Post # 1
we’re getting married 9/21/12 and here’s what we’re thinking for our honeymoon:
-fly to Barcelona and spend 3-4 days there
-get on a 10-14 day cruise to the south of france, south of italy, turkey, greece, etc rountrip out of Barcelona
-fly back home from Barcelona
has anyone been to these places in september/early october? what’s the weather like? cost?
suggestions on the best time to book?
Post # 3
We were there in those exact time frames in 2010! We were in Barcelona early October and the weather was still quite warm. If you’re a beach person the beach in Barceona was beautiful and had we had time we might’ve spent a couple hours on the beach! Greece was warm, depending on the weather may or may not be beach weather. In Italy and France mornings were cold, afternoons when the sun came out was warmer and evening chilled down as well. I would not say Italy and France were beach weather.
I would def pack layers. I usually started off the morning with knit wraps/cardigans by afternoon that came off to only a tank top or tshirt.
I purchased our airfare about 4 months prior to departure (end of May) and paid about $630RT from NYC to Dublin then Barcelona to NYC.
If you want to see Sagrada Familia I suggest either waking up wicked early or go back towards the end of the day. Otherwise the lines were like 2hours +. Be warned that if at the end of the day there might be too many people for the elevators to the towers and you won’t be able to go up.
Let me know if you have any more questions! We didn’t cruise but I might be able to answer other questions. 🙂 SO fun!
Post # 4
Gerbera that was sooo helpful!
did you stay in Dublin?
who did you book your flights with? $630 is wayyy better than anything I’ve been seeing so far. I asked a travel agent when I should book and he said January – did you look around for fares for a while before booking?
Post # 5
Yup, we were backpacking and our trip started in Dublin and ended in Barcelona.
I kept an eye on airfare for about 18 months. That way I knew from the previous year what the average airfare was for the dates I wanted. Once I saw them low enough I pounced on them!
I keep a farewatch on Travelocity on my routes that way I get an email whenever rates go down. The best Travelocity deals are usually just 3-4 months into the future. I’ve been keeping eye on airfare for a really really long time and not just for our HM. So I have to disagree with your travel agent that you should book 8 months prior to your honeymoon date.
There are a bunch of sites out there that can you give a fare history on specific routes during timeframes so you can get an idea of how low prices have gone for your travel dates.
Post # 6
That is the perfect time to visit southern Europe. If this year’s weather is any indication, you will have sunshine through mid October but this year’s weather has been insane. DH was in Greece the second week of Sept. and spent every day in the pool and came back with a sun burn. As of yesterday, a friend said Italy is still enjoying sumemr temps. I’ve been to Rome in mid October and talking to a guy who worked at the hotel, I leanred that they typically close their outdoor pool mid October (it was open while I was there but no one was using it and he said it would close that week). I remember the nights being cool enough for a jacket but day time weather was perfect for a t-shirt. As far as flights, I am not particuarly familiar with Barcelona but, generalls October is when European flights start to go down from their summer prices. Gerber had great advice in following your route now so you will have an idea of what sales/fares are out there for next year. In my experience you get teh best flights by either booking really early or waiting for an offer. If you are flying from the east coast, I would be happy with anything around $700 in Sept. I recommend setting up a fare alert on http://www.kayak.com. Also, if you plan to take the train within Spain, I find it to be quite cheap but best booked online (bonus points if you can navigate in Spanish).
Post # 7
that’s really helpful advice guys!
i’ve been stalking the flight prices and they’ve started to go up but i’ll hold my horses and wait for them to drop again around may (you would not believe how many times i’ve wanted to pull the trigger tho lol).
any thoughts on when i should book our cruise?