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A couple of weeks in Europe in December 2010 - any ideas?

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1. Posted by Craggy (Budding Member 43 posts) 6y

Hi,

Me and the Mrs are going to be doing two - three weeks in Europe next December. I know it's ages away but thought I'd get some ideas in early. At the moment we've got a vague route of London - Paris - Lyon - Geneva - Vienna - Munich - Prague, then back again. I was just wondering if anyone had any knowledge of great places to go around Christmas time around that route? Great places to enjoy Christmas? Paris, Lyon and Prague are a must because I love those cities but the others are subject to change. I'm a lover of music and history so meeting those passions is an aim.

Anyway, any advice would be great!

Thanks
Craggy

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

London - Paris - Lyon - Geneva - Vienna - Munich - Prague,

Some notes:

1) You are cramming in a lot. I would suggest cutting down on the number of places. It is good to plan on around 4-5 days per city, so with 3 weeks you can reasonably see 4-5 places. Less days per city approaches the pace tourists from the USA and Japan cover "Europe in 14 days".

2) Going Geneva to Vienna doesn't make a lot of sense, the connections aren't that good. My suggestion would be to spend some time in Switzerland, there has got to be a small village where you can find snow and skiing.

3) If you don't want to ski: Instead of going from Geneva to Austria I would go on to Italy, Florence, Venice, Milan, Turin, Bologna.

4) If you are set on Munich, Prague and Vienna I can strongly recommend a visit to Salzburg.

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1827 posts) 6y

This is the fourth year when the sun has had few if any sunspots on. Sunspots are a sign of a "hot" sun. The lack of them has meant a "cool" sun, so poor summers and colder winters. Unless things change, expect an even worse winter at the end of the year with lots more snow, especially in a number of places you intend to visit which can make travelling difficult. You do not need to book anything yet. See what kind of summer we have. If poor, expect a bad winter. You could try the coasts of Spain and Portugal which should not be too bad.

4. Posted by Craggy (Budding Member 43 posts) 6y

Hi, thanks for the feedback.

I know it seems like a lot to cram in but I've done something similar before (time-wise) through France and Spain. And as for London, sorry I meant we'll start there. We'll be living there by then so don't need to include it as part of the trip.

I wasn't too sure about Geneva anyway, so thanks for the advice. I'll probably cut that out and check for a route that makes more sense - possibly northern Italy. Skiing isn't really my thing - not that I've tried it to be honest! We're definitely set on Vienna and Prague but still not sure about Munich. Maybe Salzburg is a better option!

Anyway, as for the winter being very bad we'll just have to wait and see on that one. I'm not so sure they are just going to keep getting worse. I'm not so intent on making a plan and sticking to it anyway so I'm happy to be pretty flexible when the time comes around.

Thanks again for the help! :)

Craggy

5. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Quoting Craggy

London - Paris - Lyon - Geneva - Vienna - Munich - Prague

Well, even if you list London only as starting point, you still have 5 cities on the list. 2 weeks is definitely too short so you should aim for 3.

And the order of the itinerary is a bit strange. Any particular reason to put Munich in between Vienna and Prague? That means some backtracking. You could be doing Munich - Vienna - Prague instead which makes more sense in terms of travelling order. If you're looking to go to Salzburg, you can fit it in between Munich and Vienna.

6. Posted by Craggy (Budding Member 43 posts) 6y

Hey,

Well Munich is only backtracking as far as geography goes, it's not really too much of an issue. Anyway like I said I'm still considering not going to Munich. It's not really a full itinerary it was just some ideas I laid down, and I wanted to hear some others. I know 5 cities may seem alot but originally places like Geneva were only going to be stop overs. I have certain ideas time-wise, but I'm interested to hear about good places to visit vaguely along that route

Thanks
Craggy