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Extra time in Florence, Budapest or Mykonos?
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Hello all,

I am planning a 12-day trip to Europe with two friends. We are all males in our early 20s, interested in sightseeing, nightlife, and enjoying local cuisine and culture. I studied abroad last year and saw a great many places in Europe, so am trying to hit a few on my list that I missed.

Florence and Athens are the two must-see places on the list.

Right now the plan is:
Fly into Rome and train to Florence/Fly into Florence (1 day)
Florence: 2 full days
Train to Pisa then flight to Budapest (1 day)
Budapest: 3 full days
Return to Pisa/Rome, stay overnight (1 day)
Fly to Athens (1 day)
Athens: 2 full days
Fly home to US

So in total: 2.5 days in Florence, 3.5 days in Budapest, 3 days in Athens

My question is: Is seeing Budapest worthwhile in this case or should I devote extra time to Florence or add a trip to Greek Islands (Mykonos in particular)?

I have heard Budapest is a great cultural city with nightlife, but I do not want to sell my other experiences short. Would I get a much better experience of Greece with a longer stay and trip to the islands? I do not want to just lie on the beach all day however, as I can get that in Florida.

The reason for the longer stay in Budapest is due to much cheaper flights on the particular days.

I have been to London, Rome, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Dublin, Brussels, and Tallinn previously.

I am grateful for any feedback you may have. Thanks in advance.

I am leaving from St. Louis with $2500 for 12 days
Florence, Cinque Terre, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini
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I don’t really like this itinerary- the destinations are really far apart from each other for such a short trip. Why is Athens a must see? I’d say the ruins, etc. are worth a good day, maybe day and a half, but you don’t need 3 days in Athens. The real reason, IMO, to visit Greece is to visit the islands. I haven’t been to Mykonos, but heard great things, but Santorini is spectacular. It is VERY different “just lying on a beach” in Greece than Florida…there’s no comparison, IMO. There’s also lots to do on the islands.

I haven’t been to Budapest, but have heard great things. With only 12 days, I’d just head to Greece, doing Athens and 2 islands. Or, I guess you could fly into Florence, spend a solid 3 days there, and then fly to Athens, visit an island, and return to Athens and fly home from there.

I am leaving from Boston, MA with $5000 for 47 days
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What are your plans for 2 full days in Athens? IMO, it’s about 1/2 day too long for Athens but nowhere near enough time to actually experience anything about Greece. An extra day is not going to help you make it to any of the islands unless you only see the airport in Athens. An extra day will allow you to take a day trip from Athens — nice if you’re into Greek ruins, but I’m not aware of any great beach options that are easy day trips from Athens.

I’d skip both Budapest and Athens and spend all 12 days in Italy. Although, since you’ve obviously all spent 4 days in Rome before (why else would you skip it?) and are willing to take a couple of flights you could add either Budapest or Athens.

I like Budapest, but 3 full days was enough for me. However, I’m sure I would have found enough to keep me interested for another day if there was a significant difference in flight costs.