Hi there, my sister and I are planning a trip to France and Italy and maybe a third country (Netherlands??) for about 15 days. Is this a good idea? or should we better choose another country as the third one. I don't know if distance wise this would be the best choice. Any suggestions? We plan to visit Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice. Thanks! Andrea
I would say stick to those two countries. You can easily spend 5 days each in Paris and Rome and still not see completely everything. If you try to include a third country, your trip might get a bit rushed and you won't be able to see everything you want. How are you getting from Paris to Italy? If your taking a train/bus you would have to include a whole day for that.
So maybe 5 days in Paris, 1 day travelling, 2 days Florence, 2 days Venice and 5 days Rome.
I agree - Italy alone could easily occupy two weeks.
I also agree that those destinations could easily take up all of the time you have. I wouldn't include another country, but if you wanted to see a bit more then you might add in the Cinque Terre. I think that Paris and Rome can be done in less time, though 5 days isn't too long either - just depends on what you want. Personally I did Rome in 3 full days and two half days and saw A LOT. I was also packing a lot into one day. So my itineraries if you wanted to include the Cinque Terre would be:
Paris - 4 days
Fly to Venice - 1/2 day
Venice - 2 days
Train to Cinque Terre - 1/2 day +
Cinque Terre - 1 1/2 days
Train to Florence - 2-3 hours
Florence - 2 days
Train to Rome - 1/2 day +
Rome - 4 days
This is just a possibility, I think leaving it out would also make a great trip. If you stay 5 days in Paris s great thing to do might be to take a day trip to the Beaches of Normandy - truly an amazing site. Mont St. Michel would also make a great day trip, depending on what interests you. It's also got a lot of history, just in a different way Either can be done with a tour or on your own via train (though Normandy is probably better done with at least a local tour so that you have transport - and Mont St. Michel is actually mostly train with a little bit of bus.) Hope this makes sense - Good Luck!
If you're going to Florence, you should hop on the #7 bus which stops just north of the Duomo, and ride it to the end of the line which is Fiesole. It's so beautiful and will put you on top of a mountain that overlooks the entire valley that Florence is in.
Wow it's a nice adventure to go to Europe. I did it last year twice and both ocassions for just 12 days so I know what it is to be in a rush! so It's totally up to you but if may give you an advise let me share my experience:
First time I went to Europe was March 07 and visited mainly Munich and then to Hannover later to Prague, then Vienna and got back to Munich where I visited the suroundings, NeuSchwanstein Castle and some other little towns. For my first experience was ok, but the second time I wanted to see as much as i could no matter how many time I'll spent in some places. -That's my very personal opinion so you may disagree-
So second time I arrived to Paris, stay there for 3 days, then went to Barcelona via Ryan air (www.ryanair.com) stayed there the weekend and leave also via Ryan air to Brussels, stay there and visit Brugge and Knocke in a couple of days too, then tooked the train heading to Amsterdam and stayed there another couple of days and then turn back to Paris by train from Amsterdam to catch my plane back to Mexico.
So, finally I think it's very important that you should decide if you'll like to be in many different places and get a glimpse of so many different places or maybe you'll like to spend more time in not so many places and get a deeper taste of this few places. it is all up to you!
Also very Important it's the fact about where in Europe you'll be arriving because depending on that you might find many more transport options, destinations and routes.
Have fun and enjoy the old world!