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11. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5159 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As you've probably noticed by now, suggestions vary wildly on this subject - everyone travels in a different manner, and options in Europe really are limitless. You can't add on all these options that we're giving you - you'll have to make a choice between them (or find your own alternative way).

The main thing to remember: You can't have a "balanced trip" (e.g. a bit of everything in a way that does it all justice) in just three weeks. You have to make a choice. Either you see as much as possible, visit multiple countries and spend a significant part of your time just getting from place to place, only getting to touch the surface of the places that you see (in which case a tour might be worth considering, as they're good with organizing and getting you to all the right points to take a snapshot before moving on) - or you travel at a slower pace, immersing yourself in places, and will have to stick to just four or five distinct destinations (where "destination" means "city", not "country"), but do get to form the start of a real impression of what life is like there.

I think the tents + cycling idea is great for really getting to see the landscape you're passing through and coming upon unexpected sights and experiences, but I personally wouldn't travel that way, and since everything else is new for you as well, I'd probably personally advice against it for this first trip.

Oh, and a "sleepy village" is the type of village which you won't find in any guidebook or tourist brochure - where life moves at its own pace, same as it's done for hundreds of years. Where there isn't any tourist attraction to see, the age-old church happens to be a particularly uninspiring example and the local teenagers are bored out of their skulls, but where, if you sit yourself down outside at the one cafe it boasts, you can over the course of a few hours observe something of the grain of life and will remember the feeling of the sun and the sounds of the cowbells for years to come (or will be equally bored out of your skull as the teenagers - that's the risk you run). :)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 22, 2008, at 2:12 AM by Sander ]

12. Posted by karlyfu (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Add in an extra week Moby!! what do u do in the first week of uni? book tutorials and thats about it, get someone at home to sort out for you :) ;)

p.s. my itinerary would be: Fly into Paris, spend 4 nights, onto Bern and Lucerne for 5 nights, then onto Munich for 3 nights, then onto Venice for 3 nights, then onto Florence and stop for another 4 nights, from here I would go to Cinque Terre (near La Spezia) for 4 nights, then up to Milan for 1 night and back to Paris. Thats 24 days plus 2 extra (travel)... = 26 days- thats less than 4 wks.

Have fun

13. Posted by abbeykaye (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm somewhat insulted by the "real culture" comment.. Westernized countries have culture, buddy. Try traveling the US. I drive two hours into my neighboring state and already the slang and way of life has changed drastically. Beautiful landscapes and intense cities, you name it, we have it ;)

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