Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Itinerary : Europe (18.04.15 - 03.05.15)


Assalamualaikum & Salam Sejahtera!


Dah empat bulan tak berusik blog ni. Alhamdulillah dah boleh start menulis balik since exam dah habis. Rasa awkward sikit nak mula mengarang cerita balik. Dalam masa beberapa bulan berhibernasi ni, ramai yang email minta itinerary trip ke Europe. Walaupun dah check satu persatu, takut jugak ade yang terlepas pandang. Maaf la ye kalau email anda tak berbalas. Dan maaf jugak sebab selalu lambat reply. Terpaksa dahulukan study dan kerja, huhu.

So ni dia itinerary penuh sepanjang di Eropah. Harap itinerary ni dapat membantu perancangan percutian korang.


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18 April (Saturday)

0300 : Depart from KLIA

0530 : Arrive in Hamad International Airport (Doha)




0745 : Depart from Hamad International Airport (Doha)

1315 : Arrive in London Heathrow Airport

- Immigration & security check, luggage claim

- Move to Belvedere Hotel :-

   o Take Heathrow Connect towards London Paddington (Heathrow Terminal 1-3)

   o 4 stops, 23 min, get off at London Paddington station

   o Walk to Belvedere Hotel



1500 : To National History Museum :-

- Walk to Paddington st.

- Take Tube, circle line (yellow) towards Hammersmith

- Get Off at South Kensington St. (5 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to National History Museum (300 meter from st.)






1700 : to Trafalgar square :

- Take Tube at South Kensington st. , Piccadilly line (blue) towards Oakwood

- Get off at Leicester Square (5 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to Trafalgar Square (300 meters from Leicester square, passing through National Potrait gallery and National gallery)

Attractions:-

- Nelson’s column & the stone lions

- Go around the city by double-decker London Bus

- Marble Arch of London (white Carrara marble monument) ; intersections where Oxford St meets Park Lane

- Night life & view around Trafalgar Square


Shopping district :> West End region includes Oxford Street and Regent street

- Oxford street is 1.6 km from Trafalgar Square – walk or city bus

- Oxford Circus : Intersection of Oxford street and Regent street (Like Shibuya crossing)

- Major Shops : H&M, Topshop, Topman, Nike

- Primark is located at Oxford Street East, opening time:-

   o Saturday (0800-2100)

   o Sunday (1200-1800)


2100 : Back to hotel & rest , from Oxford Street: 2 options :-

- Bus : Bus no 23 at Oxford Circus station Harewood Pl (stop OQ), towards Great Western Road, get off at St. Mary Hosp (stop G), 6 stops, 12 min

- Tube : Oxford station, Bakerloo line (brown) towards Kenton, get off at Paddington st (5 stops, 8 min)

*Bayswater – Banyak Arabic restaurant, tempat Malaysian berkumpul lepak2 (600 meter from Belvedere hotel)



19 April (Sunday)

0730 : Walk to Malaysia Hall Canteen at Queensborough for Malaysian style breakfast (1km)

0800 : Walk to Hyde park (1.6km)

0915 : To Stamford Bridge :-




- Walk to Knightsbridge st.

- Take Tube towards Heathrow Terminal 4 (Piccadily line – blue colour)

- Get off at Earl’s Court (3 stops, 6 mins)

- Change to District line – green colour, towards Wimbledon

- Get off at Fulham Broadway st.

- Walk to Stamford Bridge (Chelsea stadium)

1000 : Stamford Bridge tour

1100 : To Buckingham Palace :-

- Walk to Fulham Broadway st.

- Take Tube, District line (green) towards Upminster

- Get off at St. James’s Park (7 stops, 15 min)

- Walk to Buckingham Palace (800 meter) :> changing guard ceremony




1230 : Walk to National Gallery (1.4 km from Buckingham Palace)

1430 : To London Tower / Tower bridge :-

- Walk to Embankment st. (400 meters from National Gallery)

- Take tube, District line (green) towards Upminster

- Get off at Tower Hill (6 stops,11 min)

- Walk to Tower Bridge (300 meter)

- Walk to Tower of London (600 meter from Tower Bridge)




1630 : To Palace of Westminster (House of Parliament, the Big Ben, St. James park)

- Walk to Tower Hill station

- Take tube, District line (green) towards Ealing broadway

- Get off at Westminster st. (7 stops, 11 min)


1800 : Thames River Cruise

- Walk to Westminster to take cruise (30 mins- 3 hours ride)


2230 : Back to Belvedere hotel

- Take Tube at Westminster st., Circle line (yellow) towards Edgware Road

- Get off at Paddington st. (9 stops, 20 mins)

- Walks to Belvedere Hotel



20 April (Monday)

0700 : Breakfast

0730 : To Warner Bros Studio

- Walk to Paddington st.

- Take Tube, Bakerloo line (brown) towards Stonebridge Park

- Get off at Harlesden st. (7 stops, 16 min)

- Then take Overground train towards Watford Junction Dc

- Get off at Watford Junction st. (12 stops, 36 min)


0920 : Take HP Shuttle Bus at Watford Junction, bus fare GBR2/return, 10 mins journey

1000 : Harry Potter World (Warner Bros Studio)






1400 : To King’s Cross st. (Platform 9 ¾, St. Pancrass st., British Library)

- Take HP shuttle bus to Watford Junction st.

- Take Overground towards London Euston

- Get off at London Euston (18 stops, 52min)

- Change to Tube, from Euston station, take Victoria line (light blue) towards Walthamstow Central

- Get off at King’s Cross st. (1 stop, 1 min)

- Can walk to King’s Cross from Euston station (800 meter)


1700 : to Belvedere hotel

- Take Tube at King’s Cross st. (Circle line – yellow) towards South kensington

- Get off at Paddington st. (5 stops, 10 min)

- Walk to Belvedere hotel


1830 : to Apollo Victoria Theater

- Take London underground at Paddington st. (Circle line towards Hammersmith)

- Get off at Victoria Station (7 stops, 14 min)

- Walk to Apollo Victoria Theatre


1930-2230 : Wicked Show

2230 : Back to Belvedere Hotel

- Take Tube at Victoria st., Circle line towards Edgware Road st.

- Get off Paddington st.



21 April (Tuesday)

0730 : check out hotel, take train to London St. Pancras International

- Take Tube at Paddington st., Circle line towards Edgware Road st. (yellow line)

- Stop at King’s Cross St. Pancras (5 stops, 12 min)


0804 : Take Eurostar train (London-Brussels)

1105 : Arrive in Brussels-Midi



1252 : Depart to Amsterdam

1442 : Arrive in Amsterdam Central Station.

- Take Tram to ITC Hotel outside the Amsterdam Centraal

- Amsterdam, CS Tram Oostzijde (line 4 ) towards Station RAI

- Get off at Prinsengracht (utrechtsestraat) : 6 stops, 10 min

- Walk to ITC hotel (300 meters), check in hotel



1545 : Amsterdam city Splendour

- Walk to Rijksmuseum : 1 km from Hotel

   o Opening hours 0900-1700

   o Entrance fee Euro 17.50, ticket counter closes at 1630

   o Take Tram if shortage of time:

      § Walks to Amsterdam, Frederiksplein st (400 meters)

      § Take tram line 7 towards Slotermeer

      § Get off at Amsterdam, Spiegelgracht st (2 stops, 2 meter)

      § Walks to Rijksmuseum (350 meters)






- I am Amsterdam (at the back of Rijksmuseum)

- Canal ring (Grachtengordel) : UNESCO World heritage site, 17th century district surrounding the Old Centre (cat cabinet, museum Het Grachtenhuis)

- Walk around the City centre (90 islands linked by 400 bridges, walkable or riding bicycles)

- Boat ride Amsterdam Canal (optional)

*most probably tak sempat cover semua on this day so sambung the next day hokeh !



22 April (Wednesday)

0830 : to Amsterdam Centraal to catch bus to Zaanse Schans

- Walk to Prinsengracht Tram st.

- Take tram line 4 towards Centraal st.

- Get off at Amsterdam Centraal (5 stops, 13 min)


0900 : Take bus 391 to Zaanse Schans (40 minutes, 5 euro return ticket)

- Windmills village, cheese factory, clog-making factory, museums






1400 : Take the same bus 391 back to Amsterdam Centraal

1500 : Take Tram to Hard Rock Café Amsterdam

- CS Tram Westzidje, line 1 towards Osdorp De Aker

- Get off at Leidseplein st. (7 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to HRC (250 meters)


1600: Take Tram to Royal Palace of Amsterdam

- Walk to Leidseplein st.

- Take tram line 1 towards Centraal st.

- Get off at Dam/Palesstraat st. (5 stops, 4 min)

- Walk to Palace (110 m)


1645 : To Vondelpark

- Walk to Dam/Raadhuisstraat st.

- Take tram line 1 towards Osdorp De Aker

- Get off at Overtoomsesluis (9 stops, 11 min)

- Walk to Vondelpark (450 min)


*Shopping in Amsterdam : De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Little Secrets) is the top shopping spot due to picturesque location along the canals

*Halal foods : a lot of Indonesian, Arabic and Turkish food around city centre



23 April (Thursday)

0730 : To Keukenhof garden

- Walk to Prinsengracht Tram st.

- Take tram line 4 towards Centraal st.

- Get off at Amsterdam Centraal (5 stops, 13 min)

- Take Intercity Train towards Vlissingen

- Get off at Schiphol st (3 stops, 17 min)

- Walk to Schiphol, Boulevard and get on bus 858 towards Keukenhof (33 mins)


*** combi-tickets bus+Keukenhof entrance = euro 28.50 can be bought at Schiphol st.






1400 : Take bus back to Schiphol st., then to ITC hotel (reverse route)

- Check out hotel, then back to Amsterdam Centraal to catch train to Cologne


1835 : Amsterdam CS. to Koeln HBF (Cologne CS) – 2h37min

2112 : Arrive in Koeln HBF

2228 : Depart to Prague – 10h57m



24 April (Friday)

0925 : Arrive in Phara Hlavni Nadr (Prague Main Railway St.)

- Left luggage office on the first floor

- Money exchange to get Koruna (CZK)/Czech Crown

   o Best rate are found around the Hlavni Nadrazi. Exit the station,left across the park, to street “politickych veznu” ; 5 offices mostly arab-owned offer very good rates even for smaller amounts


- Off to New Town by Tram

   o Take tram at Hlavni nadrazi (railway st.), line 9 towards Sidliste Repy

   o Get off at Vaclavske namesti (Wenceslas square)


- New Town attractions :

   o Wenceslas square – rectangular commercial square with stalls, shops, restaurant




   o Prague Dancing House (Fred and Ginger Building) – on the corner of Rasinovo Nabrezi and Resslova street alongside Vltava River (French Restaurant on the roof to get magnificent view of Prague city)



   o National Museum

   o Henry Tower

   o Jubilee synagogue (Jerusalem synagogue)

   o Prague State Opera


- Old town (Prague historic centre) : 5 mins walk from Wenceslas square :-

   o Old Town Hall Tower

   o Astronomical clock

   o Storch’s Building / House

   o Estate Theatre – Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed here

   o Jan Hus monument

   o Historical churches – St. James etc.

*** Charles Bridge connects Old Town and Lesser Town, crossing the panoramic Vltava River


- Lesser Town attractions:-

   o Prague Castle – biggest ancient castle in the world (entrance tix 350 CZK)

   o Lesser Town Square

   o The Lennon Wall (John Lennon Wall)

*** Shopping sourvenirs in Old Town streets or on the Charles bridge


2030 : Get back to Prague Main Railway St

2350 : Depart to Vienna by sleeper train



25 April (Saturday)

0000 : Arrive in Breclav railway st.

0445 : Depart to Vienna

0615 : Arrive in Wien Hbf (Vienna CS)

- Keep luggage at Left luggage office

- Off to Vienna Ringstrasse

   o option 1 : Take train S2 line toward Laa/Thaya, get off at Wien Mitte-Landstrabe

   o option 2 : Take train S1 line towards Ganserndorf, get off at Wien Mitte-Landstrabe

   o both line 3 stops, then walk to Vienna Ringstrasse

- Ringstrasse (Ring Road) : a grand boulevard constructed along the old city walls (some say it is the most beautiful boulevard in the world). In 2015, the Ringstrasse is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Many of the buildings that line the Ringstrabe date back to the time before 1870 :-

   o Vienna state opera

   o Palace of Justice

   o Parliament Building

   o Rathaus (Town Hall)

   o Kunsthitorisches Museum (Museum of Art History)

   o Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum)




   o Hofburg Palace (Imperial Palace)




   o Museumsquartier (Art complex, less than 1 km from Hofburg)

   o Stephansplatz (public square) : St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Stephansdom, tallest church

   o Parks : Stadpark, Volksgarten, Rathauspark

   o Monuments & statues : Schiller, Goethe, Empress Maria Theresia, Prince Eugene of Savoy

*again, impossible untuk cover semua yang tertera di atas, so sambung lagi esok hari pon sempat lagi.


1430 : Move to A&T Holiday Hostel Vienna

- Take bus 368 towards Himb.Wien Friedhof

- Get off at Wien Reumannplatz (Herndlgasse) : 1 stop, 8 min

- Walk to A&T Holiday Hostel (600 meters) & check in hotel


1515 : Belvedere Palace & Museum

- Walk to Wien Hbf (or take local bus)

- Take train line S1 towards Wien Floridsdorf

- Get off at Wien Quartier Belvedere (1 stop, 1 min)

- Walk to Belvedere Palace & Museum (500 meters)

*** or walk to Belvedere palace (3km from hotel)




26 April (Sunday)

0800 : Breakfast, check out hotel, then walk to Wien hbf, Keep luggage in train station.

0900 : to Schonbrunn Palace

- Take Tram line 58, get off at Scholb Schonbrunn (9 min)

- Walk to Schonbrunn Palace






The rest of the day kita cover yang tak sempat cover semalam.


*do : Vienna Coffee:-

- Vienna’s Kaffeeh√§user (coffee houses) are world famous for their grandness and the lively coffee house culture.

- Skipping the Kaffeehauskultur is missing out a big part of Viennese culture.


2000 : get back to Wien Hbf

2136 : Depart from Wien Hbf (Vienna CS) to Venice



27 April (Monday)

0824 : arrive in Venezia Santa Lucia

- Leave luggage at Left luggage Office (1st floor, near platform 1)


Venice half day exploration by walking - Venice is the world’s only pedestrian city (no vehicle or public transport on the road). The whole city can be explored by foot or water transport.

Exploring canals:-

- Gondola ride (might be as expensive as euro 80) : Gondoliere may decrease price upon bargain but they may also cut the most interesting part of ride for ‘cutting down’ the price.

- Vaporetti (water buses): euro 7

   o zig-zagging the Grand canal, impressive views but crowded with passenger

- Traghetto (ferry) ; Larger gondola without bow decoration, brocaded chairs or luxury trimmings

   o Can be as cheap as euro 0.5

   o Naik ni pun jadi la nak merasa kan. Murah giler kot berbanding gondola. Tak pun jalan kaki jela rentas jambatan.


Other attractions:-

- Piazza San Marco (public square)




- Rialto Bridge (main & most popular bridge in Venice)

- Saint Mark’s Basilica

- Doge’s Palace

- Bell Tower of St. Mark

- Murano (one of the island in Venice)




1750 : Depart to Milan

2025 : Arrive in Milano Centrale (Milan CS).

- Off to New Generation Hostel Urban by Metro

- Centrale Fs st., line 2 towards Gessate

- Get off at Piola st. (3 stops, 4 min)

- Walk to New Generation Hostel Urban

- Check in hotel



28 April (Tuesday)

0730 : Breakfast and check out hotel, off to Milano central station

- Walk to Piola Metro st.

- Take line 2 towards Abbiategrasso

- Get off at Centrale Fs (3 stops, 4 min)


0825 : Depart to Swiss

1143 : Arrive in Arth-Goldau Railway st. (claim Swiss Pass here)

1221 : Train to Lucern

1254 : Arrive in Lucern Railway station (Bahnhof) then off to Bellpark Hostel:-

- Take bus no 1 towards Obernau, Dorf

- Get off at Kriens, Hofmatt-Bellpark st. (10 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to Bellpark Hostel (110 meter)

- Check in hotel


*Lucern is a small town which can be explored by foot (in fact it is best explored by foot). Most of the attractions are within 20 minutes or so walk (with exception of the Lido beach and the Swiss Transport Museum). We’ll hop on city bus once knees beg for mercy. Attractions:-

- The Chapel Bridge : oldest woodbridge of Europe

- The Glacier Garden

- Musegg Wall (the old city wall)

- Lucern Art Museum

- The Lion Monument

- Get lost in the Old Town of Lucern :> pedestrianized town

- Shopping : souvenir shops can be found in the Old Town





29 April (Wednesday)

0730 : Breakfast, check out hotel

- Walk to Kriens, Hofmatt-Bellpark bus station, take bus no 1 towards Luzern, Maihof

- Get off at Bahnhof railway st. (10 stop, 10 min)


0805 : Scenic train to Interlaken




0955 : Arrive in Interlaken Ost. Train station, off to Falken Hotel (1.6 km):-

- Take BUS towards Spiez, bahnhof

- Get off at Jungfraustrasse st. (3 stop, 3 min)

- Walk to Hotel Falken AG

- Or take bus no 102 towards Interlaken west (4 stop, 4 mins, the hotel is 500 meter from station)

- Or intercity bus towards Bern, get off at Interlaken West (1 stop)

- Or jalan kaki je

*next train is at 0905, arrives in Interlaken at 1055.


1100 : To Bern :-

- Walk to Interlaken OST st. (or take bus or train from Interlaken West)

- Take train to Bern

- Next train is at 1129, arrive at 1223


1152 : Arrive in Bern, explore the Old City of Bern (Capital city of Switzerland, UNESCO World heritage Site):-

- Bern Historical Museum

- Guisan Square

- Marktgasse street : shopping

- Eistein House (closets to train st )





*Most of the attractions are within 3km radius from train st, Einstein house being the closet (800 meter). Tram is always an option if we get tired or want to rush.

** Most probably we”ll be spending the whole evening in Bern. But if we manage to get back to Interlaken before the sun sets, we can continue exploring Interlaken as the following:-


Explore the small town of Interlaken (by foot or bike) :-

- Harder Kulm (Interlaken’s local mountain with Castle like restaurant and platform) : has to take funicular train, return tix CHF 7.5 with Swiss Pass (50% discount) : bird’s eye view of Interlaken city

- The Hoheweg : street between Interlaken ost and Interlaken west :> souvenir shops, Japanese garden

- Hohematte park : beautiful park with great view of Jungfrau

- Unterseen : small town where the hotel located

- Lake cruise : Interlaken is located between 2 lakes; Brienzersee and Thunersee

- Shopping : Interlaken is the best place to buy Swiss Army Knives, watches, chocolate

** I personally think we won’t make it today, so cover esok je la ok.



30 April (Thursday)

0730 Breakfast

0830 Off to Kleine Scheidegg via lauterbrunnen and Wengen

- Train from Interlaken Ost

- Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen (narrow-gauge train, travel free for swiss pass holder):

   o Staubbach Falls




   o Trummelbach glacier waterfalls

- Lauterbrunnen – Wengen

   o Wengen is an upscale resort for skiing during winter and hiking & bicycling during summer

   o Car-free village, so walk !




- Wengen – Kleine Scheidegg

   o Where scenic train to Jungfrau begins


1400 : Explore the small town of Interlaken (by foot or bike) :-

- Harder Kulm (Interlaken’s local mountain with Castle like restaurant and platform) : has to take funicular train, return tix CHF 7.5 with Swiss Pass (50% discount) : bird’s eye view of Interlaken city

- The Hoheweg : street between Interlaken ost and Interlaken west :> souvenir shops, Japanese garden

- Hohematte park : beautiful park with great view of Jungfrau

- Unterseen : small town where the hotel located

- Lake cruise : Interlaken is located between 2 lakes; Brienzersee and Thunersee

- Shopping : Interlaken is the best place to buy Swiss Army Knives, watches, chocolate



1 May (Friday)

0805 : Depart to Basel

0959 : Arrive in basel : Get out for a while from st. to explore Basel :-

- Old Town, Rathaus (city hall), Munster (all within 1.5 km)


1234 : Basel SBB railway station to Paris (3h3min)

1537 : Arrive in Paris-Gare de Lyon station, off to Hotel Jarry Confort :-

- Walk to Quai de la Rapee

- Take Metro line 5 towards Bobigny – Pablo Picasso

- Get off at Gare de I’Est (7 stops, 10 min)

- Walk to Hotel Jarry (350 m)

*** Metro fare is euro 1.70 single journey of any length



1615 : Off to Champs-Elysees

- Walk to Strasbourg – Saint-Denis station

- Take Metro line 9 towards Pont De Sevres

- Get off at Franklin de Roosevelt (9 stops, 11 min)

- Walk to Champs-Elysees (160m)

***Macaroon : 75 Avenue de Champs-Elysees : WAJIBULGHANNAH !




All the major attarctions are nearby:-

- Arch de Triompe

- Place de la Concorde (largest public square in France)

- Place Charles de Gaulle

- Petit Palais museum

- Grand Palais museum

- Musee d’Orsay

- La Madeleine church

*tak sempat hari ni sambung cover esok pulak k.


2130 : Back to hotel and rest


2 May (Saturday)

0730 : breakfast

0815 : Off to The Louvre:-

- Walk to Gare de I’Est Metro station

- Take Metro line 7 towards Villejuif / Mairie d’lvry

- Get off at Palais Royal – Musee de Louvre (7 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to the Louvre (300m)

*** Tuileries Garden is located in between The Louvre and Plae de la Concorde


1200 : Notre Dame Cathedral

1400 : Grande Mosquee de paris

- Walk to Palais Roral – Musee de Louvre

- Take Metro Line 7 towards Villejuif / Mairie d’lvry

- Get off at Jussieu (5 stops, 8 min)

- Walk to the mosque (500m)

1150: La Valle Village:-

- Take RER train at Charles de Gaulle Etoile station (near Arc de Triomph), line A towards Marne la Valle

- Get off at Val d'Europe st.

- Exit on right, walk towards huge shopping mall facing the station, walk through the shopping mall to reach La valle outlet which is situated behind the shopping mall

- Opening hour : Saturday (1000-2000)

*shopping sampai lebam. Katanya dekat the Louvre tu sourvenir murah orang negro jual.




3 May (Sunday)

1030 : Depart from Paris

1755 : Arrive in Doha

2005 : Depart from Doha

0825 : Arrive in KLIA

Sekian !

Assalamualaikum.