Christmas is finally put to bed so it's time to get serious about my September trip. I've made several comments over the past year eluding to the trip I want to take and signed up for. It's my first solo trip. I've researched, changed my plans, then researched a lot more. I think I have everything covered without going crazy and overdoing, plus taking into account venue closure days. If you don't mind giving me a little feedback about my itinerary I'd appreciate it.
A few givens:
1) Refundable plane tickets have been bought on United, open jaw from PHX to LHR 8/31 and VCE to PHX 9/28. Depending on Covid quarantine rules in summer, I may consider changing to PHX to CDG. But I don't want to because
2) A friend from Dublin is meeting me in London for the weekend.
3) The day trip to Trieste from Venice is non-negotiable so I can see Lipica Lippizan horse performance on Sunday 9/25.
4) Hotels have been reserved but all are cancellable. Thank you, all were recommended on the Forum.
Hope this doesn't bore you too much but instead of condensing time, I decided to lay out my plans per day:
8/31 overnight flight PHX to LHR
9/1 London: check in to Cherry Court Hotel; Royal Mews; either London Walks Westminster tour or RS Westminster audio walk
9/2 London: Hyde Park trail ride; Kensington Palace; Wallace Collection (all except rent-a-nag may change when friend flies in)
9/3 London: Tower of London; Theater
9/4 London: Hampton Court day trip
9/5 London: British Museum; dinner with hubby's cousin if he's in town or Eating London East End lunch tour
9/6 Paris: Eurostar to Paris; check in to Hôtel de Clement; Paris Walks French Revolution Walk or RS Historic Paris Walk
9/7 Paris: Museé des Arts Decoratifs; Museé Nissim de Camando; Bus 69 to Pere Lachais Cemetery
9/8 Paris: Take Walks Heart of Paris tour; Museé de Cluny; Shakespeare & Co
9/9 Paris: Marais walk-about; Eating Europe Julia Child tour; Rodin Museum if time; 2CV Paris night tour
9/10 Chartres: Train to Chartres, check in to RS hotel, explore town, stained glass shopping; Chartres en Lumieres
9/11 Chartres: Old Chartres Fortification river walk; Museé des Beaux-Arts; RS South of France tour begins @ 5pm
9/12 to 9/22: RS South of France tour
9/23 Milan: Train from Nice (end of RS tour) to Milan; check in to Hotel Berna; Duoma di Milano; Galleria Vittorio Emmanuel II
9/24 Venice: Train to Venice; check in to B&B Corte Campana; Mocenigo Palazzo; Ca'Rezzonico
9/25 Venice: day trip to Trieste/Lipica for Lippizan horses
9/26 Venice: Murano, Burano, Tortello; Christmas ornament shopping
9/27 Venice: Carlo Goldoni House; Venice Free Walks Campo SS Apostoli; Basilica del Frari hopefully for concert
9/28 fly home to PHX
Thanks everyone for all that I've learned in the past four years. You are all amazing.