If you’ve been putting off your Europe trip for the fear of breaking the bank, we have some fabulous news for you – you can see the best of Europe in 2 lacs or less! Here’s how to go about planning your week-long itinerary.
Where to Go?
One of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris deserves to be experienced at least once in everyone’s lifetime. The towering Eiffel Tower is just one of the city’s many staggering sites, the others being Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre. However, the most magnetic draw in Paris is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci housed within The Louvre, which boasts of a tremendous collection of artworks. Paris is all about living the good life, so stroll along Canal Saint-Martin or browse the markets in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
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Nestled within the stunning Alpine scenery in Obwalden is the Swiss hamlet of Engelberg. A popular mountain resort destination throughout the year, this is where people flock to enjoy both the sun and snow. Ride the world’s first rotating cable car connecting Engelberg to Klein Titlis, which rests at a height of 3,030 metres – the views on the way will leave you awestruck.
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You can only expect the best from the city that ranks amongst the top when it comes to the standard of living. Perched alongside the picturesque Lake Zurich and Limmat River, and against the breath taking Alpine landscape, the undeniable charm of Zurich can be found in its quaint cathedrals, gourmet restaurants, prestigious museums and chic boutiques. Quintessentially Swiss in every way, Zurich has a lot more going for it than just being a global financial centre.
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What to Do?
Paris City Tour: The best way to check out all the Parisian highlights is by taking a city tour that takes you through stunning architectural marvels from the Eiffel Tower and Alexander Bridge, to Notre Dame Cathedral and Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. Of course, The Louvre is an essential part of any visit to the city, as is the iconic shopping district of Le Marais. Cost: Approximately INR 6,800 inclusive of museum and attraction tickets, and subway transportation
Disneyland Paris: Europe’s most visited theme park, Disneyland Paris is the ultimate playground for those young at heart! Spend the day on thrilling rides like Big Thunder Mountain and top attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean. There are a host of entertainment and dining options to keep you hooked through the day. Don’t miss the truly magical Main Street Electrical Parade at night. Cost: Approximately INR 3,200 inclusive of entrance ticket
Palace of Versailles: The Palace of Versailles is beyond verbal praise. The former official residence Louis XIV, this sprawling structure boasts of ornately grand apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, five French baroque chapels and the 19th-century Museum of the History of France. The Gardens of Versailles are just as enthralling with decorative sculptures, elaborate fountains and the Grand Canal. Cost: Approximately INR 1,495 inclusive of entrance ticket and subway transportation
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Le Lido: From classy clubs to stylish shows, Paris is known for its glitzy nightlife. Le Lido is an iconic burlesque cabaret that dates back to the 1940s. Known for theatrical performances complete with lots of singing and dancing, the venue has hosted several international artists. Cost: Approximately INR 6,000 inclusive of entrance ticket and subway transportation
Titlis: From Engelberg, embark on an exciting journey in a rotating cable car to reach Mount Titlis. The summit, Klein Titlis is at a height of 3,030 metres and offers extraordinary views of the Uri Alps. The Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe’s highest suspension footbridge, will get your adrenaline pumping in no time. Titlis is ideal for hikers during summers, while in winters, snow bunnies hit the thrilling ski slopes that stretch over 80 kilometres. Other attractions at Titlis include a Glacier Cave and an Indian restaurant. Cost: Approximately INR 5,900 inclusive of cable car transportation
Jungfraujoch: Make your way to Jungfraujoch, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A glacial Swiss saddle at a height of 3,466 metres, you will have to ride a cog train right up to the Sphinx Observatory at the top. Witness the Swiss Alps in all their glory from viewing platforms on the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. Cost: Approximately INR 5,500 inclusive of train transportation
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Where to Stay?
Paris: Golden Tulip Paris Aéroport CDG Villepinte
A 4-star hotel, Golden Tulip Paris Aéroport CDG Villepinte has 152 tastefully furnished guestrooms with free Wi-Fi and room service. Located 14 kilometres from the city centre, a free shuttle service to and from a nearby subway station is available for the convenience of guests.
Cost: Approximately INR 4,990 per night
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Zurich: Hotel Novotel Zurich Airport Messe
A 4-star property, Hotel Novotel Zurich Airport Messe is a modern hotel with Superior and Executive guestrooms, all of which are equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and minibars. Other amenities include a fitness centre and sauna, along with a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Cost: Approximately INR 8,665 per night
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Engelberg: Hotel Central Engelberg
Hotel Central Engelberg is a 3-star hotel located in the centre of Engelberg. Both classic and contemporary in its decor, all the guestrooms here offer spectacular mountain views. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs.
Cost: Approximately INR 8,757 per night
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What to Eat?
Europe can be pricey when it comes to food, and even basic meals can add up. A great way to save some precious Euros is by buying your own groceries, even if you don’t want to cook. Stocking up on fruit, snacks and breads at a grocery store is definitely cheaper than paying a premium for these at a restaurant.
While Paris is famous for its café culture, Switzerland is a gourmet delight. List out some budget restaurants and bakeries to save money while eating out.
Cost: Approximately INR 4,000 per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner
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How to Get Around?
Destinations across Europe are very well connected by train, metro and bus networks. Moreover, many train tickets and city passes can be used on multiple routes and modes of transport so you save even more.
Cost: Approximately INR 11,451 for Paris-Engelberg-Zurich by train
Approximate cost for 6 nights/7 days: INR 44,824 (hotel) + INR 28,895 (sightseeing with tickets and transportation) + INR 28,000 (food) + INR 11,451 (train) + INR 21,000 (miscellaneous) = INR 134,170
And that leaves room for your flight tickets too! Now that you have your entire itinerary and vacation budget sorted, it’s time to take that European vacation you’ve always been dreaming of.
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