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BlackCoffeeKid
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Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
So we have a group of 3 guys in the early stages of planning a post-college, pre-married trip to Europe.

Mainly just looking on tips of places to actually go at the moment. Figured we would check here to see if anyone had any lesser known places that are must-sees.

Plan on going for at least 14 full days, but may increase that number. Will most likely be going during the Winter or Spring. (Mainly so we can see soccer matches, but if the Summer is better the Tour de France in the Pyrenees is on my bucketlist)

The only must see place is London (We're big Premier League fans). However, we're not huge on Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, etc). Trying to stay inside of the circle of Denmark, Prague, Switzerland/Austria, and Paris.

Any tips are appreciated

ETA: We have a French and Spanish speaker in our group.
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Fun Bunch
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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
3 guys, not married I would probably fit Amsterdam into that trip


BlackCoffeeKid
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I would probably fit Amsterdam into that trip

We're each picking a city that we must hit.

I already know which one of my friends is picking Amsterdam


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London/Paris/Amsterdam to me makes sense logistically and because you have a French speaker in your group.

London is an easy way into Europe, it has a lot of good nightlife and pubs. Paris is absolutely beautiful, and has some amazingly beautiful women. Amsterdam is Amsterdam.


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What do you guys like? I would strongly consider the later spring or summer if you want to party, reason being is it gets dark very early in much of Europe during the winter/ spring. So if you stay up drinking late, you will likely not have much daylight to do tourism things.

I would strongly consider flying in and out of a different city. Saves travel time, even if it costs more.

To see a bunch of different countries in a short amount of time/ travel, Paris/ belgium/ amsterdam/ western Germany is hard to beat.


BlackCoffeeKid
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London/Paris/Amsterdam


Sounds good, but we're trying to decide which smaller/less touristy cities to try an hit at the moment.

I've heard good things about Rhodes, France and Interlaken, Switzerland.


BlackCoffeeKid
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What do you guys like?


More of a pub drinking group than a partying group for sure.
Enjoy the outdoors. Rather local culture rather than tourist traps.
Have a history buff with us as well.


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I've heard good things about Rhodes, France and Interlaken, Switzerland.


These are smaller, but not really less touristy. Less touristy. Switzerland is a long way from London also.

I would not recommend London and Switzerland in the same trip, the are a long ways apart and there are a ton of other areas you will want to hit up.

You may consider a Bundesliga game instead of going to a game in London, or another European league.


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Switzerland is a long way from London also

Note taken.


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Fun Bunch
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14 days isn't quite as long as you think visiting 3 large cities like London, Paris, and Amsterdam.

Day trips from London or overnights to places like Bath or Oxford would be fun. Go see Stonehenge. If you're going in winter bundle up and BRING GLOVES. It is cold as balls near stonehenge and you walk around with a tour thing you hold next to your ear.

Day/overnight trips to Reims/Champagne from Paris or to Bourdeaux would be good.

Rhodes would be ridiculously out of the way for this trip if you're visiting those other cities. You'd have to go from say London straight to Athens and then Rhodes.

Switzerland would be kind of out of the way too.


BlackCoffeeKid
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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
I'm starting to get the feeling that if I cut London out of this trip it will make planning it much simpler.


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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
Not necessarily. It is quite easy and quick to get from London to Paris, for instance. Very logical starting point and gateway to Europe.

You just have to narrow it down. There is a tendency to think "I may never get back to Europe" so you try and throw everything you can in.

Narrow it down to essentials and then flesh out the side trips from there.


BlackCoffeeKid
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ou just have to narrow it down. There is a tendency to think "I may never get back to Europe" so you try and throw everything you can in.

Narrow it down to essentials and then flesh out the side trips from there.


Got it.
Really appreciate the advice


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Yat27
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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
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14 full days

You should limit your trip to no more than 3-4 cities (and perhaps a couple of day trips), but you probably won't take this advice. Like most first timers, you probably plan on visiting 10 places in two weeks, not thinking much about travel time between your destinations. It's natural to want to see as much as possible, but then you're just collecting locations and not really experiencing new places/cultures.

Regardless, you will have a blast and remember this trip your entire life. Enjoy!
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hungryone
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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
So if you really want to do London & Premier League, why not combine w/Edinburgh and some day trips from London. You want to enjoy yourselves, not rush from place to place like retirees on a package tour of Europe. Slow your roll....if some of your group is easily bored, vary the lodgings: stay a couple days in a city, then do a couple in a smaller town/countryside.

If this were my trip, I’d first ID the soccer matches I really want to sees & plot those locations. Everything else should follow that.

Get out a dang map and see how much area you’re attempting to cover—you don’t want to spend 2.5 days of a 14 day trip schlepping from one place to another.


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kciDAtaE
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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
Me and two buddies did something similar several years back.

Flew in and out of Munich.
While there we went to Interlaken/Zurich, Innsbruck, Prague, Bavaria, Amsterdam.

I suggest a few days in the Alps. Skydiving in the Swiss Alps is something I’ll never forget
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What do you guys like? I would strongly consider the later spring or summer if you want to party, reason being is it gets dark very early in much of Europe during the winter/ spring. So if you stay up drinking late, you will likely not have much daylight to do tourism things.


Yep. Also, I'm assuming y'all are from the South. Winter can be nasty in northern Europe.


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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
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Flew in and out of Munich.
While there we went to Interlaken/Zurich, Innsbruck, Prague, Bavaria, Amsterdam.

I suggest a few days in the Alps. Skydiving in the Swiss Alps is something I’ll never forget


Good advice. All of those places are awesome, especially for this type of trip. Did one very similar myself

You could do the same but fly in to London. Depending on the type of history your friend enjoys, he should love that aspect of London


kjntgr
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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
I have a trip planned in May

Flying into Munich and out of Athens


Only gonna do 4 cities

We did a trip in 2009, 19 days

(Italy CHECH REP, AUSTRIA, Germany Amsterdam Belgium LUX AND FRANCE)

Had a blast but TOO MUCH travel

Cinque terre is a great place, not too far from Switzerland


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mizslu314
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re: Help Me and My Friends Plan Our Europe Trip
my buddy and I did the same thing 3 years ago. We went all around England which I wouldn't command other than london. to me, London is a must. London/amsterdam/prague. Prague is great for the tail end, its dirt cheap and beer is everywhere.


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