Itinerary: 7 weeks in Western Europe

1534959_10151799904461017_227983350_oWeek 1

Paris – 5 Days.

The museums in Paris are extensive. And the architecture is one that will bring you right back to neo-classical European. Consider getting the Paris Pass to skip the queues when entering attractions (be prepared to queue up to an hour and half when visiting the Louvre without this pass or any online reservations – this applies to other attractions).

Museums- Expensive
Accommodation – Expensive
Transportation– Expensive 

London – 3 days.

In all honesty, 3 days in London is not enough if you are serious about your museum hopping. Visit the infamous Harrods and walk along Oxford Street and Bond Street – shop to your heart’s delight. Drop by the Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben – have an English breakfast

Museums- Free of Charge in most! (Donations are welcomed)
Accommodation – Expensive
Transportation– Expensive (but there’s a cap of 7.60 pounds daily)

Week 2

Belgium – 2 days

Because Belgium is small, you can tour the main cities – Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Brughes – in a day or two. The rustic European architecture and buckets of mussel are therapeutic. This is your “pit stop” before you head into Amsterdam.

Museums- Expensive
Accommodation – Expensive
Transportation– Expensive 

Amsterdam – 2 days

Anne Frank’s Museum. Rembrandt. Van Gogh. Space Cake. Endless Joints. Red Light Distrct. Two days to soak all these in.

Museums- Expensive
Accommodation – Expensive
Transportation– Expensive 

Berlin – 5 days.

Berlin Wall. Schnitzel. Museum Island. Pork Knuckle. Dingy local pubs…Berlin is such a wonderful city that you would wish you have 5 more days. Alas, 5 days are more than enough for you to experience what Berlin has to offer to a tourist.

Museums- Reasonable
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Reasonable

 Week 3

Dresden – 1 day.

This town was bombed heavily during the world war. To experience what is like to be in Old Germany, put this in your itinerary and experience the quiet.

Museums- Reasonable
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Cheap (You can mostly walk or just rent a bicycle)

Auzburg, Wurzburg, Nurenberg – 2 days.

 They are all little towns with attractions that demand for your attention. Named the “Romantic Route”, you can choose to buy a German Rail Pass and just travel along this route to experience the architecture of yesterday.

Sites – Expensive
Accommodation – Expensive
Transportation– Reasonable

Fussen – 1 day.

The fantastical – Neuschwanstein Castle. This says it all. Throw in the Swiss Alps and your European experience is complete.

Sites – Expensive
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Rent a bicycle for the entire day (Cheap)

Week 4

Munich – 3 days.

Munich is filled with to-die-for beer markets and huge portions of schnitzel. Experience the BMW belt, the museums, the modern art and then head into Italy for an entirely different experience altogether.

Museums- Reasonable
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Reasonable

Venice – 1 day.

Unless you are a romantic, Venice can be done in one full day.

Museums- Reasonable
Transportation– Walk.

Rome – 4 days.

The Vatican City will take up one full day on its own. You wouldn’t want to miss the Coliseum, the Pantheon so four days will allow for a comfortable tour in ths ancienty city while you hunt for the best pizza/pasta in town.

Museums- Reasonable
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Reasonable

Week 5

Florence – 3 days.

With David in place and at least 60 museums scattered around this ancient city, you will never get bored. Trust me.

Museums- Cheap if you get the Firenze Pass
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Walk

Cinque Terre – 2 days.

 To experience the Italian coast, this is the place to go.

Accommodation – Expensive
Transportation– Reasonable (Once you reach Cinque Terre, you will need to hike a distance to reach the hostel)

Milan – 1 day.

 One day is enough to visit all the main tourist attractions. Other than that, you will have nothing much to do but shop.

Museums- Reasonable
Accommodation – Expensive
Transportation– Expensive

Seville – 3 days.

Fly using Ryanair or Easyjet. Southern Spain is filled with pleasant surprises and will inspire awe as you experience the meeting point between Christianity and Islam.

Museums- Mostly religious sites
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Walk

Week 6

Cordoba – 1 day.

Smaller than Seville, you will be able to walk around the whole city in one day.

Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Walk

Granada­ – 2 days.

To fully explore the cramped streets of Granada, you will need at least 2 days. Take a cycling tour and find out more about the city with a local guide.

Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Walk/Cycle

Madrid – 3 days.

The museums here are to die for, notable El Prado and Reina Sofia. The parks, the tapas and gay district will make you want to stay at least a week in this culturally saturated city.

Museums – Cheap
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Reasonable

Week 7

Barcelona – 3 days.

Avant garde art all over the place. Get into Barcelona and sun tan to your heart’s content. Walk around the ancient city and queue to get into Pablo Picasso’s museum. There are less tapas around here – but do get a mouthful of Spanish food before you fly home.

Museums- Reasonable
Accommodation – Cheap
Transportation– Reasonable

The end of vacation.

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