Planning a Euro Trip? Here's how I did my Budget Trip under 1,500 Euro *Links and Reccos included
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We've all seen European Christmas in movies and the stunning New Year fireworks at Champs Elysees and like any other traveler, this was on my list and little did I know I'd been checking this one off so soon.

 

 
Hubby and I were browsing through flights for Sri Lanka for our Christmas break. Quite surprisingly, return tickets for DEL-CMB which are usually around Rs. 20k were costing us about Rs. 28k - that definitely didn't seem worth it. As luck would have it, an ad pop-up said 'DEL-AMS Rs. 35k' so we we clicked on that harmless ad and that's how our European Sojourn happened!
 
So here's a recap of our 10 days in the Winter Wonderland,
 
*Reccos/links/tips given below*
 
Frankfurt am Main  
 
 
 
Berlin
 
 
 
 
 
Amsterdam
 
 
 
 
Zaanse Schans  
 
 
 
 
 
Brugge  
 
 
Paris
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1
 
Frankfurt  
 
Day 2
 
Berlin 
 
*Frankfurt to Berlin - Train (Rs. 1,600 pp - Flixtrain)*
 
We were super pumped to visit a Christmas market and more so, because this one was one of the oldest Christmas market in Berlin. Hogged on Currywurst and sipped Gluweihn/Hot Chocolate while walking through our First Christmas market. You can easily spend half a day here.
 
In Germany, people spend their Christmas Eve at home with their families and most of the attractions & restaurants shut by lunch. Fortunately, one Christmas market was open till 6pm after which we headed to see the Brandenburg Gate since its Outdoor and was open too.
 
Day 3
 
Berlin 
 
Since this was the one full day we had in Berlin, we decided to be all touristy and cover the main spots. We choose a Free Walking tour for this (linked here).
 
We covered all the main spots in this 3 hour tour and we then went back to the sights we liked to spend more time there. Alternatively, you could choose to use Google maps to do a walk around or cycle around tour yourself. Also, there's this really fun group beer-drinking while cycling tour which seemed so much fun, unfortunately, we couldn't try that.. you can choose from many free, tip-only, and paid tours, according to your taste and budget.
 
Day 4
 
Amsterdam  
 
*Berlin to Amsterdam - Flight (Rs. 6,000 pp - Easyjet)*
 
So we reached Amsterdam around lunch. Our first three days were quite packed with sight-seeing so we decided to take the remaining day off and just leisurely walk around the dam square in A'dam, and also, SHOP! Did I tell you? Primark is the Best. Place. EVER!! I picked up tshirts for Rs. 80 and shirts for about Rs. 240. Everything - cosmetics, apparel, footwear, was a steal here and good quality too. Its a pilgrimage spot for all girls who enjoy shopping (like there are girls who don't? Lol).
 
Day 5
 
Amsterdam  
 
Anywayyy.. so Day 5, up and out early and fresh, after a light day 4 - we headed to the Heineken Factory for a tour *two freshly brewed beers included*
 
After the tour, we headed to Dam Square again to explore the Red Light district and other areas along the canal. There are some companies that run dedicated tours for this area too.
 
You'll find sweet treats at every nook and corner in Amsterdam - macaroons and delish pastries, ice creams and the indigenous Stroopwaffle - there's so much for someone with a sweet tooth, and for savory too, so ensure you leave some time each day where you can indulge in the local food.
 
Day 6
 
Zaanse Schans  
 
Day 6 was reserved for a full day tour to the windmill village aka Zaanse Schans. Situated on the banks of Rive Zaan, this small village is absolutely scenic and mesmerising!! Wooden houses, dutch craft shops, a cheese factory and plenty of windmills -there's so much to see in/around this area.
 
I'd recommend a full day visit and maybe even a night's spend in one of the BnBs for those who enjoy serenity. There are some dutch bakeries where you can gorge on some waffles, pancakes, quiches and hot chocolate.
 
Day 7
 
Brugge  
 
We decided to break the journey from Amsterdam to Paris with a one night stop at Brugge. You could visit Brussels instead. We picked Brugge out of the two because we'd heard just so much about this tiny place where time just stands still, and boy were we glad!
 
There isn't much to do here though - one market square where there are places to eat and the numerous canals that run through the town that you could enjoy the view at. We walked around the town trying the famous BELGIAN waffles, chocolates and fries.
 
For anyone who enjoys pace, you could skip this place cause the place becomes dead after 9!
 
Day 8
 
Paris 
 
Next came the most exciting leg of our trip - PAH RHEE!
 
We were in Paris for only two days and two nights including New Year's Eve so we decided to make the most of the limited time and cover as much possible.
 
On the first day, we covered the main touristy spots in the nearby region and kept the other side of Paris for the second day -
 
Day 1: Eiffel Tower, Tuileries, Seine River, Louvre (didn't go inside cuz not art connoisseurs), Palais Royal, Arc de Triomphe and then Eiffel again at night time.
 
Day 9
 
Paris  
 
Day 2: Notre Dame, Rue Cremieux, Sacre-Coeur, Sainte-Chapelle and just streets around the area
 
New Year's Eve! We had planned to bring in 2019 at Champs Elysees, however due to the yellow jacket protests, we decided to stay away from that area. Nevertheless, we did get to see some fireworks in the Parisian sky on the last night of our trip :)
 
A nice breakfast, a stolen jacket and a few macarons later, we were at the Airport bidding this city adieu..
 
*THE DEETS*
 
Flights: Rs. 38,000 (DEL-Frankfurt) booked on Makeymytrip

 

Accommodation:
 
Please book accommodation about 2 months advance for the best rates
 
1. Frankfurt: Centro Hotel National - A two-min walk from the train station; Breakfast included; Rs. 2,000 pp per night approx
 
2. Berlin: Ivsberg Hotel Berlin Messe - Spotless rooms, decent sized with a cutesy balcony; Breakfast included; Rs. 2,7o0 pp per night approx
 
3. Amsterdam: We stayed at a friend's place but a hotel should cost around Rs. 3,000 pp per night
 
4. Brugge: Ibis Budget Brugge Centrum - Centrally located, Small rooms but clean; Value for money since we had only one night in Brugge; Rs.2,500 pp per night approx
 
5. Paris: Ibis Issy Ies Moulineaux - A bit far from the city centre but close to public transportation; Good breakfast, clean rooms; Rs.2,500 pp per night approx
 
Total: Rs. 24,000 for 9 nights per person
 
3. Internal flights/trains: Rs. 12,000 (1 flight, 2 trains and 1 bus journey)
 
Booked via Flixbus, Goeuro & EasyJet
 
4. Food: Rs. 2,000 to 3,500 per day per person for two meals (Main + Drink) + snacks/munchies (Breakfast included in hotel tariff) | The hubby enjoys a glass or two of beer with all his meals and I'm a sucker for desserts so yeah! *Try a mix of mid-prices restaurants and local vendors throughout the trip and Fixed Menu restaurants are a blessing*
 
Total: Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000
 
5. Visa and Travel Insurance: Rs. 6300 + 700 approx | VFS Global | Policy Bazaar *Please check the country with the highest visa issuance rate and apply your Schengen from that country*
 
6. Miscellaneous including Tours/Tickets/Public Transport: Rs. 1,000 per day approx. Public transport is well connected and extremely convenient to use across all these countries.

 
 


 
 


 
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