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    This is my “first draft” when it comes to my plans for my first Europe Trip. I am planning on having a minnimum of $3500 for spending purposes and travel between locations. There is really 3 places on my list that is a “must go” and they are Amsterdam, Pamplona, and Rome. The other locations I would like to go but if you guys have any other locations that would be better then the ones selected I would really take it into consideration. I am a young professional and going on this trip to get life experiences. I travel a lot within the western USA and think the best thing when traveling is to socialize with the locals and have a blas. So, it would not surprise me if I get side tracked to smaller locations here and there. If you know of great places like that please let me know. Thanks in advanced for any extra help with planning my trip.

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    Looks a great trip, although 3 day’s in Venice might be too much. Also Munich is a great city to visit if you can find the time.

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    Cut Frankfurt…just a big business city…nothing going on here. I’d add Munich instead for a couple of days (great outdoor beer gardens).

    I love Pamplona (see my post under festivals)…it’s not for everyone since there tends to be a lot of drunk people swilling bottles of Sangra and pissing in public everywhere. It’s loud (don’‘t plan on getting much sleep) and chaotic but a lot of fun. Make sure you bring white pants and a white shirt (you can buy a red bandana when you get there) so that you fit in with the other party goers.

    If you plan on attending a bullfight there you should order tickets early…don’t buy from scalpers since they (a) charge a lot and (B) have been known to seel fake tickets to tourists. Aslo spend the extra money and get something in the shade (ombre) and rent a cushion (the benches are concrete).

    Have fun

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    What would you say would be a good amount of time in Venice? Is there a smaller town along the way or after somewhere that I can visit that would be fun?

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    I did not know what to expect at Frankfurt. I wanted to stop in Germany and that was one of the places that came to mind while thinking. But Munich sounds a little more my style, thanks for the input. Are the other places I have choosen good for some fun times? After all that is what I am going for.

    Pamplona, is the reason I am going in July. According to my research they are going to be doing the runing with the bulls July 7-14 and I would really like to participate. But from what I have heard that place is insane. Thanks for verifying that it is going to be a lot of fun. That is one of the places I can not wait to go too. Getting excited thinking abou it.

    Where would I order tickets from? How much would you say they cost?

    Also, I am planning on taking the train to travel from place to place. I have been looking online and it appears there are a lot of different ways I can go about it. What do you reccommend? do you think I will be able to travel to each of my destinations farely easily? Also, where would you say the best place to get my plane ticket from? Should I arrive and leave in the same city? Thx.

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    You destinations look good but your order of travel is a bit jumbled. First off, there are no direct flights from the US to Pamplona. You’ll have to fly to Madrid or Barcelona (I’d go with Barcelona since the trains run more often to Pamplona). From Pamplona you could catch a train to Paris (you used to have to bus it to Hendaye to catch the Madrid train to Paris)

    My suggested Trip would be like this;
    Barcelona 2 days
    Pamplona 2 days
    Paris 3
    Amsterdam 3 days
    Berne 2 days
    Munich 2 days
    Vienna 1 days
    Venice 2 days
    Florence 2 days (side trips to Pisa and Siena)
    Rome 2 days

    I would eliminate Berlin (take a look at a map and you’‘ll see it takes you too far from where most of your destinations are)

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    I would say one day in Venice is plenty, as although it’s a fabulous city to see because of its uniqueness. There’s not a great amount to do. As Finnegan suggested, Florence would be a good place to stop as I have never met anyone who has been there to be disappointed.

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    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about Berlin. So I think it is out. I was also looking at others trips and it seems that alot of people are going to Vatican City. Is there a lot of stuff you can do there? Should I make a stop there you think?

    Your suggested trip looks awesome. I think I will be going more along that, then anything soo far.

    Thanks!

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    Vatican city is unique, I mean it’s basically a huge church where the pope lives…most people go for the Michelangelo’s painted ceilings in the sistine chapel. It’s probably worth seeing once if you’re in Rome

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    I have a couple friends that are coming with. One of them is coming for only 1 week and the other wants to go for 2 weeks. Do you think 2 weeks is a good amount of time in Europe? Of course if we were to go for 2 weeks I would have to cut a portion of my trip out. But is 2 weeks enough?

    Another way I was looking at it was that I would finish the 3rd week on my own. Do you think that would be a good idea? But if I were to only be there for a 2 week trip, what would you change on my trip?

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    If possible i would try to keep the 3 week’s, travelling about for a week yourself can be lot’s of fun and by that time you will be an expert! All are great city’s so it’s up to yourself what in the list are must see city’s and what are optional. The best thing to do would be to leave out the Italy potion or the Spain, France section for another trip as these are at opposite end’s of the trip and will cut down travelling time’s for a scaled back two week’s.

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    Yea, I agree with Davy. That might be your best option.

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    Sounds like Pamplona is a must see for you. I recommend everyone do San Fermin at least once (like Mardi Gras in the U.S. but with bulls). The rest of the trip is very doable, but you will be hustling a bit. If I had to cut something it would probably be Vienna. It can be expensive, and I’ve found it a bit snooty. Venice you could probably trim to 1 day (see St. Marks square, take a water taxi tour, do a walking tour and you’re done). I think you’re in for an exciting trip. Go for it.

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    Ok, I have decided to keep my 3 weeks plan. Now, I have been searching for my flight to get out there and well the cheapest I found is for $900 but that is coming in and leaving from Barcelona. My plans are to arrive in Barcelona and leave from Rome. Is there a website that would allow me to book my plane this way? I am flying out of Phoenix, AZ.