I'm trying to plan a 2 week trip to Western Europe for this September. Problem is, I am having a really hard time narrowing down the number of locations to visit and also the best route/itinerary to take. I'm flying from Philadelphia and have not yet booked my flight because I'm still deciding where to start and end. But I do want to book this week. I did find good prices flying into Paris and out of Lisbon, but the prices weren't so low that I wouldn't consider a different order of locations if I discovered another route made more sense. I am willing to train, bus, drive, or fly within Europe during this trip. Also, I would like to rent a scooter and spend a day or two cruising around. (Maybe in the Basque region?) I have big ideas, but too little time/$, and I don't want to ruin my trip by rushing everywhere. Here are some destinations I would love to see: I realize I'll need to cut it down considerably. Problem is, as I do more and more research, I just keep finding more fascinating destinations I'd love to visit. So before I start crossing cities off the list, I'd love to hear your opinions. Please don't hesitate to suggest itineraries and routes if you have any ideas. I'll also welcome any suggestions for off the beaten path locations to visit along the way. Oh, and I love wine tasting, great food, and roads less-traveled :)
France: Paris, Nice, Cannes, Grasse, Eze, Bordeaux, Carcassonne
Spain: San Sebastian, Bilbao/Basque region, Santander, Santiago, Barcelona, Seville, Cadiz
Portugal: Sintra, Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Nazare, Fatima, Salena, Sesimbra
Switzerland: Gimmelwald, Murren
Again, I do not expect to see even 1/2 of all of these wonderful places. But my head is spinning and I cannot decide! Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated. I promise to take lots of photos and share them with you upon my return!
Thank you thank you!