We've (hubby & I) decided our first trip to Europe is in the cards this year. The dates are flexible...probably will be about a three week trip starting in September sometime. We are just starting to plan the itinerary. We are budget conscious travelers looking for good value, trying to plan well and get the most for our money. Rome and Venice are musts, plus some of Germany, probably Paris. I've always wanted to visit Ireland and England, too, but that may have to be a separate trip. Although someone suggested I start in London and end in Rome.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me regarding the international air travel part of this trip? (Or should I say intercontinental, as we plan to travel mostly by train in Europe) Should I find the best tickets and then plan the itinerary? Or plan the itinerary, then look for tickets? Is it usually cheaper to get a round trip ticket and plan a loop itinerary?
Iceland Air recently started service to/from Denver and is running some specials. Is anyone aware of other good deals? Is there a favorite search engine you use?