I have been planning our Dec/Jan 2016/17 trip for a while now and have come up with many different itineraries (see previous thread with lots of help it has changed heaps from then). Its getting close to having to book some places so I need to finalise my plan but there is just so many places I want to go. So I am just after your thoughts for todays plan (could change by tomorrow). Family of 6, 2 adults and 4 kids (3,4,6 and 8 years old).
6 nights Munich
5 nights Rovaneimi (whole trip is worked around this, over Christmas)
7 nights Iceland
7 nights Paris
5 nights Istanbul
3 nights Goreme
Maybe 1 night Istanbul on way home
My worry with this plan is all the flights and not the train flow that you expect in Europe. Many of my other itineraries have the flow eg. budapest, vienna munich, berlin etc but I would rather go to iceland I think.
Thoughts and ideas please???
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19-12-2015 20:26 #1
Europe trip help again please
19-12-2015 21:40 #2Senior Member
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I spent 4 days in Iceland and honestly that was more than enough... Possibly make it 5... Paris as well I think 5 days is enough too! London would require 7 days I think but otherwise 5 days each place is enough and try to flow the holiday thru trains so much easier than planes with all the kids
19-12-2015 22:14 #3
Flights will save you travel time, you'll be everywhere within a few hours, think domestic flights within Australia, not long haul jet lagged flights, perhaps just throw in one train ride if you're really wanting to experience it, I personally wouldn't do more then that with the train as you'll lose a lot of time traveling.
It all depends on what you want from your trip, is it a 'once in a life, want to experience as much as we can' sort of trip or a we'll be back to do the rest later, if it's the first I wouldn't stay anywhere more than 4 nights, generally speaking these a not huge cities, say Munich I wouldn't do more then 3 nights, of that one day I would take the kids to see the neuschwanstein castle, don't get me wrong it's a great city but I think there's so much more to see I wouldn't waste 6 nights there. I'd trade Munich for a trip to Vienna, or split the time between them, but personally love going to Austria.
At that time of year your going to have beautiful Christmas markets where ever you go, so it'll be magical for the kids. Just pack extra warm, and lots of layers! And expect January to be freezing- literally!
20-12-2015 06:21 #4
Personally I would be using planes instead of trains because of the crisis in Europe you really need to keep it in mind. Boarders can close at anytime and trains are frequently patrolled by the army. It's also not safe at the moment especially with little kids. My Aunty was on a train to Amsterdam that was stopped in Germany and the train was cancelled on the spot. Things can change in the next 12 months but you need to keep it in mind when planning a trip.
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21-12-2015 09:31 #5
This is very possible a once in a lifetime trip. Hubby isn't big on travel so its hard to get him to go anywhere.
Munich has so many days as I plan a day trip to Salzburg and Neuschwanstein castle also a quiet day to try get over jetlag.
In my plan I had planned before this one before Munich I had Budapest and Vienna to visit but had to cull for cost. One also had Berlin and Copenhagen after Munich before Finland. Adding Iceland has meant I had to cross out some places as it is so $$. It is so hard to pick what to do and what not to as I want to go everywhere. I have always wanted to go to Italy and Switzerland. Hopefully I will get over there again when the kids are older.
21-12-2015 09:50 #6
Europe trip help again please
I'm usually planning our next trip on the way home from a trip! So I totally understand the feeling of wanting to see everything!
Salzburg is so gorgeous I've just got back from there! Definitely do-able in a day trip as it takes about an hour and a half by car from there to Munich.
Europe is quite pricey for travel. I guess you just need to choose what would best suit your family. Just remember to include indoor activities as you won't be able to stay outside all day because of the cold, and check that the activities you are wanting are not closed during that period. Stuff like cable cars, and funiculars may be closed for maintenance during winter periods.
What ever you decide you can't go wrong, you'll have a wonderful time!
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24-12-2015 11:29 #7
I have been thinking about Iceland and even though I so want to go 4 hours of daylight and 4 kids I don't think will be great so best to save it for another trip if I ever get it.
So instead I was thinking Edinburgh and London???
27-12-2015 11:20 #8
That is a lot of night time! You'll generally have sunset at around 4pm-ish most of the other places you've mentioned.
Edinburgh is on my must see list, so I don't know what that's like yet. London you will have heaps of stuff to see and do, for both yourself and the kids, probably a little more expensive then the other places, but I'd say a must see.
03-01-2016 20:51 #9
How are you finding accomodation etc with the 6 of you? We're wanting 2 more kids and would love a trip to Europe with them all so interested in the logistics
03-01-2016 21:31 #10
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