18 days in Europe

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1. Posted by cmazzo (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My friend and I will be traveling to Europe in late September returning early October...these are the places we are wanting to visit:
Possibly Morroco & Greece...

Do you think that 18 days is enough time to visit all these countries? What will the weather be like? Crowds? Best way to travel while in Europe? Best website to obtain flights to and from Europe if we are doing a multidestination route? Best locations to fly into and out of? Etc...plus any other info you have would be great!

2. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

18 day might be stretching it a little bit to see all of them. where abouts in these countries are you looking to go? captials?
if you book it early enough, and because your going at an offpeak time, you could fly with easyjet, or another low cost airline. if not. a train would be the best way to go, but then you have to take into account the travel time and then 18 days would definately be too short.
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there will still be crowds at anytime, but i think it wont be overwhelming. september to october will be slim crowds. as for weather. it will be variable, but if your lucky, should be sunny and pleasent

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

Hi, if you really try to see all this countries, you'll see mostly only airports. I'd choose just three or four of them and visit more cities there. When in Spain, I'd recommend Barcelona and Madrid. In France, I loved Strasbourg, even more than Paris (but Paris is a must, everybody will ask you after arrival, whether you saw it).
You still have time to buy cheap tickets from low-cost airlines. Check flylowcostairlines.org to find a connection between the chosen cities. Buy the tickets asap 'cause the price'll be much higher in a few days.

4. Posted by cmazzo (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

We plan to hit the capitals,,,but we were also just planning on staying at hostels and asking other travelers where they went and if we should make a visit.. Is this wise?

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

18 days will be enough to cover one country - 5 days for the capital and 12 days for 3 to 6 spots of interest. You could really dash around and squeeze in another country - splitting your time half way: First 3 days first capital/major city in country A, 2-3 spots to see country A for 5 days, onward travel to country B, 2-3 spots to see there for 5 days, chill for 3 days in capital of country B.

To give you an idea of what you are facing: Germany is the same size as California, but unlike California there are no open stretches of land. You cannot walk for more than 5 miles without running into the next home/small village - even in the more remote areas. With so many people there doing and creating things, there is much more to see than great natural beauty floating by next to the highway. The thing about Europe is getting into the countryside a bit and to go and see that stonewall the Romans built in pre-Christian times. That requires a bit more time than just driving by.

Europe as a whole covers about one third of the USA, so with the countries you mentioned you are basically asking whether you could combine a trip to Chicago with a shopping tour in NYC and wanting to see the everglades in Florida too. And seeing Graceland in Memphis/Tennessee while you are in the area - all in 18 days.

Pick two (neighboring) countries at max and enjoy them to the max!

Once you have decided where to go to, feel free to come back and ask us. We are willing to help. You do not have much time for such a large area and IMHO you will need to have at least some plans of what you want to see. (If somebody comes and tells you about something that you absolutely must see, you can always change your pre-departure plans mid-route.)

Getting there and asking other travellers for advice is fine - as long as you have the time to hang around for a few days there to collect all the tips locally that you could have snatched from the internet beforehand if you had only asked then.

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 20, 2006 2:19 PM by t_maia ]

6. Posted by le calvez (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I definitely advise you to add a few more countries to your list, 10 or 15 minimum !!
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