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Euro Trip Recommendations

My twelve-day trip to Germany will be finalized this week, since this will be happening during the busy December. Before I go back home, I am thinking of doing some cross-country backpacking of some sorts in select destinations around Europe. Problem is, I’m clueless. Any recommendation?

I have two destinations in mind — Paris, France and Rome, Italy. The objective — climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and visit The Vatican in Rome in just 7 days. That should give me time to get back to the Philippines by the 20th of December (leaving for Cologne, Germany on Dec. 1).

Europe Map


The budget – €1,000 euros. That should cover travel (train or airplane), hotel and food. If time permitted, maybe an overnight trip to London (I have cousins there) first before going to Paris?

I’ve been doing some Google Maps searching, reading travel sites, and looking into train and place schedules.

Any tips, suggestions or recommendations (especially with transportation and sleeping accommodations) will be highly appreciated. Thanks!

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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18 Responses

  1. Miguel says:

    Wow! Blogging trip?

    Paging AnP for “Europe on a String” advice!

    You do need a separate visa for the UK though. It’s not party to the Schengen treaty.

  2. Gloria says:

    samantalahin mo ang Schengen visa. wag kalimutan ang venice, rome. Austria? Spain?

  3. Paul says:

    Where are you staying in Germany?

  4. ruth says:

    you’d need at least 3 days siguro to truly enjoy rome. the basilica will already take half a day, the sistine chapel a full day. plus paris, doable yan in 7 days.

    instead of train, look at ryan air (budget airline) as well. it migh come out cheaper, and would save you time. altho you might be able to save some if you go on the overnighter trains. pero pagod non, tol!

    you should try and swing by berlin as well. there’s a direct fast speed train from köln (check bahn.de).

    you’ll need a different visa if you want to go to UK, though.

  5. macboy says:

    this is right up my alley since I will be going to Germany like in 2 months! thanks for the tips!


  6. AnP says:

    Migz: eto na po.

    Abe: email me your itinerary with the dates and intended destination. I can plan it for you, with the corresponding approx costs.

  7. AnP says:

    7 days – kayang kaya yan!

  8. Em Dy says:

    Check out Viator too for tours.

  9. The Ca t says:

    You can visit my travel blog. at the right there are the countries in Europe visited by the family.

    if you click the names of the countries below the
    pics, you will see the must see spots in Italy, France and Rome.


  10. The Ca t says:

    to add, the historical background as well as useful info about the place or the museum’s enrance fee and how to get there are discussed in some selected places. So you can plan what to visit first or you can draw your itinerary.

  11. BrianB says:

    Just brig a good camera and take snapshots, don’t have to look t the sites too long.

    Eat at McDonald’s so you’ll have enough money for Dutch girls.

  12. Liv says:

    Abe, my recommendation is this…contact Yas when you go to Paris. He’s there right now and that should save you a bit in accomodation. =)

  13. ajay says:

    Na senti ako sa Cologne. Why don’t you swing by Bruges in Belgium as well… nagandahan ako dun. Am sure your camera will get tired taking shots of all the pretty sights. Pero grabe December…ang lamig nun!

  14. Christian says:

    Paris over Rome. I was there earlier this year. Rome was very disappointing. The Colosseum cost about 11 Euros to enter and is just a bunch of rubble (as well as the other sites). Italy isn’t clean compared to France. In fact, it reminds me of Manila. When in Paris take the “Red Bus” for about 50 Euros, you will be brought to all the usual sights. You can get on and off the bus until 9pm I think. Cheap clothes in Paris is on St. Michele. Everything else is expensive. Some of my photos from France. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157602478995950/

  15. manu says:

    Hail Master Yuga! Astig talaga!

  16. karla says:

    Wow! Europe trip! My brother is in London right now. But he will be back on November :)

  17. Verena says:

    Hey, see you soon in Gummersbach!! ;)

    Check these airlines also for your trips through Europe:

    RyanAir is fine but the airports are always at the end of nowhere (not going from Cologne). The train will take you HOURS (except to Paris, takes 4 hours from Cologne –> thalys.com).

    I would recommend Paris for sure! Venice is great, too. Unfortunately I have never been to London and Rome yet but will be one of my next trips. What about Berlin?

    Looking forward to meeting you in December :)

    Best regards (still unknownly… hehe),

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