Backpacking East Europe this Autumn
Replies: 10 - Last Post: May 26, 2012 2:49 PM Last Post By: sihi
May 23, 2012 1:15 PM
Backpacking East Europe this AutumnHi there,
A friend and I are planning a trip for this September and October. We will be arriving in Venice September 19th and flying back home from Berlin on October 24th.
We plan on buying a Global Eurail Pass (15 days within 2 months) and would like suggestions on which cities and towns to visit on our journey.
We're very interested in Croatia, Slovenia and Poland. We love the outdoors and city life as well- mainly looking to stay on tourist farms and in hostels.
We would love to hear some suggestions about places to stay and attractions to see. We're both in our early 20s, so we are on a budget.
Looking forward to hearing from you :)
May 23, 2012 1:25 PM
May 23, 2012 1:27 PM
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May 23, 2012 2:59 PM
May 23, 2012 3:01 PM
May 24, 2012 3:27 AM
6I would not run as Tryfan said. 1 month is not enough to the 3 countries. Choose Poland or Slovenia+Croatia. Between them is running and you miss almost everything.
Julian Alps and Plitvica is Slovenia is nice. The Dinari Mountains in Croatia is marvelous and if you are there, go to Montenegro and the Kotor Bay. These are the best outdoor activities on this part of Balkan.
May 24, 2012 6:27 AM
7Thanks a lot for the replies, we will definitely look into point to point rail and motorcoach.
We chose to go from south to north because we are starting our trip in Glasgow, then heading to Northern Ireland and Ireland, then flying from Dublin to Venice (cheapest, most logical Ryanair flight option- I think!) Our friends in Germany also have the month of October off from school, so we're ending our trip there!
May 24, 2012 6:44 AM
8Whoops, I really should read post better! I thought you had the whole of Sept/Oct and were flying in to Berlin and out of Venice (I had just woken up when I read it this morning ;) ).
Unfortunately if you have to get between Venice and Berlin in just over a month Croatia is in the wrong direction........
Triglav National Park (via Gorizia/Nova Gorica)
High Tatras/Slovenske Raj (Slovakia)
That is realistic in 5 weeks. Make sure you give yourself a few days in Berlin, it is my personal favourite city (Krakow isn't far behind though!).
May 24, 2012 8:02 AM
9Point-to-point fares are notoriously difficult to calculate online, as very few websites will be able to tell you what they are. However, you can take people's word for it - ABSOLUTE worst case scenario is that you'll end up paying about 50 euros extra while you're on the road that amount of time. Much more likely, you'll find it cheaper.
Remember that even with a rail pass you'll have to spend a bit of time and money in train stations making reservations, esp. for overnight trains. Be careful about taking overnight trains on Friday and Sunday nights if you want a couchette - they are sometimes sold out then.
If you want to save money, have a look at the website http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de/lifts/show/a863d47aafae7e2f90ba2682c2463129/1278367200
It's a German ride-share site but it covers Hungary and Austria as well, and other places. I managed to use it a few times even though I can't speak any German. Send text messages to people who are offering rides from point to point and they'll charge you very little - usually 5-10 euros - to give you a place in their car. English is usually understood but not always.
It doesn't make much financial sense in other places but in Austria and Germany, where fares can be very expensive, it's well worth using.
In my experience, all the people who offer rides are business commuters or people who regularly do a certain drive, and they do this to make a bit of extra cash (probably the company pays for their gas.)
May 26, 2012 2:49 PM
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