My EuroTrip | Planning for an adventure

So I’ve made only a single post on Facebook about it, but this summer I’m planning my vacation to go back to Europe. Right now I’m mostly in the planning and financing phase as I want to have at least 3/4ths of my budget in place by end of April/start of May before I make the purchase for a Late June early July vacation. Here’s a bit of basic information about the idea:

Budget: $5,500-6,000

Countries: Germany, France, UK, and Netherlands

Major Points of Interest:

  • Europa Park
  • Neuschwannstein Castle
  • Bamberg, Germany – Capone’s Bar on Zollnerstr if it’s still there
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
  • Anne Frank’s House
  • Multiple movie reference locations

Travel Expenses: Flight to/from Europe, Flight to Amsterdam from London (appears to be the cheapest/fastest route when both factors are counted), Car Rental from Paris/Germany (due to my knowledge of Germany), Train from Paris to London, and Hotel stays in all locations.

Trip Duration: 8-10days

Fun-Account in the budget: $1,000-$1,500 of the $5,000-$6,000 for gifts, food, drinks, tickets to anything, etc

The actual break down is still being worked out but I’ve started to think in terms of the following:

  • Fly from US to Germany
    • Rent a Car in Germany to get to and from locations
    • I think Heidelberg would be the best bet location for Hotel, close to Frankfurt, close-er to Bamberg/Nuremberg, a few hours to Europa Park.
  • Use Rental Car to get around to multiple locations that I have in mind
  • Drive from Germany to Paris (6hrs)
    alternatively, take a train from Heidelberg to Paris (4hrs)
  • Use Car/Cab/Train to get in multiple sights within Paris. Train may be best option.
  • Train from Paris to London
    • Use Cabs/Buses to get around London.
    • Language won’t be a barrier, so finding the best route should be a breeze.
  • Take Flight from London to Amsterdam
    • Use Cab/Bus/Train to get to 2-3sites in mind.
  • Fly home from Amsterdam.


More ideas to come.

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