I am planning a trip to Europe next August, I am trying to figure out how much I can fit into about 3 weeks, I was thinking of maybe doing 2 or 3 days per city and taking trains to get in between destinations.
So far I am thinking Norway, Sweden, Germany, Amsterdam, France and the UK
My main attractions will be local pubs, history / museums and scenery. I am going to be doing this on the cheap and am planning on staying in hostels or on trains and traveling at night.
I am still doing a ton of research but wanted to see what recommendations experienced travelers have for spending three weeks or so in Europe.
Thanks for any info
I would really consider cutting down on the countries you plan to visit. Three weeks is really a short amount of time for the number of countries you would like to visit. I would pick two countries and travel them within three weeks. That way you can really start to get a feel for the country. I would visit the big cities but don't forget to visit smaller cities.
Yeah, definitely keep it to fewer countries. For this trip you might think along the lines of London, Paris, Amsterdam and maybe Brussels if you're interested. Reasonably easy to get between those cities too.
Hey thanks for the replies I appreciate the information, what do you guys think of something like Norway, UK and Ireland? I am not sure how hard it is to get to the islands from Norway.
It is pretty easy to get to Norway from the UK as long as you can get a cheap flight. However August is high season, so cheap flights are a rare commodity. Plus you'll need plenty of time in Norway. Main attraction of Norway in summer is sailing along the fjords up to the North Cape, that takes time. In between doing that and visiting cities along the way I think you'll need about 10-14 days for Norway, which leaves you with a week to see London. (And you'll need a week for London.)
Try checking for cheap flights in August from March 09 onward through sites like skyscanner.net and whichbudget.com
Really good info, I appreciate it!
Any recommendation on what city I should fly into? Also does anyone have any experience with travel in Norway, is it best to go by train between the cities?
Thanks once again!
Best city is the one you find a cheap flight to. See whichbudget.com for options, the site lists which budget airlines fly UK-Norway and the cities.
Keep an eye on costs, I've looked into going to Norway in the past (haven't been yet) and found that prices for cruising up the coast were beyond my budget. Out of all European countries Scandinavia and the British Islands (especially London) are the most expensive to travel to.
Thanks for the info!! I am noticing flights are much cheaper in May and June than in August, I may choose to go then instead although the downfall is I do not have as much vacation time
If you ask me, May is still a bit cold for Scandinavia. It is alright for England if you aren't into outdoors, but still quite cold for Scotland. (For me as a German summer in Scotland felt like April in Germany.)
Late June and early July is the ultra-high season for trips up the coast to the North Cape, as June 21st is the longest day of the year. Very far north the sun doesn't really set, it stays light all night long. This is the best time to see as much as possible in this region, thus cruises around this date tend to be expensive.
As you are from the USA, note that prices for flights across the Atlantic are highest from June 15th to Sep 15th. If either your return or outward flight falls within this timeframe, you pay high season price.