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3 weeks, mid-July to early Aug, Europe Itinerary Suggestion

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1. Posted by Kelvin Ang (Budding Member, 43 posts) 28 May '11 00:10

Hi guys,

What would you all suggest for a three-week trip to Europe for two guys who would really like to experience the history, culture and food of European cities on a budget?

We would really like to see London, Paris, and Rome, and anywhere else that would fit in the schedule.

Would appreciate any suggestions and tips.

Cheers from New Zealand,
Kelvin

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4366 posts) 28 May '11 02:00

Doh! I'll be in Canada during that time period!

Still, I'll say "Amsterdam" for sure. Also Berlin. Personally I'm not that fond of London, and would rather replace it with Edinburgh, but maybe you could fit both in. I'd recommend keeping that (six cities) as an absolute maximum for three weeks, though, and I'd strongly recommend going for 4 or 5 cities despite my recommendations.
Your best bet for transport will probably be a string of cheapish flights, maybe with one or two trains in between. Don't really know how to best string them together, since I'd never hop around that much myself.

3. Posted by Neeke89 (Budding Member, 52 posts) 29 May '11 10:30

I'd say Berlin. Great city to visit, lots of history on the cold war and post WWII era. Also lots of interesting musea and sights.
As other city I could add Prague or Vienna, to incorporate a more 'eastern' component. Prague is the cheaper of the two (and crowded with many backpackers over the summer ;) ).

4. Posted by kallka (Budding Member, 6 posts) 29 May '11 11:18

Prague and Budapest!!!

5. Posted by Kelvin Ang (Budding Member, 43 posts) 30 May '11 04:33

Thanks for the replies, all!

This is the big difficulty in planning a European trip - just about everywhere is a must-see, but there's so little time and money! It looks like we're going to have to take my own advice in not rushing things through, leaving eastern and northern Europe for later trips unfortunately :(

Also I think we'll be pushing back the trip a little, to mid-Sept or thereabouts. Hopefully the weather would be cooler and also less crowded when it comes to tourist traffic?

And Berlin, yes... I think I'll have to squeeze that in in this trip. It seems to be the overwhelmingly popular city to visit for a first-timer to Europe!

Cheers,
Kelvin
ps. I'll pretend you're not trying to avoid me, Sander! I hope you've got great pictures and memories of Christchurch from your past visits to New Zealand... Things might look a little different the next time you come through this city again

6. Posted by nshano (Budding Member, 11 posts) 30 May '11 05:18

Hey Kelvin

your better to go in september it would be cheaper and also not many tourist around! in Italy and some countries many places may close in august due to the heat and many business people would go on holidays so beware in August! London is lovely but maybe be better off going to Scotland more culture aspect and more greenery if you get me! Ireland would be a nice visit ha! I would recommend looking up inter-railing routes and this would help you to plan your trip as you should check it out!!

Enjoy the Trip!

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4366 posts) 30 May '11 09:20

Quoting Kelvin Ang

Also I think we'll be pushing back the trip a little, to mid-Sept or thereabouts.

Awesome, I'll be back by then. So Amsterdam is a must for sure, otherwise I'll get to claim that you're avoiding me. :D

(Also, a generally better time of the year that, and particularly Rome should be much more pleasant in September.)

[ Edit: Edited on 30-May-2011, at 09:22 by Sander ]

8. Posted by Kellebel (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 30 May '11 11:07

You should'nt forget Amsterdam or Eindhoven!

9. Posted by paulmacpaul (Full Member, 107 posts) 5 Jun '11 01:02

Germany and Scotland would be a good place too. Although I don't know if it would fit in your budget and schedule. But it's worth the try.

10. Posted by Kelvin Ang (Budding Member, 43 posts) 29 Jun '11 02:07

After much deliberation we've now got 24 days, landing first in London first week of September, followed by a flight to Berlin a few days later. The plan is completely open after that, as long as we are in Rome before 28th Sept for our flight back to Christchurch, New Zealand.

Paris is still a must and is likely to be straight after Berlin due to ease of railway access, and I'm thinking we're likely to have time for another city before Rome... Would Amsterdam be it? Or would time be better spent in Venice? Or should I visit another French or German city that might be more "on the way"?

Both my mate and I aren't keen to spend too much time on the road, rather we prefer to spend more time in a single place to thoroughly enjoy the city, so I think 5 cities would be the most we'll try for.

Accommodation wise, it seems that most are hovering at around €100/night for a twin-share room. I thought that's a bit steep!