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Eurotrip '13 Help Needed
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If anyone can give me some advice for my itinerary it would be much appreciated. I haven’t fully updated the trip info on the system here, but I ended up typing it up on word so I’ll copy paste it here. I already know I’m probably going to have to cut at least a country or two from the list. The trip will span from July 29 – Oct 2. Is it even worth it to travel to a country for 2 days? Any extra insight on cities or festivals I should go to would be awesome as well. Would $100/day be a good amount for the trip (not including airfare or eurail pass)?

65 days – 2 for air travel = 63 days total
(START) Dusseldorf Germany
Germany to Belgium 2 days in Brussels
Belgium to Netherlands 4 days in Amsterdam
Netherlands to Sweden? 4-5 days in Sweden
Sweden to Germany (Berlin) 2 days in Berlin
Germany to Czech Republic 4-5 days in Prague/Cesky Krumulov
Czech Republic to Austria 2-3 days in Vienna
Austria to Hungary 1-2 days in Budapest
Hungary to Romania 2 days in Bucharest/Vlad’s Castle
Romania to Croatia 5-6 days in Dubrovnik/Split/Plitvice Lakes
Croatia to Italy 5-6 days in Rome/Venice/Florence
Italy to Spain 7 days in Madrid/Barcelona/Ibiza
Spain to Portugal? 2 days in Lisbon or Oporto
Portugal to France 5-6 days in Lyon/Paris/Perpignan/Normandy Beach
France to Switzerland? 2-3 days in Lucerne/Zurich
Switzerland to Germany (Oktoberfest) 7-10 days in Munich/Neuschwanstein/Salzberg
(END) Dusseldorf Germany

Thanks for taking the time to read it!

I am leaving from Los Angeles with $6500 for 66 days
Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Český Krumlov, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Venice, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
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Wow. Looks like a great trip.
Maybe take a day off Amsterdam, and add it to Berlin?
For the leg in Spain, will you go to Portugal from Madrid by train? Salamanca and/or Sevilla would make great side or day trips out of Madrid.
Vueling Airlines has cheap flights to/from Spain/Portugal/France, but the more ahead of time you purchase, the cheaper they are, and you probably do not want to lock yourself down with flight dates.

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Yeah that would probably be a good idea to spend an extra day in Berlin. Any advice on what I should look to see/do in Berlin?

As for the trip from Spain to Portugal I was planning on going from Madrid by train. I’ll look into those places you mentioned. Are they both somewhat similar to each other?

I was thinking about using flights, but like you said I don’t know if I want to be locked down that far in advance. Could help cut travel times if I were to find cheap flights at the last minute though.

Thanks for the advice! Smile

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Flights can help save time, but remember to figure the full cost and full amount of time involved in a flight. Typically, any flight takes nearly 5 hours, city center to city center. That’s 45 minutes to the airport (airport transportation generally leaves from the train station so that’s in addition to total time for a train ride) 2 hour advance check-in/security, 1 hour flight time, 45 minutes to get into town from the airport. An afternoon flight effectively kills the entire day for sightseeing. Most itineraries end up with lots of 4 to 6 hour train rides…

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Thanks for the advice Oldlady. I didn’t take into consideration all the time that would be wasted for the process both leading up and after the flight. Night trains will probably be a common method of travel for me as I can sleep on the train and wake up when I get to my destination. Shorter trips I’ll just have to do in the early morning so I can arrive at a decent time and be on my way.

I am leaving from Los Angeles with $6500 for 66 days
Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Český Krumlov, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Venice, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights