– Fly into Paris, stay 4 nights (incl. You can enjoy Venice in only about 24 hours as long as you stay on the main island and take advantage of walking around in the morning and evening when the crowds of day-trippers are gone. There are five of us in family (including a senior citizen) and we are planning a 2-2.5 week trip to Europe. -Roger. Any other tips and recommendations from you to us as honeymooners and first trip to Europe, Thank you very much in advance and looking forward to your recommendations London almost never gets very warm and Paris is usually fairly mild in summer as well. Read more about where to go in Switzerland for even more ideas. But what if I do Spain, Portugal and Italy would this be accommodating to our 15-20 days vacation plan? While I had done quite a bit of research and planning before we arrived and had a general idea of what our itinerary would look like, we didn’t book any rooms ahead of time other than our first night in Zagreb. The most efficient way of doing this would be to fly into London and then take the Eurostar train to Amsterdam (or you could fly, but the Eurostar is MUCH more interesting and enjoyable). First off, all of those four destinations other than Amsterdam are far enough from Amsterdam that there’s really no way you could visit them on that first Friday without literally spending almost the entire time in transit. I don’t know which part of Italy I would like to visit. I know Florence wasn’t on your list, but it’s one of the “Big 3” in Italy for a reason and many people find it the most interesting and pleasant of Italy’s tourist cities. Then you can take the Eurostar train from Paris to London in a bit over 2 hours. It’s about 3 hours from Prague by bus, and it’s a small and gorgeous town that is also very cheap. My recommendation is to stay 3 nights in just about any city that you visit, so if you have two weeks to work with that would be 4 or 5 cities at most. The architecture of the historic center is really gorgeous and unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else. Nairobi Day 12: Berlin, sleep in Berlin I would really appreciate some insight with planning my 21 day Europe trip. What I’d recommend would be to stay 3 nights in Amsterdam (although 2 would still be okay) and skip Brussels and Bruges on this trip. -Roger. 3. Tenerife is your best bet among them, and the area around Los Cristianos has the most to offer short-term visitors. I think a 4-year-old would probably ride trains free with a paid adult and your retired parents should be able to get reduced-fare train tickets, so it won’t be too bad. You may also want to scan my article on night trains in Europe. In Spain it’s obviously Madrid and Barcelona that are the cultural highlights, and they are very different from each other. Some of this is a bit tricky. We have 15 days in Europe. Mexico City, Athens is worthwhile all year round, but the Greek Islands, including Santorini, are pretty much closed from November through April because it’s too cold for tourists. Hotels in that area will be quite expensive and the rooms will likely be small. The queue in the station travel office might be long and if you got unlucky you could miss that departing train. That is enough time to enjoy the best parts, and then hop back on the train for another hour to Bruges and stay there for 2 or maybe 3 nights. The shortest trip to Spain that I’d recommend is 3 nights in Barcelona and 3 nights in Madrid. Venice (1) – then take train to: Interlaken Switzerland (2-3) Central European cities are much higher. I’m needing your expertise since it’s going to be my first trip to Europe and I’ll be traveling with 4 other adults and covering most of the cost. Will it be worth it to get Eurail? But purely as a way of saving a few dollars compared to a hostel, I’m not sure it would be worth it. Thanks so much. One thing to watch for though is that flights from Madrid to London are usually cheapest into London’s smaller airports and your flight home will almost certainly be out of Heathrow. Have a great trip. Parking in big European cities is always expensive and sometimes it’s not even available in the city center where the tourist attractions are located. So you could visit Paris and then fly to Madrid and after 3 nights you could take a train to Valencia. We are definitely on a budget. London feels like one of the world’s most important cities and there is so much to see and do there that I’d push it to the top of the list and Spain down just a bit. There aren’t many chain hotels in any of those cities and you can generally trust reviews on Tripadvisor or booking.com as long as there are more than, say, 20 reviews for a hotel. Spain is a very populous country and even the resort areas are filled with locals and other tourists who only know Spanish. Thanks so much for your willingness to give your time and knowledge. First off….Fantastic site! Berlin – sleep in Berlin Our current plan: -Roger. We don’t want to spend much time in inter travelling and we are thinking of covering Amsterdam, London, Edinburg & Scotland. I’m planning on spending one month in Europe with my 14-yr-old daughter, and would like your advice on when to go. There will be four of us …my mother in law in her 70’s and her husband of 80 also. Now, I have decided 4 countries to visit in AUG – SEP 2019. I’d say Salzburg and even Vienna could be done in two nights if you are focused. So it’s really more like one night and zero days in some places if you don’t check in until 5pm and you have to leave again right after breakfast the next morning, or even earlier. My fiancee and I are planning an elopement to Denmark in September of 2020. Thanks in advance. On the other hand, the train stations are all very central and all the cities have good and inexpensive public transportation, so getting around town is fast and easy once you are there. Thanks. Paris – Sleep in Paris Berlin is easier to reach from Paris or Amsterdam than Munich is, and I think it’s a much more interesting city as well. Hi Roger, This summer I am gonna be there at Salzburg for three days. Roatán Island Also any tips on travel between these three places? Thank you for the amazing website. Needless to say, you will want to fly into Paris and spend 3 or 4 days there. It’s best to check each journey to see what the fares are if you book, say, 60 days out vs. if you book 2 days out. And if you add that extra week I think 3 nights in Interlaken and 2 nights in Lucerne is an ideal first trip. Hi Roger, thanks for a most valuable site, it is truly appreciated! then i will book hotels Also if there is any particular website that you could recommend, for booking all the train tickets within Europe and economic stays/dorms, it would be really helpful too. So many countries, so much history, changes of culture and language from one hour to the next. 4/4. I’d spend 3 or 4 nights in Paris and after that I’d go to at least one more place in France. Milan is interesting and it’s a handy transport hub, but it’s not very “Italian” compared to the others and there are far fewer top sights. I have read to stay away from the Amalfi Coast during winter, is this correct? With that in mind you’ll want to choose 5 to 7 total cities to fit into your 15 to 20 days. Santorini at least has many year-round residents, but most hotels and restaurants will be closed and I wouldn’t recommend going out of season. The best deal we got since we live in Hawai’i would be going to Zurich Airport as it is close to their house in Austria. We checked into the celebrity cruise to Northern Europe such as Germany, Sweden, and a few other place. Then take a train to Florence for 2 or 3 days and then a train to Rome for your last 3 days. Sat Interlaken I would love to manage my budget well but that’s not my main focus. D-3 Munich, sleep in Munich. Ay suggestions? Let me know if you have any other questions. All of those cities should be interesting to kids because there are unusual things to see and experience in all of them. sincerely, Hi Roger, You are welcome. Slovakia 3.Zurich – 2 days Your suggestions are greatly needed. -Roger, Hi Roger, I’m happy to find your site! D-6 Daytrip to Landsberg am Lech and Augsburg, sleep in Munich. We left home, started an Instagram to share photos with friends and family, and took off hit some undiscovered spots in Europe alongside a few favorites we’d made it to in the past. Happy New Year! My husband and I are flying from India to Paris in July for two weeks, and have France and Belgium in mind. Switzerland is expensive, even compared to the other places on your list, but it’s got by far the best scenery. Have a wonderful trip. Let me know if you have any other questions. Also we’re picking up a large chunk of the tab so need to keep cost in mind too. But Amsterdam, Berlin, and Prague all have excellent nightlife and it’s very easy to go wherever you want and just speak English. Amsterdam (2 nights). I’m a fan of Easyjet (especially compared to Ryanair), but make sure you research the various fees for luggage and such. The day trip to Sinta is very worthwhile and will take most of that day, so you will already be busy in Lisbon. Switzerland is very expensive, but 3 days there is very worthwhile. If you want to just fly into Rome for 3 nights and then fly somewhere else you could do that, but those other cities are almost too wonderful to miss, especially since you’d already be 90 to 120 minutes from them by train when you are in Rome. I’ve not been to Madeira so I won’t be much help with that. Impressed by your knowledge and articles on so many places round the world and must say commendable work replying/advising people here personally. You might also be interested in my article on where to go in Germany. The trip begins of first may and ends on first June. And that time of year will be very quiet for tourism, so I’d probably skip it and just do Amsterdam. We both like mixing exploration with relaxation. 1 – It’s very doable and since you scheduled 3 nights in most places, it’s not rushed either. Last summer saw me working to convert a van into an awesome camper for an epic three week road trip around Europe and while I’ve shared a few posts on where we visited, I wanted to explain the route we chose. I understand your point, so I would drop Itally off the list completely. Would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on this. For example, you could take a train from Paris to Rothenburg ob der Tauber for one night (it’s a small and very charming tourist town) and then a train to Munich for 3 nights before a flight to Rome. 2 nights in Venice One last thing is that you need to research tickets to the match at Camp Nou long before you go. 4/2. Eurail Passes are best for longer trips where you want to make plans as you go. -Roger. Thanks so much. Hi roger. We’re considering: London, Paris, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, and Bruges/Brussels. What is your suggestion? Still, it’s much better than staying home and you’ll have the nice Christmas decorations to enjoy. Our original plan for this year and before we included the children in that trip, was going to two wine regions in France and Italy. That trip sounds great and I think the weather will be mostly pleasant. One quick and great itinerary would be to fly into London and spend 3 days there before taking the Eurostar train to Paris for three days. what would you recommend? Is it wrong for us to plan these 3 countries? Your valuable inputs are highly sought. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be happy to help as your plan comes together. I discuss it more in my article on the 5 European cities best for first-time visitors. It really depends on how long you have for the trip. I’m happy to answer other questions on this if you have them, and I hope this helps. Berlin to Cologne is 4 hours 20 minutes by train so I’d go there next. It’s almost all big groups of people who come to party together, and there isn’t much of a scene for solo travelers. But I think for you, Greece is probably a better option. 4 – I would arrange your own sightseeing. If you stay in 2-star hotels you can get by on a bit less, and if you share a hostel (private or dorm) it would be even a bit less. For ideas for the third week I would suggest Amsterdam is probably the most interesting remaining city, and it’s nothing like the others I’ve discussed. Are there any other cities worth visiting ? I havent really seen itineries anywhere for these 3 countries exclusively. It is indeed very helpful. Amsterdam – sleep in Amsterdam you need to decide how much driving you want to do in a day. I would most definitely re-see places, but want at least one or two new cities. The best one-week Italy trip is one full day (24 hours if possible) in Venice and then 3 nights in Florence and 3 nights in Rome. Decided to skip Vienna, and add 1 more day to Berlin and Paris (4 nights each now), as well as add Florence, 2 nights(shaved off a day from Rome). -Roger. We think our preference would be train versus flying within Europe if possible although we enjoy variety. When I check prices to fly into one city and leave from the other, prices skyrocket. You can read more about it in my main article on where to go in Switzerland. Could you please suggest the best European cities to visit in November/December? April 21-23: Paris WE will already be in London visiting Family, so we are not looking for any flights into London and I know that Paris is probably the city to start with but aside from that, no clue. Milan (2 days) I believe the only train from Lisbon to Madrid runs overnight, but there may be a daytime bus. Gaby. October is a slower month so you can still probably get decent fares if you book only a week or two in advance, but if you try to book a longer trip on the same day it’ll probably cost a fortune. Wow, your site is so informative! Most big cities in France have high-speed rail service between them, but the trains leaving the country are often slow as you mention. We plan to depart Scotland toward the end of July and return mid August just before the kids return to school. From there you could take a train to Brussels, Bruges, and/or Amsterdam, as all of them are almost totally flat and easy to get around in. My husband and I are planning our first and maybe only trip to Europe for 9-10 days in June. Thanks Roger, appreciate your quick and insightful revert. Venice is on there and if I ranked them it might be number one because it’s unlike any other place on earth, AND it’s gorgeous. We really wanted to do croatia but seems like a long distance. -Roger. We were hoping to visit 4 countries in these 13 nights. That gives you some choices and if you are within the range of what we discussed, I’m sure it’ll be an excellent trip. Keep up the good work. Let me know if you have other questions. Cos we have to take the plane. Thank you very much for the wealth of knowledge you have poured into this site, I have very much appreciated reading through your answers to the above posts. Personally, I would substitute Amsterdam for Brussels for sure. Our plan is to fly in to Rome and fly out from Paris (depending on the flight ticket prices and availability). Last September me and hubby took a road trip taking in the best California has to offer. Wed Chinque Terre – Pisa – Florence Florence 3 From there I found flights to Amsterdam for $60 for both of us via Easyjet departing at 8:00 am from london. St. Thomas, Belize would really appreciate if you could help me on this UK > ManU and stonehenge Slow down among the olive groves and walk through quiet villages. Now, the “x” means transportation options. You could enjoy a one-day visit to a tiny place like Rothenburg ob der Tauber or the castle in Fussen or even Venice, but those are only good if it doesn’t take long to get there or long to get to the next place. Let me know if you have any other questions. best Answer 1 of 8: Hi all, I am planning a summer road trip to Europe. If you did that then you’d be up to 16 days already, and you’d have 4 days or so left to either visit Lisbon (I wouldn’t go anywhere else in Portugal unless you had more time), or elsewhere in Spain. If you spent 3 days or so in each of those cities it would take 24 days, but I’d say Venice in about 24 hours is enough because it’s so crowded and expensive (and yet still amazing). Then it will be best to fly to Italy. Thu Rome Rome I’m happy to help more as you continue to plan and I hope this helps. The earlier you buy your Eurostar train ticket between London and Paris, the cheaper it will be (up to about 6 months in advance). Prioritizing London, Edinburgh, Paris, Interlaken-some Switzerland, Amsterdam, Some central Europe and some Italy? Italy is wonderful for first-time visitors because the highlights are really world class, while I think the main sights in Spain aren’t quite as interesting. Negril, Frankfurt is famous for its busy airport and being home to most German banks, but there are almost no sights of interest, especially compared to Berlin or Cologne or even a small town such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber. From Newcastle it’s probably best to fly because it would take quite a while to take a train down to London and then the Eurostar to Paris. Personally, I would hate to fly every 3 days, dealing with airport transportation and security and all that. Reliable websites we can use to book tickets? World-renowned Budapest. Bolivia I actually discuss that in my article a few years ago about what I consider to be Europe’s 5 best destinations for first-time visitors. Wanted to see if you think that’s a good idea or if it’s better to take the train from there to Berlin? Valencia to Madrid We’ll be coming from Singapore. My guess is that you probably want to stop in Barcelona for a few days to visit Camp Nou, and if you do that be sure to get your tickets as early as possible. I’m glad you find this useful and I’ll try to answer your questions in order. Sat Reach Edinburgh Edinburgh 1  Innsbruck  Any day trips from here? I would recommend Googling “family travel in Amsterdam” or something like that and I’m sure you’ll see plenty of articles discussing the situation. Still, it’s an amazing city in so many ways and only 3.5 hours from Amsterdam by high speed train. One key to saving money is to buy your train tickets 2 to 3 months in advance if you can. Manage it or another destination posts and advice very much oriented to bureaucrats and business travelers scenic most... 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