My family and I are planning a 25 day trip through Europe primarily by train (see tentative itinerary below). The flights to and from London are set, but the rest is still flexible. Our two kids will be 10 and 12 when leave. My questions are this:
Is this too ambitious? Too places, too connections? We've done a fair bit of traveling, but mostly in the states.
We're trying to decide which eurorail pass to purchase. It seems the 4 country select pass that can be used 10 days within 2 months would be best. Our 10 yr old will travel free under the child rate, and our 12 yr old pays the youth rate on the eurail, but in some countries he would be free (like Germany - child rate goes til age 14). So should we consider buy the tickets point to point instead?
Seat reservations on trains. I get why we should have seat reservations but it seems to add a significant cost to the eurorail pass. Some of these route have multiple connections, do you have to pay a seat reservation for each connection/leg of the trip? Are the seat reservations for the child/youth tickets the same price as the adult reservations? Is there a way to figure out what the total cost of seat reservations would be?
The eurorail website has a "Book your reservations with eurorail" is it worth getting to eurorail pass to use this site or are the reservations easy enough to sort out for the individual trains.
Whew! Okay, that was a lot of questions. I would be grateful for any feedback on all or any of these questions.
June 15 flight to London
June 16 arrive in London
June 17 London
June 18 London
June 19 London
June 20 train-London to Bacharach through Brussels (or flight London to Cologne then train)
June 21 Bacarach
June 22 train-Bach to Rothenburg
June 23 train-Roth to Munich
June 24 Munich (side trip to Neuschwanstein Castle)
June 25 night train-Munich to Venice
June 26 Venice
June 27 train-Venice to Florence
June 28 Florence
June 29 train-Florence to Rome
June 30 Rome
July 1 Rome
July 2 train-Rome to Pisa to Cinque Terre
July 3 Cinque Terre
July 4 train-Cinque Terre to Lauterbrunnen
July 5 Lauterbrunnen
July 6 train-Lauterbrunnen to Paris
July 7 Paris
July 8 Paris
July 9 Paris
July 10 train-Paris to London/flight London to home (or flight Paris to London then home)