Okay, I have no idea what to do. I know I need to book and plan everything right now if I plan to leave Poland on July 13(Friday the 13th). Places I would like to see are the south of France, Paris, Nice, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Greece, Prague, Germany. I love architecture, castles, beautiful scenery. I want to avoid touristy places but also want to hit the big places such as Milan, Paris, Greece and Rome. I do not want to stay more than a couple of days in one place because I have no one to enjoy it with and I want to see as much as possible. I plan to travel Europe many times, but this is my first.
I will be traveling alone for the first 21 days. Around August first my mother and her sister will join me. I will not have to cover any cost except to return to Poland once they leave. I have around $1500 for the whole trip. I have family willing to loan me more money but I only want to do that if something happens. I plan to stay in hostels the whole time and have found several for around $10/night or even as cheap as $5 but for one night a week only. The max I can spend on housing is $20/night. I plan to buy local foods and not dine out, I don't drink alcohol so no issue there. I will not buy clothes or souvenirs... I already have too much to take back with me to the states from living one year in Poland.
My mother wants to castles and the town where my Great-Great Grandparents lived in Germany. She will only have 10days of sight seeing. She also wants to see castles. I remember my German teacher telling me that Cinderella's castle is in the Black Forest part of Germany. I am thinking of leaving Poland and hitting Prague first and coming back to Poland through Berlin.
I cannot get a interial pass because I am not a citizen of an European country, but a USA citizen. Is it worth it to get a Rail pass and does anyone have any idea which one. I have been looking at the one month continuous pass but I would be pushing my money limits if I did. I do not plan to go north west or west. Is Spain a viable option for me or should I stick with France, Germany, Italy, and the eastern Europe countries?
Any help would be great