(Closed) Euro Road Trip Honeymoon!

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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honeybadgered :  We just came back from a European honeymoon but we eneded up flying most of the time/taking the train between countries. We were able to relax during the time it took us to get from one place to another sometimes take a nap instead of worrying about traffic and staying awake and alert to drive.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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honeybadgered : I guess whatever works for each couple 🙂 I really loved Iceland because it was so unique and had such a different landscape than the other European countries we visited. If you guys haven’t booked your trip yet I highly recommend doing an Iceland stop-over, even for just 2-3 days 🙂 Are you guys booking through a travel agent or on your own?

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Bumble bee

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honeybadgered :  Have you looked into pick up & drop off of the car in different countries?  This is often cost prohibitive or not allowed at all.  So just a heads up- you might have to get creative with turning the car in inside France then hopping a train or bus across the border to pick up a new car in Spain.  Also train from Amsterdam to Paris and pick up the car there.

What a great honeymoon!  I have always wanted to do a long driving trip but I’m quite sensitive to motion sickness so I mostly stick to trains, planes and bicycles.  It will be nice to have the freedom of your own car.  Get to see lots of countryside and make spontaneous stops for photos or a quick exploration.  Your plan sounds lovely.  Enjoy!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I love road trips! As a PP mentioned, definitely take a look into the fees for renting a car in one country/drop it off in another. I would also rent a car for the “road” part of the trip (going from one city to the next), but drop it off to an airport/train station nearby, take public transport to the city itself, not have a car during your city stay (most European cities are very walkable, parking and driving is a nightmare), and rent another car a couple of days later.

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Bumble bee

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honeybadgered :  we’re already married but we’re planning a 2 week roadtrip around iceland! we actually rented a travel van so we’ll have our own little home on wheels. i’m super excited and your euro roadtrips sounds AWESOME! we definitely want to do that in the future too! 

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Busy bee

Personally, I would take the train – it’s much faster than the car on the main stretches of your trip (Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris – Marseille or Toulouse – Madrid), which are all served by TGVs and honestly, the French highways are not that picturesque. You can get to most touristique places by public transportation. An exception might be the mountains in the southern part of France, but then you could rent a car once you get there. Also, parking and getting around by car is no fun neither in Paris, nor in Amsterdam. If you are staying for a couple of days in Paris, make sure you have a hotel with parking and avoid driving in the city or on the periperique at all cost during rush hours – metro will get you where you want to be much faster. Also check the school vacation shedule for France – avoid major highways on the days (weekends) school vacations start / end.

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Busy bee

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honeybadgered :  Ahh but the wine for lunch that you can drink if you don’ t have to drive… In fact, you can even drink wine on the train!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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honeybadgered :  Our honeymoon wasn’t quite as long or expansive as yours, but we did 15 days in Italy, and drove ourselves between all of our destinations (Lake Como, Venice, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Rome). We had a blast and loved the freedom of having a car!

That said, parking is definitely a real concern, especially in big cities. We parked our car outside of Venice and took a boat in; took a train into Florence for a day trip; and dumped our car at the Rome airport before we headed into Rome for the last leg of our trip. Otherwise, we were in more remote areas, where parking wasn’t a huge deal.

My husband is a trooper and a really good/confident driver. If you guys aren’t, I would not recommend many European roads off the highways. The roads in Lake Como, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast were terrifying! I refused to drive anytime we weren’t on a major highway.

I did tons of research on when it was wise to use the car on our day trips, and when it was wise to just take public transportation. I think if you do the same, you’ll be fine. Enjoy!

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Bumble bee

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honeybadgered :  If you are doing major cities I second the advice not to have a car.  You will likely regret having a car in a major city.  I see no benefit to one, only several negatives.  A car in the countryside/wine regions/villages is a different story.

We use public transport between & in major & medium cities.  We’ll rent a car for a few days based in one small town for day trips in the area then ditch the car at the next big city.

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