Best way to book honeymoon?

posted 4 months ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Helper bee

I have travelled to many places in Italy and one of those trips was in September. We had gone at the beginning of September and it was super hot. I would suggest maybe mid to late September if you want enjoyable sightseeing weather. I definitely would not fly into Florence, and fly into Rome instead. And I wouldn’t stay the entire trip in Florence, maybe 2-3 days tops. There are many places to visit in the area (Bologna, Sienna, Lucca, Cinque Terre **must see**). There is also the Almafi Coast that is beautiful to see (Positano, Capri, ect) or if you want to explore to the north, Milan and Lake Como are spectacular as well. Also, I recommend using Hopper to check flights. It tells you what days are cheaper to fly and you can ask it to watch your itinerary and notify you when the price is good to book. From there, I’d use Expedia to book flight+hotels for your trip. If you plan on doing day trips, I’d prioritize hotels that are walking distance from the major train station in the city you are staying in. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i had an italian honeymoon, it was the last 2 weeks of october, into november. weather was perfect. 

we flew into venice, then took the train to florence, rome, naples.  then flew home from naples.

we booked our trip through: https://www.europeandestinations.com

another friend used it and they were pleased.  we would book again with them.  the website took care of all flight/train/hotel reservations.

if you search for italian honeymoons, i’ve recommended many restaurants.  my husband put together an amazing itintiary for us.  if you can’t find it, i’m sure it’s somewhere on my work computer.

Post # 19
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Helper bee

We used Costco to go to Cancun at an all inclusive resort.  (Secret of the Vines Cancun… AMAZING).

We stayed 5 nights and we never left because we didn’t feel like venturing out. But I think after everthing we spent $5k. That included tips, parasailing, butler service, 24 hour room services, pool services. Parties. Also enough included top shelf alcohol for an entire country. Eek. 

Costco was nice because it just… did it all for us. We got a gift card to shop there afterwards for around $180. Random but nice. 

On another note… I wanted a more European experience before we picked tropical. But I was looking at two week trips to London, Edinburg, and I think Dublin through Costco. It was literally only $7500. Now no… that isn’t exactly cheap but it was TWO WEEKS and it did come with meal vouchers and so on. We just couldn’t be away that long. 🙁 So just an example on how you can save even on the pricier trips. You can definely venture around on the site and find places all within your budget. Even amazing places still in the USA. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

Generally it is cheaper (and better!) to book each thing yourself. Packages tend to……..aim for the middle and tag on a bunch of crap you don’t need, overpriced shitty restaurants full of tourists etc. They are likely helpful only if you are a very very very very very novice traveler or not good with computers. Anywhere in Europe is quite easy to navigate. Booking.com is easy to use if you don’t like air b and b (make sure you are prioritizing actual hotels, they have an air b and b like aspect available) Google flights will cross-compare flights well. You can go on museum websites in Florence and book tickets early. Hotels WAY inflate the costs of anything, so its better to look into day trip transit yourself rather than rely on them when possible. You can typically get train tickets on-line or at the station. Its also relatively easy to rent a car and just tool around in Italy. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

When I booked our honeymoon we just used Expedia or travelocity… but one thing I didn’t like was the place we stayed, it was like separated little houses and some were a lot better than others. I read reviews and I really wanted an updated room, but we did not get one. I’d have paid whatever it was. I felt like our whole honeymoon we were in a place not even as nice as our apartment. So due to that I learned I want to call and ask for what I’m specifically looking for, and inquire about rooms that got good reviews. So I would suggest doing that. Maybe you can still book through those package websites but I’d call and see about getting exactly what you want for a room/place, unless it’s not a concern for you. 

Post # 22
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Honey bee

I’m no help but I just wanted to say that most common destination for honeymoon among people whose weddings I’ve attended is Italy. 

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Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

I Love LOVE Kensington Tours for travel arrangements 🙂 They literally organize everything for you, and it’s personal, so you’re not stuck with a big group of other Americans

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

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coffeebean87 :  We had our honeymoon in Italy this October – the first two weeks of October. The weather was great. We flew into Rome, spent time in Tuscany, and also in the central Apenines and the Amalfi Coast. Early October is a great time to go. Not as hot and less crowded. It was sunny and in the 70’s every day in Tuscany. We booked everything separately. We stayed in a bunch of Airbnbs and we really liked them. We also booked some agriturismos in Tuscany – you can find them on sites like booking.com. We didn’t make it to Florence, but there are lots of charming hill towns in Tuscany, so definitely check them out on your day trips. We really liked Montepulciano, Montalcino, and San Gimignano.

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