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11. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Fly into Dublin in June, you should be able to get a better deal that way. Just keep an eye on travel cost from Dublin to Continental Europe.

If you are rushing around and prioritise (say you go and see Barcelona and Pamplona instead of Spain and Paris instead of France) you can plan to spent 10-14 days per country.

You can find out about train travel times by looking at and typing in your destinations. Works for most of Europe.

I would like to hike and see the natural beauty as well as experience the culture

You can only do that if you travel on a slower pace. Culturewise it takes time to "get" a country, you don't start picking up the little things that are pieces of the puzzle until you have been there for about 2-3 weeks.

Natural beauty especially takes time. Did you know that one of the big long distance hiking paths of Europe passes through Pamplona? It is the St. James Way, an old pilgrims route on Roman roads that leads to Santiago de Compostela. Doing pilgrimage has recently become hip again, not just among young Catholics.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jan-2009, at 20:17 by t_maia ]

12. Posted by Eyezayuh (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Okay, thanks for the site. I know its important to plan some things, but for the most part I would like to play it by ear and just explore. With my limited time and funds I know I can't do that too much but hopefully my Eurail pass will get me good deals on night trains and such. I believe through expedia I can alter my flight times for a small fee so if my money lasts me longer than I thought I will try to stay longer. I also might cut out Ireland and UK altogether and maybe just go back next year to really spend time in the culture and get a feel for the land my family came from.

Thanks for all the advice, I'm going to look at my map again and sleep on it.

WOW That site is very helpful THANK YOU. It can only take 12 hours to get to Rome from PARIS! I thought it would be waaay longer. I might have to get lots of credit cards so I can stay longer haha.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jan-2009, at 20:33 by Eyezayuh ]

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