My husband & I are planning on spending 12 days (mid-July) in the area just before going to the Olympics in London, and we can't decide between a couple of itineraries. This will be our first time to any of these cities, though we've visited other areas of Europe many times before. Any suggestions?
Day 1: Arrive from US into Prague in afternoon
Day 2: Prague (Castle area / Mala Strana)
Day 3: Prague (Old Town / Jewish Quarter)
Day 4: Prague (hang around)
Day 5: Rent car & drive to Cesky Krumlov, stay overnight
Day 6: Drive Cesky Krumlov to Krems, perhaps wine tasting on the way
Day 7: Explore Krems area, drive to Vienna in the eve & drop off car
Day 8: Vienna
Day 9: Vienna
Day 10: Train Vienna to Budapest
Day 11: Budapest
Day 12: Budapest
Day 13: Early AM fly to London
Day 1-4: Prague as above
Day 5: Train Prague to Vienna
Day 6-8: Vienna
Day 9: Train Vienna to Budapest
Day 10-12: Budapest
Day 13: Fly to London
We're leaning towards option #1 to see more of the cute countryside, and while we're pretty comfortable driving in Europe (we drove around Greece & France for a month), I'm a bit worried about the one way car rental from Prague to Vienna. Is it that complicated, or our itinerary too rushed?
Or should we go with a more leisurely option #2, or perhaps just do one stopover (either Cesky Krumlov or Krems -- whichever is better) via bus instead on the way? If we should adjust the timing in the cities (e.g., less time in Prague, more in Vienna) that would be great info as well. As a note, we're not music people, and though we like museums, we likely won't be spending much if any time in them. While on vacation our favorite things are eating, exploring historic sites, and taking lots of photos!
Thanks in advance!