Planning for Family Trip Summer 11

Old Jan 9th, 2011, 07:12 AM
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Planning for Family Trip Summer 11

We think we have it down to either Greece or Scandinavia.
Ive been told besides Athens, Greece will be a huge bore for my kids (11 and 8.) Any comments on this?
Same person told me there is so much to do and see in Norway, Sweden, etc. She felt like the kids would be happier.
Time of year would be end of July/beginning of August. Length of trip - max 12-14 days.
I hope to use points again to score free airfare.
Please let me know your thoughts . . . .
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Old Jan 9th, 2011, 08:11 AM
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If you don't like traveling in heat, Greece will be very hot in August. While Scandinavia will have pleasant weather.

With 12-14 days I would stick to a maximum of 2 countries but really that is the perfect length to see 1 country. Either place, with proper research, will have plenty of things for your children to enjoy.

I personally don't like traveling in the heat, unless I am laying on a beach, so I'd go with Scandinavia.
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 05:35 AM
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Which 2 countries in Scandinavia would u pick?
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 07:04 AM
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I would pick Sweden and Denmark as having the most to see - either for kids or adults.

While it;s true that Greece would be very hot and Scandinavia pleasant, the latter will also be considerably more expensive. If you go in August, when business people are vacations you are likely to get better hotel rates in Scandinavia.

Major sights:

Stockholm
Old Town
Royal Palace.changing of the guard
Vasa ship museum
Town Hall - where they give Nobel Prizes
Several other museums
Skansen - combination zoo and collection of rural buidlings with numerous displays of traditional crafts and activities

Day trips
Severla boat trips - Stockholm has hundreds of islands, including to the royal summer
palace

Copenhagen
Royal Palace with guard changing
Rosenborg Palace
Historical museum (fascinating)
Little mermaid statue
WW II resistance museum
Art museum
Stroget (main shoping street - pedestrian)
Nyhaven - port area with numerous restaurants and some old ships
Tivoli garden - fantasatic amusement park - with numerous rides, games, activities, restaurants, shows and fireworks at closing every nigh (a kid's dream)

Day trips
To royal country Castles - Hamlets Castles and another whose name escapes me
Trip to Roskild to the Viking ship museum (kids will live) and ancient cathedral

If you do some research there are a ton more sights - as well as specific kids activities (we went as adults so didn;t pay attention to them)
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 08:04 AM
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nytraveler -confused . . .
"While it;s true that Greece would be very hot and Scandinavia pleasant, the latter will also be considerably more expensive."
Is Greece or Scandinavia more expensive in the summer?
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