Hello to you all. My name is Justin and have just joined the site. I am a college student at Boston College and my family and I are planning a sort of weekend getaway in October.
Some background on us:
The trip will be from Oct. 8th(evening)/9th through the 12th. It is sort of a mini-vacation/early birthday gift for me.
We want to go somewhere interesting where the weather is nice and we can do quite a bit of sightseeing.
I am 22
Sister is 20
Mother is middle aged
Leaving from Logan Airport in Boston
We have American Airlines tickets to anywhere we really want to go that AA services.
Some locations that we have brought up are the usual Europe destinations such as;
Just trying to get some experienced travelers' opinions on what may be the best place for us to go during this time period. Taking into account weather, events, whatever else. I am open to all ideas. Since the tickets are to wherever AA services we are open to anything. I look forward to hearing from you guys as we try and plan this trip. Thanks so much and glad to be a part of the forum/site.
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Sep-2009, at 12:04 by davisdj ]
Paris and London will both be a good option weatherwise, but 3 days aren't really going to cut it to see the cities. You'd need around 5-7 days to see Paris and London properly. Same goes for Rome.
Now I am German and I might be partial, but early October is the best time to go to Frankfurt, Germany. Not directly into the city (the city sucks and there is nothing to see there), but the surrounding country side - particularly the Rhine and Mosel River valleys. Bacharach, St. Goar, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Trier - those places. It is a wine growing region so you can taste the first young wine (drinking age in Germany is 16 for beer and wine) and watch the leaves turn.
So you have just 5 full days?
My suggestion would be to LHR rather than CDG as I believe the flight will be shorter by an hour or so. Get your heads down for a early night and the following morning be on that open top bus for a tour round London's attractions. The following day get to LGW (London Gatwick) by train from London Victoris (journey time less than an hour) and board your already booked Easyjet flight to Paris CDG (about $70 return each incl. tax). Flight time about 1 hour. Spend the whole day in Paris and come back late in the evening and get the train from LGW back to London Victoria (about 6 trains an hour). Two more days in London and then back to the USA. In that two days get to see a show in the West End. The free brochures you can pick up at any London Tourist Info Office will tell you what's on, where it's on and how to get there. While you're waiting for the show get a travel (zone) card for the underground and red buses. You can get on and off them as many times you like in a day, after 09:30.
I've worn myself out just writing all that.