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27 countries 6 months

We are under taking a 28 country tour and want to know what's the best book for this kind of trip. We have some business to take care of in Poland but decided to take the proverbial backpacking trip across Europe while there. We are starting in Tromso Norway and ending in Russia..with a month long stop in Israel towards the end of the trip to avoid being denied into other countries.... We are looking for the best books on how to navigate this trip on a shoestring that's why we like rick steves but we need to also need to know if there are any other recommended books

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When I traveled for 6 months on my first big trip, I enjoyed the relaxed pace of only 12 countries in that period. You'll need several different books, or parts of them. Any big brick of a book that purports to cover "Europe" will be more selective and brief than one that is more focused. For instance, Rick's Best of Europe book covers selective highlights of 9 countries and his Eastern Europe book has pieces of 7 others. Some destinations are only in his smaller books. E-book versions are sold through regular e-tailers like Amazon Kindle. For Tromso, Russia, and Israel (which I have not visited), I would start with Lonely Planet books and perhaps the Michelin Green Guides. See also Comparing Guidebooks.

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Question for the forum or for Rick Steves' Europe staff:
Is there a potential 90-day Schengen zone issue in the itinerary outlined by the original poster?

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You can't guess without a timeline and list of nations.

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Agree with Ed. Just didn't want the OP to be blindsided by the potential issue.

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Our itinerary is norway, sweden, finland, denmark, estonia, latvia, lithuania,poland, germany belgium,netherlands, England, Scottland, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Bosnia RomaniaCroatia Egypt Israel & Russia, We are planning waaaay ahead our start date is december 1st 2017 the countries bolded are absolutes