Say hello to Payal Gupta, a working professional from New Delhi, who visited two countries with six adults and one child. She took a vacation with her husband, parents, brother, sister-in-law and niece to France and Switzerland. These 8 days of bliss came to her at cost (including hotels, flights, cabs and sightseeing) of INR 828,362!
An ideal holiday for me would be a combination of relaxation, adventure and spending some quality time with my loved ones. Having traveled to various places across the globe, we were in search for a destination that would be new and have something to offer to every member of the family. Our search came to an end with France and Switzerland.
Planning a trip with 6 adults, each with a hectic schedule of their own is not an easy task! This is when TravelTriangle came to my rescue. We were unable to plan in advance but our travel expert from TravelTriangle, Himanshu helped us through it all. He was prompt and efficient in providing us with a customized package.
Day 1 – Bonjour Paris
We landed at the Paris Airport at around 1 pm in the afternoon. Post an hour long drive, we finally checked into our hotel, Hotel Migny Opera Montmartre. The rest of the day was then spent on the city tour. It also included a cruise in River Seine alongside a visit to the Eiffel Tower. The entire tour was very enjoyable for all of us and was executed as we expected it to be. We returned to the hotel in the evening, to rest and prepare for the following day.
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Day 2 – Exploring Paris
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Post a heavy breakfast at the hotel, we made our way for a tour of the Louvre Museum. It was a day long expedition, but worth the effort. The Louvre was completely mesmerizing, making us realize why it is known as one of the finest art galleries in the world. Seeing the Mona Lisa was an experience in itself. The rest of day was free of any pre-allotted activity. We enjoyed the the Champs-Elsyees and the Moulin Rouge in our remaining time.
Day 3 – Goodbye Paris, Hello Interlaken
After breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to the Paris Railway Station. Our train journey to Interlaken, Switzerland through the Basel U-Rail was about two hours long. The train ride was nice and comfortable. On arrival, we headed to the Merkur Hotel. We enjoyed the rest of the day in leisure, exploring the city and spending time with each other.
Day 4 – Adventures of Jungfraujoch
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Early morning, we headed to Jungfraujoch which is a col between the Jungfrau and Monch. We were taken around the place through a guided tour. The entire experience was breathtaking! The view from the col is stunning as it is at a height of 3,466 m above sea level. Covered in ice, snow and rock, it is most defnitely an Alpine wonderland! The sunny weather worked in our favour and enhanced the experience.
Day 5 – Discovering Beautiful Zermatt
After breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and boarded our train to Zermatt in Switzerland itself. After reaching, we checked into Hotel Testa Griga. We were completely taken aback by the simplicity of Zermatt city and its beauty! During the day, we took a city outing. This gave us an opportunity to visit local churches and explore the culture. The day ended with a lavish dinner at a lovely local restaurant.
Day 6 – Gorgeous Glacier Express to St. Moritz!
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We left beautiful Zermatt only to make our way to an even more stunning St. Moritz. We traveled through the Glacier Express, which was a one-of-its-kind unique experience. The train ride covers Switzerland in its length. We thoroughly cherished the natural Swiss beauty through our journey!
After reaching St. Moritz, we headed to our hotel, Hotel Laudinella. The hotel was incredibly comfortable and well-equipped. Through the day, we enjoyed the various services on offer such as the swimming pool, in-house dining and the steam and sauna.
Day 7 – Snowy Lucerne and Filmy Mt. Titlis!
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Early morning, we left St. Moritz to travel to Lucerne. There was snowfall waiting for us at Luzerne which just added to the entire experience of the city. After checking into Hotel Seeburg, we made our way to Mt. Titlis. The view from the top of the mountain was completely gorgeous! We were surprised to see a poster of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at the top. It got us excited and gave us a sense of pride.
In the evening, we made our way back to the hotel. On our way to the hotel, we also got to enjoy a local fair in Lucerne.
Day 8 – Last day in Lovely Lucerne
In the morning, we went on the Lucerne City Tour wherein we visited the famous streets for shopping. We also got to see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge. The tour was informative and equipped with an efficient tour guide.
In the afternoon, we boarded our train to Zurich and then went to the airport to catch our flight back to New Delhi.
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Overall, the trip to Europe was worth all the money spent. We got to enjoy some real quality family time alongside visiting some of the beautiful places on Earth. Europe was one of my dream destinations, and to be able to experience it with my most near and dear ones was truly special. My next destination is the USA, and hopefully that trip too will be just as heavenly as this one!
Wow Moment: The two minute starry light up at the Eiffel Tower and the DDLJ poster on top of Mt. Titlis
Low Moment: We had to walk all around Europe, which was incredibly exhausting, especially for my parents! Taking local transport from one place to another really shot up our trip cost.
Tips: Don’t be casual in being equipped with necessary clothing such as woollens, walking shoes, etc! Also, keep checking on weather updates and be fully prepared with your itinerary. Do try all the adventurous activities available.
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