hi guys wonder whether you can help me, im an inexperienced land traveller accross europe, me and a friend are flying out to nice, france on 22/9/2008, and return flight home from amsterdam 6 days later, obviously we want to be seeing a few cities along the way before we get to the dam, the main places we wants to go, milan, dortmund, prague, bruge then to the dam, but we havent got a clue about the european train systems, im really interested in finding out the cheapest and fastest way to get to these destinations, and what route to take from nice, any help would be of great help. thanks in advance
theres no way you can see all these cities in 6 days - Id say just Nice and Amsterdam is enough for 6 days. - including one day for transport.
One option - Nice to Milan - take an Easyjet flight from Milan to Amsterdam. Train journey will be so expensive and long from Nice to Holland.
Agreed - just not possible to do all the cities in your itinerary.
You could do as coldwarspy suggests or, if you really wanted to get the train, you could go Nice-Paris-Amsterdam which would cost between 120-160 Euros in train fare each.
I not understood way you included Milan in main cities you are interested to see, and not Rome.
May be because you already know that it is not sufficent 1 week to visit partially Rome?
I know very well both, and I can ensure you that without doubts it's preferable to visit something of Rome instead Milan.
But all depends on your personal taste and purpose of trip.
I advice you: Nice -> Rome -> Paris (if you you have only 6 days time) or Nice -> Rome -> Praga -> Paris (in this case you can stay in Praga not more than 1 day.
Not last, you must keep well in mind that in Rome there are high probabilities to find a pleasant weather and temperatures.
Not the same in Praga and Paris.
I can't say you nothing about trains because I never use them, but I know that Rome-Milan need 4-5 hours of time.
I reckon just say Nice -> Paris -> Amsterdam. The more you squeeze in the less time youll spend actually seeing such places. Given it's in late October Nice may be fairly quiet, so I'd recommend 1 day Nice (day trip to Monaco), 3 days Paris, and 2 days Amsterdam. You could give Paris another day if you aren't so much into the "delights" of Amsterdam