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1. Posted by Terr0rX (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

i plan to travel to rome,florence/pisa,venice,stuttgart,berlin,amsterdam with my family . but my dad is an EU citizen and is not eligible for an eurail pass.
So im completely out of ideas of how to do this trip..;.
any help would be appriciated...
what i thought of is cheap air travel or undiscounted train travel..but im not sure if that would work out smoothly.

one more question is should i book hotels in advance or book them when i get there?

im travelling july2nd week for abt 10 days

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

EUrail passes are available to all those who have their residence in a country outside the Interrail area. Citizenship is irrelevant, so your dad can simply buy a EUrail pass.

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

Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice...definitely book in advance if possible as hotels tend to get pretty busy during the summer...

4. Posted by OHannemari (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Terr0rX,

If I were you I would book hotels for every city in advance because you´re going in the high season. Especially when you are going with a big group, you might have trouble to find rooms if you don´t reserve a room.

Another thing, are you sure you want to see all these cities in just ten days?
taking travel time in account you´ll only have just one day for every city, especially for Rome, Berlin and Amsterdam you will need more time if you really want to get the feel of the city.
My suggestion is to skip some cities so that you have more time for the others. For example I would drop one city in Italy and one in Germany.

If you decided to go to Amsterdam I have some tips for you what you have to see and to do, because I´m from Holland and I have been to Amsterdam a lot.
You can go to the Anne-Frank museum, it´s not very big but it is very impressive. In case you don´t know her, she was a Jewish girl who was hiding for the Germans during the war in the same house the museum is. She got famous for the dairy she wrote in this time.
In Amsterdam you have a lot of squares you can visit for a drink, like Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. A real Dutch folk neighborhood is the Jordaan, it´s definitely worth to visit.
If it´s sunny you could have a pick nick in the Vondelpark, like the locals do.

If you have any more questions, just ask!


[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jun-2009, at 01:10 by OHannemari ]

5. Posted by PsptJunkie (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you don't want to deal with the Eurail passes, point-to-point tickets aren't that big of a deal since you are traveling only within a few countries...and the price difference may not be as much as you think it would be, as long as you don't base your ticket price expectations on the railEurope website.

You can get more accurate prices and even buy electronic tickets with the proper national rail websites:

For train tickets within or departing from Italy, use the Trenitalia website (site is available in English - look for link at the top)

For train tickets within or departing from Germany, use the Deutsche Bahn website (site's not the best usability-wise, but doesn't take too long to get the hang of it)

Have a great trip!

6. Posted by Terr0rX (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

thanksa lot it clarifies a lot. i think wwe will take pt to pt tickets in advance which i think will cost about the same.

7. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

That's good Terr0rX ;) Good luck to your trip..