Post # 1
Just looking for people with experience/travel suggestions for a European honeymoon. We would be leaving 8/31/2013, so technically it would be early September….
We hope to visit 2-3 places within 10-12 days.
We also hope to leave the last 2-3 days for a more “luxurious, relaxing” location.. maybe the South of France on the beach.. or something to that effect. The rest of the time we DO want to be tourists… but not in the “Every tourist goes to Venice so it’s always packed and annoying” way.
Looking for random, ROMANTIC, low key places to yes.. see sites but really, just enjoy each other. We have a 1 year old and another due in April, so the chance we will go to Europe within the next 10 years again is pretty slim….
Post # 3
@anice127: No advice as I’ve never been to Europe… buut your honeymoon plans (time of ear, length of time) sound almost exactly like mine. So commenting to follow!
Post # 4
We went to France for 9 days. We spent the first half in Paris and the second in Nice. Both locations were very romantic and had a ton of stuff to do, whether it was super touristy stuff, or just wandering around and going to random little shops and restaurants (which I preferred over the touristy activities). The majority of the south of France has “pebble” beaches, as far as I know, with the exception of Cannes – they import sand, haha. Those pebbles were more like rocks, though, and made getting into and out of the water pretty difficult! Nice was much more relaxing than Paris, but I really think you could find both adventure and relaxation in either location if you do some research. If you are considering either city and want suggestions or tips, we have plenty! Happy planning!
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@anice127: August is high tourism season in Europe, so there will be crowds everywhere. Don’t let that stop you, though! If you do your research you can find places that really aren’t all that crowded!
I think you would really love to see Greece, because you could combine some once-in-a-lifetime tourist things (like see the Parthenon! Soo cool!) with lots of relaxing on the Greek islands. The ferries that transport you around the islands are very laid-back and have the most incredible views. Once on the islands, you can ride around on vespas, stay in beautiful hotels or B&Bs, enjoy the beach, have Greek food and learn about Greek culture, see some Greek ruins, etc.
Another place that’s becoming popular is Croatia – although I’ve heard it is getting touristy so you might need to research beaches/areas off the beaten road. Considering you don’t expect to go back to Europe in a long time, though, I think maybe you want to go somewhere classic in Europe?
Post # 6
My personal favourites are Italy, Turkey and Greece. If you decide on Greece or Turkey, it’s best to travel around a bit (south of Turkey is absolutely amazing) to see the various museums and archaeological sites.
Another wonderful place is Budapest in Hungary. It’s a big modern city with great opportunities for shopping and entertainment, delicious food, and plenty of history and culture to explore.
Post # 7
I cannot recommend Slovenia highly enough. I went for 10 days this summer and it wasn’t long enough; we both desperately want to go back. The country is stunning; Lake Bled and Bohinj are beautiful and relaxing, particularly Bonhinj. There are hidden gems such as Vintgar Gorge, Ljubljana is a lovely capital… not too big but not too small. It’s also really easy to get to Italy, Croatia and Austria as the country is so small.
Post # 8
@anice127: I would go to Northern Italy and see Florence, tour around the little towns of Tuscany, and hike by the beach in Cinque Terre, with the bulk of your time spent exploring Florence. We rented an apartment in Florence for several nights and it was awesome. Cheaper than a hotel and a great way to live like a local.
Post # 9
@anice127: I’ve even to Florence, Venice, and Rome and I absolutely loved Florence. I would check it out.
my fiancé and I are going to Europe. I’m excited. what about Corsica or Sardinia? They look beautiful and relaxing.
Post # 10
We’re going around the same time to Turkey for our honeymoon. There’s museums, sightseeing and city life in Istanbul, we’ll head out to Cappadoccia for hiking and rock hotels, plus Bodrum for beach relaxation at the end.
Post # 11
@anice127: A couple options for 2-3 cities.
You could do soemthing like Munich and Prague, or Southern Germany and Switzerland.
France is great because its a big country and has a lot to offer. I definitely recommend going to Normandy, its so beautiful and Nice and the Southern beachey town are great too. In between you could do some wine tasting.
If you want to stay up North, you could do Paris and head up to Brussels and Amsterdam.
Europe has so many great option.
Post # 12
@GracieGirl11: You know I just went to Nice as well in October and I was surprised about the rocks! I thought it was cool how smooth it all was but every photo you see of the south of france is all white sandy beaches. I wondered if they brought in sand, like you said. It’s all a farce! LOL
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge
You should definitely go to Normandy.. one of the best places in Europe 🙂 So much to see and nice to get away from big cities.
While you’re there, check out Mont Saint-Michel. It is soo stunning.