So I've totally revamped my itinerary...I threw out some old locations and added some new...as well as extended my month by a couple days.
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I was also able to reduce my traveling costs by getting rid of the Eurail and using only domestically purchased train tickets.
Let me know what you think! thanks!
[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jan-2011, at 01:13 by ollie88r ]
1) Instead of google maps you can use TP maps.
2) I liked the initial plan better, because it lets you see 1-2 countries more in depth instead of racing from and to several big cities.
Note that in practise you loose a day everytime you fly. You should also allocate some "relax time". Travelling in foreign countries can be very stressful, the human brain doesn't deal well with the combination of foreign language and unfamilar customs. It tries to adapt, this causes stress that you don't notice until at the end of the day you drop dead into your hostel bed and sleep right through half the next day.
3) The reason I left out Berlin in the initiary I suggested was because I was trying to put a logical path together from Amsterdam to Rome.
Berlin is definitely worth visiting, if you have to choose between Berlin and Munich I can strongly recommend Berlin. The ride from Amsterdam to Berlin is best covered in a night train sleeping in a couchette. The ride is long and not that scenic.
If you pick the following
Day 6-9: Stay in Berlin (4 full days)
Day 9 (night): Train to Heidelberg(Use travel day 1; is this a train ride worth seeing?)
Day 10-11: Heidelberg (2 full days)
Day 12: Leave for Rothenberg in the morning and stay the night (Use travel day 2. Is there only one train from Heidelberg to Rothenberg?)
Day 13-15: Leave for Munich early in the morning (still using travel day 2, 2.5 days). Leave in the afternoon on the 15th for Venice and stay the night (using travel day 3).
I would skip Heidelberg and just go to Rothenburg, because both places are sort of similar.
Alternatively to visiting these cities you could make a detour from Berlin to Amsterdam and visit Quedlinburg. That city is 3 hours from Berlin roughly in the direction of Amsterdam.
Thanks again for all the help t_maia.
I am having a real hard time weeding out places to visit because I know I won't be able to go back for a long time and I want to get in as much as possible. I am taking your thoughts on the trip to heart though.
I think I will be pushing back my departure date by 5 days or so and not allocating those days to anything in particular. That would I will be able to "use" those days to give myself some more time in a city, or, to just pass out for a day of recovery; because lets face it, I will be in for a culture shock no matter how prepared I am..not to mention jet lag.