Subject: Eastern Europe itinerary ideas?
Hi All! We're planning about a 12-day visit originally intended to be mainly in Poland. We had wanted to use Warsaw and Cracow as our bases. After looking more deeply, however, we're thinking that it might be better to focus on Cracow and Vienna in addition to more interesting country villages in between. There will be eight of us (including four teenagers) and we will be driving (probably two cars). Assuming we use Vienna as our gateway, we're looking for suggested itineraries: where to stop and stay, where to eat, and which villages en route are standouts. Essential visits will include Auschwitz/Birkenau and we would want to hire private guides there, in Cracow, and in Vienna. We'll be looking in the moderate price ranges and prefer Old World restaurants and accommodations with charm. All suggestions greatly appreciated.

Russell from Connecticut