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France or Central Europe? please help!

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1. Posted by k_chocolat (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

hi guys! i have an opportunity to go to either Tours, France in July or central Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary) in June. my problem is that i can't decide which i should go! i've never been to Europe before and i'm equally interested in visiting all those countries. does France get crowded with tourists in July even in Tours?
thanks alot!

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting k_chocolat

hi guys! i have an opportunity to go to either Tours, France in July or central Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary) in June. my problem is that i can't decide which i should go! i've never been to Europe before and i'm equally interested in visiting all those countries. does France get crowded with tourists in July even in Tours?
thanks alot!

France get loads of tourists in july (2 million of 16 million Dutch move every year to France for holidays....what about Belgians, Germans and even Brits). Why Tours if I may ask? I think there are some better places in France. Despite the tourists I think France is a nice country to travel in!!!

Central Europe is good as well....maybe for the more adventurous traveller. Its cheap too!!!!

Good luck with your decision!!

3. Posted by k_chocolat (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

thank you for your reply!! why Tours? well i don't have any choice in the matter. this is an organized study abroad program from an university so where we go has already been decided. same as central europe trip. i think we'd make a short trip to Paris though.
so i guess central Europe may be better then?

4. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

Tours is right in the middle of the Loire Valley, an area listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. It is the ideal start point to access a series of castles, abbeys and medieval towns (Saumur, Chinon, Azay le Rideau, Blois, Chenonceaux, Chaumont, Langeais, Chambord, Amboise, abbey of Fontevraud).
The area along the Loire is also a famous wine-producing region.

Though it would offer you a rather partial view of France, it is in fact a very interesting area.
It does get a lot of tourists, but is rather less busy than areas on the Atlantic coast or the Riviera.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

how is Brittany? would you say compared to the Loire Valley?

6. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

If you have to choose between both of them (because as you have say these are fixed locations imposed by the people organising the exchange) I would definitely go for Central Europe. Don't get me wrong! Frances is awesome, so Tours is, but I think that you will enjoy more the trip if you go to the Chzech Republic (I am sure that you will have a visit to Prague, which is worth the choice), Austria and Hungary.

Step by step, you can start off with Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary, and do France the next time you come to Europe!

7. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

how is Brittany? would you say compared to the Loire Valley?

The Loire Valley is called the garden of France: fair weather, wineyards along the Loire (the last wild large river in France) and lots of castles to see as mentioned previousely

Brittany has less architecture to see, but old villages and churches with features seldom seen elsewhere in France (calvaires, jubés in churches, for instance). It also has lovely little harbours, paths along wild cliffs and a lively folklore. Brittany, especially Finistère (the westernmost part of it) is more Celtic than French with names written in both Breton an French on trafic signs for instance. It is one of the regions of France I visited where I sometimes felt I was no longer in my country (the others were Alsace and Corsica).