London & Paris Travelogue

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Hi everyone! My family and I travelled to London & Paris in June 2013. During the planning phase, I visited several travel agents. Many offered accommodations with loads of facilities which I will not be using during my stay. What made it worse was the location of the hotels which were far from the city. The lowest quote I got for a 7D5N Free & Easy Trip to London & Paris was S$2500 inclusive of tax. This price did not include any attractions during the trip.

My family's goal was to travel budget. Travelling to London & Paris can be affordable if you are fine with simple & clean accommodation. Below is the overall cost for my 9D7N London Paris Trip. Stay tuned for the updates.
Prices stated are per pax and may not be a fair gauge as the cab is shared between 5 pax.

Exchange Rate
(1 GBP : 2.12 SGD as of 7th May 2014)
(1 EUR : 1.74 SGD as of 7th May 2014)

Airfare, Train (International),& Hotels
Airfare: S$855.90
Eurostar: £39.00/S$82.68
London Hotel (3 Nights): £78.00/S$165.36
Paris Hotel (4 Nights): €112.00/S$194.88
Sub-Total: S$1298.82

London Eye: £19.95/S$42.29
Oyster Card: £17.60/S$37.31
Taxi Fares: £16.00/S$33.92
Theatre Tickets: £35.00/S$74.20
Tower of London: £20.90/S$44.31
Sub-Total: S$232.03

Eiffel Tower Behind the Scenes Tour: €22.90/S$39.85
Paris Ferry:  €10.00/S$17.40
Paris Museum Pass (2 Days): €42.00/S$73.08
Metro Tickets: €28.70/S$49.94
Taxi Fares: €20.00/S$34.80
Sub-Total: S$215.07

Grand Total: S$1745.92/-
Price shown does not include meals.

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Day 0-1
- Flying from Singapore to London via Zurich., Hotel, Harrods, Oxford Street
Swiss Airlines Interior

Day 2
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge & Westminster Walk 

Tower Bridge

Day 3
- Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
- Lunch : L'Atlier de Joël Robuchon
- London West End (TKTS Booth, Chinatown, Covent Garden Market, Leicester Square, Piccadiliy Circus)
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Day 4
- Eurostar from London to Paris.
- Lux Hotel Picpus
- Paris River Cruise & Chinese Dinner


Day 5
- Breakfast at Eric Kayser
- Musée d'Orsay
- Rue Cler, Eiffel Tower, & Arc de Triomphe

Musée d'Orsay interior. Photographed by Koo Hansen.

Day 6
- Notre-Dame de Paris & Point Zero
- Lunch @ Relais du Pont Neuf
- Louvre Museum
- Bouillon Chartier
Interior of Notre-Dame de Paris

Day 7
- La Vallée Village, Champs-Élysées, McDonalds
- Ladurée

Macaroons from Ladurée

Day 8-9
- Marché Cours de Vincennes
- Montmartre - Self guided walking tour  
- Galeries Lafayette & Palais Garnier
- Flying back to Singapore via Zurich
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About Haoming Koo

Koo Haoming. Founder of The Fat Chemist. Currently an undergrad at the National University of Singapore with a burning passion for science! Inspired to start a blog after reading the book, "Napoleon's Buttons, How 17 Molecules Changed History". The book fills the gap between Chemistry and History. Adapting the style of the book, posts written by me highlight the chemistry in the food we eat.
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