This is the typical newspaper advertisement that you would have seen from the umpteen European Tour Companies. I have seen many people take these trips and come back to India exhausted and eager to take a holiday and sit at home for a few days just to rejuvenate themselves from the punishing schedule they have put themselves through in the name of a European Holiday.
Unfortunately, this overenthusiasm is not restricted just to people who go on package tours to Europe. Even people who travel independently to Europe for vacations are guilty of cramming too many places into the limited time that they spend in Europe. It is quite understandable though. For many people, vacation days are scarce and trips abroad are infrequent. There is a natural tendency to try to cramp as many cities and countries as possible into our trips, as we don’t always know when we’ll be back to Europe again.
Europe is a huge country and do not let any travel agent fool you that it is not. Your attempt to visit the whole of Europe in 20 days is similar to a foreigner attempting to see all of India in 20 days. If you think that it would be nearly impossible to discover India in so few days, then why would you attempt to do the same when you go to Europe?
If you try to pack in a 15-country itinerary in 20 days, you will have to travel a minimum of 6 to 8 hours every day. You will be staying in different hotels in different countries every day. By the end of the trip, you will be longing for just one day of peace and tranquillity… and coming to think of it that you had spent a bomb to go to Europe for a peaceful and pleasant holiday.