Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2012 7:07 PM Last Post By: Katles
Oct 18, 2012 5:18 PM
We (2) are planning to travel for 8 weeks around the following countries (Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Turkey) in August/September 2013. Any ideas of towns to see and places to visit and how long to stay in each place. Also what are the best ways to move between these places? Eurail, trains, bus...?!
The plan is to fly into Prague and out of Istanbul.
At the moment we are looking at visiting the below towns (Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Bled, Ljubijana, Split, Hvar, Dubrovinik, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Marmaris, Fethye, Antalya, Olympos, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Gallipoli). More ideas/suggestions very welcome. So far I haven't done any research on places to visit in Austria.
Any recommendations as to any good sailing cruises in Croatia starting in Split and finishing in Dubrobinik?
Any info or ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
Oct 18, 2012 9:41 PM
1In my opinion you are trying to accomplish too much in too little time. You have 6 countries and multiple destinations in each country. Getting from Croatia to Greece is complicated unless you fly.
Forget Eurail in the Balkans as trains aren't an option south of Split and through much of the Balkans train service is limited. Buses are generally the way to go and schedules online are notoriously inaccurate for this region.
If the plan is to fly into Prague and out of Istanbul, then skip Greece altogether and spend your time getting from Prague to Istanbul. Travel in this part of the world tends to be slow and there are dozens of possible itineraries so it would help if you gave us some information regarding your interests and your budget.
If you are planning to travel to Hvar, then take the ferry from Split to Hvar and then another from there to Dubrovnik. It isn't direct but there are options during the summer/ early fall and forget a sailing which would duplicate the route.
Oct 18, 2012 10:04 PM
Oct 18, 2012 10:45 PM
3The smaller Greek islands are served by ferries and seacats but due to Greece's economic problems they are not always reliable so you may find yourselves having to wait longer than expected on some of them.
Drop Marmaris from your list,it is a nasty,sprawling,over commercialised,tacky dump(chav central!).Surrounding scenery is pretty but sadly most of it is slowly being covered in concrete :( There is a seacat connection from Rhodes direct into Fethiye which you can take instead.
I personally would also drop Santorini.The island is pretty but it is hard to see anything of it as it is usually utterly heaving with cruise ship passengers and tourists which spoils any atmosphere the place may have.
Oct 21, 2012 7:07 PM
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