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Hello! My husband and I are planning on traveling to Europe this July. Due to work schedules we can only go for one month (he ends work June 29th and I start August 1st). We have plenty of money for this trip as we have been saving now for close to 2 years. We were supposed to go last summer but he ended up getting deployed. So, hopefully nothing will come up this year!

I am looking for advice with timing in the cities. I have looked up some train table times and I am a little concerned about if it may be too much. We are interested in art and architecture. Also, large cities are on here for a reason (my husband is in school for video game art so he likes to travel to well known cities to get a feel for them). Anyway, here is our plan.

London- 5 days (day trip to Stonehenge)
Paris- 4 Days
Bruges- 3 Days
Amsterdam- 3 Days
Hallstatt- 3 Days
Venice- 2 Days
Cinque Terre- 3 Days
Florence- 3 Days
Rome- 4 Days

We plan to take a night train from Amsterdam to Hallstatt.
Also, stop in Pisa on our way from Cinque Terre to Florence.

I am mostly worried about Venice. Due to the amount of time to travel from Hallstatt to Venice, I think it will end up being about 1.5 days there. Is that enough time, or should we cut it out and move the days elsewhere? I only put 2 days there because I haven’t really read any rave reviews about Venice, however my husband INSISTS on going there is we can squeeze it in at all.

Thank you in advance for your helpful tips!

I am leaving from Phoenix, Arizona with $4500 for 29 days
London, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Hallstatt, Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome
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1.5 days actually in Venice will be OK. 2 full days would be better, but you can get a feel for the place and see the “main sights” in a day. Since the rest of you itinerary isn’t overly rushed, a whirlwind visit to Venice won’t be too exhausting. Venice is a favorite for me, so I’d leave it in if there’s any way to fit it in the itinerary. Hallstatt to Kufstein in the afternoon/ evening and the overnight train to Venice would work for this.

later edit If you want to find an “extra day”… Bruges, like Venice, is very compact, so you could cut a day there or you could probably comfortably do the combination of Florence, Pisa, and Cinque Terre in 5 days instead of 6.

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I agree with oldlady. I love Venice (see my article: I Still Love Venice ) and yea, you can do it 1.5 days.

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Thanks for your advice! I think we will just keep it at 1.5 days. I don’t want to take away from Bruges because I know my husband really wants to do some drawing there. I’ll look at doing Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence in 5 days though instead of 6.

Also,your train suggestion is extremely helpful! I’ve been trying to find another route! Thanks again Smile

I am leaving from Phoenix, Arizona with $4500 for 29 days
London, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Hallstatt, Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome
Requesting help with Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Food, Sights