Planning for any type of trip can be difficult; planning an overseas trip to a country you’ve never visited can be downright intimidating. I’m traveling with two friends to London, Paris, and Amsterdam in a month, and the trick has been trying to keep the budget as small as possible. Additionally, we had to carefully calculate the most efficient way to maximize our time in each city. The two biggest time savers we found have been to purchase flights to each city instead of taking public transportation, and pre-purchasing all of our event tickets online.
Purchasing attraction tickets online forced us to sit down and truly determine what is feasible to do in the time we have allotted. This turned into a well plotted daily itinerary worked in Google Sheets; but more on our crazy and somewhat overly-researched planning later. I’ll leave the technical details for a later post.
Today is to celebrate our itinerary! Check out the list of sights and attractions we are seeing in each city, listed below. This being our first time in Europe, we are eager to do a mixture of educational/historic activities and downright touristy attractions.
- Visit Kings Cross Station, Platform 9 3/4 (I am an unashamed Harry Potter nerd)
- Harry Potter Studio Tour
- Tour Westminster Abbey
- View Buckingham palace; watch the changing of the guards
- Tour the Tower of London
- Go up in the London Eye
- Visit the British Library
- Visit the British Museum
- Tour of Stonehenge
- Tour of Bath
- Tour of Roman Baths
- Catch a train to Vernon
- Tour Giverny
- Visit The Louvre
- Visit Montmartre
- Spend a day at the Palace of Versailles
- Visit Notre Dame and climb up to the belltowers
- Go to the 3rd floor of the Effiel Tower
- Wander through the Catacombes
- Shop (because it would be so cool to be able to say “I bought this scarf in Paris”)
- Eat, and eat, and eat…. and then eat some more
- Tour the Anne Frank House (a bucket list item for me!)
- Visit the Van Gogh Museum
- View the National Holocaust Monument
- Drink at Heineken Brewery
- Wander the Red Light District
- Visit coffee shops
- See the city by canal
Some of these listed items are grouped together and have been turned into day trips from the city center – Giverny for example is actually outside of Paris in Vernon, and is an hour commute by train. Stonehenge is also an hour from London, and we opted to arrange a day trip that provided transportation to Stonehenge, and Bath, with access to the Roman Baths.
Have you ever been to any of these locations? Do you have any travel hints or trips? Tell me in the comments!