My friend just got back from Europe and did lots of stops like all of your suggestions. She was exhausted.
What sort of accomodation are tit staying in?
I would pick two - longer time in Paris
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24-08-2015 06:04 #21
24-08-2015 06:46 #22
Europe trip itinerary help
I like number 2 the best. Is there a reason you want to spend so much time in Rovaniemi though? It's beautiful but it's so cold and hard to get around in winter. Santa's workshop is worth a visit but apart from that it might be difficult with kids not to mention extremely expensive. 4 or even 3 nights would be enough in my opinion.
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27-08-2015 21:52 #23
thanks everyone I have tweaked some things for trip 3 so there is not so much moving around and longer at places but it still may be trip 2.
Once upon a time- i have so many days to fit everything we want to do in. Could prob only have 4 days but day one will be all just getting there so that only leave 3 days for Joulukka tour, Aurora Borealis safari, Santa villiage, husky safari, reindeer farm and ice fishing (the only thing my eldest keeps talking about) That also includes spending Christmas day there aswell.
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01-09-2015 04:00 #24
Sounds amazing, please keep us informed I think I've convinced my husband to do the same trip in a few years
05-09-2015 21:08 #25
Have another plan which I am liking at the minute what do you think?
Munich- 7 nights with day trips to Nymphenburg Palace and Salzbrug and Innsbruk
Berlin- 4 nights
Copenhagen- 4 nights
Rovanemi (lapland) Finland- 5 nights
Barcelona- 5 nights
Lyon- 2 nights
Paris- 7 nights
Istanbul- 6 nights (1 night on way home before flying out)
Goreme- 4 nights
So Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen will all be before Christmas. Christmas at Finland and New year at Barcelona. Thoughts?
05-09-2015 22:06 #26
Actually I really like this one. My first thought was it's a shame to miss out on Switzerland, but to be honest, Austria isn't that different! And from Munich you can go to the Disney Castle which is well worth it at winter time. I think you can even get a horse and cart up the hill to save the walk.
I still think you should go to Prague, but I think everyone should go to Prague all the time!
05-09-2015 22:18 #27
Switzerland is one of the top places I want to visit. I just can't work out a way to do it that doesn't involve lots of stops/ moving around.
05-09-2015 22:38 #28
Couple of thoughts
Time in each stop - good. No 1 nighters, and most are 4 or more. Is the best way to do it with a reasonable sized group as moving around too much isnt fun.
Day trips are good - but check how far it is to each place. so I wouldnt do both Salzburg and Innsbruck ... pick one and then do other trips closer to Munich. Its nearly 2 hrs on the train to each of them. 2 hrs is about the limit for a day trip - so its doable, but I wouldnt put 2 days like that in. And it depends on what you want to see when you are there ...
As a general rule, anything under 6 hrs I would take the train.
Flights sound good, and are cheap - but cheap ones are usually from the budget terminal which means getting to the airport (90mins from city) at least 3 hrs prior to flight, with nothing to do there as budget means BUDGET and then 1hr - 90 mins transfer at the other end as well ... its not pleasant.
Train stations are in the city, train ride is pleasant and you only have to be there 20 mins in advance. If you buy point to point tickets 3 months in advance (same as a flight) prices are cheap.
So ... my general rule is anything under 6 hrs I take the train. And buy early and buy first class if you have train changes as getting kids and luggage off isnt always super easy.
So - transfers
Aus - Munich - flight. Should be good options as main hub
Munich - Berlin - train (6hr 15)
Berlin - Copenhagen - can do on train in 7 hrs with 1 change. would depend on price
Copenhagen - Lapland - fly
Lapland - Barcelona - fly
Barclona - Lyon - train (5.5 hrs)
Lyon - Paris - train (2hrs)
Paris - Istanbul - fly
Istanbul - Goreme - ???
with a family of 6 checking out, getting to transport, transport, checking in .. it takes the majority of a day to change hotel - longer if you are doing apartments.
Assuming all but the 2 hr Lyon-Paris transfer will take a full day ... out of your 44 days, you are spending at least 7 days seeing pretty much just airports and train stations.
Personally, I would reorganise, and try and arrange your destinations so that your changes are not so long. It does mean cutting one or two of those places and adding in places closer so that your movements make a bit more sense. So cut Spain and add more in Switz/Austria/Germany - or cut a bunch of it and do a lot more in Spain if that is what you want.
Going from Germany/Austria to Scandinavia to France to Spain to Istanbul is a lot of really big moves.
And idea maybe would be
fly into Copenhagen
4 nights Copenhagen
4 nights Stockholm
5 nights Lapland
7 nights Paris
2 nights Lyon
5 nights Switzerland
4 nights Salzburg
5 nights Munich
5 nights Prague
or from Switzerland go down into Italy and then up to Austria ...
basically keeping the transfers at trains except for to and from Lapland, and less than 5 hrs.
Travelling all day is NOT fun.
06-09-2015 12:14 #29
Could I fly into Zurich and do 5 nights at Lucerne then onto Munich?
I really want to do Turkey on way home its a cannot miss otherwise doing all the other places would fit in fine without it.
06-09-2015 12:40 #30
And thinking about it some more, I think Barcelona is more of a warmer weather city and doesn't have quite the Christmas magic of the other places. I'm sooooo jealous and excited for you!!
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