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1. Posted by ciaobella (Budding Member 43 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The big dilema it seems! Whether to treck into europe for the cold or the nice warmth of summer...
My sister and I want to travel to London, Paris, Switzerland and Italy and are having trouble deciding when to go- decemeber or july. Will it be too cold for us to really enjoy ourselves in winter? The only bad side we can see about summer in europe is the extra tourists resulting in big money making by the countries!
Can anyone recommend any tours groups/companies that are good for this area? Is it any cheaper to travel with a tour group? We have found that not many tours run during december- esp to the areas we would like to travel to!
Any advice would be great!

2. Posted by joabbey (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Well, I live in London - and must admit that it can get pretty miserable during the winter not just cold but generally wet and miserable.

Therefore I recommend that you travel europe in the summer, it may work out a little more expensive, but I think it would be worth it in the long run.

However, speaking as a true Brit - the summer weather can also be pretty unreliable over here!?!?!?!

As for travel groups/companies, I have never used one around europe and would again recommend that you do it yourself, europe has an excellent railway network (link attached), which I'm sure goes via the desinations you have listed.

Hope this helps.
Enjoy your travels

Jo x

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

agree with Jo. Prices in summer and winter are largely the same anyway, since december is also peak season in most countries. If you had a choice, I'd recommend travelling in may or late september/october...

Re groups: don't do it. It's a waste of time, money and flexibility, and it gains you very little if anything at all. Dó bring a student card, however, since it gets you all those nice little discounts (esp. Germany and France are good for that).

Niels (Amsterdam)

4. Posted by BCBprtugl (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Im not sure exactly where you are headed, but if you are thinking of crossing down into Portual and maybe spain, keep in mind during the summer it's beatiful and sunny, but in july and august can be dangerously hot if your not used to it, and especially if you're carying a round a big rucksack full of things. Portugal has a lot of great beaches to cool off though. good luck

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

December wont be too cold. with the climates changing anyway - winter in europe doesnt really kick off until January. And summer is way to hot here. dont do it. Sept/Oct/Nov are the best months to travel. Theres just too many tourists in the summer as well.

and stay clear of tour groups. they are too expensive and spend only about 1-2 days in each city! hardly enough to see anything

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I've done both. The cold never bothered me, but the daylight is much shorter in Winter, so it ends up taking more days to see the same stuff. I also don't like to visit places during peak times because of the crowds but have also learned that you get so much more daylight to tour in Summer it may offset dealing with the additional crowds.

All that being said, my personal opinion is that you guys would enjoy yourselves more in July than December.