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1. Posted by iain84 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi I'm looking for advice on an itenery I'm looking to draw up for a 3 week trip in Europe in the summer. Probably start early July. Flying from any location in England or Scotland

Ideally I would like to start from Ljubljana in Slovenia, as I have heard good things about this place and would like to see it for myself. It is flexiable that this needs to be my first destination however, just would like to include it.

Within the trip I would like an aspect of a beach style destination 9had a stressful couple of years).

Not really looking to go to all the major cities such as Prague, Rome, Barcelona etc. Trying to stick to a tight budget and would like to see some more alternative areas of Europe.

I'm 25, so would appreciate some tips to some more lively places not just all quaint/retirement hotspots.

This is quite specific I know but please feel free to help me track my trip with any suggestions.


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Flying into Ljubljana, having a tight budget, looking for alternative areas and some beaches? I suggest focusing on Eastern Europe. Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, etc. Maybe Ukraine und Albania and ending the trip in Istanbul?

I am not an expert on party spots, but there are some wicked beach parties in Croatia and Bulgaria.

3. Posted by pyramid090 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

There also beach parties in Ukraine,"KAZANTRIP"...I've heard very good....

4. Posted by Troyon81 (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


But seriously, Sopot. In the summer, it has to be one of the best party destinations anywhere in Europe.

5. Posted by ringo6981 (Budding Member 48 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you do decide to go to Lubijana, then head to Lake Bled as well it is pretty close about 60kms i think from memory and it is a really cool place for a couple of days. I went canyoning there and had a great time and also did a bit of paddling on the lake. It is pretty small so you only need a couple of days there.

6. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

From Slovenia, head south to croatia, staying in family homes as you arrive in each new town (25E aprox per night - maybe less depending when you travel), into Monenegro and on into Albania. You're hugging the Adriatic coast, transport is cheap using either ferries or busses and the scenery is spectacular.

You can eat really cheaply by shopping in markets each morning bread, meat slices, cheeses and fruits won't break the bank. To top it off on your return journey you can take the ferry to Italy or back up the coast to Slovenia to where you started. That's my two cents worth.

7. Posted by hamsterfox (Budding Member 33 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Montenegro is actually gorgeous ;)

8. Posted by sa2.5 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

If you are flying from Edinburgh or London than the best way is to take a ryanair flight to Zadar or Split. Than, as you can seeon the map, you are in the middle of Adriatic coast and have lot of places to see and visit from your base. Everything is close enough.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Mar-2010, at 10:57 by sa2.5 ]

9. Posted by Natalia_UA (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Oh, I'got a nice decision for you! If you like spending your free time on visiting new interesting places, studying cultural peculiarities of different nations and folks and just having fun in an interesting company, from time to time you for sure face the question “Where to go this time?” If this question is actual for you, if you long for having really nice time and see the things which nobody has seen before, this year you have a great opportunity to visit a small town Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast, Western Ukraine, at about 150 km from the border with Poland.
In this very place, not far from the Carpathian mountains, on the picturesque bank of the Dniester river, behind century-old walls of Khotyn fortress which is included into 7 Wonders of Ukraine from April, 30 to May, 3 2010 the first international medieval historical reenactment festival “Battle of the Nations” will take place. Here you can see the same battles as the ones which were held on the battlefields in XIII-XVI centuries. No theatrical performances, just real battles! They include single tournaments revealing the strongest fighters, as well as group competitions and mass battles. The battles in a plain field, the defense of their own encampments and the ravage of the enemy one, the battle for the banner etc. The national teams of 4 countries : Ukraine, Russia, Byelorussia and Poland which are the leaders in the sphere of martial historical reenactment of the Middle Ages will define the strongest in this large order.
Besides you’ll have a great opportunity to study life and culture peculiarities of those times. As all arms and armour, military and family life items and adornment as well as apparel should be historically authentic ones. The festival guests will have an opportunity to rub shoulders with the warriors, to visit their camp and even to share their meal. Local sightseeing places deserve a special attention. First of all, it’s the stone fortress itself which became the strongest fortification of Eastern Europe. It became famous for the fact that the last battle in Khotyn finished with Turkish defeat which was the beginning of Ottoman Empire disintegration. You can see this fortress in such movies as “Taras Bulba”, “Ballade about the gallant knight Ivanhoe”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Black arrow”, “Old Fortress”, “Arrows of Robin Hood” and many others which were shot within its centuries-old walls.
There are also many legends about the fortress, created over the hundreds of years of its existence. Some popular legends involve the origins of the large dark spot on the side of the wall of the fortress. One legend says that the spot was created by the tears of the Khotyn rebels against the Ottoman Turks that were killed inside fortress. Another legend has it that the spot was created from the tears of a girl named Oksana, whom the Turks buried alive in the walls of the fort.
Besides, this region is very rich in different sightseeing places. For example, 20 km far from Khotyn Fortress there is Kamenets-Podolskaya one which is also included to the list of 7 Wonders of Ukraine. The city of Kamenets-Podolsky according to historical and cultural monuments and landmarks (there are 152 of them) is second to Kiev and Lviv. And national historic – cultural nature reserve “Kamanets-Podolsky” has been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Won’t you agree that picturesque places, medieval romanticism, the events of an international scale, the unforgettable spectacle and a lot of positive emotions are worth visiting “Battle of the nations”!

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