16 days, 4 guys, 1 car and 6 countries

Aug 8th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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EasyJet are strictly one carry-on, and your bag needs to be within the size given on their website. The terms and conditions aren't that confusing, take a look here...


If you have already booked your flights then I hope you have booked the checked bag option at the time, as you will be charged a whole lot more at the airport if you turn up with bags that need checking.

You pay a fee for each checked bag, and each person can check up to 8 bags but the COMBINED WEIGHT must not exceed 20kg. They charge extra per kilo of overweight, and it's a fairly hefty charge. Be careful here.

However if you also book the sports equipment option your baggage weight allowance increases, but this is not going to be relevant to you on this trip.

So, keep your checked bag weight low and ensure your single piece of carry-on is small, and you'll be fine.
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Aug 9th, 2010, 07:14 AM
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I like your revised itinerary except for one thing. That first day you train to Strasbourg and then drive to Munich -- jetlagged and sleepy after an all-night flight. Well, the driver can nap on the train. I assume you can't change your flight into Munich.

And you don't need the car until you leave Munich.
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Aug 9th, 2010, 07:49 AM
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I agree with Mirmar - that drive is still way too long for two jetlegged people. You really need to rethink that part I'm afraid.

Flights from Lisbon to Ams - Vueling, via Barcelona, €148.
TAP direct €287 on Sunday 10 October. Prices may vary on different day.

From Faro you could fly for €97 with Transavia direct to AMS on 8 October.

Have a look at the travel agency on www.Schiphol.nl.
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Aug 9th, 2010, 09:00 AM
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This looks all wrong to me now. The first plan made more sense compared to the new version.
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Aug 9th, 2010, 10:55 AM
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I agree the latest incarnation seems like you see most of Europe from the inside of a rental car.
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Aug 15th, 2010, 08:42 AM
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Regarding the drive to Munich after landing, we tried all sorts of combinations for hiring a rental car from Munich or Frankfurt but the cost is prohibitive the cheapest and most effective way for us to get a car is to pick it up at Strasbourg and drop it off at Nice. So we are going to have to bite the bullet on driving from Strasbourg to Munich.
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Aug 15th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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Strasbourg is pretty nice place with good food and wine - why not spend the night and do the drive in the morning?
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Aug 15th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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This is worse than ever. You're going to know every inch of that rental car and virtually nothing about Europe. Driving to Munich after an all-night flight and a train ride to Strasbourg is fairly suicidal. Do let us know when you're likely to be on the road.
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Aug 15th, 2010, 11:52 AM
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We just took the train from Lisbon to Faro 2 weeks ago. It was supposed to be a 3 hour trip, but due to problems on the track it took almost 5 hours. It was a very pleasant train however, and we booked seats online in advance around a table for 4 people and with electrical outlets for our computer/ipods.

Regarding your itinerary, can't you just pick 3 or 4 places to go, more or less in a line, and with easy transportation between? You'll want some time to hang out at the hostel and meet people, hang out at a cafe, walk around, etc.
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Aug 15th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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Wow. I'm not even going on a trip like this but I've learned so much from this thread : itinerary planning, mountain passes and associated tolls and weather, multi country car rental and rules (I've only done simple 2 or 3 point single driver hire) and loads more. Thanks to the OP and all the valued contributors for your prudent and interesting information.
To the OP : you're getting great advice from the best of FODORS Europe veterans. Hope it all works out and that the 4 of you have a great time. And don't forget, you have to post a trip report after all this !


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Aug 15th, 2010, 02:13 PM
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you have to post a trip report after all this !

You do not have to wait.

It is easy to drive a stick, especially after the first 500 miles.
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