to europe for the 1st time. We may not come back for a few years since we'll start a family soon. Kindly advise if i need to visit all the cities, Should i change my itenary to exclude / include anything else. Itenary is as follows
1. Rome - 3 nights
2. Venice - 2 nights
3. Vienna - 3 nights
4. Zurich - 4 nights
5. Amstredam - 4 nights
6. Paris - 3 nights
7. London - 2 nights.
Request members to let me know what to see in those cities / also how do we commute within the cities ( options if possible will be great). We are planning to use the Eurail select 5 countries pass to travel within EU.
Bangalore , India
Drop Zurich. Zurich is Switzerland and not yet part of Schengen. You would need double-entry Schengen visa and visa for Switzerland.
Spent the nights you were planning on spending in Zurich in the other cities. As a rule big cities like Rome, London, Vienna and Paris need at least 5-7 days to see properly.
If you are going to use the first class passes for 788 EUR (426 + 362) note that it will be only worth it if all train tickets between the cities cost at least 113 EUR each. That is quite a lot of money. An hour of train travel in 2nd class is roughly 10 EUR, so you are looking at a number of 13 hour night train trips to make it worth while.
Also it is not possible to travel Vienna-Amsterdam by train without buying "Germany" or paying extra for the time the train runs in Germany. I think it will be cheaper to fly Vienna-Amsterdam. See http://www.skyscanner.net
http://www.jizdenka.cz can give you rough estimates for what your train trip will cost if you use point-to-point. But to make sure always go to the national train websites.
Switzerland is not worth the hassle of getting double entry Schengen visas (Well it's worth it, but just for Zurich, no). Normally, you'd need more days in Rome, London and Paris but if you get up early and see as many sites as possible within a day you can get by . 4 nights in Amsterdam is too long, 2 would be enough really unless you were planning on visiting the surrounding area. The same goes for Vienna. Instead of Switzerland you could always travel to Munich or Frankfurt in between your Vienna-Amsterdam route. If you visit Munich, you should visit the rest of Bavaria (Munich is the 'capital' of Bavaria) and this will require a few additional days that you may not have.