Question by alkholagi: How best can we utilize 21-days vacation from mid-October in Europe. Half of it by train and rest by car.?
Answer by Brian
October is such a great time to visit Europe! The crowds are smaller and the weather is generally nice all over the continent. I wouldn’t even bother renting a car and stick to the convenience of using a railpass to get around. Unless you are proficient in driving in Europe, and don’t mind paying more than four times what we pay for gas in the U.S., you will constantly be worrying about interpreting the directional signs correctly, finding affordable parking in the cities, and wondering whether the car is being burglarized at night.
To best use your three weeks, limit your explorations to one section of Europe. You will must have to return again to see more! Begin, for example, in Germany, go south, visiting Austria on the way to northern Italy, then head over to Switzerland and France and up to England for a few days before going back via the Netherlands or Belgium. With the convenience and value of Europe’s many budget airlines, such as easyJet, Ryan Air, Air Berlin, etc., you can also enjoy jumps to cities a bit farther than you could conveniently get to by trains. hence, you might add Stockholm and Prague to your itinerary.
Be sure to get a good guidebook to do your planning. You’d be amazed at how often people happily shell out thousands of dollars on airfare, railpasses and hotels, but won’t spend $ 15 on a good guidebook to help them plan their trip!
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