Hello Everyone! My name is Shannon, I am 25, and I am beginning to plan a 3-week trip touring a few countries in Europe at the end of May-June 2013 and need some assistance, tips, and feedback from your past tours! I am taking on this trip solo (not my first trip I've conquered alone), so please take that into consideration as well. My main concern is transportation - hire a car or use public transport? I am also on a limited budget, thus I would be looking to stay in hostels or apartments. I am open to all suggestions!
My first destination will either be Shannon or Dublin, Ireland. I would like to spend 3-4 days in the country seeing a few tourist sights - Cliffs of Moher, Guinness Brewery, Old Jameson Distillery, castles, cathedrals, beaches, etc... but I would also like to stay in a smaller town one night conversing with the locals. Where would be the best places to go and see?
The next place I will visit is England. From Ireland should I fly or take a ferry? I've read mixed reviews and both have their pros and cons. If I took a ferry where should I start? I would like to be in London for 2 days at least! What are the main attractions I must see? St. Paul's Cathedral is a must in London other than that I am open.
After England I will fly or take a ferry to France. I will be meeting up with a friend in Paris here and staying for 2-3 days. He will show me around the town there. Then by the time I leave Paris I will be dying to find an exquisite vineyard tour to try! Any recommendations?
My last destination will be in Italy. I will have just over a week there and want to see Rome, Venice, Naples, Pompeii, etc. I will have the most time here so I want to see the tourist and local's places. I haven't done much research on Italy yet, hence the reason I came to TripAdvisor!
Thanks in advance for your help! As many tips and suggestions as you can give me would be greatly appreciated!