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My FIRST EuroTrip!!!
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My husband and I have decided to take our FIRST EuroTrip!!! We’ve actually never been out of the US, so we are very excited!!! We don’t plan on going until May 2014, but wanted to get some suggestions and tips.
I have NO idea how much time I should allow in each city, but I’m guessing about 3 days is reasonable…?
I’m clueless when it comes to the Eurotrain. I’ve played around with the route for our Itinerary and it doesn’t allow me to pick the Netherlands as one of my destinations. Also, on the site, some of the rails are highlighted yellow instead of green.
Is it easier than it appears? Am I limited to wear and when I can travel by rail?

Here is my Itinerary:
Amsterdam, Netherlands (3days)
Bruges, Belgium (3days)
Geneva, Switzerland (3days)
Bellinzona, Switzerland (1day)
Venice, Italy (2days)
Rome, Italy (3days)

Any and all suggestions/opinions are welcomed and appreciated!!!!
Thanks!!!!
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I am leaving from Kansas City with $5000 for 15 days
Amsterdam, Bruges, Geneva, Bellinzona, Venice, Rome
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Use the German national rail company website for train schedules anywhere in Europe: http://reiseauskunft…. I have never seen schedules highlighted in Green and Yellow. Where (which websites) are you looking for schedules?

The European railway system goes almost everywhere in Western Europe and to most of Eastern Europe. There are several thousand passenger train departures every day in Europe with express trains between major cities every hour or two plus an additional to 3 or 4 slightly slower local trains and regional trains each hour between many cities. So there’s pretty much no limit on where and when you can travel by train. Don’t confuse the rail system with how you pay for your ticket — you do not have to buy a eurail pass to travel by train, you can always buy a point to point ticket. A rail pass doesn’t limit where and when you can travel, either — it’s just a different way to pay for the ticket — but sometimes the websites that sell rail passes don’t show complete schedules (the complete schedule is 800 pages of very fine print) or use maps that only show a few routes.

Two possibilities about not being able to enter Netherlands… “destination” refers to a city. Are you trying to enter a country where you need to be entering a city? Or for select passes, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg are considered one country: “Benelux.”

I like your itinerary and I think an average of about 3 days per city is good. You could probably cut a day from Bruges if you feel you need it somewhere else. It’s a great visit, but it’s really compact so 2 days would work. I usually recommend 4 days in Rome, but 3 is OK if travel time doesn’t eat too seriously into it.

Remember that a 15 day trip may only be 12 and 1/2 days on the ground in Europe if you’re coming from North America. Overnight flight is day 1, arriving jet-lagged, sleep-deprived and culture-shocked sometime on day 2. Don’t plan any serious sight-seeing for day 2. Day 15 will be entirely taken up with your flight home. It looks like you’re planning an open-jaw flight (into Amsterdam, out of Rome) which avoids the time and expense of getting back to Amsterdam for a round trip flight. That’s a good choice.

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Thank you so much for your help!!! I definitely understand the rail system better now! I was looking at the connecting cities on my Itinerary on this website (eurotrip) where you can choose either “air” or “rail.” The dates are either highlighted green, yellow, or red. I wasn’t sure if this was reliable.
Anyway, I will just go to the website you gave me. And you are right, I WAS looking for the choice “Netherlands” when I should have been looking for “Benelux.”
I also subtracted 1 day from Bruges and added an additional day to Rome.

Thanks so much!!!

I am leaving from Kansas City with $5000 for 15 days
Amsterdam, Bruges, Geneva, Bellinzona, Venice, Rome
Requesting help with Transport, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights