Our Europe trip was simply epic because we got to experience different places- big cities, mountainside, and beachy towns. Personally, I am not a staying-in-one-place vacation person. I like to jump to place to place in short time because I get bored of the city after two days.
Paris was an ideal place to start and end our Europe trip for two reasons. One, it was the cheapest place to fly in and fly out. Two, there are so much to see in Paris. You can spend weeks there and not be done, but I saw everything I wanted to see in three days there.
Enjoy looking at the pictures of the places we went to. If you have any questions, please comment below and I’m more than happy to answer them. 🙂
I wrote a separate post about the itinerary and how we decided to go on this trip.
Day One- Paris
We arrived in Paris at 8:00 in the morning. It was midnight in the U.S. So yeah, two words- jet lag. It helped that we were busy city sightseeing that it didn’t bother me as bad as I thought.
After dropping our stuff in our Air BnB (our host was awesome by the way), we grabbed some pizza and crepes to eat.
After eating, we walked across the street to hop on the double deck tour bus using the Paris Pass to sightsee the marvelous city of Paris. This was one of my highlights of Paris. If you’re staying in Paris for at least three days (including Versailles) I definitely recommend getting Paris Pass. Totally worth the money.
This is a prime spot to get a view of Paris for free. We walked inside the cathedral and then walked around the marketplace near the cathedral. We ate at a restaurant and we were being adventurous and tried snails!! Haha, I’m so proud of us.
People wondered if going up the Eiffel Tower is worth the money to get the view. We didn’t do that because it’s not part of the Paris Pass and my sister did it when she came for her internship and she wasn’t impressed.
But the Montparnasse Tower was included with the Paris Pass, plus it has a wonderful view of Paris including the Eiffel Tower.
Louvre is the world’s biggest museum. And I believe it. The museum is in a huge palace and I think we only covered 4% of it. We are not big art peeps with we were on limited time so we covered the highlights.
This was a really neat tour. The Opera House was where Phantom of Opera takes place. This hallway is where the season pass holders hang out before, during intermission, and after the show.
The river cruise was part of the Paris Pass. It covers different views of Paris than the bus tour. I loved it, and it was perfect to take a break from walking and eat my lunch.
Wow. Simply wow. The stained glass was just incredibly beautiful.
One of the coolest cathedral I’ve been to.
Day 3- Versailles
We spent this day in Versailles (the entrance tickets are included in Paris Pass)
We got on the Eurail train to head down to Lauterbernan, Switzerland then took a 20-minutes bus ride to Schilthorn. Finally, we took a 15-minute hike to our cabin. It was quite a trek!
Day 4: Switzerland
Switzerland is so beautiful. ‘Beautiful’ is not enough to describe it. I mean… I couldn’t stop taking pictures because every turn I take it’s a whole new picture straight from a painting.
We rode in the cable car all the way up to the top of the Schilthorn Mountain. It took us about 40 minutes to get to the top and the view was breathtaking.
On top of the Schilthorn Mountain
On top of Europe
Breakfast Buffet in the Spinning Restuarant.
In the same building as the buffet breakfast, there is the 007 museum. It’s a cool interactive museum. We had a blast.
After the museum, we went back in the cable car and rode halfway back down to the city, Murren.
hiking to another city, Gimmelwald
Valley of Waterful Hiking Trail
our view from our cabin
Day 5: Interlaken/Spiez, Switzerland
Ferry on Lake Thun
We rode on the ferry across the lake Thun to Spiez. We ate lunch in Spiez then hopped on the Eurail train to La Spezia, Italy.
Day Six: Cinque Terre
We visited all five cities on the coast: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare.
pesto started in Cinque Terre
Monterosso al Mare
Day 7: Pisa & Rome, Italy
Day 8- Rome & Vatican City, Rome
St. Peter Cathedral
This is one of my husband’s favorite art. He was happy to see it. It was remarkable.
Pizza for lunch
Day 9- Rome, Italy & Paris
We spent the morning at the Colosseum and Roman Forum and then we flew to Paris for the 2nd half of the day.
Day 10- Flew Home
I sure was happy to see my daughter again! It was a sweet reunion.
This trip was phenomenal and I highly recommend this itinerary for young couples. If you’re planning on leaving your kids behind read this article.
Read more about this itinerary and how we decided to go on this trip.
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