Post # 1
My fiance and I have been trying to figure out our honeymoon for a while. I wanted to do a cruise, but we wanted to have it include more places than they seem to offer. We wanted to do the emerald isle, and then go over to amsterdam, italy, perhaps paris. So I’m starting to wonder if we should go country hopping for two weeks? Has anyone done this? I’m sure the planning involved will be insane, but Fiance has never been out of the country and I just want to go on a kickass honeymoon with him. Thoughts?
Post # 3
It sounds like a lot of fun.
I would just make sure that you have enough time in each destination that you don’t feel as though you spend your entire honeymoon packing and unpacking.
Their are some tour companies that offer hosted independent tours that allow you to do great tours without being on a tour bus. It offers a bit more privacy for your honeymoon.
Post # 4
i’m all for country hopping… but make sure that’s what you want for a honeymoon. i love to travel but when i do i make sure that i’m getting the most out of it and i’m crazy busy the whole time. that’s not what i wanted for my honeymoon. i was soooo tired after the wedding that i just wanted to sit, relax, and enjoy my new hubby!
Post # 5
I love country hopping too, if that’s what you want to do then go for it. Doesn’t need as much planning as you’d think…some clothes, a passport, a Eurail pass and off you go! Unless you are travelling at peak times you would be ok playing it mostly by ear, that’s what we like to do anyway. I’d fly to Ireland, hire a car and drive around there, fly to Amsterdam then train to Paris and train all the way down to Italy. Fly from Rome back to Ireland and then home (assuming that’s cheaper). Sounds fab 🙂
Post # 6
Honestly-that’s too much for 2 weeks. You will spend more time traveling than sightseeing. I would pick one or two countries and really see them.
Post # 7
@cakegal: I agree with this. When my mother came from the US to visit me the first time she wanted to see the NL, Germany, Austria, Ireland, and Denmark in 3 weeks. Needless to say, after 2 weeks she was dead tired just from trying to see everything there is to see in this tiny post stamp of a country and she still hasn’t seen it all. Heck, I’ve lived here for 4 years and I haven’t seen half of the country!!
One thing that people coming from the US don’t realize…most of Europe IS NOT on a 24/7 economy like the US. Things shut down between 4:30 and 6pm, aren’t open on Sundays AT ALL, and open late on Mondays in most part of Europe. So really, you get to see a couple of things and that’s that.
Also, if you’re going to rely on rail travel, you’ll want to have refundable or open tickets to attractions and travel. Rail problems are an everyday occurance here in the NL and can really mess up travel…seriously, it’s so common that it’s an accepted excuse for being late to work. The boss doesn’t blink an eye.
So my recommendation? Figure out what you really, really, really want to see and then plan around that.
Post # 8
Honestly, if you want to see a lot of varied places, a cruise is the best plan! We are not usually cruise poeple but for our honeymoon we cruised the Greek islands and it was the BEST way to see a lot of places without constantly packing and unpacking. Have you looked into Star Clipper Cruises? That’s who we used, and they offer the kinds of itineraries that you are looking for. They are similar in quality to WindStar, but less expensive. We LOVED our cruise.
If you don’t want to do a cruise, I would recommend simplifying your itinerary. Constant travel to multiple cities on your own is discombobulating, and after a few days all the cities start to blur together from the stress. I don’t think you would enjoy the plan you have laid out above. At least with the cruise you get to relax each evening and recap the highlights of the day at the ship’s bar 🙂
Post # 9
I think you should limit yourself to 3-4 countries maybe if you want to hop around. I love hoping around when I’m traveling but you dont’ want to spend every night in a diff place and give yourself a bit of time to relax and not be traveling the whole time.
We did Belgium- a couple diff places, Paris, Amsterdam in two weeks and I didn’t feel stressed.
Italy is a bit out of the way but maybe if you fly into one place and fly out of another it possibly could work.
Post # 10
We’re getting married in Austria (24 days from today!) and then driving to spend a couple of days in Switzerland, followed by a week in the South of France followed by five days on Lake Como in Italy. I’m really looking forward to it.
We want some adventure with kayaking in France, culture and history in all countries, down time at the beach in France and Italy.
DM if you want to know how it goes. I can tell you when we’re back on Aug. 23!
Post # 11
I LOVE country hopping- but remember, it is an ADVENTURE. I have traveled a LOT, and I love it, but I have no romantic notions left about it. What I mean to say is, that type of a trip can be stressful and tiring- often someone breaks down in a train station and you end up telling one another everything that’s wrong with them. Know what I mean? When I country hop, I am often exhausted because I am trying to do all that I can.
On a more positive note, take the trip of a lifetime. Just make sure that you wouldn’t rather have a romantic/ relaxing time.
Post # 12
I am a big traveler, have definitely country hopped and Europe is fantastic. With all of that said, I have to echo what’s been said here – make sure that’s really the “feel” you want for your honeymoon, and if you only have two weeks I would pick 3 places MAX. You have to keep in mind travel times, and like @ldyparadox99 said, Sundays in Europe are a much different experience, don’t forget about “siesta time” (not just Spain…), etc.
Also keep in mind – are you going to fly in and out of the same Euro city to your home airport? Because that means getting back to the original city, or paying possibly slightly higher airfare to fly in one city and out another. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind.
I would do research on the places you want to visit, and then decide what are “musts” so that you narrow that list and can really enjoy each spot you do go!
Post # 13
Oh – another thing to keep in mind is if you take flights (as in from Ireland to the continent…) , depending on the time of year – not every flight route flies on every day (for ex. Dublin – Amsterdam may only be possible on Tuesdays and Sundays in certain months, etc).
Post # 14
We did this when I studied abroad…I went with three friends to London, Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, and Barcelona over 2 weeks. It was amazing and fun, but SO exhausting. We took trains through Italy, but I believe we flew to the other cities, which was pretty cheap. I’m glad we did it, but it was defiinitely not relaxing at all. For a honeymoon, I would rather focus on three or four cities and spend a few days in each (although I think the two days we had in Venice were plenty–but I would have loved more time in Florence and Barcelona).
Post # 15
I would narrow down your choices. HOW much do you want to see in Ireland? I could quite happily spend 2 weeks travelling just in Ireland! Pick two or three places you really want to see and take a few days to visit each one. You’ll feel so much more relaxed knowing you have more than 2 days in any given local (and remember any travel days will be essentially written off because you’ll spend most of it travelling and you won’t want to sightsee after that).
Post # 16
You could easily spend over a week in Paris and not feel like you’ve seen everything you want to see. I wouldn’t do country hopping for a honeymoon unless we were only doing a couple cities or small towns only. My SO and I are going to Europe in September and we agreed to only do small towns so we can sightsee while still enjoying eachothers company.
p.s. the most beautiful place I’ve ever been is Santorini, Greece (my SO says Interlaken, Switzerland is the most beautiful.. we are going there so I can decide between the two)– but if you country hop it’s really hard to get to Greece. Doing a cruise you’d be much more likely to get to see Santorini!