I am in the very early stages of planning a trip for late August/early September, 2014. for a 12-16 day trip. I'll be travelling with my wife and another couple. This will be my wife and I's 2nd visit to Europe (first was in Ireland only) and the other couple's fist visit to Europe.
We don't really have any "must-see" destinations, other than Neuschwanstein castle. We just want to see and explore the scenery and towns we come across. Once we have the general route down, where to stay, etc we can fill in the things to do. We'd much rather 'blend in' and avoid the overly touristy areas/attractions.
I am thinking of flying into Prague and stay for 3-4 days, travel to Munich for 3-4 days, then to Vienna for 3-4 days, then back to Prague to fly back to the US. Is this a good general route for 12-16 days? Each city would be a hub to visit that area/surrounding sights. I would have a whole day between each city dedicated to travel. If we drive, this would allow for stopping at sights, food, etc. If we go by train, this allows for station time, getting luggage, etc.
I very much enjoy driving but I know taking the train is a very popular form of travel. However, is it feasible to drive? Are the roads connecting these cities relatively good? I've driven in Ireland and I loved it. I would prefer to do it again unless it's not advised, in which case I'll utilize trains.
Is it relatively easy for US citizens to travel between these countries?
Excluding flights, car rental or train tickets, is $4,000 USD per couple reasonable for food, lodging, souvenirs, etc.
That's all I have for now. Any comments, suggestions, or ideas are welcome and appreciated!Edited: 01 July 2013, 17:57