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1. Posted by georgesmith (Inactive 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hey, guys! I'm George from California, and I'm very fond of traveling. I could not go to many places from last three months due to my busy schedule, as I'm a software Engg and was stuck with loads of work. But now, I've some free time and want to go to Europe to visit for one week. It'd be my first time to go there so can anyone please suggest me best places to see in the Europe and the things that I can do there?? Any suggestions? And also tell me about food stuff and shopping places. Reply ASAP as my vacations are starting on 6th March,2017 and have to start packing also.

And yes please also tell about the weather over there so that I can pack my clothes according to that.

2. Posted by padington bear (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Europe is so vast that you need to be more specific and will require a lot longer than a week to do any of it justice given the fact that you will be jet lagged - may be you could have a look at some tours and then do your own thing

3. Posted by nicolaitan (Budding Member 32 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

great idea

excepting the UK which is soooo expensive, i believe personally that italy is the most tourist-friendly country i have visited. a week can be spent well in florence and rome ( too chilly for the resort areas ) in a welcoming environment. ( from florence, one can take a day trip by train to check out venice, not my favorite ). good food, good antiquities, good museums, great churches. for museums book tickets on line to avoid horrendous queues, especially in florence.

don't try to see to much in a limited period. take the time to enjoy what you are doing.

4. Posted by Rixie (Budding Member 21 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Since you have only one week, I'd choose a single place and take day trips from there. Think of it as an introductory visit - you can always go back and see more.

I'd recommend Barcelona. It's a beautiful, vibrant city with brilliant architecture (La Sagrada Familia will blow your mind), wonderful food, and friendly people. Since you live in CA, I'm guessing you have a little Spanish. Although the preferred language in BCN is Catalan, everyone understands Spanish.

Wherever you go, you'll have a great time. Report back after you return!

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1094 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The UK is expensive? The UK is home for me, and I find the prices higher when I've been to Italy, France, Germany, Scandinavia. Perhaps you are basing it on experience of London prices nicolaitan?

Also I think the UK should be a bargain destination right now since the pound has fallen a lot this past year.

6. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 332 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You could Fly to Vienna,
3 days Vienna,
2 days Budapest and
1 day in Bratislava, plus
1 travel day
not lots of time to really immerse yourself but a nice little surface scratcher of 3 good cities.

7. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting georgesmith

Hey, guys! I'm George from California, and I'm very fond of traveling. ... starting on 6th March,2017 and have to start packing also.

And yes please also tell about the weather over there so that I can pack my clothes according to that.

Here are some high & low temperatures .. Wrap up warm Yikes, it's chilly at night.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2017, at 01:30 by hasbeen ]

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 989 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

If budget is of concern, suggest you use the following tool to identify reasonably priced tickets to Europe on short notice:

https://www.kayak.com/explore/

There's a comparable tool on skyscanner.com.

To save time; and make sure you'll be back on schedule for your next assignment, go for a nonstop flight. There are quite a few from the West Coast, including some newer ones by discount carriers such as Norwegian and WOW. Competition tends to lower prices, so there are other options as well. You don't say where you're flying from, and you don't describe your interests, so it's difficult to make a recommendation as to where to go.

The weather will be nippy in March, so bring a fleece and a rain jacket to layer up if necessary.

A week doesn't leave much time to explore. But you'll definitely get a taste.

P.S. If you don't already have a passport, see this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/services/expedited.html

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2017, at 03:20 by berner256 ]