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Europe Itinerary 2017

Here's my itinerary for my first backpacking trip ever in Europe! If you're looking for places to see, do and eat that's cheap or free this itinerary is for you!


LONDON

Transportation: Take the Underground or double-decker buses. Cheapest and easiest way to get around London.

Food: ALDI Grocery store I found has the cheapest and best groceries. Try some Nando's while you're there and take advantage of London's street food markets!


DAY 1

  • Sightseeing: London Eye, Big Ben, Victoria Park

  • Visit Sky Garden

  • House of Mina Lima

  • Classic Nando's dinner

DAY 2

  • Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, stop by Buckingham Palace on the way there. Eat your packed lunch here and enjoy the view.

  • Portobello Road Market

  • Shoreditch Street Art: nightlife is great

  • Village Underground music venue in Shoreditch

DAY 3

  • Cross Thames River to get to Globe Theatre: Watch the play of Romeo & Juliet, tickets are 5 Pounds each if you stand!

  • Tate Modern Art Museum: good for rainy days, entry is free for most exhibits

  • Borough Market (8 Southwark St): Good cheap food, open from 8 am-5 pm

DAY 4

  • Queen Elizabeth's Royal Hunting Ground Museum

  • Camden Street Food Market: I had the BEST Arepazo there!

  • The Sherlock Holmes Museum: check the store times before you go, I went when it was already closed

  • Head to King's Cross Station after 10 pm for a no crowd photo at Platform 9 3/4. If you're looking for a Harry Potter souvenir, the gift shop closes at 10 pm.

AMSTERDAM

Transportation: Rent bikes! So easy to get around, there are bike lanes everywhere and easy to park your bike. Everyone in Amsterdam is either walking or biking.

Food: MUST TRY: Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels Albert Cuyp Markt, made fresh when you place your order. Dutch fries with mayonnaise are also a tasty snack.


DAY 1

  • Free Amsterdam walking tour working at the National Monument from Dam Square

  • Stop by a local cafe for delicious Dutch pancakes

  • Henri Willig Dutch Cheese Shop: they have free samples and the staff is super nice, they explained to us their process of cheese making for free.

  • Anne Frank House

  • Red Light District

  • All bars in Amsterdam have cheap drinks! Take advantage of the local bars, but drink responsibly.

DAY 2

  • Amsterdam Museum with “I Amsterdam” sign

  • Begijnhof

  • Bloemenmarkt (Floating Flower Market)

  • Pick up some wine, bread and cheese. Head to the Canal by sunset for a lovely Canal picnic.

DAY 3

  • Canal Belt

  • Magere Brug a.k.a. Skinny Bridge

  • North Amsterdam: Eye Film Museum; depart from Centraal Station free boat ride every half hour to North Amsterdam

LAUSANNE

DAY 1

  • Train from Geneva to Lausanne

  • FOOD: The cheapest grocery store in Lausanne is ALDI

  • Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne

  • Shopping on Rue St François down to Rue de Bourg

DAY 2

  • Day trip to Lutry: jump off the platform and cool off in the clear water of Lake Geneva overlooking the mountains

DAY 3

  • Musée d'Archéologie et d'Histoire

  • Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (PLATFORM 10)

  • Louis Bourget Park: grab some wine and BBQ grub as you watch the sunset over the mountains by the beach. The perfect way to end the day.

GENEVA DAY 1

  • Train from Lausanne to Geneva

  • Jet d'Eau (Geneva Water Fountain)

  • Cross over Mont Blanc Bridge

  • Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève (The Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the city of Geneva)

  • Palais des Nations (United Nations Office at Geneva)

  • Spend the extra money and indulge in Switzerland's delicious cheese fondues. This is one thing on your trip you won't want to miss!

BARCELONA

DAY 1

  • Catedral de Barcelona

  • Picasso Museum → 14 euros

  • La Boqueria Food Market

DAY 2

  • "The World Begins With Every Kiss" Mural: snap your travel Instagram photo here!

  • Font de Canaletes: drinking fountain in La Rambla, said to believe that if you drink from it when you return to Barcelona in the future, you will find the love of your life.

  • Columbus Monument

  • Parc de Montjuïc: arrive around sunset, night time has a wonderful vibe

  • Plaza de toros de las Arenas: used to be a bullfighting arena but is now a mall!

  • Park Guëll→ 7 euros

DAY 3

  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia: Regular 15 euros, student 13 euros → buy before

  • Barceloneta Beach

MALLORCA

DAY 1

  • Catedral-Basílica de Santa María

  • Downtown Mallorca

  • Ca'n Pere Antoni beach

  • Boulevard Maritimo Club

DAY 2

  • Drach caves

  • Playa de Alcudia

  • The Convent of Santa Clara: definitely come here for the delicious nun cookies and the purchasing experience!

DAY 3

  • Soller Train Mountain Ride

  • Port de Soller

  • Playa de Porto Cristo

2 Comments


Awesome! We’re definitely doing this trip! My Bucket has become much larger lol! Love Europe and looking forward to visit the places I haven’t been! Will take note of the details ! 🛩 🛩🛩🛩 and awayyy we go!

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Rachel Godinho
Rachel Godinho
Nov 23, 2020

So glad you posted this! Bringing back a lot of memories :)

My previous boss gifted me a journal, specifically for travel. She recommended I write as many details as possible at the end of each day, as details are difficult to recall after 5, 10, 20 years. Looking forward to more entries on this blog!

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