My name is Mandy and I am from Australia, I am looking into traveling Europe next year (2013) most likely the end of August until the beginning of October.
I have been scouring the net and can't find anything regarding tours or travel (i am assuming because i am looking so early) but i was wondering if any one had any tips or advice for me.
I am definitely attempting to maintain some sort of budget and am looking at perhaps doing 'Busabout' or through some other form of tour center, Busabout is looking to most promising to me as it has the option of letting you pick how long you want to stay in one place before you move onwards.
Has anyone done this before? Or can anyone think of a better alternative to this way, as i would like to maintain a fairly custom trip.
I'd like to start of in London, before going to Amsterdam, then Paris, then to the French Riveria, Venice, Rome, Athens, Gallipoli, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Badapest, Vienna, Prague, Lucerne and finishing in Munich in time for Octoberfest. This is such a lot to fit in such a small space of time, i'll cut places out if needed but these are where i am most interested in going. It may be possible to add extra time to the trip, but i am travelling with a friend who is not familar with Europe (has not much of an interest in) and she probably won't understand the full extent of the history and sights i am most interested in.
Is any body else travelling around this period of time? I would love some advice!
You are trying to do way, way too much in about five weeks. You could spend that much time in England, in France or in Italy alone.
Maybe just England, France and Italy?
Travel around Europe is easy. Besides trains and coaches there are a number of budget airlines which can be booked online beforehand.
You can also book accommodation beforehand with travellerspoint, hostelbookers and the like.
You can book tours as in "name of country and tours" in a search engine will give you a number of options but they are expensive and only certain dates which may not match up with your time there.
Late August to early September is in the school holiday period and the busiest time of the year, so crowded and expensive everywhere.
I've heard that this is the most expensive time of the year to travel, would really love to take part in Oktoberfest though.
I only want to be in London for a few days, i'm really set on Germany as i have family history there, Italy also is a definate, I'd really like to see as much as possible whilst i'm there so i'd prefer to extent my trip rather than cut a lot out.
Does anyone have any idea of a price range i may be looking at if i was to try and fit so much in? I'm not familar with Eurorail or anything like that.
first of all you should be looking for accomodation in Munich as soon as it will be possible to get decent place to stay during Octoberfest as good one's will be fully booked very quickly. Travelling around as Cyberia mentioned can be very easy( and fairly cheap) with our biggest budget airlines.For trip ideas you don't neccesary need Busabout just check what they offer and why they choose that or that city/place and just pick what you would like. Let's say you can go London-Amsterdam-(Bruges )-Paris-Geneve(Lucerne)-Prague-Vienna-Budapest-Rome-Munich...(Turkey-Greece-Croatia can be quiet a detour but if you can extend your stay in Europe worth going) However countries like England,France,Germany,Greece are worth exploring for longer as there is so much to see and in so short period of time it will be more moving around then anything else.To move around using ryanair will be cheapest and each flight will cost aroud 100 euro, or you can check eurorail pass tickets for something around 800 euro for 1 month ticket.
[ Edit: Edited on 15-Aug-2012, at 20:13 by Meenee ]