A brief summary on the itinerary
Escape Plan to France, Italy, Greece and Britain 2011:
Total duration 16D15N
Europe is 6hrs behind Singapore.
Flight time is 13hrs 25mins on Singapore Airlines direct to Heathrow Airport.
Flight was on Singapore Airlines on 27th March at 12:45pm and arrival in London at 7:30am.
Return flight was on Singapore Airlines on the 11th April at 11:30am in London and arrival in Singapore at 7:20am.
Day 1 – Arrival in London and London City
Day 2 – Eurostar to Paris and Paris
Day 3 – Palace of Versailles and flight to Rome
Day 4 – Pompeii and flight to Athens
Day 5 – Ferry to Mykonos and Mykonos tour
Day 6 – Delos and ferry to Santorini
Day 7 – Roam around Santorini and visit Fira
Day 8 – Fly to Athens and Athens tour
Day 9 – Delphi day trip
Day 10 – Train to Kalambaka and temples visit
Day 11 – Kalambaka part 2
Day 12 – Athens and fly back to London
Day 13 – Train to Manchester and Manchester United game
Day 14 – Bicester Village outlet shopping
Day 15 – Oxford and Home Sweet Home
This escape plan was planned as a return to central Europe with specific places of interest, such as Versailles and Pompeii, a visit to Greece and a “pilgrimage” (as a Man U fan) to Manchester to catch football match and tick off my bucket list.
Budget nature: Not cheap.
As there were multiple flights in the journey, we tried to exchange Krisflyer miles for partner flights, such as Aegean air for the journey to Athens. The greek islands were on a low season and therefore more affordable but overall, we had to save up for this trip.
Complexity: With planning, it would be manageable.
We managed to get from city to city via public transport and while on the greek islands, rent a car to get around. The temples at Kalambaka were accessed via motorcycles.
We had missed the train to Mont St Michel due to fumbling at the DIY kiosk and we couldn’t retrieve our tickets, as we had purchased earlier online. It was a waste of money and a lesson for us to just proceed to the ticketing counters next time.