My wife and I plan on spending about two months in Europe. We can't wait. We originally planned on leaving in March, but the funds haven't arrived yet plus it will give me extra time to figure out how to ask off from work. "I need a Sabbatical" will be my first attempt at explaining two months away from work. Anyway, we plan on hitting a lot of places Starting in Greece and ending in London. The total itinirary so far includes:
Athens, Santorini, Positano, Palermo, Rome, Florence, San Gimignano, Venice, Nice, Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Paris, Brugge, and finally London!!!!!!!!!!
This will definitely be the trip of a lifetime. Got to find those bargin accomidations though.
Come on Sept!
are you asking for help or just want general opinions on places?
are you looking at staying in backpackers or hotels or what?
For the cheapest places to stay in Florence, Rome and Venice look at http://www.plusvillages.com
I also suggest skipping Positano (very expensive to stay at - do it as a day trip from Pompeii unless you want to hike on the Amalfi coast) and instead staying at Spartacus Camping in Pompeii. In fact, you could save a considerable amount of money if you travelled with tent and cooking gear and rented a car to get around. (Though public transport would also be an option.) At the very least get some cooking gear so that you can buy food from the supermarkets. May is a good time for a camping trip to Italy and Spain.
San Gimignano is also very expensive to stay, so most people do it as a day trip from Florence. There are also several camping sites about 15 kms outside of Palermo in Sferravacallo (buses and trains run) - they offer bungalows to people who do not have a tent. It is the cheapest place to stay in Palermo.
Note that a tent is utterly useless in Paris and London.
BTW, I would go to London first. It is easily the most expensive place of your trip and it would really suck if you did not have any money left to enjoy it.
Hey man! When in Firenze I would definately reccomend staying at a hostel called Eurostudent hostel. It is a short walk from the Main train station and located in a square called Piazza della Republica! take care and have fun!
When in Barcelona visit Montserrat which is about an hour away by train. There's like a monastery on the mountains. Its lovely. One other thing...whilst in Barcelona do not let your personal belongings out of a 5mm range or they'll disapper into thin air. That is the only thing I dont like about Barca otherwise ...its simply a funky city.
When I was in San Gimigniano I stayed at the Hotel Belsoggiorno which wasnt quite as expensive as I thought it would be and its right smack in the main street near one of the entrances so during the day there's the hustle and bustle of tourists and shops (no cars) but at night its quite. Dont worry its not as noisy as it may sound. Its actually quite lovely. I would suggest that if you're staying overnight in SG go to Siena. I would also suggest you squezze in Lucca and Barga further up from Florence. Believe me you'll fall in love with the region and the small medival towns.
May I also suggest Malta? Its a little island south of Sicily and you can go there from Catania with your car via Catamaran (like a Hoover craft). Three days tops you'll see a lot of culture and history and its not expensive.
Anything you need to know about Malta just let me know.
you are quiet lucky indeed, 2 months and all those places!
Granada is amazing, and apart from the typical places in town, I suggest that if you have day or two and you can rent a car you go up to the nearby mountains to visit the small villages of Pampaneria and Campaneira, very cool places. The are is known as Alpujarra. Some info here:
When you are in Madrid, I suggest of course Tapas, not just in the most touristic places, but enter into a traditional bar, in any street. The food might not be the best, but it can be a good experience to feel the atmosphere. For more typical places you can have a look at some tips here.
Also, if you have time from Madrid, for a 1-2 tour I recommend you go to Ribera del Duero (if you love wine) this are has amazing wines, and very good value for money. I love this region, and many of the bodegas there are very nice and interesting to visit. I suggest you also have a look here. Good luck and enjoy! Write a report later