An Unforgettable 10-day European Itinerary For You To Borrow

Being constantly faced with unexpected is probably one of the most electrifying aspects of travelling, and that’s why we love it so much. Travel is a purposeful act that sets in motion our personal transformation as we become immersed in new cultural experiences.

Some days you challenge yourself past your perceived limitations and some days you can barely get out of bed. You learn to trust your gut, push past the fear and master the art of budgeting.

Nearly 7 months ago I boarded an aeroplane at Dublin Airport bound for Germany’s second-largest city Munich and set out on one of the most memorable journeys that took me through some of Europe’s most fascinating countries.

It’s been 7 months now, but my memories are still fresh, and  I didn’t think that exploring Europe by train can put me in such a different mindset. My trip was exceedingly eventful, I stumbled upon cool finds along the way and met incredible people – travelling proved, yet again,  to be an ideal way to rejuvenate my mind.

As the first days of my trip unfolded, I couldn’t be happier with everything that lay ahead. Although a storm had moved in overnight and the following day was cold, I had a memorable time walking along the old walls of the city with sunbeams forming beautiful shadows.

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Due to a missed train connection, I unexpectedly ended up in Austria, where I had a chance to walk around for a couple of hours.

Eurotrip details & Essentials

This blog post covers a trip where I flew to Munich and travelled further to Slovenia and Venice using local transport. If you have never been to Europe it can be a little bit daunting where to go and what to do, so we wanted to share a simple itinerary taking in some of the beautiful cities and National Parks.

I travelled for 10 full days but the number of days spent in each place can be easily altered to suit your needs and budget. Before you even book a flight to Europe, you need to plan a budget. How much the trip costs will depend on your travel style and what you wish to do.

  • Budgeting | Do your research about accommodation and food costs before you go. Add in a little more for attractions, souvenirs and the occasional splurge. We, as per usual,  opted to use public transport, sleep in family-friendly hostels and cook our own meals. Packing light and catching early flights helps to reduce your overall spending too.
  • Transport | For this particular trip, I only opted to travel by trains, buses, boats and bikes. Travelling between European countries can be easily done inexpensively, you just have to be smart about it and plan everything ahead.
  • When to go | Deciding when to holiday in Europe can be one of the most challenging decisions as each season has pros and cons. Summer month is a great time to explore Europe if you are looking for sunny weather and warm beaches, but it is also the busiest season with crowded spaces. Shoulder season can be the best time due to smaller crowds and more reasonable accommodation prices. Winter is perfect for skiing and snowboarding.
  • Duration | Seven to ten days
  • Start |  Munich, Germany
  • Stops |  Munich, Lake Bled, Triglav National Park, Venice
  • Finish | Venice, Italy

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Munich Train Station was built in the 1950s.

Day 1-2 Start your trip by exploring Munich, Germany

Much of the magical city of Munich, located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, was destroyed in WWII. In spite of that, the Bavarian capital is full of beautiful historical buildings and numerous museums waiting to be explored, including one of the world’s oldest art galleries.

The Frauenkirche, with its beautiful twin towers, is a Munich landmark that is considered a symbol of the city and you can climb all the way to the tower.

My first days were spent slowly wandering around the city, climbing towers to savour views from St Peters’s church and browsing market stalls.

One of the reasons why I decided to start my trip here is because of the Munich Train Station, built in the 1950s. It is a bustling hub for international express trains to and from Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Rome, Venice,  Slovenia, Budapest and many more.

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From history to river surfing there are lots to see and do in Munich, Germany.


Top things to do in Munich

Eat traditional cuisine | If you are looking to sample traditional Bavarian foods in Munich then be ready for hearty dishes with lots of pork. All the beer gardens and breweries in the city serve traditional foods sauerkraut and Wienerschnitzel,. But if you wish to skip a beer hall, and feast on seasonal vegetables, salmon and chocolate cake then settle in one of the Upscale Bavarian restaurants such as Landersdorfer & Innerhofer.

Visit Olympiaturm | To see across the whole city from the observation deck located at 190 meters or 623 feet, head over to the Olympic Park and take a quick elevator ride to the Olympic Tower. To make your visit, even more special, book a table in the revolving restaurant, which is one of the tower’s biggest attractions and wait for the city lights to twinkle under your feet as you are enjoying the 360-degree view while sitting at the table.

Explore museums | Munich is home to some incredible museums, including the oldest and largest science museum in the world. If you love art exhibitions and history, you’ll feel at home in Munich. The Long Night of Museums takes place in October when Munich’s art galleries and cultural institutions stay open past midnight offering film screenings, readings and concerts.

Bavaria Film Studios | To experience some movie magic, a visit to Bavaria Film Studios is a must. You might not be familiar with many of the movies as many of the sets are from German films, but it’s still fun to see how they are made. One of the most famous sets is of 1984  fantasy film Never Ending Story, written by Wolfgang Petersen. If you are lucky, you might even get a chance to ride a Falcor.

Watch a soccer game | For football fans, watching a top-class soccer game in the Allianz Arena is one of the top experiences in Munich. You can also opt for a guided tour of the stadium and visit Bayern’s dressing room and backstage areas as well as the arena’s lower-tier area and a museum. 

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The Munich Residenz was home to Bavarian rulers before it was opened to the public in 1920.

Day 2-7 Take in the sights of Slovenia’s famous Lake Bled

Get ready for the next chapter of your journey and catch a train from Munich to Lesce Bled, Slovenia. The average journey time is up to 6 hours, and there are around three trains per day.

Slovenia is known for its beautiful scenery and natural surroundings, and as an avid wilderness lover, I was excited to finally see everything in person. If you love spending time in nature, in particular, going for a walk in the woods, listening to the birds, stumbling upon incredible waterfalls, take in the natural smells then you gonna love Slovenia.

The best way to get from Munich to Slovenia is to drive, but I decided to use the train and travel to Lesce-Bled, situated 4 kilometres from the Lake. It takes 6 hours and one connection in Austria to reach it, but you can also travel by bus directly to Bled Central Bus Station station, a  journey that takes approximately 5h 30m.

Once in Slovenia, you’ve got lots of options for what to see and do.  If you wish to follow the typical tourist trail, a week would be just enough time to discover the most popular attraction.  Lake Bled, Soča Valley, Ljubljana, Postojna Cave, Celje and Maribor are just a few stopping points for an amazing trip.

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Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s natural wonders.


Top places to visit in Slovenia:

Lake Bled | Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most popular tourist attraction with plenty to see and do! You can hike up to the Ostrijc point, sit down, hold your breath and wait up for sunset or sunrise! You can visit Bled Castle, hire a bike, explore Lake Bled island or simply enjoy the surroundings.

Ljubljana | Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana is a clean ad gorgeous-looking city with lots to see and do. The main tourist attraction, reachable by a cable car,  is Ljubjana castle. You can also see the Dragon Bridge, visit Tivoli Park, explore its museums and admire its beautiful Town Hall. In 2016 Ljubjana was the European Green Capital, and its city centre is mostly a car-free area.

Piran | Situated on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast, Piran is a beautiful resort city with incredible views, colourful houses and beautiful, Venetian-inspired,  architecture. It’s easy to visit Piran as a day trip from Ljubjana or even Lake Bled both individually and on an organised tour. Once in town, explore its charming cobblestone streets, stock up on sea salt and head to one of the viewpoints.

Koper | One of the earliest coastal towns in Slovenia, Koper, is a lesser-known destination yet equally beautiful with several enjoyable attractions. You can visit the refurbished Praetorian Palace, climb the bell tower of Campanile for amazing views or wander around the heart of the city -Tito Square.

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Vintgar Gorge, located within a short distance from Lake Bled, is an amazing place to visit.

Day 7-9 Explore Venice and enjoy getting lost in its beautiful alleys

Say goodbye to beautiful Slovenia and catch a bus to Italy’s most amazing city.

Anyone who knows anything about  Venice, aka the Floating City, will not be the least bit surprised to find many world-famous attractions and spectacular scenery. It’s a city built on mud and sand where treasures of colours tucked into crumbling facades are full of history and full of story.

If you are looking for a beautiful place to visit in Italy, that’s rich with history and incredible views, add Venice to your list. Although the city is fairly small, there is a lot to see and do.

Italy is a repeated travel destination for us.  One of the goals while travelling for us is to connect with the country and local life on our own terms and sometimes that can be achieved by return visits. Getting to experience Venice again was beyond exciting.

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It is said that the beautiful Venice is sinking at the rate of 1-2 millimetres a year.


Top things to do in Venice

Burano Island | Technically a separate island, Burano is located a short boat ride away and makes for a great side trip when visiting Venice. It takes about an hour to reach and once on the island you can explore the colourful streets, check out the Leaning Tower of Burano and visit the Burano Lace Museum.

Visit San Giorgio Maggiore | To enjoy the quieter side of Venice, head out to San Giorgio Maggiore island and immerse yourself in history. Here you can take an elevator up to the tower of the San Giorgio Maggiore church and see Venice from a different perspective. You can also visit one of the most prestigious international cultural institutions, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and stop by the glass museum, Le Stanze del Vetro.

Look out for world-famous bridges | It is said that there are exactly 391 bridges in Venice, each of them beautiful in its own way and some of them privately owned. In the beginning, they were flat and made of wood, but later on, in the XVI century, the bridges were built out of stone. The most famous bridges are the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, the Academy Bridge and the Calatrava Bridge.

San Marco Campanile |One of the Venice’s top landmarks San Marco Campanile was originally built as a lighthouse, but nowadays visitors can use an elevator to reach the viewing platform for truly fantastic views of Venice and surrounding islands. As with all the other tourist attractions, you have to be prepared to wait in line as the queue can be very long.

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Statistics show that the population of Venice has decreased from 120,000 to 60,000 in the last 50 years.

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Now, over to you!

Have you ever been on a similar trip? Let us know in the comments!

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79 thoughts on “An Unforgettable 10-day European Itinerary For You To Borrow

    1. Thanks so much, Hannah! Exploring Europe is a pure delight; you can visit many different countries in a short period, and often travel in between them with local transport. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva


  1. This is such a detailed and helpful post. Also perfect timing for me – we are planning on doing the Munich to Slovenia leg of your journey in the summer! Will use some of your tips. Thanks!

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    1. I’m glad you found it useful. We usually travel for two full weeks, but this time due to work only had ten days. Although we managed to squeeze in three countries, the trip didn’t feel rushed, and I had plenty of time to stop and smell the flowers. I hope your trip goes ahead; you’ll love Slovenia. We can’t wait to travel again. Aiva

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  2. When you live in Europe, planning a pan European trip is much less daunting, particularly if you speak different languages. Trying to see Europe in just 10 days is tricky, and tiring. I think it’s best to build it around a “theme” such as capital cities, wine regions, beaches, mountains etc Nonetheless, yours was an interesting itinerary with lots of helpful and practical information.

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    1. I love your idea, Sheree! That’s how we almost always choose our travel destinations. Valters loves to surf, and I love mountains, so we always devote a full week for each of our preferences. On this particular trip, I travelled solo, had more time on hands and wanted to see as much as possible.

      My main destination, where I spend five days, was Lake Bled. As there are no direct flights from Dublin to Slovenia, the easiest way was to fly into Munich and then catch a train to Lake Bled. With a few extra days left, I decided to add Venice as the bus ride between the two countries and outbound flight to Ireland were super cheap and efficient. And the novelty of seeing Venices architectural marvels wasn’t something I wanted to pass. Thanks for reading and have a good day. Aiva

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  3. This is a great idea for a trip through central Europe! Wonderful itinerary Aiva, and a beautiful post with such lovely photographs! Travelling in trains is one of my favourite ways to travel and I plan to do much more as soon as this pandemic is over. I hope you are all well and fine and that you stay safe until this is all over. Lovely, lovely reading your post. Thank you Aiva for bringing such interesting places to us and such clear and precise information.
    Take good care and all the best,
    Francisco 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much, Francisco. Your thoughtful comments always make my day! I’m so glad to hear you love travelling by train too. I think train travel is easily the most underrated form of long-distance travel out there. Of course, trains can’t get you everywhere, but they are stress-free, comes with lots of extra legroom and you get to see the changing landscape along the way. It’s also a fantastic introduction to the country you are visiting.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post. Travelling and writing about it is my passion project. And it keeps me sane during the lockdown, which is going to last for another two full weeks. We are eager to see what’s going to happen after as there is a significant drop in numbers. Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely evening. Greetings from sunny Ireland. Aiva xxx

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      1. I loved the article, what can I say! This is your passion project and you are super great at it! Yes, trains are definitely underrated but I agree, there are plenty of good things about it and here in Europe trains are easy and get you there pretty much on time and comfortable. Also you don’t have to go through the hassle of airport security. We are also going to have to go through an extension of our Royal decree to declare a state of alarm and will be de-escalating as of 09 MAY, hopefully! Today marked the first 24 hours that Valencia went through without any deaths due to CV. Hopefully it will continue like this. I hope so too, in Ireland and in the whole world. We need the world to be free of this virus before things can really go back to normal. But at least there is light beginning to shine at the end of the tunnel. Take good care Aiva and all the best, stay safe, stay home,
        Francisco 🙂


  4. So glad you enjoyed your trip but I think it would be too hectic for me. I’m more inclined to be a ‘slow traveller’ giving myself more time to look around and ‘smell the scenery’. I can’t change now, been like this all my travelling life and I find one country at a time much more to my liking. However, I admire your ambition and, as I said, really pleased that you got so much out of it.

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    1. Wel love slow travel too! Ever since we became parents and started travelling as a family, we prefer to staying in one place and connect to local people, cultures and food. We love going on cycling holidays, and we love nothing more than waking up without plans for the day unsure of the adventures that await us. But then, once in a while when one of us has an opportunity to travel solo, we pack our schedule a little bit higher. there are so many places to see and so little time. Thanks for stopping by and greetings from sunny Ireland. Aiva


  5. I think that we could all use a trip like this once this is all over! We might all appreciate it a little bit more now as well, since we have had a taste of lockdown.
    I look forward to sharing recaps of our many future travels!

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    1. So true! I might need at least five trips, and I have several trips planned already! As much as I desire to travel again, I enjoy staying at home with my family and making little things the big things. The sun is shining in Sligo, and we love sitting in the garden, reading books, eating home-baked goodies and learning to take each day as it comes. Thanks for stopping by and stay safe. Aiva

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  6. The last time I was on a similar trip was with a tour company, who spent the whole day getting us to our hotel, stopping at all their restaurants and viewpoints along the way and selling us optional tours. We did see a lot of places but not well. We promised ourselves, never again. We have never been back to Germany, Austria or Venice and that is likely too bad. We have planned numerous trips to FRance, Italy and the UK, where we travelled on the trains and buses and had a much better time We hope to plan another similar trip in the future. Thanks for sharing and stay well. Allan

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    1. Many travellers live hectic, stressful lives, and the frantic pace only continues while they’re on a trip as they rush from one tourist attraction to another. That kind of adventure isn’t for us. Even if we end up going on a multi-city or multi-country trip, we plan everything thoroughly with plenty of moments where we can slowly sip coffee on our favourite sidewalk terrace and take leisurely day trips to nearby villages without feeling the need to rush.

      I believe that’s where the real magic of travelling exist and I could never understand people who had a chance to visit Paris for a weekend and who can claim they’ve seen France.

      In 18 years of travelling together, we’ve been on an organised tour once and nearly had a chance to see tourist attractions. Ever since then, we plan everything ourselves and say no to tours. Thanks for stopping by, Allan! Have a good day. Aiva


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. Seeing several countries and observing different cultures in one trip is how we sometimes like to travel. Sometimes when you spend a week or more at the same destination, you get bored and feel you need a change. But when you go on a multi-destination trip, you’ll find yourself constantly getting excited about your next stop. Have a good day. Aiva

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  7. I’d love to be able to visit all of these places… maybe by the fall it will be open for travel. Slovenia is definitely a place that has been at the top of our list for a while. That gorge picture certainly piques my interest, I’ll have to remember it! Thanks for all of these great ideas. Maggie

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    1. Thanks so much, Maggie! One of the best ways to squeeze the greatest value out of your European vacation is to book a multi-city trip: a flight that lets you stop at multiple cities for little, if any, increase in cost. Years ago, we made a similar trip and traversed through Switzerland, northern Italy and Austria by sleeper trains. It ended up being one of the most memorable Euro trips to this day. Thanks for reading and have a good day. Aiva

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  8. My friend remarked to me that right now would be a wonderful time to visit Venice – no tourists, clear water! When we traveled through Europe in the past we liked to take the local train from Vienna to Budapest, for example. Austria and Hungary are so different that you felt you were entering a different world. Hugs to you!

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    1. We love exploring Europe because you can easily incorporate several countries in your itinerary and see various attractions without much hassle. And travelling with trains is one of the best ways to see Europe and its beautiful landscape.

      I was reading about how beautiful and clean Venice is now without the tourist crowds. The canal waters are cristal clear and beaming with marine animals.

      Even if we are allowed to travel at the end of this year, we are planning on staying in Ireland to support local farmers, crafters and other businesses. Thanks for stopping by, Kerry. Lots of hugs to you! Aiva xxx

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  9. Beautiful! I’ve only been to Ljubljana in Slovenia (granted, only had two hours there before I caught my bus to Venice), but I’d love to return and see more of the country! Lake Bled is at the top of my list of places to visit; your photo of it looks stunning!

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    1. Hi, Rebecca and thank you. Lake Bled was on our bucket list for a very very long time. The only reasons why we never visited was due to non-existent direct flights. So I was delighted to finally see it in person and discover the oldest castle in Slovenia. To make the most of my trip, I stayed in the beautiful Bled village. One thing I will say in advance is Bled is a tiny, tranquil town, so it’s not the biggest clubbing area, and the bars may not be as exciting as those you’d come across in a booming European city. Thanks for reading Rebecca and I hope you get to visit Lake Bled one day. Stay safe and have a good day. Aiva xxx

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      1. Thanks for your advice, Aiva! I think it’s important to fully enjoy the peaceful, natural experience in Bled, so I don’t expect a thriving nightlife in town (nor would I want to). That can definitely be saved for Ljubljana and other bigger cities in Europe!

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  10. The only train we took in Europe was 2 years ago, between Vienna and Budapest. We had an amazing experience! We are hoping to be able to visit Europe this end of the summer, hopefully we can come back soon to our normal lives!! Vintgar Gorge is something to remember for our next trips, it looks amazing! Thank you for the tour🙂

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    1. Exploring Europe with trains is something else! We love to watch the landscape change and shift with every 100 miles while being transported to a new country. Budapest to Vienna sounds like a great trip too; I would probably add Bratislava and Praguetoo if I was to travel for three or so weeks. Thanks for stopping by, Christie. Let’s hope we can travel soon. Aiva xxx

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  11. That’s a real mix, Aiva! We spent 2 weeks on Lake Fuschl in Austria once and it was very beautiful. No words for Venice- much better now without tourists and awful cruise ships! But the area around Bled is somewhere I always planned to visit. Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

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    1. Hi, Jo, how are you today? With some European cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, but you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days. And that’s precisely was my plan last September. Although I would have been happy enough with flying straight into Slovenia, due to no direct flights, I ended up adding Bavaria on my list and had one of the most memorable trips. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva


  12. I would love to borrow this itinerary. I keep hearing people predict that international travel won’t be back up and running until AFTER 2021!! I don’t know if that’s true, but it will make me so sad if that ends up being the case.

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    1. I would love to go anywhere at this point! Being so travel obsessed as I am, I haven’t read one travel-related article so far. We’ve been hopeful very hopeful that by some supernatural way it would be under control by the time we are to leave for Scotland and Amsterdam, but that is not happening.

      I know it’s all about having a plan B and knowing what you have to gain or lose financially. And then, at the same time, it isn’t all about the money, it’s mostly about the shattering of expectation and longing for the day we board the plane and head off on our long-awaited adventure.

      Living in isolation and not seeing our family and friends right now is enough, I don’t wanna cry my eyes out knowing there’s no possibility of international travel! We have kept ourselves informed about the current situation, but a few days ago I just stopped reading the news! I’m holding on to that last glimmer that the authorities will soon reopen the world again.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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  13. That’s an interesting itinerary! I did the Netherlands and Belgium by train last summer. It was very easy to travel by public transport and I took in picturesque cities, a beach, windmills, scenic countryside and 5 world heritage sites.

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    1. We did Belgium and the Netherlands a few years ago, and it was such a fun trip. I would love to go back because we ran out of time and missed visiting Ghent and Antwerp. Beaches and windmills and world heritage sites so inviting now that we have to live in a lockdown! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day. Aiva

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  14. This sounds like it was so much fun! I remember we had a little stopover at Ljubljana when we were going from Salzburg to Venice by bus, and just walking around in the city made me want to stay there and explore for so much longer!
    I totally agree on sticking to local transport like buses, trains and cars. Just those journeys help you see so much more of the European countryside Especially as someone from India, the scenery was so wonderfully different! And that it was less expensive was a big, big plus.
    I can’t wait to go back someday; hopefully a more backpacking-style trip!
    Loved your itinerary!

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    1. Thank you very much, Arshia! I had a great time exploring Europe. The proximity of many European countries makes including multiple countries in one trip easy, even if it’s a relatively short holiday. Wherever we are heading for a family adventure, we always check the map if we can include the additional city. I visited Bratislava last year and had to catch a train to Vienna. And a few years ago, while visiting Salzburg, we went on a tour to Bavarian region and finally had a chance to feast our eyes on The Königssee lake! Can’t wait to go back to mainland Europe once this craziness is over. Thanks for stopping by and stay safe. Aiva

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  15. I love reading of your travels d recommendations. This line really captured my attention … Travel is a purposeful act that sets forth our personal transformation. That’s what it feels like to me. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mark! Receiving positive feedback from someone whos successfully published multiple books, means a lot to me, Thanks for taking the time to stop by! We are enjoying sunny days and colourful sunsets and taking each day as it comes. Two more weeks of lockdown to go through! Have a good day, and stay safe. Aiva


    1. Thanks so much, Marie. Visiting Slovenia and seeing Lake Bled in persona was like stepping in a dreamy scene! Five days was plenty of time to explore every corner of it, yet I could have stayed much longer. Have a good day, my friend! Aiva


  16. The train system is so extensive (and reliable) in Europe that it’s such a great option for travelling around. Last year when we visited Europe, we used the train to get to Austria, Budapest, Prague and Salzburg. I’ve never been to Slovenia or Venice, but would love to one day. Sounds like a good ten day adventure!

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    1. Train travel is one of the best ways to explore Europe – the continent is relatively compact, so it’s easy to get around, and you can sit back and soak up the views with a picnic. We haven’t been to Budapest or Prague yet, but I would love to fly into Budapest and then catch a train to Prague, stopping along the way in Bratislava and Brno. Travelling with trains from Venice to Sicily would also be a fantastic adventure. Can’t believe we are still homebound! Fingers crossed, we can travel soon! Aiva xxx

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  17. Sounds like a wonderful itinerary and I haven’t been to any of these locations! Can’t wait to plan a similar trip (or the same one)! As always, thanks for sharing your experience and super useful tips 😍

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    1. Thank you very much, Juliette. I had so much fun on this trip and would like nothing more than to return to travelling. With the way things are going, I would be grateful to go further than the government allowance of 2 kilometres, but time will tell. At least the sun is still stinging, which makes our life in a lockdown a little bit nicer. Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend. Aiva

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the photos, everything seemed Ok last time I checked, but you can never know!

      We are doing well. The sun is still shining, and we are having lots of fun exploring Sligo and its surroundings. It’s amazing what can be found within 2km from our house. Current restrictions are in place until 5th of May; then we’ll see if it’s extended. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. I hope all is well. Aiva

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        1. Yes, we are from Latvia, but my sister is married with kids, and she lives in Dublin; if I remember correctly, that she’s over there for well over a decade. For years we used to live within walking distance from one another, so I’m still adjusting to the idea of not seeing her every other day. I also have a cousin who lives in Dublin suburbs with her other half and a teenage kid, so I’ve pretty much a have a home from home here in Ireland. Have a good Sunday. Aiva

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  18. What a great post guys, it does sound like an amazing trip! Never been on a trip like this one, we might borrow you detailed European itinerary. It sounds like a lot of fun! Slovenia and Germany have been on our list for a very long time 🙂

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    1. Hi, guys, so glad to hear from you! I hope all is well. Slovenia was on our list for a long time too, but as there are no direct flights between Ireland and Slovenia, we never really managed to visit. On my visit, I was delighted to discover beautiful hiking trails amid the breathtaking scenery of the Alps, witness many colourful sunrises and meet friendly locals. Thanks for stopping by. How are you managing life in isolation? Ours is until the 5th of May and only then we’ll see if it gets extended or not. Fingers crossed. Lots of love. Aiva


    1. Thank you. From history and architecture to snow-capped mountains and beautiful scenery, there are so many reasons to explore Europe. Can’t wait for the pandemic to come to an end so that we can travel again. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva


    1. Thank you very much! Europe is a vast and fun-packed place to explore, and even after 18 years of travelling around it, we haven’t managed to see all of it. I hope you get to visit Slovenia once we are allowed to travel. You’ll be amazed by everything. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend. Aiva


    1. I loved Munich too; I’m a sucker for beautiful European squares filled with century-old buildings and tall church towers. I would like to go back to explore more of Bavaria and see the Neuschwanstein Castle. Eight more days till we find out if our lockdown restrictions get extended. Hopefully not! Thanks for stopping by, Pam and have a good Sunday. Aiva

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      1. We wanted to see the castle, but we just didn’t have enough time. We loved Munich itself so much, we just hunkered down in the city. Fingers crossed on your restriction ease up – ours will be better by May 8. I can at least get my hair done and maybe get a pedicure. Hang in there Aiva!!


    1. You would love exploring Slovenia. You can treat yourself without breaking the bank, the scenery is fantastic, and it’s one of the safest countries in Europe. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day. Aiva

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  19. This is a great little itinerary, I think if you’ve got 10 days, the train is definitely the best way to get around Europe and see a few places. I’ve only been to Munich of these places but would love to visit Slovenia and Venice.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jason. Easier than a car and more comfortable than a bus, travelling around Europe with trains is the best way to see the changing landscape and its also a hassle-free journey. This was our second rail trip and I can’t wait for the next one. Would love to catch a train from Oslo to Bergen and jump on the Rocky Mountaineer. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Thank you very much. We love exploring Europe because it’s so easy to go from one country to another way by public transport. Hopefully, we can return sometime next year. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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  20. The roof decor of the Munich Residenz is incredibly beautiful. I didn’t know Venice had more that St Mark’s Square to explore. On my next visit to Venice,I’ll definitely visit the other Places mentioned. Thank you for sharing this amazing itinerary 😀

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    1. Thanks so much. Finally seeing the roof decor of the Munich Residenz in person was a moment I’ll never forget. Unfortunately, most of the rooms have been reconstructed as it was almost all destroyed during WWII, but I’d still recommend visiting especially anyone that loves royal history. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva

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    1. Traveling around Europe is such an adventure as you get to walk amidst living history, eat French cheese and Italian pizza, climb snow-capped mountains, and more. We always love traveling to the mainland Europe and I really hope we can do it next year. Thanks for reading and have a good day. Aiva

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  21. Hi Aiva: We’re road tripping again soon and I invite you to read my postings along the way. Would you consider doing a multi-country trip like the one described above in the future? Where to this time?


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