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1. Posted by anahita_prs (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone ,
Its my first time traveling to Europe so i need a lot of help planning it . first of all i have only 14 days and i wanna see 4 countries( France , Italy, Austria and Czech republic) . By the way I want to travel between cities by train and maybe by plane for farther ones. so maybe you guys could help me with the traveling time (when to leave city) to enjoy the most out of my stay . i wanna see Paris , Colmar , Milan , Rome , Venice , and one of the harbor cities in Genoa then Vienna , and finally Prauge then i should fly back to Paris to catch my plane . so if you could tell me how many days to stay in each city and what to see in that time i'll appreciate it.
I'm goin there with my parents we really are not so into the historical places just to walk in the city and enjoy the natural sites is enough for us .
ok so thank you guys all in advance for your great tips ;)

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Here is the Man inSeat 61 to tell you all about train travel

Here is Paris to Colmar ( if that IS the Colmar you refer to ) on Google Maps, use the 'schedule explorer' at the bottom to see which times suit you..

Figure a day traveling between each place only leaves you only one full day in each of seven.

Make a map of an itinerary here on TP & that automatically creates a Trip Planner for you to make notes, add links & plan transport using Road to Rio.

I like doing food tours in places . . they give a great taster of a place with some interesting chat along the way. Google Food tour in Paris ( or wherever ) .. you don't need to actually take a tour with any but just looking at the sites might give you an idea of places to visit & things to taste.

Happy travels
Steve

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Apr-2017, at 23:12 by hasbeen ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

You have 14 days and want to visit 4 countries (France, Italy, Austria and Czech republic) to include Paris, Colmar, Milan, Rome, Venice, Genoa, Vienna, and Prague.

My initial suggestion would be to cut about half these goals from your 14-day trip. You have 8 cities, not counting Paris twice in 14 days and you have to take time to travel from one to the other. Why not choose two of these countries for this trip and save two countries for a future trip? That would give you time to enjoy the cities you visit. You don't say where you are originating but there is the possibility of jet lag when you arrive. Some people really need time to adjust.

I'd put all these places on a map. You can use Google Maps or use the map function here in TravellersPoint to do this. As you put them all on the map, it will become clear to you what would be a smooth trip and what would be very out of the way and time consuming. Then go to the man in seat 61 web site given to you above and look at timing and cost for the various segments of your trip. All the rail links are on that web site.

It won't take you long to discover what would be a reasonable trip for both time and cost if you do this. That will give you a better idea of what is practical. Another suggestion would be to book an open-jaw flight so you are flying into Paris and flying out of the last city you visit. That would save you having to return to Paris at the end of the trip. Sometimes these multi-city trips are more expensive and other times they are the same and we've even seem some for less than a straight round trip. This is another place where doing a lot of research can save time and money.

You say this is your first trip to Europe. Don't think of it as your only trip to Europe. Keep telling yourself it is the first of many trips to Europe. You will see places you'll want to return but you will be free to explore new locations. If you are looking forward to more trips, somehow it is easier to enjoy the one you are on because you don't feel obligated to see everything.

Whatever you choose, have a great trip.

4. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 198 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

anahita, Beausoleil's advice is very similar to that which you've already received on Thorn Tree for the same post. You have too many destinations for the amount of time that you have, and need to trim by at least half unless you want to spend all of your time (and money) packing/unpacking and dealing with trains.

5. Posted by bellokathleen (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Well I think that 14 days would be too less for this trip. Europe is too big to be explored at one shot. My suggestion to you would be to opt for two countries. You can plan a trip to Italy and France. The regions that you can explore in Italy are Amalfi Coast, Naples, Sorrento, etc. For more details you can visit the link to get the updates for visiting Italy

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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7. Posted by anahita_prs (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

thanks everyone . yes I've posted the same text on thorn tree too , and i kinda got the same responses and of course i'll be comin' back to Europe soon to visit more cities .for now my plan is to see just (France and Italy ) ,and as i said before I'm gonna see Paris , Colmar , Alps-de-Haute-provence , and in Italy i wanna see Milan , Rome , Venice , Portofino in genoa and maybe some other places that you guys would suggest . i'll be taking this trip on August and considerin' that and the fact that i'm a huge fan of nature please tell me about the places that i may like or you've enjoyed yourself.;)

8. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 627 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

This is still far too much for 14 days. Either the France part or the Italy part of your new list would make a doable, although still rushed schedule for two weeks. Every change of location will cost you the best of a day. You have eight locations listed (plus the question for even more destinations), that means seven travel days. Leaves seven full days for actual sightseeing, divided by eight destinations. In addition to that, cities like Paris or Rome cannot be covered in one single day. Do yourself a favour and cut down your list to a realistic amount.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi. This is more reasonable, but still not very practical. You've listed: Paris, Colmar, Alps-de-Haute-Provence, and in Italy Milan, Rome, Venice, Portofino in Genoa. (FYI, Portofino is a town 45 km east of the large city of Genoa.)

With 14 days, you basically have a week in France and a week in Italy. You will need at least 3 days in Paris and that is if you don't go into any of the fantastic museums in the city. By the time you pack, check out, get your train and go to Colmar and check into another hotel, you've lost a day so you have 3 days in the Colmar area. You can easily spend a full day in Colmar and then you have all the beautiful nearby wine villages or even a day trip to Strasbourg. There is also the castle at Haut-Konigsberg which you might enjoy. The Alps-de-Haute-Provence are a huge geographical area of France and will need a separate trip. You will take the train through the Alps to Italy so you will see something of them. That's fine for a first trip.

Again, you will have to pack, check out, get the train and go to Milan and check in to another hotel. Personally, unless you're interested in high fashion, I'd skip Milan and save it for another trip. Instead, I'd go from Colmar to Venice and spend 2 days in Venice, then continue to Rome (again losing much of a day in packing, checking out, traveling and checking in) and spend the rest of my time in Rome and fly home from there.

If you really want to see Portofino, then skip Venice and do Portofino, but for a first trip, Venice might be the better choice. That depends on what you most want to see.

The shorter your time span, the less you want to move around because moving takes time. You do have to pack, check out, get to your train, wait for the train, ride on the train, get off, find the next hotel, check in and somewhere in there, you will want to eat a meal or two. If you only have 14 days, spending 7 of them traveling means you only have 7 sightseeing days and that is if everything goes according to plan. Keeping the trip more simple means you are more flexible and if everything goes according to plan, that's wonderful. Enjoy it. It's just nice to have a little wiggle room in case you sprain your ankle or something. For instance you haven't told us what time of year you are going. You might have to factor weather into your plans.

Whatever your choices, good luck and enjoy your trip.

10. Posted by louisebradman00 (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Its Europe you gotta be lost to fully enjoy it, the most effective way to enjoy the place is get lost on it.
U will be surprise with the things u will discover.