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Old 06-18-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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If you are feeling adventerous, perhaps Bulgaria, Croatia or the Czech Republic.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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This also sounds great!!!! I know I couldn't drive on that side of the road but he might be able to. Other wise, the other way. Sounds wonderful!
Because of the Olympics this year, flights & hotels throughout Europe will most likely be higher then usual.

For 5 to 7 days, I would keep it simple, stick with one or two cities, relatively close to each other by train. You don't want to waste the time at waiting at airport, or on the road.

Given your criteria (short trip, budget, for 2(?) people), you might want to check out Go-today.com for their air/hotel packages.

And when booking accommodations, be very clear if you want two beds. Most of the time 2 beds = 2 twin beds when it comes to budget hotels/b&b. Large hotel chains MIGHT have 2 doubles. Always clarify if that is important to you.

For a path less travelled, have you considered Iceland? The recent economic problems there means you can find some great air/hotel deals. And it has beautiful scenery.

Scotland has all the castles/museums, mountains and lakes...it's a beautiful country, and amazing people. It can be pricey though.

Also many cities have visitors card available, that could save you money on public transportation & museum entrance costs.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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If you are feeling adventerous, perhaps Bulgaria, Croatia or the Czech Republic.
Always adventurous! I was in Romania and Bulgaria for one day each while in Ukraine.

Interesting place, Eastern Europe!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:58 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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You can get used to it after a few wrong (right) turns and the 4 lane 'rotaries' / traffic circles.

MUCH ez'r if you have a UK car. (always Keep the steering wheel side of car towards center of roadway).

It an be embarrassing when you approach your car and climb in the left seat expecting a steering wheel... Often you shut the door and put on the seat belt, THEN realize the steering wheel is off to your right...

I would also consider a WWII trip to Mtn battle fields / treks (which I have never done), BUT that would be QUITE interesting. (probably northern Italy and SE France).
Here is what I picture ...Remember "National Lampoon's European Vacation?" ...yeah that would be me.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I can agree that Lisbon would be great. Affordable, and the food is inexpensive, good, and portions are huge.

The only big issue is the cost of getting there. Have you done searches on Yapta?
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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I would suggest Istanbul. It has castles, rich history, big music scene and it is close to another interesting cities. You can fly directly from U.S.A. to it. You could spend 3 days there ,then take a trip by sea ,road or airplane, to Athena. Which is today, capital city of anarchism. Stay there for the rest of the trip, see all the sites, and flew directly back home.
This travel is cheap, interesting ,little exciting and you could brag. Bouth you and your son, that you where in the middle of the commotion.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: South Portland, ME
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The Baltics are a great place and sound like what you are looking for. They are cheap, safe, and have a very interesting history that is both ancient (the main cities were all mostly built in the Medieval period) and recent (Soviet occupation). I was just in Tallinn recently and it was great!
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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So, to the OP, have you made any progress with your decision-making?
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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While I was studying abroad in London, I did a bus trip from Prague to Krakow to Budapest and then to Vienna on our own (with time on our own in Prague and Budapest). I LOVED Krakow. I was there over Easter so most things were closed, but even that was kind of cool! We were there for the Jewish quarter anyway.

Budapest was very funky and cheap. I liked it a lot and would recommend going.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Years ago we toured several times with Cosmos, and loved it. They were very inexpensive and left from London or you could join the tour on the continent. We got to see a lot of Europe, fast. Might not be exactly what you're looking for, but I think it's the best way to get a great overview for the least amount of money. Took my 16-year-old niece once, and she had a great time.

I have traveled on independently through Europe, and probably saw just about the same amount in a 6-week trip as I did on a 10-day bus tour. Of course, you don't have options that you would have traveling independently.
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