itinerary assist

Will be travelling in Germany in Sept for 2 weeks, and want to add on my 2 fav cities-Paris and /or Santa Margherita in Italy. Question-I will have about 7 extra days-from Frankfurt take train to Paris, or fly? Also, from Paris, fly to Genoa for a few days? Too much-stay in one place? Would love opinions from those of you who, like me, want to return to fav places but need to be realistic about time to enjoy. Thank you

Posted by Jim
Dallas, Texas, USA
495 posts

Linda, we don't let the word "realistic" get in our way IF we want something badly. If these are your two favorite places, you'll find a way to make it work. A lot of us know exactly how you feel! If your packing lightly and understand weight restrictions Easy Jet or similar airlines should get you there.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
3489 posts

from Frankfurt take train to Paris, or fly? Generally, when you factor in total time and cost, train is better: 1. If you buy your train ticket well in advance (no-refund/exchange), you can usually get discounts of 50% or even much more. 2. The train stations are in town, the airports are a long way away - extra time and money 3. You need to arrive at the train station a few minutes before departure, at the airport a few hours before.
4. If you have checked bags, you need to wait to collect them after the flight. I will have about 7 extra days You'll use the better part of one getting to Paris. Do you want to use the better part of another going to Italy? How much more time will you need to get to an Italian airport for your flight home than if you stay in Paris?

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2811 posts

From Frankfurt to Paris on the train is only about 4 hours, so this will be much faster than a flight, for the reasons Chani mentions. As long as you are realistic about what you can accomplish in your time frame, and don't forget to account for travel time (that 4 hours between Frankfurt and Paris, plus getting to and from hotels and checking out and in, means that a large part of the first sightseeing day is gone), you can certainly see your suggested places in the time you have. This is particularly true because you've been there before, so the acclimation time is much less. Plus, you won't even be tempted to run around trying to see "everything" in a short time.