Hi everyone, I am planning a Europe trip for next spring (it's a little early, I know) with 3 of my friends and we can't decide on our itinerary. We all want to go to the same places but we can't decide where to start and finish the trip. We will be leaving in April and staying for about 2 months. The places we want to visit are:
Scotland; London; Portugal (unsure of exactly where, probably Lisbon and some small towns); Spain- Madrid, Barcelona; Italy- Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome, some of the south; a few of the islands in Greece (we've heard Athens is nothing special); Prague; Germany.
We would like to go to some other places in Eastern Europe but are unsure of whats safe and worthwhlie. Keep in mind we are four 19 year olds, and we do want to experience the culture and not just the major sites.
Is there anything we should add/remove to the trip?
Also, where should we start and end the trip?
Thanks guys : )
Assuming you're coming from the USA, it makes the most sense for you to begin and end the trip in a major city that's inexpensive for you to reach. My guess is that that city is London. More flights from the USA to London than to any other city in Europe, and thus also better chances of getting good deals on airfare. I'll leave it to others to help you with the itinerary!
I'm from Canada actually, but same difference [well, not really : ) ]. And yeah, we're trying to decide between London, or maybe Athens, or Frankfurt because that's a major airport but we're thinking along the lines of what time of year is best for which countries. They say you should start south and work your way up so it gets warmer but we're kind of going in a circle...
I guess it doesn't really matter which city we start in because we'll be going full circle in a sense.
thanks for replying!
True, London can be cool in April, but there are plenty of flights from Canada to London, and I'm sure those flights would be less costly than if you were to fly to Lisbon, Frankfurt or Athens, for instance. I would suggest getting roundtrip tickets to London. When you arrive there, just stay a night or so, then head to Portugal, and then Spain, Italy, Greece and you should have nice and warm weather in all those places. And then by the time you get to eastern Europe and Germany it's going to be late May or early June. And save London and Scotland for the last week or so before you return to Canada. That should give you reasonably nice weather throughout the entire trip.
To answer what's safe and unsafe is impossible. All cities and towns in the world have crime. Just don't get drunk and have your money having out your top pocket!!
Eastern Europe alternatives to Praha??.. There are so many.
Transylvania is just incredibly beautiful and there are cheap rooms all over the place within a few minutes walk of the major railway stations. Following the course of the Danube is nice to. You have a choice of 4 capital cities and 10 countries that it flows through. The delta is in Romania and is one of the largest in the world. If you're into wildlife, then look no further than Tulcea. One of the greatest natural bird gatherings anywhere on the planet.
Scotland should be at the end of your trip, it is the coldest region. Scottish weather is usually rainy and cool even in summer, to have a slight chance of seeing Scotland bathed in sunshine you need to go there in late June at the earliest (July would be better).
Frankfurt (FRA) is a good choice for flying into, the budget airline Ryanair leaves from an old military airport (Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN)) 2 hours outside of Frankfurt to over 50 destinations all over Europe. If you can limit your luggage to carry-on only Ryanair can be a cheap way to get around.
Spain- see http://looklex.com/spain/index.htm for some other destinations aside from Madrid and Barcelona. And since you are so far south already, consider a dip into Morocco.