Hi James, your itinery DOES sound a bit ambitious but with a plan, such as you have, you'll be less likely to find yourselves wasting time here and there, and you won't need to do so much negotiating with your travelling pals as it's already been done.
If you find your schedule a bit too hectic then you can cut out a place or two. Likewise, you'll probably find somewhere that's really enjoyable and stay there longer and reschedule the rest of the trip. You might also find some places not too good and want to move on. But I think you have definitely done the right thing by planning and considering.
On the reservations and getting to the Continent: I wouldn't waste time and an Interrail pass day with Euostar if a cheap flight was available. I expect you'll get a flight for less and you'll be on the continent really quickly.
Reservations for high speed trains can be done in the station wherever you are, and, on the day of travel. Booking fees are generally small. On my last trip: perhaps 3 to 5 euros per journey. You might feel more relaxed if you book a day or two ahead, e.g., when you arrive in Prague; make the reservations for the next leg of your trip.
For planning, I always take Thomas Cook's European Rail Timetable. It's about twleve quid and has maps and the timetables for regional, national, and international trains and ferries in Europe. If you have it, you can plan without spending time in stations trying to get information.
I hope this is helpful.
Have an excellent trip.
Hi Guys, im organising my Travel plans for my group; we are 5 guys going travelling for the first time on July 6th for one month on the Global Pass. I've got quite a few questions, so i was hoping you'd be able to help; any input would be much appreciated!
(1) The Route: London – Paris – Milan – Venice – Ljubljana [Slovenia] – Zagreb [Croatia] – Budapest [Hungary] – Bratislava [Slovenia] – Vienna [Austria] – Prague [Czech Republic] – Dresden [Germany] – Berlin – Rostock [Germany] – Copenhagen [Denmark] – Stockholm [Sweden]
We're planning on taking the Eurostar to Paris. I was thinking that maybe this route looks a bit too ambitious? Although, we are only planning to stay in most places one or two nights each...thoughts?
(2) Is it ok to make the reservations for High Speed Trains and Night Trains pretty much on the day you travel? Basically, i've heard that some people are planning their entire trip beforehand, reserving their high speed trains, etc. Except, we haven't done this, and are planning to use the high speed trains, happy to pay the additional fee. So, will we be ok to book these trains last minute??
(3) Does anyone know if their are any festivals/carnivals/parties or anything like that going on in Europe throughout July?? Just thought it would be nice to drop in if there was!
Thanks for all your help, James