Our European itinerary is roughly set now. Although we started off very ambitious with the number of countries, we’ve narrowed it down to 8 (technically 9 if you count Vatican City) in 24 days. We have a 21-day Global Eurail Railpass which we got at the price of a 15-day pass (Spring Promo) and will be using it once we’re in Netherlands. We will be taking two overnight trains — Frankfurt to Prague (7 hours) and Vienna to Venice (7 hours) and an overnight ferry — London-Harwich to Holland. The challenge now is to stay within our ambitious budget of 4000 Euros for two people without sacrificing comfort and privacy.
Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Picadilly Circus, Camden Town. On the night of Day 3, we’ll take an overnight ferry to the Netherlands.
Lisse, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Keukenhof Gardens, Oude Kerk and Oude Zidge area and Beginhof and Nieuwe Zidge area.
Free and easy day. This is more of a stopover on the way to Prague. Night train to Prague.
Prague, Czech Republic
Old Town, Charles Bridge, Little Quarter, Prague Castle, St Vitus’ Cathedral
Hofburg Complex, Stephansdom, State Opera House. Night train to Venice.
Venice-Rome-Cinque Terre, Italy
Venice: Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, Rialto Bridge and basically whatever we can manage in two days
Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palantine, St Peter’s, Vatican Museum
Cinque Terre: Vernazza, Corniglia. We might stop by Pisa en route to La Spezia for the obligatory Leaning Tower shot.
Since Switzerland is such a compact country, we’re probably staying in either Interlaken or Bern and taking the trains around to explore other areas such Luzern, Montreaux, Lausanne, Geneve, Zurich.
Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Louvre and Tuileries Quarter. If we have time, Montmartre for Sacre-Coeur.
Free and easy shopping day.
1. I wasn’t keen on flying out from the only other location in Europe that has the same promo fare — Frankfurt. It would be okay if we could fly out from Paris but the flights were not under promotional fare (a few hundred dollars difference). An Eurostar ticket back to London from Paris can be bought from about 60 pounds.
2. I’d like to do some major shopping in London. Because we’re travelling all over the place, this has got to wait till our last day.