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What pass for UK, Scotland, London, Belgium, Amsterdam, Munich, Black Forest, Swiss Alps, Nice, Barcelona, & Portugal

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My husband and I are planning a trip from Canada to the united kingdom and Europe in April. This will be our first trip to both areas, as well as our first time riding trains. In total we will visit 8 countries within 25 days. We are hoping to travel within Scotland, down to london, across to belgium, up to amsterdam, across to the black forest in germany, across the swiss alps to nice, follow the coast to barcelona, across spain to portugal. I am having trouble getting these plans moving. We were thinking the best option would probably be the 21 day saver pass. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear any. Thank you so much :)
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  • This sounds like a great itinerary you have put together. Travel in The United Kingdom will require a separate rail pass called a Britrail Pass. We offer a flexi as well as a consecutive option for this rail pass. Your options for the Britrail Pass can be found at the following link http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    You can take the Eurostar train from London to Brussels and then use a Eurail Global Pass for travel onwards from there. The Eurail Global Pass offers a flexi as well as a consecutive option. You can find your Eurail Global Pass options at the following link http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    Your railpass allows you to travel on the rail networks of the countries covered by the pass you purchase. It does not guarantee you a seat reservation, sleeper, or couchette. To make sure you get the accommodations you desire, you must purchase a reservation. You can do this online at http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/poi....
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  • Hi Angeleyes,

    To complement Benjamin's answer, you can also use our Passfinder booking tool at http://www.raileurope.com/us/shopping.... Simply enter the countries you plan to visit, indicate how many days you plan to travel by train in each country, and it will find the most cost effective pass combination for your itinerary.

    Keep in mind that you will have to purchase individual seat reservations in addition to your pass for certain routes. To browse schedules available and find reservation cost for travel with a rail pass, visit http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/poi....

    Let me know if there's anything else we can help you with.
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  • Hi guys,
    Thank you both for your suggestions. I have decided to go with the global pass for the 15 days. Now just to decide on some extras before i book.
    I am trying to get a "schedule" going, (i quote as we are not putting a lot of time constraints until we ger to europe, so not really setting a definate schedule) getting an idea of which routes to follow to get the best area coverage vs time. I originally was thinking we could go from Amsterdam to Munich and from there the black forest and on to the swiss alps. After taking a closer look at the maps I'm wondering if it would be a better idea to do the black forest and then Munich and on to the swiss alps to nice. I cant seem to find any schedules or mention of routes to the black forest. Wonering if I could get a hand??
    Thank again
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 02, 2012 21:26
    Hi,

    Please note that many trains require reservations, and it is recommended that reservations be purchased in advance, prior to departing for Europe. This is because many trains can sell out very quickly, especially during the busy Spring and Summer travel season.

    I understand your conclusion from looking at a map, however, I would still recommend going from Amsterdam to Munich first, before heading to the Black Forest and then on to Switzerland. I suggest this, because travel from the Black Forest area of Germany to Switzerland is much easier than from Munich, and also because there are very feasible connections from Amsterdam to Munich since they are such major hubs.

    A connection from Amsterdam to Munich would involve one train change along the way in either Mannheim, Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport, or Dusseldorf. These connections are comprised of the high-speed ICE trains, which are the only high-speed trains in Europe that do not require reservations, though reservations are highly recommended on these trains. During the Spring and Summer on this route, I would definitely recommend that you book reservations on both trains.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass').

    It is then rather easy to get from Munich to the Black Forest area. The main stations serving as hubs for the Black Forest are Baden Baden in the north and Freiburg (Breisgau) in south. You can get from Munich to Baden Baden by taking trains that would not require you to book reservations. The connection would involve one train change in Karlsruhe along the way. You can just view the schedules for such non-reservable routes by entering the requested city-pairs under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'.

    A connection from Munich to Freiburg (Breisgau) would involve one train change in either Mannheim or Karlsruhe along the way, and reservations would be recommended on these trains. To book reservations for a connection from Munich to there, you would divide up the route by doing a separate search for each segment of the connection. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Munich to either Mannheim or Karlsruhe and then another search for trains from Mannheim or Karlsruhe to Freiburg. You would just type 'Freiburg (Breisgau)' as 'Freiburg' when you do your search.

    It is then rather easy to get from Freiburg (Breisgau) down to Switzerland, typically involving only 2 train changes along the way to destinations in the Alps. In fact, there are even direct trains from Freiburg (Breisgau) to Interlaken that go through Bern, Basel, Thun, and Spiez. It would be highly recommended that you book reservations on these direct trains from Freiburg (Breisgau) towards Interlaken.

    Reservable trains in this part of Europe can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Due to the involved nature of your intinerary, please feel free to call us at 1-800-622-8600 for assistance. How to proceed with the rest of your itinerary would be dependent upon too many different factors.
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