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1. Posted by KiaraG (Full Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi. :) Two of my friends and I are going on a two-week trip to Europe in a little over a year. We're going to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland (including Northern), Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands (Holland, to be specific), Scotland, Spain and Wales. Right now, we're trying to get ideas of places to go, things to see. We will all be in our mid- to late-twenties by the time we go. We're interested in abbeys, cathedrals, restaurants, clubs/bars, shopping, entertainment, things like that. :) No zoos or aquariums. We want things that we wouldn't normally do here at home (Texas). :) Do any of you have any ideas? If you'd like to see what cities we'll be going to, I've already set up a traveler's map here. Thanks for any advice you can give me. :)

Also, for those of you who look at my map, is that journey feasible in two weeks? Keep in mind that some of those stops are bathroom/lunch/dinner/god I need a cigarette breaks, and we will be using my friend Zach's car (he's in the US Air Force and is being stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany for two years - which is the main reason we're going ;)).

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 8, 2008, at 12:20 AM by KiaraG ]

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Well, it is pretty ambitious to say the least.
I don't want to be rude, but are you kidding us here or is it a serious question?

If you withdraw the kilometers from Dallas that's probably about half (so 12,500 kilometers) left, so that's like 900 kilometers a day, 10 hours of driving a day....I would really need a cigarette break for that reason alone

No, seriously, either visit a few countries, or go to the places you mentioned in about 2 months, and even that is rushing it too much.

I would say visit Germany with a few side trips to Amsterdam and Prague and probably the Alps and you will have a great trip without rushing it too much.

Cheers!
Michael

3. Posted by KiaraG (Full Member 5 posts) 8y

Michael -

Thanks for the response. :) Yes, it is a serious question; we want to see as much as we can while we're there, because none of us are sure when we're going to be able to go back. The guys and I basically had a vote, to figure out which places would stay on our map and which we'd skip. I've also taken off Dallas, so that's not in the mileage/destinations anymore. Go back and look at the map now - do you think we could do the revisions, or should we take off some more?

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 8, 2008, at 2:29 AM by KiaraG ]

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Well, i would still delete the furthest places and the places which require a boat, boat/train or plane trip (probably only the first two as you have your own car). So UK and Ibiza could be taken off in my opinion.
But I understand you in that you don't know when you will get back but most times that's with every time you make a trip and you would like to see a lot but in the end you didn't see anything at all actually.
Just a tip of course

5. Posted by KiaraG (Full Member 5 posts) 8y

I agree with the Spain part of your statement. Only one of us was really wanting to go; all the places that're left on the map (I revised it again as I'm writing this reply) are places two or more of us want to go to. Do you think it's doable yet?

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

It is getting better indeed, but the thing is that Italy and Ireland/UK are a two day (long long days) drive away from eachother. Still, if you don't mind driving and enjoying Europe by car and enjoying the landscapes you will be fine. Try to visit only Florence and/or Pisa and/or Siena, and not Rome. Or skip the UK/Ireland and focus on quality time in Italy.

7. Posted by KiaraG (Full Member 5 posts) 8y

The four of us prefer driving, which is why we decided not to go with trains/buses. :) We also know that some nights, we're not gonna want to stop - we'll want to keep driving all night. Which is perfectly fine with us; we prefer driving at night, for some reason. :) I've taken off five more stops, but I will be beheaded if I take off Rome, heh. I'll go over it again with the guys tomorrow.

8. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

You should try to see the WW2 battles sites at Normandy, Northern France, esp since one of ur friends is military, he may like it.

When ur in Scotland shout at me and i can tell what the best abbeys and castles around Edinburgh are.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 8, 2008, at 5:28 AM by coldwarspy ]

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

All I can think to say is enjoy the two-week car ride! 14 regions in 14 days? I can't see how you can possibly do it...

And travelling--plane, train, car, whatever--is surprisingly exhausting. You'll all be so tired after a few days! Honestly, try to pick your favourite places--narrow it down to a max of 3 countries, if you can. And make them close together or take a cheap flight. I understand how much you want to see everything--but remember to enjoy it all, too! Sometimes it's nice just to stop and smell the flowers.

Have fun, though, whatever you choose! It sounds like you're all so excited.

10. Posted by Dutch-Dimi (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

Honestly I doubt if it's possible to do all in just 2 weeks. (says me, who's planning a trip across the USA of about a month, but I also encounter big planning troubles)

I understand the feeling you want to see as much as possible. But at most places you want to visit you can stay for 2 weeks and still haven't seen it all.

Like Tway already mentioned. Being in the car for 2 weeks just doesn't sound like fun. Even though you're probably more used to being in the car for long than most Dutch/Europeans are. So going to the UK / Scotland by plane might just save you some precious time. (and might even be cheaper than going by car (toll, gas, ferry trip etc))

Just one more little piece of advise. Don't forget that when visiting places (cathedrals, museums etc)some are just to big and beautiful to rush true. (also a bit expensive). And the more famous ones, might also have a queue. (e.g. Duomo in Florence, Vatican in Rome)