Category: United Kingdom
Paris 2011 Day 1/2 – Arrival in London and onwards to Paris, Sainte Chapelle and Paris city walk
This was the first time we were on the Airbus A380 and we were drawn to the really huge screen in front of us! First impressions of the plane was good already!
Day 2 Arrived into Paris after the 2.5hrs on Eurostar from London. Immediately after depositing our luggage at our hotel, we took the metro to the Montparnasse for our train ride that we have booked online to Mont Saint Michel. Upon arrival at the station with 15mins left, we tried to retrieve our train tickets from the self service machine and was unable to retrieve our tickets (later we found out that the machine does not accept retrieval for bookings by AMEX and we should have gone to the customer service instead. We also couldn’t get it refunded by TGV)! By then we were late for our train and there wasn’t any more schedule to Mont Saint Michel already.
Since a day was created because the day trip was cancelled as we missed the train, we thought we would just spend the day in Paris for some attraction visits and shopping!
Escape plan to France, Italy, Greece and Britain March 2011
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 7:10pm.
Return flight was on Singapore Airlines on the 11th April at 11:10am in London and arrival in Singapore at 7:20am.
Day 1 – Arrival in London
Day 2 – Eurostar to Paris, Sainte Chapelle and Paris city walk
Day 3 – Palace of Versailles and flight to Rome
Day 4 – Pompeii and flight to Athens
Day 5 – Ferry to Mykonos and explore Mykonos
Day 6 – Delos and ferry to Santorini
Day 7 – Roam around Santorini and visit Fira
Day 8 – Oia in Santorini
Day 9 – Return to Athens and explore Athens
Day 10 – Day trip to Delphi
Day 11 – From Athens to Kalambaka, visit the monasteries
Day 12 – 2nd round of visit to the monasteries before heading back to Athens
Day 13 – Explore the ruins in Athens
Day 14 – Day trip to Manchester for a Manchester United soccer match
Day 15/16 – Bicester Village outlet shopping, Oxford visit & Home Sweet Home
This escape plan was initially one that was plan for a visit to Japan but Fukushima happened and we had to change our plan to 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 United fan) to Manchester to catch a football match “live” 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.
Escape Plan to Europe, May 2005
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.