Post # 1
I’m trying to sort out honeymoon plans and have it between Paris and Venice. Thoughts? ideas? Opinions? I’ve never been to Europe and would love to experience it!!!
I’m also open to any other ideas!
Post # 3
What time of year are you going and how long for? 🙂
Post # 4
Our wedding will be in March (2014) and would like to go close after that! I’d say realistically be there about 7 days, 6 nights. Our budget is around $5,000 for airline, hotel and spending money. Hopefully that’s doable! Hah (we will be flying from the us)
Post # 5
I would only stay in Venice for 2 days tops, the city is nice and unique, but it’s SO touristy and crowded we could not wait to get out of there. We really loved Paris. I’d say spend the majority of your time there and take a flight to Venice from CDG. I think Easy Jet flies between the two cities.
Post # 6
I say Paris. I know too many people who have been to Venice and absolutely hated it. Also, 7 days is too long for Venice. 2-3 days is plenty.
I’ve been to both and I love both, but there is a lot more to do and see in Paris so 7 days would work out much better. $5000 for everything is cutting it close, but it is doable.
Post # 7
Thanks, everyone! I see what you mean about that being too much time in Venice. I do like the idea of going to both! Are there in other places in Europe you liked better? Or is Paris and Venice a good start?
Post # 8
I agree with PP about Venice – it’s nice and good to see… but it’s small and think it can be done in a day or two. I’ve been twice – the second time I only went because a friend I was with hadn’t been before so we got in on the train in the morning and left in the evening. And that friend felt it was enough.
I might be biased though because Paris is my favourite place on the planet (that I’ve been) and I think I have an unnatural love for it. It’s so beautiful and there is SO MUCH to see and do. But ya if you have a week, you could definitely split your time between the two.
OR if you’re open to suggestions, I really loved Prague too.
ALSO, a friend of mine just did a mediterranean cruise for her honeymoon. She left out of Rome and it was a week long cruise for $450 per person. A steal! It allowed her to see a few different places. I’m not a big cruiser but maybe you are!
Post # 9
I’ve studied abroad & have been to both Italy & France. Personally, I was not impressed with Paris… I would definitely chose Venice over it. Here’s why: both cities are touristy, but Italians are nicer (and more accepting of) Americans. Italy is gorgeous & I feel that there is more character in Venice than Paris. Again, these are all personal opinions. I think with a week planned, you could easily travel to two cities in Italy. I spent about 3 weeks in Florence and loved it. I would fly into either city, take the train into the other and fly out from there.
I also think your budget is do-able. Find a good flight price & use Trip Advisor to book cheaper (but good review) hotels!
Post # 10
I have been to both and my vote is for Paris! So much to do and very romantic!
Post # 11
Florence! It’s my favorite European city. Tons of museums, easy to walk around (cars aren’t really allowed within city limits), lots of history. You could stay a couple of days in Venice and then head over to Florence. I think it’s about 2.5 hours.
Post # 12
We’re going to Italy for our honeymoon in August. I’ve never been to Venice, but we got the same advice Diamondgurl gave you, and will only be staying for two days. Then we’ll head to Florence for two days (it’s a two-hour drive or train ride), then down to Rome for 5 days. Venice might be too touristy and crowded for a long stay, but there’s no shortage of sights to see in Rome. And the food. Oh the food.
If it’s your first time in Europe I suggest you take advantage of being there to explore a few different places, since the airfare will be a big part of the expense. Your budget sounds totally reasonable, but try to extend your stay if you can! You will lose at least a day to jet-lag and airport transfers/hotel checkin, and that’s if you’re on a direct flight.
Post # 13
@amandasouthcarolina: its too funny that you ask this, I was JUST looking into an overnight train from Paris to Venice, and its actually super do-able and pretty cheap (considering) Its called Thello, and I was using the website seat61 to learn about it. I don’t want to spend much time in museums so we were thinking we could do both cities. here is the link in case you’re interested, I’d love to find out what you decide on!
Post # 14
@amandasouthcarolina: Paris and Venice is a great start! Europe is so wonderful and there is just so much to see! With only 7 days there, you don’t want to rush yourself and pack too much into your agenda. I say stick to two cities and explore and enjoy! Europe will always be there. I didn’t have time to see Rome, but would love to go back one day. You can also do Paris and Florence. I personally liked Florence much more than Venice, but Venice was also very unique in its own way. You can also do Paris and London lol …sorry to throw all that info at u! But i really loved London too 🙂
Post # 15
I agree with others 7 days is too long for either city, so you should do both! Just hop a train from Paris to Venice. 🙂
It sounds like you are wanting a more romantic vacation then a super high intensity sight seeing one, so Paris and Venice are good choices. However, Rome is my favorite city in Italy. 🙂
Post # 16
I did not love Paris personally…the people were rather rude to us, and while there were some absolutely lovely churches and such obviously, a lot of it just felt like a big dirty city.
I absolutely loved Venice, but I wouldn’t spend a whole week there. Florence and Rome are both amazing as well so I would split up the time if possible.
How are you getting around? Paris to Venice is quite the jump. With only 6 nights I personally would just pick one country.