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european excursion. criticism? compliments? suggestions?

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1. Posted by rbrettg (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Depart Halifax!
Fly into Rejkjavik Iceland, 2 nights overlay
Connection from Iceland to Frankfurt
1 night in frankfurt
eurorail to luxembourg city for the day
continuing onto paris for 3 days
onto brussels for 1 night
onto amsterdam for 2 nights
eurorail to hannover for the day
then onto berlin for 2 nights
jumping back on the eurorail to hamburg for 1 night
then back on again to copenhagen for 2 nights.
Again on the X2000 to stockholm for 2 nights
Jumping on a discount airline from stockholm to Milan
Milan for 2 nights and onto Bern for a night
Then heading to Geneva/Lucerne for 2 nights?
Gonna hop onto another plane and head to Prague for 2 nights
getting the train to an outskirt of prague and then onto vienna for 2 nights
then were off to munich for 2 nights.
Continuing onto Zurich for 2 nights and then onto Nice and Monacco for 1 night.
Continuing our journey we then goto Marseille for a night.
jumping bakc on the train to barcellona for 2 nights and then heading over to madrid for a night.
now jumping onto a flight to dublin for 2 nights and then another flight to london for 3 nights.

What does everyone think!!?!?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5234 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Wow, I get tired just reading that itinerary. I think it'll take you barely a week before you'll be utterly and thoroughly sick of sitting in transport and barely having any time to get to know the cities you're rushing through. Travelling isn't a contest to visit as many countries as possible in as short a time as you can (Gelli might disagree) ;) - slow down, breathe, let yourself settle into a new destination for some more days to really get a feel for it.
For starters, I'd cut every single city from that itinerary where you only spend one night. Effectively you wouldn't see them anyway. Then take a good hard look at what's left, and cut another 33%. Promise yourself you'll come back for them some other time.
Spread out the days you won over all the other cities. I promise you, there's none where you'd get bored in under a week (and even if you did, you could always do a daytrip from that city to nearby places), and this way, you could actually get to say that you *know* those cities.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have to agree - spend at least 3 nights in every city you want to see. The transportation alone will eat up hours and hours - you'll feel like you're spending all your time just getting from A to B. And it's surprisingly exhausting to spend all your time navigating and waiting to arrive. As Sander says, take the time to stop and enjoy! You could spend 2 weeks in cities like London or Paris and still not cover half of what there is to see.

Enjoy, though - whatever you choose to do!

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to agree too - you're trying to pack in a bit much, unless you really like sitting on trains.

How about sticking with Northern Europe and leaving France and Spain for another time? They're big varied countries and you won't see that much of them in a week, and you could donate those 9 days to seeing the other countries you're visiting in a little more depth.

Also, to save a bit of time, you could connect direct from Iceland to Sweden and then work your way down, rather than going all the way south, then north, then south again - Iceland Express fly Reykjavik - Stockholm or Gothenburg.

5. Posted by Juju76 (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Totally agree with all that has been said. There is a very high concentration of things to see in Europe so you can see many different things without covering a lot of distance.
I also notice that your itinerary only includes big cities. Visiting a large city is exhausting and even if you are a city person you may want to keep a few days to visit the countryside and the smaller cities, or chill out in a quiet place on the Mediterranean or in the Alps.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Rbrettg

I would make fewer stops, and I would spend a week, at least, in each of the places. Unless u just want to do an airport hopping tour, that is.

I think that schedule is way too tight. Stuff happens. Flights get delayed etc. Also, u will be jet lagged.


7. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 131 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In the Fall of 2004 I had 2 week driving trip in Germany.

Frankfurt (Land and get out!)
Gohren (on Rugen)

The names of the places above are where I sleeped. Stopped into small villages and did some hikes in between as well. A fast pace for sure but it was alot of fun.

Although the advice given so far makes alot of sense. I think that perhaps Canadians who didn't grow up in a big city aren't as sensitive to travel time as we've always had long trips to get anywhere!

My friend who grew up in rural Saskatchewan had to drive 6 hours just to see a movie!


8. Posted by rbrettg (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

okay ive redone the itinerairy. no zig zag here and less destinations. how is this?

frankfurt, brussels, amsterdam, hamburg, copenhagen, berlin, prague, vienna, (budapest -maybe), munich, zurich, milan, nice, lyon, paris, london. i dont really know what is the recommended alotted days for each city but i know paris and london should have more than the others i think. what do you guys recommend?

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Rbrettg

How much time do u have, anyway?
It still seems like a lot, unless u are travelling, for a few months.


10. Posted by rbrettg (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

id say probly 5 weeks or something close to that.