Tomorrow, 8th of October 2015 Anne and I are taking a night flight via Qatar Airways to reach Paris and shall commence our 4th leg of the train rides to the west. I have just printed tickets of our 2 connecting flights through e-check in ticket this morning, luggage all set up and by the will of Allah s.w.t. we shall depart with a bless feeling. Fisrtly, I would love sharing here with you guys our travel map. We chose to enter 3 out of 4 Scandinavian country to reach 2 cities in Russia. I initially insisted to take a route to Oslo from Copenhagen in order to make a complete stop, but had listen to Anne's advised. True, the distance and 1 more stop could prolong our yearly leaves entitlement etc.
|This time, 3562 km coverage via Scandinavian country to connect Europe and Russia|
The itinerary seem quite simple this time round, covering 8 countries (France, Belgium, Netherland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia) and overnight in 8 cities (Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Moscow). When I first started the route map in February 2013, Anne and I was planning to commence the journey only in February 2018. Having the map back in our head, we could not wait and not able to sleep well thinking of the excitement and joy that shall awaits ahead of us, we hence started below journey thus far:-
2013 - 1st Leg : Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok (East)
2014 - 2nd Leg : Istanbul to Paris (West)
2014 - 3rd Leg : Bangkok - Hanoi (East)
The following are the brief itinerary and cost that we have spent and/paid and about to charge to credit card (mainly accommodation) to assist those who wishes to plan their own trip like we do. For reference, we only brought along Euro1,000 for foods, entrance ticket and souvenirs shopping. Other expenditure, i.e. shopping will be by credit card. To be honest, this year is not a good time to travel due to the present situation in Malaysia that have impacted our Malaysian Ringgit. In addition, I have spent quite a lot of money for Nazhif's year 1 study in University of Glasgow.
|Cities||Transport||Accomodation||Cost (MYR)||Cost (Others)|
|3rd March 2015||KL-Doha-Paris-Moscow-KL||Qatar Airways||In-flight||RM5,370.00|
|9 - 11 October||Brussels (3D2N)||Ibis Hotel Brussels off Grand' Place||RM791.00||€ 190.00|
|11 - 13 October||Amsterdam (3D2N)||Best West Leidse Square Hotel||RM783.00||€ 188.00|
|13 - 14 October||Hamburg (2D1N)||Hotel Furst Bismarck||RM383.00||€ 95.00|
|14 - 16 October||Copenhagen (3D2N)||Hostel Urban House Conpenhagen||RM665.91||DKK 1188|
|16 - 18 October||Stockholm (3D2N)||Crystal Plaza Hotel||RM830.00||SEK 1843|
|18 - 19 October||Baltic Sea (1N)||Viking Line||In-cruise|
|19 - 21 October||Helsinki (3D2N)||Omena Hotel Helsinki Lonnrotinkatu||RM641.78||€ 151.80|
|21 - 23 OCTOBER (3D2N)||St. Petersburg||Grand Mark Hotel||RM358.00||RUB 5300|
|23 - 24 OCTOBER (2D1N)||Moscow||Element Hotel||RM317.00||RUB 4700|
|Visa||10 working days||August||RM1,100.00|
|Train Ticket||ticket for 2|
|9/10/2015||Paris CDG - Brussels Central||Thalys||92D before departure (9 July 2015)||€ 44.00|
|11/10/2015||Brussels Central - Amsterdam Central||Thalys||92D before departure (11 July 2015)||€ 58.00|
|13/10/2015||Amsterdam Central - Hamburg Hbf||ICE||92D before departure (14 July 2015)||€ 98.00|
|14/10/2015||Hamburg Hbf -Koebenhavn Hbf||ICE||92D before departure (15 July 2015)||€ 67.00||9.28am|
|16/10/2015||Koebenhavn Hbf - Stockholm Central (Cityterminalen)||Danish (DSB) & Swedish Raiways (SJ)||92D before departure (17 July 2015)||€ 81.67||SEK762|
|18/10/2015||Stockholm Port - Helsinki Port||Viking Line||Booked on 19 July 2015||€ 189.00||(Incl breakfast Euro 10/pax)|
|21/10/2015||Helsinki - St Petersburg||Allergro||Booked on 24 July 2015||$195.25|
|23/10/2015||St Petersburg - Moscow||Sapsan||Booked on 24 July 2015||$166.00|
|Sub total||€ 898.92|
|12/10/2015||5.5 hrs Amsterdam city tour & Volendam||Ground Argmt||9.00 am - 2.30 pm||€ 90.00||RM432.00|
Anne and I have been planning to have a fine dining meal at a halal restaurant that we have searched along the route. For the first time, I have chosen not to bring my DSLR camera and shall rely only on my IPhone 6 Plus to capture the moment. Stay tune for my daily entry for those fine dining that we planned for the next 16 days in all the cities that we stopped.
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