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1. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

I am going to Europe for just over two weeks end of July/Early August with my family. The main reason for this trip is for my mother to travel, I have been to Europe and countless other countries several times before and I am only 19...my mom has worked so hard her whole life for her kids that she hasn't got to experience as much travel as I think she deserves.

It will be my twin sister and I (19,) my older brother(22) and our mother(43)

Here is what I have planned, let me know what you think?

Fly from Miami to London July 22nd
Fly from London to Athens July 24th
Fly from Athens to Berlin July 29th
Fly from Berlin to Dublin August 1st
Fly from Dublin to Edinburgh August 4th
Fly from Edinburgh to London August 8th
Fly from London to Miami August 9th

It is a lot of moving around, but my goal is to cover as much ground as possible in the time we have...and flights are so cheap with easyJet and Ryan Air that it is convenient for us to fly all over.

What do you guys think?

2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

I guess flying makes sense since you don't intend on visiting the many countries between the UK, Germany and Greece. Is there a reason why you're skipping places such as Paris, Rome or Barcelona?

3. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

^ Nope, no reason.

I revised another schedule that I think is more convenient as it is less rushed(meaning more nights per place) and also I fly direct into Athens rather than having to spend a night in London first...

Here it is:

Miami to Athens(5 nights there)
Athens to Munich(4 nights there)
Munich to Edinburgh(5 nights there)
Edinburgh to London(3 nights there)
London to Miami(home)

Opinions?

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

5 nights in Edinburgh is too much. 2 nights would be sufficient but to make it easy I'd just switch your number of nights in Edinburgh with London. You should definitely spend more days in London than in Edinburgh since there is so much to do. Do you plan on visiting any of the greek islands from Athens? If not 5 nights there is probably too much too. After the 2nd day you'll probably have seen everything there is to see

5. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

^ Thanks for the advice, yes we plan to visit Islands off of Greece.

Does anyone know if it is smarter to book in advance with easy Jet or if we could just book the night before or even just show up to the airport and buy tickets? This way we could leave a certain city sooner if we find that we don't need as much time there. I have never flown with easy Jet so I really don't know.

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

This year will be the first time I'll be using RyanAir so I can't really help you there in terms of experience. However, I do know that the special airfares you get with RyanAir and EasyJet aren't permanent. This is obvious when you search for your flight tickets online. When you choose a departure date, they always show you prices on the day before and after your specified date and most of the time the prices are in a completely different range. I'm buying my ticket from RyanAir departing from Gatwick, London to Milan Malpensa. I'm paying £49 for my round trip ticket, if I were to depart the day after it was about £99 for the same exact flight and £89 the day before. The tickets are sold in a first come first serve basis. This also applies to what seats you get. So to get a good seat, show up early! If you want to save money, you should book ahead of time. You can take a gamble if you want, but I hate gambling....I always lose lol

7. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

Quoting will13

^ Nope, no reason.

I revised another schedule that I think is more convenient as it is less rushed(meaning more nights per place) and also I fly direct into Athens rather than having to spend a night in London first...

Here it is:

Miami to Athens(5 nights there)
Athens to Munich(4 nights there)
Munich to Edinburgh(5 nights there)
Edinburgh to London(3 nights there)
London to Miami(home)

Opinions?

I was thinking of re-ordering the trip to London, Edinburgh, Munich, Athens to avoid the high prices and overcrowding of people at the August festivities in Edinburgh. By late July is it too late to avoid this, or is it something I would want to experience?

8. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Buy your tickets as soon as you know the dates, and the places. Prices will only go up. There are a lot of companies not only EasyJet and Ryanair. As you plan to travel Greece to Berlin, you might want to check some German airlines, like TUIfly, Germanwings, AirBerlin, LTU and Condor.

As for the days I would do the following:

Athens(3 nights there)
Munich(4 nights there)
Edinburgh(3 nights there)
London(5nights there)

You can do a trip to Santorini, but to go, you would need to go there for three days, two would be an absolute minimum. You can go by boat, but Santorini is one of the Isles furthest away from Athens, so you could check Aegean Airlines for a flight there, and back. In the highseason, you should be able to find a flight from Santorini (sometimes also called Thira) to Berlin, at one of the German Airlines. (cutting out going back to Athens). If you do make the trip to Santorini, in my opinion you need to settle for 4 days in London.

Munich: I think you need 2 days for the city itself, you can do daytrips to fill the other two days. 1 day for the Castles, and 1 day (although not a complete day) to visit the concentrationcamp in Dachau, a daytrip to Nurnberg, or to see a little bit of the Alps. Choices enough.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 2, 2007, at 12:46 PM by Herr Bert ]