3 Weeks in Europe - thoughts?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Mar 4, 2013 5:48 PM Last Post By: damla1985
Aug 6, 2012 4:50 PM
3 Weeks in Europe - thoughts?Hi there!
I'm a 21 year old female travelling solo for the first time to Europe. Thus far I am arranging to travel to:
I will be meeting friends for a 2 week trip in France and Italy afterwards.
Do you think I am spending too much time in any one place or too little in another? Is there a city or country that I have left out that I should reconsider?
On my trip I am looking to meet fun people, party on odd days, relax on others and absorb a lot of culture. I will not necessarily be visiting museums or taking tours daily. Please, experienced travellers, let me know if this itinerary is best for me!
Aug 6, 2012 7:48 PM
Aug 6, 2012 8:10 PM
2All interesting cities (at least based on my interests)......how long you stay in each one depends on yours.
What might be negatives?.......They are pretty far apart.How are you planning to get from one to another?
Also..as #1 suggests...why not visit some smaller places instead of just big cities? Countryside,mountains,lakes,beach?
Aug 6, 2012 9:47 PM
3How is anyone supposed to answer your questions without knowing why you selected these four cities and what made you decide how long to spend in them?
"Countries you've left out"? Well, err... Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, for starters. Then there are 43 others which we could recommend or advice against if you'd give us a clue as to what you're looking for.
Aug 7, 2012 12:24 AM
Aug 7, 2012 6:23 AM
Aug 7, 2012 8:42 AM
7Wow, so much advice, thanks!
Following up, yes, i was concerned that I was spending too much time in those major cities. My reason for doing that, though, is that I am looking at it from a cost perspective - each trip is an extra travel cost. Making trips outside of those major cities is an extra travel day as well. I was also under the impression that if you fly through cities too fast, you miss the general feel for the culture there. Perhaps I am wrong.
I am flying from Barcelona - Prague, and then from Berlin - Amsterdam, with a train from Prague to Berlin as I could not find good flights for that journey.
The general consensus here seems to be that I cut down time in Barcelona, Prague, and Amsterdam and spend time in smaller cities within those countries. Do you have any that you recommend?
I am going from mid Sept-mid Oct this year.
I know my post is quite vague as to my interests, but that it because I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for! I suppose I'd like to be where there will be a lot of other travellers so I am not isolated, and in a place where there are a lot of opportunities and a variety of attractions - a culture different from mine (I'm Canadian), to history, to nightlife. I've always been a person that plans to the last detail, and I've decided on this trip to just let myself experience what cities have to offer. My reasons for choosing these cities are very loose: Barcelona because it is warm, it has beautiful scenery and lively people, Prague because strangely I've never heard a bad word about it, Berlin because people seem to like it as well, and Amsterdam for its progressive attitude; I've always wanted to go there.
Aug 7, 2012 9:05 AM
8I don't know where to start! - what about all the places in between? Your posting reads as though you've done little research yourself, simply picked a few random big cities. For example I could think of several places as day trips from Prague (seeing as you ask, off the cuff : Hradec Kralove, Kutna Hora, Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne, Tabor). Between Prague and Berlin are you visiting Dresden, Meissen, the Saxon Switzerland, a diversion via Leipzig?? And if the answer is no, none of these is, it by choice or because you hadn't heard of them?
And if as you say each trip is another travel cost (which is true) just make fewer trips - you could easily spend all 3 weeks in just any one of the countries you're hopping through as Aribo says in #3 above. You say you plan to the last detail but have you done your research first? Sorry if I sound a bit negative - it's not intended that way, but reading between the lines it sounds as though you've quite a lot more work to do! And we've not started on the Berlin - Amsterdam journey yet!
Aug 7, 2012 11:41 AM
Aug 8, 2012 12:31 AM
Aug 8, 2012 3:56 AM
11Considering that Barcelona will be your first stop and the weather's going to be nice and warm,
7 days are okay to take it easy.
The first days usually you have a jetlag and sleep late, what perfectly fits to the spanish culture.
What I mean is, in Spain dinner starts later and the nightlife as well.
You can simply spent an entire day at a beach, if you want to waste time. ;-)
Or go by ferry (over night) to one of the beautiful balearic islands (Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca).
They are perfect in september! Warm turquois water, sandy beaches, pretty creeks, less tourists…
Cut Amsterdam to 3-4 days. Maybe extend Berlin.
Dresden is on your way from Prague and good for a day, but full of senior tourists.
It's been re-build up for the last 20 years and the result's a bit ostentatious (only my opinion!).
When you're in France, there is one region you shouldn't miss:
The Provence with it's stunning towns Avignon, Arles, Orange, Grasse and even Nice (Cote d'Azur).
Rent a kayak (canoe) and go down the river Gardon where you pass an over 2000 years old roman aqueduct.
Have a coffee (or a Pastis) in a nice cafe in Arles and recognize Vincent Van Goghs canvas themes.
Explore the narrow alleys of Avignon (and get lost).
As a canadian, can you speak french? It would help a lot...
Aug 8, 2012 4:14 AM
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