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Advice on First Eurotrip 2013
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Hi all, me and a friend have decided to drop our lives for a month next year between May and June and do a bit of travelling around Europe. Neither of us have ever been on a trip like this before and at this stage we have nothing booked just a basic itinerary of 10 countries in 30 days in mind by train on a month eurail pass after flying to/from our starting/ending cities. We basically wanna experience the different cultures, foods, see a few sights, have a laugh and party. Any advice on all areas of this kind of trip would be much appreciated.
So far we are thinking:
Amsterdam 2 days
Liege 2 days
Luxembourg 2 days
Berlin 4 days
Prague 3 days
Vienna 3 days
Verona 2 days
Milan 2 days
Geneva 2 days
Lyon 2 days
Toulouse 2 days
Barcelona 4 days

What are peoples thoughts on this? does it seem feasable? any feedback on any of these places that we should avoide or any places we should think of adding in to the route? Any advice on must see or must do’s? We are thinking of a budget of around £2,500 each will this be ok or do we need to get saving more ha.

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Its feasable but I would take out/change it a bit so that its more comfortable and so you’re not travelling every 2nd day.. Depends what you want to see/do I guess but I would take out a few of them and spend time in other places for sure.. Take out Toulouse completely. Take the 2 days from Liege for Amsterdam. 2 days from Luxembourg to Cologne maybe instead since its sorta on the way to Berlin..

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Hi, thanks for the advice. I think we are going to swap Liege for Brussels, after a little more research There would seem to be a lot more going on there and we don’t want to take Belgium out of our itinerary completely. I think we’ll remove Toulouse and use the days to add an extra onto Lyon and possibly one of the Italian cities I’m thinking Verona. As far as Amsterdam goes we could eitwither move Luxembourg and use those 2 days or with this being our starting point we could add an extra day or 2 onto our time there by extending the trip slightly and getting earlier flights/boat in, I’m sure that won’t be too much of a stretch with nearly 12 months of saving still left to do.

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Just a suggestion: Please reconsider about Toulouse, it is really a beautiful city with a fun, youthful vibe. And there are many cool places to see between Toulouse and Barcelona.

I agree with Whenamondamic that you don’t want to be traveling every second day. If your finances allow, it would be cool if you could stop in Slovenia between Vienna and Verona. Are you skipping Venice because it’s too expensive or just doesn’t interest you?

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I’d definitely substitute Venice for Milan if you haven’t been to Venice. Milan is a big, busy, business oriented, transportation hub. It’s really convenient but there’s little there, IMO, to interest a tourist.

Is this really your goal?

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We basically wanna experience the different cultures, foods, see a few sights, have a laugh and party.
It doesn’t seem to fit with some of the cities you’ve picked. You don’t mention an interest in History, so why Liege or Luxembourg. No mention of classical music, so why Vienna? — nightlife is more interesting and much cheaper in nearby Bratislava. No mention of high end shopping, so why Milan?

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Thanks again for the info, I am taking it all on board. I have had another slight reshuffle and removed Luxembourg from our itinerary, it seems this is an expensive place and somewhere with not enough of a pull to warrant the 2 days there, instead we have added Munich into the mix as this is a place I would really like to visit and in particular the Hofbrauhaus and it would seem from everything I have read the people there are really welcoming and friendly.

I think we will leave Toulouse in our itinerary as this seems a nice stop gap between Lyon and Barcelona and as you have said I have also heard the same from others that it has a really nice and youthful vibe.

A bit of both regarding Venice, we have heard it is expensive and we have no real compulsion to go there on this trip as it would seem to be a place more suited for couples so I see myself going there at some point in the future but with my gf so we thought Verona would be a better place to take in a bit of old school Italian culture on this trip.

Unfortunatley I dont think we will manage to fit Slovenia in on this trip but hopefully if all goes well this time then a trip through eastern Europe could be next on the agenda.

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At first we started with the idea of “lets fit as many countries in as we can” with no real thought to where or why hence the possibly strange mix of countries in my initial itinerary. On reflection this maybe wasnt the best strategy ha, hopefully this thread will help me more understand the places we do want to be going from peoples advice and the places that wouldnt be of any real interest to us, our itinerary isnt set in stone so all of this is helpful. I have since removed Liege and Luxembourg in favour of Brussels and Munich. We have no interest in high end shopping a few quirky meaningful souvenirs from each place we visit will probably be all the shopping we will do, no real interest in history although we would still like to see some interesting sights. So yes “We basically wanna experience the different cultures, foods, see a few sights, have a laugh and party.” and to meet some interesting people and new friends on the trip is our goal.

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Cil wrote:
Just a suggestion: Please reconsider about Toulouse, it is really a beautiful city with a fun, youthful vibe. And there are many cool places to see between Toulouse and Barcelona.

I agree with Whenamondamic that you don’t want to be traveling every second day. If your finances allow, it would be cool if you could stop in Slovenia between Vienna and Verona. Are you skipping Venice because it’s too expensive or just doesn’t interest you?

I’m actually visiting a friend in Toulouse and then I’m heading for Barcelona! What places between Toulouse and Barcelona do you recommend? I’m traveling alone so I’m looking for places where I can find a nice hostel to meet other people!

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Saxo,

Looking it over, I’m not too crazy about the France/Italy/Spain leg of your itinerary either. I do think Milan is worth visiting, but I also agree with oldlady that if you have limited time in Italy, I wouldn’t prioritize Milan. I don’t think your itinerary is that bad…it doesn’t look like you just picked bigger cities out of a hat. It does look like you put thought into it and picked good cities. But I do also think that it’s a sin to overlook smaller towns/countryside areas, and that’s what you’re doing.

When you look at a small map of Europe…even though small towns may not be identified on that map, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing between the larger cities.

Normally, I would give people alternative suggestions, but it’s difficult in your case, because you picked good cities. Even Italy, at least you paired Milan with Verona…great combo. But it’s also driving me crazy that you’ll be in Italy and will be neglecting the countryside or coast.

In France: Lyon and Toulouse are both lovely cities. Ideally however, I would drop one of these, and replace it with a countryside or coastal area in southern France. I’m in a hurry now and can’t do the research, but I would imagine Toulouse is out of the way from Lyon to Barcelona, because the rail lines won’t allow for an easy way. That doesn’t mean that Toulouse should be dropped, but if you can pair Lyon with, say, Perpignan, or Carcassonne, or Arles or Nîmes or Sète…(in fact, I recommend this), then it may be worth your while. I do like the fact that you’ll be visiting central France (Lyon…which is a great city), and I recommend balancing it out with a less-populated location in the South.

In Barcelona, I would take a daytrip to Sitges.

Do some research, and try and see if you can find some less-populated places that catch your eye.

And use this German rail website as a planning tool; it lets you look up train schedules across Europe.


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i think spain should be on a list of every Euro trip, it is simply beautiful to start with. Try to visit at least 2 cities, Madrid and Bercelona and if you have more time got to Belchite- it is a fabulous and truly exciting place in Spain. During the Civil War it was empted by Franco and till recent days it remains as a real host city with almost no people but great architecture and interesting stories.