- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I thought it would be fun and hopefully helpful to anyone planning a trip to do a quick summay so here goes…
We just got back from a 3 week trip with 7 stops – here’s the logistics
- 5 nights in Sorrento with day trips to Positano, Amalfi, Pompeii, Capri, & Vesuvius/Herculaneum
- 4 nights in Rome
- 4 nights in Florence with 2 full day tours – one to Cinque Terre and one to Siena, San Giomangio, & Pisa
- 2 nights in Venice
- 2 nights in Lucerne
- 3 nights in Wengen
- 2 nights in Geneva
Total cost was about 9k
- 2200 airfare
- 900 train tickets and buses
- 3200 hotel
- 1800 food
- 1000 attractions (tours, museums tickets, etc)
- 50 foriegn exchange fees
Sorrento was the perfect place to stay for exploring the Amalfi area imo. The bus was easy to catch to day trip over to the coast. Positano was so cute, absolutely loved it.
Amalfi, I actually didnt like as much, but had the absolute best meal there by the water.
Pompeii was quite impressive and a lot bigger than I thought it would be! It took us 4-5 hours to explore the entire place. Herculaneum is much smaller, and I think slightly better if i only had to choose one. Many buildings have their roofs and are taller. It was also very interesting to see how much lower than the modern city it is and where the excavations stop at the city wall. Since it was much smaller, it took about 2 hours or so to visit. Near by is also Vesuvius where you can hike up to the top from where the vans drop you off in about 20-30 minutes. At the top is a great view of the bay. Everything was really easy to get to on the train.
Capri – we got tickets last minute and had to cut our day short since the last ferry back was sold out and we had to come back at 430 instead of 630… and we didnt get on our way until 1030. Buy tickets early! We did a boat tour around the island that did a stop at the blue grotto. The line of boats there was about an hour long! But we waited and then had our 5 minutes inside. It is quite interestings, and though not spectacular, I feel like its a must do. The boat tour was not very impressive either though, and kind of the same thing for the entire time. The cliffs of capri and the view from the water is pretty good though.
Next stop Rome – 3 days would be minimum to do the main attractions in Rome. 1-fountains/pantheon/spanish steps, 2-vatican, 3-ancient rome. 4 days was a nice relaxing pace for us. The Roma Pass is a must and well worth it. For 30 Euros, you get admission to 2 sites and use of public transport. Coloseum is $15 entrance by itself & you skip the VERY long line.
Florence, we’re not museum people and Florence is much smaller than Rome, so 2 days there was perfect for us. One to walk around and hit a museum or two, and another to go to Acadamia and Ufitzi. We got the Florence Pass here, and it’s pricy, but also saved a fair amount of time in lines.
We did the two tours that WalkAboutFlorence offered. Cinque Terre tour didnt go quite as planned due to rain the day before washing out part of the train and trains not running, but over all it was still great. It was a bit rushed at each stop, but they towns are very small, so you can see most of it.
Best of Tuscany tour was a great way to get out and see Siena & Pisa and enjoy a really good meal with lots of wine. I’d definitely recommend either one.
Venice is pretty small and 2 days was good to see everything we wanted to. We spent one day just wandering around and shopping and another to go to St Marks & Doges Palace and wander some more.
Lucerne was very cute little town, though not much to do. A day or two is more than enough. The main attraction there is the Golden Round Trip, which I thought was great. It can start off with etiher a train ride or a boat ride to the cogway, we did the boat and loved it. The view going across the lake was terrific and so relaxing. Cogway, the worldest steepest was very impressive. And from the top, the views could be spectacular, though it was cloudy for us. But it was still amazing to break through the clouds and be above them.
Wengen.. LOVED it here. The views of the green hills and cliff side and mountains all in the same glance was just incredible. We hiked down to Lauterbrunnen, it was terrific.
We did the Top of Europe train ride to Jungfraujoch. I enjoyed that a lot as well, the ice palace was fun, the views were great.. but it did suck that it was 30 degrees up there, and we’d only packed short sleeves and a light rain jacket.
Last stop Geneva. We may have just been tired at this point, but Geneva wasnt very interesting unless youre shopping for luxury goods. It just seemed like a big city to me. We did do a day trip to Montreux to Chillon, which was bigger and had a lot more to see than I thought it would.
That’s it in a quick nut shell! 🙂
Thank you to the bees who helped out with my planning!