I've been enjoying reading the helpful advice here on the forums and I'd like to take advantage of your collective knowledge to get some feedback on a trip I am planning. My husband, 2 year old son and I have the opportunity to travel for the entire month of September.
Our plan is to use a rental car for all our travel because confining a 2 year old on a train for any lengthy period will result in our being the least popular people in Eastern Europe. (My understanding is that we should be able to arrange one rental for the whole trip if we disclose our plan and pay whatever outrageous surcharges the rental company tacks on. Please correct me if I'm wrong because the whole trip hinges on the rental car idea).
Our proposed itinerary is below. The reason I set it up as a round trip is because the only cities on this itinerary where we could get a direct flight are Vienna and Prague. My thought was that a transatlantic flight with a toddler would be tricky enough without a stopover. (I will add that my son is a wonderful traveler. He has done numerous cross-country flights in the US without incident. He is, however, a regular, energetic toddler who does not like to be stuck in a seat for too long.)
The whole family enjoys the outdoors and the beach. My husband and I are both history buffs, though my husband's is most interested in medieval history and I am most interested in modern history. We are budget conscious since we need to stretch our budget out over such a long trip.
Here's the suggested itinerary. I haven't given any thought to how many days to spend in each place. Feedback you have on whether the trip order makes sense, whether I'm missing anything great that's along the route, how long to spend, etc. is most appreciated.
• Vienna, Austria
• Hallstatt, Austria
• Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
• Prague, Czech Republic
• Krakow, Poland
• Somewhere pretty in Slovakia
• Budapest, Hungary
• Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
• Split, Croatia
• Mostar, Bosnia
• Rovinj, Croatia
• Bled, Slovenia
• Vienna, Austria