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too much in one month?

I am a recent college graduate looking forward to going to Europe for the first time! My itinerary is as follows:

Berlin-4 days

Prague-4 days

Vienna-3 days

Budapest-3 days

Rome-5 days

Florence and surrouding area-5 days

Zermatt or similar location in the Alps-5 days

This itinerary includes travel-for example, Rome would more likely be a 4 1/2 day stay because I'd be flying from Budapest. I'm planning on traveling in the evenings or preferably overnight.

Am I biting off too much? I'm a very energetic person and can cover a lot of ground in one day, but I'm worried that my itinerary is too hectic. Please let me know if you have any thoughts/experience traveling in these areas.

Posted by
7209 posts

Doesn't sound overly ambitious to me...especially since you say you're young and energetic.

Posted by
66 posts

I also think it seems OK. In fact, you could consider squeezing Bratislava in between Vienna and Budapest. You can hop on a boat in Vienna that zips down to Bratislava, which is worth a quick visit, including a side trip to the ruins of Devin Castle. From Bratislava, there are a number of trains to Budapest.

Posted by
437 posts

Usually when someone asks if they are packing in too much, they share a crazy overly ambitious plan with no time for travel - so it is very refreshing to see a reasonable plan!

Be sure to book your flights using the "multi-city" option. I also recommend sketching out what you want to see and do in each stop to determine if you have the right number of nights in each city. Consider day trips from these bases to add in some non-city time.

Enjoy the trip!

Posted by
8239 posts

Just remember that your first day in Europe and your last day in Europe will essentially be wasted days getting into the city and getting to the airport. Then, every day you move from one city to another will be a lost day.
Technically, your itinerary is possible. In reality, I'd be worn out after the third city following your schedule. But every city you're going to is an absolutely great European city worthy of more time.
We just returned from Rome and Budapest. I cannot think of any more lively place than Budapest on a June night of running the Ruin Pubs--Honkey Tonk Heaven. Millennials are everywhere.

Posted by
11613 posts

The itinerary looks good.

As a general rule, I prefer daytime travel (I am no longer young and energetic enough for night trains), arriving at my destination during the afternoon or early evening, so it's easier to take public transportation to my hotel rather than a more expensive taxi.

Posted by
11368 posts

This dorsn't appear too ambitious to me. Enjoy your travels!

Posted by
11500 posts

Only thought I have is to maybe put your Alps visit before entering Italy to avoid backtracking.

Posted by
440 posts

Go for it just make sure you take some rest days to recover from the travel between places

Posted by
2651 posts

This is the rare post with a positively nice travel plan - you've set it up very nicely! Enjoy and congratulations on finishing your undergrad!

Posted by
16100 posts

Not overly ambitious at all and I expect you'll have an amazing trip! Well done!

Posted by
7209 posts

This travel itinerary is actually quite an educated plan. I cringe when I read itineraries like: "I have 24 hours in Venice so I want to visit Murano, Burano, Torcello and maybe Padua" AArrggghh

Don't know why people travel thousands of miles to a destination and spend their few hours there trekking to outlying areas.

Congratulations on being SMART!