We are leaving for Europe on March 23, 2008. Here is our general itinerary so far:
Arrive Madrid 8:00 a.m. March 24, Madrid March 25 & 26.
March 27, train (4 hours) to Barcelona to meet Mike and Lois
Barcelona March 28 & 29
March 30 Board Norwegian Jade for 12-day cruise, leaving at 7 p.m. (19:00)
March 31 at sea
April 1 Rome 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Private tour w/ Rome Cabs
April 2 Naples 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Private tour w/ Drive Amalfi Tours
April 3 at sea
April 4 Venice 10 a.m. overnight
April 5 Venice, leave 2 p.m.
April 6 Dubrovnik 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 7 at sea
April 8 Athens 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Arrange tour?)
April 9 Izmir 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Need to arrange tour)
April 10 Istanbul, arrive 12:30 overnight
April 11 Istanbul, debark 12:30
4:05 p.m. fly Malev Airlines to Budapest, arrive 5:00 p.m.
Apartment, Friendly Rentals
April 12 Budapest (8-hour driving tour)
April 13 Budapest
April 14 Budapest
April 15 Train to Munich, 8 hours
April 16 Munich
April 17 Munich
April 18 pick up rental car, drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
April 19 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
April 20 open
April 21 to Frankfurt by evening
April 22 fly home, leave 9:45 a.m.
I am spending an obscene amount of time online researching places, tours, things to do and see. Not trying to overplan, but I have arranged for a hotel in Madrid, apartment in Barcelona, tours in Rome and Naples, flight from Istanbul to Budapest, apartment in Budapest, hotel in Munich, rental car in Munich.
I may cancel the hotel and rental car in Munich, and figure we'll wing it once we get to Budapest. It's helpful to me, though, to have a destination and somewhat of a timetable....I'd rather take the time now to do some planning and researching, so that we make the most of our time there.