3 week trip to Europe

Hi- My wife and I are planing a three week trip to Europe during September and could use a little help with the itinerary. We will arrive through London (spend one night) and then travel to Paris for a couple of days. We also want to visit Zagreb, Budapest, Viena and Prauge but don't know which is the best way to do it. If anyone has done a similar trip I'd love to hear about it. Basically, we don't know which city to visit next after Paris. If you have any suggestions as to where to start and end that would be great.

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
1841 posts

If you give more information, you will get better feedback. Have you been to Europe before? How many times? How are you planning to travel, train, rental car, fly ?
Do you have, and have you read the guide books for the areas that you are interested in visiting?

Posted by cesar
San Jose, Costa Rica
3 posts

Hi Charlie - Thanks for your response. My wife and I have been to Europe before but never to Eastern Europe. We haven't decided if we want to travel by train or by plane; any info you can provide as to what is better/easier/faster will be greatly appreciated. We've been doing some research of the cities we are interested in visiting and have a pretty good idea of what we want to do. The only doubt we have is in regards to the itinerary; we still haven't decided the order in which we are going to visit them.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
3511 posts

Prague to Vienna to Budapest is a good route. I did that last year by train, which was very comfortable and convenient.

Posted by cesar
San Jose, Costa Rica
3 posts

Hi Chani. By any chance do you remember how long it took (the train ride) from one place to another? How about the schedule availability; where there enough schedules?

Posted by janet
Philadelphia, PA, USA
434 posts

cesar, if you want to get detailed transportation information, you can do it yourself, by googling timetables for each leg of the journey. It can be done; I have done it for similar journeys. You are asking someone else to do the work for you on things that are available to you online. He would have to go look up his records from a past trip. You can also do this by going to an agency, but it might cost you money. Your best bet to get someone to do the work for you is to go on to a forum where there are "train experts" who kindly and frequently give all kinds of train details. One such forum is Fodor's Forum where there's a contributor called "man in seat 61" or something like that. He & others can save you time. And YOU can save these nice people time by being VERY specific. Say,our trip will be from Sept xx to xx, we will spend the night of September xx london to start. We hope to have xx days in paris at the end & fly out from there. In between we have xx days and want to visit xxx, xxx xxx and xxx and spend xx days in each. What is the best sequence, where do I find the train timetables, that will show me how long it takes between each city. You might even add, I cannot use a guide book because they are hard to come by here. This approach will give good results because people will not have to mind-read in order to give advice.

Posted by janet
Philadelphia, PA, USA
434 posts

Forgot to say: on Fodor's it also helps if the headline refers to the core of your inquiry, such as "Best Itinerary and Train Timetable Source for (xx) days in Eastern Europe, Please!"