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1. Posted by van2006 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hello!

I would like to backpack across part of Europe maybe early next year and have just started reading up on it. Just to give me a rough idea, I found 2 sample itineraries-- what's a good budget for a 30 day run in maybe 5-7 countries (based on the sample itinerary or not)?

No shopping sprees definitely aside from the minimal buys, but I'd prefer to indulge in other enjoyable meaningful/culture-related activities. Heck, I'd prefer staying a bit long per place to really get the local flavor of each city/country, but maybe as the first time across Europe, a "marathon" would suffice as an intro.

And if it's only for 30 days, what's a good number of countries to include? I don't want to be rushing around and getting hasty photo ops, I'd like to have enough time to enjoy as well, but packed enough to maximize my 1-month vacay.

Thanks for any advice!

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Itinerary 1 (Start-End Paris)
This itinerary takes you to 11+ cities in 7 different countries.

Paris, France 3-4 days

Brugges or Brussells, Belgium 1-2 days
(eat chocolate)

Amsterdam, Netherlands (Holland) 1-2 days
(consider day trips to surrounding areas)

Munich, Germany (Bavaria) 2-3 days
(consider day trips to see more of Bavaria)

Salzburg, Austria 1-2 days
(birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & home of The Sound of Music tour)

Florence, Italy 2-3 days
(consider day trips to Sienna and/or Pisa)

Rome, Italy 3-4 days
(consider day trip to Pompeii)

Venice, Italy 1-2 days
(take a gondola ride, visit San Marco square's pigeons)

Lucerne or Interlaken or Geneva, Switzerland 2-3 days
(eat more chocolate, go paragliding, snow-shoeing, sledding, and/or skiing)

Nice or Cannes, France 2-3 days
(consider day trip to Montecarlo)

Paris, France 1-2 days

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Itinerary 2 (Start-End Rome)
This itinerary takes you to 11+ cities in 4 different countries.

Rome, Italy 3-4 days
(consider day trip to Pompeii)

Florence, Italy 2-3 days

Venice, Italy 1-2 days
(take a gondola ride, visit San Marco square's pigeons)

Salzburg, Austria 1-2 days
(birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & home of The Sound of Music tour)

Munich, Germany (Bavaria) 2-3 days
(consider day trips to see more of Bavaria)

Strasbourg, France (Alsace-Lorraine region) 2-3 days
(explore the city, visit to the Chateau des Rohans, day trip to a vineyard)

Paris, France 3-4 days
(after you've visited the art museums, the Le Tour Eiffel, L'Arc du Triomphe, etc. consider day trips to surrounding areas, Versailles, Disneyland, etc.)

Lucerne or Interlaken or Geneva, Switzerland 2-3 days
(eat more chocolate, go paragliding, snow-shoeing, sledding, and/or skiing)

Nice or Cannes, France 2-3 days
(consider day trip to Montecarlo)

Cinque Terre, Italy 2-3 days
(known for the beautiful scenic walks between picturesque old world villages)

Sienna and/or Pisa, Italy 1-2 days

Rome, Italy 1-2 days

2. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 8y

Both of the itineraries you shared hit the hotspots and can be costly. If you want the real deals head for Eastern Europe.

It's hard to give you a ballpark budget amount. It can be a lot of hard working and pre-planning if you want the bang for the buck. There are many things to factor in (train pass, flights, hostels, day trips, food, local city transportation & transfers, entrance fees). I would recommend spend a while doing your research.

Check out hostels and city tours at www.hostelworld.com.
Check out Rail Europe for Passes
Check out www.flightassistent.com for flights

This shound give you a starting point. I would recommend booking hostels ahead of time. You can many hostels that offer breakfast. It will be basic but it's something. Hostelworld is a safe sight. The tours can be booked in advance or when you arrive but take a look at hostelworld for an idea on the price.. Always book airline tickets or train passes far in advance.

Flights can be cheaper but sometimes with the discount airlines you have to pay about 5 EUR to get into town. Airlines such as Ryanair always flies into far off airports but they usually gave their buses waiting for the plane to arrive.

For admission prices and times google the galleries and musuems. Just a note, some places give free entrance one evening a week.

Sorry I can't quote a cost but hopefully this will help get you started.

3. Posted by van2006 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi, vickim!

Thanks for the reply. Hehe, I think I didn't phrase the question correctly. I'll def do the homework. Thanks for the tips.
Guess was asking more of what budget would be decent to work with for a month of roaming around, based on the experiences of others who've backpacked. I find it easier to plan that way than to map out all the places I want to go to then come up with a budget. lol, if I do it that way, the both lists will be endless.

4. Posted by Pheownagh (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

dont go to brussels go to antwerp i hear its meant to be much better.. more culture, better nightlife etc

5. Posted by dream.girl (Full Member 48 posts) 8y

If you're thinking of hitting the Eastern border of France I would definitely recomend Strasboug (public transit is awesome!), but you should think about taking a day-trip into a smaller city about 1/2 hour by train south of Strasbourg, called Colmar. It has about 65,000 people and a great little hostel in a nice location called "Auberge de Jeunesse Mittlehart" . It's got a lot of character and the culture is amazing. It's everything you'd ever dream of in a picturesque little border city!
Enjoy

PS if you're planning a Paris trip you MUST visit Versailles, it was way better than most other monument in the actual city.