Oct 12, 2012 - 3:38 AM
I am planning to visit from 2nd. May onwards to Amsterdam, Paris, interlaken, luzern, Venice, Rome and if possible Florence on my way to Rome from Venice for a day and side trip to Pisa. I have 16 days and I know it is extremely difficult to cover all these places within a short time. I m travelling with my wife and 10 year old daughter. Most probably another family will accompany me and they are 4 in which two are kids of 11 and 8. I have been to many forums to understand the rail and mode of transport across the counties and more I read, I am more confused. I have the following itinerary
3rd may- morning arrival at Amsterdam , evening canal cruise, roaming in city etc
4 th may- keukenhoff morning and time permits to mini holland after noon towards Paris by evening
5th may morning hop on hop of Paris city
6th morning-hop on hop of Paris and Versailles
7th morning -Disneyland and back
8th morning -to interlaken lake thun or brienz etc
9 th jungfraugh , lauterbrunnen, murren etc
10th may to luzern- lake luzern and mt pilatus
11th may mt titlis, engelberg area
12th may to Venice
13 th - Venice
14th to Florence and a trip to Pisa , same day to Rome or next day if time not permits
15 th Rome
17 th Rome and night return home from Rome .
I hope this is achievable but I know covering all these places in short time will kill some good holiday time, but I don't think for another alternative.
I have a lot of questions including the places where I should stay in these places and the rail pass I required to cover all these places, but I would like to start with a small number of questions
1, is may a good month to travel ? I m looking for best shoulder season time to avoid crowd and expenses
2, shall I take 3 country eurail select pass (Benelux,France, Italy)for my travel from Amsterdam- Paris, Paris -interlaken,luzern-Venice , Venice-Rome along with a Swiss pass to cover my Swiss side OR shall I go for 4 country eurail select covering Swiss also. I know eurail pass is not providing good discounts in Swiss rails and cables but swizz pass does. I am not sure what I need but seek your valuable advice
3. Which is the best place to stay interlaken? Or lauterbrunnen, or murren considering it is the month of may?
4 any other suggestions for these places
5 any advice on how to reduce costs like the chances of getting apartments for two families living together in these places and links to hotels and places for advance booking etc
Appreciating your valuable inputs