I'm hoping to post often and hope I can find some help as I finalize my trip. A friend and I are planning an adventure through Eastern Europe and the Balkans. We are starting in Athens then heading to Istanbul, Sofia, Bucharest, Zagreb, Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. We are planning the trip for the month of May.
I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer.
We are planning on spending 3 weeks travelling, will this be enough time to take in the sites as well as factor in travelling time?
We are hoping to travel primarily by train - Is it better to get a flexipass or a one way single-use ticket?
Are there any "must-sees" in any of the cities I mentioned or recommendations for other cities/countries? (I have been to Munich and Innsbruck, as well as most of Poland already) Does anyone recommend stopping in Thessaloniki? I've checked out some of the previous threads and Bucharest does not seem to be a popular choice, would Brasov me a better choice?
Thanks in advance.
I think you are reallt tight on the shedule as it is, I would even recommend skipping one or two cities, to create a little more time.
Especially in Vienna and Berlin those cities need 4 days each. If you would like to visit the other places for 2 or 3 days, then you are already at your 3 week limit. Also you have to allow yourself traveling time. (check the time you need at www.bahn.de, this way you get a feel for how much time is need to get from one place to another, and if there are nighttrains available, and if you need to make reservations for some routes.
Check www.railsaver.com when you have a complete itinerary, this site will tell you what pass is the best for you.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 12, 2007, at 3:12 PM by Herr Bert ]
If you are taking the train, I'd rethink your time in Bulgaria.
Sofia is okay, but you can see everything in an afternoon's walking.
You can get off in Blagoevgrad (or Sandanski) and visit Melnik. It's great if you're into wine and cute little villages. And by little, I'm serious. It's tiny. Or, if you can hop off in Blagoevgrad, think about visiting Rila Monestary (much closer from here than Sofia), or Bansko - very near where I live, so I'm partial.
It's really a shame to come to Bulgaria and not see Plovdiv though. There are cheap enough hostels. You can get there easily by bus or train. Lots of history and great shopping!
Let me know if I can help any more.