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Trip Report Two months in Europe - trip report

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Five weeks left until our summer 2012 trip to Europe (as of May 25). This post is intended to be a trip report, starting with listing set itinerary and general plans made so far, continuing with last details preparations, and finally writing a daily report of movements, activities, travel impressions, hotel & restaurant reviews, and so on.

Clarifications: 1. We love driving. 2. We've been to Europe many times before and we already visited some of our destinations. 3. We'll be back to those places that we like and cannot cover in-depth this time around. and 4. We travel on a moderate budget

So, here is the plan:

July 3 afternoon - Dad and Daughter leave Calgary on a direct flight to Germany
July 4 - get to Frankfurt airport, pick up car from Renault Euro-lease, 2 hour drive to Luxembourg city
July 5 - visit Luxembourg city
July 6 - 2 hr drive to Reims, tour a couple of champagne houses
July 7 - drive to Paris, take a short Seine cruise, then drive to Thaon, Normandy in the evening
July 8 - visit Bayeux and invasion beaches, especially the Canadian memorial at Juno
July 9 - 5 hr drive to Dinant, Belgium and spend the evening there
July 10 - 4 hr drive to Frankfurt, stop along the way
July 11 - 7 am pick up Mom from the airport, 2 hr drive to Rothenburg, spend the day and night there
July 12 - 1.5 hr drive to Nuremberg
July 13 - spend day in Nuremberg (beer & sausage day)
July 14 - 4 hrs drive to Bad Gastein, Austria, meet Cousin & his family from Romania
July 15 - 20 - spend a week in & around Bad Gastein, lots of biking & hiking
July 21 - Dad & Mom drive to Heidelberg (Cousin & Daughter drive to Romania)
July 22 - drive to Frankfurt airport, Mom goes back to Canada, Dad continues to Prague
July 23, 24 - spend 2 days in Prague
July 25 - 4 hrs drive to Vienna
July 26, 27 - spend 2 days in Vienna
July 28 - 2 hrs drive to Graz
July 29 - visit Graz
July 30 - 4 hrs drive to Budapest
July 31 - spend day in Budapest
Aug 1 - 10 hrs drive to Bucharest
Aug 2 - spend day in Bucharest
Aug 3 & 4 - Dad, Daughter, Cousin & family drive to Corfu, Greece. Overnight in Salonic.
Aug 5-10 - spend a week in Corfu. Beach stuff.
Aug 11 - Dad and Daughter hop on an overnight ferry to Italy (Cousin goes back to Romania)
Aug 12 - get to Bari in the am, 5 hrs drive to Rome airport, pick up Mom
Aug 13-15 - 3 days visit Rome
Aug 16 - 3 hrs drive to Florence
Aug 17-20 - spend 4 days in Florence/Tuscany
Aug 21 - 2 hrs drive to Monterosso
Aug 22, 23 - spend 2 days in Cinque Terre
Aug 24 - 5 hrs drive to Fiumicino
Aug 25 - drop off Mom at Rome airport, then visit Pompeii, then go to Sorrento
Aug 26 - spend day in Sorrento/Amalfi area
Aug 27 - visit Capri
Aug 28 - 12 hrs drive to Colmar
Aug 29 - visit Colmar then 1 hr drive to Strasbourg
Aug 30 - visit Strasbourg
Aug 31 - 2.5 hrs drive to Frankfurt
Sep 1 - Dad & Daughter fly back to Canada.

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