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Old 04-04-2007, 08:09 AM   #1
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I will be leaving for Europe on May 9th, 2007 with a friend. 3. weeks. Please let me know what you think.

Paris
Paris
Madrid (flight)
Madrid
Valencia
Barcelona (been here)
Barcelona
Nice
Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre
Rome (been here)
Rome (day trip to Pompeii)
Florence
Interlaken
Interlaken
Munich
Munich
Salzburg
Prague
Prague

After this I still have 5 nights before I fly out of Paris, any suggestions in Germany? Or maybe I will go to Normandy. Thank you all.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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3 weeks eh... not a lot of time, but I think you could spend more time in cities like Paris at Madrid. I think 2 days do not do them justice... 3 days minimum, I think.

It seems hectic, but if you can pull it off you can see a lot!

I think travel time will also eat out of your schedule... those one day cities might go by in a blur... I would suggest slowing it down a lil bit.

And perhaps including Amsterdam...
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I agree with CB. You need to give more than one day for a city! That's all though
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I dont know...some cities I got to know pretty damn fast. I saw all the main attractions in madrid in one day...and pretty much got a good vibe for the city within that day...and got sick of the city pretty fast (yet I was still there for 5 days...) That said, I think you should stay in madrid a little longer just so that you can use it as a hub and see all of the amazing smaller towns nearby which require pretty much a full day such as toledo and segovia.

Also, I definitely think that you should use your "extra" space to allot more days to some of the later places on your itinerary such as Prague (amazing city~ you should try to check out some of the smaller czech towns nearby, I havent been but I hear they are so much more worthwhile and cheaper than prague itself) or salzburg? And cinque terre is a lot of backpacker's favourite place... But I do think that some of your cities need more time. Mainly madrid & prague (well, czech really). Good luck!
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That said, I think you should stay in madrid a little longer just so that you can use it as a hub and see all of the amazing smaller towns nearby which require pretty much a full day such as toledo and segovia.
I agree, I'm a big fan of "hub" traveling. I usually technically "stay" in one city for a long time (sometimes the duration of my trip), but I do a lot of local traveling by bus and train while I'm there.
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Sounds fun! I'm with the crowd though, you need more time to do Madrid in my opinion... and more for Valencia, but I'm just partial to Spain, myself.
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I appreciate the input. Actually I am going for 4 weeks, slight typo. I think I will definitely end up spending 3 days in Prague. I know it is hectic but I will be traveling with another backpacker who has done it before. Who needs sleep anyways?
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I agree, I'm a big fan of "hub" traveling. I usually technically "stay" in one city for a long time (sometimes the duration of my trip), but I do a lot of local traveling by bus and train while I'm there.
I considered Torino and Venice within striking distance of my Florence hub :D

Kidding...well sort of. I like to spend 3 days minimum in a city even if that means using it for daytrips.

Has your friend also been to Rome? If not, don't short change him with two days. I would also probably add an extra day to Paris unless you plan to add a couple before you fly back. The first day I am always groggy so I don't think I would be in prime shape for taking as much in.

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My only caution would be the percentage of your time you spend in transit, as opposed to actually out seeing the cities and sights and people. If you add just one day to each city -- making a minimum of 3 -- you'll spend more time relaxing and seeing stuff and less time on buses and trains.

Maybe alternate, 2 days one city, 3 days the next...? To each his own, but I've found 3 days is a perfect amount to spend in one city. One day to get settled, find your way around, see some quick sights. The next day to see the sights in total, and the third to take a day trip out from the city and see some stuff in the countryside. Which, by the way, is another recommendation: Get out of town! Get out in the countryside and see how the non-city folks live...

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I think you should just go to the cities and see what ones you want to stay in longer. Like I see that you are only going to Nice for one day, you may love it and want to stay longer, so just loosen up your itenerary.

As for Germany, my fav city is Berlin, I would suggest going if you get the chance, I just loved the history.

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Like I see that you are only going to Nice for one day, you may love it and want to stay longer, so just loosen up your itenerary.

Have fun!
For sure with Nice, its my wifes favorite place in all of France, sadly, I didn't get to go with her for that leg of the trip, I was in Italy, but from her stories, you may just want to add another day there
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I would stay in Nice longer too. The Riviera is gorgeousss.
Make sure you see the waterfall in Nice and get Socca!
I lived in Antibes for a few months recently and from
Nice you can hop on the train and visit Monaco or
Cannes. You can also be in Ventimiglia Italy in 40
minutes they have a market every friday. It's the
same one they have in San Remo, but that one is
on Saturday
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