For a 5 week tour, combine segments 1, 2, 3, 4A and 5.
1. Norwegian Fjords - 7 days round trip Copenhagen
Cruising is a great way to visit the Norwegian Fjords
and avoid the high cost of accommodation and meals in Norway. A 7
day round trip cruise from Copenhagen combines nicely with flights to
North America and integrates well with further travel in Europe. The Navigator of the Seas is an excellent option in the early spring.
Ports of call from Copenhagen: Flam,
Geiranger, Alesund; Bergen,
2. Scandinavia - 9 days by air
Although many cruise ships offer Scandinavian
itineraries from Amsterdam and Copenhagen, travel by air in this region
can provide a better quality experience and actually cost less. Cruises typically spend one or two nights in St Petersburg, depending on
passenger interest in traveling to Moscow during the cruise. Travel by air affords the extra time needed to adequately visit both
these Russian cities. Take a one way air trip starting in Amsterdam
or Copenhagen. Spend two
nights in Stockholm and 3 nights each in St
Petersburg and Moscow. Catch a flight to Budapest at the end of this segment.
3. The Danube - 7 days by rail
or river cruise
Budapest is the most
common city to start a trip up the Danube. River cruises sell out
well in advance, so planning almost a year ahead is important. River
cruises take 7 days or can be extended to 14 days, by combining with
a Rhine River cruise and traveling all the way to Amsterdam.
Train allows the flexibility to travel when you want. Plan the
number of days you'll be on the train and buy a Eurail pass. Major
stops on a 7 day rail trip would be Bratislava, Vienna,
Passau and Salzburg.
It's easy to book local river cruises too, so that you don't miss
attractions like the Melk Abbey. The Danube is a great area to
join a bike tour. Catch a flight out of Zurich or Munich
at the end of this segment.
4A. The Alps - 7 days by rail
From Salzburg take a
train to St Moritz. Then
take the Glacier Express through the Alps to Zermatt
and the Matterhorn for a couple days. Next its on to Interlaken
for the Eiger and the Schilthorn. Catch a flight out of Zurich to
end this segment.
5. The Rhine - 7 days by rail
or river cruise
River cruises on
the Rhine sell out well in advance, so book a year ahead. Don't
forget the river flow makes your trip downstream toward Amsterdam much
faster than upstream. To cover the Rhine by rail, purchase a
Eurail pass. There are frequent opportunities to take day cruises
on the Rhine. Stay at Heidelberg,
and Rotterdam. Catch a
flight out of Amsterdam to end
4B. Italy - 10 days by rail
Munich or join in from the Danube
segment. Travel on the night train to Venice on a Eurail
pass. Spend two nights in Venice,
two in Florence, three in Rome
and two in Naples. While in Naples,
take a day trip to Capri. Finish
this Italian segment with a flight out of Pisa
or continue by train to France.