Honeymoon: which tour companies in Europe allow you time to wander on own?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
1971 posts
Buzzing bee

jolieqe:  Where in Europe are you looking to visit?  The Travel board Bees are pretty well-traveled and we could help you figure out how to take care of transportation logistics (it’s really not that hard, we promise!).

I can understand wanting to have a guide at some sites.  Many big sites have guides who are trained specifically in that site available for you for a nominal fee.  You may also be able to contact a local university’s relevant department to see if there is a student (in something like art history?) who would be interested in giving you a tour.

I have colleagues (college professors) who arrange total tours–lodging, housing, select dinner reservations, special access to sites–but they also charge quite handsomely for it.  These colleagues of mine are not impressed by the quality of information that the guides of major tour companies usually have.  From what I overhear while guiding my own groups, I agree with their assessment. 

Note that in France there are rules about tour guides needing to be licensed (if you are at a National Monument site).  However, all those sites have tour guides available for the portions of the site that require a guide, as far as I can remember.

Post # 4
1971 posts
Buzzing bee

jolieqe:  Well, Italy happens to be the country that I do the vast majority of my work in, so I’m happy to help.  You’ve listed a lot of different cities and regions–how long do you think you’ll have for your honeymoon, and what types of things do you both hope to do?  What types of restaurants are you interested in, etc.?  If you want to message me instead, that’s fine as well.

You may want to ask a Mod to move this to the Travel board so that bees with more Austro-German experience can chip in too.

Post # 5
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

jolieqe:  viking River Cruises, if you’re looking for something fancier.

Post # 7
2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

You may want to simply book tours individually for the sites which interest you. Then you’ll have more freedom to eat and stay where you like 🙂

Post # 8
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

gingerkitten:  I agree with this. I’d book the cities on my own and then find tours in each one so you can do them exactly how you want. I think 90% of the fun of traveling is wandering on your own. I’d be very sparing with tours.

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