[Travel] Dream Trip To Western Europe In November 2019 (Day 1)

by - Friday, February 07, 2020



The first time in my life, one of my biggest dreams comes true in this year of 2019; which am I want to travel to Western Europe at least once in my life. I feel lucky after hard-working, now I can enjoy my reward to myself together with my mom and sister. Meanwhile, in another part of my mind, I'm proud to myself that I can accomplish one of my dreams within this year

Actually, from the beginning, my sister and I were looking for the tour package to New Zealand (North & South). It is because lately we saw a lot of people starting to travel to New Zealand and it makes me feel want to going there, especially during the Lupin Flowers Season. But the biggest problem is most of the tour package to New Zealand is pricy and higher than our travel budget. 


Then, we're found the interesting tour package that catches our attention during the MATTA Fair in March 2019 at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. From that, we're booking the Muslim tour package of Explore Europe within 6 Countries on winter season by International Flight of Oman Air, inclusive the 3-star hotel with breakfast; dinner; city tax in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, & Zurich; entrance ticket fee to Amsterdam Canal Cruise, & Mt. Titlis Cable Car; transportation of bus coach and ferry from Dover to Calais; tour guide with tipping; and also tour leader from Malaysia. The tour package fare includes travel insurance for an adult who is RM 8,100. This Muslim tour package is under Travel Company of Wan Vacation Sdn Bhd or known as SelamatBercuti.com. What do can I say, this is our first time using this travel company and I will tell you the honest review about this Muslim tour package. The most important part, this review is not sponsored by them. We're paid by ourselves to this Muslim tour package.


The destinations of Western Europe are England (London), France (Paris), Belgium (Brussels), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Germany (Frankfurt) and Switzerland (Zurich) + Mt. Titles. This trip is started from Kuala Lumpur to London on 28 November 2019 (Thursday) and back home from Zurich, Switzerland to Kuala Lumpur on 9 December 2019 (Monday). It makes this journey is 12 days and 9 nights by transit at Muscat, Oman. The total person of our group is 32 people, which is including 29 adults and 3 children – together with one tour leader (Ms. Rozana – freelance) from the SelamatBercuti.com staff. The journey in between the European Countries is by bus coach, which starts from London, England until the end of Zurich, Switzerland. 

Before 10 days of our departure date, one of the SelamatBercuti.com staff was creates the WhatsApp group of this tour for updating the information regarding this tour, but she updated the final information and itinerary, just 9 days before our departure date to Western Europe. I was dealing with 3 different staff from beginning to end of this tour. It's quite disappointed a bit because the second staffs not helpful when I asked a few questions about updating of this tour by email and her/his make me wait – until I decide to go to their HQ Office at Taman Connaught, KL and then, I was meet another staff that in charges to this tour. I not sure how the working style of them working on but as the customer, it feels not secure to join this tour if the few staff working like that. I hope their working style will be improved in the future.  


Then, the big day is beginning on 28 November 2019 (Thursday) – the day of our trip to Western Europe. Our departure date from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to London Heathrow Airport by Oman Air and we need to transit at Muscat International Airport, Oman for 1 hour and 55 minutes. Our plane number is WY 824 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Muscat International Airport. Since our flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Muscat, Oman on 21:05 (28 November – Thursday), so we need to standby at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia on 17:30 – just to settle the check-in baggage group process at the Oman Air Check-In Baggage Counter and some briefing about our vacation from the Tour Leader. 



The funny part, I'm sure the entire tour group member is not recognized who is the Tour Leader of Ms. Rozana so we just asking the entire tour group member until she hears about it. For me, it does be nice if she introduces who she is when we're waiting on the check-in group of Oman Air counter. I'm not sure, it's because we're going on holiday in the school holiday period or the staff working slow, but we waiting there like forever. Of course, we feeling tired before the tour is begun – just waiting so long at the KLIA for the check-in luggage process. We don't have much time to have our dinner before we're check-in to Malaysia immigration. It is finished the check-in luggage process, around 19:15. It's a short time before the boarding time at 20:10 and everything is rushing to us, just on the first day.

TIP 1 – It's better if you eating first once you're arrived at KLIA before you process to Check-In Airlines Counters during school holidays or public holidays; so you not feeling rushing at the beginning of your trip. 

Everything is the same rule of the international flight; which is the same time as stand-by at the airport is 3 hours for doing the check-in baggage and also take the boarding pass at the airlines' counters. The Oman Air is allowed the check-in baggage of two (2) baggages only with the weight, not more than 30 kg. It's also allowed the hand-carry baggage of 1 cabin baggage and 1 handbag with not more 7 kg of weight. I think this rule is almost the same as Malaysia Airlines too. 



The journey from KUL to MCT is taken the time around 6 hours 45 minutes. The flight number is WY 824. The departure time is 21:05 (09:05 pm) from KUL and we arrived at the MCT on 00:15 (12:15 am), 29 November 2019 (Friday). The plane is medium size and the seat arrangement of economy class the 2 – 4 – 2. The frustrating part is when Oman Air's staff can't arrange well seating for our group and our family was be separate during this journey. My mom's seat is quite far from me and my sister. I seating together with my sister at the window seat.




Since it's a long journey from KUL to MCT, We get the small pillow, blanket, earphone, and small pocket bag (stocking and toothbrush & toothpaste). The entertainment on this plane is quite nice and many choices of the movie but since I'm so tired, then most of the time I'm sleeping on the plane. 




On this journey, we're got meals two times; which is the dinner and the continental breakfast. Before they serve the meal to the passenger, they are given the menu but when they arrive at our seating, the menu is not enough. In my opinion, the meals onboard Oman Air is not suited to my tastes, maybe. It's because most of the meals, I can't finish it. 


The conjunction time of transit is just around 1 hour 55 minutes but for me, it's rushing, since we have to take the airport transit train to go to another terminal. It's quite far and also it takes time to walk. It does not include the time that has been taken to search the flight gate of the next flight and also the security check sections. In my experience, its better take time more than 2 hours when you decide to book the transit flight like this so you're will have more time to walk and rest before the next flight. 



Based on my experience, the transit at Muscat, Oman is taking time especially during the security check section and we have to pass the two security check sections for the journey to London, England. That means, its have two (2) times of security check section at the transit terminal (one – the general security check section, once you walk to the transit; and two – the second of security check section at the waiting gate of your flight) for flight to London, England. We've to run to our flight gate and no time for us to going to the toilet at the airport. 

TIP 2 – Try to get ready before you process the security checking section at the transit terminal airport if you have a short time of the conjunction time, like me. For example, you need to take-off of your jacket, shoes, empty your pocket, standby the key of your hand-carry bag if you lock (if they ask you to open, then its will short your time), and follow the standard rule of the security check procedure for saving your time at the security check section. 




The journey from Muscat International Airport (MCT) to Heathrow International Airport (LHR) takes time around 7 hours 40 minutes. The flight number is WY 103. The departure time is 02:10 (02:10 am) from MCT, 29 November 2019 (Friday). The plane looks like a small plane and the seat arrangement of economy class 3 – 3. On this journey, we're got seating together in 1 row (3 seating) beside the window. We also get the small pillow, blanket, earphone, and small pocket bag (stocking and toothbrush & toothpaste) – same as the journey from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Muscat, Oman. The entertainment on this plane is quite nice and many choices of the movie but since I'm so tired, then most of the time I'm sleeping on the plane. 




On this journey, we're got meals two times; which is the dinner and the continental breakfast. Before they serve the meal to the passenger, they are given the menu to us. In my opinion, the meals onboard Oman Air is not suited to my tastes, maybe. It's because most of the meals, I can't finish it. 


After the 7 hours 40 minutes journey from Muscat, Oman to London, England – finally we're safely arriving at the Heathrow International Airport on 05:55 am on 29 November 2019 (Friday). Just early a few minutes from the originally scheduled time of arrived flight. Once, I arrived at Heathrow International Airport, I do not feel any of jetlag symptoms and I feel so relieved about that since it's a long journey to me – almost 16 hours journey if include with transit. The difference time between London, England with Malaysia is behind 8 hours from Malaysia. The season in London, England at that moment is late autumn and early winter.


During the London immigration counter, we can go together to the counter by family basis. The immigration will cop your passport together with your family if you going to London with family or friends. It's easy and normally, they're asking the basic questions to you but I do advise to you, if you going to London as free and easy – you should do print all the documents and stand-by on your hands during the immigration session. Then, if you have nothing to declare, just walking straight to the nothing to declare after takes your luggage. As I remember at that moment; we don't have to fill up any form while we're arriving in London, England. We just were walking straight to the immigration counters. 

That is all my stories on day 1 of this trip. Just for your information, I have been writing the extra note tip about Dream Trip to Western Europe in November 2019 based on my experience during this trip. Feel free to read it. 

Here, the link to the continued stories about the Dream Trip to Western Europe in November 2019 – Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, and Day 12.

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