Hello all! I'm off to Europe for first time starting mid/end June 07 although I have been to UK before. I have got about 6 weeks to play with,and this is my initial itinerary...
Oslo>Stockholm>Amsterdam>Praque>Paris>Boudeaux>San Sabestian>Pamplona>Madrid>Barcelona>Athens then 2 or 3 Greek Islands. The only leg I will definately fly is (Barce to Athens) but maybe (Prague to Paris) also? The rest will be by bus or train,or cheap airfares if poss. Am open to all suggestions or advice on transport. All going well, I wld like to get to Pamplona in time for the running of the bulls around 7/7. I was thinking around 2 weeks or so from Oslo to my first Spanish city, then 2 weeks Spain, then 2 weeks Greek Islands.
Unfortunatley I will be on somewhat of a budget, so any el-cheapo suggestions are highly appreciated. Also, if anyone is interested in joining me for some or all of my travels, please let me know~!?!
If cheap is what you want, you have chosen the wrong places, because Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world and Norway in general is hell expensive (it's the only place in the world I have been where they even charged to use the toilet at a McDonalds!). Charging for public toilets is the norm in Europe, but usually you can sneak in to McDonalds, KFC etc and use it for nothing, but not in Oslo. Stockholm is very pricey (cheaper than Oslo though), Barcelona and Madrid are also very pricey. You could look at getting cheap flights on Ryanair, but to do that you'd want to book in advance when a sale is on and hope that your dates are good dates. You may be able to get flights for 0.01 Euro+taxes on Ryanair if you time it right, but the airports they fly in to particularly in Oslo are usually a long way out of the city.
Have a great time
Thanks buddy..your advice is much appreciated. Although I am aware of how expensive Northern Europe is, which is why I only intend to stay 2 to 3 days max in both Oslo and Stockholm but a bit longer in AMS. In fact, if anyone can tell me how long I will need to stay in any of the other cities, that'd be a great help. Im now thinking that I may have to sacrifice Prague and Bordeaux, so that Im not so rushed?