Need Europe travel planning help.

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1. Posted by sathesuraj (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I am planning to travel to Europe in April and I am confused to choose cities to visit during the trip. My preferences of countries are - Italy, Switzerland, France, and Greece.
I am planning for 10 days and I don't want a hectic trip. Please suggest some options for me. Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2943 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

Four countries in ten days is certainly going to be a hectic trip - you aren't going to see very much of any country in that time. Greece is a long distance from the other countries on your list so first of all I would suggest dropping it from your plans.

If you want cities with famous sights, I'd suggest Rome, Venice, travel by train through Switzerland, to Paris.

3. Posted by Stefmuts (Respected Member 187 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

4 counties in 10 days is going to be hectic so drop some and take Andy's advice, or just stick to one country, do some Island hopping in Greece, some major French cities (paris, Lyon, Cannes) or some Italian ones (Rome, Florence, Venice)

4. Posted by sathesuraj (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I agree with all replies and I am thinking of covering only Rome, Florence, Lucerne. I am planning to stay 3 nights at Lucerne and Rome and 2 nights at Florence. Please share your opinion about this idea and suggest me if I should make any changes in plan ?

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6291 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Lucerne/Luzern is very nice but spending the same amount of time there as in Rome...and more time than Florence...makes no sense to me. 3 nights (i.e. 2 full days) isn't enough to see even a tiny fraction of what Rome has to offer...and 2 nights (1 full day) isn't enough for Florence (a much, much smaller city than Rome).

I suggest you use one full day for Lucerne and add the extra time to either Florence or Rome.

Even better...and especially now your 10-day trip seems to be just 8 nights...just focus on Italy. Divide the time between Rome and Florence, with a daytrip to Tivoli (bus or train) and/or Ostia Antica (train) from Rome and a daytrip to Pisa (train) or Siena (bus) from Florence.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Nov-2018, at 05:45 by leics2 ]

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2943 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Well it all depends on how you plan to spend your time. Lucerne itself you could see in an hour, but if you plan to use it as a base to explore more of Switzerland then fair enough I'm sure you could make 3 nights work.

I see you are down to 8 nights so I guess your original 10 days included travel to and from Europe. In that case you are still hurrying.

3 nights Rome and 2 nights Florence, I think those are minimums, many people would spend longer. Rome in particular has an awful lot to see. Personally I would choose Venice over Florence, as it is a unique city in the world having no cars and so seeing the refuse collectors, the undertakers, the ambulances operate by canal gives another dimension to the place, in addition to all the sights of a city on the water.

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1388 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

With only eight days I would focus only on Italy. I would allow a bit more for Rome and less for a second city (and I agree with Andy about Venice rather than Florence). If you really want to pack more in, I suggest a third Italian destination - for instance, between Rome and Florence you could stop off to see Siena, or add Bologna after Florence or as a stop between Rome and Venice. Or, maybe better - spend four nights in Rome and then four in Florence but from the latter make a day trip to Pisa or Siena or both - all easily done by train.

8. Posted by bensmith12 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Switzerland and Greece are my favorite countries to visit. I think visiting 4 countries in 10 days drip is the right decision.

9. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 202 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I definitively agree that you should just focus on Italy.

Another option is 4-5 days in Rome and time in Naples & Pompeii which is also easily done by train.

Where are you coming from? You could also start and end in Rome if that's better for you for flights and then 1 or 2 other places in between.

10. Posted by AdamFrankie (Inactive 12 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Consider Croatia as well. The country that includes the most beautiful islands.