Europe, Morocco

3 Weeks, 2 Continents, 5 Countries…how much was our trip?

Many of you have asked how much did it cost us for our crazy 3 weeks trip through 2 continents and 5 countries? I did the cost breakdown for you to show you that it is doable if you plan in advance! Note that the cost is for 2 people in USD and for some of the hotels in Morocco and Italy, we split among 3 of us so I did the calculation for 2 people. Your trip can be cheaper or more expensive depending on the hotel and room type; I “splurged” for some nice suites in Morocco (very inexpensive) and in Italy to fit more than 2 of us. I booked most of the hotels through as it constantly offering 18% coupon, don’t forget to click through cashback portal such as for addition % cashback (see my post on “Travel Tips” on the menu bar for details on how to save). I did not include some taxi cost and meals as they are relatively inexpensive except for in Switzerland!

Flights $1915.66
Rental Car $246.62
Hotels $1746.82
Transportation & Tours $1495.12
Total $5404.22
Friday 14-Apr BOS to Zurich 473
Thursday 20-Apr Zurich to Amsterdam 244.33
Sunday 23-Apr Amsterdam to Marrakech
Monday 1-May Tangier to Naples 140.5
Sunday 7-May Rome to Zurich 100
Sunday 7-May Zurich to Boston
Itinerary Hotel
Friday 14-Apr Boston to Zurich
Saturday 15-Apr Arrive Zurich to Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal), Jesuit Church, Hofkirche Ameron Hotel Flora Luzern 346.62
Sunday 16-Apr Lucerne day trip to Stein am Rhein and Bern
Monday 17-Apr Lucerne day trip to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald
Tuesday 18-Apr Lucerne to Colmar, Old Town & Place de la Cathédrale, Koïfhus, Quartier de la Krutenau (Little Venice), Ancienne Douane (Old Custom House), Quartier des Tanneurs, Quai de la Poissonnerie Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol 58.23
Wednesday 19-Apr Colmar day trip to Eguisheim, bus back to Zurich: FlixBus 5:25 pm Line 108 Place de la Gare / Rue Georges Lasch to Zurich Carpark Sihlquai Holiday Inn Zurich Airport – shuttle bus stops at Terminal 2 – GF 127
Thursday 20-Apr Zurich to Lisse to Keukenhof Hotel de Duif
Westerdreef 49, 2161 EN Lisse, Netherlands
Friday 21-Apr Tulip fields to Amsterdam – shopping and De Wallen-red light district Intercontinental  Amsterdam (IHG points) 0
Saturday 22-Apr Amsterdam day trip to Zaanse Schans, Van Gogh Museum, afternoon river cruise
Sunday 23-Apr Amsterdam to Marrakech Riad Fleur d’Orient 124.52
Monday 24-Apr Marrakech –  Ben Youssef Madrasa (€2), Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle Garden (70 Dhs), Jemaa el-Fna
Tuesday 25-Apr Marrakech – SaharaTours4x4 @8 am- Tinehir
Wednesday 26-Apr Tinehir – Merzouga (Sahara Desert)
Thursday 27-Apr Merzouga – Fes Riad Rcif & Spa 148.4666667
Friday 28-Apr Fes walking tour Medersa Bou Inania, Medersa el-Attarine, Souks District and Tanneries, Bab Boujloud (blue gate), Bab Makhzen (golden gate)
Saturday 29-Apr Fes to Chefchaouen (CTM Gare des Voyageurs or Gare Routiere Boujloud near Bab Boujloud “The Blue Gate”) at 8:00 AM Riad Gharnata-Airbnb 38
Sunday 30-Apr Chefchaouen Hotel Ibis 71.66
Monday 1-May Chefchaouen to Tangier to Naples to Procida
Ferries Terminal: Calata Porta di Massa
Hydrofoils Terminal: Molo Beverello
Hotel La Corricella 176
Tuesday 2-May Procida
Wednesday 3-May Procida to Matera Il Tempo Ritrovato
Via Bruno Buozzi 132 €266
Thursday 4-May Matera – Belvedere Piazzetta Pascoli and Belvedere su Matera e Sassi (viewpoint) side trip to Castelmezzano
Friday 5-May Matera to Positano Hotel Eden Roc Suites 188.5
Saturday 6-May Positano to Rome, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo Best Western Plus Hotel Universo 188.32
Sunday 7-May Rome to Zurich to Boston
Transportation & Tours
Zurich to Lucerne 30 CHF 62
Swiss Travel Pass 3 days 216 CHF 446
Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket 2 Days for €26 28.6
Holland Pass purchased from Viator $46.47 92.94
Marrakech airport transfer €20 22
Marrakech full day walking tour plus tips 800 Dirhams 85
Marrakech SaharaTours4x4 €235 per person 517
Fes walking tour plus tips 800 Dirhams 85
Fes bus to Chefchaouen 75 Dirhams 16
Chefchaouen to Tangier €70 transfer 77
Naples to Procida €13.45 29.59
Procida to Naples €15.45 33.99


8 thoughts on “3 Weeks, 2 Continents, 5 Countries…how much was our trip?

  1. Incredible !

    What I’d love to see is how you pack for a 3 week trip. You both look so fresh every day.

    How many bags do you carry? How many dresses and pants/shorts etc? Do you do laundry often.

    Keep traveling and sharing.


    1. That was the hardest part of our trip since we had to pack for 3 weeks and 3 seasons (cold in Switzerland, hot in Morocco, and spring in Italy) and we did 1 large check-in size luggage plus 1 medium “carry-on” size because the intra-Europe and Europe-Morocco flights had to pay extra for check baggage so we tried to minimize to one check bag only. My trick is to pack in layers – inner layer: a sleeveless top or tank top, middle layer – light sweater, outer layer – cardigan or jacket. We only did laundry once in Morocco and that was in the hotel (very inexpensive for a bag of clothes). I rolled my clothes to save space, you can read about how I usually pack:

      I packed 3 jeans (included 1 wore to the airport), 3 sweaters (included 1 wore to the airport), 2 cardigans, 2 sleeveless tops, 1 short, 9 dresses, and 1 jacket hoodie (wore to the airport). Also, I packed plenty of tank tops so I can re-wear the sweaters as tank tops dry easily – leave them on the towel warmer overnight and will be dry the next morning!

      Another useful thing is we bought fold-able duffel bag in case we buy souvenirs so we can hand-carry them home.

        1. Jason is always a last minute packer so he waited till I finished packing and then he pack whatever he can into the remaining spaces LOL. He wore a sweater hoodie with him on the plane, he packed around 5 jeans, 3 shirts, 2 polos, 6 T-shirts, and 4 shorts. He did some shopping in Amsterdam in his favorite store The Sting; he bought some clothes there. At the end of the trip, we filled the duffel bag with souvenirs wrapped around with his new clothes 🙂 You’ll be surprised how much you can utilize the space when you tightly rolled the clothes!

  2. This is a great post and very informative as not many people break the budget/ travel costs down for others. Your blog is by far my favourite travel blog to follow! Love all the places you choose to travel to, full of color & so much beauty :D.

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