European Vacation Help

posted 4 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Which European trip?
    Trip #1 : (6 votes)
    20 %
    Trip #2 : (22 votes)
    73 %
    I have a better itinerary! (leave suggestion below) : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    IzzyBear:  I think October would be very nice!  By then there is a noticeable thinning of the crowds, (though they still exist) and you’ll see some of the same fall beauty that you’d see in the states with fall colors & those lovely warm but crisp days & cool nights.  If it’s your anniversary then I think it’s a great idea to let that be your guide choosing dates!  Very romantic.  The only thing to note is that the days will be shorter in October, you’ll have less daylight hours but that won’t matter in the cities.  To me that only matters when you’re trying to maximize a beach or trekking vacation & want long days of sun.  The cities are very pretty when the sun goes down & they light up.  No attractions will be closed, it will be business as usual.  There are lots of food & wine & music/folk festivals at that time of year.  

    Also, I didn’t mean to discourage you in my first post, I sometimes come off like a wet blanket when I dont mean to.  June & September are beautiful, glorious months to visit, I just didn’t want you to think you’d have the place to yourselves 🙂 and it can still be very hot.   

    I also want to mention that less is more.  Be careful not to move too much.  It’s hard to do because it’s so difficult to choose between bases.  In 12 days I wouldn’t sleep in more than 3 different places but that’s me.  Do not underestimate the amount of time it takes to move to a new location.  Unless it’s a quick train ride & your hotel is right next to the train station it generally eats a half day every time you move.  And I don’t know about you but I don’t like spending all my time rushing between major attractions checking them off a list, I want to stop & linger over wine or coffee in a piazza I stumbled upon or wander through a park or garden or spend 3 hours talking to locals at a cafe after dinner – it’s the unplanned things that make a trip for me and they can’t happen without building down time into your itinerary.  Plan your trip with the assumption that you WILL be back again.  And I assure you this is true!  

    Have fun! I booked a trip to Europe forever ago that is FINALLY coming up next month & this thread just got me all pumped up for my own trip 🙂

    Post # 33
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    1338 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    IzzyBear:  A strategy I sometimes employ when trying to convince Darling Husband to go where I want to go is watching Anthony Bourdain episodes on the destination.  Food is always a great draw plus he covers the basics of the city he’s in in terms of history/art/culture/landmarks/politics.  Rick Steves is also a good one for the places you’re considering.  I will go so far as to watch the shows alone first to take note of what I think Darling Husband would like & dislike about the place then distract him during the parts I think he’d dislike when we watch it together!  This strategy has worked great!  You should be able to find Anthony Bourdain’s & Rick Steves entire catalog between Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/cable on demand.  I want to say I have found the most on Amazon but I don’t remember for sure.  Rick Steves has helpful podcasts too.  

    Post # 34
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee

    Tough choice.   I love England but would pick Trip 2 instead because it would expose you to more activities.  

    I would recommend going in September to either place.  If you’re into vineyards and festivals, Trip #2 would be an awesome choice for September–plus the prices aren’t as steep, and it’s not as crowded.  Just make sure you don’t go during that one week that it rains.  I also agree that you should skip Milan and do something else in Italy like Bologna or Florence.  Munich is awesome and you will find that there are A LOT of Americans there as well as many American brands, so it will be easy to navigate.  While in Munich, I also recommend going to one of the smaller towns around like Mittenwald or Garmish to get a more typical Bavarian experience.  And of course there is Neuschwanstein.  I haven’t been to Prague but everyone that I know who has been loves it.

    If you go with trip 1, I believe Scotland has the famous Military Tattoo festival late August/early September that many people have recommended to me.  I loved London, but I honestly felt that unless you love the theatre, you can see everything there in one day.  I personally really loved Brighton as well (about an hour train’s ride away from London).  It has a quirky personality that I loved.

    Post # 35
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    Wannabee

    The second tour sound great! I like Prague a lot really. We were there last summer, and it was one of the coolest trips ever! But if you are going there by plane, I strongly recommend you to book the transfer in advance. It is very important if you want to travel without any trouble. Look for http://kiwitaxi.com/Czech+Republic/Prague transfer service. We used it, and it worked great in our case

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