I'm planning an extensive trip to Europe which I will outline. In May we have a few weeks unplanned and would like to kind of renew myself by staying in an area with maybe a few side trips. I would like to rent apartment so have access to clothes washer in an area that can walk to restaurants and market. Maybe south France. My husband likes Nice. Any recommendations on where to rest up. We spent a month in Spain - all but Basque region already. I don't want to rent a car. It can't be too hilly of a town as my husband has trouble climbing.
Also are older couples welcome in Hostels? Some I know have private rooms. This would be for a night or two. The euro train pass looked costly for 90 days. I think we would do better to pay as we go on trains.
I think I will need a 90 day visitor visa.
Here is our itinerary. We are 70. My husbands hates long flights and we are taking a repositioning cruise to Europe. We arrive in Lisbon on March 30 and plan to stay a couple of days. Will take train to Coimbra for 2 days and then train to Porto for 3 nights. We will travel back to Lisbon for one night and then to the Albufiera area by train to settle in for 2 weeks plan to rent apartment near beach and restaurants. (Walking distance).
There is a break of about 6 days, I haven't decided on. Any ideas?
April 27 - May 1 in Amsterdam (tulips will still be blooming I hope)
May 2-3 - Copenhagen
May 4 - Take train to Malmo, Sweden
May 4-11 - Baltic Cruise (I found this really inexpensive Spanish cruise line- they speak Spanish aboard and I'm not fluent. LOL) It drops you off in Helsinki. I know it will probably still be chilly. Spend one night in Helsinki. (Tallan, St Petersburg, Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki)
3 days undecided.
May 14 to June 1 - is open. R and R - Thinking of maybe south France.
June 1 - Athens
June 2 -9 Cruise, (same cheap cruiseline) Athens, Santorini, Montenegro, Croatia, Venice and it ends in Trieste, Italy.
June 16 - Board ship to NYC from Hamburg