Europe Honeymoon??!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

We did Rome for 2 weeks for $4000. We booked an apartment there through flip key and did day trips. An apartment was teh cheapest option. We had it all to ourselves, were able to cook some meals etc.. it was great. However I must warn you that a Europe trip is not a relaxing vacation. It is a journey. We did Mexico for our honeymoon and I wouldn’t have changed that at all. AFter the wedding being so stressfull it was the perfect kind of vacation. Our Rome trip was pretty stressfull and busy. We got up early everyday, did day trips to Florence, Tuscany, Pompeii and tourned Rome and the Vatican. It was a lot of moving around. If you want a very active trip then Europe can be great. But if you want something more relaxing I’d stick with your Aruba plan.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Im from the UK… it depends wher in Europe as its made up of so many countries that differ vastly in their price,weather, type of holiday that they allow for e.t.c I mean Scandinavia is the most expensive part of Europe and the cheapest is Eastern europe.

I would give Paris a miss… its so overhyped, really not special and its even been given ‘paris syndrome’ for japanese tourists that were so dissapointed with the reality of paris that they have had a mental breakdown.

Barcelona though is lovely and is quite cheap once your there, Italy is beautiful but places like Venice are so overpriced, Croatia is beautiful, Austria is, I mean the list is endless and it really depends on what kind of holiday you want.

You can still have a relaxing holiday in europe… lots of europeans do, but that im guessing would seem a bit pointless since you also have the option Aruba and Punta cana

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

What’s your definition of a tight budget?

I think it all depends on how willing you are to do things for budget vs. convenience. Flying into a far airport and taking a train or leaving midweek for example.  We’re doing two weeks in Italy for our honeymoon at the end of May. The one place we couldn’t save money was flights. We’re traveling right before peak season and flights are priced accordingly. I watched for months, and unless we wanted a one day lay over in Istanbul, I couldn’t find ANYTHING less than $1600 per person RT to Italy. Flying into Milan was the cheapest, but would have eaten up a lot of time on the ground getting to the places we wanted to visit ( Florence, Tuscany, etc.) I think you can do a trip that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but I definitely think if you’re based in the US, places like the Caribbean are more cost effective. 

 

I also second what stargurl101 said, renting apartments is a lot cheaper in some cities, especially Rome. 

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We went on a three week trip to France and Italy last year and spent probably about $5-$6k.  We didn’t have to pay for flights though so that reduced the cost a lot.  If you want relaxing, I would probably do the south of France or Venice.  Those were the most relaxing places we went.  Rome was not relaxing at all and super stressful to me.  Paris is nice and I like it a lot but it is pretty busy as well.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

FutureMrsK2014:  We’re doing London, Paris, and Amsterdam for 2 weeks in late November/early December.  Plan to spend at around $2K just on plane tickets.  We spent a little under $2K flying into London and flying home from Amsterdam.  We also spent $100 each for our plane tickets from Paris to Amsterdam.  When the Flybe schedule opens up we will be booked on a flight from the UK to Paris for around $100 each.  We also have another $200 budgeted for train tickets to two other cities in the UK we’re visiting.  I have been researching like crazy to find decent budget hotels under $100 and was actually successful, even in Paris.  So we budgeted $100 per night for hotels ($1400 for 14 nights.)

We’re planning to take $3K with us for food and excursions.  So it looks like our trip is going to cost around $7K total.  You could save some money by only staying for a week in one city.  Paris is the most expensive based on my research but London isn’t too far behind.  The weather would likely be nicer in Barcelona that time of year and a cruise from Barcelona to Rome on Costa Cruises would be pretty budget friendly.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

beachbride1216:  Our budget hotel in Paris was my favorite.  It was the smallest but it was the cleanest and super close to the Metro!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: The Valley of fire / Las Vegas

beachbride1216:  I live in Amsterdam! If you need any advice, ask away 🙂

Loneyly Planet guide books and Tripadvisor are my inspiration for visiting other countries. They both offer good information on budget accomodation, activities and places to eat. The beginning of December offers some romantic xmas markets in Germany and Austria. Many of my friends visit Greece and Cyprus for their honeymoon, so that might be something to consider if you like someplace warmer.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

try Groupon 

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

We went to London and Paris for 2 weeks.  Booked a room through airbnb.com  I highly recommend that site (and the cities).  Saved us a ton of money because hotels in both those cities are ridiculously tiny and ridiculously overpriced.  We found food to be the most expensive part of the trip.  We probably spent about $2000 just on food.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Dropveter:  Cool!  What would you recommend for a few local experiences that tourists normally don’t know about?  We’re staying for 3 nights in mid-December.  We’re already planning on visiting the Brouwerij ‘t IJ and a few coffee shops to say we did.  Most of our friends went for the hard partying; my husband hitchhiked over from the UK while at uni if that tells you anything .  I’m more interested in checking out the Rijksmuseum, wandering the Jewish Quarter, and experiencing something authentic.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: The Valley of fire / Las Vegas

beachbride1216:  Depending on the weather, you could rent a bicycle! It’s one of the best ways to explore the center of Amsterdam, especially for going to visit the canals. A traditional new years treat, which are also sold throughout december, are ‘oliebollen’, very delicious and usually found at vendor stalls on the streets. You can’t miss them at Rembrandt square and Leidseplein. Dutch pancakes are a good eat too, there are many restaurants who serve them in the center.

The rest really depends on your interests. Some must-visit museums are the Anne Frank house and the Van Gogh museum. Personally I really enjoyed the Scheepsvaartmuseum (Maritime museum) which gives you insight in our rich VOC history. The Portugese Synagogue is very good as well, it’s a building from the 17th century, but you have to be interested in Jewish history. You can also visit the inside of the palace at Dam square. Right next to the palace is the Nieuwe Kerk. The coronation of our new King took place there, but I think the currently have a Chinese exhibition.

If you’re interested in the architecture you could visit some of the old canal houses, turned into museums. The oldest house in Amsterdam is at the Begijnhof, which is also a very tranquill place in the center. Just outside of Amsterdam there is a cheese farm and clog factory, I don’t know if it’s a tourist trap but it might be a fun experience http://www.claramaria.nl/. There is also a reconstructed working windmill, the Windmill van Sloten. In case you want something really wacky, you can visit the building site of the new subway line that is currently being built.

If you enjoy shopping and more local cafe’s and bars the Jordaan is the place to be. The ‘Negen Straatjes’ have the nice old Amsterdam houses and little boutiques. It’s nice enough just to walk around 🙂 The Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk are the main shopping streets and have many chainstores.

If you like international cinema you should visit the Eye Film Institute Netherlands

As for getting to places, the public transport network is pretty good. Depending on how long you’re staying and how many sights you’re visiting it’s really worth getting a (multi)days transportpass. Tickets sold on the trams are valid for one hour only and cost 2,85 euro’s. http://www.gvb.nl will give you plenty of info. Another website with a lot of information is http://www.iamsterdam.com

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Dropveter:  Wow!  Thanks!!!

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