4 days spare in Europe - where to go?

Hi all

I have roughly 4 days of free in europe because i check out of paris after 5 night and then i go to rome 4 days later. I was thinking maybe taking a train from Paris to Barcelona and then fly to Rome.

This is during March 2020

any other ideas?

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    Is this during this Winter? Or Summer next year? Maybe another time? Check out something like Google flights and see what's cheap/close for those dates. Without knowing where you've been or where you'd like to go, or what else interests you it's a bit hard to suggest things.

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    Fly Paris to Venice, 2 days in Venice then train (2hrs) to Florence, 2 days there, then train (2hrs) to Rome.

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      Great idea. Is 2 days too long in Venice or Florence?

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        Venice is pretty expensive to stay in. I stayed two nights in September last year and felt like it was plenty. I did 3 nights in Florence (loved Florence) and felt like it was enough time to see most things in the city center and relax a bit.

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        Depends on what you like to do I suppose. But there is plenty to see and do in both places that would easily fill 2 days. Both are beautiful and interesting to just walk around, and have plenty of stunning churches/buildings/art galleries to see.

        Go for a google-maps walk and have a look around any places you're considering going to see if you fancy them.

        Time of year is also a factor in where you choose. Some places are better than others at certain times - apparently Venice is overcrowded and not so nice in the Summer. We've only ever been in February and early April, both times were lovely weather and not too busy.

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    Check out the French countryside. Something I want to do if I ever get back to France.

    Otherwise, Barcelona was cool.

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    Rent a car from Versailles, get Air BnB for 4 days and travel around Loire Valley Chateaux; then fly out of Paris. Personally, if you don’t mind a bit of expense, I would train to Interlaken (go up to Schilthorn), then Lucerne (Mt Pilates) and then continue to Rome.

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    Only you know what you like to do and see.

    If it were me, Paris - Lyon - Rome.

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      I forgot to mention; limit the number of places to visit pre-Rome, as the travel to and from each additional site may reduce your actual time to enjoy these places.

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    1. Fly to Venice, stay on the main island or close by, pick up Rick Steves' "Pocket guide to Venice" - lots of great tips about the best way to see Venice, often away from the throngs of tourists. Brilliant being able to wander around in the evening without tourists.
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    2. Grab a flight to Zagreb, from here take land transport to Ljubljana in Slovenia. Fabulous old city. Then to Postojna to see Predjama Castle and Postojna Caves. Then Head to Lake Bled, stunning area. Overland back to Zagreb for flight to Rome.
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    3. Grab a flight to Oslo, and do the "Norway in a Nutshell" tour. It's a self guided tour and everything is done via vouchers. Norway is stunning but expensive (a pizza, glass of wine and a beer will set you back $AU60+ in a cafe, steak and fish main course for 2 with a glass of wine each, in a nice hotel= $AU200……2017 prices). The tour was good value though.

    We have done each of these and can recommend them.

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    Fly to Amsterdam and get stoned for the remaining 4 days.

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    Prague? Beautiful to look at, enough to do that a few days is perfect and you won’t be too busy or run out of time, and cheap cost of food drinks and accomm. Only downside is the airport transport is average and you’d be flying in and out, I used Uber but there are prob other options.

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    If you train it anywhere, look for the mini fares available on many railways approx. 4 months out from travel. I've used them extensively for cheap first class fares in Italy, Germany and Austria. They're called Mini Fares on Trenitalia, Super Sparpreis in Germany. The best thing is that major stations in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and probably other countries (I don't think Italy) have First Class Lounges where you have food, drinks, WIFI and comfy chairs - you just need a 1st Class ticket to enter.

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