First time post on the forum, looking for a little advice and guidance from those more experienced.
A friend of mine and myself, both 19, are looking to do some backpacking in between uni semesters this year. The dates we are roughly looking at is flying out of Melbourne on the 23rd of June and then getting back into Melbourne on roughly the 20th July. So not a whole lot of time but a solid 3 or so weeks. Looking at flights it seems as though it is far cheaper flying in and out of Paris rather than London. Any advice with flights??
Once arriving in Paris thinking of catching a train/plane onto London, and then staying in London for ~4 days, see some sights wimbeldon, westminster, st pauls, tate modern etc. Is the london pass worth investing in? especially with the travel included? On the last day a bus trip out to stonehenge and then later that day getting back to heathrow to fly out to berlin. Seems a lot of travel but hopefully should save a day in london.
Jumping on a plane from london to berlin. Berlin for 3ish days. Recommendations for things to see?
Then bus to dresden for a concert only in dresden for one night.
Another bus a bit further down to prague. Prague for two nights, check out the big/fancy castle there.
Prague to Stockholm to visit a friend. 5 days in sweden.
Stockholm to rome for sight seeing, colosseum, trevi fountain sistine chapel etc. 4 days rome
Then rome to paris, check out eiffel tower, lourve, arc de triumphe etc. 4 days in paris, before flying out of paris and back to melb.
Concerned about not spending long enough in places and also heavy reliance on many small plane trips, rather than something like a rail pass. Benefits of plane to see more countries, less time travelling, and only marginally more expensive than a 400 euro rail pass.
Anyways thats the rough plan so far,
Budget is between $4000 and $6000 per person, with the $1600 return flight from melb to paris included in that. Will be paying for hostels everywhere except sweden, will probably look to by travel passes in each of the cities for trams,buses, trains etc then just have to worry about sights, food and beer. Are there any other major expenses besides initial passports and insurance??
Thank you very very much for any help or insight, it is greatly appreciated,