17 Days , 14 Cities Across Europe

Tripoto
11th Jun 2019
Photo of 17 Days , 14 Cities Across Europe by Aagosh Chauhan

Day 1

With excitement in our hearts and no friggin idea of what lay ahead , we left Mumbai for Rome via AbuDhabi and Paris.

The layover at AbuDhabi was a normal 3 hour break where we indulged in some duty free shopping.

It was here that all the excitement and a bit of a hassle kicked in. We soo wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower,but with a 6 hour layover, I was kinda advised against it and yet the wanderlust kicked in. Being on a budget constraint travel , we did not wish to take the cab to the tower , which costs you around 50 - 60euros one way . The other option is to take the local train system I.e the RER B to Eiffel Tower with a change in trains at Notredame, at a price of 20 euro per person two way and generally takes an hour . CDG is a confusing airport and we had lost around half an hour in locating the train station but with 4and a half hour still with us , we could explore the Eiffel Tower , walk a bit besides the sienna and have the famous French crepe’s and hot dogs. We made it back to CDG airport with an hour still left for our departure to rome . I would still suggest that to have it all done in 6 hours is a bit dicey as a little error in judgment can cost you dearly but then again we did it...

exotic cars and exotic place

Photo of Paris by Aagosh Chauhan

monument of peace

Photo of Paris by Aagosh Chauhan

dark clouds amplifying the beauty of the tower

Photo of Paris by Aagosh Chauhan

sienna

Photo of Paris by Aagosh Chauhan

Nutella crepe and hot dog

Photo of Paris by Aagosh Chauhan

The Walk

Photo of Paris by Aagosh Chauhan

The mandatory couple pic

Photo of Paris by Aagosh Chauhan

We reached Rome at around 1130 pm at night, and the good part is there are shuttle services from the airport to the city all around the clock so here again I did not have to take a cab , as cabs are expensive in Europe . The shuttle takes around 11 euros per person . Checked in at our hostel Freedom traveller , at around 1 in the night.

Day 2

Getting up at around 9 , we headed for the colloseum after some breakfast in our hostel. The colloseum with the palatine hill and the Foro Romano is a must. There are two ways of doing this , either you can take the general 25 euro ticket including the audio guide or you can take the 40 euro guided tour in person. The line to get in generally takes an hour or so , though with the guide you can get in quicker, but with time in our hands we went along with the normal one . The average time to complete all the three places is like 3 to 4 hours, if you are a fast walker ,and depending on how engrossed you are. After the ruins we made our way to the Vatican City.

The place of the pope is indeed special. We got a direct bus from the colloseum to the Vatican city, which is across the Tiber. Vatican City does not take more then an hour if you just want to visit St Peters basilica. Important Note: if you are a female , you need to wear a dress more then knee length and shouldn’t be a sleeveless as a lot of women were denied entry cause of this. Though they do sell stoles out there for 5 Euros each to cover yourself up.

After the Vatican we headed back to Rome to see the Trevi Fountain, the one where you throw coins in and make a wish. The fountain itself is beautiful but too crowded and to reach it , you need to take a bit of a walk . The walk from the closest bus stand is like 700 meters. The evening was a walk around the central Rome area which is bustling with some art and music showcases by the road . We ended the night with a quaint dinner at a beautiful pizzeria by the road.

Roman Neighbourhood

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Colosseo selfie

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

colloseum

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Having a good time

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

foro romano ruins

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

palatine hill

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

St. Peter’s Basilica

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Inside the basilica

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Enchantment

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Pope spotted!!

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Dead tired at Trevi

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Pasta and chicken

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Walking around Central Rome

Photo of Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 3

The next morning we embarked on our journey towards Naples , the birthplace of pizza. We took a standard train from Rome that took about 4 hours and cost us about 25 euro for the two of us. We checked in at about 2 pm at our hotel BB la rue maison. Naples is more about the pizza and the pastas and it’ll be a sin if you don’t savour a pizza at Gino e toto sorbillo pizzeria at Tribunali cause that’s the original one. Your whole definition of a pizza is changed at that place and it’s not that expensive either around 10 euros. The only downside is the avg 1 and a half hour wait to get in the restaurant ,though till then ,you can also try pastas at many other famous pasta corners nearby.

infinite variety of pastas

Photo of Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

castle nuovo...the only historic place I saw in Naples

Photo of Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

MT Vesuvius from Naples , one of the active volcano on earth

Photo of Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

and the best : Pizza at Sorbillo

Photo of Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 4

We left Naples early morning to explore the city of Pompei which was on our way to Sorrento. Pompeii is an archeological roman ruins of a city devastated by the volcanic eruption of Mt Vesuvius . The entry is around 25 euros for two people. Though a great place which takes you back in time ,but would only advise for those who prefer a little dig in the history. Also yes : there still are human remains preserved over there ☠️

some old roman houses

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

roman lunch area

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Roman Gardens

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

lanes of the old city

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Designer flooring back then

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Exotic interiors

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Preserved body of a victim of that day

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

He got mummified in his sleep

Photo of Pompei, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

After our excursion of Pompei , we were on our way to Sorrento, one of the most notable places on the amalfi coast. There is a direct train from Pompei to Sorrento for around 7 euros for two people. We reached Sorrento by 4 in the evening and checked in at the seven hostel. After an hour later we took a walk to the famous “Regina Giovanna Bath” , which is a must if you are a water fanatic like me or if you love taking long scenic walks. It was a long but a beautiful walk and did not disappoint us at the end. Also will highly advise you to have dinner at la terraza...you’ll thank me.

along the way

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

no idea what she is trying to do ????

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

lil cave for the sea

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Me being a mermaid ????

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

This view

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

A good Swim

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

she insisted ...i obliged

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

dinner view

Photo of Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 5

The bus from sorento to Amalfi takes about 2 hours through some fo the best coastal routes ever . They charge you around 20 euros round trip for two people. You will be going through positano , which is the hub of club parties on the amalfian coast, and a very picturesque little town. After reaching Amalfi , we walked around the city for a while , exploring its lanes and admiring its beauty . You can hike up the stairs to see the old church and the naval museum or roam around near the bus stop , which is very scenic. After my fours hours in Amalfi I left back for Sorrento.

along the highway

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

the vast sea????

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

traffic on the seas...

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Positano on the other side!!

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

positano!!!

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Amalfi Town

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

proof of our existence at this beautiful place????

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

The new Facebook cover pic

Photo of Amalfi, SA, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 6

We took a bus directly from sorrento , which leaves from near the train station . You can book the busses for travelling through Europe through flix bus app. Anyways the bus was a comfortable one, and got us to Venice in like 11 hours . We reached Venice by 11 am . Too be honest it’s one city i could leave off my iternary . Too crowded and touristy , people are kinda on the ruder side though i think that’s cause of the high number of tourists . The grand canal , the basilica and dogge’s palace are places you can visit on foot . While place like murrano , Burrano and torcillo need to be done on boat . The gandola rides aren’t really that suitable on a hot Sunday afternoon but still can be doable , cost around 80 euros per boat . I would highly advise you to book these activities through the Klook App , good discounts there and easy to process. I had left Venice by the evening for Greece . Also to get to Venice city from Marco polo airport , I will advise you to take the water taxi ( not expensive plus give you the Venice feels) , takes about an hour from the airport .

canals within the city

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

one of the main pier for boats to other places

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Gondola point

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Gondola Traffic

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

View of the grand canal with basilica in the backdrop

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

so loved her for not carrying a stroller bag on this trip

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Parked Gandola’s

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

The Best of Venice

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

The other side of town

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan

Expensive things on the water

Photo of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 7

A small town near the Athens airport , a good place to stay if you have a early morning flight from Athens , as the airport is approx 40 kms from the city of Athena or Athens. Would advise you to stay at the waves apartment by Nikolai, one of the best places I stayed for my entire duration. From their you can easily walk to the sea side and explore the many restaurants (suggestions : Kasba Bar , tiki tiki and mokkas)

some good fish and salad , with alpha beer

Photo of Porto Rafti, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

Dinner by the sea!

Photo of Porto Rafti, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

waves apartment!

Photo of Porto Rafti, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 8

Took an early morning flight from Athens to Santorini ...the magical city of Greece . Stayed at the Perissa beach( black sand beach) .The travel within the city can be done through a local city bus . A must in santorini is a visit to oia village (the white and blue dome place) or directly booking a room there which btw is on the expensive side. Santorini is magical and you can definitely take a hike of the nearby volacano if you have a day to spare. Also don’t miss the sunset at oia, considered the best in the world.

oia

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

blue sea and domes

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

church bell

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

taking care of her travel wishes

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

stairway to heaven!!!

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

sunset

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

no better place to get clicked

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

lunch with a view

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

Perissa beach with the moon highlight

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

that’s volcanic sand ,hence the colour

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

looks like snow capped mountains

Photo of Santorini, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 9

Took a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos via paros. 3 and a half hour journey and would definitely advice you to book the ferry (90 euros for two) through ferry hopper. Mykonos described in a single line : beautifully wild , energetic party island of Greece and by wild I mean wild . Its an island where people let go off their inhibitions and party like there is no tomorrow (that’s why I loved it). Would definetly recommend the paraga beach hostel for your stay , close by the prasadise beach, which itself doesn’t need any introduction. Mykonos I guess is the costliest of all the paces I visited in Greece. Would recommend Club Tropicana and Club Paradise for your late night ventures. I stayed at Mykonos for two days as one night of partying away wasn’t enough. For in city travels use the local buses . Also paraga hostel provides airport and port transfers for free.

swimming in the blue waters

Photo of Mýkonos, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

night view from the room

Photo of Mýkonos, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

great food , good company ...what else

Photo of Mýkonos, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

pool goals

Photo of Mýkonos, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

hostel view on point

Photo of Mýkonos, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

paradise beach

Photo of Mýkonos, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 11

Left for Corfu by an early morning flight . Corfu lies completely on the other side of Greece , near the Albanian border. Places of interest is the old fort and canal d’amour beach ( Near Sidari) . Though I did not explore Corfu much as it was a hot humid day and I was dead tired but walked a bit around the old town to experienc the city . The busses in Corfu are a bit confusing and I didn’t find the people that great either, but the main highlight was this Indian restaurant I went to , The Tandoori Bites . The food was really good and quite the boost we needed to continue our travel. It is just opposite the international port .

somewhere from the sky

Photo of Corfu, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

what a beauty

Photo of Corfu, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan

Indian food at last

Photo of Corfu, Greece by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 12

Here started my most awaited part of the trip , The trip to AnjunaDeep Explorations (deep house music festival ) in Dhermi , Albania . Took a ferry from Corfu to dhermi , through the festival organisers but you can also take separate ferries from Corfu to sarande. Will not give out a lot of details about the festival as it is yours to discover , but the place it was held was not less then paradise . Dhermi is a quiet little coastal village on the Ionian sea , with the bluest water I have ever seen (better then Greece) . Took a boat to the secluded Gjipe and the grama bay beach as well , partied between huge clifs , on a white sandy beach. Though majority of the places take euro but would recommend you to convert them into lek ( you’ll love the exchange rate ) . Stayed and partied here for 5 days straight , my longest stay at one place . Left for Tirana after that to catch my flight to mumbai via Dubai.

Note : Albania is a beautiful country but would still warn you about being alert and vigilant , when travelling alone , as the country is still run by the notorious Albanian mafia.

Dhermi from Hotel Elysium

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

gjipe ( one of the party venue)

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

grama bay (by boat)

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

sea food specialities at Luciano

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

early morning vibes

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

Drone shot of the festival area

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

Happiness after raving all night

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

New friends for life

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

under the moon

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

till the morning

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

gjipe stage

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan

My Queen ...well atleast she was happy

Photo of Dhërmi, Albania by Aagosh Chauhan
Day 17

A ten hour layover at dubai meant we could go around the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall . The whole excursion takes around 6 to 7 hours I.e if you have included the dubai mall aquarium in your visit. The ticket of the aquarium is around 175 dirhams , though cheaper if you book online . Also its better if you take the metro card , available at the airport itself . The same card is applicable for the busses as well .

Note : As an Indian traveller you are issued a visa on arrival only if the stay is less then 48 hours and that you are traveling by Emirates Airways .

Otherwise you need to have a dubai visa .

On my way to dubai...I found this table atop the clouds

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Burj Khalifa

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Dubai mall ...on the right ..burj khalifa

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

don’t know what that is

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Look at his smile

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Sharks

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Ray fish

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Macaws

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Dubai Aquarium

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Clown Fish

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Spider Crabs

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Salt water Crocodile

Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Aagosh Chauhan

Came back home after 17 days...the total budget per person was around 2.2 Lakh (1.95 if you remove the festival tickets) ...this is excluding everything possible ...conveyance , food , stay , alcohol and what not . Also I got around 4 Ltr of alcohol back home .

I hope this descriptive iternary helps you out in planning your travels.

Also for your reference : Meal for one person in Europe is 10 euros ...one time

And drinks are in the range of 5- 8 euros per drink

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Also get in touch regarding any queries on the above described trip.

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