Wednesday, 8 August 2012

16Days Europe Spring Trip Itinerary

Took more than 5 months to prepare for this project. It was really tedious as this is the 1st time I will be going to somewhere so far away & for such a long time. Click HERE to see the preparations & pre-booking needed before the trip. 

I am lucky cause we were going in a group of 4, which means can save alot lodgings & tranport.  Going in 2 versus going in 4 do make a difference. I will elaborate more as we go on from here. 

I borrowed all the guidebook that is found in the library & the one I love the most is by Rick Steves. The book is pretty extensive & the map is easy to read & understand. 

Within that 16days, excluding the time spent on the plane .. We went to 4 countries - UK (London), France (Paris), Switzerland (Interlaken) & Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome). We did not really go in depth & explore all the countryside. This is to give me an excuse to go back to the country which I like the most.

Do not get carried away in Europe & end up becoming the victim of crime. Enjoy the moment there but still do not let your guard down. You would not want unhappy things which you can prevent to a certain extent to happen & ruin your memory of the trip & place. Here is some things we did over there.. 

I will do a brief summary of my itinerary here.. 

Arrival in Heathrow
Check-in to YHA London
Leicester Square
West End Walk (Duration: 1 - 2 hrs )
Dinner near Covent Garden

Burkingham Palace - Guard Changing Ceremony
West Minister Abbey
House of Parliament - Closed on Sat & Sun
Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
River Cruise Tour along River Thames ( Free with the Bus Tour)
Musical @ Dominion Theatre

St Pauls' Cathedral
Go for City Walk (Duration: 2 - 3.5hrs)
Temple Church
Tower of London
Tower Bridge
City Hall
Covent Garden Pub Grub
Picadilly Circus
St James Park
West Ministers Bridge

Day 4: London/Paris
Board train @ St Pancras International
Arrival @ Gare du Nord 
Check-in @ B&B near Felix Faure Metro Station booked thru Good Morning Paris
Eiffel Tower
Dinner @ Le Petit Cler

Day 5: Paris
Champs- Elysees
Dinner near our B&B

Day 6: Paris
Notre Dame 
Lunch @ Cafe Brasserie Soleil D'or near Notre Dame
Champ Elysees
Arc de Triomphe 

Day 7: Paris/Interlaken
Board train @ Gare de Lyon
Arrival @ Interlaken West Station - Changing train @ Bern
Walk around the souvenier street of Interlaken
Dinner @ this restaurant opposite Interlaken West Station
Shopping @ the supermarket along souvenir street

Day 8: Interlaken
Mt Jungfrau -  Buy ticket & board train @ Interlaken Ost Station
Dinner @ the same restaurant 

Day 9: Interlaken/Venice
Board train @ Interlaken West Station
Arrival @ Santa Lucia Station 
Take Vaporreto to San MarcoVallaresso vaporetto stop via Line 2
Check in @ S-Design (our apartment)
Dinner @ random cafe that cost a bomb

Day 10: Venice
Piazza San Marco 
Doge's Palace
Bridge of Sighs
Lunch @ the Sandwhich row near Bridge of Sighs
Walk randomly in Venice
St Mark's Basilica
Rialto Bridge
Dinner @ Barbanera (We went there for our remaining meals in Venice) 

Day 11: Venice
Venice Lagoon Tour
Board Vaporetto @ San Zaccaria dock
Murano Island
Burano Island
Gondola Ride
Lunch & Dinner both @ Barbanera

Day 12: Venice/Florence
Board train @ Santa Lucia Station
Arrival @ S.M.N train station
Lunch @ Mercato Centrale NERBONE
The Mall 
Dinner @ some random place

Day 13: Florence 
Brekkie @ Mercato Centrale 
Renaissance Walk 
Door of Paradise 
Piazza della Signoria 
Uffizi Gallery
Ponte Vecchio
Must eat Florentine Steak!

Day 14: Florence/Rome
Board train @ S.M.N Station 
Arrival @ Roma Termini
Check in @ Armony Suites 
Lunch @ Restorante Ponte Victtorio recommended by our B&B owner
Palantine Hill
Trevi Fountain 
Walk randomly back to B&B

Day 15: Rome
Vatican City
Piazza Navona - Four Rivers Fountain
Spanish Steps

Day 16: Rome/SG
St Peter's Square
Board plane @ Terminal 3
Home Sweet Home!!

 All my walking tour here is based on the Rick Steve's guidebook that I had used for the trip. 

PS: I am not getting any remunerations from any recommendations I have made here. It is written & recommended based on my experience. 

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