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EUROPE TRIP

Recently, A friend of mine asked me to make a Euro Trip itinerary for her spanning 6 countries (of her choice) in 14days. While it will be hectic, it’s not impossible.
I researched and tailor-made one for her which am sharing here. Do let me know your opinions on this matter.

Day 1-3: LONDON

(this is my list of recommended, there’s  more to see which cannot be covered in 3days)

  • London Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Botanical Garden
  • Globe Theater
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Kensington Palace
  • Westminsiter Abbey

Note: Get a LONDON PASS and an OYSTER TRAVELCARD. You get free entry over 70 attractions for time frame of 1,2,3,6 or 10days. The travel card allows you unlimited travel on London transports.

Day 4-5: PARIS

Hit the metro to see the below-mentioned places. Get TRANSPORT TRAVEL CARD PARIS VISITE and 2-Day Paris Museum Pass .

FIRST DAY:

  • Notre Dame, St Chapelle, (metro station: Cité)
  • Hotel de Ville -outside view (metro station line 1 at Hotel de Ville)
  • Arc de Triomphe (metro station Etoile) walk down to Champs Elysees Avenue to Grand and Petit Palais and then walk along the Seine river to Pont AlexandreIII.
  • Returm to the Champs Avenue and head towards Concorde, Tuileries, Louvre. The Louvre is open Wednesday evening until 9:45pm.

SECOND DAY: Take the train to Versailles Chateau or Rive Gauche for day trip, return to Paris and visit the Eiffel.

Day 6-7: BELGIUM

Stay in Ghent.

  • Day 6: Reaching Ghent and exploring the town.
  • Day 7: Get an early train to Brugge, just over an hour away away. See the postcard perfect sights of Brugge.

Suggested: a bike ride through the countryside to the small town of Damme and back. The ride follows the canal – http://www.pinkbear.freeservers.com/custom2.html

After that, catch the train to the coast, to Oostende (about 30 minutes) and wal along the famous promenade. Return to Ghent.

Day 8: GERMANY (FRANKFURT)

Take atleast the 7:45 train to arrive at 11:30am.

Focus on the sights north of the river. 

To see: Eiserner Steg (Iron Bridge), Customs Tower , Wertheim House, Historisches Museum, Ostzeile, Alte Nikolaikirche , Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen,  St. Bartholemew’s  Cathedral

To eat: traditional dinner in Max On One, tasty cocktails at 22nd Lounge and Bar

Day 9: SWITZERLAND (ZURICH)

To see: Beyer Watch MuseumLindenhof square, Grand Church (Grossmunster), Opera house , Lake Zurich

To eat: Cheese Fondue at Swiss Chuchi, A Cup Of  Coffee At Café Schober

Day 10-11: VENICE

Suggested Train schedule to follow:
Train from ZUERICH HB station at 09:09 to MILANO CENTRALE 12:35pm. Lunch.
Train from MILANO CENTRALE station at 14:45 to VENEZIA SANTA LUCIA at 17:10.

Hop into a vaporetto for a cruise in the Grand Canal between Piazza San Marco and the Ferrovia (train station) or Piazzale Roma (car park)

Dinner : Just remember in Venice, 7–8pm is about normal for starting dinner, and many restaurants shut their kitchens before 9pm. Head towards Piazza San Marco to listen to the duelling string trios and piano players playing.

To see NEXT DAY

  • 9am: Campanile di San Marco [20mins]
  • 9:25am: Basilica di San Marco [1hour]
  • 11:30am: (pre-booked) “Secret Itineraries” tour at Doge’s Palace
  • Lunch.
  • Head towards Rialto Bridge, a Renaissance stone span lined by shops.
  • Rialto Market on the far (S. Polo) side, then thread your way south through the S. Polo district to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

(Note: If you’re running ahead of schedule, you can take 15–20 minutes to see the church of I Frari with its art by Bellini, Donatello, and Titian, who is buried here.)

  • Visit the Accademia Gallery  [75mins]
  • Gondola Ride (you cannot do without it if you are in Venice)

Train to Rome: take the TRENITALIA train (last good train to catch leaves at 6:25pm to arrive at 9:53m) from Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia to Roma Tiburtina.

Reach Rome. Rest.

Day 12-13: ROME

Get OMNIA VATICAN CARD and ROMA PASS.

The 24hour OMNIA VATICAN CARD allows you free entry to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. The ROMA PASS includes 2 free entries (3-day pass) or 1 free entry (2-day pass) to the museums or archeological sites of your choice, without having to pass by the ticket counter. Also use of public trasnportation is free.

FIRST DAYStart from Hotel bright and early (depending how far you are staying from St. Peter’s Basilica).

  • 7am: St.Peter’s Basilica. [1hour 40minutes]
  • 8:45am: Exit St.Peter’s Basilica to walk towards the entrance of Vatican Museum which opens at 9am. (15mins walking distance).

You’ll have time only for the highlights of its artistic wonders : the Pinacoteca painting gallery with Raphael’s Transfiguration and Caravaggio’s Deposition, the Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel ceiling.

  • 11am: Exit and head towards the Tiber Bend of the city.
  •  Lunch.
  • Pantheon and the nearby church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, with its Michelangelo Risen Christ statue and Filippo Lippi frescoes.
  • Piazza Navona.

Day 2 of ROME:

Morning: Take the earliest reservation possible (8:30am first booking but hard to get) at the Galleria Borghese villa, packed with baroque paintings by Caravaggio and sculptures by Bernini. Swing by the antiquities-filled Palazzo Massimo alle Terme branch of the Museo Nazionale Romano on your way down to tour the Roman Forum.

Ticket booking à https://www.tiqets.com/en/rome-c71631/borghese-gallery-p974333?gclid=CMGE876cu9QCFQQjaAodP3ILow

  • Roman Forum (1hour)
  • Lunch.
  • Colosseum. You just kind of look at it, take a peek inside at the floor plan, and you’re done (save time in the often long lines by booking your entry ahead).
  • Trevi Fountain,it is tradition to toss a few coins in order to ensure you’ll return to the Eternal City.

Book a Nightjet Train to Vienna for the journey of 13hours. (TheT3 Cabin comprises of 3beds, 1 wash basin and 1 WC. Small breakfast provided in the morning. Price: USD69 if booked in advance)

Day 14-15: VIENNA

Get a VIENNA PASS to save time and money. You get free entry to +60 attractions, museums and tours including hop-on-hop-off bus.

First Day Sightseeing:

  • 9:30am: Imperial Palace
  • 11am: Royal Treasury
  • 12:15pm: St. Peter’s Church (Peterskirche)
  • 12:45pm: Plague Column (Pestsaule) PHOTOSTOP
  • LUNCH
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) [1HOUR]
  • City Park (Stadtpark) [30MINS]
  • Take the metro to Vienna Prater and Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad)

SECOND DAY SIGHTSEEING:

  • 09:30 AM: Belvedere Palace (Belvedere Schloss) [1hour]
  • 10:45 AM: Schwarzenbergplatz and Soviet War Memorial [PHOTOSTOP]
  • 11:15 AM: St. Charles’s Church (Karlskirche) [1hour]
  • 12:30 PM : Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) [PHOTOSTOP]
  • 12:45 PM: Burggarten and Mozart Statue [PHOTOSTOP]
  • Lunch
  • 03:00 PM: Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and Kunsthistorisches Museum [1hour 30minutes]

The museums are built in the 19th century to house the Habsburgs’ collections. They face each other and have an identical exterior. Choose only one of them to see, as you will need about 2 hours to see any of them.

  • 04:30 PM: Austrian Parliament building [PHOTOSTOP]
  • 04:45 PM: New City Hall (Rathaus) [PHOTOSTOP]
  • 05:15 PM: Votive Church (Votivkirche) [30mins]
    It’s a stunning church with amazing stained glasses. Do not miss it

DAY 16: RETURN

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