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Destination: Europe 10+ Countries' Tour '19
A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Europe is where some of the world’s greatest cultures and civilizations originated. It is a diverse and interesting place; with many of its mysteries still being discovered by modern day historians and archeologists. If you’re a Europhile who wants to know more about your favorite continent, then read the fun, yet interestingly amazing Europe facts on the next page.
35 Interesting Facts about Europe:
1. With a land area of only 4,000,000 square miles, Europe is the second smallest continent in the world, just behind Australia.
2. Despite its relatively small size, Europe is quite populous. It comes right after Asia and Africa in terms of population.
3. It might be the second smallest continent, but Europe is home to the largest country in the world. Russia is so big, in fact, that it takes up forty percent of Europe’s land area.
4. Europe was the main location of several historical periods that made a huge impact on the world like the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution.
5. When it comes to land area, Europe is only two percent bigger than Canada.
6. The etymology for the word “Europe” is uncertain up to the present time. Some people like to think that it came from Europa, one of Zeus’s many wives in Greek mythology.
7. The name “Europe” might have originated from the Greek word “eurus,” meaning wide or broad.
8. Aside from “eurus,” the Greek word for wide, Europe might have also come from the ancient Syrian word for sunset, “ereb.”
9. The first historians who first used “Europe” (or an ancient variant of the name thereof) as a geographical term was Hecataeus and Anaximander.
10. The boundary between Asia and Europe changed a lot during the course of history. Anaximander and Herodotus placed the boundary near the Phasis (modern day Rioni) river, while Roman era historians like Ptolemy and Strabo placed it near Tanais (modern day Don) river.
11. Europe is also called as Frangistan or “the land of the Franks” in the vernacular of some Turkic languages.
12. Some of the world’s greatest empires were founded on European land. This includes the ancient Roman Empire (the cradle of modern civilization, according to some historians), and then later on, the British, Spanish, and Russian Empires.
13. Aside from having the largest country in the world, Europe also has the smallest! The Vatican has a land area of only 0.44 square kilometers.
14. There are more than 250 distinct languages spoken in Europe.
15. The largest city in Europe is Istanbul, if transcontinental countries that straddle both Europe and Asia (like Turkey) is counted. Otherwise, Moscow is the largest, followed by Paris and London.
16. Europe is part of Eurasia, a giant continental landmass consisting both of Europe and mainland Asia.
17. Europe has many geopolitical divisions, some of which includes many countries that are more proximate to other continents. For example, Cyprus (which is nearer to West Asia) is considered as European. Sometimes, Israel can also be considered as part of geopolitical Europe as well.
18. While Greenland is closer to North America, it is still considered as part of Europe because it is a dependent territory of Denmark.
19. Transcontinental countries (i.e. countries that straddle both Asia and Europe), include Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey.
20. The entirety of Portugal is in Europe, but it has an autonomous region (Madeira) near Africa, and another (Azores) near North America. This would make Portugal a tricontinental country since it has territories in three continents.
21. Europe’s largest active volcano is Mount Etna, located in Sicila, in the southern part of Italy. 22. Vatnajökull (or Vatna Glacier) is Europe’s largest glacier with an area of more than 8,000 square kilometers. Located underneath it are several volcanoes.
23. Evidence has shown that the Mediterranean Sea, which borders Europe, Asia, and Africa, have dried up several times in the past. This is called as the Messinian Salinity Crisis.
24. If transcontinental countries like Russia were not counted, Ukraine would be Europe’s largest country.
25. The idea to separate Europe and Asia (that both share a common landmass) came from the Greeks. The boundary was at Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles) a strait located in the northwestern part of Turkey.
26. Dardanelles (ancient name Hellespont), the strait that separates Europe from mainland Asia is very narrow. It’s only 1.2 to 6 kilometers wide.
27. Europe’s most visited tourist destination is not the Eiffel Tower or the Big Ben, but Disneyland in Paris.
28. Bulgaria is considered to be the oldest country on Europe, since the country’s name was virtually unchanged since 641 AD.
29. Europe’s largest country, Russia, is so vast, that there are literally thousands of uninhabited villages inside the country that were abandoned due to lack of development and infrastructure. 30. While Mount Etna is Europe’s largest volcano, Mount Vesuvius might be the most popular. This volcano, located east of Naples in Italy, is known for its eruption in AD 79 that destroyed Pompeii and other nearby areas. It is still an active volcano, so there’s a chance that it will erupt again in the future (though the specific time for this is uncertain).
31. History’s biggest empire was European. In its golden days, the British empire managed to cover one-fourth of the world’s territories.
32. The world’s largest colony of ants was found in Europe. This colony measured a whopping 6,000 kilometers long, and spanned all the way from near the Atlantic coast of Spain to the northern part of Italy.
33. There are around 730 million people living in Europe today. This figure constitutes about eleven to twelve percent of the world’s current population.
34. There is a period in European history that is still full of mystery and intrigue. Called the “Age of Migrations” this historical period happened when various tribes (Vandals, Lombards, Goths, Saxons, and Vandals) made their way to Europe, and was estimated to have ended around 500 AD. The reasons for this mass migration of tribes still remain unclear up to this very day, and there are very little written records about it.
35. A number of European countries have weird laws. For example, in Switzerland, it forbidden to flush the toilet after 10 in the evening. Also, the country forbids mowing the lawn and laundering clothes during Sundays. In France, there’s a law that bans people from naming their pet pigs “Napoleon.” In the United Kingdom, dying in the House of Parliament is illegal. Greece bans all forms of electronic games- not just gambling games- but also harmless ones like online chess, Solitaire, and most mobile games that you play on your phone.
About the Trip
Europe has some of the most scenic and romantic places to visit with lots us history to its name. It’s also a place for adventure and knowledge. Come travel, open your mind and see things from a different perspective. Witness the architecture from medieval times. Visit some of the headquarters for some of the greatest kingdoms to exist on the earth. This trip is a road tour which involves driving to our destinations and activities in each country. We will be utilizing campervans which have accommodation for six(6) person per camper. Each campervan can seat and sleep the six(6) persons, it is equipped with full kitchenette(stove, refrigerator, sink with running water, etc), toilet and bath, dining table plus more. This trip is not the typical travel and go to a hotel type of trip. It is fine tuned to give you a more intimate experience at each activity in every location which we will pass through as we tour Europe. In some countries we will have more than one destination stops.
We will be visiting:
• Amsterdam -Netherlands
• Brussels - Belgium
• Luxembourg City - Luxembourg
• Paris - France
• Rome & Venice - Italy
• Ticino & Vilters-Wangs, - Switzerland
• Vaduz – Liechtenstein
• Bavaria | Berlin | Frankfurt - Germany
• Salzbourg | Vienna - Austria
• Bratislava - Slovakia
• Prague - Czech Republic
PRICES AND PAYMENT PLANS
Price: TTD$ 19,500.00
1st Payment: $10,000.00 by on or before 14th May 2019
2nd Payment: $5,000.00 on or before 14th June 2019
3rd Payment: $4,500.00 on or before 14th July 2019
Please note: The first two(2) payments which total TTD$15,000.00 is non-refundable as it goes directly toward renting camper & airline tickets).
This can be modified but has to be paid in full by the 14th July 2019. Please contact us to modify it for you.
Full Payment: $19,500 by 14th May 2019 ($4,500 Refundable)
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• Return Domestic Flights (Trinidad - Tobago-Trinidad)
• Return International Flights (Tobago-Germany-Tobago)
• Visits to 10+ Countries
• Ground Transfers ( Wednesday 4th and Tuesday 17th September 2019 only)
• Over 12 Tours
• iFit Adventure Travel Buddies
• Flexible Payment Plans
• Swiss Alps Hike
• Complete Travel Packing Guide
• Complete Travel Information Guide
• Pre Travel Weekend Experiences
• Half day to yourself in Berlin (Depending on what time we arrive)
• A day to yourself in Frankfurt
• Visits to Historical Sites & Attractions
• Bonus Tours/Activities
• Boat Tour of the Canals and Visit to Musuem Square in Amsterdam -Netherlands
• Drive through the city and Monument visit in Brussels - Belgium
• Hop on hop off 7 Stop Bus Tour of Luxembourg City - Luxembourg
• Hop on hop off 15 Stop Bus Tour of Paris - France
• Tour of the Vatican and Tour of the Colloseum in Rome - Italy
•Venice - Italy • Gondola Boat Tour of Venice -Italy
• Tour of Bellinzona, Lavertezzo River(Cold Bath) in Ticino, Switzerland
• Hike to Schottensee and Wildesee
Lunch at the Pizolhutte Mountain Top Restaurant in Pizol, Wangs, Switzerland
• Castle Tour of Vaduz – Liechtenstein
• Breakfast by the lake then Tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany
• Drive through and Quick stop in Munich, Germany
• Drive through & stops at locations from the movie “ The Sound of Music” in Salzbourg, Austria
• Night out in the City then Morning Tour in Vienna, Austria
• Slovak lunch and Quick Tour of Bratislava, Slovakia
• Visit to Charles Bridge, Astronomical Tower and Sunset in Prague - Czech Republic
• Half Day to yourself in Berlin, Germany
• Whole day to yourself in Frankfurt, Germany .
You will be allowed to participate in other tours at your expense once time permits.
Meals and drinks are not included.
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What is not included but required:
Travel Insurance: TTD$450 (you can use credit card to acquire online)
Food: TTD$3200 (you can use credit card in most places)
Train Tickets: TTD$800 (you can use credit card in most places)
iFit Hoodie: TTD$350
Spending Money: $4000 (you can use credit card in most places)
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Questions and answers pertaining to the trip.
1. Can we stop at interested (personal) places on the way?
Yes and No. We will have a set route with Main Stops and Designated pit stops. Eg. We will pass through Brussels, Belgium on the way to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. If your stop is along our route and does not hamper the convoy, we can surely stop. If it will affect the convoy’s logistics in a negative way, we will not be able to accommodate you.
2. Do I have to have a Visa (depending on where the flights passing through)?
No, if you are a Trinidadian national with a Trinidadian Passport departing from Trinidad and Tobago, you do not need any form of Visa to travel in and out of the countries on our itinerary. Do ensure your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after the return date of the trip.
3. In what cities are the hikes?
The main hike is in Switzerland at the 2nd Main Stop (Vilter-Wangs). Please refer to itinerary.
4. After January, what are the payment plans for the balance of funds and deadline?
Refer to payment plans. After December, the package will cost more due to increase in airline ticket prices.
5. In what city will there be the "day for ourselves"?
After spending the afternoon (half day) in Berlin, on Sunday 15th September, 2019, we will drive to Frankfurt during the night. The “day for ourselves” will be in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday 16th September, 2019.
6. Will there be electricity on the campervan?
Yes, but it is limited therefore we must take others into consideration. You will need to purchase electrical converters from regular 110v to 220v.
7. Where will we be able to charge our electrical devices?
At the ‘aires’ (motor-home stopovers) and in the campervan. The camper will have electricity while in transit. The camper will also be plugged into the electrical supply from the aires allowing us to have electricity while parked at the aire. Voltage varies from aire to aire and some devices may take longer to charge completely. This we will have no control over however we will get to charge our devices.
8. How long is the longest flight and the longest land drive?
The longest straight flight is 10 Hours from Frankfurt to Tobago. The longest flying time in transit is about 16 hours. We have to fly from Trinidad to Tobago, wait for a bit, get lunch etc in Tobago, then check in, wait for 3 hours, then fly to Barbados on the Condor jet, wait in Barbados for 2 hours (may not get to leave the airport) then fly for 10 hours to Frankfurt, Germany. To allow comfort and less hassle, we will not take flights which are very close. This can cause stress and it is better to have time to relax, leaving room for flight delays etc rather than hurrying and missing flights. No one wants that. This flight from Tobago- Barbados- Germany takes place once a week!
9. What are the currencies used in those cities?
In most cities we will be using the Euro Currency.
In Switzerland we may use Euro Dollar or Swiss Francs (Swiss Currency).
10. Where will we be using the toilets and shower?
The camper is equipped with toilet, face basin and shower. The aim is to minimise the use of both because, we will have to empty the waste at the designated location at the aires. If you have to use it while on the road driving, you are free to do so. As such, we will be staying at aires on most nights of the trip where we will be able to use the toilet, shower, and address personal care matters. While touring during the days in various cities and locations, be smart and try to use the toilets at the attractions, restaurants and cafes you will visit.
11. I have never done a trip like this before. How will I know what to pack?
Upon making your payment of TTD$8,000.00 by January 31st 2019, you will receive a full packing guide on what to bring for the entire trip and how it will be utilized.
12. Which hotel will we be staying in?
We will not be staying in any hotels. This trip is a road tour of Europe hence the cost is lower than normal. You will be using the campervan (motor-home) as our accommodation as well as transport while in Europe except for the night of the 16th September 2019 where we will be staying at a hostel close to the airport.
13. What are the tours included in the package?
Please note, they are listed above.
14. Is food and drinks included in the package?
15. How many beds are there on the campervans?
4 as follows: 1 double decker at the rear of the camper ( single size 1 on top the other), one double bed above the driver and right side passenger area (bed for 2 persons, you may have to share with someone you do not know and 1, 2 person convertible bed which are the 4 seats to be used by the 4 passengers other than the one in front with the driver.
16. What if I don’t want to share a bed with anyone I do not know?
Based on the actual grouping of passengers on the trip, you will know everyone and already create some type of bond prior to leaving Trinidad. You will have to participate in at least 2 of the 3 events planned for meeting and bond prior to the trip. You may also be able to choose one of the double decker beds at the rear (based on the actual grouping of passengers in the camper which you will be assigned to).
17. What about personal hygiene, I can’t stand certain scents? What about doing laundry? Everyone is required to practice proper personal hygiene on this trip keeping in mind that they are not in their personal houses and among others. Be considerate of others. Bathe everyday when possible. Keep everything and everywhere clean. Everyone will also have 2 days to take out the garbage from their camper, sanitize the area and replace garbage bags etc. Some of the aires provide laundry services for free while others may have a price attached.
18. What would we be eating on this trip?
We firstly have to know ourselves and what we are capable of consuming. Know what you are allergic to etc. You are responsible for providing all your meals and drinks for the entire trip. Simple menus will be put together in time for the trip. Our meals are very important to us as we will be burning a lot of calories just to keep warm as well as while touring. In some of those big cities we will be walking for hours doing tours. Energy will be needed. You are also asked to start doing some endurance training and try to keep fit, as you will not want to keep back the crew. An example of a perfect meal which can be prepared in the camper is mashed potato (from flakes), fried/boiled sausage, and some form of vegetables.
19. Would I be required for any form of duty on the trip?
Yes. Photographer- everyone will have to take each other’s photos because selfies only will not do. Navigator- everyone will be required to keep the driver’s company at some point in time and assist with the navigation. Sanitisation personnel for 2 days. Everyone is responsible for keeping the camper clean and in same order which we collected it. Your job is to ensure that everyone maintains this for the assigned two days. Chef - We either prepare our meals for ourselves, if everyone decides to take turns in meal preparations. This will save us all time and money. We will all cooperate to get everything done.
20. Where will we sleep?
What about laundry? Toilets? Showers?
We will be spending most of the nights in our camper at motorhome stopovers. They go by different names in different countries however we will use the French name “Aires”. An aire is a place designated for the purpose of overnight stopping for recreational vehicles or motorhomes. Aires are usually operated by local authorities. These vehicles can stay over or longer depending on the terms and conditions specified on a sign by each locality. Parking is in accordance with local building codes and road traffic law. NB: The electricity output varies by amperage so research before plugging in. Aires vary and each can be different. They all offer different services therefore you must not expect the same amenities at each. A list of services offered at aires are listed below:
• Toilets & Showers
• Fresh water supply
• Chemical toilet
• Grey/ Freshwater Service Area
• Washer and Dryer
• Motorhome Parking and Service Station
• Swimming Pool
There must be consultation between an Ifit World Representative and yourself (the potential participant) prior to making down payment. All down payments are non-refundable. Payment information will be sent to you after the aforementioned consultation. Upon completion of full payment your itinerary and plane tickets will be sent to you via email or they can be printed and delivered to you, at an agreed time and place.
Everyone participating in this trip will be required to attend and participate in at least two (2) simulation events in Trinidad and Tobago. The cost of these simulation events must be covered by the participants and is not included in the package for the Tour of Europe. This is necessary in order to acquaint those traveling as well as a preparatory test for the long drives in Europe. One drive that is particularly long, is the drive from Paris (France) to Milan (Italy) which is approximately 10-12 Hours. There will be a 2 hour stop along this route followed by a drive for 7 hours to Rome (Italy).
This trip is not a service where you pay, get everything put in place, then are sent out to maneuver your way around. It’s a trip where we all become travel buddies and must cooperate with each other. One to two persons out of the six persons on each Campervan/Motorhome is required to be in possession of a valid manual driver’s permit for Trinidad and Tobago or Europe.
Drivers, who are also participants on the trip, are required to drive for the entire time in Europe once we are in possession of the campers. The driver must be at least 21 years old. The drivers must have been in possession of a Class III / Class B or comparable national driver’s license for at least one year, once the driver possesses the relevant local driver’s permit, Ifit World will cover the cost to acquire the International driver’s permit.
Mandatory Simulation events:
· Hike to Paria bay (2-3 Hours) Saturday 20th April 2019
· Cross Country Drive Around Tour of Trinidad in June 2019.
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Tuesday 3rd September, 2019
FULL GROUP ASSEMBLE AT 1:00PM PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
CHECK IN AT 2:25PM
Depart Trinidad – Tobago via Caribbean Airlines: 4:25PM
Duration: 30 Minutes Arrive in Tobago: 4:50pm
CHECK IN 5:35PM (CONDOR COUNTER)
Depart Tobago: 8:45pm Arrive Barbados via Condor Airlines: 9:45pm
Duration: 60 Minutes
Depart Barbados: 11:45pm
Wednesday 4th September, 2019
Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany: 2:55Pm
Duration: 10 Hours
Once all goes well, by 4:00pm we will clear immigration and customs, change currency, purchase sim cards and put plans our our phones. If time permits, we can take a quick shower in the terminal. At this time we would be using Terminal 1.
(When you come out in arrival Hall B, you can not miss the Vodafone and O2 signs. So this is where you buy your German sim card. Hall A and Hall C have no shops at all, so you will have to walk back. A level down from Hall C there actually is another O2 shop but they don’t sell a German sim card for tourists.)
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Airport - Campervan Rental
Duration: 45 Minutes
Campervan Rental- Amsterdam
WE WILL CATER 6 HOURS
Depart Frankfurt, Germany: 5:00pm
Arrive at Camping Vliegenbos Amsterdam, Netherlands: 10:20pm
5 Hours 20 Mins (432km)
(where we will spend the night and early morning)
Camping Vliegenbos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thursday 5th September, 2019
Our first tour in Europe will be the Canal Cruise of Amsterdam on Thursday 5th September, 2019. Here is a video of what this tour is like.
AMSTERDAM CANAL CRUISE
After the Canal Cruise we will get lunch, do a bit of exploration then depart to Brussels, Belgium for short stop in the capital then to Luxembourg for the night. We will arrive by nightfall, spend the night at the camping spot. After breakfast we will then do the 7 Stop Hop on Hop off Bus Tour of Luxembourg city.
We are still deciding which camping spot to choose, whether in the countryside or in the city.
If we will be staying in the city, the camping spot will be Camping Bon Accueil.
Arrive: 7:00pm at Camping Bon Accueil, 2 Rue Du Camping, 5815 Alzingen, Luxembourg (near the city):
Duration: 5 Hours 40 Mins (417km)
Friday 6th September, 2019
Have breakfast and tour Luxembourg City.
After the tour, we will have lunch and then prepare to go to Paris.
Below is a video of touring Luxembourg City.
10 Things to do in Luxembourg City
Friday 6th September, 2019
Depart Luxembourg City: 1:00pm
Arrive Paris, France: 5:00pm
Duration: 3h 48 min (374 km)
We will check in to the camping spot in Paris, France known as Camping De Paris , take showers etc then head out to the Eiffel Tower and other possible attractive spots at night time. Some persons may choose to stay in and rest. We return from exploring at night and enjoy our sleep in Paris.
Saturday 7th September, 2019
Wake up and head out for a day of touring Paris, France. We will gather supplies and depart to Milan for the longest drive on our entire Euro tour at a duration of 13 Hours which may turn to about 15 hours including two stops along the way.
Depart Paris, France: 5:00pm
This is our Camping Spot (Aire) in Paris, France
15 Stop Hop on Hop off Bus Tour of Paris, France
Sunday 8th September, 2019
Arrive Terme Dei Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy: 10:00am (15 Hours)
We will spend about 3-4 hours here at the hot springs, everyone can bathe and enjoy the much needed hot bath to relax muscles etc, then drivers must get some sleep before departing to Rome, Italy which is 2 hours away.
Depart Tuscany, Italy: 2:00pm
Arrive Rome: 5:00pm
Distance : 147 km
Fuel : €32.04
We will spend the night at the camping spot in Rome:
Via Aurelia 831, 00163 Rome (Italy)
Termi Di Saturnia- The Hot Springs of Tuscany
Another Video of Terme Di Saturnia
Monday 9th September, 2019
Wake up early and go to tour the Vatican City, have lunch then tour the Colosseum.
We will visit more spots during this day as indicated in the video below.
After a full day touring Rome, we will be tired.
The drivers will have early dinner and go to bed early( by 6:00pm).
We will depart Rome, Italy: 8:00pm
Camping Village Rome
Tuesday 10th September, 2019
Arrive Venice: 2:00am 6 h 27 min (851 km)
Here we will sleep and have a good Venetian Breakfast then go for a Gondola boat tour of Venice, Italy.
Depart Venice: 3:00pm
Things To Know Before Visiting Italy
HOW TO SEE ROME IN A DAY
This Verzasca where we will camp and enjoy the morning half day in south of Switzerland.
Arrive Ticino, Switzerland: 9:00pm
Duration: 5 h (374 km)
Check in to our campsite either at:
in Sonogno - Valle Verzasca, Ticcino, Switzerland
Sonogno - Valle Verzasca
15 stalls, camper service
GPS: 46° 20' 59" N // 8° 47' 19" E
The parking area is located 900 meters above sea level.
Campeggio Lido Mappo (On the beach of the lake)
Wednesday 11th September, 2019
6:00am Have breakfast and explore Ponte de Salti and Bellinzona in Ticino, Switzerland.
9:00am Drive to Gare de Faido - Via Stazione, 6760 Faido which is the GPS location we will use as a guide to get to Cascata Piumogna which is a very beautiful waterfall.
We will spend 1 hour by the waterfall then continue north.
We will then head north west to Andermatt 6490-6493 Uri (Switzerland) passing through many small towns enroute to
Saarfall which is another beautiful waterfall. located at
Rationenstrasse 22, 7324 Vilters, Switzerland then we drive to the parking spot for the night at the Pizol Cable Car Station in Vilters-Wangs.
Arrive: Vilters-Wangs which is north of Ticino but in Switzerland: 7:00pm
The sun will be setting at 7:47pm.
Total drive time for this day is:
4 h 33mins
Distance : 260 km
Fuel : €60.76
Set up camp in Vilters-Wangs and everyone go to bed early. We have to rest properly as the hike up the Swiss Alps is tomorrow.
Campeggio Lido Mappo
Ponte Dei Salti
Arrive: Vilters-Wangs which is north of Ticino but in Switzerland: 3:00pm
Duration: 2 hours(140km)
Set up camp in Vilters-Wangs and everyone go to bed early, we will not be in an aire. We will be utilising everything we need from the camper therefore we must prepare properly when leaving Ticino.
We have to rest properly as the hike up the Swiss Alps is tomorrow.
Thursday 12th September, 2019
Early breakfast and prepare to ascend to the Pizolhutte, mountain top restaurant via the cable car then 2 chair lifts.
At the restaurant is where our hike will start. Our first stop will be a short walk west of the Pizolhutte to the first lake, then we will head back east passing the Pizolhutte enroute to the next lake.
Duration 2 hours one way.
At the lake we will have some light snacks and drinks then we return to the Pizolhutte for lunch.
After lunch we will descend to the campers in the carpark where will quickly get read to leave Vilters-Wangs to go to Lietchenstein.
Depart Vilters-Wangs: 1:30pm
The hike in the Swiss Alps which we will be doing
Arrive Vaduz, Liechtenstein: 2:00pm
30 min (34.8 km)
If the tour is available in the afternoon, we will tour the Vaduz Castle. If not, we will have supper and make our way to Schwangau Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany.
Depart Vaduz, Liechtenstein: 4:00pm
Arrive: Schwangau Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany: 6:30pm
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (162km)
In Schwangau Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany we will camp by the lake where a much needed night rest will be enjoyed after such a long and energetic day of hiking and touring.
Neuschwantstein Castle Tour - Bavaria, Germany
Friday 13th September, 2019
Have breakfast, enjoy the beauty of the lake and prepare to tour the Neuschwanstein Castle. After touring the castle we will journey east to Munich on our way to Salzbourg, Austria.
Depart: Schwangau Neuschwanstein: 11:00am
Arrive: Munich, Germany: 1:00pm
Duration: 2 hours (102km)
Depart Munich: 2:00pm
We will then continue going east till we arrive in Salzbourg, Austria where we will sight see for about 1 hour.
Arrive Salzbourg, Austria: 4:10pm
Depart Salbourg: 5pm
Arrive Vienna, Austria: 8:00pm
Duration: 6 hours (439km)
We will spend the night in Vienna, Austria.
Quick Tour of Bratislava, Slovakia
Saturday 14th September, 2019
Have breakfast, and some early morning exploring of the city.
Depart Vienna: 10:00am
Arrive Bratislava, Slovakia: 11:20am
Duration: 1 hour 20 Mins
Depart Bratislava: 12:20pm
Arrive Prague, Czech Republic: 4:40pm
Duration: 4 Hours 17 Mins (333km)
We park the campers at the motorhome stopover which is 2km from the city. We should aim at catching the sunset from on St. Charles Bridge and visit the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, in Prague, Czech Republic.
Prague, Czech Republic
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Prague, Czech Republic
A Day in Berlin on a Budget
Sunday 15th September, 2019
Depart Prague: 3:00am
Arrive Berlin: 7:00am
4 Hours 42Mins (349km)
Time for yourself.
Tour Berlin on your own or with us.
Drivers are asked to join us for sleep 7:00pm
Depart Berlin: 11:30pm
Monday 16th September, 2019
Arrive Frankfurt: 7:00am
Duration: 7 Hours (554km)
Tour Frankfurt during the day.
Camperss will be parked at the Aire where we will stay for the night.
Reflective Meeting and Dinner with everyone at 5:00pm at the Motorhome stopover.
Pack all luggage and carry on for departure via airplane.
Tuesday 17th September, 2019
Drivers check in on flight online at 6:00am.
Have Breakfast Drop everyone and luggage to Airport by 7:00am.
Once everyone along with their luggage is dropped off at the Airport. The drivers depart to return the campers at the Camper Rental Agency 30 minutes away from the airport.
Drivers Arrive at Camper Rental Agency: 9:00am
Drivers depart Camper Rental Agency via taxi by 9:30am
Drivers arrive at airport -10:15am
Drivers will have till 10:30am to drop off their luggage and make their way to the plane
Depart Frankfurt: 12:00noon
Arrive Tobago: 4:00pm
Depart Tobago: 8:00pm
Arrive Trinidad: 8:30pm
Ideal Way for Packing on This Trip
BACKPACKERS PACKING GUIDE FOR THE EURO TOUR
I wrote this backpacking Europe packing list because packing for travel can often be very difficult — especially for beginners. Many first-time travelers make the mistake of bringing way too much gear so that travel quickly becomes tiresome. It can also make you a bigger target for thieves because you’re not able to keep track of your belongings as well. This packing guide for Europe will help you know what type of clothes and gear you should bring, and also includes tips for packing light.
• Quick Tips for Packing Light
• Travel Clothing
• Travel Accessories and Travel Backpacks
• Travel Toiletries
• Electronics for Travel
• What Not to Bring
• Where to Buy Gear
First, I suggest limiting yourself to 13 lbs(6kg) worth of gear in your backpack(Hand Luggage).
Secondly, limit your checked in luggage when packed must not exceed 44lbs(20kg).
If you exceed 13lbs (6kg) and 44lbs(20kg) respectively, you run the risk of exceeding the carry-on weight limit which is very costly.
SPECIAL NOTE – LOOKING GOOD VS. PACKING LIGHT
• You want to look good in Europe, I understand. Europeans are known for being super fashionable and you want to be the same. It just isn’t practical to wear really nice clothes as a backpacker on a cross continent tour. You have limited space in your bag, so it doesn’t make sense to pack an outfit that you’re only going to wear once. This doesn’t mean you have to look like a slob. It is really simple to look presentable as long as you pack items that look good when worn with each other.
• Cut the Clothing:
Pretty much all the weight in your backpack comes from your clothes. Most inexperienced travelers bring way too much. There isn’t really any difference between packing for 2 weeks and packing for 2 months because you’ll do laundry just about every 3-4 days. You’re only going to have a few shirts/pants, so make sure they all match each other. Choose dark and neutral colors (dark colors hide dirt/stains better than light colors). Most Europeans tend to wear more subdued clothing anyway.
• If it is going to be cold, you should dress in layers.
A big bulky coat isn’t going to be practical (unless you’re going somewhere extremely cold). A thermal base layer, long-sleeve t-shirt, sweater, and fleece jacket combo is much more practical than a big coat. You can always add/subtract layers if needed.
• Cut the Toiletries:
Liquids/gels/etc. weigh a lot.
Limit yourself to the very basics.
EUROPE BACKPACKER PACKING LIST:
NOTE: YOU WILL BE ALLOWED: 1 PIECE: 6KG & 1 PIECE 20KG
PLEASE PACK AND WEIGH YOUR 2 PIECES ON A DIGITAL SCALE A COUPLE DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
• 5-7 Pairs socks
1 Sleeping bag or (a bed sheet and a blanket)- This is because the campers do not come with bed sheets, blankets and pillows.
Neck pillow(It will double as your pillow to sleep in the camper and on the plane. This does not go in your luggage. It goes around your neck while checking in at the counter.
• 5-7 pairs underwear
• 1 pair comfortable sneaker which will be good for touring and exploring during the day as well as look good at night if going out.
• cheap pair of rubber flip-flops
• 2 Shirts -Versatile, non-wrinkle, dark colour easy to wash tops
• 1 Sweater
• 4 Tshirts
• 1 pair jeans
• 1 pair neutral/dark color chinos (light-weight cotton) long pants
• Rain Jacket: A rain jacket is nice to have. We recommend getting a lightweight jacket that can be easily packed away.
• Sun glasses
• Warm Gloves
• Travel Backpack / Small Suitcase to pack all of the above
• Small backpack for daily trips and getting around
• A quick-drying travel towel is a must because a normal towel takes hours to dry
• A small flash light
• A handheld notebook and 2 pens
• Eye mask for sleeping on trains/planes/camper/hostels because it isn’t always easy to fall asleep
• Earplugs are nice too (especially if there is someone who snores in the camper
• Water bottle- flexible ones are greater or even a camel pack
• Utensils for eating
• Toothbrush with cover & Small toothpaste
• Photocopies of all travel documents
• Zip-lock bags
• Travel laundry soap
• Lint roller(if needed)
• Outlet plug adaptors (Euro Wall – USA Device)
• Plug Adaptor with USB Ports
• 2 Rechargeable Portable Power for your devices (20000mAh or more each)
• Digital Camera with extra memory cards
• Portable External Hard-drive
• Laptop and Charger(if you desire) to be carried in hand luggage
• Tablet loaded with movies music for long haul trips via air and land
• Stainless Steel Plate, cup.
• WEIGH BAGS AT HOME THEN FULL IT UP WITH FOOD ITEMS IF YOU HAVE SPACE.
Try minimizing the number of toiletries you bring because liquids add a ton of weight. Don’t forget that you can buy pretty much anything once you’re in Europe.
Here is a general list of things you might want:
• Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash: Pack small quantities in travel sized bottles for 2 weeks.
• Shaving Stuff (Razors & Cream): You can find pretty much the exact same products abroad but razors do seem to be a lot more expensive in Europe.
• Chapstick w/Sunscreen
• Contact Lenses/Solution/Glasses: Contact solution is actually a pain to buy becuase it’s normally only sold in pharmacies. Plus it isn’t cheap.
• Condoms: Some souvenirs are no fun… so it’s better safe than sorry.
• Travel Toilet Paper: You never know when you’ll need a bit of toilet paper so it’s good to carry some travel toilet paper as you travel.
• Wet Wipes/Baby Wipes: These are a lifesaver when you actually need them
• Hand Sanitizer:
• Body Powder: A lot of people start chafing after they walk a lot — especially if it is really hot. Anti Monkey Butt is great for those hot days.
• Skin and Foot Cream
• Pepto Tablets: Traveling can take a toll on your stomach
• Band-Aids: They’re nice to have on hand. A lot of people will develop blisters on their feet so we recommend Band-Aids for feet.
• Pain Medicine: In much of Europe, over-the-counter pain medicine (even basic stuff like Tylenol) is only from a pharmacy. This isn’t a big problem but it’s nice to have a little on hand.
• Migraine and Sinus Medication for those who suffer from these.
• Imodium – consuming food and drinks in other countries you can get diarrhea
• Prescription Drugs: Ensure you have the original bottle/box in case you’re asked to prove the medicine is yours. Make sure you have enough medicine to cover your entire trip since it might be hard to get any refills.
Important Information concerning your outward flight CHECK-IN: CONDOR - Terminal 1 International Area CLOSING DATE: You are reminded that you have to finalize your check-in procedure and have to possess your boarding-card 60 minutes prior to departure at the latest. Principally we recommend to be at the check-in 2 hours prior to departure.
you may use our online check-in from 24 to 2 hours before scheduled departure. Please use the baggage drop-of desks at the airport for your hold(Checked in) baggage and then hand in your luggage until late. 60 minutes before departure at the so-called baggage drop- off at the airport.
Online check-in is not available for GROUPS.
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AUTOMATED check-in: use the convenient automated check-in kiosks found throughout the airport for all departures. Then hand your baggage over at the Baggage Drop-off You can use the check-in kiosks at the day of travel up to 1 hour prior departure. Please make sure that your baggage has been accepted at the Baggage Drop- off counter latest 60 minutes prior departure. ONLINE check-in: you may use our online check-in from 24 to 2 hours before scheduled departure. Please use the baggage drop-of desks at the airport for your hold baggage and then hand in your luggage until late. 60 minutes before departure at the so-called baggage drop- off at the airport. Online check-in is not available for GROUPS. FLIGHT-RECONFIRMATION: You can check your flight times starting 48 hours before your flight on the internet at www.condor.com. You will find all the important information on your flight under the menu item Flight info - Departures and Arrivals. The General Terms and Conditions apply and can be viewed online at http://www.condor.com/de/hilfe-kontakt/agb.jsp REBOOKING OF THE RETURNFLIGHT: You can rebook your returnflight according to the rate until one day prior to departure around the clock by phone, calling +49 6171 6988910. Special note for ticketless travel TKNE/NOTIX: At the Check-in, please have at hand this booking itinerary and a valid passport/personal identification card for all passengers, including children and infants. If you have booked a feeder with one of our partner-airlines an electronic-ticket will be issued for this flight. Please check and observe the visa and entry requirements for the country of destination and any transit countries!! Check-in deadline: The passenger strictly needs to observe the dead- line of 120 minutes on all outbound and inbound flights (180 minutes on flights to the U.S. and Canada). If the passenger has not reported to the Check-in within this time, the airline is authorized to alternatively dispose of the seat. Please be aware that more restrictive security measures concerning hand luggage on flights to and from the USA are in place. Please inform yourself by your Travel Agent or on our website WWW.CONDOR.COM. The published flight times can to a reasonable extent be subject to changes for flight operating reasons. Condor will endeavor to keep changes in flight times to a minimum and inform all passengers of them as early as possible. Free baggage allowance: The free baggage allowance specified above is per person, not per seat. Liability: Liability is governed by the Montreal Convention of 28 May 1999 and the Warsaw Convention of 12 October 1929 or as amended at The Hague in 1955. These conventions limit liability for damage to baggage, loss of luggage or delayed arrival of baggage (maximum of 1,131 SDRs/approx. EUR 1,332) as well as for delays (maximum of 4,694 SDRs/approx. EUR 5,528). If the value of your baggage exceeds the above stated amount, you should ensure that it is covered by other insurance prior to departure. There is no limitation on the liability of EU airlines for death or bodily injury. In the event a passenger suffers a loss of up to 113,100 special drawing rights (SDRs), or approx. EUR 133,200, it cannot be proven that the party suffering the loss was partially or completely at fault for causing the damage. If you have plans to use a different airline as your carrier during your journey, their limits of liability shall apply. The general terms and conditions for transportation can be viewed at www.condor.com, by your Travel Agent or at any Thomas Cook Service desk. Legal notes regarding taxes: service according to Par. 25 UStG (German Sales Tax Code) Cross-border passenger transportation according to Par. 26,3 UStG (German Sales Tax Code). Tax no.: 003 246 44120 Prices for purely German domestic flights include 19% VAT Taxes/commercial fees include any applicable taxes, fees or other charges as may become due in the applicable currency of any relevant jurisdiction. Please be reminded of the handluggage-rules concerning the carriage of liquids. Info on www.condor.com. Thank you very much for your reservation! We wish you a pleasant flight. ******************************************************************************************************************* The General Terms and Conditions apply and can be viewed online at http://www.condor.com/eu/help-contact/terms-and-conditions.jsp *******************************************************************************************************************