October 6, 2011 6:48 AM Subscribe
EuroTravelFilter: Help us determine stops, a route, strategies, tips, dangers, etc. for our Summer 2012 Rome-Baltic odyssey, currently in its very early planning stages. What can we hope to achieve in ~2 weeks and $3-4k?
posted by AugieAugustus to travel & transportation (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Our current planned phases:
1- Fly into Rome. Spend 2+ days.
2- Proceed north... to someplace. Most of the "middle part" of the trip is meant to be in Germany. I envision going through at least a bit of the Black Forest.
3- Reach Baltic, presumably at Lubeck.
4- Fly back to U.S., presumably from Hamburg.
Like I said, very early planning stages.
Things we're thinking about:
- We really want to get a good amount of scenic rail travel in. However, we're not averse to short-hop flights if it helps us balance time/money.
- Driving in Europe?... ehhh, if we have to.
- Switzerland... at least a little time here. Would just Geneva suffice? Also, I want to go on one of those aerial trams that one associates with the Swiss Alps.
- Dijon? I've been to Paris and it's great and all, but it seems like it might be a bit out of our way. Mrs. Augustus has never been to Europe at all, and while she's stoked about Germany, I feel a day or two of France is needed. Would Dijon constitute a suitably French experience?
- What's the can't-miss stuff around the, um, middle part of Germany? (big question, I realize)
- How much scenic awesomeness would we be missing out on if we skipped western Austria? (Again, it may be a bit off our route, but as the route is not yet set in stone.........)
- Luxembourg! Worth a slight detour?
- historical sights (the older, the better, but really any era is of interest)
- museums that contain more than just art. (for reference, the military museum in Paris was perhaps the coolest thing I remember from Paris)
- not-too-intense nature hikes
- amateur photography
- hosteling. We are just slightly not outgoing enough for that, I suspect.
- We are AAA for now. Considering a switch to Better World Club or something similar, and likely before the trip.
- Mrs. Augustus doesn't eat meat. I do. We both like cheese.
- We are fit enough for fairly long walks and lugging moderate loads. No major health issues, not overweight, but not exactly Olympian stamina.
- We both speak "barely-enough-for-the-tourist" German and I speak about that much French.
Thanks for whatever input you can provide!