Post # 1
We have a budget of about $5,000 for our 10 day trip to Europe. Does anyone have suggestions where I can get the best deals for our trip? We are thinking of visiting Paris, London and Rome or Paris, Monaco, Venice and Rome.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Well I can tell you that Paris and London are super expensive cities to visit. Not only is there the conversion rate to contend with but also everything there is just expensive. We’re taking a trip to Paris this month and I’m really frustrated by how all the hotels are so tiny and shitty but cost a fortune. Rooms that I wouldn’t pay $50 for here are over $200 there.
What I’m getting at is that $5000 might not be a realistic budget for those locations for 2 weeks. If you are not set in stone on those locations why no go to some cheaper places like Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona, etc.
Post # 4
@Meowkers: I agree.
For two people on a honeymoon I really don’t think your budget is reasonable for such larger cities considering the airfare alone will be about $2,500. Also keep in mind that with the Olympics this year in England everything will be more expensive for a while.
You can make your budget work IF you can consider hostels, train travel or budget air (think RyanAir) and very little spending money for museums etc. In other words travel like a student rather than a honeymooning couple.
Post # 5
From experiences, it all depends when you plan to take your honeymoon. Obviously, school holidays are the most expensive. Flying to Dublin is often the cheapest option from the US too, Then you can get around using low cost airlines (Easyjet, Ryanair just to name the best known ones). Train can also be an interesting option but it might take a lot more time for a 10 days trip. Check alternative to hotels to save money too. Hostels often have private double rooms but they aren’t always very romantic. Our favorite website is Airbnb: you can rent somebody’s flat for a few for way less than your average hotel, especially in the capital cities. Plus, you get access to a kitchen and you can just get groceries and make your own meals which saves you A TON! This way, you can splurge on a few restaurants you really want to try!
Post # 6
@Kareng1022: I actually went to Europe (9 cities) for 5 weeks last summer on a $5,000 budget and that included everything. Now, clearly you don’t want to stay in hostels on your honeymoon. But, my point is, if you’re willing to cut corners on somethings you can do it… anything can be done, it just might require a lot of strategic planning.
Post # 7
You should start by finding out how much your flight to Europe will be. It could be as much as 1500$ EACH. cheapoair.com, cheapflights.com, expedia.com are good places to start to compare airlines and hotels
Go to tripadvisor.com at the top you will see a link called “vacation rentals” you can get an appartment for about what you would oay for a hotel, but much nicer. or yu can go to flipkey.com If you are a little more adventurous, check out hostelworld.com If you do your homework you can get some nice places, for example this is a hostel we stayed at in Berlin http://www.circus-berlin.de/ptour_wein0.html
To travel within Europe Ryan air is super cheap. Although travel by train is really fun. You get to see allot, BYOB! and a good chance to relax.
Amsterdam: check this out! http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g188590-d2206641-Reviews-Amsterdam_Love_Houseboat-Amsterdam_Noord_Holland.html
Post # 8
Meh you can do 3 or 4 cities on $5000 – but you have to do it on the cheap, we’re talking hostels or very cheap hotels.
My husband and I are going to Monaco this summer and are getting a decent room, nothing fancy, but its still $200 US a night.
If you are willing to do hostels, check out the “Go Western Europe” book – it is written by students so they have great recommendations for hotels and small B&Bs, and then go to trip advisor to read additional reviews.
Post # 9
@Kareng1022: I would fly into a big place, spend a few days (especially if you’ve never been to Europe before), and then take the train off into the countryside. My grandfather and I have traveled like this MANY times. We do have friends in England at whose houses we stay, but we took a trip to Scotland, and spent a few days in a bunch of different towns around the country. It was great. The rail systems in Europe are SO MUCH BETTER than ours that it makes everything easy.
If you fly from New York you’ll save A LOT of money. I just looked on Expedia for a flight from NYC to Paris on November 13, and I found one with a layover in Madrid that costs $699/person. That’s pretty good! Also keep an eye out for packages from British Air and Virgin Atlantic, as well as the other European airlines. Sometimes you get a great deal on a hotel.
Post # 10
We went to Italy for 2 weeks for about $5000. We booked through a tour Venice is INCREDIBLY exspensive, like $7-8 for a slice of cheap pizza. A bottle of water will cost you $4. So it isn’t budget friendly at all. Rome wasn’t quite as bad.
Post # 11
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5000 sounds unrealistic for all three cities (or 4) for 2 people. The airfare alone will probably eat more than half of that. I’d maybe go down to just Paris and Rome.
Post # 12
There’s a chain in Europe called Hotel Ibis that I always stayed at when I was in Paris for various things. Fancy and original? NOPE. Clean, simple, and fairly consistent? Yes. Also, if you don’t mind the Metro, you can stay in any of the more central arrondissements and get around without too much fuss.
In Rome and Venice you may be able to stay in religius houses at a very reasonable rate, but depending on their policies, you may have to return by a certain time at night. I would also add that I did not care for Venice all that much- it’s fairly dirty and it can flood easily.
For Monaco, I would probably stay in Nice and just take the train in. Much cheaper.
I was in London for only a couple of days, so I’m not much help there!
Post # 13
Just to give you something to compare to – My husband and I just returned from 2 weeks in Scotland and England and we spent just over $10,000 CAD (so similar to USD) including hotels and rental car. The exchange rate for pounds is about 1.6 and I believe Euros are similar. We definintely are not extravagent, don’t eat in fancy restaurants (mainly in pubs and ethnic restaurants!) didn’t buy a lot of souvienours (sp?) didn’t pay for many sights as a lot of the museums were free, etc. Given, my husband was golfing every other day, but that was probably no more than $1000.
Post # 14
Also, check out G Adventures – we traveled to Japan and Spain/Portugal with them. It’s a group thing, but sometimes they have last minute cheap deals!
Post # 15
As other people have mentioned, it depends on what your priorities are. I’m going to Italy in July for my honeymoon and spending around $6k for three weeks touring the whole country (including Sicily). We are traveling place to place using trains and staying predominantly in hostels, even though it is our honeymoon. The flights were definitely the priciest part but I wanted to make the most of my time there because of it… Yes it is my honeymoon and I want to “celebrate” with my new husband, but I also want to see as much of Italy as possible with him while I am there. Long story long, I don’t know about the prices of Paris and London, as I have never been there, but you definitely can stretch your money depending on what is important to you.
Post # 16
I went to London and Paris last October for 8 days total. I think we paid around $3200 for everything, not including food. We used this site europeandestinations.com and we were able to get flights, train, and hotels in both cities. They’re really good, you can build your whole trip depending on your dates and which cities you want to go to. Good Luck! If you go to Paris, make sure you get macarons from Laduree!