Post # 1
Did you/are you going to honeymoon in Europe (or even just on vacation)?
I really, really want to go to London. I’d like to visit Paris, too. He has family in Italy that we could stay with as well.
Any suggestions on saving money on airfare, hotels, etc?
Where else should we go?
Post # 3
We’re going to Northern Italy. We picked out places we wanted to go and then looked at airfare (used Kayak.com). If you’re visiting multiple places, it might be cheaper to fly into and out of different cities than looping around, so look into that (it’s only costing us $50/person more, totally worth it). We’re flying into Milan, going to Lake Como for a couple days, then Cinque Terre for a couple days, Tuscany for a couple days, and ending up in Venice for three days.
We’re using a travel agent for our hotels and everything, which I definitely recommend. It won’t cost you any more, and the peace of mind and knowledge is totally amazing. If you have any questions about Italy, let me know.
Post # 4
@Miss OBG: Thank you. I will PM you as we get closer to decision time.
Post # 5
My only suggestion is to get the eurorail pass so you can travel to these countries by train and save money. I have to admit the last time I was in Europe was back in 2002 when I was still in school, but I had this great train pass that I bought through a travel agency and I was able to travel all over Europe with it, it was worth it.
I absolutely love London, Rome, and Paris. Have lots of fun!
Post # 6
London is such an awesome city!! I’m dying to go to Paris.
Spain is a lot of fun too so I’d definitely recommend it if you can swing it. Madrid is my favorite. Barcelona and Malaga are pretty cool too.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
Barcelona is amazing! Croatia Croatia! We had the absolute best time there for our honeymoon! You can’t go wrong with Paris or Italy (looooove Venice).
Post # 8
Hellooo, I was in Europe this summer so here are some recommendations based on what I did..
When you’re in London, get a hotel near all of the parks, to me, the best part of London is just walking around and lounging in all of the parks there, they are so beautiful.. don’t go to Windsor Castle, I thought it was lame and a waste of money
Go to IRELAND!!! Its SUCH a beautiful country. Either stay in Gallway or take a whole day tour there. I can’t describe how wonderful it is. Dublin is cute, cobblestone roads and a bunch of pubs and St. Steven’s Green is nice, also good shopping too.
Paris- I spent a month there so I can’t really get into everything I saw, but it was really nice too. I didn’t really like the Louvre, Musse d’Orsay is more my style of art. We took a day tour to Giverny to see Monet’s Gardens and it is a MUST DO.. so beautiful. Of course the Eiffel Tower (climbing it is a waste of money), Notre Dame, the Catacombs, Sacre Coeur, etc. are must sees too.
I also went to Berlin and Bratislava and I’d just say, they aren’t romantic so avoid them for now– but go to Berlin some day!
I’m going to Rome in April, so I’ll let you know about that too!
Post # 9
We did a two week European honeymoon and visited London, Paris, Luxembourg, Germany (Black Forest), and Switzerland. We liked Germany the best, and pretty much hated Paris and vowed to never go back. Apparently, we’re in the minority, though, because everyone in our families/circle of frieds LOVED Paris. Ugh.
Anyway, if you want to go to London and Paris, you could fly into whichever place is cheaper (it depends on your depature city/when you’re travelling) and then take the Eurostar train in between. It’s about 1.5 – 2 hour train ride and I think it was pretty cheap. Maybe $50-$60 per person? Also, you can upgrade for a little more and get a nice meal and champagne on your train ride (which we did because, honestly, it was our honeymoon, lol).
Also, my sister lives in Spain, and she said you can get flights from Ryan Air for like $15 euros/person. They only fly into/out of European cities, but it’s ridiculously cheap to fly anywhere in Europe through them. Getting over to Europe is the expensive part; once you’re there, it’s relatively cheap to get around.
Post # 10
We went to Paris and London last April. Just a tip, we learned not to used hotel phone to make calls.
In U.S (as far as I know), we can use hotel phone to make local call for free. However, in London, they separate between land line and cellphone. So even when we are calling local on cell phone, it was 4 pound per min. We used up 10 mins. . Ugh!
Post # 11
@Ms. Sparkles: I found that Eurail was really expensive!! If you want to really save, fly RyanAir around from country to country.
Post # 12
We plan on going to Rome. We wer planning on Rome and France, but we want to save a little money that we would have spent and get a house sooner.
Post # 13
I’m going to second the “skip EuRail” pass. Each country has GREAT train specials on their regional trains if you know where to look! (Check the local train system’s website… Not sure if they still have it, but for example Germany had a ticket that if you rode regional trains on Saturday or Sunday, it is 28euro for up to 5 people to go as far as they wanted!)
Also, check RyanAir, Easy Jet, etc.
Finally, do you want your honeymoon to be non-stop or do you want to relax? I say that because one of my friends who had never been did a Tuscany honeymoon and didn’t have much fun because she was constantly on the go and just wanted to relax.
Have you been to Europe before?
Check vrbo.com for accomodations, they’re vacation rentals and sometimes they’re really reasonable! It can also make for a more authentic experience. SW France and Costa Brava Region of Spain are both GEORGEOUS and much more affordable than the French Riviera.
Also, often Italians have a different expectation of hospitality that we do here, ESPECIALLY in southern Italy. If you choose to stay with them, know that you are THEIR GUEST and they’ll be amazing hosts, but you’ll likely be subject to their agenda and not your own.
HAVE FUN! I LOVE EUROPE and can’t wait to get back!
Post # 14
We are doing our honeymoon in Tuscany! Neither of us has been to Italy, so we are super stoked. We totally lucked out on airfare. I was randomly checking flights at USAirways a few weeks ago, which I do sometimes because I have frequent flyer miles with them, so I pop in once awhile and just see what I could use my miles for if I had time to jetset somewhere.
I don’t have enough FF to get to Europe, but I checked airfare from Orlando to Florence in August (our wedding is late July)… and prices were $600!!!! I JUMPED AND SHOUTED like in a commercial! By the time I talked about it wiht my FI and got our passports and all that (like an hour), the tickets we initially wanted were already gone! So, we eneded up booking our HM for a full week after our wedding (rather than the Tuesday after). We got each roundtrip ticket for $777 all taxes and fees included!
So, TROLL THE AIRLINES DIRECTLY AND REGULARLY is my best advice… sometimes they have WAY better deals than expedia and all that.
Post # 15
@kingytobe: Ryanair does have good deals. I remember flying to Dublin from London for 6 pounds one way, it was freakign awesome. The Eurorail is probably a better deal if you are a student then.
Post # 16
@ Miss OBG: What is costing you only $50 or more per person? I might have some Italy questions… all we have set is rountrip airfare from Orlando to Florence, so we’re wide open and looking for ideas!
@ SoontobeMrsA: Thanks for starting the thread