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1wk in Europe, HELP!!!
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I have a wedding to attend in England, but would like to come a week prior to visit cities. I would like to start in Lisbon Portugal, then go to Barcelona Spain, from there go to either Milan or Rome (don’t know which to go to first), then Paris France, then Amsterdam, and finally end up in Birmingham England.
 
Does anyone know of an easy way (for a newbie like me) to plan this out? I also have approximately 62,000 American Airlines flyer miles to use where needed. I live in Hawaii, but would like to fly from San Francisco to Portugal. I honestly have no clue where to start. I don’t want to spend a ton of cash either. I do have deals on staying at Marriot Hotels, my step mom is a regional manager. I just need help figuring out how to get from one place to the other. Fly? Train? Bus?

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I also forgot to add that I want to leave on September 1st, and end up at the wedding on September 8th. Probably leave on September 9th or 10th. I can also make it a two week trip, but must end at the wedding on September 8th.

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For a one week trip pick either Italy or Spain/Portugal and plan on staying in 2 cities — you can take a day trip or two from your base cities.  You’ll want to fly between UK and either place.  Deciide based on the transportation logistics.  Pick the place with the best and cheapest flights to Birmingham.  You’ll have to fly between Lisbon and Barcelona as train is over 20 hours. 

My choice would be Italy unless flights were significantly cheaper to Barcelona.  I’d choose Rome and one other city.  Milan would not be my choice for the second.  It’s a big business and shopping center, expensive and not particularly interesting in my book.  Train will be the best way to get around within Italy.