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Need advice for future Eurotrip
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Hi, I’m new to this so if anyone can give me feedback I’d appreciate it. OK, here it goes:

My friends and I want to take a Eurotrip in the summer of 2011, during college. You can find the itinerary and such under my username, but it is basically this:

Fly out of Boston to LONDON
then PARIS, AMSTERDAM, BERLIN, PRAGUE, ROME, ATHENS, and ISTANBUL and return home.

I have planned it to be for 42 days, 6 weeks exactly and had some trouble coming up with a decent budget. I threw out there $8,500 including airfare/other means of transportation but I’m not sure if that is too much or too little.

I am also a little flustered with transportation, if anyone can help me out. I know I’ll need to take a plane from London to Paris, certainly Rome to Athens and then Athens to Istanbul, but if anyone can please give me advice on the most economic and efficient way to travel using my itinerary it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much.

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You could do Eurostar for your London>Paris leg. (I’ve always wanted to do that. Wink)
Were you planning on flying to Istanbul from Athens, and then working your way back to Athens, or going directly from Istanbul to London?
You might want to check a bit in the Transport and/or Cheap Flights forum, but I have a feeling that a cheap flight from Istanbul to London would not be a problem.

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Thank you for the advice. I plan to make Istanbul the final stop and then head back for the States.

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I second Cil’s suggestion re: Eurostar. My boyfriend did this last summer and said it could not have been easier. And when you take into account security, checking bags, etc. It’s a lot faster than flying. Plus, if you book in advance, youth fares are about $65, which is about what you’d pay after fees, taxes, etc. on an easyjet or ryanair ticket. If you get a railpass, I believe you get a discount. But I could be wrong on that one.

I’ll be doing the Prague-Rome thing this winter, and it looks like flying is the best option. I’ve found the best fares at SkyEurope and AirBerlin.

I am leaving from Minneapolis, MN and traveling for 125 days
Paris, Tours, Paris, London, Paris, London, Paris, Bayeux, Saint-Malo, Paris, Levanto, Paris, London, Paris, London, Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Paris, London, Edinburgh, London, Paris
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I am leaving from Paris and traveling for 13 days
Rome, Perugia, Florence, Manarola, Venice
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Thanks for the input! Let me know how the Prague-Rome flight turns out when you return and enjoy your trip!

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i heard that if u do round trip its cheaper. thats what were doing. landing in munich and flying out of munich. so i would suggest round trip for london, if theres anyway you can get back from instanbul. hope that helped.
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Thank you!

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NO PROBLEMO!! I WAS JUST READING IT ON THE INTERNET AND MY FRIEND WHO HAS BEEN TO EUROPE SAID IT WAS CHEAPER THAT WAY SO YEAH…HOPE EVERYTHING WORKS OUT FOR YOU!!
SAMMI AND MON

I am leaving from los angeles, ca with $6000 for 32 days
London, Dublin, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zürich, Vaduz, Venice, Rome, Florence, Amalfi, Athens, Athens, Cairo
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
I am leaving from LOS ANGELES, CA with $3500 for 32 days
Wicklow, London, Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights
I am leaving from Fresno, Ca with $900 for 12 days
London, Amsterdam, Paris
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights

-Sammi and Mona
“Live life, breathe air, I know somehow we’re gonna get there and feel so wonderful!!”

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Sometimes round trip airfares are cheaper than multi-city (also known as “open-jaw” airfares), sometimes not. With airfares, cheaper is not always better. Consider the savings in hassle, days(s) + night(s) back to the starting point, and expenses along the way.

For example, it might cost $200 more to arrive London and return from Rome (vs. a simple r/t flight to London). However, when you look at flight timetables, weigh the cost of a mis-connection, the cost of trekking back to England after you’ve ended your travels in Italy, hostel night(s) and meals along the way, trains/metro to airport, flight hops back to the starting point, extra time missed from work, etc… well, it might be the best $200 extra that you ever spent.

But, sometimes open-jaw flights are actually cheaper than roundtrips — you just have to check it both ways. Kayak and Mobissimo have good multi-city flight price checkers.

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That’s what I’m going to check right now, thanks!