Our Spring in Europe 2009 Itinerary

Our European itinerary is roughly set now. Although we started off very ambitious with the number of countries, we’ve narrowed it down to 8 (technically 9 if you count Vatican City) in 24 days. We have a 21-day Global Eurail Railpass which we got at the price of a 15-day pass (Spring Promo) and will be using it once we’re in Netherlands. We will be taking two overnight trains — Frankfurt to Prague (7 hours) and Vienna to Venice (7 hours) and an overnight ferry — London-Harwich to Holland. The challenge now is to stay within our ambitious budget of 4000 Euros for two people without sacrificing comfort and privacy.

Our Europe in Spring 2009 itinerary on the map - numbers indicate days in the city

Our Europe in Spring 2009 itinerary on the map - numbers indicate days in the city

Days 1-3

London, UK

Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Picadilly Circus, Camden Town. On the night of Day 3, we’ll take an overnight ferry to the Netherlands.

Days 4-6

Lisse, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens, Oude Kerk and Oude Zidge area and Beginhof and Nieuwe Zidge area.

Day 7

Frankfurt, Germany

Free and easy day. This is more of a stopover on the way to Prague.  Night train to Prague.

Days 8-10

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town, Charles Bridge, Little Quarter, Prague Castle, St Vitus’ Cathedral

Days 11-12

Vienna, Austria

Hofburg Complex, Stephansdom, State Opera House. Night train to Venice.

Days 13-18

Venice-Rome-Cinque Terre, Italy

Venice: Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, Rialto Bridge and basically whatever we can manage in two days
Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palantine, St Peter’s, Vatican Museum
Cinque Terre: Vernazza, Corniglia. We might stop by Pisa en route to La Spezia for the obligatory Leaning Tower shot.

Days 19-22

Interlaken-Bern, Switzerland

Since Switzerland is such a compact country, we’re probably staying in either Interlaken or Bern and taking the trains around to explore other areas such Luzern, Montreaux, Lausanne, Geneve, Zurich.

Days 23-24

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Louvre and Tuileries Quarter. If we have time, Montmartre for Sacre-Coeur.

Day 25

London, UK

Free and easy shopping day.

If you’re flying into a city in Europe and already have a rough idea of where you want to go, flying “open jaw” out of another city may save you some time and money. We did not get this because:

1. I wasn’t keen on flying out from the only other location in Europe that has the same promo fare — Frankfurt. It would be okay if we could fly out from Paris but the flights were not under promotional fare (a few hundred dollars difference). An Eurostar ticket back to London from Paris can be bought from about 60 pounds.
2. I’d like to do some major shopping in London. Because we’re travelling all over the place, this has got to wait till our last day.

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I’ll like to follow Mari Dari on Twitter, to the European trip, Am from Africa, Nigeria… i wish to go with my wife… We got married couple of months ago. we’ll just use this as a postponed honey moon. waiting to read back from the person in charge.


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