Hello! Forgive me if this post is long, I want to give you all the extra details you might need. Any help or opinions at all will be very helpful. n the long detailed question below I give you background info so if you think we should be doing a completely different plan vs what we have you have all the info to recommend. We really appreciate any opinions and help we can get, so thank you!
SHORT SUMMED INTO ONE QUESTION: We are going to the Czech Republic for sure but want to add additional cities to our itinerary that are cheap to fly into and get from there to the cities in Czech Republic. We also want them to be a lovely experience that is varied from that of Prague and Cesky Krumlov. Some cities we were looking at; Munich, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, Milan, Venice, Dublin, but we would love any other suggestions! Our largest unnecessary cost is getting to Europe from the US. We are going end of June. We are young and want to try and minimize our budget as much as possible.
DETAILED: My boyfriend and I are planning our first trip together to Europe. I am 22 he is 23. We will probably not get another chance to travel out of the US together for a few years. I have already visited Vienna, Paris and Spain (multiple cities). It will be his first time to Europe. We will be leaving from Columbus Ohio (but can leave from another drivable airport if it is cheaper). We want to leave around June 24th (slightly flexible).
We want to try and stretch out our budget to last between two weeks or more if possible (so far with my first plan, it's around 12 days which is not bad).
Flying out of the US to Europe is very expensive. We have noticed that buying a one way ticket is more expensive than a two way, we think this means we can't fly into one city and fly out of a different one which is what we wanted at first.
I want to try and keep the budget under 6000 dollars (but if needed this can go up to $6500 maybe). So far this the trip I tried to plan is around $6206 which is higher than what I was hoping. This is considering everything from flight to entertainment and misc purchases (eg souvenirs). It looks like our plane tickets alone will be $3400 with additional transport in-between locations around $690.
Our original plan was to Fly in Amsterdam, stay there for 3 nights, fly to Prague, stay there for 4 nights, with one day-trip to Kutna Hora, take a bus to Cesky Krumlov, stay there for three nights, and somehow get to Munich, stay there for three nights and then fly back to Amsterdam where we will fly back to the US. We are going to use AirBnb for Munich and Amsterdam and stay in cute cheap hotels or bed and breakfasts in Cesky Krumlov and Prague.
How would you change the trip if you could? Do you have any suggestions on booking cheaper tickets (websites, destinations, days etc)? We definitely want to go the destinations in the Czech Republic but are willing to change our itinerary if that would cut the cost in tickets and transport/travel, especially if it were a city that would still give us a lovely experience and od varied from our destination in the Czech Republic.
The cities are we are thinking of (listed in the summed up question) tend to have cheap tickets from the US and hopefully are easy/convenient to get to either Prague or Cesky Krumlov. I haven't been to any of them (except Vienna) so which do you think are the nicest, most travel friendly, most valuable, enjoyable and different from our experience in the Czech Republic? Or should we be doing something else entirely?
Thank you so much!