Hi, we are trying to plan a trip itinerary starting from Istanbul
and covering some parts of europe in August.
(yes i know its the high season, but we do not have any other time to go.)
For our plan, giving 2 days to each city we visit seems to be appropriate.
So, for a 10 day trip we can travel 5 cities.
But when it comes to select the cities,
we couldnt decide where to go
to crowded, high season, relatively hot southern europe cities like Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Andulisia, Madrid, Paris etc.
to relatively less crowded, cooler but attractive cities like Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Kopenhag, Brussels, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Which cities and even an itinerary would you recommend?
Also in order to create a trip guide customised according to my tip plan
i want to use an online trip planner application.
By which i aim to end up with a printable guide covering the cities, things to do,
places to visit, places to eat, city maps, city bus and subway maps,
and point by point route map of my itinerary.
Which application would you recommend?
Thank you very much in advance.
You must be big into cities or something cause there's alot more to countries than their capital city. Your route will also depend do you like the sun or not and you also have to work into the equation the travelling time between cities which is going to eat into your time so personally I'd try to travel within southern/central Europe so as not to have to travel too far. With the time available to you it would be best to aim for flights, that's late evening flights between cities.
Travelling west from Istanbul you hit Greece but personally speaking I'd avoid Athens until things calm down there. It's your call. If it quietens down in the meantime it's definitely worth a visit. Your next destination could possibly be Dubrovnik in Croatia. You could probably get a ferry to Venice if you were interested or fly to Rome which, be warned, is very hot in summer as Athens would be. Further north Budapest in Hungary might be worth a visit and Vienna in Austria definitely is. It would be feasible to travel between both by road I think without eating too much into your time considering if you travel by air you're going to have to hang around an airport for a few hours. Salzburg and Munich are also very nice and it is feasible to travel quickly by road between them too. Berlin is an amazing city but a bit out of the way. Cricky I'm getting tired even thinking about this itinerary. Everyone to their own I suppose but you're only be going to able to scratch the surface of each city and get a fleeting glance at each country. almost 8 years ago
Thanks for the first part of the question. Appreciate your feedback.
For the second part (web tools) any advice on building the trip plan?
Do you do paperwork or plan all things online (as i aim to do)?
What would you recommend for that?
Thanks again. almost 8 years ago
I've wasted too much time in the past finding a hotel at the tourist bureau at the train station. I now make reservations online before we leave. When we lived in Germany, I didn't mind finding a place but we had more time then. So we nowbgive up spontaneity for convenience, almost 8 years ago
First of all, if my suggestion would mean anything to you; I would recommend going to less places so that you can see and feel more connected with each culture. It would also help to alleviate stress from the feeling of moving so fast, and allow you to enjoy it more. Doing so also allows you to take trains and stop off at places you wouldn't have known otherwise. Example, while in Venice, my friend and I spent an entire day walking around looking for the best gelato and just appreciating the architecture and feel of the city. Just some food for thought.
Now onto your question. These are the places that I enjoyed most out of all the places I visited, I'll go from east to west. Mykonos (fly to Athens then take boat to Mykonos), Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Rome, anywhere in Switzerland, Nantes, Barcelona (by far my favorite part of Spain), Azores islands. A caveat though, I have yet to visit northern Europe so my judgement is biased. Hope you have a rad trip! almost 8 years ago