Post # 1
So I need major help! My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon to go to Europe but I am having a hard time figuring out the rail system adn where it goes/how much it will be along with how long it will take. Our first thought was to go to Greece but then I realized how close it is to everything and I just want to explore EVERYTHING I possibly can within our two week honeymoon. Thoughts were Greece-Italy-Switzerland-Germany OR Greece-Croatia-Austria-Germany.
We are totally up for anything and to be honest, (not huge on eastern european countries though) what I have been reading, it looks hard to travel anywhere from Greece so I wouldnt be too upset if we took that out of our itinerary. I have never been to Europe so I am thankful for any/all suggestions!!!
Our goal: to stay cost efficient, see as much as possible while having it be stress-free relaxing time as Mr. & Mrs.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Cannot wait to see responses!!
Post # 3
we went to italy for 11 nights. flew into venice, took train to florence, train to rome, train to naples, then flew out of naples.
we booked through europeandestinations.com and we had a amazing trip.
i only have experience with the trains in italy and it was very easy.
Post # 4
@ajillity81: very good to know! did you guys plan everything? i heard Europe is one of those places you just roam around and find things to do. but as a honeymoon, is that something you planned?
Post # 5
We went to Paris for ours! It was amazing 🙂
Post # 6
4 countries sounds like a lot for 2 weeks unless you just want to do one city in each one and really be on the move a lot. It does not sound relaxing at all. You can easily just spend 2 weeks + in Italy on it’s own. We did a 3 week vacation last year and only did Italy and Switzerland.
Post # 7
@abarnes: I agree that doing Greece AND western Europe highlights would be too much for 2 weeks, and to choose one or the other. I know you are eager to pack as much in as possible but I would recommend a slower pace! 2 weeks really isn’t all that much time- plus you will have some jet lag and may have a hard time falling asleep/waking up as you should and might want a more leisurely pace. I do like to “plan out” all our trips, but I always factor in what’s going to be realistic for those first few days when I’m feeling kinda crappy.
I’d maybe pick 2 destinations and split the 2 weeks between them to minimize travel time (unless you really like riding on trains lol). Like 1 week based in London seeing parts of England by rail, then a short train trip to Paris and exploring France for a week.
FWIW, Italy is my favorite place to visit in Europe, with England/Scotland/Ireland a very close second. Good luck planning!!
Post # 8
@abarnes: If you want a cost efficient trip, stay out or Switzerland. It’s gorgeous, but expensive. Generally Western and Northern Europe are more expensive than Southern and Eastern Europe.
I think if you want to travel by train, you should get an Eurail pass. It’s also valid on some ferry routes, so you could use it even in Greece. There are ferries from Greece to Italy.
The Eurail site has some maps of rail connections. Bahn.de is a really good site for train timetables in Europe. For Greek ferries, check http://www.gtp.gr, although next summer’s timetables may not be there yet.
Happy planning, I’m sure you will have a wonderful honeymoon!
Post # 9
I wouldn’t try to do more than two destinations. I like to plan 1 museum, 1 bridge/body of water, and 1 place touristy (LOVE Castles). That’s 3 days and some wondering around in between. We’re kinda lazy though and like to sit and drink watching people for hours.
Post # 10
@abarnes: DH took care of all the planning. we had a general idea of what we wanted to cover in each city. but nothing was set in stone and ours days weren’t planned minute by minute.
friends also gave us restaurant recommendations and we went to most of them.
Post # 11
if you only have 2 weeks, I would limit yourself to one or two of those countries or else you’ll spend your whole time travelling. I spent 3 weeks travelling through croatia and still didn’t manage to see everything that I wanted to see. trains weren’t really an option there so all travel was either bus or ferry. if I was going back now, I would probably rent a car.
Post # 12
When we went to Europe the first time we intedned to take the train to city hop. Until we realized how much cheaper and quicker flying was. Do your research with transport. I am not suggestiong you fly to each place but just look into if its worth it for any of them. In the time in which you are going, I think 4 cities is a good to explore without draining yourself.