Dear World Travelers: I need suggestions for places to stay or things to see – we’ll only be in each city for a couple days and we want to make sure we see the best of what each city has to offer!
Previously, I wrote about the motivations for my trip to Europe with my mom this summer. I also wrote about booking our transatlantic flights for $206 round trip, total – saving us $1746 in the process. Those were the first two big steps in the planning process.
It took a lot of discussion, and many iterations of our itinerary, but we recently came up with a tentative itinerary for Europe. We have a fixed start and end date and location, due to our transatlantic flights, but everything in between was in flux. We knew we wanted to visit Paris, Venice, and Krakow, but if you’ve ever looked at a map of Europe, those are pretty far apart for a two week trip! When I saw the notification of a 20% off sale on EasyJet and WizzAir flights over at TipsOfTravelling.com, I knew we had to make some decisions. Since we could fly in and out of Venice for what it would have cost to take a train one way, I booked our flights to and from Venice for the middle of our trip (total cost for two people + a checked bag: 200 EUR).
Now that the trip has been divided into two distinct segments (pre-Venice, post-Venice), we can start to narrow things down further by booking lodgings/tours/etc.
Here’s the tenative itinerary:
- Day 1: USA to Dusseldorf / Amsterdam
- Day 2: Amsterdam
- Day 3: Brussels
- Day 4: Paris
- Day 5: Paris
- Day 6: Paris / Venice
- Day 7: Venice
- Day 8 Venice / Warsaw
- Day 9: Warsaw / Krakow
- Day 10: Krakow / Zakopane
- Day 11: Krakow
- Day 12: Wroclaw
- Day 13: Wroclaw / Berlin
- Day 14: Berlin / Dusseldorf
- Day 15: Dusseldorf / back to the USA
Here’s where you all come in: I need suggestions! We will be spending only a few days in each city, and it would be great to hear what others have enjoyed during their time in these cities.
- What attractions are pure tourist traps and should be avoided?
- Which are still worth it despite the lines?
- What are some great, inexpensive restaurants in these cities?
- Are there areas of these cities to avoid, or are they sufficiently safe for tourists?
- Do you have recommendations for transportation while in each city? Obviously Paris has the Metro, but what sort of pass do we purchase?
- And for the photography buffs: where are some great locations to get views looking down over the cities?
Please help me out with your suggestions in the comment section below – the collective knowledge of the internet is an awesome resource!