Thursday, July 21, 2016

Europe Part III: Itinerary and Budget Breakdown

I should probably start blogging about this now. Grad school starts in two weeks. My blogging mojo has an erratic life. I have backlogs from my China 2014 trip. It is difficult to blog about the past and plan for the next trip at the same time. It is difficult to keep up with myself (Char!). So here we go.

Europe again. Can you blame me?

Crafting this itinerary took considerably less time that the previous two EU trips I did.
I didn’t feel that I “have to” hit a specific place just because I am in Europe. This time, I focused on Central Europe and did not travel via plane intra-Europe. I stuck with trains.

This is also the first time that I am travelling Europe during summer.

The table below is the itinerary I presented in my visa application. I just added additional columns for the contact details of the hostels. 


DAY
CITY/COUNTRY
ACTIVITY
ACCOMMODATION
Day 1
Philippines
23:55 Depart Manila, NAIA Terminal 3 via Emirates
N/A
Day 2
Budapest, Hungary
12:45H Arrive Budapest
Old Town, Parliament, Chain Bridge,  Szabadság Square
The Grove,  Szt. Istvan
Day 3
Budapest, Hungary
Heroes' Square
Vajdahunyad Castle
Varosliget
*it rained at night*
The Grove,  Szt. Istvan
Day 4
Budapest, Hungary
St. Stephen's Basilica
Cross Chain Bridge to Buda Side
Matthias Church (Matyas Templom)
Fisherman's Bastion
Buda Castle
Night walk: Chain Bridge, view Parliament in  Batthyány Square
The Grove,  Szt. Istvan
Day 5
Budapest, Hungary/ Vienna, Austria
Check out Budapest Hostel
Lunch: Train from Budapest to Vienna 2h45m
Vienna Opera House
Kärntnerstrasse
Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt
Day 6
Vienna, Austria
Morning walking tour
Hofburg Palace Complex
Kaiserappartments (Imperial Apartments)
Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury)
Augustinerkirche
Albertina
Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt
Day 7
Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace
Night walk around the city
Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt
Day 8
Vienna, Austria/
Salzburg, Austria
Mozarthaus
Shopping for sourvenirs
Late afternoon: Vienna to Salzburg - 3 hours
Night: Rest in Salzburg hostel, laundry time (it was raining)
Yoho International Youth Hostel, Salzburg
Day 9
Salzburg, Austria
The Sound of Music Tour
Mirabell Castle and Garden
Kollegienkirche
Yoho International Youth Hostel, Salzburg
Day 10
Salzburg, Austria
Alter Markt square
Getreidegasse, Mozart's Home
Franziskanerkirche – Franciscan Church
Kollegienkirche – Collegiate Church
Hohensalzburg Fortress
Late afternoon: Train to Munich – 2 hours
Wombats City Hostel Munich
Day 11
Munich, Germany
Munich walking tour
Marienplatz
Surfer’s Wave
St. Peter’s Church – view point
Wombats City Hostel Munich
Day 12
Munich, Germany
Dachau Tour
English Garden
Chinese Beergarden

Wombats City Hostel Munich
Day 13
Munich, Germany
Deutches Museum
Viktualienmarkt
Shopping in Munich
Chill day
(original plan was to go to Neuschwanstein Castle but weather was bad and I didn’t feel that the 2.5-hour per way commute jive with the weather)
Wombats City Hostel Munich
Day 14
Munich, Germany/
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
7 hours train to Lauterbrunnen
Rest and chill in Lauterbrunnen (it was raining when I arrived)
Valley Hostel, Lauterbrunnen
Day 15
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Ride train to Jungfraujoch:
Kleinshedigg to Jungfraujoch then back via Grindelwald
Valley Hostel, Lauterbrunnen
Day 16
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
*rainy and cloudy day*
Failed paragliding attempt
Hiked to Murren
Trümmelbach Falls
Valley Hostel, Lauterbrunnen
Day 17
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland/
Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Lake
Old Town Lucerne
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)
Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument
The Nine Towers
Hofkirche
Kornmarkt
Backpackers Luzern, Alpenquai
Day 18
Lucerne, Switzerland/
Heidelberg, Germany
Travel from Lucerne to Heidelbeg
Heidelberg Castle
Lotte - The Backpackers, Burgweg 3
Day 19
Heidelberg, Germany/ Frankfurt, Germany
Jose Rizal Park
Hauptstrasse and the Altstadt (Old Town)
Marktplatz
Kornmarkt
Karlsplatz
Chill time
Shopping in Heidelberg
Late afternoon: train to Frankfurt – 1 hour
Evening walk around Frankfurt
Frankfurt Hostel,  Kaiserstr
Day 20
Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt walking tour
Dinner with friend
Frankfurt Hostel,  Kaiserstr
Day 21
Frankfurt, Germany
Day trip to Mainz
Helaba Tower
Public Viewing of Germany vs. France UEFA EURO Semi-final in Frankfurt Stadium. (Germany lost)
Frankfurt Hostel,  Kaiserstr
Day 22
Frankfurt, Germany
Shopping day in Frankfurt
Late night flight back to Manila

Day 23
Frankfurt, Germany
Arrival in Manila




























































































If I missed any “you-should-absolutely-see-this” place, I can just go back anyway. :P 


 EU III Budget Breakdown:

Saving up for a Europetrip takes time. It helped that the EUR was at the Php 54 level during the time of the trip but the strong dollar (Php 47) is annoying in terms of buying plane tickets.

This entire trip cost me around USD 3,714/ EUR 3,232. Please refer to the pie chart below for the breakdown (so business-y sounding phrase).



Forex rates:
USD to PHP: Php 47.00
EUR to PHP: Php 54.00

The story of each slice:

I don’t have pre-shopping trip costs.

Visa Related Fees – Visa fee, Photo, Travel Insurance, Bank certificate fee,

Shopping – for myself and for pasalubong

Airfare - I flew via Emirates. This is my 2nd flight using Emirates (the first one was a part of the Holy Land tour package). My entry point was Budapest and I had limited flight options that had only one stopover. I flew in to Budapest, and flew out of Frankfurt. I included Frankfurt in my itinerary because I wanted to visit a friend who is already working there. It is always good to meet up with people you know when you are travelling solo. Airfare costs $1,219.50/ Php59,031.78. Ugh, I blame the strong dollar. The airfare includes the terminal fee but excludes the travel tax. I bought the airfare four months before the trip, even before the visa application (not required for visa application. Book and pay at your own risk!).

Accommodation - Booking fees, downpayment and payment of balance for hostels. This is the first time I stayed in mixed dorms. I booked the rooms as early as February for my June trip and the beds in the female dorms are sold out. I did not want to resort to hostels far from the main center just so I can stay in an all female dorm, so mixed dorm it is.

Tours – tickets, reservation fees, audioguides, tips. I may not tip regularly in the Philippines, but I did following the tipping customs in Europe.

Food – meals, various snack items, water. One scoop gelato a day for me! Hey, it’s summer!

Others – travel tax, toilet fees, laundry, towel rental, church offering

Transportation – intra-Europe trains, city trams/buses, city transportation passes. I bought the intra-Europe train as soon as I received my Schengen Visa.

Here are the tickets I booked. I used the website of the operator (I didn’t use any intermediate booking website). Make sure your credit card has enough available limit.

Operator
Route
Amount
PHP
OBB
Salzburg to Munich
EUR 30,70
1,649.26
OBB
Vienna to Salzburg
EUR 19,00
   1,20.86
DB Bahn
Munich to Lauterbrunnen (bus+trains)
EUR 39,00
2,095.47
OBB
Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne
CHF 39.60
1,926
DB Bahn
Lucerne to Heidelberg
EUR 39,00
2,095.47
DB Bahn
Heidelberg to Frankfurt
EUR 19,00
1,025.91

I didn’t buy my ticket from Budapest to Vienna online because I wasn’t so sure about my departure time in Budapest. I do suggest that you buy it ahead of time because it took me 1hour and 15 minutes to get a ticket. I was at the train station at 11AM to buy a ticket for a train that departed at 11:30AM. I got to the window counter at 12:15PM. Keleti station has a number queue system for international departure.  

Since I am enjoying this school break, I decided to compare some of my expenses from all my Europe trips. I am a nerd, with a penchant of recording my travel expenses in a spreadsheet, with a blog, with lots of time. So here’s a table:

Expense
EU III (2016)
Airfare
43,913.67
59,055.93
59,031.78
Transportation
18,945.28
32,721.44
22,921.23
Accommodation
37,671.68
19,009.39
31,817.71
Tours
42,943.04
10,643.49
12,473.42
Food
36,480.00
40,667.46
30,782.60

 Hope that helps. Now let's see if I can finish blogging about the rest.

1 comment:

  1. Looks beautiful! I really hope to go back to Italy soon, love the outfit Fleur.

    road trip italy

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