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Welcome to the diary of a travel couple
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Dubrovnik in Croatia
Beautiful streets of Victoria, Gozo
Salt pans in Malta
Dubrovnik in Croatia
Silver Round Trip to Mt Pilatus Switzerland (Sunrise in Swiss Alps + World's Steepest Cogwheel Rail)
If you fancy a sunrise in the Swiss Alps or traveling on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway or capturing stunning views of Lake Lucerne or the Swiss countryside, then this trip is a must!!! You have multiple options to visit Mount Pilatus from Lucerne. You can either take a boat or train to Alpnachstad followed by cogwheel rail to Pilatus. You can descend to Kriens by aerial cableway and panoramic gondolas, and then take a bus to Lucerne. You can also do it the other way round - travel to Pilatus via Kriens and then return to Lucerne via Alpnachstad. Silver round trip includes train tickets between Lucerne and Alpnachstad while the Golden round trip includes a boat ticket for the same route. Rough journey times for the different routes are given below and may help you plan your trip in advance. Train between Lucerne & Alpnachstad ~ 20 min Boat between Lucerne & Alpnachstad ~ 45 min Cogwheel rail between Alpnachstad & Pilatus ~ 30 min Aerial cableway between Pilatus & Fräkmüntegg ~ 5 min Panoramic gondola between Fräkmüntegg & Kriens ~ 30 min Bus between Kriens & Lucerne ~ 20 min (includes 5 min walk in Kriens) We wanted to visit Mount Pilatus early in the morning when it wasn’t crowded at all. We went for a silver round trip as the first train was at 7.42am while the first boat was at 8.38am. The silver round trip costs around 85 CHF and you need to pay an additional 15-18 CHF for the golden round trip (includes boat ride and you can choose if you want the bus ride between Kriens & Lucerne or not). Swiss Travel or Interrail or Eurail pass holders get discounts. We’d recommend having one of the rail passes if you’re planning a long haul in Switzerland. It’s best to check the official website to be aware of the timetable and the latest prices.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia - World Heritage Site (Full Day Tour from Split)
Plitvice Lakes National Park (Plitvička Jezera National Park) is definitely a must see place in Croatia. What to expect? Plitvice Lakes National Park spans across 300 km2 and has a total of 16 turquoise colored lakes (12 upper and 4 lower). There are multiple waterfalls with the largest being Veliki Slap, 70 m tall (featuring towards the end of the video). There are 8 different walking/hiking routes, with length between 3 km to 18 km. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed in the National Park. Entrance fees National Park entrance fees for adults vary from €10.50 (Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec) and €24 (Apr-May,Oct) to €40 (Jun-Sep - PEAK SEASON!!!). Children (aged 7-18), students as well as groups of 15+ can purchase tickets at discounted prices. Children below 7 go free (Hurray!). How to reach from Split? Bus takes 3h30 – 5h50 (price = €16- €23 one way), driving takes 3h30, but a day tour is the best option for a peaceful trip. How to reach from Zagreb? Journey takes 2h30 – 3h by both bus or driving. We paid €40 per person (for our organized tour from Split) + entrance fees. Luckily we visited in October - paid lower entrance fees but couldn’t escape the crowd!
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