Hi folks. We are blue-skying a trip to S. Germany/Alsace for Christmas markets this year. I've been enjoying the thread Jennifer started below, about what to do and where to go.
I would love your thoughts on my first shot at a budget. We're thinking just over a week for dh and me, and including Strasbourg, Rothenburg od Tauber, probably Freiburg or Heidelburg, and also smaller towns TBD. (I'm thinking in CA$ but I know that's not the standard in this group.)
Leaving out transatlantic airfare--we are flying from a small Canadian airport, so "it is what it is".
--Thinking we'll fly to London then get a cheap continental flight--EasyJet is showing €87 rtn to Basel in Dec.
*understand I'll have to coordinate that carefully, and make sure I'm not using up the savings in transferring from one airport to another, or losing too much time to the stopover.
--Seeing great car rental deals on Sixt for the time period, including snow tires, about US$300. (We have insurance and aren't afraid to insist on it with the rental agencies. Dh is very comfortable with a standard, and lived in Germany for a year. He still remembers fondly being "the fastest thing on the autobahn" with his Canadian driving skills in a snowstorm!)
--ViaMichelin is telling me about €150 for gas and tolls on a meandering route through that area. I can see adding another €50 for this, and/or in additional parking charges
--Hotels, looking at budget to mid-range, clean and basic. E.g., Hotel Zum Breiterle in Rothenburg is coming up at about US$120/nt in the first week of December. Using an average of US130/nt for 8 nights.
--Food. This is where I could research for a looong time without good results. Thinking, hotel supplies breakfast most days, a light lunch and a gasthaus supper. Or noshing our way around the markets. US$120/day for both of us.
--Additional US$60/day or so for misc costs/"entertainment" (read: gluhwein, wurst, and lebkuchen!)
--NOT Including any significant purchases beyond the trinkets and food. We might splash out on a Christmas pyramid, but that's an investment in family heirlooms, not a trip expense!
So, that brings me up to about $3000 for 8 days, excluding the airfare that will get us as far as London.
Does that seem realistic? What am I missing?