I am working on our plans for mid-June to mid-July trip to the aforementioned cities. These cities precede a Royal Caribbean Baltic cruise leaving in early July. (Cruise is booked with a refundable deposit. Airline tickets have not yet been purchased.) We are flying first to Belgrade to visit family. Berlin is a must-stop to see Queen Nefertiti's bust at the Neues Museum (birthday present for one of the teens). Our cruise departs from Amsterdam.
Some background information: I travel with my two teens who enjoy museums and history. We mostly use apartment rentals so we can cook since we MUST eat gluten-free. We prefer to only use public transportation (except perhaps on arrival to a new city). Typically we travel with only carry-ons, but since we are going on the cruise, there will be at least one checked larger bag to deal with.
Day 1 depart
Day 2 arrive in Belgrade
Day 3-6 stay in Belgrade
Day 7 fly to Berlin (early morning)
Day 8-9 Berlin
Day 10 train to Amsterdam
Day 11-13 Amsterdam
Day 14 depart on cruise
Fly directly home after cruise
I know we do not have enough time to do either Berlin or Amsterdam justice. We MIGHT consider dropping one day from Belgrade to add on to the rest of the trip.
What are your favorite places to see in each place (even Belgrade!)?
Has anyone done the train trip from Berlin to Amsterdam? Should we fly instead?
Do you have any favorite places for gluten-free food in any of these places?
Any other random thoughts you want to share that will help with planning?
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts and experiences.