The Europe Countdown: London

81 Days until I’m off to London and Paris! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I still can’t believe I actually booked this trip for myself, almost a year ago. I remember booking it on a complete whim, while at work, just thinking how I need to do something for myself. And here we are, 81 days until I leave. So, I was thinking I’d dedicate a few posts to the pre-trip, places I’ll be going and what I’ll be doing. This post is dedicated to London. I’ll be there for three days.

Places I’ll See

We’re going to take a bus tour around the city to see a lot of the major sights, and get a lot of time to walk around on foot. We do get one entirely free day in London, and one the excursions I signed up for is going to see Oxford. Here’s a quick list:

  • London Bridge
  • Westmiste Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Big Ben
  • Oxford

I’d love any suggestions of other places to check out in my free time! Or places that you have to eat at. When in Oxford, we do get to take a river cruise which will be a great experience too. After three days in London, we take the Eurostar to Paris for another three days. I’ve already been assigned a tour director, and should get flight information next month!

I have the travel bug.

So, I did something crazy today. I booked myself a trip to London and Paris, crazy right? Well, I love to travel. And I haven’t gotten to do a lot of it. But now, why not?

I booked the trip with EF College Break, as long as you are between 18 – 28, you can book a tour with them. I’m not going anytime soon, its actually next August – and I made sure my birthday was right in the middle of it!

Let me tell you about the trip!

We spend 3 days in London and 3 days in Paris. It’s a guided tour for the most part, the first and second days in London are guided days, the first also includes your arrival and a welcome dinner. The second is a city tour. The third day is a free day to do whatever you want! The next day you travel to Paris via the Eurostar.

What’s the Eurostar? I asked the same thing. It’s a high speed train that travels between London and Paris, as well as some other cities. From what I’ve read, it will take a couple of hours to travel to Paris. The rest of that day we will be sightseeing then ending the evening on a river cruise and seeing the Eiffel Tower.

The next day is more sightseeing and guided tours, and the final full day we are allowed a free day! I did opt for the excursion to the Palace of Versailles – because why not? And then, finally, we head home.

How amazing does all that sound?? And honestly, it didn’t cost that much. It’s about $2800 for the entire trip. Granted, I still need spending money for food and anything extra – but that $2800 includes flights, travel and all accommodations.

And with EF College Break, you can pay monthly, with no interest as long as you do Autopay. So I’m paying a little over $200 a month for the next 12 months to pay for my trip – again how cool? (I did pay some upfront.)

So I’ll keep you posted on this. I do plan on taking at least one more trip with this company after this one, I turn 27 next year during this trip!

(Which means I turn 26 here in a month!!)