Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Christmas Markets France/Germany
  2. 2 Requesting feedback on proposed itinerary—London, Cornwall, and Wales, June 2018
  3. 3 Spanish Medical Providers
  4. 4 Help with Portugal Itinerary Please
  5. 5 Barcelona alternative
  6. 6 Paris to Italy
  7. 7 Greece - when is the best time to go for warm but not too crowded?
  8. 8 Driving through Paris
  9. 9 Rome or Lisbon during end of November? Please help me pick
  10. 10 May Day 2018 in Slovenia
  11. 11 Train from Polgate to St Pancras
  12. 12 Planes, Train, and, well, no automobiles
  13. 13 Vacation apartment registration begins in Paris 1 Oct
  14. 14 He Musta Saw Us a-Comin': A Brief, Cautionary Tale about Taxis in Rome
  15. 15 Itinerary for 5 adults, 3 kids, 2 weeks, & 1 holiday adventure!
  16. 16 9 Days in Spain
  17. 17 Road trip with our dog
  18. 18 Frankfurt to UK
  19. 19 Trip Report Stanbr and Lolly visit Eastern Crete
  20. 20 One last lunch in Rome - recommendations near Vatican City please
  21. 21 Paris Neighborhood Help
  22. 22 Trip Report Great Value Vacations - NOT
  23. 23 Electrical Power Conversion
  24. 24 Douro Valley in January?
  25. 25 Greek Islands - Which to use as our base?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Three-Month Europe Itinerary

Jump to last reply

Hi Everyone,

My husband and I are in our late twenties and we are finally planning the big Europe trip we never got to do when we were younger (work and life got in the way!).

I'm looking to you seasoned experts for advice!

We we will be backpacking (or "flash packing" as they say) and traveling primarily by train. We are looking to stay in hostels and travel on a budget so we can splurge occasionally on food, wine and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Timing:
Early August until late October (close to 3 months)

What we're looking for:
We really want a balance of beach, culture, art/history and food & fine, as well as natural beauty of course. Also, we still like to party every now and then ;) But not as much as recent grads, I'm sure!

We are open to almost anything as long as it is safe and reasonably priced... But generally we are not fans of huge crowds and tourist traps.

Must-see list:

NOTHING is set in stone yet so we are very flexible... But things that are high on our to-do list include:

- hiking in the Alps
- Bavarian towns
- Austria
- Eastern Europe
- Medieval towns / castles / chateaus
- Barcelona
- French Riviera
- Lyon or anywhere with good French food
- Tuscany (wine and olives)
- Rome
- Southern Italy or any place with awesome beaches
- Norway / Fjords sound amazing but might be out of the way

Note: we have already been to Paris, Athens (and Crete and Corfu, Greece), Ireland and Scotland, so those spots are covered for now. Also we figure since we have seen UK then we'd be ok to skip England this time, and maybe do it another year...that is, if it is out of the way.

I am trying to put together an itinerary, with some flexibility of course, but also enough structure to ensure we don't miss out or key experiences.

Any advice as to what cities to visit, how to get from one place to another, how long to stay in each place, etc would be so greatly appreciated!

Of all the places on my list the area I'm having most trouble finding information on is Switzerland & the Alps. We are not rich ...we are hoping we can enjoy some hiking and natural beauty without paying a fortune or having to rely on tours.

Many thanks in advance, my fellow travelers and day-dreamers!

Xo
Mich

6 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement