Upon reflection, Scandinavia in spring is a bad plan. I’m reshelving that idea.
Back to Plan A: Prakow.
Of course nothing is set in stone, but I do keep gravitating back to this combination.
This time, I want to do some day trips from Prague, in 2008 we just stayed in the city. For sure: Kutná Hora, home of the Sedlec Ossuary (the “Bone Church”) and I also hear that Cesky Krumlov is supposed to be very nice, but it’s a little under 4 hours away by train and not convenient with public transportation. I’ll have to do a little more research on that one…
I don’t think we’ll do any trips from Krakow, we did so many in 2007 and that’s why we did not see enough of Krakow and now want to go back!
I did a little preliminary research on the travel time between cities, and flying from one to the other is about 4 hours with a layover in Warsaw… I think perhaps a night train is the better way to go and save some money on a hotel room for 1 night. It’s about 8 hours and gets into Krakow around 6:30AM. Considerably better than the time we took the night train from Venice to Zagreb and arrived at 4:30AM!!!
So presuming our trip is Saturday to Saturday, that means:
- Saturday – Fly to Europe
- Sunday – Arrive in Prague
- Sunday to Wednesday – Prague & Day Trips
- Thursday – travel to Krakow: either an AM flight or an overnight train arriving Thursday AM.
- Thursday and Friday – Krakow
- Saturday – Fly home
Plan B is Portugal. We didn’t spend enough time in Lisbon during our 2004 trip to Portugal, Spain and Morocco, and I’ve wanted to go back for a long time. The teeny tiny zoom through Lisbon was enough to tempt me to go back and explore it in more detail.
I did see a bus tour with Globus that looks interesting, but it’s 11 days… too long since I only have a week.
My top dream would be to do the Viking Danube Cruise. I’ve been CRAVING it big time ever since our Rhine Cruise in 2010… but we’d have to book NOW to get a cheapy cabin with the early bird discount because they are almost all sold out for Spring 2014. I have less than a snowball’s chance in Hell of convincing my husband to book this far ahead; really this is a lost cause. Sigh… it was so great!
How many times will this plan change before next Spring?