So, you've decided to take the step and head to Europe. Congratulations! Holidaying in Europe is a fantastic experience but be warned ..... it's addictive!! Now that you've decided to travel, where exactly will you go? There are so many fabulous cities and towns to visit that it can be difficult to decide.
Part of your consideration will be how you are planning on travelling around Europe. If you decide an escorted coach tour is for you then you will be limited a little by the itineraries on offer, however there are a huge number of coach companies and most, if not all, offer itineraries that take in most of the 'must sees' for first time travellers to Europe.
London, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence and the Swiss Alps are usually on the list of places to visit for visitors heading to Europe for the first time. These can be covered in 12 to 14 days on a coach tour but I would recommend a longer tour if you have the time. All of these destinations can also easily be accessed by train or car.
Travellers returning to Europe may prefer to spend more time in rural areas to really experience 'living like a local', or head to places they didn't visit on their first trip. Cities like Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Dubrovnik and Croatia are all growing in popularity and are becoming the 'new' destinations of choice.
The most important thing when planning which cities will be part of your itinerary is to ensure that you actually get to see what you want to see in each place. There's really no point visiting a city if you arrive at 5pm one day and leave at 8am the next (unless it's only an overnight stopover due to long travel distances). If you really want to visit a city or town, allow plenty of time to see it properly. A whirlwind trip of 7 countries in 7 days will only leave you confused - you won't remember what you saw where! Quality over quantity any time in my book!
In my next blog, I'll discuss the different options for getting around Europe, including rail versus hiring a car.
Happy European holiday planning!