A little background info: My girlfriend and I are planning a 73 day trip to Europe. We fly into Athens mid April leave croatia at the end of June back to Canada. We are 25 and 26 years old. she has been to Europe with a group, i haven't been at all.
We have a rough itinerary but one of the things we want most in our trip is flexibility. The freedom to stay an extra few days somewhere we love, leave a city earlier than planned or even skip parts of what we have planned if we want. From what we have read, buying point to point tickets work best if you can buy in advance because prices can be steep if you book short notice and may not work well for most of our trip. Is this accurate?
- Greece (2-3 cities)
- Italy (4-5 cities)
- Switzerland (Bernia express scenic train is covered by the pass, 2 cities)
- Germany/Prague (3 cities)
- fly to Scandinavia (2-4 cities)
- Fly to Ireland (2-4 cities)
- England (1-2 cities we know is not included in any pass and will find transportation as we go)
- France (just Paris)
- Belgium/Netherlands (3-5 cities)
- Fly to Croatia (1-2 cities)
We expect 15-17 days on the train not including use in Greece, Croatia or England. About 25 stops gives us 3 days per stop. Of course some stays will be longer and others will just be a quick day visit on our way through.
We realize buying the pass ($75cdn per trip) is going to be more expensive than point to point tickets booked in advance but because we want the flexibility, we are planning on getting the 15 day global pass. We will have to reserve some trains a bit in advance and pay additional fees but we think this is still our best option. Hopefully it will also save us time shopping for prices while we are there. The pass will probably not be enough so we plan on buying a few train or bus tickets for shorter trips, leaving our pass for the more expensive trips.
If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading! we are hoping some more seasoned travelers could shed some light on this plan and if there are other options to consider we would be open to ideas. Cheers!