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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 07:38 PM
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Poland-Czech-Hungary itinerary - comments?

My mother and I will be spending 18 days in these three countries in May. This is the rough itinerary we've got:
Prague 4 days
(bus to Cesky Krumlov)
Cesky Krumlov - 2 days
take bus back to Prague, then train to Olomouc
Olomouc - 1 day (a stopover between Prague and Krakow to avoid the night train)
Krakow - 5 days
Night train to Eger
Eger -2 days
Budapest - 4 days

We'll be taking trains, or buses where they are faster. I'm inviting comments on the above itinerary from those who've travelled this route and/or these cities before. Is Eger worth 2 days? Is 4 days enough time in a city as large as Budapest? I know a lot of this depends on what I want to see in each place and things like that, I'm just curious to hear any and all opinions from others who've been to these places before.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 08:27 PM
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We spent almost 2 days in Eger and enjoyed it and didn't run out of things to do. It's small, but there's quite a few nice churches and walking streets, plus the castle. If you like dry red wines, try the Bikaver made there. There's a patisserie called Matjan that's a couple of blocks east of the main square that's got a good selection to choose from. (Esterhazy torte a favorite)

We had 4 days in Budapest. We're sure that we'll have to go back for more soon. We didn't do half of what we would have liked in those 4 days.
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Olomouc deserves more than only one night, I would not consider it only a stopover. Deduct one day from Krakow and add it to Olomouc.

What I am wondering: you spend your time only in cities. What about a couple of nights in the countryside, e.g. mountains? Esp. Slovakia has to offer so scenic regions ... would make a nice change.

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Thanks for both of the above replies. I may cut out Cesky Krumlov altogether and add another day to Olomouc, still deciding on that. And good point about cities, Ingo. I think I will have to find a way to fit Zakopane or elsewhere in the Tatras into this intinerary. Again, thanks for the feedback.
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You may want to look at these sites for some photos of Cesky Krumlov and Olomouc. (I haven't been to either, but am planning a trip next year and definitely want to see Cesky Krumlov.)


http://web.olomouc.com/virtual/en/17c.html

http://www.virtourist.com/europe/krumlov/
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I wouldn't take days off your Krakow itinerary. It's an amazing place. It will surely keep you occupied for days, especially if you are planning on visiting places like the Wieliczka Salt Mines (highly recommended). If anything, I would try to squeeze in a "nature break." Zakopane, as your base for exploring Tatra Mountains, would be perfect.
Enjoy your trip!
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