Hi everyone, so after some careful deliberation and planning I think my wife and I have outlined our first month of a 3.5-4 month Euro trip. I'll preface this all with the following:
-Wife and I have both travelled to Europe 5 times prior in the last 10-12 years, we are easy and like to move
-We are fully aware of the Schengen zone rules, and as such will be leaving the zone for however long we need to to "build time" back in it.
-We like trains but are not opposed to renting a car for a few days up to a few weeks
-And yes, I know much of our itinerary are "rick Steves" hot spots but at the same time they are also mostly larger, easily accessible locations which can be the basis for day trips outside those locations as well.
This trip will be beginning in Sept 2022, leaving Vancouver for Frankfurt Sept 19th. I will try to lay this out in an easy to read way
Frankfurt to Würzburg - 4 days with day trips around the area
Würzburg to Nurmberg - 2 days here
Nuremberg to Munich - 5 days here, 2-3 days at Oktoberfest, the rest seeing the city, but mostly consuming beer and pretzels
Fly from Munich to Dublin - 5 days, we have a wedding to go to outside of Dublin, its a 2 day wedding, we were just in Ireland before covid, I don't care to stay longer than I need to
Dublin to Munich - Morning flight, rent a car
Munich to Southern Bavaria for 4-5 Days, We will be going to Berchesgaden/Eagles Nest, From here we may go to Hallstatt, we will then go see Nuecshwenstien and the surrounding areas, nothing set in stone for location or accommodations.
Southern Bavaria to Munich - Drop car off, Take train into France, So some choices here.
From Munich either to say, Colmar or Dijon, 3-4 days here eating and doing a few wine tours.
Dijon to Lyon - 3-4 days, eating and drinking
From Lyon id like to go to Chamonix and Mont Blanc.
This will put us in mid to late October. From that point we are then going to be heading to Croatia. Right now we have a loose plan to make our way through Italy to Venice, and take the ferry from Venice to Pula. Where we will slow down and spend a few weeks in Croatia. Our trip will slow significantly (or at least this is the plan) here, and from Croatia we will likely fly to Portugal once we are done there.
Just looking for some thoughts regarding this initial itinerary, too much? too far? We only have accommodations booked so far up to the return to Munich from Dublin. Any input is greatly appreciated.