We are going on a trip with the above itinerary. We are flying into Zurich and then getting a flight from there to Prague rather than the long train ride. Will 90 minutes be enough of a turn around for international flights...and if we miss our 9:30a flight on Czech Air, will they immediately put us on the next flight (18:50) or will we have to pay a fee? I've contacted them both by email and by phone to no avail. Also...we're pretty set on everything except Croatia. We have to stay North due to the fact that we are not renting a car and will rely on trains, buses and then fly back to Zurich via Zagreb...what shouldn't we miss and what is not really worth the bother b/c of crowds, cost etc. We're pretty low key and it doesn't take a lot to amuse us (ie: discos, etc)and prefer to dine, listen to music et al where the locals go as it is always better and less expensive. Our trip is July 9-Aug 2, 2007. Also...I've read that the Zurich airport is a veritable city...are there beds for let there? We have an early flight and it seems a waste to get a room when we have to leave at the crack of dawn. Thanks
If you've booked it with the same airline, they will put you on the next flight. If you didn't, you are responsible for it, so they may make you pay a fee--unless you have status with them or something. I think they're partners with some major airlines.
I lived in Vienna, so I have some good restaurant suggestions there:
-Palmenhaus in the Burggarten
-Bodega Marques off of Judenplatz
I can also check to get you the name of our fave heuriger in Vienna--it has amazing views as well.
In Zagreb I recommend going to a Konoba restaurant, and there is an amazing gelato place called Milennium just off the main square. There are a lot of nice places to dine outside just off of Andrassy Avenue in Budapest.
We just came back. Did Dubrovnik-Korcula-Plitvice Park (via Zagreb but with no stay in the Capital)-Slovenia: Lujbiana-Lake Bled (stayed at Kmetija Mulej (remodeled farm) www.mulej-bled.com: top of the line service, adorable people, great organic food!)-Julian Alps via car rental from Europcar (recommended!)-Budapest-Vienna-Czesky Krumlov-Prague. Open jaw flight from the East Coast for ard little over $2,000 with Cheapoflight (careful here with changes be flexible!). We took the Bean (www.beanshuttle.com) shuttle from Vienna to Czesky (near Westbanhof-Mercury hotel-be on time!)In Czesky we recommend Pension Anna. Vienna Pension Hargita (good service and clean-food excellent and strategically well located)In Korcula we stayed at Pension Tedeschi (nice!). In Prague we recommend Pension Lida (www.lidabb.eu - it run by the Prouza family) highly recommended! They are extremely refined and down to earth people!
You will find a Raddison Hotel within the Zurich Airport, but it's a little pricey @ $256 thru Radisson.com.
There is a Hotel Fly Away close by, however it's not inexpensive @ about $190.
Hotel Allegra is across from Hotel Fly Away and it's the same price.
About the only reasonably priced accommodation is on Booking.com and it's for Hotel Hans im Glück. Most properties around the airport are out of sight in price.
I have heard that Zurich is a very efficient airport and a great place to transfer. Unfortunately, Switzerland as a whole is an expensive place to visit.
Does it help if you travel through pre planned agency, do they book buses or airport tickets for you?
I've checked out some of them, as i'm interested in visiting more countries in eastern europe. Has anyone tried services like http://eastadventures.com or does everyone use ricksteves ?