First trip to Scandinavia / Europe

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Jun 3rd, 2012, 08:33 AM
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First trip to Scandinavia / Europe

I have kind of a unique opportunity and need some advice on how to get the most of it.

My company is sending me to Stockholm to live / work for 2 months. I am an engineer and will have to travel frequently around Sweden and Norway, but will be based out of Stockholm. My wife and kids (girls, age: 6 and 7) will be allowed to come visit me for approximately 2 weeks during this time.

They are providing me with an apartment, but will pay for all travel expenses in Scandinavia, all hotel stays and reasonable travel expenses elsewhere provided I use good business judgement.

I plan to take leave for one week while they visit. They will arrive on a Wednesday and depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday 2 weeks later, and I plan to take the week of leave M - F in between giving us the weekend, as well - so 10 or 11 days, including travel.

We plan to do some things in Stockholm or Oslo, depending on my schedule / location for the first few days after they arrive. I've found plenty of things that the kids would enjoy in those first couple of days.

My question is this: What do you recommend to maximize this trip?

I have been to Greece and Portugal on 2 separate trips - both for business, and only short, 4 day trips. My family has never been to Europe and I know the worse thing you can do is try to do too much. They would want to see Germany, France, Italy, and Spain and it's just not possible in that short amount of time.

I will have a car while I'm there and, as I mentioned above, most expenses will be paid.

Thanks in advance for your knowledge and expertise.
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Jun 3rd, 2012, 12:21 PM
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I may have missed it - but I don;t see where you have indicated time of year - and IMHO that makes a huge difference in where you will want to go.

With a week and 2 young girls I would pick one country and do one major city plus one area in the country. Or perhaps the two areas cuold be in differnt countries but adjacent to one another.

For instance you could do France by visiting Paris and then taking the TGV to Strasbourg for a more Germanic feel. Or even visit Alscae and then parts of the Rhine.

But knowng the season would really help.
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Jun 3rd, 2012, 04:04 PM
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Thanks for your reply, I realize what I'm asking is really vague.

We will be there this summer. I fly out June 25th, they will arrive July 18th.
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Jun 4th, 2012, 09:31 AM
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Nearly ten years ago we picked up our new car in Sweden. We spent about 10 days touring the coast of Sweden and Norway. We then took the ferry across to Germany.

The route we took may be ideal for your daughters. We slowly followed the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Road south; stopping at various wonderful, half timbered villages. Here is a link; http://deutsche-maerchenstrasse.com/en/, Google will find you much more. We then went on to Sankt Goar. The castles along the Rhine are quite spectacular. In Sankt Goar we stayed at Hotel Landsknecht which is right on the river. We were upgraded to a suite with panoramic windows to watch the boats and barges go by. This room would be ideal for the four of you; it was plenty roomy for the two of us. An itinerary similar to this, especially if you have read fairy tales with your daughters, may be fun for them; much better than Disney Land.

Others will need to fill in information if mid July is a good time for this trip. We were there in mid June and the crowds were nonexistent. Have fun.
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