6 week itinerary critique
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 31, 2012 10:22 PM Last Post By: Aaronmsl
Jul 30, 2012 1:59 PM
6 week itinerary critiqueI am in the planning stages for my trip to Europe next summer. The only thing set in stone is that we arrive in Athens on April 26, 2013, and we depart Paris on June 7, 2013. This is a tentative itinerary I have been working on, but I need some second opinions. I am thinking about cutting London and spreading those days out and adding Prague on the way to Vienna, but I am not sure what I should do. We like to visit museums, churches, experience local culture, we like good wine, food, scenery, etc...
Let me know what you all think and what I should consider changing. I am open to suggestions. I would also like some opinions on me cutting London as well.
April 26 - April 29
April 30 - May 1
May 2 - 8
May 9 - 12
May 13 - 15
May 16 - 19
May 20 - 22
May 23 - 26
May 27 - 28
May 29 - June 1
June 2 - 4
June 5 - 7
Jul 30, 2012 4:04 PM
1The first thing that jumps out to me is that you don't have enough time in Paris, considering your love of food and wine. If you're flying back to North America on the 7th, your flight is probably mid-day or earlier so that day is shot. Even if you travel CH-Paris on the 4th, you're left with only 2 days.
Jul 30, 2012 5:19 PM
2I knew I should have mentioned this, but I have already been to Paris 5 times, so that is why so little time is scheduled there. I may squeeze one more day there, but I think 2 days is plenty for us.
Jul 31, 2012 4:18 AM
3I'm a bit confused to be honest.
You say you like food and wine, but other than Freiburg, you're not really going to wine regions (bearing in mind that just about everywhere in Europe that can support grape vines has them growing). Why?
Athens-London-Berlin seems a bit weird. Dropping London would make a bit more sense. There's plenty to see and do in Europe without needing to pop into London for a few days.
I'd suggest 3 days in Salzburg is probably excessive.
Overall, what you have is an approximately well geographically arranged collection of apparently randomly selected cities. Since you're not travelling remarkably far on many of these legs, the pace seems ok, I'm just not sure why you've picked these particular places.
Jul 31, 2012 8:38 AM
4I don't see how you're confused. Yes, we like wine, but I am not necessarily traveling to these destinations just for wine. From my experience you can get good wine all over Europe. I am trying to choose which cities to visit in all of the countries we want to go to. Namely: Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France. Do I skip London and fly straight to Germany from Athens, make a stop in Amsterdam first? I am not so sure yet. I think London is kind of out of the way, but I think it would be doable. I'm just not sure it makes complete sense yet.
Jul 31, 2012 10:20 AM
I do. Two suggestions, two strikes. That's fine, but it should tell you that you haven't given us enough detail to know what to suggest. I could blindly suggest places in Germany that I like better, but that's just my preference so what's the sense in that? Yes, you can buy good wine all over the world, so if you're not interested in wine regions (also fine), it doesn't make me think of places to recommend based on that interest. Nearly everywhere has museums, churches, local culture, food, and scenery, Not knowing any more at present, I'd say your itinerary is fine as is since you clearly are not a first-time traveller and know what you'r doing.
If you want to go to London, then it makes sense.
Jul 31, 2012 10:53 AM
6"fly straight to Germany from Athens, make a stop in Amsterdam first"
Not sure what you mean: Amsterdam is not in Germany, and the Netherlands isn't among the countries on your list.
Based on what (objective) criteria do you want me to recommend skipping London? Athens-London-Berlin or Athens-Amsterdam-Berlin hardly makes a difference in terms of travel time/distance.
As pizwat mentioned, much of what you're interested in can be found everywhere in Europe.
Jul 31, 2012 11:00 AM
Jul 31, 2012 1:09 PM
8A whole week for Lucerne and Grindelwald is too much. But may be you need to relax after the stressing visits of 7 big capitals.
Jul 31, 2012 1:16 PM
9Which other places would you recommend in Switzerland for scenery and to relax? I am open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance.
Jul 31, 2012 10:22 PM
10I'm confused because "wine" was clearly important enough to you to mention as one of your "interests", but not so important that it appeared to influence your selection of places to go.
It's hard to offer you advice if a) your interests don't match where you're saying you want to go, and/or b) your stated interests are generic enough that just about anywhere qualifies.
As far as London goes (again) as you've noted its out of the way. On the other hand, it has lots of museums, churches, local culture, good food and wine and depending on what you like in your scenic views, some nice scenery too. There's little difference in terms of time or interesting things to do in flying to London or Amsterdam - neither make any sense according to the rest of your itinerary, or more correctly maybe, neither make more sense than the other.
If scenery and relaxing is what you're after in Switzerland, Lucern and Grindelwald are probably good options. Zermatt might be worth thinking about instead of one of them.
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