Eastern Europe two week jaunt
May 1, 2012 4:29 PM Subscribe
Help me plan my Eastern Europe trip this Summer
posted by Hurst to Travel & Transportation around London, England (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So here's the deal: I booked a flight to Budapest on June 5th, returning from Zagreb on the 19th. Originally, a Ukranian friend was going to accompany me and we were going to go to either Lviv or Kiev to catch some Eurocup soccer, meetup with some of his local friends and head over to his beachouse on the Croatian coast. His travel status is in question so I'm wondering if going to Ukraine solo in the host cities is worth it (granted he may hook it up with some of his friends). I'm an experienced traveller but this is my firs trip to Eastern Europe. Relevant languages I speak are English and French (conversational). I'm interested in cities that represent a good balance between partying, culture and eclecticism.
Here are four options I generally thought about, but I was wondering specifically what people think the atmosphere will be in the Eurocup host cities (Lviv, Kiev): will there be rampant gouging and a less than ideal atmosphere or will it be a kickass party of epic proportion? Anyways here are the options:
1.) Budapest (4 night) --> Lviv (3-4 nights) --> Odessa (3 nights partying) --> Zagreb/Croatian beach (3-4 nights)
2.) Budapest (4 nights) --> Bratislava (3 nights) --> Vienna (3-4 nights) --> Zagreb/Croatian beach (3-4 nights)
3.) Budapest (4 nights) --> Kiev (3 nights+nightrain) --> Odessa (3 nights) --> Zagreb/Croatian beach (3-4 nights)
4.) Budapest (3-4 nights) --> Belgrade (3-4 nights, note I have a friend over there) --> Saraejvo (3-4 nights) --> Zagreb/Beach (3 nights)
5.) Your choice taking in account the in and out cities...
Any tips about travel (train/bus/metro within cities), accomodations (hostels), must-dos in the potential cities and budgeting (I'm thinking $1300-1500 USD budget) would be super appreciated.