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2 Week Trip - Any thoughts??

My husband and I are taking our first trip to Europe in May and want some feedback on our itinery. Our Plan in order:

Munich 2 1/2 days
Fussen/Bavaria - 1 day
Interlaken Area - 2 days
Cinque Terre - 2 days
Pisa - 1/2 day on way to Siena
Siena - 2 days
Florence - 1 day
Venice - 2 1/2 days
Back to Munich for last night before we fly out

We're having a hard time trying to find ways to go from Fussen to Interlaken and Interlaken to Cinque Terre. It seems like too many train stops . . . adding up to many hours on the train and at the station. I realize travel to these areas is probably beautiful, but is it worth it?? Any ideas??

Posted by
2030 posts

I think you do not need 2 days in Pisa, and could probably skip it altogether. I would spend more time in Venice.

Posted by
82 posts

I think she meant half a day to Pisa.

I would spend a day in Siena and 2 days in Florence instead.

Make sure you have plenty of time to travel, find your way in the station, find your hotel, get settled. Trying to avoid one-night stops would be the best but kind of hard to do on a 2-week trip.

Posted by
390 posts

I agree about Pisa. It's really a "get off the train, take a picture, get back on the train" sort of place. Unless you really want to see it, I'd skip it. It's a hassel.

I think you're seeing waaay too much in too little time. You'll be exhausted, cranky from all the moving around, and end up feeling like you didn't really see much except the inside of a train. I would probably skip Interlaken, and take an overnight train from Munich to Venice. Do Venice, Sienna, CT. Add another day or two to Venice and Siena/Florence.

Have you already bought RT tickets out of Munich? If not, fly into Munich, out of Milan to save time.

Posted by
26 posts

Thank you for your thoughts. I need to clarify. . I did only mean a short few hours or one half of the day touring pisa. . .easily to cut out.

We did buy our tickets already. . .as we found an amazing deal in and out of Munich.

I would really like to see the Interlaken/Jungfrau area. . .but would consider doing Austria instead?

I made a mistake or two. . .this was my plan in order:

Munich - 2 days, 2 nights
Bavaria - 1 day ( may stay the night, but considering trying to spend it closer to switzerland)
Interlaken - 2 days, 2 nights
Cinque Terre - 2 days, 3 nights
Pisa/Siena - 1 day, 1 night ( or side trip from Florence)
Florence - 1 day
Venice - 2 days, 2 or 3 nights. . possibly taking night train back to Munich?

Posted by
82 posts

How many days do you have in total for sightseeing and train travel? Depending on the hours your flight lands, don't count the day you get in and out of Europe.
That already seems better to me. I would do Siena from Florence to avoid the whole changing hotels once more and totally skip Pisa (the tower will still be there in a couple years... one more reason for you to come back soon).

Posted by
26 posts

Thank you for your thoughts. I looked at some of Rick's tour itineries for guidence and noticed that some of his 14 day trips were only spending two days at most of his destinations. . .so I thought this was feasible. It sounds like I need to go back to the drawing board!

Posted by
89 posts

In my experience, travel time always takes longer than expected, so factor in large margins of error. Also, I have done the whirlwind travel where you're trying to see everything possible in a short time. I have personally found it much more rewarding to spend more time in fewer places. It's hard to put aside the urge to try and do more more more because I'm a poor starving student and can't afford to travel often. However, I have also found that I learn a lot more about the country/city/town, its history, and the people who live there if I cut the super hectic itinerary to only a mildly hectic itinerary and spend some time acctually experiencing a place. Also, those little spontanious things that make a trip really memorable (in a positive way) tend to happen when you're able to sit back, relax, and enjoy where you are a bit.