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Poor Student Eurotrip 2012-need help!
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This is my first post so sorry if I’m doing something wrong here

Anyways, I will be going to Bible school in the UK this winter, and transferring to a sister school in Austria in the spring. Between schools (March 15-April 22) I have free time to travel around. I’ve actually traveled quite a bit in Europe before, but only with guided groups, this is my first solo (+any friends from school) trip. I’ve already seen a lot of major sites and cities (London, Paris, Normandy, Frankfurt, Munich, Moscow, and Venice to cover the big ones) and I would like to see something new and maybe more exotic than I’m used to (thinking Istanbul but that seems impractical because of budget and other reasons i’ll explain in a second). I have good friends in Eschwege, Germany who will let me stay with them and save on accommodation while I’m there. The top four cities I would like to see are probably Berlin, Rome, St. Petersburg, and Istanbul. But… like I said I am limited by a very small budget ~$2000, maybe less maybe more depending on how much I earn this summer. I am interested in northern Germany because my family immigrated from there 5 generations ago and there is still a small town with our name in that region. The trip I set up (i think it shows automatically when i post right?) seemed to be the most practical, staying in central Europe, hitting two of my top four cities and many others that are definitely up on my list too. Wikitravel said budget flights are actually cheaper than traveling by train, can anyone validate that? (that might make a trip to Istanbul or St. Petersburg plausible). I took five years of high school German, I’m not fluent but I can get around ok, so that probably should factor in. I’m really interested in history and castles, and I also like to see really popular places just for braggin rights Wink Any advice from saving money to cool places to see would be GREATLY appreciated, thanks a bunch for reading my long-winded post

I am leaving from Manchester, UK with $3000 for 38 days
Manchester, Schladming, Munich, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Eschwege, Prague, Florence, Rome, Istanbul, Ürgüp
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Food, Sights
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1. Budget flights are often cheaper than the train. Just be sure to add the cost to get to/from airports, baggage fees (often more than the ticket), taxes and occasional other fees into your calculation. See our “cheap flights” forum, particularly the stickys for new users at the top. Train, when you add time to get to/from airports and check-in/security time is often faster than flying. Look for cheap train tickets on the individual national rail company websites. The links are here: http://www.eurotrip….

2. Your profile indicates you’re from the US??? Russia will involve an expensive and fairly complicated visa. That plus the cost to get to St. Petersburg (not many bargain flights, but try Baltic Air) and the expense of staying there probably make it a budget buster. Also, the weather in March/April will probably not be good. It’s a great visit, but maybe not for you on this trip.

3. Look for cheap flights to Istanbul. I loved it and it’s a popular destination for Europeans, so you might find a reasonably priced flight. I found it inexpensive for food and lodging, although admission fees to the various tourist sights were high.

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Easyjet is showing some under-$100 round trips from Basel to Istanbul if you can be back before the end of March: http://www.skyscanne… It’s the cheapest I see from anywhere Europe to IST during March and April 2012. As OL noted, mind the fees. If you’re traveling light (1 bag, 20kg or less) then won’t be much problem.

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Thank you very much! I’ll be sure to go check out the flight forum. And ya St. Petersberg will definitely have to wait. I’ll start looking more into Istanbul for sure though now. Still could use ideas for favorite places to visit in central europe area, but thanks again for all the advice so far!

I am leaving from Manchester, UK with $3000 for 38 days
Manchester, Schladming, Munich, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Eschwege, Prague, Florence, Rome, Istanbul, Ürgüp
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Food, Sights
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If you have small budget, you can still visit most beautiful places in the Balkans or Central Europe. Fly into Istanbul, then work your way back through Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. There’s a lot to see there, too. Former Yugoslavia is an incredible magnetic and often a very cheap place. Prague and Budapest, both in a reasonable distance and reasonable price from Vienna, are also astonishing. The choice is yours.

If you have any questions about Prague or Czech and Slovak republics, ask me.
If you only want to search train or bus connection within Czech&Slovakia and/or to neighboring countries, use www.cp.sk or www.idos.cz search engines. For domestic transport, they also show prices.