New Zealand 22 days road trip – Itinerary and budget #english

New Zealand is one of those countries that you should add at your bucket list despiste the high cost of the whole trip. It doesn’t mean the country is expensive, prices are similar than in Europe but you need at least 20 days for a full experience. Flights from Europe to New Zealand aren’t cheap at all although you can find good prices if you book your flight between 5-6 months in advance. A campervan is probably the best option to travel across the country, we booked ours from Campervan Republic  and the price was reasonable.

New Zealand has a big list of incredible places to see and interesting activities to do therefore you should plan the route a bit in advance as it will help you to have a clear overview of the whole trip. Do not book any activity or accommodation before you arrive as you probably will change your plans everyday; the weather is so changeable and unpredictable and activities can be cancelled the same day due to bad conditions. Do not forget to allow more time than usual in New’s Zealand roads, unexpected and beautiful places can be found along the way. My best tip to you? Just go with the flow.

Under my recommendation, download Campermate in your phone, this ultimate app will be your best friend during the trip. Use its interactive map to find information about accommodation, places to see, things to do, petrol stations among others. You can also save money by booking dozens of activities from Bookme

you will probably change your plans everyday

This article is written to give you an idea of “what to see and do” in both islands. Also to provide information about accommodation, food, activities and petrol prices, basically a total budget. Find map link to see how our journeys were. We missed interesting things that can be added at your list and we also visited places that you might not have in mind. Three activities were cancelled due to the bad weather therefore we had to change plans few times. Hope you find this article useful for your next New Zealand experience, have a look and check out how our trip ended up.

#DAY 1  Auckland – Waitomo Caves

Distance: 184km (map)

Time: allow 2h 30′ + stops

Accomodation in Waitomo: Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park –  18NZD

Waitomo Caves: Combo two caves – 89NZD

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

#DAY 2  Waitomo Caves – Hobbitton – Rotorua

Distance: 182km (map)

Time: allow 3 hours + breaks

Accommodation in Rotorua: Holdens Bay Holiday Park: 15NZD

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour: 79NZD

Hobbiton Movie Set

#DAY 3  Rotorua – Waiotapu Volcanic Valley – Taupo Lake – Tongariro NP

Distance: 216km (map)

Time: allow 3 hours + breaks

Accommodation in Tongariro NP: Whakapapa Holiday Park – 20NZD

Rotorua Lake – FREE

Waiotapu Volcanic Valley –28NZD

Taupo Lake – FREE

Rafting in Rotorua – 45NZD (activity cancelled)

Waiotapu Volcanic Valley

#DAY 4  Tongariro NP –  Queen Elizabeth Park – Wellington

Distance: 402 km (map)

Time: allow 5 hours + breaks

Accomodation in Queen Elizabeth Park (Paekakariki) – 18NZD

Tongariro Alpine Crossing (7hrs hike) shuttle – 30NZD (activity cancelled)

Tongariro Walk – FREE

Queen Elizabeth Park walk – FREE

Tongariro National Park – Mordor in The Lord of the Rings

#DAY 5  Wellington – Ferry South Island – Picton – Nelson Lakes NP

Distance: 286 km (map)

Time: allow 6hrs 15′ + breaks (ferry included)

Ferry Wellington – Picton: 320NZD (2 adults + campervan) – 160NZD

Accommodation in Nelson Lakes NP (Murchison): Riverside Holiday Park – 16NZD

Beautiful views from ferry when arriving to south island

Wellington city centre tour – FREE

Mount Richmond Scenic Road

Nelson Lakes NP Scenic Road

Nelson Lakes N.P. hikes – FREE

Views from Ferry North Island to South Island

#DAY 6  Nelson Lakes NP – Buller Gorge – Paparoa NP – Bunner Lake

Distance: 214 km (map)

Time: allow 3h 30′ + breaks

Accommodation in Lake Brunner (Moana): Lake Brunner Motel Campsite – 33NZD 

Buller Gorge: scenic road + the old ghost road track (1h) – FREE

Paparoa NP hike: Porarari River (2h) –FREE

Paparoa NP walk: Pancakes Rocks (30′)FREE

Brunner Lake & River walk: FREE

Paparoa National Park

#DAY 7  Brunner Lake – Artur’s Pass NP

Distance: 124km (map)

Time: allow 2 hours + stops

Accommodation in Artur’s Pass NP (Jackson): Jackson´s Retreat Campervan Holiday Park – 23NZD

Arthur’s Pass NP hike: Jack’s Hut track from Bealey (4-5h) – FREE

Arthur’s Pass NP hike: Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall track (1h) – FREE

Arthur’s Pass NP Scenic Road

Arthur’s Pass National Park

#DAY 8  Arthur’s Pass NP – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier

Distance: 201km (map)

Time: allow 2h 30′ + stops

Accommodation in Franz Josef: Rainforest Retreat Campsite – 23NZD

West Coast Scenic Road

Bruce Bay Beach Walk (1h) – FREE

Hokitika wildlife centre (kiwi experience) – 25NZD

Franz Josef Glacier Valley track (2h) – FREE

Franz Josef Glacier

#DAY 9  Franz Josef Glacier – Mt Aspiring NP – Wanaka

Distance: 287 km (map)

Time: allow 4 hours + stops

Accommodation in Wanaka: Lakeview Holiday Park – 20NZD

Heli – hiking at Franz Josef Glacier (3hrs) – 449NZD (activity CANCELLED)

Mt Aspiring Scenic Road

Mt Aspiring NP hike: Blue Pools (1h) – FREE

Hawea & Wanaka Lakes

Wanaka lakeside and high-street

Wanaka Lake

# DAY 10  Wanaka – Queenstown – Glenorchy

Distance: 138 km (map)

Time: allow 2h 30′ + stops

Accommodation: YHA Hostel Kinloch – 35NZD

Cycling in Wanaka (2h) – 20NZD

Wanaka – Queenstown scenic road

Queenstown

Glenorchy lakeside

 Isengard Walk – The Lord of the Rings scenario (Glenorchy) – FREE

Glenorchy

#DAY 11  Glenorchy – Manapouri Lake

Distance: 216km (map)

Time: allow 3h 30′ + stops

Accommodation: Manapouri Motels & Holiday Park –  35NZD

Mt Alfred Summit track (5h) – FREE 

Scenic Road Glenorchy – Queenstown

Manapouri Lake Walk (2h) – FREE

Sunrise at Manapouri Lake

#DAY 12  Manapouri Lake – Doubtful Sound Fjord – Te Anau – Milford Sound Fjord

Distance: 139km (map)

Time: allow 2h + stops

Accommodation: Milford Sound Campsite – 40NZD

Kayak Doubtful Sound Fjord (8h) – 255NZD

Te Anau Lake

Te Anau – Milford Sound Scenic Road (considered one of the World’s most beautiful scenic road) 

Kayaking in Doubtful Sound Fjord

#DAY 13  Milford Sound Fjord – Curio Bay (South-end)

Distance: 395km (map)

Time: allow 5h + stops

Accommodation Curio Bay Campsite – 20NZD

Milford Sound Fjord Cruise – 45NZD

Milford Sound Scenic Road

Fjordland Scenic Road

Dolphins, seals and penguins experience in Curio Bay

Milford Sound Fjord

#DAY 14  Curio Bay –  Catlins Forest – Dunedin – Oamaru

Distance: 291km (map)

Time: allow 4h + breaks

Accommodation (Oamaru): Harbour Campsite – 20NZD

Catlins Forest park Scenic Road

Dunedin city centre tour – FREE

Penguin experience in Oamaru (penguins show up at the harbour-side at the night)

Curio Bay

#DAY 15 Oamaru – Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Distance: 397km (map)

Time: allow 5 hours + breaks

Accommodation in Mt Cook NP: Glentanner Holiday Park – 22NZD

Oamaru Town walk tour (2h) – FREE

Pukaki Lake

Mt Cook NP scenic road

Pukaki Lake and Mt Cook

#DAY 16 Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Accommodation in Twinzel: Twinzel Holiday Park – 20NZD

Hooker Valley Track (4h) – FREE  *Mt Cook view, glacier view, lake & iceberg views (100% recommended)

Blue Lakes and Tasman Lake & Glacier Track (2h) – FREE

Tasman Lake & Glacier

#DAY 17  Aoraki/Mt Cook – Lake Tekapo – Edoras (LOTR scenario)

Distance: 242km (map)

Time: allow 3h 30′ + breaks

Accommodation in Edoras: Mt Potts Lodge & Campsite – 20NZ

Lake Tekapo walk – FREE

Burkes Pass scenic road

Kakatere Conservation Parl scenic road

Burkes Pass town

#DAY 18  Edoras (LOTR scenario) – Christchurch

Distance: 160km (map)

Time: allow 2h 30′ + breaks

Accomoddation in Christchurch: Amber Kiwi Holiday Park – 20NZD

Mt Sunday summit (2h) – FREE  *Edoras scenario in The Lord of the Rings

Mt Hutt scenis road

Christchurch Botanic Garden – FREE 

Views from Mt Sunday – Edoras scenario The Lord of the Rings

#DAY 19  Christchurch

Accommodation in Christchurch: North South Holiday Park – 15NZD

City centre walk tour FREE

Canterbury Museum FREE 

Akaroa Peninsula scenic road (3h)

Christchurch city centre

#DAY 20 Christchurch – Auckland

Drop off campervan at the Christchurch Airport

Flight Christchurch – Auckland – 49NZD

Accommodation in Auckland: Grafton Backpackers Hostel – 23NZD person/day

#DAYS 21 & 22 Auckland

Auckland city centre – FREE

Auckland Harbourside – FREE

Auckland´s Museums – FREE

Auckland Sky Tower – 29NZD

Auckland

This is how our road-trip ended up across New Zealand. As I said before, you can’t plan the whole trip at all although it’s interesting to have a clear overview of the route as well as the things you want to see and do. Budget can change depending the activities you want to add at your list. Below you can find information about how much money we have spent in petrol, food shopping, restaurants, flights and campervan; basically find below the total budget for a full experience in New Zealand.

Total km: 4199km

Flight London- Auckland return: 650 GBP

Flight Christchurch – Auckland one way – (49NZD) – 25.23GBP

Campervan 20 days + full insurance: 1,020 GBP/ 2 people: 510GBP

Ferry North Island to South Island – (160NZD) – 82.39GBP

Petrol – 947.40 NZD 2 people – (473.20 NZD) – 243GBP

Food shopping/ restaurants – 1138NZD 2 people – (569.21NZD) – 293.18GBP

Activities – (541 NZD) – 278.61GBP

Accommodation – (479NZD) – 246.65GBP


Total in GBP –  2329.06/ person

Total in € (current currency rate at 20.11.17) – 2623.82/ person

Bulgaria 6 días – Itinerario y presupuesto

Bulgaria es uno de los pocos países que he visitado que me ha dejado un sabor agridulce. No es un país monumental, ni está preparado para acoger turistas (al menos en las zonas más profundas del país) ya que la gente no muestra su mejor simpatía, quizás por el frío? img_6269Sin embargo sí hay lugares que valen la pena visitar y sobre todo hay que decir que se come muy bien. Aunque mi experiencia no haya sido la mejor si recomiendo que vayáis, puede que vuestra experiencia sea diferente. Nosotros fuimos 6 días, quizás no mucho para poder explorar el país al 100% aunque sabía que a la semana siguiente volvería para una semana de esquí en una de las estaciones de esquí más desconocidas de Europa, pero de ello hablaré en otro artículo. Ahora nos centraremos en el itinerario que realizamos así como en información del coste que supondría visitar Bulgaria por 6 días. Puede que nuestro presupuesto final fuera más barato de lo habitual ya que visitamos el país en Enero, completamente fuera de temporada, eso sí el paisaje era precioso ya que días antes había nevado bastante fuerte y la nieve llegaba fácilmente al metro de altura en muchos lugares, incluido en Sofia.

Día 1.- Sofia

La verdad que Sofia no es una ciudad muy monumental como otras capitales de Europa. El centro histórico es accesible andando y no hay muchos lugares de interés a los que visitar. La catedral de Alexander Nevsky, la iglesia ortodoxa de Sveti Sedmochislenitsi y el Boulevard de Vitosha son posiblemente los más interesantes y pueden fácilmente visitarse en un día o menos.

Vuelo Birmingham – Sofia: 25€/persona

Tren Aeropuerto Sofia – Centro: 1.60BGN= 0.80€/persona

Hotel 3* centro ciudad: 15€/persona

Comida y cena en Sofía en A/D: 30BGN: 15€

Entradas a monumentos: gratis

Catedral de Alexander Nesvky - photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Catedral de Alexander Nesvky – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Día 2.- Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Arnabasi

El segundo día decidimos visitar Veliko Tranovo, la antigua capital de Bulgaria. La verdad que 1 día fue suficiente para visitar Sofia así que cambiamos los planes y ganamos un día más por el país. Cogimos un autobús en la estación central de autobuses de Sofia, bien pronto por la mañana para poder así ganar tiempo en Veliko. El recorrido en bus tiene una duración de 3 horas, no se hace pesado ya que el paisaje es bastante bonito y la mayor parte del recorrido se realiza entre montañas y pueblos pequeños. Una vez en Veliko Tarnovo, decidimos visitar Arbanasi, una pequeña población medieval situada en lo alto de una colina y a tan solo 4km de Veliko. Arbanasi es el lugar de Bulgaria con mayor número de monumentos, todas las casas están construidas en piedra y cuenta con 4 iglesias y un monasterio. Cogimos un taxi desde Veliko y al volver cogimos un “bus local”. Aquí en Arbanasi comimos en un restaurante de comida tradicional bulgara, de primer entrante nos pedimos un plato de embutido y quesos locales bastante buenos, no dejes de probar la Lukanka, quizás el mejor embutido del país; se trata de una longaniza de ternera seca con especias, tiene su toque picante pero no mucho.

Autobus Sofia – Veliko: 15BGN= 7.80€/ persona

Taxi Veliko – Arbanasi: 4BGN= 2.05€/ persona

Comida en restaurante tradicional: 20BGN=  11€/ persona

Bus Arbanasi – Veliko: 1BGN= 0.52€/ persona

Hotel 3* 2 noches centro Veliko Tarnovo con A/D: 20€/ persona

Cena en Veliko: 15BGN= 7.80€/ persona

Arbanasi - photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Arbanasi – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Castillo de Tsarevets en Veliko Tarnovo - photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Castillo de Tsarevets en Veliko Tarnovo – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Dia 3.- Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo fue la antigua capital del país durante el II Reíno de Bulgaria, allá por la edad media y durante varios siglos. La ciudad se emplaza entre una serie de hoces que el Río Yantra moldea en forma de serpiente a su paso por ella.  El Castillo de Tsarevets es considerado orgullo nacional y es el monumento más visitado del país. La verdad que con la estampa blanca las vistas son espectaculares y la visita se hace interesante y divertida por la dificultad de caminar con tanta nieve (hablamos de 1 metro de nieve acumulada). Necesitas prácticamente una mañana para visitar el castillo, tomar fotos y disfrutar de las vistas a la ciudad. Dominando el castillo, en la parte más alta de la colina, se encuentra una iglesia ortodoxa, el interior es pequeño y quizás lo que más nos llamó la atención fue la colección de pinturas negras y tenebrosas que decoraban las paredes. Después de comer visitamos el centro histórico, situado también en la parte alta de una de las colinas de la ciudad y bastante interesante por su aspecto medieval . Veliko Tarnovo sí es uno de esos sitios que vale la pena visitar en Bulgaria y pasar a menos un par de días.

Entrada al Castillo: 5BGN= 2.55€/ persona

Comida y cena: 30BGN= 15€/ persona

Veliko Tarnovo – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Día 4.- Veliko Tarnovo – Plovdiv

A primera hora de la mañana cogimos en tren que nos llevaba a Plovdiv. Compramos la opción de primera clase ya que la diferencia de precio era mínima, como de mínima era la diferencia entre primera clase y turista en el tren. La verdad que cuando subimos al tren pensábamos que en vez de llevarnos a Plovdiv nos llevarían a Auschwitz. Todo él era muy tenebroso y “gore” así como todas las pequeñas poblaciones que fuimos pasando a lo largo de las 4 horas y media que tardo en llegar. Fue posiblemente la mejor de las experiencias de todo el viaje. El paisaje fue fantástico y las primeras 3 horas del recorrido fueron a través de ríos y montañas nevadas. Una vez en Plovdiv y ya por la tarde exploramos el centro de la ciudad, declarada PH por la UNESCO, donde destaca todas los vestigios de la época romana tales como el Teatro, el circo, el foro y el anfiteatro. Además, el centro histórico es peatonal y sus elegantes caserones de estilo medieval te invitan a un agradable paseo. Ya al anochecer, disfrutamos de unas cervezas en un bar con magníficas vistas; hay que decir que las cervezas están buenísimas y son más bien baratas. Sun duda Plovdiv es lo mejor de Bulgaria.

Tren 1ª clase Veliko Tarnovo – Plovdiv: 16BGN= 8.20€/ persona

Comida y cena: 30BGN= 15€/ persona

Cerveza: 3.20BGN= 1.60€/ cada una

Hotel centro historico 2 días con A/D: 18€/ persona

Plovdiv city centre

Plovdiv city centre

Día 5. – Monasterio de Bachkovo – Fortaleza de Asen – Plovdiv

A tan sólo media hora de Plovdiv se encuentra el Monasterio de Bachkovo, es el segundo más grande del país y el enclave es espectacular; esta situado entre montañas, al final de un precioso y estrecho valle. Las pinturas bizantinas del interior de la iglesia del monasterio son dignas de ver. Nosotros tuvimos la suerte de poder hacer la visita con un guía local de Plovdiv, el cual se las apañó para que un monje del monasterio nos dejara tomar fotos del interior de la iglesia y de las pinturas. Después visitamos la Fortaleza de Asen, situada en la cima de una montaña bastante agreste y con una iglesia única de dos pisos. Por la tarde volvimos a Plovdiv para acabar de visitar esta preciosa ciudad.

Excursion medio día Monasterio y Fortaleza + transposte + guía + entradas: 12€/ persona

Comida y cena: 30BGN: 15€/ persona

Monasterio de Bachkovo

Monasterio de Bachkovo

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Día 6.- Plodvid – Sofía – Birmingham

Día básicamente de vuelta a casa. Cogimos el bus de Plovdiv a Sofia, pasamos el mediodía dando una vuelta por el centro de Sofia y ya por la tarde-noche cogimos el vuelo de regreso a Inglaterra.

Autobús Plovdiv – Sofia: 16BGN=8€/ persona

Tren Sofia – Aeropuerto: 1.60BGN=0.80€/ persona

Total: 201.10€/ persona total del viaje, podría ser más barato si dormís en albergues/hostels. Para una escapada barata de unos días, a pesar de no ser un país monumental, Bulgaria está bien, la verdad. Yo os animo a visitarla! 

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2 days in Northern Ireland

dsc_0259If there is a country which really impressed me and also took my expectations higher than I thought that is Northern Ireland. Although we only could spend two days I was very impressed of its beauty. Also the good weather that we had really helped to enjoy even more this small but lovely country.  Is it two days enough to visit the country? The answer is “NO”, but you can get a brief idea of the beauty of this country with only two days. The fact of having the flight in the early morning and also the flight back to Bristol in the late evening of next day helped us to take those two days in a very slow mode. I have to say that the country is not so big as you can drive from South to North in only 1 hour and a half, same from East to West. The short distance between the most interesting highlights makes even easier the short getaway.

Do you want to know what you can do in only two days in North Ireland? Take note of the following round trip across this country.

Giant's Causeway Bay

Giant’s Causeway Bay

Day 1 – The North Coast

We hired a car in Belfast International Airport, the cost for two days was only 60£ (around 75€) including the full insurance, just in case. First stop was Portrush, a small fisher village with an amazing white sand beach situated in the north, also it was the starting point of our trip . Not so far (only 3 miles far away) you can find the Dunluce Castle, a medieval castle which is basically destroyed although the breathtaking views due to its placement in the edge of the cliff make this place worth to visit. If you are a whisky lover don’t miss the Whisky Distillery in Bushmill, the oldest working distillery in Ireland; the price is 7.50£ including a taste of different varieties of whiskies. Next stop during our journey was the magnificent Giant’s Causeway, awarded as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1986. This place is a must not only while visiting North Ireland but your life. Millions of years ago a natural phenomenon transformed the rocks into particular geometric shapes and now more than 3000 people visit this place every day to admire its beauty. Don’t miss the mythological legend of the giant and how he built the causeway between North Ireland and Scotland (I’ll write soon about this legend). There is a shuttle bus which takes you from Bushmill to the main entry and the price is 7£ all inclusive, otherwise if you park the car next to the main entry you will pay 9£ for the admission plus 5£ for the car, I hardly recommend to take the shuttle, it only takes 5 minutes and the price is much cheaper. You can easily spend 4 hours only walking along the cliffs and taking pictures in here(we spent 4h 15 minutes) therefore prepare camera and walking shoes as you will regret if not.  Our B&B was placed just in front of the Giant’s Causeway main entry with stunning views over the sea and the countryside. The weather was sunny and we could admire a stunning sunset from our room, local people said to us that this is something what happens rarely so we were fully lucky this day.

Day 2 – Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal Route is a designated way marked drive around the coast of Northern Ireland. The route is 190km long and links Londonderry with Belfast. The landscape is varied from coastal roads to mountains tops and crossing beautiful glens (valleys). The best manner to experience the route is by driving relaxed while enjoying the landscape. First stop during our journey was the Carrik-a-ride Rope Brigde, suspended almost 30m above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. Next stop was Ballycastle, another fisher village placed between the sea and high hills which make the scenario of the village quite incredible. You have the option of taking a ferry to visit the Rathlin Island, but forget to take the car with you as it’s forbidden for tourists and the departures times from both places are limited. Then the route cross few glens between high mountains (thinking we are in UK) which make more than 500m of height. This part of the route is separated from the coast although in only few km you will be enjoying again the breeze of the sea. Our next stop was Cushendall, another fisher village placed between high cliffs. From here the route goes along the coast during almost 100km, in some of the points the road is basically in the same level than the sea with incredible high mountains in the other side. Amazing cliffs, small fisher villages, sheep, cows as well as rural cottages will be part of the journey and the breathtaking landscape will make the journey absolutely unforgettable. After a morning driving along the coast, we arrived to Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. The city is not so big and you can visit city centre as well as the main highlights with only 6-7 hours. In terms of tourism related Belfast pays tribute to the most important ship ever, Titanic. There is a walking tour from city centre to Titanic Museum which takes around 45 minutes where you will find information about the ship every few steps. The admission to get into the museum is 17.50£, we decided no to pay as the price is abusive, anyway as I told before, there is much information along the tour so you don’t really need to pay that amount of money. City centre is small, full of Victorian building and narrow streets, If there is something that really impressed me of Belfast was its street art, basically concentrated within the Cathedral Quarter. This spot really deserves a different article in the future. Also the mix between old warehouses with modern buildings make the harbour area quite particular.

I really had a great experience visiting Northern Ireland and I probably will go back at some point although I didn’t like Belfast that much. Here few pictures of this short getaway in this small but stunning country.

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Causeway Coast

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Causeway Coast

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Causeway Cliffs

Causeway Cliffs

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Giant's Causeway Bay

Giant’s Causeway Bay

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Causeway Coast

Causeway Coast

Belfast with the Titanic Museum as background

Belfast with the Titanic Museum as background

Belfast City Centre

Belfast City Centre

Street Art in Belfast

Street Art in Belfast

Narrow street within the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

Narrow street within the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

Belfast

Belfast

8 days in Romania. Itinerary and budget

Romanian countryside

Romanian countryside

Romania is one of those unknown east-european countries which people don’t usually travel to. Our friend Sandra Morell has visited it the past month of May and she wants to show us her experience as well as give us some ideas about what to visit. She travelled 8 days along this country visiting places like Bucarest and Translvania. The follow article will also give you a rough idea of the money that you might need. If you want to see the itinerary, click the following link Itinerary

Day 1 & 2- Bucharest

How to get city centre from Otopeni airport?

  • Bus number 873
  • Price 2€
  • It takes around 35 minutes

What to visit in Bucharest?

  • Palace of the Parlament
  • Triumphan Arch
  • Old Town
  • Herăstrău Park

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Bucharest city centre: from 7€/ night
  • Food: 8€ all meals/ day

Palace of the Parlament

Palace of the Parlament

Day 3. Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

How to get Sinaia from Bucarest?

What to visit in Sinaia?

  • Peles Castle: 4.50€
  • Old Town
  • Otional: during winter season, Sinaia is one of the popular skiing destination

How to get Brasov from Sianai?

  • Bus or train: from 2€, click the following link for more information From Sianai to Brasov

Hostel and Food

  • Hostel in Brasov: from 8€/ night
  • Food: 8-10€/ day

Peles Castle

Peles Castle

Day 4. Brasov – Bran Castle – Sighisoara

What to visit in Brasov?

  • Council Square
  • Old Town
  • Black Church
  • Mount Tampa by cable car
  • Bran Castle-Dracula´s Castle: 7.80€
    • Bran Castle or the Dracula´s Castle isn´t so far from Brasov, there is a bus line departing from Brasov. Click the following link to know more info about the most terrific castle of Europe http://www.bran-castle.com/
    • How to get Bran Castle from Brasov? Click the following link From Brasov to Bran Castle

How to get Sighisoara from Brasov?

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Sighisoara: from 10€/ night
  • Food: 8-10€/ day

Bran Castle or Dracula´s Castle

Bran Castle or Dracula´s Castle


Brasov

Brasov

Day 5. Sighisoara – Sibiu

What to visit in Sighisoara?

  • Citadella
  • Old Town
  • Clock Tower
  • Church on the hill

How to get Sibiu from Sighisoara?

  • Train: 3€ (ask for times at tourist info office of Sighisoara or click the following link Train from Sighisoara to Sibiu )
  • Time: 3h30

Hostel and Food

  • Hostel in Sibiu from 10€/ night
  • Food: 10€/ day

Clock Tower of Sighisoara

Clock Tower of Sighisoara

Day 6. Sibiu – Cluj Napoca

What to visit in Sibiu?

  • Big Square
  • Catholic Cathedral
  • Ortodox Cathedral
  • Old Town

How to get Cluj Napoca from Sibiu?

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Cluj Napoca: from 13€/ night
  • Food: 10-12€/ day

Local houses in Sibiu

Local houses in Sibiu

Day 7. Cluj Napoca – Salina Turda – Cluj Napoca

What to visit in Cluj Napoca?

  • Banffy Palace
  • Avran Lancu Square
  • National Museum of Transilvania
  • Old Town

How to get Salina Turda salt mine?

Salina Turda Salt Mine

  • Price: 5€
  • Time to visit: between 2-3 hours

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Cluj Napoca from 13€/ night
  • Food: 12€/ day

Salina Turda mine

Salina Turda mine

Day 8. Cluj Napoca – Airport

If your flight is in the evening, you will have still enough time to visit Cluj Napoca during the morning. Cluj Napoca has an airport with flights connecting Transilvania with London and few more Europe capital cities. Check http://www.skyscanner.com for more information.

  • Bus to the airport: number 8
  • Price of the bus: 3€

Cluj Napoca

Cluj Napoca

Thank you very much Sandra Morell for all information that you have given to us. Absolutely a worth trip to Romania!

Our friend Sandra Morell

Our friend Sandra Morell

2 days around Leman Lake

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A weekend around the Leman Lake in Switzerland and in France could be cheaper than you expect if you travel in the right time. Ski season starts from November until April and the prices are usually more expensive. We flew only few weeks before the winter seasons started when the prices are still low and when nature shows one of its best performance: the colourful autumn. As known, Switzerland is very expensive and a short getaway might become so expensive if you don’t control well your budget. For that reason, we bought are food in England, so for a weekend we spent 20£/each in food.

Flight from Bristol to Geneva: 35£ return/person

At 8.30am we were already in Geneva airport. We booked a car by on-line in the France side of the airport (price cheaper than Swiss side) and we paid 60€ for two days between 3 people, only 20£ each then. Around 9.30am we were driving out of the airport to gain as much time as possible and see as many things as possible.

1.- LAUSSANE

 

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This charming city was our first stop. Laussane is a beautiful city situated in the shores of the Leman Lake. It’s not as big as Geneva, though big enough to enjoy its alive atmosphere. The local market was set up in the heart of the city with small stands selling veggies, fruits and flowers. Little bit higher from the main place and on the top of a hill you will find the cathedral. There is a view point from which you will enjoy beautiful views over Laussane, the Leman Lake and you are lucky…you will see the highest peaks and mountains around the lake.

2.-GRUYERE

 

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Gruyere is a “must seen” during you weekend around the Leman Lake, this charming medieval village situated in the Low Swiss Alps is popular for its cheese. With only two streets and the main square, this village is able to attract thousand of tourists throughout the year. Discover its delightful houses and visit its castle on the top of the hill. The views over Alps mountains are stunning. And don’t forget to taste the Gruyere cheese, Yummy!! 😛  

 

3.- ON THE ROAD

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On our way back to the lake we decided to use a different road and see a small part of the Alps mountains. For 1 hour and a half we drove through the Gruyère Pays d’Henhaut Natural park, passing by beautiful valleys with colossal mountains in both sides. Also, the beautiful colour of the autumn made this experience even nicer. Thousand of cows filled the fields like they’d have been drawn by an impressionist painter. On the way down to the lake, the fog covered the valley thereby creating an terrific atmosphere. You will find the map of the route in the end of the article.

4.- EVIAN-LES-BAINS

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This popular village in situated in the south-east of the Leman Lake. This side of the lake is France and the border is only few kilometres before Evian. Popular for its springs, this small village has become one of the most important spa destinations in Europe. Either winter or summer, Evian is a nice place for your skiing holidays, spa holidays or simply a chill getaway. We booked 2 rooms in a beautiful wooden house  by Airbnb in the zone, above 1000 metres height. The couple were so nice and we got a charming welcome from them. The price: 15£ each with an delicious home-made breakfast included in the price.

5.- YVOIRE LE LEMAN

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Yvoire le Leman is a very tinny medieval village situated in the French side of the lake. Vehicles are not allowed inside its walls, only bikes can ride. Delighted houses built in stone take you back on time to the middle age like if you were the protagonist of a historical novel. With full of traditional shops, the popular French sweet “macarron” is probably the most sold product in Yvoire as the most of the shops are patisseries, although you will also find wooden objetcs made by hand. The most of the houses are decorated with flowers which make even nicer the atmosphere. This village is a “must” during your getaway around Leman Lake, don’t miss then.

6.- GENEVA 

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With only an afternoon you will have enough time to visit the most important highlights of Geneva. There is a beautiful “promenade” along the shore of the lake. The Old City is not so far from the lake and a walk through the Old City is absolutely worth it.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ROUTE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW

MAP