I spent 10 days travelling through five separate European Countries and now I’m going to show you how you can do it too. I started planning this trip 5 months before my first flight.
I really wanted to do something different for this trip, I tend to book multi trips and go to more than one place but I really outdid myself this time and I was so bored of just being able to see one city at a time so I thought why not extend the trip and go see more! Once the trip had been booked I immediately regretted it because all I could think of was how tired I was going to be but in actual fact I was so excited I didn’t stop!
BOOKING THE TOUR
Use my ‘How I book my holidays – top tips’ to help you book your European Tour if you’re wanting to fly. I used Skyscanner to book all of my flights (as always) and managed to find a flight from Manchester to Amsterdam for £30 – so I immediately booked it and used that as my starting point. I then used google maps to find cities that were close and to help me map out where it was most convenient to travel to. I had to keep a spreadsheet log of everywhere I had booked, the dates and the flights as there was so much to remember. All in all, the hotels and flights cost £500, which I was amazed by.
FLY OR RAIL?
When I first started booking this trip I was always pointed in the direction of Interrail as it’s the most convenient and cheapest option but after some serious research I found that my flights took me to exactly where I wanted to go, in little time and for little cost. All of my flights were with budget airlines such as Ryanair, WizzAir and Easyjet. What made it so cheap for me is that I decided to pack light and not bother with a check in item, instead opting for a carry on. Now this may alter for your trip, so it’s always worth checking as the trains run directly through the centre of the cities which can be more convenient than cheaper flights which can put you an hour or so away from the centre.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS BASED ON 10 DAYS TRAVEL
I have included my itinerary for the Europe tour below but remember you can pick and choose your destinations dependent on how long you’re there for. My trip included a longer stay in Lisbon just so we could have a few days rest before flying home.
Fly from Manchester directly to Amsterdam – £30
AMSTERDAM – TWO NIGHTS
Where to stay: Head to The Old Town for shopping and nightlife or close to the Amsterdam Centraal. AirBNB is cheaper here because of the different properties to choose from – Canal Houses, Boat Houses and Apartments all make for a quirky visit.
Things to do: Despite the most obvious thing to do in Amsterdam you should go to; The Anne Frank House (a must), Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Factory Tour, Amsterdam Ice Bars, Amsterdam Zoo and if you don’t fancy a traditional meal out head to the canal’s for a late night pizza cruise with unlimited alcohol.
Tips: If you’re planning on visiting the Anne Frank house make sure to book in advance online, there can be queues for up to 5 hours waiting time and instead we booked online using our phones and got straight in our allocated time slot. Despite what Amsterdam is famous for it’s great for visiting either solo, with friends or with your partners.
Fly directly to Milan Malpensa airport – £50
MILAN – TWO NIGHTS
Where to stay: Corso Como and Duomo are two places I’d recommend! We stayed in Corso Como and it’s a small street full of restaurants with outside dining in the middle strip, the atmosphere was lovely and people didn’t leave until the early hours of the morning.
Things to do: Duomo di Milano (church), Duomo Square, Day trip to Lake Como and if you’re a football fan head to San Siro for a look around the stadium, I’d also recommend Casa Milan for a more interactive fun football museum.
Tips: Not a lot of Italian’s speak English so it can be hard to order at restaurants or ask for help. The public transport is so easy to navigate and very cheap.
Fly directly to Budapest – £13
BUDAPEST – TWO NIGHTS
Where to stay: Head to the ‘Pest’ side for nightlife, museums, cafes and restaurants!
Things to do: Danube River, Parliament Building, Fishermans Bastion (castle) and once you’re inside the Buda Castle, head to the ‘Hospital in the Rock’ (A Nuclear Bunker Museum where you can learn about the WWII and the 1956 revolution as well as the Cold War in relation to this former TOP SECRET nuclear bunker – a must do!) and of course the Lukacs baths. If it’s nice weather head to Margaret Island and hire a bike! Head to a Cat Cafe or the Zoo for your daily dose of animal love.
Tips: Before you book your trip make sure you check the attractions that you’re wanting to do! Some places close on Saturday and don’t open again until Tuesday.
Fly direct to Madrid – £50
MADRID – TWO NIGHTS
Where to stay: We stayed in Puerto Del Sol, in an AirBNB hosted by a lovely couple. They were so helpful, with planned walking routes and early check in. We felt so at home in Madrid!
Things to do: If you’re a football fan the most obvious thing to do is the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, The Madrid Zoo is fantastic and we got the best picture of this lil bear! Beun Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor Madrid, The Prado Art Museum.
Tips: Madrid is a very slow place and has a very chilled vibe, just enjoy it and take the beauty in.
Fly direct to Lisbon – £30
LISBON – THREE NIGHTS
Where to stay: Head to Chiado or Biaxa for restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Things to do: Torre de Belem (landmark by the seafront is a must), Ride Tram 28, Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium and if you’re a football fan take a trip to the Stadium de Lisboa!
Tips: Once you have landed at the airport in Lisbon head straight upstairs to get a taxi rather than queuing.
Fly back to Manchester – £35
10 days touring 5 countries might seem like a lot but it was definitely worth it and I’m glad I squeezed as many as I could in. If I was to do this again I would probably have less time in Lisbon but I would recommend doing something similar to this trip as European Cities are so fun to travel around as they are all so unique. Got a question about your trip or found more stops along the way? Let me know in the comments.