(Closed) Cruise + European Tour Honeymoon

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: November 2012

Ive only been to Madrid and Barcelona and between the 2 spent a total of 9 days and there were certain things we just didn’t have time for.  I think if your going to do 7 days, just pick 2 not 3 cities.  If you plan to relax more on the cruise I would do the land part first.

Post # 5
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  • Wedding: November 2012

I liked Madrid better overall.  The weather was nicer.  It was less touristy.  It was cleaner.  We did 5 days in Barcelona and 4 days in Madrid and wish it was the other way around.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I haven’t done that but I’ve traveled to Europe several times, and I’m always really jetlagged for a couple days when I arrive. So I would definitely do the cruise first, where you can just relax,  catch up on sleep (trust me, you’ll be suuuuper tired after your wedding and a long flight to Europe), and you’ll have some time to plan our what you’re going to do on land. Then do the land part second. Just my two cents!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Oops, I forgot to add- I would choose between Madrid and Barcelona (I prefer Barcelona, especially for a honeymoon…It’s a really unique, eclectic yet romantic city with tons to do and a lot of charm) and go to either Paris or Nice/Monaco/Sur-le-cap.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We did Spain recently and I would definately pick Barcelona over Madrid – there is a little more to do and its a really romantic city. Id also spend more time in a couple of places than to be on the move constantly. Good luck! 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

@FoxyBride14:  Though I haven’t been to Madrid, I’ve been to both Barcelona and Paris, as well as having been on a Mediterranean cruise (with MSC Cruise Lines).

We spent two days in Barcelona, did a 9 night cruise, five days in Paris, five days in London and then a week and a half north east of London with my family where we did a few day trips to other parts of England. 

If we could go back, we both agree we would do the cruise last (though that wasn’t actually possible as we were working around specific dates I wanted to be with my family, but you get my point). The cruise was so relaxing, which was wonderful, but then we hit Paris and London after a week of pampering and it was ridiculously draining!

We flew from NZ (a 38 hour trip) and we didn’t really suffer jet lag – though we took sleeping pills on the plane and managed to have a decent amount of sleep before we landed in Barcelona.

Barcelona: Our first night there we went to a Spanish Buffett and watched a Flamenco show – it was incredible. While we were there we visited the Sagrada Familia (a must see), Santa Maria del Mar and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

Mediterranean Cruise: Our ports of call were; Lisbon, Portugal – where we went to the oldest winery in Portugal, saw the Christo-Rei and went to the Arrabida Natural Park; Casablanca, Morocco – where we saw the Hassan II Mosque, and also went to Rabat to see the Hassan Tower, The Kings Palace and Mausoleum of Mohammed V; Malaga, Spain – where we went to Marbella and Puerto Buenos; Rome, Italy – where we visited the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and also went to Vatican City to see St. Paul’s Cathedral; Genoa, Italy – where we went to the Genoa Aquarium and walked around the city looking at the art on the buildings and visiting the churches.

Paris: We went to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomph, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint Dennis Cathedral, did a day tour out to Normandy and Omaha Beach and had an evening booked which included dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, a cruise on the river Sienne and a ticket to the Moulin Rouge (unfortunately we missed that nights plans as our travel agent screwed up our flights from Barcelona).

Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas of things to do in Barcelona, Paris and an idea of the Mediterranean ports. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We flew into Paris and stayed there for five days, then flew to Barcelona and got on a 12 day cruise with Royal Caribbean.  It was a great way to see lots of stuff.  Not exactly what you’re planning, but if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@FoxyBride14:  So so many!!

  • Do the Fat Tyre bike company tour of the city. Its a great city to ride bikes in and we did their tour in Berlin at the end of our trip and were kicking ourselves for not doing it in Barcelona! They are a great company and lots of fun
  • They LOVE Gaudi in Barcelona. His architecture is EVERYWHERE. But it is beautiful. The church is amazing. Just spend some time visiting as many as you can 🙂
  • We got the hop on hop off bus card for 2 days, which was perfect for us. I don’t always recommend them, but it showed us so much of the city and top spots this way
  • We had a great meal at El Bitxo -http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1993335-Reviews-El_Bitxo-Barcelona_Catalonia.html Its just a small tapas bar but the food was amazing! It is in an alleyway near the Palau de musica, which you will no doubt visit so its easy to find. 
  • when you visit the beach, splurge and get a chair and umbrella. Also make friends with the waitresses as they will bring you food and drink so you don’t need to get up 🙂 
  • If you are visiting in peak season (July/August) be prepared to wait. We visited then and the main spots are very crowded. You can cut some lines by joining tours of things, but its quite busy. Some of the lines were 4 hours long! (We skipped anything with too long a line)
  • They  have great shoe shops there – enjoy!
  • we stayed here: https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/83349 It was amazing. Yes, up many many stairs, but beautiful. And affordable. The host was fantastic as he told us all the places to visit and eat! I highly recommend Airbnb instead of hotels… its more relaxing, you meet locals AND you save money by buying your own breakfasts and snacks. and you can do your washing! 

Hope that helps! 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

@FoxyBride14: I think cruises are a good option if you have limited time, as everything is organised for you and not only do you get to visit more places then you would doing it ‘by foot’ you also get to relax when travelling!

@CupcakeLove:  “I highly recommend Airbnb instead of hotels.” +1

We used airbnb for our accommodation in Barcelona and it was in a brilliant location, gorgeous views, the host was lovely and very helpful and it was super cheap.

 

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