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Brian & Nico to Europe 2009

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This is our first time (and who knows when the next one could be) in Europe (we’re traveling from Uruguay) so we would like to get to as many cities and see it all at once if possible (it’s not, I know ).

Those selected would be the top priorities to visit though we would love to include Dublin and Glasgow while in the UK, and the go down to Italy for Milan, Rome and Venice, and to Greece but I feel like with just 20 days it won’t be possible (we could leave them for the next time, I’m hoping there’ll be one).

And FYI, we don’t need to go to Spain, Portugal or the rest of France for now.
Also, when I say we’re leaving from London that’s because that would be the main city to arrive from Uruguay.

Feedback is very much appreciated SmileSmileSmile

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I think your itinerary is doable, but if you added any more cities you would be trying to fit in too much.

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I think you’ve got a nice trip planned…a good mix of counties and cultures. The mistake many first time travelers make is trying to do too much and they end up spending all their time on trains and no time experiencing their chosen destinations. I might add in Berne of Lucerne in instead of Zurich which I find to be overpriced and a bit dull and snobby

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Honestly, I have not been to most of the places that you are planning to visit. It should be good. Trust Finnegan. Right, but I have been to Paris a few times. Oh, make sure you do end your trip that way.

My husband and I are currently backpacking to various countries around the world for the next year or 2. Visit our website to see where we are at (not in Europe currently): www.nomadbackpackers…

None the less, I wrote a fun article on how to experience Paris like a Parisian (not a tourist) and I offer great ways to save money too. Check it out:

http://www.nomadback…

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Thanks for the comments guys Smile

Finnegan, you are totally right, Zurich is way too expensive. I only found one recommended hostel (Youth Hostel) and it’s like 40 USD per Night which would be one of the most expensive hostels of my trip. Not good Frown

So yeah, skipping Zurich is most probable now, though I’d really like to do something between Munich and Paris. Like, is there anything to do in Luxemburg for example? The night there at the Youth Hostel is 25 USD.
Or maybe I’ll just do Munich straight to Paris, though Im searching and there’s no city to city train between them

Anyway, here are the Hostels I got based on recommendations from here and a couple friends (all prices per night of course):

London Piccadilly Backpackers (18USD)
Bruges Snuffel (USD20)
Amsterdam The Bulldog (USD 42) (The Fying Pig is full in June already, do they reserve space for walk-ins?)
Berlin The Circus (USD25)
Prague Sir. Toby’s (USD17)
Munich Jaeger (USD25)
Paris D’Artagnan (USD28)

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Or maybe I’ll just do Munich straight to Paris, though Im searching and there’s no city to city train between them

You can do it with only one changeover in Stuttgart. Will take 6 – 7 hours.

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Sounds like things are coming together great! Enjoy the unfolding…

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Ok, I think we found all the trains and times and fares and everything for transportation… but the tricky one is London-Bruges:

First we’re taking a SouthEastern train from London (Victoria) to Dover Priory. From Dover then the SeaFrance ferry over to Calais. And from Calais to Bruges we’re taking a couple of trains (Regional Express, InterCity, those the company names?) as we need to get to Bruges via Lille and Kortrijk it appears which is ok as the whole trip takes 3 hours tops anyway but I can’t a price anywhere.

Any ideas how much does it cost? I found that trip on DB Bahn but it wont tell me any pricing Frown

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no, I don’t know how much? sorry Frown