Honeymoon in Europe? Where to go? How long for? HELP!!

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Europe is def not cheaper than the US. We did 2 weeks for ours and went to Germany (Trier) and Paris for 3 days each, and then Maastricht for a week. We are not do and see everything types, so we just picked a few things we wanted to do and had a leisurely time in each place…getting between locations took a lot of time and was tiring and stressful (dh gets angsty on public transport sometimes.)

Find places to stay on airbnb. September seems to be a good time…less crowded and slightly cheaper, but the weather is still pretty good.

I don’t have any insight on Italy or Greece. 😀 But I would think that Santorini will be more laid back and relaxing than Paris or Rome/Venice, so think about whether you want that to start or end your trip.

Post # 3
1970 posts
Buzzing bee


I don’t know where in Australia you live, but a bit of research suggests that Paris’s cost of living is more or less on par with Sydney’s.  The thing you have to keep in mind is the exchange rate; XE is showing 1 EUR = 1.44 AUD.  Your costs (other than the flight) can be so variable–what level of hotel do you want to stay in?  How often do you want to eat fancy meals, if at all?

I think all of those places would be lovely in September and into early October.

The place that’s a bit out of the way, of course, is Santorini.  I’ve never been to Greece, so I can’t speak about the logistics first-hand, but my research tells me that it’s a 6 hour flight from Venice and a 4 hour flight from Rome.  It’s also just under a 6 hour flight from Paris.  Hopefully someone else can be more help here.

There are all sorts of other destinations you could add: in Italy, a lot of people like the Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast; in France, a lot of people are interested in Normandy or Provence; major cities like Amsterdam, Prague, Berlin, and many others have their fans on this board; and there are a few people here who have had some beautiful visits to Slovenia and Croatia. 

What do you and your fiancé enjoy?  Walking in cities?  Beaches?  Dining?  Museums?  Ballet/theater/symphony opera?  Hiking? 

If you do keep roughly those cities, by the way, I recommend an open jaw itinerary that starts in Paris (CDG is a thousand times less horrible to arrive at than to connect in or depart from, IMO) and ends in Rome.  This might suggest a stop between Paris and Venice (somewhere in Switzerland?  Turin?  Milan?) so that you can just take trains to connect the dots. 

Post # 6
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens


We are in Adelaide and are going to Europe for our honeymoon in June. We are doing Barcelona Spain for 4 nights (roughly $200 AUD a night for 4 star hotels) and 5 nights in Lisbon Portugal (a bit cheaper for staying there). We have splurged with a luxury cruise for 9 nights in the middle,costing us another $6000 each.

Flights are the most expensive part. We have booked with emerites and it has cost us $4900 in total return. You could probably get cheaper with another airline, but we chose short flights rather than cheaper. We didn’t want to be hanging around airports.


Post # 7
2534 posts
Sugar bee

We did Paris for our honeymoon and then Copenhagen this year for our anniversary! Loved both. I feel like you need at least 10 days to really get a feel for a large city.

Post # 8
7289 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Candice1990:  The thing to remember is that the cost of things are about the same as home. So say a soft drink is $3 then a soft drink is 3euros but that means it is $4.50AUD for a can of coke etc. 

Europe will be way more expensive than the USA. Accommodation is pretty pricey as is travel expenses. The other thing is the airfare difference between the States and Europe is about $500. 

But you can do Europe cheaply if you don’t mind roughing it a bit. A lot of hostels have really nice private double rooms that are cheaper than budget hotels. The plus is hostels are often in really good locations in regards to the CBD. Most hostels in Europe also include breakfast (jam and bread and cheese and sometimes cereal). You can eat really cheaply as well if you stick to fresh bread, cheeses and things like salami or pizza slices from little vending shops.

If you are budget conscious I would look at Paros or Crete over Santorini. But a good tip that I got off a fellow traveller from Greece was to catch a ferry to your island of choice and then find accommodation. There will be representatives lined up on the dock hoping to get you to stay at their hotel. This is what we did. Basically we researched hotel prices so we knew the going rates and we didn’t agree to stay until we viewed the room. They usually also provide transfers to the dock area.

But my suggestion if you are looking for a beach break at the end would be to book with an asian airline and stop in Asia on the way home. Not only will it be miles cheaper and you will get more bang for your buck but it will also break up that long horrible 22hr flight.

Post # 9
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Candice1990:  hey! Im from London and have been to loads of the rest of eurpope!<br />i will list my fave places

-London – obviously!

-Paris- wow just wow so romantic

– Capri (Amalfi Coast- again, wow!)

– Santorini, Greece- look at the Rocabella hotel- you can do a two part here and stay in Rocabella in Santorini then go to Rocabella sister hotel in Mykonos by boat! Both gorgeous!

-Rhodes- also great (Greece)

-Sicily- (Taormina, Mount Etna region- wow wow wow!)

-Rome, Venice, Florence- all amazing!!!!!!

Maybe get a travel agent to sort you out with an amazing trip and travel around!

i would go for spring or early summer- warm and less crowds! School holidays in europe are usually mid july til early sep! So maybe go early june? u get the weather and less crowds!

PM me for more tips!<br />EXCITING! xxx

Post # 10
12 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Castle

We’ll be going on our honeymoon from Sydney to Europe in July-August 2015.

About 5 weeks and our budget is about $25k for the trip. 

Breakdown is about $5k for flights and trains, $10k for accomodation(4-5star) $5k for food and $5k for spending/shopping

We booked with Emirates and the roundtrip flights were $1900 each.

I’ve been to Europe before (Fiance has never left Australia) so I knew where we’d like to go and nice places I’ve stayed before.

PM me if want to know anything 🙂

Post # 11
105 posts
Blushing bee

I agree about prices – they are higher than in US, especially food and accommodation. But you can always look for cheaper options, like staying in hostels or airbnb.

From my point of view:

1) Paris is nice, but hard if you don’t speak French, also expensive.

2) Italy is great if you want to do both cultural landmarks and nature; also public transportation (trains) is easy to figure out and can get you to most of places you would want to visit.

3) Why Santorini? Because of culture, or you have some good reviews from fellows? If you want something in Mediterranean Sea, I would check what is easily accessible from closest airport. You can check also options in Croatia, it has long coastline and islands and relaxed atmosphere. And it’s nearby Italy.

Regarding best season to visit, September is reasonably warm in all of these places, October may get chilly. Beginning of June is nice too, but seas may not be warm enough for swimming yet.

When looking for transportation between your destinations, keep in mind that cheaper airlines will take you to airports in the middle of nowhere, so plan transportation accordingly.

Post # 12
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Candice1990:  Europe is not cheaper than the US. 

I would suggest Europe, In my opinion there are so many romantic places to go.

If you decide on going to Rome, I would suggest only going as a day trip, I did not like Rome. The only positive thing about Rome was the food and their tourist attractions (Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Vatican, Coluseum). I did all of that in two days, and we had an extra day in Rome to do nothing, and I couldnt wait to leave. It was dirty, smelly, full of bums. It reminded me of Manhattan NY, but worse. (I work in manhattan, I wanted to get away from that lol, so i was disappointed to see that Rome was not the city of Romance.

Florence is a whole different ballgame. It was beautiful, clean and so relaxing. Its also a very big city for shopping. But there are tourist attractions there as well. We also did a day trip to Tuscany which was the favorite part of my trip in San Gimignano, it was beautiful. We had the best food, wine and gelato there. 

Paris is beautiful and a real city of romance, relaxing, quiet. There are so many things to do there. The food is also great. I can recommend a really nice restaurant

Spain is also a great placd but it depends on the atmosphere you are looking for. We stayed in Barcelona and its very lively, great food, wine, and people. 

If you choose the US – where would you be interested in going?

Post # 13
659 posts
Busy bee

I live in the UK and have visited all the places you’ve mentioned. As a whole Europe isn’t cheap, and those places you have mentioned are amongst the most expensive I have visited. Mainly because they are mostly cities, and cities are always expensive. They are definitely must see places though and places I would reccomend for a honeymoon to Europe.

In terms of timescales these are my ideal ‘minimum’ timescales in each place:

Paris: 3 days

Venice: 3 days

Rome: 4-5 days

Santorini: 5 days (depending how long you want to relax for)


In terms of other places to visit which are in the same countries as the above I would reccomend:

France – Provence and French Riviera (south france) which can be reached by flight, car, or high speed train.

Italy – Lake Garda, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia

Greece – Rhodes (Lindos ideally)


I would definitely try to fit in Santorini while you are in Europe, whilst there isn’t loads to do once you are thee, the views are simply stunning and breathtaking. You must stay on the west side of the island, the east side is just like any other beach resort. I stayed in Imerovigili but would also reccomend Oia. Perhaps avoid Thera the main city, it is a bit too busy especially with cruise ship traffic coming in.


Let me know if you need any other tips, I can tell you hotels I stayed in at each place etc xx



Post # 14
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I guess I could provide a slightly different angle as I live in Europe, and we’re so spoilt at how easy it is to go to so many different countries!

It really depends on what you want to achieve. Do you want to see the famour sites? If so then Paris/Rome are givens.

Do you want to have some romantic time alone together? If so the more mountainous/lakes areas of Italy are gorgeous.

Southern France is lovely around September time for just relaxing in a villa if you don’t want to do much at all.

Croatia has the most stunning scenery, and is more easily accessible than most people think.

And then of course you do have the option of flying to somewhere like London/Barcelona/Venice, and doing a Mediterranean cruise where you would get to see lots of little bits of Europe.

Let me know what you’re looking to acheieve and I’ll see if I can give you any more information 🙂

Europe isn’t cheap – but picking Rome/Paris you’re automatically looking at the higher price range, so if you want something a little less but with good quality accomodation etc. then perhaps slightly more out of the way destinations could be better.

Oh – and in terms of travelling, if you really want to travel you can buy a month long Europe rail pass that will take you all over the place! Can be cheaper than flying by some way too 🙂

Post # 15
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We honeymooned in Europe…and are actually still here three 1/2 months after our wedding, since we moved to Nice, France for 6 months 2 days after our wedding.

Europe is definitely not cheaper than the US, I’m from California which is arguably one of the more expensive places in the US and I still think europe is a little pricier.  

Our official honeymoon was two weeks long. We flew into Paris, trained to Montpellier and rented a car and roadtripped the southwest of france (pyrennees, languedoc, basque country, and landes). We camped for a few nights, and stayed in cute budget hotels, had picnics, but also ate out and spent about $250/day (not including the car rental and flights).  I would say we indulged whenever we wanted to and did all the activities we wanted to (and ate all the wine and cheese we wanted). We also booked nothing in advance really and went in July at the height of tourist season.

I would recommend renting a car to see some of the smaller towns and countryside in Europe.  You’ll find less crowds and there are so many gorgeous and super romantic places.  I’ve lived in France a few times on and off over the years so here’s some of my recommendations:

In my experience Italy is one of the less expensive places to visit, and the people are so warm, the food and scenery amazing.  Eveyone goes to Tuscany, but we just went to the Piemonte region for the weekend and stayed on a Vineyard (agriturismo).  It was wonderful, romantic, and relatively inexpensive.  It’s known for it’s food and wine and the scery is stunning, and you could easily combined it with the Italian riviera (chinque terre, Naples etc) or cross over into in southern France).

Some other recommendations:

– provence, France area (Aix en Provence, Gorge du Verdon, Gourdes, Cassis and the calanques)

– Munich + bavaria in Germany

-Annecy, France and surrounding area in the alps

– Spain (Barcelona, San Sebastian, the whole basque region, costa brava).

-Prague is an absolutely stunning city.  I would highly recommend it. 

– I’ve also heard good things about Corisca, but haven’t made it there yet


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