Hey everyone,I will heading out to Madrid on the 31st with a friend after flying out of JFK (New York). We’re both college students (19-20) on low budgets but looking to get the most out of this rare opportunity. For the most part, we have a general itinerary setup but would greatly appreciate help in tweaking it. The major concerns we have with it are: Are we being overly ambitious with locations and not going enough justice to them? If so, what can be cut/reduced/added?
What recommendations would you make for travel? (I’ve done extensive research on cost but no real experience, input will be highly valued)
Is there anything that we missed which would be worth seeing near the cities listed? Like smaller towns, a cool statue, a large hole, you know, the occasional odds and ends.
Our budget is: $1500-$2000 per personThe itinerary is as follows: 25 days 31-25th Madrid- 1 day (stay in town, explore) – Overnight train to Barcelona: $60 Barcelona – 3 days (visit local towns possibly) Take a small detour to girona (bus ride): ½ day – Overnight train/or flight to paris 8 to 8 – $150 or by flight: $40?
Paris – 3
Versaille + Local town: 1 day: possibly do this along a train route if going by train
Berlin: 3 days
Visit local towns (1-2 days) : possibly do this along a train route if going by train (possibly cutout)
Prague: 2 days
Budapest: 2 days
Venice: 1 day
Milan: 1 day (possibly cut-out)
Cirque Terre – sleep in Genoa: 1 day
Florence: Siena: 1 days – siena is a possibility
Rome: 4 days
Almafi coast- Naples – Pompeii- 2 days
Sicily: 2-3 days (possibly cut out)
Madrid: 1-2 daysThe things in bold are places I would not mind taking out. Other locations though…. they all seem pretty interesting. Some information about our interests: We want to hit a few clubs to experience the nightlife in Europe but heavy partying/drinking will not be our main goal. Beautiful scenery and landscape is always a plus, as is great food. Historical monuments are greatly appreciated though not 24/7 orientated around. Mostly, we want to get a feel of the culture in Europe and then possibly travel back years down the line to hit countries individually. Hopefully, we’ll be wealthier by then as well. Again, all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! – And Merry Christmas