Independent travel in Europe - Itinerary

To begin, the announcement of our independenttraveling around Europe to get an idea of ​​how we traveled. There are plenty of impressions and more than 2500 photographs. We were lucky to visit various cities, live in several French families, taste amazing vegetarian cuisine and have time to get used to the variety of cheeses, steer a day without rest, hitchhike, swim in the sea, go to the mountains, almost late on the plane, spend the night 2 times at the airport, wander with backpacks until 4 am in search of the hotel.

Returning from a trip to Europe, I'm inI once again realized for myself that for a more complete immersion, it is necessary to be in the country more time. And not to increase the number of places visited, namely, in order to be able to feel the atmosphere and life of people, to be able to live a normal non-tourist life. Just watch, just walk, just work, just live and so on. We will try to embody it as far as possible.

Also read my other article - Europe alone, there are tips for those who are going to go by car, and there is a little about hitchhiking too.

The content of the article

I recommend hotels in Europe

Since most, and we too, most oftenstops at hotels, then spread the list of hotels that I selected for myself. All hotels with good reviews, rated, and normally located. For the price of something in between, although it happens, both more expensive and cheaper.

Prague (Pension U Lilie)
Munich (Pension margit)
Grenoble (Logis Institut Hotel)
Marcel (Hipark residence marseille)
Paris (Hotel Standard Design)
Berlin (St Christopher’s Inn Berlin).

Europe travel route

This independent trip to Europeit turned out to be rather an overview, as we simply crossed many countries and cities and looked at them from the car window. But now I know exactly where I would like to go next time and how. For the first trip to Europe just right. Of course, we spent most of the time in France, since Daria is an ardent fan of this country. But we also stopped in Germany for a few days, and in Prague for a day.

The whole trip took 27 days.

By car in Europe, Russia and Belarus traveled - 4000 km (Moscow-Prague-Munich-Grenoble-Marseille-Setthon).
Hitchhiking in Europe turned out only 600 km. (Sethren-Grenoble).
On the train in Europe, too, it was a little ride - 600 km (Grenoble-Paris).
And then by plane: Paris-Berlin (overnight) -Moscow.

It is a pity that the bike did not drive a single kilometer to complete the picture. We spent the night at friends vipkah through couchsurfing, several times - in hotels and in a tent. First, they ate the food they took from Moscow, then they bought them from local supermarkets.

Belorussia

The most beautiful road from the border of Russia to Brest,with good asphalt and a limit of 120 km / h without traffic cops. That's all the impressions of the country. It is necessary to come here on purpose, and another time. They say Minsk is a beautiful city.

Belarusian Autobahn.

Belarusian Autobahn.

Poland

Poland, we have slipped is not so fast. There are no wide roads and a limit of 90 km / h. But the contrast after Belarus is felt right away: neat and beautiful houses, good road markings, solar panels for powering traffic lights and cameras.

Poland. Independent travel in Europe by car begins

Solar panels in Poland

Solar panels in Poland

Heat the water in a Polish motel.

Heat the water in a Polish motel.

Czech

In the Czech Republic, we drove only to Prague, sinceDreamed about it for a long time. I have to say right away that Prague is worth at least a week's visit; it is a city with a bunch of small details in everything, from railing to bas-reliefs on buildings. And here I want to come back.

Czech Republic from a car window and old Prague

Evening romance in Prague.

Evening romance in Prague.

And in Prague they know us.

And in Prague, they know and honor us.

Germany

Here everything is modern, geometrically smooth, andright in life. At least, such a first impression. Sorting of garbage according to many criteria, bicycle lanes with traffic lights, pedestrians and drivers who comply with the rules, and free highway without speed limits.

The national characteristics of Germany - or these strange Germans

View from the Olympic tower. Modern Munich.

View from the Olympic tower. Modern Munich.

Munich conquered his purity, thoughtfulness, modernity, cyclists, as well as the man who sheltered us in his little room.

City of Munich - the first impressions of Germany
Munich Metro - Impressions and Map
BMW Museum in Munich and the Olympic Tower
Munich's Old Town - Walk

Cycle paths in Munich.

Cycle paths in Munich.

Metro in Munich.

Metro in Munich.

Berlin also conquered its history, almost 30-year tragedy of the Berlin Wall, which is directly connected with Russia.

East Berlin - pseudo walk
Berlin Wall - the story of yesterday, impressions of the present

Remains of the Berlin Wall.

Remains of the Berlin Wall.

Berlin graffiti.

Berlin graffiti.

France

The French are the most like us. This country combines the advancement of Europe and a certain liberty of Russia. The abundance of different varieties of cheese with mold and without, beautiful mountains, fun and carefree French with scarves, old stone cities like a fairy tale, weak observance of the rules of the road and turned cars.

Traveling in France by car - roads and landscapes
Hitchhiker's Guide to Europe - Hitchhiking Features in France

Features of the population and culture of France. What we saw her
Conditions and standard of living in France - Our observations

For a variety of French cheeses you can sell your soul.

For a variety of French cheeses you can sell your soul.

Grenoble - this city conquers those around itall sides by mountains with snow-white peaks. And because he can be forgiven even pollution production. I want to quit and buy a house in the mountains. And here our hospitable friends live. The trip to the mountains with them was unforgettable, and from a distance we saw Mont Blanc.

Grenoble - our impressions of the city
Aerial View Grenoble and Bastille
Day trip to the French Alps Grenoble

Grenoble. On the eggs we rise to the Bastille.

Grenoble. On the eggs we rise to the Bastille.

In the mountains near Grenoble.

A little hike in the mountains near Grenoble.

Marseille - the Cote d'Azur Mediterraneanthe moment of arrival was littered with debris due to strikes. Overnight on the yacht and swimming in 16 degree water added impressions on the trip. By the way, the French did not understand the meaning of our washing.

Marseilles and the Mediterranean coast

A little dirty Marcel.

"Little" dirty Marcel.

Cold Mediterranean.

Cold Mediterranean.

Netphone - the backwoods of the French province. Simple, kind and friendly people. Calm, quiet and happy life. Old, but well-kept houses, some like postcards. It is evident that in France live well here too.

Fairy tale house where I would like to live.

Fairy tale house where I would like to live.

Paris in our arrival was rainy and gray. Old and beautiful city, surrounded by ugly and dirty sleeping areas. The Eifeil Tower with iridescent lights, a large number of mattresses thrown out onto the street, and half of the population are our black counterparts in mind, carrying their culture to the masses.

See rainy Paris and stay live

Mattresses on the streets of Paris are common.

Mattresses on the streets of Paris are common.

Overnight at Paris Orly Airport.

Overnight at Paris Orly Airport.

The cost of travel to Europe

I do not know if this will help someone in the calculations.information. But I made this conclusion - not so expensive trips to Europe, as is commonly believed. We did not take into account much, did not know much, so there were unforeseen expenses. I am sure that you can go even cheaper if you prepare more carefully. It is also worth saying that we did not go to cafes and restaurants, and only spent several nights in hotels / hostels.

As a result, we did it - about 50000r for two, and this is in 4 weeks. Of them:
- visas, insurance - 7000r for two;
- gasoline for the car on the first part of the trip - 10000r for two (there were four of us in the car);
- unplanned train 4000r for two (Grenoble-Paris);
- return tickets for the plane Paris-Berlin-Moscow - 9500r for two;
- unplanned hostels / hotels - 4000r for two (3 nights);
- food with you in the car - 2000r for two (enough for 1.5 weeks);
- food in the shops, travel in the subway and buses, pocket money, souvenirs - 14000r for two.

Who is experienced, can tell, is this a normal cost for independent travel in Europe?

Wait for the continuation in the following articles. Soon everything in more detail. True! Very soon.

Life hacking 1 - how to buy a good insurance

Choosing insurance is now unrealistically difficult, so to help all travelers, I compile a rating. To do this, I constantly monitor forums, study insurance contracts and use insurance by myself.

Insurance Rating

Life hacking 2 - how to find a hotel 20% cheaper

First, choose a hotel on Booking. They have a good offer base, but the prices are NOT the best! The same hotel can often be found 20% cheaper in other systems through the RoomGuru service.

Discount hotels

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