travel advice & savings
 
SAVE on RAIL PASSES LOWEST PRICES / FREE SHIPPING on orders over $449!
Now use the Trip Planner to:
  • Find and Buy Rail Passes
  • Find and Book Hostels
Already know which Rail Pass you need?
Click here and buy now!
Special Eurotrip Member Savings!
4 replies
First timer
dmader
dmader's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 11
Member: 30472
Joined: 10/11/2010
User offline. Last seen 3 years 41 weeks ago.

Hello,
My friends and I recently graduated high school last year, and we have decided that it would be a lot of fun to do a europe backpacking trip this summer. We plan to leave during may and stay for around 21 days. Now we’ve all been throwing around cities like Paris, London, Munich, Zurich, ect. But I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of around 5-6 cities that would make for an excellent trip.

We plan on going out and experiencing the night life quite a lot, but we also want to see the historic side of things. We also want to be immersed in the local culture as much as possible!

Our budget is around $2,500-$3,000 a person. Would that be feasible?

Any other advice that you all could give would be greatly appreciated, I have done some research but I am having trouble finding a good mix of big cities and more historic towns and such. Also it would be very nice to go to a city where we could take a day trip to other towns near by.

Thanks again!

Cil
Cil's profile picture
Moderator
ModeratorModeratorModeratorModeratorModerator
Eurotrip Points: 3061
Member: 220
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 21 weeks 5 days ago.

Does your budget include airfare?

With 3 weeks maybe you could do a loop; either north to south or the opposite.
(If you are beginning in May, you could begin in Rome where it is warmer, but Rome is a bigger culture shock than London/Amsterdam IMHO.)

You might want to begin in London and head south through Germany to Rome.
I don’t get too excited about Zurich but that’s just my opinion.
After Rome, you could loop back up to Paris.
There are plenty of nice smaller towns to consider in this itinerary.
However, this is a lot of territory to cover, perhaps you should consider a smaller loop.

augustin25
augustin25's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 1696
Member: 369
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 1 year 4 weeks ago.

I agree. Zurich is a pretty city, and fine for a couple of days, but I think I like it more now at 35 than I would have when I was younger.

dmader
dmader's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 11
Member: 30472
Joined: 10/11/2010
User offline. Last seen 3 years 41 weeks ago.

My budget does include airfare. My friends and I will be truly going for the CHEAPEST possible route. We understand our overall experience may suffer, but we are poor college kids haha.

Don
Don's profile picture
Moderator
ModeratorModeratorModeratorModeratorModerator
Eurotrip Points: 28
Member: 59
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 16 weeks 6 hours ago.

Where do you need to fly from? Airfare will likely be the largest chunk of this budget. Followed by hostels, meals, intra-city travel expenses (train/bus), and experiences—and probably in that order (depending on you).