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2 extra days in which city?
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I’m going on a 56 day trip around europe with busabout, and I have 2 extra days in my intinerary in the first half of the trip, but I don’t know which city would be best to spend it in? I’m starting in London on May 27th, for 4 days, Paris for 4 days, then 3 days each in Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Munich and Venice. Any ideas or personal preferences for which city would be the best to spend some extra time in?

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I can always find more things to do in London.
Maybe Berlin, too. Culturally thru have a lot to offer and will be celebrating the warmer weather.

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Depends what you already have planned for those cities.

  • What are you doing in London? Do you have any plans for going to Stonehenge, Bath or Oxford/Cambridge? If not, I would either use one of your four days there for one (or more) of these excursions, or use one of your extra days if you already think you’ll be tight on time in London.
  • Three days is plenty, in my opinion, for both Venice and Amsterdam. I definitely wouldn’t add a day onto either of these. I also think 4 days is about right to see the major tourist-y stuff in Paris (including Versailles).
  • I’ve yet to go to Berlin or Prague (I’m going to Prague this summer), but I know both are considered fantastic tourist cities. You might want an extra day in one of those cities?
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I’m assuming that your trips between Italy and Greece will be by ferry? I would take that extra two days, and spend it in Corfu. It’s a highly worthwhile island, overlooked by backpackers who think that Greece is just Athens and the Cyclades. And it’ll also break an otherwise long commute from Venice to Athens [unless you plan to fly this route], and from Athens to Rome [again, unless you plan to fly this route].

Hell, I suggest visiting Corfu anyways just to see different areas of the country. You picked 3 destinations in Greece (Paros, Santorini, and Mykonos) that are all in the same region.

In fact, I would even recommend, depending on how much time you will have in Greece, in dropping either Mykonos or Paros, and reallocate maybe a couple full days to Rhodes. Or, if you plan to fly between Italy and Athens, you can visit the Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos and/or Paros) plus Crete.


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Ravidel: I hadn’t really considered extending my london trip, because I’m spending 4 and a half days there already, but you’re right there does seem to be a lot to see, and I might be going to visit family while I’m there so it might be worth spending those extra days.
I’ll cross Venice and Amsterdam off the list of extra days Smile
I was strongly considering Berlin, because there is quite a lot to see, it just doesn’t to seem to be as pretty as some of the other cities, and I don’t know if it would be a city I would fall in love with straight away like Venice or Paris. But there is a lot to see so…
Anyone who’s been to Prague has any suggestions? It seems to be a favourite destination of many travellers, but I just don’t know what to expect. Thank you for your helpful suggestions though Smile
luv_the_beach: My time in Greece is already set, as I’m flying from Venice to Athens that I’ve booked, spending one full day there, then heading out on a set busabout cruise to the Islands for 7 days. It is a shame they’re all in the same area, and I would love to see Rhodes or Corfu, but I might have to come back another time for them. (At least I’ll have an excuse to come back Smile) I’m flying out of santorini to rome then going on from there, so again, not much room to change my plans.

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Grace,

Although I can’t speak from personal experience (although I will be able to after this summer!), you might consider using those 2 days and hopping the train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and spending 2 days there. I’ve heard great things about it (google it!) and it’s certainly one of the “tourist” cities/towns in the Czech Republic.

Similarly, you might consider spending the couple of days in one of the areas around Amsterdam… again, not something I can give you advice on, but I know I’ve heard a lot of people rave about other places in Amsterdam.

Finally, this would be the most rushed and probably least “feasible” of the options, but perhaps the most rewarding: but it sounds like you’re going to be near the Polish in mid June when the EuroCup is going on. It would certainly be rushed, but if seeing a major sporting event would be rewarding for you, it might be worth it.

Good luck!