First time Backpapcker needs HELP!!

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1. Posted by psu429 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,
Well here it goes:
I am going backpacking in Europe with 5 of my friends from May 17th-June 7th, 2004. Well actually I'll be with 2 of them for the entire trip. And I am so confused as to what I am supposed to do. I know everyone says take your time in each place and don't try to see everything, but I am afraid I'll never be able to see these places if I don't see them now. So we all decided that we want to see as many places as we can. They are:
Greece (possibly Athens or the Greek isles)
then we have to get back to London (we got round trip really cheap)

We might want to stop off in Switzerland for the day but not sure about time.

So my questions are:

1. What type of Eurarail pass do you think we should get if any?
2. How do I look into Ferry trips for England to Ireland to France
and then for Italy to Greece?
3. Are we being completely unrealistic?
4. Approximately how long will the return trip be from Greece to London?
5. Is there anyway we can find a Eurarail schedule that we can keep with us?

Sorry to ask so many questions, I'm a bit excited/nervous about the trip and there is so much I don't know!

Thank you so much for your help!

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Erin,
I cant offer advice on a Eurorail pass - i only do point-to-point tickets.

But yes you are being unrealistic on your itinerary.
Cut itdown a bit i suggest. You will be hard pressed to travel from Killarney to Greece on the same 3 week journey! You can always go back to Europe and visit those other places you missed. I spent a month in only Ireland, and STILL didnt see enough (Killarney is great town). 1 week in London may just scratch the surface too.!

And with that many traveleres, you are boound to have disagreements as to where to go and how long to spend in amsterdam vs paris vs London.

I would say skip Swiss too, its expensive! save it for another time. Chances are, after Paris and London you will be short on money :)

try to narrow down your journey to just maybe england-ireland and France. ??

hope this helps.

3. Posted by psu429 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much for your help!! I think I'm going to have to talk this all over with my friends, because you are right. Thanks again!