So I'm a second year uni student currently planning a solo, 4 month trip to Europe beginning late July next year until mid-November, and was wanting to ask your opinions on my itinerary, particularly regarding whether or not I'm attempting to do too much, or if there are any places on my itinerary I should skip? Also, I wanted to ask whether it would be worth getting a 3 month Global Eurail pass, and a Britrail pass for England and Scotland, or whether I'm better off buying each ticket separately? It makes it hard because the trip is still 8 months away, so I'm having trouble getting accurate prices for trains or booking flights yet. As a student, I'm trying to spend as little money as possible while still seeing much of what each country has to offer - I haven't properly budgeted or booked anything yet but am planning to save at least 20k, with some money hopefully left over when I get home! (probably wishful thinking) I'm also aware that the Schengen zone only allows me to be in Europe (excluding the UK) for 90 days, but according to my calculations I just scrape by, spending 89 days in the Schengen zone. Travel-wise, I'm interested in beautiful scenery, lurking coffee shops and museums, sunbaking on beaches, and good vegetarian food! I'll post my itinerary below:
ENGLAND - 10 days
22nd July - Depart Sydney for London
28th July - Depart London to Liverpool, stopping on the way at Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend 2 nights in Liverpool.
31st July - Depart Heptonstall to York. Spend 2 nights.
SCOTLAND - 8 days
2nd August - Depart York for Edinburgh. Spend 3 nights, possibly making a day trip
5th August - Depart Edinburgh for Glasgow. Spend 2 nights.
9th August - Return to Glasgow. Spend 1 night.
IRELAND - 10 days
13th August - Depart Dublin for Galway. Spend 2 nights.
19th August - Depart Killarney for Cork via Blarney Castle. Spend 1 night (not too interested in Cork).
FRANCE - 15 days
26th August - Depart from Paris to Lyon. Spend 3 nights.
29th August - Depart from Lyon to Avignon. Spend 2 nights.
31st August - Depart from Avignon to Marseilles. Spend 2 nights
2nd September - Depart from Marseilles to Nice. Spend 2 nights.
SPAIN - 19 days
13th September - Depart from Madrid to Seville. Spend 3 nights.
17th September - Depart from Seville to Granada. Spend 2 nights.
19th September - Depart from Granada to Cartegena. Spend 2 nights
21st September - Depart from Cartegena to Valencia. Spend 2 nights.
ITALY - 18 days
27th September - Depart from Sorrento to Rome via Naples. Spend 4 nights in Rome.
4th October - Depart from Florence to Pisa. Spend 2 nights, making a day trip to Cinque Terre
7th October - Depart from Bologna to Venice. Spend 3 nights, making a day trip to Padua.
SWITZERLAND - 6 days
14th October - Depart from Lucerne to Zurich. Spend 3 nights, making day trip to Black Forest.
AUSTRIA - 8 days
18th October - Depart from Innsbruck to Vienna. Spend 4 nights, possibly making day trip to Brno
22nd October - Depart from Vienna to Salzberg. Spend 3 nights.
GERMANY - 15 days
25th October - Depart from Salzberg to Munich. Spend 3 nights, making day trips to Dachau and Neuschwanstein Castle.
28th October - Depart from Munich to Heidelberg. Spend 2 nights, making a possible day trip to Rothenberg (is it worth it?)
30th October - Depart Heidelberg to Frankfurt (would prefer to skip, but I have a family friend in this city that I would like to visit. My transport and accommodation will likely be covered in this leg of the trip.) Spend 2 nights.
1st October - Depart from Frankfurt to Dresden. Spend 2 nights
3rd October - Depart from Dresden to Berlin. Spend 4 nights.
NETHERLANDS - 8 days
9th November - Depart from Cologne to Ultrect. Spend 1 night. (It is worth staying in Ultrect or am I better off spending more time in main cities?)
13th November - Depart from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. Spend 4 nights
17th November - Fly from Amsterdam to London
18th November - Depart from London to Sydney
Any thoughts on my itinerary are welcome! Tell me what you think :)