Post # 1
I just got off the phone with Viking Cruises looking at honeymoon options.
For two nights ahead in Budapest, a 7 night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg via Austria, 3 nights post-cruise at my brother’s home in Bavaria, including round-trip flights, meals, all excursions, it comes to $10.5K total. I was a bit shocked but having just come off a two week UK cruise this summer, I know it’s waaaaaaay too easy to rack up a $10K vacation bill. Point blank, I want to go somewhere fabulous. FABULOUS! Where did you go or where have you been that two lovers could go for $10K? I’m looking at 10 to 14 nights. Anyone have any FAB suggestions?
I was originally thinking Bavaria & Venice but then those darn Viking commercials are all over the TV lately which got me curious.
Give me some delicious options, Bees!
Post # 3
We’re doing Turkey and Italy for 2 weeks and its coming out to around $8,000 not including spending money.
You could just do Bavaria – drive around yourself and enjoy all the little towns – easily for under $10k. I spent a month in Europe last year (Spain & Italy) and it was around $15,000 total for the entire month. And I don’t stay in hostels 😉
I’ve done many 10-14 day trips to Europe without ever spending $10k.
My advice – skip Venice. Way overrated and I hardly know anybody that went and liked it. Here and there you’ll find someone, but its rare. Tuscany is AMAZING though and one of my favorite places EVER. Bavaria & Tuscany would be uber romantic, IMO.
Also, I would never do a cruise through Europe. You will hardly see anything! One I looked at gave you like 8 hours in Rome. You will see nothing in that amount of time! Its crazy and such a waste to me :-/ I’d rather go to one city and really see it than be rushed around like a crazy tourist and in the end only have experienced the big sights of 5 cities.
Post # 4
@adoc86: Turkey and Italy would be great! Turkey seems so exotic yet very cosmopolitan – very intriguing to me. I haven’t spent much time in Tuscany but I would like to explore that more. I guess I need to get out a map.
Do you have a travel site you like to book flights through or would you take a train from Bavaria to Tuscany? I guess I’m a little afraid to drive in Europe. Just crossing a street in London this summer made a few more grays on my head pop out. Yikes. Have any tips?
Post # 5
We’re doing 2 weeks in Morocco for our honeymoon, but based on what we plan on doing and where we plan on staying, it will probably cost more than that.
Last year we went to Australia for 2 weeks and spent about that. It was an awesome time, I’d recommend it. I would never spend that on a cruise, well I’d never go on a cruise, let alone spend 10k on one.
Post # 6
@LilRhodyGem: Are you looking exclusively in Europe? A co-worker of mine did Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. She raved about it. I think all-in, it was around $5k. I don’t think they stayed at ridiculously expensive hotels, so I’m sure that figure could double quite easily.
We’re going to St. Lucia for 7 nights and I think ours is about $12k. Yes, we splurged, and yes, it’s kind of hard, but this is a once in a lifetime thing for me (meaning our honeymoon) so I’m ok with it.
Post # 7
I would pay 10K, but not for a cruise.
Post # 8
We went to Dubai and the Maldives and it was AMAZING!!! Unfortunately, it was over
$10k for just a week. However, you could look into it and maybe find a less expensive resort option and get it done!
Post # 9
@MrsTVLover: +1, this. I hate cruises though.
Post # 10
Two weeks most anywhere in Europe is doable for $10k. You have to look for cheap accomodations, but they’re out there. We rented an apartment in Milan that worked really well since we were staying for the whole weekend.
I would love to spend that long in Tuscany and around Parma. I actually like Venice, but my husband didn’t. It’s expensive and touristy, but there’s no place like it. Amsterdam has the canals, but it’s not the same. I really loved Amsterdam, I might spend 2 weeks in Holland and Belgium – depending on time of year.
Post # 11
@LilRhodyGem: I would skip the cruise. For our honeymoon we wanted time for ourselves and the ability to take the days as they came, an organized trip would have been so far from that! Also, it’s Europe – you can easily get from country to country on your own. Either by air as flight tickets are so cheap or by train or car. I’m a Star Alliance member, so we booked our rental car as well as many of the hotels through their site. That generated more points and we also got some nice discounts.
Post # 12
I wish we had a honeymoon budget like that! Would you consider the Galapagos?!? That’s what I’d do. Take a week long cruise in the Galapgos islands, then head to mainland Ecudor for a few days in the Amazon, mabye do some whitewater rafting!
Post # 13
@BlondeBee: I’m not stuck on Europe but I would like to visit my brother while he and his family are stationed in Bavaria so I guess if not next year, the year after. 🙂
I would like NOT to spend big bucks but if that means a fabulous honeymoon, I’ll do it. I certainly want to be comfortable and indulge a bit.
I have thought about making a triangular trip with Bavaria one of the destinations. Vienna and Prague would be good visits (Prague excites me greatly!). I don’t know where to start. Can travel agents help plan this? I’ve never used a travel agent for booking ground/rail transport in Europe… only air and hotel.
Post # 15
@LilRhodyGem: Absolutely! Travel agents can help you with any types of transportation/travel. Just find one who specializes in the areas you’re looking to visit. Plus, if you have a travel agent, they can be your advocate should (God forbid) anything go wrong. They typically have a lot more power/sway when it comes to fixing things.
Post # 16
@eocenia: Ok, good tip. The cruise we just did was so damn tiring. I actually LOST weight because of the trudging around. I would prefer to sleep in and linger as I like.
You Bees are giving GREAT feedback and advice. Please keep it coming!
Honestly, if I could do Fiji like the Kardashians, that would be my dream. I’d love to just jump into the water from my hut! Awww… I’ll just have to marry for money next time. Ha ha ha.