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1. Posted by Rach_dc (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y


Can anybody tell me what sort of prices I should be looking at for accommodation in either hostels/hotels/B & B's etc for my partner and myself in a private room? Do we pay per person as a rule or per room? Also would it be cheaper (as in trains etc) if I applied for dual citizenship? My father was from Italy? We are hoping to budget on 60 euros per day but also have to factor in travel between countries - Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and Spain. What are our best options?
Cheers for any time spent in response to this post!


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

it wont make a lick of difference what kind of passport you hold when it comes to how much $ youll spend when you get to europe...

im not sure what time of year youre coming, but if you want private rooms/BnBs etc then €60 a day will not go far at all... you still have to eat, get into museums/attractions etc. youll be having to pay between 30-60 for a private room, and anything below 40 or 50 in the summer is hard to find - spain maybe....

i suggest you either up the budget per day or consider sometimes staying in a shared room in a dorm... if you mix it up a bit youll still have a bit of prvacy for urselves sometimes but without breaking the bank!

check out the accom section of this website for more accurate ideas of how much the things you want, cost. but €60 a day isnt much - if you havent already sorted out the transport id suggest you get onto it, esp if youre keen on flying anywhere!

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

If it was earlier in the year I would suggest taking a tent, renting a car and staying at camping sites. You obviously value your privacy. However campervan might be an option. That late in the year you'll get cheap deals and Spain and Morocco would be very nice.

For covering all the countries Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and Spain I would plan on having at least three months.

Switzerland might be difficult at this time of the year - summer season is over and winter season has not begun yet.

4. Posted by Rach_dc (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Im sorry for not being clear and concise. I mean 60 euro's each per day (although we are taking more than that) but was hoping we could do it on a budget. Also we will arrive in Rome on the 10 October and fly out of Parisd somewhere around the 20 November.

5. Posted by Rach_dc (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

We are planning on Amsterdam and then more or less straight through to France. I think we will go through Switzerland pretty swiftly also. So I guess the main ones for us are Italy, parts of Germany, France and perhaps Madrid and or Barcelona in Spain. I am hugely aware of the fact I will not be able to tour each country extensively. However, as we have children that are at home, and we will be away from them and may never get the chance again, we are hoping to "squeeze" as much into this holiday as possible. We know it will be hustle and bustle and not a relaxing holiday, but thats half the fun isnt it. A bit of chaotic madness!

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Most places will charge you per person but there are some that charge per room instead. Prices vary considerably. Check out and compare prices between hostels

You'll find everything you need there. No matter what nationality you are, you're going to pay the same as the next person. Most probably ways of getting some sort of discount is by calling the hostel directly to book (there's always a booking fee when they're booked online) and some places give discounts to travelers with a student ID or YHA hostel membership card but I'm assuming neither of these pertains to you two.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

Quoting Rach_dc

Amsterdam...the main ones for us are Italy, parts of Germany, France and perhaps Madrid and or Barcelona in Spain. A bit of chaotic madness!

That is still 5+ countries in 40 days. You are right that it is chaotic madness. With that initiary you should focus on certain regions in the countries in question. Bavaria in Germany for example.

If I was planning the initiary it would go something like this (very touristy):

Rome 4-5 days
Florence 5 days
Venice 1-3 days
Salzburg 2 days
Munich 3 days, including day trip to Füssen
Rothenburg ob der Tauber or Heidelberg 2 days
Amsterdam 4 days
(fly to Spain)
12 days for Spain, including Seville and Granada
Paris 5 days

Reason for Seville and Granada:

Skipped Switzerland for the above mentioned reason, plus it would be difficult to cram Salzburg in when you go Italy-Germany via Switzerland.