We have bought the return ticket to Amsterdam by Garuda Indonesia since July 2011. We got the quite affordable promotion ticket, which were Rp 7,800,000 / adult and Rp 6,400,000 / child for travelling in March 2012. The low exchange USD rate at the time of transaction was also giving so much contribution making the rupiahs spent lower than most of other flight’s fare.
Even this won’t be my first time, but it will be the first time for me bringing my wife & son getting to Europe. For weeks we were hardly deciding which cities to include in our trip. But finally we fixed the itinerary as you will see in below table.
|Date||Type||Name/Code||Depart||Dep Place||Date||Arrive||Arr Place||Lodging|
|1||Flight||GA 088||8:30 PM||CGK||2||7:45 AM||Schipol||Family|
|6||Train||Thalys||09:16 AM||Amsterdam Centraal||5||11:10 AM||Bruxelles Midi||–|
|6||Train||Thalys||4:37 PM||Bruxelles Midi||6||5:59 PM||Paris Nord||Altona|
|9||Flight||Easyjet||1:45 PM||Paris CDG||9||3:30 PM||Barcelona BCN||Putxet|
|12||Flight||Vueling||3:10 PM||Barcelona BCN||12||5 PM||Zurich ZRH||Olympia|
|14||Train||City Night Line||8:42 PM||Zurich HB||15||8:55 AM||Amsterdam Centraal||Family|
|17||Flight||GA 089||10:00 AM||Schipol||18||8:05 AM||CGK||–|
The itineraries are not too tight in schedules as my wife and I agreed to have more times exploring each city and also bear in mind that we’ll be travelling with a 2,5-year-old boy. 🙂
The hotels we booked are hotels that match to our preferences, whereas €60-70/ night, near metro / hop on/off bus stop, nice surrounding, no booking fee and also free-cancellation. The flights are also budget flights which baggage allowances can be booked as our preferences. Easyjet lowest fare from Paris to Barcelona was as low as €29 /way/adult while Vueling lowest fare from Barcelona to Zurich was €45 /way/adult. Since these are budget flights, my son was paying full fare as much as adult. The tickets are not refundable so we will lost our payment if our visas are not granted.