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Old 01-09-2012, 06:26 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Might be thinking of going to Europe around April-May of next year (if not maybe the following year) for about a month. Just wondering if this is considered 'peak season'? Would focus on the UK, France and Italy, spending most time in Italy and France (perhaps a week in the UK, mainly in London). 3 weeks isn't very long for two countries, I know, but I'll have time/budget constraints. What is it like to find decent accommodation/crowds to major attractions. Pretty similar to summer? Also, which parts of France or Italy, if any, are least visited by tourists?
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Peak season is considered mid June till mid September. Just a bit off season like in May or October weather usually is still beautiful, but not so touristy ( school starts ) and the prices will drop too. Just checked the fares ( I am planning my trip too ) and the prices are pretty high.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:07 AM
 
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I've been there in May and loved it. There are several holidays in Europe during the month of May (including May 1, Labor Day). Look them up, because some places may be closed.

Visiting gardens in the UK would be wonderful that time of year.

I was once in Italy toward the end of May and was amazed how warm it was (we were able to swim at the Amalfi.)

In mid-May 2009 we traveled both the Brittany coast of France as well as the far west side, prices were good and the coastline fairly empty. Weather was breezy but sunny and not too cold.
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:04 AM
 
Location: New York
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Peak season is considered mid June till mid September. Just a bit off season like in May or October weather usually is still beautiful, but not so touristy ( school starts ) and the prices will drop too. Just checked the fares ( I am planning my trip too ) and the prices are pretty high.
Yeah what is that all about ?? I've got 2 trips to London one this week and another in March. I looked at booking the beg of June and the price is up a third am probably going to use miles instead..
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Yeah what is that all about ?? I've got 2 trips to London one this week and another in March. I looked at booking the beg of June and the price is up a third am probably going to use miles instead..

I think its just a little bit too far out. Give it another month and I bet the prices are gonna drop
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:33 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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May is one of my favorite times of year to travel in Europe. The weather is great and it's before the peak season starting in mid-June. April generally isn't bad either, but a lot of students are on vacation, especially if Easter falls within the month. This means a lot of European families vacationing around the same time. When I lived in France, most people seemed to go to Paris or the Alps in April. The beaches, on the other hand, were mostly still deserted.

One thing to bear in mind is that, depending on the country, several public holidays occur in May (May Day, V.E. Day, Ascension Day, etc.), meaning some attractions and businesses could be closed on those days.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Might be thinking of going to Europe around April-May of next year (if not maybe the following year) for about a month. Just wondering if this is considered 'peak season'? Would focus on the UK, France and Italy, spending most time in Italy and France (perhaps a week in the UK, mainly in London). 3 weeks isn't very long for two countries, I know, but I'll have time/budget constraints. What is it like to find decent accommodation/crowds to major attractions. Pretty similar to summer? Also, which parts of France or Italy, if any, are least visited by tourists?
I was a little bit further south of you in Europe (Spain, and Morocco in Africa) from May 13, 2008 to June 9, 2008. I flew out of Barcelona both ways. There happened to be even a lot of tourists then, especially in Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. I remember marveling at the woodwork in the Alhambra and being asked to move by American tourists more than once for a picture. (The Alhambra was REALLY busy). I also remember a relatively quiet Prado until a tour group came in, and a high school group from the USA at the Palacio Real.

In Morocco, there weren't very many tourists until I reached Marrakesh. The Djemma el-Fna is full of them.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:57 AM
 
Location: New York
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I think its just a little bit too far out. Give it another month and I bet the prices are gonna drop
HA you are right..... I got an email from British Airways today selling flights in March and April.... I'm waiting until April to book June...
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