My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Europe this time next year (January/February 2012) and so I have just started doing a bit of research on different places to go and have just drawn up the first draft of our travel itinerary.
We are planning on being over there for around 6 weeks but are having difficulty in deciding on not just where to go but also how long to spend in each of the places we choose.
So far, according to our draft, we will be travelling to:
London for 1 week (my sister lives there so that's a definite), then
Paris for 5 days,
Amsterdam for 4 days,
Germany for 10 or 12 days (not sure how long we need there…so please let me know what you think!) - Munich, Berlin etc,
Italy for 10 or 12 days as well (also not sure how long we should be there for?) - Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Vatican City,
Vienna for 4 days
Switzerland for 4 or 5 days - Zurich, Lucerne…(haven't decided where really)
How does this travel itinerary sound as far as transport goes between all the places as well as time spent there? Also, where would people recommend we go in each of the countries such as in Germany, Italy and Switzerland?
And also, how much money do you think we will need to save for this trip including travel costs?
All thoughts and advice are welcome!
your trip sounds great Im sure you will have a great time, I just wanted to advise you to pack some thermals!! It can get very cold this time of year.
Definitely bring your warm clothes. The temps can be in the 40s and you travel get to the 10s, so be prepared.
I could do a day less in Paris, but it depends what you want to see. A nice day trip would be Versailles or Giverny. 4 in Paris + 1 outside?!
Amsterdam - check. I spent 5 days the 1st time I went, again it depends on what you do, but this is plenty of time. 3 days may be average. Last time I was there I spent 2 nights.
Germany: 5 days in Berlin is relaxing, and you will have time to visit Aushwitz, if you want. I've never been to Munich, but being that is in Bavaria, I would spend 4 days (at least for the beer!).
You literary is also kind of jumpy, so maybe after Berlin you head to Prague (4 days), then Vienna (4 days here is plenty, you could even take a ferry to Bratislava, and see a castle), Munich, then Zurich. Between Vienna and Munich, you could stop in Salzburg.
If you decide to travel to Switzerland, I would do so before Italy, and have a mulit-city RT ticket.
At the time your going, I would say Zurich, easily, and 4 days of skiing.
From here, I would head to Milan/Florence for a few days, then Venice, Rome and Naples. The Vatican is half-day in Rome if you go early in the morning. You can see Rome in about 3 days.
Costs can be personal. Where do you want to stay a hostel or hotel? Will you cook your own food, or eat out all the time? Consider everything when you create a budget. You can add up the days you plan on traveling (including flights) and set a daily budget. You can also set a more lenient weekly budget. I would based on experience recommend $1000 a week for a flexible budget.
Great, that's really helpful!
I forgot to add but we would be looking at budget-style accommodation so hostels or anything that is clean, safe and cheap!