• Ivy

2 weeks Winter Itinerary in Europe (first time in Europe)

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

Paris-France, Amsterdam-The Netherlands, Cologne-Germany, Interlaken-Switzerland, Tuscany-Italy

I have celebrated my birthday in Europe specifically in Paris, France which was December 2017 also the first time I traveled to Europe. Europe has always been my dream destination. I remember when I was started to blog about my dream travel that was 10 yrs ago. And who would have thought I had come to visit it. So here's my first winter travel in Europe for 2 weeks.

Day 1- 3

Paris, France

  • Who would have imagined that I have visited Paris? Though, I wasn't a fan of Paris but seeing Paris as one of the top tourist destinations was completely satisfying and unbelievable. Paris is Paris, its the fashion capital that shouldn't be missed. And its the city you where you cannot be a mainstream kind of person but you have to really bring out the best of you in terms of Fashion. Like All out Girl!

  • Visited Eiffel Tower but not in Trocadero as it was too cold we were not able to check on it. It was my first in Europe so winter is a bit different from Japan. Besides we have so much Eiffel tower that day.

  • So we headed to the Lourve and took some pictures outside the Lourve.

  • And walked through to Roue de Paris.

  • Came night we headed to Moulin Rouge - is a high-end cabaret in Paris, France.

Eiffel Tower

Notre Dame de Paris

Moulin Rouge Paris

  • Definitely a must while in Paris even though it is quite expensive.

  • Experience the fantastic atmosphere of the Moulin Rouge in Paris at a performance of the “Féerie” show, while enjoying a delicious dinner from a menu of traditional French food, with vegetarian and vegan options.

  • We had Paris: Moulin Rouge Show with Dinner Options for 186 € /866 RM per person

  • You may check the other options from this Moulin Rouge show

  • You are not allowed to take photos or videos during the show.

Moulin Rouge Dinner food below

Lovelock in Paris bridge

The Lourve

Roue de Paris

Paris Hotel

Day 3 - 6

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Night Canal Cruise Tour - Amsterdam Light Sculptures Boat Tour with Gluhwein.

  • Highlights: To see 25 artworks which are only displayed for 53 days throughout winter. Travel down some of the stunning UNESCO-listed canals. Admire the light sculptures. See the famous seven bridges. Sail under the iconic Skinny Bridge on the river Amstel.

  • 60 €/ 278 RM per person

Visited Vondelpark

  • is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands.

Roam around Amsterdam

Visited Red Light District at night

  • This area is the oldest part of Amsterdam is known for the red neon windows that display barely-dressed prostitutes advertising their services; it's all perfectly acceptable as long as it stays inside this designated area of the city. From brothels to sex shops to museums, the Amsterdam Red Light District has it all. But contrary to what a lot of people might think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a very friendly atmosphere and isn't as dangerous as it used to be.

Visited Canals around Amsterdam

Visiting Amsterdam Name sculpture

Amsterdam Food/Stuff

Amsterdam Airbnb

Day 6 - 7

Cologne, Germany

Visited Cologne Cathedral or Dom

Visited Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market

Went to A German Pub

Cologne Hotel

Day 8 - 10

Interlaken, Switzerland

Schilthorn Piz Gloria Murren

  • (2,970 metres (9,744 ft)) is a summit in Europe, in the Bernese Alps

  • The panoramic 360 revolving restaurants at the summit, Piz Gloria, was featured in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

  • Near Mürren with views of the most spectacular panorama: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau are the Swiss Skyline

  • It was a blast. Totally unbelievable and my happiness was overflowing, seeing Top of Europe includes Jungfrau - you would see the highest point of Europe 9778 ft high. Get to enjoy the James bond museum as they happened to film the movie from that mountain. Would give you breathtaking views like a massive mountain view you wouldn't imagine.

  • Going on top is like 2 hr travel from where we staying in Airbnb. The round-trip ticket for Schilthorn cost like 140 that's like almost 9000 PHP. You can only try skiing up there however you would have to go there early so you would have more time. Exploring the Schilthorn would take you more than 2 hrs.

  • Switzerland is my dream country and I'm very blessed seeing, traveling to one of the most expensive countries in the world. Well, everything here is expensive no doubt. But we were able to book this cheap Airbnb where we stayed for 3 days, in Darligen - was a further a bit from Interlaken, its 1 station away from Interlaken however you have to walk maybe like 10 mins before you reach the station. Nice place and host, just that If you've got luggage it's a bit hard to walk esp during winter as there's no uber or anything its a remote area. But if you want a nice place to hike and good views this place is recommended.

  • And the surprising part is I survived -7c I easily get cold but I was able to survive. The best part was seeing Swiss alps covered by snow and snow everywhere like I couldn't be happier I love snow.

360°Restaurant Piz Gloria

Hiking in Darligen, Interlaken

Roaming around Interlaken

Interlaken Airbnb

Day 10 - 12

Florence-Tuscany, Italy

  • We reached Florence via 5-6 hr from Switzerland

  • We checked in to our Airbnb in Toscana, Firenze for 2 nights.

  • We spent our first day roaming around Firenze, where you can see Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Della Signoria, David by Michaelangelo, etc, took photos until night.

  • Next day, we went to Leaning Tower of Pisa took a train for 1 hr from Firenze, and from the Pisa train station, you can actually walk to the Leaning Tower of Pisa for like 45 mins to 1 hour not bad because it's walk-able so you can do sightseeing as well. You would be able to see the stone bridge along the way. 

Palazzo Vecchio

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Ponte Vecchio

Roaming around Florence-Tuscany

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pensione Pendini

Roaming around Florence

Michelangelo's David sculpture at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence Italy

Wines/ Food in Italy

AirBnb in Florence

Day 12 - 14

CHRISTMAS DAY in Paris, France

Wines/ French Food/ Pubs in Paris


Round-trip ticket via China Southern Airlines

  • 3600 RM / 776 €

Pocket Money

  • 4,639 RM/ 1000 € (including my hotels, airbnb, transpo, food and shopping)


  • Paris Hotel - Best western premiere 2 Nights - 634 € / 2,942 RM = paid by someone

  • Amsterdam Airbnb 2 Nights - 411 € / 1,908 RM = 205 € / 954 RM

  • Paris Hotel Villa La Parisienne 2 nights - Last days in Paris - 231 € / 1074 RM

  • Cologne 1 Night Hotel Cristall - 96 € / 445 RM

  • Interlaken, Swizterland Airbnb 3 nights - 85 € / 858.307RM / 2 pax = 92 € / 429 RM

  • Florence Airbnb 2 nights - 141 € / 654 RM / 2 pax = 70 € / 324 RM


  • Paris de nord to Amsterdam centraal via train - 48 € / 222 RM

  • Amsterdam to Koln via train - 19 € / 88 RM

  • Koln To Interlaken via train - 44.5 € / 206 RM

  • Pisa Italy to Paris via easyjet - 70 € / 324 RM

  • Paris de nord to Amsterdam centraal - 48 € / 222 RM

  • Amsterdam to Koln - 19 € / 88 RM

  • Koln To Interlaken - 44.5 € / 206 RM


  • Interlaken to Brig via trainline - 26 € /120 RM

  • Brig to Milan via trainline - 39 € / 180 RM

  • Milan to florence via trainline - 43 € / 199 RM


  • Moulin Rouge - paid by someone

  • Other food - paid by someone

  • Canal Cruise - paid by someone


  • RM 3600/ 776 € (FLIGHT) + 4,639 RM/ 1000 € (including my hotels, airbnb, transpo, food, shopping, sight seeing spots and pocket money)

  • 8239 RM / 1,776 €/ 100,743 PHP

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A Filipina, working in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; who works in a 9 hr corporate IT job. So, I don't travel for work. I can only travel when I have available holidays. I am a single mom, I have a wonderful son who doesn't live with me but with my mom in the Philippines.

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