Europe 2014: An Update
We are still very much in the process of researching possible itineraries and matching them with flights from various cities nearby. This is a long and daunting task, let me tell you! I’m not sure that we are any closer to making a final decision but that’s ok for now, because we are hoping flights will come down soon. That being said, we have spent some time looking through guidebooks and watching travel shows about possible locations and here’s what we are still considering:
1. Lisbon, Portugal; Andalucía, Spain
This itinerary would have us flying in and out of Lisbon and probably Madrid. We did Madrid last time but that is the closest big city in Spain that would make sense to fly out of, unless we want to have 3 flights to get home. No, thank you! Right now, the plan would be to fly into Lisbon and spend a few days there. Then, we would somehow get to Seville (this is currently the issue – there is no easy way to do that without going through Madrid). We would spend a few days there with possibly a side trip to Cordoba. Then, we could head on down to Tarifa. We would use Tarifa as a hub to do some smaller day trips to Ronda (or some of the other white-hill towns), Gibraltar (which is actually a British territory and not part of Spain), and even a trip across the water to Tangier, Morocco. Once we were finished there, we could head to Granada to see the Alhambra, and then on up to Madrid to fly home.
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Belgium
We still have a lot to look at for this itinerary, but we could fly in and out of Amsterdam and Brussels. In Amsterdam, we could visit the Anne Frank museum, the Van Gogh museum, see the canals, and tons of other stuff. Once we were finished in that area, we would head over to Ghent and use that as a hub to take day trips to nearby Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp before flying home from Brussels.
3. Bucharest, Romania; Sofia, Bulgaria; Athens, Greece
We still haven’t given up on this possibility, and honestly, these cities have the cheapest flights if we are willing to drive to Chicago. We would start in Bucharest and the Transylvania area and then head down to Sofia. We were originally thinking we would do an overnight train from Bucharest to Sofia, but we recently found a transfer service that would take us by car for fairly cheap. We would still have to figure out how to get from Sofia to Athens, though.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland, Wales, Northern England
We have a lot to research about this itinerary as well. These flights look to be the most expensive at this point. I would be a little disappointed if we went with this itinerary, just because they are all mostly English-speaking in these areas, and I really enjoy hearing the foreign languages (I know, I’m weird). But the pictures of Edinburgh Castle look amazing!
We know the least about this itinerary, though the pictures we have seen are beautiful and breathtaking. Surprisingly, these flights are right behind the Eastern Europe itinerary.
So far, it sounds like most of these places, if not all, are very kid-friendly, so I don’t think we will have a problem anywhere we go. We just need to make a final decision.
Which itinerary would you choose and why?