There are usually lots of flights from Montreal to Paris, and there should also be good choices returning from Rome. No one can lay out a complete trip for you without knowing your dates, budget, interests, etc. Our stress-free European vacations package together small groups, great guides, central hotels, all sightseeing — and memories to last a lifetime. It would save you all the planning and I can attest they are excellent tours! Your "kids" are actually young adults and should be capable of research and planning for your tour. We arranged our last 3+week trip in a loop so we could fly into and out of Schipol. Europe Tours. I did a week in London and a week in and around France with my husband this past September. I would do something like this - Arrive Paris. 2021 Just as a rough estimate, and without knowing whether you have 2 weeks actually in Europe or whether that includes some time lost in travel at the beginning and the end, I would go for something like a 5/5/3 split, with less time in Florence. Our classic, three-week Best of Europe tour packs more travel thrills into a single vacation than you can imagine. Synthetic-blend fabrics (such as Coolmax or microfiber) often dry overnight. Exactly how many nights will you have in Europe? One idea for an exact spot is near the pedestrian bridge connecting Ile de la Cite with Ile St Louis, the name of the bridge is Pont St Louis: either side of the pedestrian bridge, or in the middle (it's a pedestrian bridge), would be good--but my favorite spot is over on the Ile St Louis side of the pedestrian bridge. In Paris and Rome I would consider renting apartments. Spend 5 nights. I guess I need to be doing some research. RICK STEVES ’ EUROPE: French Alps And Lyon Stream now or tune in Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV Thursday, November 5, 2020 Thoughts? Fly to Venice. With only two weeks, I'd suggest skipping it this time, and plan to visit on a future trip. (Doing it that way, I think your total expenses for transportation might not be higher than it would be if you travel from Switzerland back to Munich for a flight from Munich to the U.S.A.). We are planning to spend 14-15 days on the ground in Europe, plus a day on either end for travel, in late July/early August 2018. I've been to Gimmelwald and would love to do a boot with her there! Comments. Have you been to Europe before? 2 weeks in Europe. In my opinion you are trying to do too much in a 2 week period. Bring two pairs: one lightweig… 11:42. But, in a 2 week (14 day) trip in Europe, I do not recommend doing that. This topic has been automatically closed due to a period of inactivity. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy. By Rick Steves. ... Just as a rough estimate, and without knowing whether you have 2 weeks actually in Europe or whether that includes some time lost in travel at the beginning and the end, I would go for something like a 5/5/3 split, with less time in Florence. Browse Rick's best Europe tours and vacation packages: Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour. It will be fund to daydream about things to do and see. Rick Steves, the Edmonds-based European expert, told the Beacon today, Feb. 28, that his company has canceled four tours to Italy for the next two weeks in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. I am flying from Barcelona to Paris this summer, bought my tickets about 6 weeks ago and paid 97 euros in total for two tickets! Europe Through the Back Door is a good general reference and should be included in your homework. That will eat up a lot of time. If you don't visit Venice, you could (for example) visit either the Cinque Terre or Siena on the way to Rome. Andy Steves' Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget. Rick Steves tours provide the best value for your trip to Europe. http://www.roninrome.com/site-search. We were thinking sort of a Bavarian, Austrian, Berner Oberland backpacking thing. I alway pay the extra fee to check a bag ahead of time, its double if you pay at the airport . Therefore you'll only have 12-days for actual "touring". Once you have a list of cities narrowed down, it will be easier to provide more specific suggestions. We had a great time (and I need to stop reading this forum as we don't have a trip on the horizon and I'm extremely jealous of you all!) Rick Steves Best of Europe ... Rome, Madrid, Copenhagen are all worth visiting. Therefore, I recommend searching for an affordable flight to Munich in Germany. Happy travels! John, If you haven't been to Europe before, it would be a really good idea to start by reading Europe Through The Back Door. Wow John, your post gave me the goosebumps...very lucky girl!! Jump to bottom. Post navigation. When is this trip taking place? Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. How to choose? IF you want to do this yourself, then there is no substitute for homework but it can be fun. Take care and have fun! Travel expert Rick Steves says he and his Edmonds-based company have been walloped by Covid-19, but there has been a personal silver … But if you're looking for romance, you can never go wrong in France...we hit Bordeaux this time, and will choose a different wine region or two when we eventually go back. By Rick Steves. Don't miss Salzburg and Halstatt - you may indeed decide to propose in beautiful Austria! The entire Holy Week in Spain is a glorious spectacle. My Account. I strongly would suggest choosing one country and perpahs 3 cities to visit during a 2 week visit. Spend 2 or 3 nights. Train to Florence. And no matter how many times you return to a place, there’s always something new to experience. Amsterdam is also very romantic with all the canals and architecture. The Covid-19 numbers of confirmed cases are just less than 1,500 cases and a total of 21 deaths in the whole country at the time of writing (May 18). This book has a huge amount of detail. It is too American to hit 14 cities in 12 nights....slow down, soak it up...enjoy, otherwise, all memories might become a blur. DVD. After a full day, it’s hard to imagine more — and then the Mary known as “ Estrella ” appears, ethereal and radiant. This way you don't have to double back. My girlfriend and I are looking for the best two week trip in Europe. They have a few family tours - or what they call "your way" tours where they mostly just provide transportation and lodging, and you figure out how to spend your time at each destination. Would you consider dropping Barcelona? I too would suggest you are trying to do/see too much in such a short time, although I appreciate the desire to fit as much as possible in. I've been to all the places you are considering and I think backpacking thru Bavaria, Austria and the Berner Oberland area are awesome choices. I came home with no money, a malnourished body, and an enduring love of Europe." I know this is the Western Europe forum and that's likely where you're looking to go, but have you thought about Greece? After that you can use the country or city-specific Guidebooks to fine-tune your sightseeing in each city. Posted on April 24, 2020 June 24, 2020 by Rick Steves Coronavirus Reports from Our Guides in Europe — Week 6 Through the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we’re looking for bright spots. You could travel in trains from Switzerland to Paris, at the end of your trip, and fly from Paris to the U.S.A. Rick Steves: "Here I am, heading off to Europe the day after high school graduation in 1973 — with a budget of $3 a day, a ten-week Eurail pass in my pocket, and the biggest backpack I could find, jam-packed. Some info before you respond. Look into renting the little motorized boat to take out on the lake. But I do not know which international airport in the U.S.A. you will fly from. Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. Bring up to five short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts or blouses (how many of each depends on the season) in a cotton/polyester blend. You said you desire to go to southern Germany, and Austria, and the center of Switzerland. As I said, I have not been there but you could easily spend 5 days in each of Paris and Rome. I would agree with other posters about potentially dropping Barcelona - as much as it is a great city. I really appreciate it. We (me, wife, two daughters and son in-law) are planning a European adventure. A long train ride is not the most enjoyable thing to do in Europe. As the others have suggested, using open-jaw flights would be a really good idea. Also, we're in our late 20s and in great shape so we're game for moving quick and roughing it. P.S. Turn a big chunk of this over to the kids. Rick Steves' Europe Page-A-Day Calendar 2021 Rick Steves. New Guidebook! Also, check out www.couchsurfing.com....an awesome site, staying free on someone's couch or extra bedroom and meeting locals....have fun! Once that is done, come back here with rough plan and specific questions. I would say fly into Amsterdam - Schipol is so user friendly and customs is a breeze. When I was at Burg Rheinfels, I used his walking tour. Remember to pack light to enjoy the sweet freedom of true mobility. John - sounds awesome! So much to see, so little time. Thank you all for your suggestions and insights. Can anyone help me plan this trip including where to stay, how to travel in between, etc. Buying train and plane tickets well in advance means getting the cheapest prices, the longer you wait the more they cost. In the future there will probably be fewer one week or weekend trips. The photos are also very, very nice. She has only been to Ireland (our trip last summer) but I have been to most of Western Europe and want to save Italy for a honeymoon. I have had good luck finding places using vrbo.com and homeaway.com. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. Are you interested in seeing Venice or would another location in Italy be preferred (assuming you skip Barcelona)? On this tour through Europe, your Rick Steves guide will surround you with the must-see sights of Rome followed by Renaissance Florence, a countryside stay in Tuscany, the romantic canals of Venice, festive Munich, a hike in the majestic Swiss Alps, a hearty taste of Burgundy, the art treasures of Paris — and chances to connect with Europeans like you never thought possible. Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. Although your flight times are about three hours less than those of us from the west, keep in mind that you'll lose two days in flight times. A shower of petals rains down upon her as if heaven itself is thanking her for her immense and loving sacrifice. PATTAYA, THAILAND, RICK & … Schedule a peaceful period every two weeks. ... After 11 weeks in the fields, he drove home in a used Mercedes.” ... Just visit Rick Steves Classroom Europe and search for Bacharach.) If you actually have 14 days IN Europe excluding your travel days you will only have an average of 3.5 days per city. "Where to stay, how to travel in between, etc." I am a poor planner and any help is much appreciated. By Rick Steves In Europe, an afternoon on a bike — or a day, or weeks on end — gets you close to the ground and close to the people you came all this way to meet. What type of accommodations are you looking for, and in which price range? Calendar. Rick Steves' Europe. Posted on April 10, 2020 June 24, 2020 by Rick Steves Coronavirus Reports from Our Guides in Europe — Week 4 With home-quarantine and self-isolation efforts ramping up on both sides of the Atlantic, we continue to hear from many of our European guides. Good luck with your planning! but if you've already seen most of Western Europe, then maybe Greece would be an idea. The best flight options are into Paris, London, Geneva, Zurich, Amsterdam, or Berlin. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. This sounds like a job for Ron. If … Train to Rome. For some days, an airline flight to Munich can have the same cost as an airline flight to Berlin. When using the inter-europeon airlines read the fine print well, and pack LIGHT, they do not allow you to be even one pound or one inch over their carry on size allowance. You could travel in trains from Switzerland to Paris, at the end of your trip, and fly from Paris to the U.S.A. Since they are Quebecois, they know they are adults at their age, and will be seen that way in Europe. Posted by dajohnstoniii on 01/01/17 04:54 PM. James MacLetchie: Photography. Travel to and from Barcelona will reduce your short holiday time. I don't really use Rick Steves guidebooks, but I think that they can have some useful stuff. Spend 4 or 5 nights. Does your 2 weeks include your travel days to and from Europe? Shirts with long sleeves that roll up easily can double as short-sleeved. john, Airtransat does mulit leg( also known a "open jaw" tickets ) So you can fly into Paris then fly to Barcelona ( look at Easyjet, I am using them this summer for Barcelona to Paris this summer) then fly to Florence( check Easyjet or Vueling,I have used them too) then train to Rome, then fly home from Rome. by admin 2 months ago 7 Views. In 2016 Andy published a 360-page guidebook highlighting the top activities, monuments, restaurants, nightlife, acommodations and activities across his favorite 13 cities in Europe. For your travel to the U.S.A., you could fly from Zurich or Geneva. But I do not know which international airport in the U.S.A. you will fly from. Use a local library and check out guides books and DVDs for the areas you want to visit. I assume you will be in Salzburg (which you will love), make sure you take the side trip to Hallstatt which is about an hour away. If you spend 3 nights in Florence you could do a day trip to Pisa and Lucca one day. You'll generally arrive in Europe the day after you depart, and will be jet-lagged so won't get much touring done. James leads Rick Steves tours in Scotland and is also a photographer offering framed images of Hebridean life, including Highland cows, thatch cottages, Scottish scenery, and wildlife. Put them to it, and be sure not to complain about their choices. This topic has been automatically closed due to a period of inactivity. Check it out when you're there and see if it's the right spot! And your desired locations are far apart, with the exception of Florence and Rome. Two Weeks in Italy, Plenty to Report I’m nearing the end of my two-plus-week swing through Italy, updating our guidebook chapters on Naples, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Lake Como, and Milan. Of the places you mention I have been to all other than Florence. Plan your next travel adventure at ricksteves.com. Look for a wrinkle-camouflaging pattern or blended fabrics that show a minimum of wrinkles. 4.8 out of 5 stars 31. Pants/shorts. Last week we moved to Level 2 – that means that most public spaces, including cafés, restaurants, and shops, are open again. The war that ripped our grandparents’ Europe in two will become like a black-and-white photo of a long-gone and never-known relative on the mantle. Allowing yourself more time in Paris and Rome would give you the opportunity to do a day trip from each location. Choosing airlines carefully and giving oneself at least 2 weeks are good ideas. Turning a wish list into a day-by-day itinerary for your European vacation isn’t just smart, it’s fun. Usually ships within 5 to 6 weeks. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Our sons will be 12 and 9 at the time of travel, and it will be their first overseas trip. I don't know if you could find a more romantic place than Paris to propose to her. Being in Europe, with the woman who you want to marry, for two weeks, sounds wonderful ! 4.7 out of 5 stars 58. Hello John. Since I have been lucky enough (retired) I have lived in France and Spain, each for a year...6 months in Budapest, etc. If you don't want to do any planning yourself, then you look at complete tours or find a good travel agent. Helen leads Rick Steves tours in Spain and represents her artist husband, Rachid Hanbali, and his oil paintings. Tour Account › Travel Forum › Home / Travel Forum / General Europe / 2 weeks in Europe; Please sign in to post. John, I have to agree with Frank on this one. I spent a week on the mainland doing a bit of a classical tour and then a week chilling on the islands a few years ago, which was fantastic. My Account. The lakes up in the lake district are all incredible colors as they are glacier fed. 5 shirts: long- and short-sleeve 1 sweater or lightweight fleece 2 pairs pants + 1-2 skirts 1 pair of shorts 5 pairs of underwear and socks 1-2 … If you did, you could probably add a place in Italy like Venice. Amsterdam is a very easy night train away from Munich and from there you can start your Bavarian hike. A long train ride is not the most enjoyable thing to do in Europe. You can reverse this order too. Also, I was thinking of proposing and could do it anywhere but I might want to throw Paris in at the end to do it in a very cliche way. Rick Steves' Europe All 80 Shows DVD Boxed Set 2000-2009 Steves. Shirts/blouses. You might change your mind and propose here instead....it's jaw-dropping beautiful! Rick Steves' Europe. But, in a 2 week (14 day) trip in Europe, I do not recommend doing that. Whether you’re traveling for five days or five weeks, here’s what you’ll need to bring. I would save Barcelona for another time. Tallinn, Estonia: Kumu Art Museum - Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite. $12.54. Because of its immense variations in culture, climate and activities, knowing what to pack for two weeks in Europe can be difficult. By Rick Steves, www.ricksteves.com, ... travel east through whatever interests you in Europe, and fly home from Athens. 22 offers from $5.63. That will provide LOTS of good information on "how" to travel in Europe. is well covered in the country Guidebooks. Depending on the length of your trip, assuming you're using public transportation, and taking geographic proximity into account, here are my recommended priorities: The last day will be spent on the flight home. One carry on means one,, not a purse and a carryone,,so make sure purse fits in carryon if planning on taking carryon. Good luck! To help you get started, I've listed my top picks for where to go in Portugal, and my plan for your best two-week trip. I knew I faced hurdles in persuading Rick Steves to accept, starting with the two week quarantine to enter New Hampshire from his home base in … If you plan well, that should minimize any problems. Congratulations! Have you looked at the Tours offered on this website? And, you might not want to leave the Berner Oberland, if the sun is shining when you are there. Fly home from Rome. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy. You would need to fly between Paris-Barcelona and Barcelona-Florence. I am planning to take my wife and my two kids (17 and 18) for a trip to Europe, starting with Paris, then Barcelona, Florence and Rome. Filling in the blanks between the flight out and the … Posted on May 1, 2020 June 24, 2020 by Rick Steves Coronavirus Reports from Our Guides in Europe — Week 7 On many days, the first thing I read — while I’m still in bed — are emails from our tour guides all across Europe, many in countries more locked down than mine. 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