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College Grads doing Eurotrip

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Hey y'all my friend and I just graduated from the University of Georgia and we are going to Europe as a sort of celebration. We are 22 and 23 (guy and girl...friends, nothing romantic) and have traveled to South Africa together last summer for a study abroad so we really wanted to do one more trip before we start working and never have this chance again. Ok we are going to leave Atlanta on July 23rd and arrive in either Paris, London, or Stockholm on the 24th. Now since we are fairly young and have never done this type of thing by ourselves, we obviously could use all the help we can get. We have a budget of roughly $4,500 each and will be flying back to Atlanta on either August 13th or the 15th (I want the 15th for obvious reasons).

Our top places to visit are London, Paris, North/Central Italy (Naples and up), and Greece (hopefully things get better). We would also love to see part of Switzerland, Germany, and maybe a little of Scandinavia (one city like Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen) and Amsterdam, but I know this is a lot to do in only roughly 21 days. So below are my questions and if anyone can help or provide any other suggestions we would really appreciate it!

1. Out of the places I listed, which would you recommend the most? I'm kind of a history buff and love all things history and she does too but to a lesser extent. I want to find a nice balance between seeing a lot, but also being able to actually enjoy the trip and not running around the entire time and actually seeing less than we would if we just settled for a few days.

2. We are thinking about doing a Greek Island cruise leaving from either Rome or Venice...probably 7 days. Has anyone done this and recommend a specific cruise ship or places to stop at? I did some research and none seem to have cruises that stop in both Athens and Istanbul, so I think it's one or the other and I can't decide which I would like to see more. There are deals out there for like $499 for 7 nights around Greece, one stop in Turkey, and one stop in Croatia. Would anyone recommend this?

3. We would love to stop in London and hopefully see one Olympic event but it's probably going to be extremely crowded. Would y'all recommend just skipping London and the UK in favor of seeing other cities such as Amsterdam and possibly going to Germany instead? I've heard Southern Germany was gorgeous

4. How many days/nights would you recommend per city as a good mix between hitting the major things to see? For example would 2 or 3 days per city work, or is that not enough time? We are fairly young so we can go on less sleep as long as we keep moving haha.

5. For traveling around Europe would you recommend the Eurorail/Eurail/Ryanair? I've looked at ryanair online and it's fairly complex with flights going from certain cities to only other certain cities so you kind of have to connect the dots.

Thank y'all so much and any help/suggestions are GREATLY appreciated by 2 college grads just trying to see Europe before we become real ass people haha :)

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