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What are the best places to go in Europe?

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1. Posted by cturner (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Ok so I'm about to embark on the trip of a lifetime... my gap year.

Starting in the Bahamas for three weeks and helping my uncle out on his 60' yacht, cruising the islands and just straight out relaxing. Then heading up to Big White (British Collumbia, Canada) for the ski/snowboard season so about 4 and a half months of some of the best powder in the world and living a ski bums life. In April, after the ski season closes I'm headed to England, my homeland which I haven't visited for 10 years. After a month catching up with relies and old old friends, I am off around Europe.

Now my question for you is.... where have the best experiences for you been? Where would you recommend for two 18 year old girls who are easy going, fun, love the history and culture side but also want a bit of night life, sun and good fun. We will be travelling from mid may to end of sept so 5 months or so, so we have plenty of time to cruise and take our time.

Give me your thoughts, anything is helpful - cities, festivals, certain landmarks, just anything that really sticks in your mind as a highlight of your trip or even of where you live.

Thankyou so much for your input.

Casper

xx

p.s. we are both English but now live in Australia and we have both travelled quite a lot and have an average budget.

2. Posted by lexiemill (Inactive 6 posts) 5y

Europe has a long list of interesting and beautiful places to travel. Some of the wonderful places I always wish to visit are
Romantic Paris
Rome, a place with beautiful art galleries and great music
Switzerland
Amsterdam, a city of celebrities

3. Posted by priceless (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

Hello,
Yes in Europe it is a lot of things too see it is not easy to decide what to do. I like Paris, Rome, Budapeszt, Warsaw...Greece and many others places.

4. Posted by thundereli (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

I am going to Poland:) and I am very excited!

5. Posted by geord (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Greek Islands, definitely.

If it was me, I would probably hit Amsterdam, then work my way down to Paris, then southern France (maybe a little hiking in the Pyrenees or some cycling), Cathar country in SE France, Barcelona, then north to Provence.

From there you could either head up into Switzerland and then swing up to see Austria, Prague, Krakow, Budapest or head straight to Italy. Assuming the latter: Ligurian coast, Florence & nearby towns (San Gimignano, Siena, etc), up to Bologna, Venice, the Dolomites, around to the Croatian coast and islands, take a ferry back to Italy, hit Rome then Naples (see Pompei) and the Amalfi coast, then either (take a ferry to Sicily, then ferry to Patras, Greece) or head from Naples to Puglia and take the ferry from Brindisi to Patras. Then train across to Athens, see Athens, then hit the Cyclades (Crete, Santorini, etc). Then the Turkish coast and Istanbul.

The Dolomites are awesome. There are rifugios (lodges) you can stay in on the mountain peaks, and for many you take a ski lift up a lot of the way. We were playing cards by candle light in the restaurant one night, when a lightning storm hit. It was wild. If you like climbing, check out the Via Ferrata. Really, really cool. They are wires and metal rungs, originally from WWI, that are now maintained as climbing routes. You need minimal equipment (harness, helmet, gloves) that you can rent. You don't need mountain climbing experience (I saw 10 year olds there), and the routes are rated for difficulty. There is one that has Fiamas in the name that was spectacular.

6. Posted by cturner (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Quoting geord

Greek Islands, definitely.

If it was me, I would probably hit Amsterdam, then work my way down to Paris, then southern France (maybe a little hiking in the Pyrenees or some cycling), Cathar country in SE France, Barcelona, then north to Provence.

From there you could either head up into Switzerland and then swing up to see Austria, Prague, Krakow, Budapest or head straight to Italy. Assuming the latter: Ligurian coast, Florence & nearby towns (San Gimignano, Siena, etc), up to Bologna, Venice, the Dolomites, around to the Croatian coast and islands, take a ferry back to Italy, hit Rome then Naples (see Pompei) and the Amalfi coast, then either (take a ferry to Sicily, then ferry to Patras, Greece) or head from Naples to Puglia and take the ferry from Brindisi to Patras. Then train across to Athens, see Athens, then hit the Cyclades (Crete, Santorini, etc). Then the Turkish coast and Istanbul.

The Dolomites are awesome. There are rifugios (lodges) you can stay in on the mountain peaks, and for many you take a ski lift up a lot of the way. We were playing cards by candle light in the restaurant one night, when a lightning storm hit. It was wild. If you like climbing, check out the Via Ferrata. Really, really cool. They are wires and metal rungs, originally from WWI, that are now maintained as climbing routes. You need minimal equipment (harness, helmet, gloves) that you can rent. You don't need mountain climbing experience (I saw 10 year olds there), and the routes are rated for difficulty. There is one that has Fiamas in the name that was spectacular.

This is perfect, just what I was looking for!! Thankyou so much :)

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