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22 days with eurail global pass

Old Jun 2, 16, 1:21 pm
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22 days with eurail global pass

Hello FT forum members,


Thanks to everyone who contributes here regularly.


We are a couple in early 40's planning to travel Europe via rail starting June 6- until June 30 2016.


This will be our first trip to Europe.


Interested in scenic journeys/ romantic locations.


Not interested too much in urban atmosphere/ museums.


Here is sample itinerary :


June 7 USA- Vienna


June 8-9- Explore Vienna and surroundings.


June 9-11 Vienna-- Hallstatt


June 11-13 Hallstatt ---Salzburg


June 13-14 Salzburg- Innsbruck


June 14-15- Innsbruck - Lake Bled Slovenia


June 15-16 Lake Bled- Plitvice National park Croatia


June 17- June 25 Plitvice NP- Switzerland ( no bookings made for scenic trains yet)


June 25-27- Switzerland -- Venice


June 27- 30 Venice-- Paris


June 30- Fly back home from Paris.


Please advise/ suggest better options.


Not sure if all these are connected by Eurail.


Will prefer direct trains, less time traveling and more time exploring new countries.


Any other "must not miss" locations?




Thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 2, 16, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by dieharddoc View Post
Hello FT forum members
Thanks to everyone who contributes here regularly.
We are a couple in early 40's planning to travel Europe via rail starting June 6- until June 30 2016.
This will be our first trip to Europe.
Interested in scenic journeys/ romantic locations.
Not interested too much in urban atmosphere/ museum
Here is sample itinerary :

June 7 USA- Vienna

June 8-9- Explore Vienna and surroundings.

June 9-11 Vienna-- Hallstatt

June 11-13 Hallstatt ---Salzburg

June 13-14 Salzburg- Innsbruck

June 14-15- Innsbruck - Lake Bled Slovenia

June 15-16 Lake Bled- Plitvice National park Croatia

June 17- June 25 Plitvice NP- Switzerland ( no bookings made for scenic trains yet)

June 25-27- Switzerland -- Venice

June 27- 30 Venice-- Paris

June 30- Fly back home from Paris.

Please advise/ suggest better options.
Not sure if all these are connected by Eurail.
Will prefer direct trains, less time traveling and more time exploring new countries.
Any other "must not miss" locations?
Thanks in advance.
Hi - remember that Eurail does not operate any trains itself- they are a pass system allowing journeys on national rail systems; for example the OSS in Austria. The coverage is very extensive.

For a start, on one of your Austria days, I would suggest a day trip to Bratislava, capital city of the Slovak Republic - fast train from Vienna takes less than one hour.

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Old Jun 3, 16, 3:06 am
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Not what you asked but I think you need this - http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-E...ide.htm#Should - especially 'read before buying a pass!' - but maybe money (and some inconvenience) is of no consequence.
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Old Jun 3, 16, 1:38 pm
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You are traveling a lot in CROATIA, AUSTRIA, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE these are all contiguous which would allow a A 5 country pass as opposed to the expensive global pass (which covers countries you are not traveling to) might be better.
In some countries many trains are reserved seat only and have limited FREE availability to EP holders.
In Switzerland lots of scenic routes are included with EP, but many are NOT; in general except for a few routes, train reservations are NOT required.
Train travel with passes is great, but less so than in the early days. You really have to do a lot of advance planning.
Another plus with many passes is free local transportation IF the line is owned by the NATIONAL RAILROAD: example line B from CDG airport to Gare du Nord is owned by SNCF, so would be valid with a railpass covering FRANCE, but that line continues south of GduN and your pass does NOT cover that stretch--just one illustration of why planning any foreign trip (especially for first timers) is SUPER IMPOTRANT.

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All of the places you have mentioned fit well with the scenic/romantic idea.
Lake Bled is very nice qnd well worth a few days. It is also worth a side trip from Bled to Lake Bohinj (about an hour by bus if I recall). Bohinj is wilder and less touristy than Bled, and gives a bit of the "off the beaten track feeling.
Plitvice is absolutely stunning and highly recommended. Well worth the extra miles.
What parts of Switzerland have you considered? My recommdndation would Lucerne of the Lake Geneva area, specifically Montreux.
The only choice on your list I would question is Venice. Yes, the concept is romantic, but it really does feel very urban and hectic, and would require a lot of backtracking on your way from Switzerland to Paris.
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