Deinceps Ut Europa II- Weekly Update: T-22 Weeks

This week’s update is a little late, as I had quite a heavy workload to clear beforehand. Fair warning: It’s a bit of a gloomy update ahead though, not much good news I’m afraid. Flights The Qatar Debacle As of now, Qatar Airways is no longer a viable option. Earlier in the week, a frequent…

Deinceps Ut Europa II- Weekly Update: T-23 Weeks

Since the itinerary is pretty much ready to go, I’ll be doing weekly updates on the state of things, particularly regarding the availability of the intended flights and rooms. 23 weeks to go, and I’m still reworking the Netherlands portion of the itinerary, but there shouldn’t be any major changes other than those listed in…

Deinceps Ut Europa II: Revisiting London’s Budget

So, I was recently made aware of the 2 For 1 offers by National Rail in London, or 2-4-1 as it is known on the TripAdvisor forums. It is rumored to provide quite good savings on attraction tickets. Basically, with a qualifying National Rail ticket / travelcard, two people will just have to pay the…

Deinceps Ut Europa II – Budgeting & Ramblings

Now that I’ve got my itinerary out, I could more accurately model my estimated expenses. Major changes ahead though, and I’m well over my RM8500 budget and the RM7000 target. Take a look below: Some of the major changes include: The switch from Milan-Venice to Rotterdam-Amsterdam as per Sim V. The London-Salisbury return ticket price…

Deinceps Ut Europa II – AMS Sim V

Just like the wind, the RM2373 Qatar fare has come and gone, shooting up to a mind boggling RM3120 with the Mastercard offer, and RM3343 without! I’m disappointed, no doubt. Right now, the only sub 2.5k fare is with Turkish ex-CDG at RM2495, or at least what ITA says. Turkish’s ticketing has always been a…

Deinceps Ut Europa II – Alternative AMS

As mentioned in my previous post, the Italian leg of Deinceps Ut Europa II might not happen due to weather concerns. Now, I have to find an alternative inbound airport / city. So I hit up ITA and Google Flights, and I did some pretty interesting combinations to a few cities: Note: I have set…

Deinceps Ut Europa II – Sim V

Venice in sight! As mentioned in my previous posts, I’m heading to Venice by air. I would’ve preferred by train, but with it taking nearly 16 hours, I’m afraid that ain’t going to work. Paris has 2 main airports: Charles de Gaulle and Orly. A quick search reveals that the cheapest flight is with Transavia…

Deinceps Ut Europa II – Sim IV

Before we start off, I’ll like to note that itineraries for Paris are usually rather short, due to the fact that I’ve planned an extremely time-consuming attraction for each of the full 3 days in Paris. Now, I’m only planning on buying 2 tickets for Paris: Versailles and Louvre and unfortunately, both of these attractions…

Deinceps Ut Europa II – Sim III

Before I start off with the itinerary, I have to say that Paris posed quite a challenge in terms of planning. It is divided into twenty arrondissements (districts), bound by a peripheral ring road. For travel times sake I have to find accommodation within the twenty arrondissements, the closer to the city center, the better….

Deinceps Ut Europa II- London Tickets Budget

Before we move on to Paris, let’s do a quick check on our ticket budget for London. Be warned! Plenty of math, numbers and walls of text coming up ahead. In my previous post, I budgeted RM850 per pax for the attractions across all cities. However, many of London’s attractions are notoriously expensive. Let’s have…

Deinceps Ut Europa II – Sim II

Here comes Sim II, detailing the journey for days 2-5 in London. I’ll leave for Paris on day 6, November 1st. Eurostar, as per usual. I don’t think there’ll be too much changes, lest there’s a massive rescheduling. I tried to minimize walking time, exceptions apply where waiting for public transport would likely take as…

Deinceps Ut Europa II- Sim I v.3

There’s a Chinese saying: “计划赶不上变化,” literally meaning ‘things change faster than you can plan for them.’ But I swear, this would be the last version of Sim I. Now that I’ve got a solid fix on the dates, I can start to legit plan for the flights. My working criteria are as below: I can…