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


I am planning a backpacking trip with my friends to Europe this coming mid Dec. The places i plan to visit are London, Paris, Switzerland, Rome, Vienna, Budapest and Prague. I am unsure if 14 days are enough to travel these places and wat is the best and cheapest mode of travel? EuroRail or by air? What is the most affordable airline from Singapore to London? currently the best price i could get is Thai Airways@ SGD1600. Are those places i mentioned recommended to travel during this period and what can i look out for? Pls advice. Thanks! :)

2. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

By all means, it is fine to travel to these places now, however it may be a little cold so pack some warm clothes! 14 days may be enough, but you will be tight squeezed to fit everything I think. Perhaps go for three weeks if you can.

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting terencetj

I am unsure if 14 days are enough to travel these places

This equates to 2 days for every city (and one of them as a whole country) that you plan on visiting and in these two days it also means the time to get to and from the airport if you fly and the time that you are in transit so really you'd only have a maximum of 1 1/2 days in each place on average. This isn't enough time to do any place justice let alone some of the nicest cities in the world with loads to see and do.

If you are from Singapore like your post suggests, you are certainly choosing the wrong time of year for that region of Europe! I went to Switzerland for a few days (a couple of years ago) when it was meant to be spring and I was sooooo cold and I was even wearing a jacket designed for arctic weather conditions. Despite the warm clothes I was still so cold that when I dropped some money on the ground, I had to get someone else to pick it up for me as my fingers were practically frozen solid because I couldn't even bend them or barely move them at all for that matter, so I can only imagine how freezing cold it will be in the winter time when you are going.

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 19, 2007, at 2:58 AM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi terencet,
- My suggestion is: Italy itself for the 14 days. You will have no difficulty finding things to see and do. The south of Italy should be balmy. buy a Railpass and travel all over Italy and see the sights. You will have an incredible journey; all of you. Save the other regions- in Europe- for future trips. In travelling, a LOT of time is spent just schlepping luggage around, becoming oriented, trying to make sense of things. Just focus on one country for this trip. You won't regret it. You will have a lot of company in italy at THAT time of year.

- Hungary, Czech and Slovakia is not an unreasonable option, as well. Whatever you decide, concentrate and centralize whatever area you decide to focus on. Rome itself could easily demand over 2 weeks to really 'see'.

- I do understand that flights to Italy are not cheap.

- Best, Kevin.

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

Hey, appreciate for the advices you guys had given me. Anyway i have decided to extend another 3 more days for this trip. Currently i am trying to plan a general itinery for this trip. Wonder if you guys, from your experience and knowledge can give me some suggestions on the places i will be visiting. I will be arriving at London on the first day, taking a domestic flight to Frankfurt (Hahn Airport) the next morning. From there, i plan to tour around frankfurt, then to Cologne, and Berlin.

After that, i will take the train to Poland (Krakow), then to Czech (Prague), and Hungary (Budapest). From there, i will head to Vienna, then Switzerland, Lyon, Paris (any other nice places in France to recommend?) before flying back to London.

I am unsure of the number of days i should spent at each place so that it would be sufficient. As to travelling to the diferent countries, will it be more advisable to travel by train from Frankfurt onwards?

Thank you for the advices. :)

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Terencetj:)

I would cut that list in half.
Skip London and fly into whichever city has the cheapest connection between it and Singapore. Dont choose a particular airline. Just concentrate on buying the cheapest flight. That could be with any airline. However u should buy it now. I think the internet is the best place to buy because u wont have to pay a commission fee to a travel agent. There are a number of websites which sell budget flights. I usually use Flights get booked up and expensive at Christmastime so buy your flight ticket now. Also the price varies when u fly on different days, so check the prices for the days before and after the date u intend to fly on to find the best deal.
What u could do to save some time and money getting from here to there in Europe is take night trains.
Of course the weather will be cold at this time of year, but I certainly dont consider that a disadvantage. I love the cosy Christmas atmosphere.


7. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

id cut it in half as well, theres nothing worse than havin to lug your shit around half the time youre travelling, when youre rushing place to place, when you could only be lugging your shit around, a quarter of the time... pick out the places you REALLY wanna see and go there. dont just walk out of the transtation, see the church, take some pics and then leave again and say youve been there, cos with a list like that, thats whats gonna happen...

8. Posted by Jacob330 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Just pick an area you really want to see.
Like Southern Europe, Italy, France, Switserland.
Or Central Europe: Austria, Poland, Czech, Slovakia,...

Everything in such a short time is really too much.

9. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I recommend checking out the Lonely Planet itineraries for Europe. They may have something for a 2 week trip. I would recommend flying as opposed to Euro rail. They are numerous budget airlines to choose from in Europe. Book an open jaw flight so you don't have to back track ie. fly into Rome and out of Paris. And try to visit as much as you can in between. My favourite countries to visit at that time of year include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. You'd probably want to visit France as well.