A brief summary on the itinerary
Escape Plan to Europe, May 2005:
Total duration 27D26N
London is 7hr behind Singapore while the rest of Europe is 6hrs behind Singapore.
Flight time is 7hrs 25mins on Emirates Airlines from Singapore to Dubai for transfer. Flight time is 7hrs 35mins on Emirate Airlines from Dubai to London Gatwick International Airport.
Flight time is 2hrs 25mins on EasyJet Airlines from London Gatwick to Rome Flumicino.
Return flight is 6hrs 30mins on Emirates Airlines from Paris to Dubai for transfer. Flight time is 7hrs 10mins on Emirates Airlines from Dubai to Singapore.
Early morning flight on 23rd May at 325am and arrival in Dubai in the same morning at 655am. Transfer to another flight in the same morning at 8am and arrive in London at 1235pm on the same day.
Afternoon flight on the 13th Jun at 505pm and arrival in Rome at 830pm.
Return flight from Paris on the 17th Jun at 950pm and arrival in Dubai at 620am the next morning, transfer to another flight in the same morning at 945am and arrive in Singapore 855pm.
Day 1 Arrival into London, exploring London Day 2 Salisbury and Stonehenge tour Day 3 Tower Bridge Day 4 Brussels Day 5 Amsterdam Day 6 Sankt Goar and Heidelberg Day 7 Lucern and Lauterbrunnen Day 8 Jungfrau visit Day 9 Liechtenstein and Munich Day 10 Dachau Concentration Camp and Innsbruck Day 11 Verona Day 12 Venice Day 13 Florence Day 14 Pisa and Monaco Day 15 Nice and Cannes Day 16 Barcelona Day 17 Barcelona Day 18 Carcassonne and Bordeaux Day 19 Paris Day 20 Paris Day 21 Paris Day 22 London Day 23 Rome Day 24 Rome and Vatican City Day 25 Milan Day 26/27 Home Sweet Home
This escape plan was planned our graduation trip which started off the whole wanderlust. We decided on an almost month long trip with a first visit to Europe. As we were really tight on budget, being recently graduated, we thought it would be great to do a bus tour around Europe with Contiki tour (Day 4 till Day 21), which offered more places to see without breaking the bank! And they say the rest was history.
Budget nature: Not cheap
It was not cheap to go to Europe during times when Euros were almost twice our currency. We managed to get good flight prices through Emirates and we tried to save up on accommodation living in hostels and eating bread for quite some days in order not to spend too much.
Major European cities were very well connected by public transport which we used to get around while exploring. The major part of getting from city to city was taken care by the coach. Domestic flights and interstate trains were easy to arrange as well.