Sharing my recent trip’s itinerary with all.
While I will be sharing the details and cost (where i can remember), this itinerary was not created based on any logic that relates to shortest distance or lowest budget.
This was solely based on PLACES or EVENTS that we wanted to see or experience on that particular time.
My trip in summary:
16 Days, 6 Countries, 9 Places of Interest, 5 Scenic Train Ride and 1 NYE Countdown
Duration: 24/12/2018 to 08/01/2019
Countries Covered: England, Switzerland, France,Belgium, Netherlands, Norway
Places Covered: London, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Interlaken, Paris, Brussles, Amsterdam, Bergen, Oslo
Events Covered: Christmas @ London and 2019 Countdown @ Paris
Scenic Train Ride Covered: Zurich – Interlaken, Interlaken – Grindelwald, Grindelwald – Jungfraujoch, Bern – Paris Gare De Lyon, Oslo – Bergen.
Flight: Singapore – London Gatwick
Airline: Norwegian Air
Cost: SGD 289.90 per pax
Booking Platform: https://www.norwegian.com/
Arrival at London: 4.20 pm
Airport Transfer: Gatwick Airport – Edward Hotel Paddington
p/s: Gatwick express was undergoing major renovation. All other tube/underground and public transportation was affected by Christmas Eve.
Cost: SGD 140
Booking Platform: Mozio (mobile App)
Hotel: Edward Hotel @ Paddington (walking distance to Hyde Park)
Check In: 24/12/18
Check Out: 27/12/18
Cost: SGD 386
Review: Excellent location, good service but the rooms are small.
All public transportation was closed for Christmas.
Covered all the places below via walking
-Big Ben (undergoing refurbishment)
– Paddington Station (walking distance from hotel)
– King Cross Station (Harry Potter fans will love this)
– London Bridge
-Winter wonderland @ Hyde Park
Each train ride eg: Paddington – King Cross, King Cross – Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge – Paddington cost 4.90 pound each.
Harrods and Winter Wonderland can be covered via walking.
Airport Transfer: Edward Hotel Paddington – London City Airport
Cost: SGD 65
Booking Platform: Mozio
Flight: London City Airport – Zurich
Airline: Swiss International Air
Cost: SGD 120 per pax
Booking platform: https://www.swiss.com/sg/EN/book/flight
Train: Zurich Flughafen – Grindelwald
Change: 2 times – Bern and Interlaken
Duration: 2 hrs 52 min
Train availability: Hourly for Zurich – Bern and 30 mins each for Bern – Interlaken and Interlaken – Grindelwald
Booking Platform: GoEuro (mobile app)
Cost: CHF 52 per pax
Train Operator: SBB
p/s: although timing is required for booking, the tickets are based on date. No seat reservation is required. You can catch an earlier train or later, no prob.
Hotel: Du Sauvage Grindelwald
Check In: 27/12/18
Check Out: 30/12/18
Cost: SGD 603
Tax to be paid at the property: CHF 10 +
Transfer from train station: Provided
Review: Excellent! The view is mind blowing! Walking distance to Grindelwald Train station
Jungfraujoch – Top Of Europe
Train Ride: Grindelwald – Jungfraujoch – Grindelwald
Cost: CHF 190 per pax
Booking Platform: Over the Counter @ Grindelwald Station
The trains are available for every half an hours once with a change Kleine Scheidegg
Train Ride: Grindelwald – Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald
Cost: CHF 44 per pax
Booking Platform: Over the Counter @ Grindelwald
Walk from the train station to Lake Brienz and to Interlaken West. Amazing sights awaits.
Train Ride: Grindelwald – Paris Gare De Lyon
Change: 2 @Interlaken Ost and Bern
Duration: 6 hrs 01 minutes
Train Operator – SBB for Grindelwald – Interlaken Ost – Bern
– SNCF/ TGV Lyria for Bern – Gare De Lyon
Cost: Grindelwald Ost – Bern @ SGD 36 per pax
Bern – Gare De Lyon @ SGD 238 per pax
Resevation is a must for Lyria train. I upgraded to 1st class, hence the cost is slightly more expensive.
Train Ride: Gare de Lyon – Bir Hakeim
Take line RER A to Charles de Goaulle – Etoille, then change to line 6 towards Nation.
Duration : 25 minutes
Cost: Euro 1.90
Walking distance to Eiffel Tour and my hotel.
Hotel: France Eiffel View
Check In: 30/12/18
Check Out: 01/01/19
Cost: SGD 375
Review: Good location, you can view Eiffel from here.
All the main landmarks can be covered easily from here.
I only did Eiffel as I was pretty disappointed with Paris.
At night we went for the 2019 count down at Champ de Elysees.
The countdown event redeemed Paris.
I will share my thought on Paris in a separate post.
Train Ride : Gare De Nord to Bruxells Midi Station
Change: 1 @ Lille Flandres to Lille Europe, its a change of station and not only platform. Takes about 10 mins walking.
Duration: 2 hours
Train Operator: SNCF
Cost: SGD 100
Hotel: easyHotel @ Brussels City Center
Check In: 01/01/19
Check Out: 03/01/19
Cost: SGD 206.26
Review: Excellent Location, Walking distance to Grand Place
After checking in, just walk to Grand Place. At night this place is so lively. The atmosphere is great.
Train Ride: Bruxells Midi – Amsterdam Centraal
Duration: 3 hours
Train Operator: InterCity
Train Ride: Amsterdam Centraal – Bruxells Midi
Duration: I hour 50 minutes
Train Operator: EuroStar (better then SNCF and IC)
Booking Platform: GoEuro
Return Trip Cost: SGD80
Just walk your heart out at Amsterdam Centraal. That city is lovely. No road is wasted.
Airport Transfer – easyHotel – Brussels Airport
Cost: SGD 60
Booking Platform Mozio
Flight: Brussels City Airport – Oslo Gardermoen
Airline: Brussels Airline
Booking Platform: http://www.brusselsairlines.com
Airport Transfer: Express Train – Olso Airport to Oslo Sentral Station
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: NOK 190 per pax
Hotel: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Check In: 03/01/19
Check Out: 07/01/19
Review: Good service, comfortable and excellent location. Just a 5 minutes walk to Oslo Central Station.
Train Ride – Oslo – Bergen
Duration – 6 hours
Cost: NOK 759
Booking Platform: NSB (mobile app)
Take the 8.25 am train. This way you get a chance to see the lovely sunrise and not miss any of the view cause of the sunset time.
Also – left seats are highly recommended.
Hotel: First Marin
Check In: 04/01/19
Check Out: 05/01/19
Review: Comfortable, good location, walking distnance to everything that the city has to offer.
– Walk up to Mt Floyen.
Flam ride is also available at NOK 190 for return.
– Bryggen / Unesco World Heritage City
Train Ride: Bergen – Oslo
Cost: NOK 349
The train ride cost is much cheaper for the evening train.
– Oslo City Centre
– Oslo Opera House
– Just have fun with all that SNOW!
Flight : Oslo – Singapore, Transit at London Gatwick
Airline: Norwegian Air
Cost: SGD 391
Home Sweet Home!