Post # 1
Lately I’ve seen many ladies posting about doing Europe on the cheap. My husband and I backpacked for 3 weeks for our honeymoon. We did a lot of planning beforehand and did much of the booking before leaving the states.
In our planning we wanted to stay at a variety of different lodging options while also being the cheapest. It was also important for us to also travel inter-city/country via a variety of different options.
I thought it might be helpful to some of you to list out our itinerary with travel lodging options.
This def may not be the cheapest way ever to do this. But it was definitely budget, ie no fancy shmancy hotels, all our lodging were under $100/nite, with 75% of them being under $75/nite.
T: New York, NY – Dublin, Ireland via Delta Airlines
L: Abigails Hostel tiny tiny hostel right on River Lifffey. served it’s purpose but definite not a “romantic” choice. 🙂
T: Car from Dublin, Ireland to Wexford, Ireland then Bus to Rosslare, Ireland
L: Clifford House B&B highly recommend, romantic 🙂
T: Irish Ferries from Rosslare, IE to Fishguard, Wales
Train from Fishguard, Wales to London, England
L: easyhotel Paddington it served it’s purpose but I booked a room with a window…and it was a room with a window…but in the basement!
T: Train from London, England to Paris, France
L: Studio apartment via VRBO highly recommend!
T: Overnight train from Paris to Munich, Germany
L: Pension Lindner in Munich recommend
T: daytrip via Train to Nurnberg highly recommend!
T: Munich to Athens, Greece via Aegean Airlines
L: Apartment w/view of Acropolis via VRBO highly recommend!
T: Bus from Pireaus to Patras, Greece
Ferry from Patras, Greece to Bari, Italy
Train from Bari, Italy to Rome, Italy
L: Apartment via VRBO highly recommend! The owner of this apt is also a Vatican Tour Guide, we were able to skip the line for Vatican tours!
T: daytrip to Florence, Italy via Train highly recommend!
T: Train from Rome, Italy to Cinque Terre
L: Luciano 3 from A Casa Cinque Terre
**Cinque Tere deserves a whole mention on it’s own. If you’re going to be anywhere near Rome you need to go to CT.**
T: Train from Cinque Terre to Genova, Italy
Ferry from Genova, Italy to Barcelona, Spain
L: B&B Barcelona32
T: Barcelona, Spain to New York, NY via Delta Airlines
So there you have it! Our itinerary and lodging.
If you have any questions about specific locations let me know.
And this is just what we did and we moved at a fairly high pace so it’s def not for everyone. 🙂
Happy European Planning!
Post # 3
Wow! Thanks for posting this!!! How long did you stay at each place? Did you feel it was rushed to do so much in three weeks, or did you see a lot of what you wanted to see? If you dont mind sharing, what did the trip total end up running?
Post # 4
That sounds like an amazing trip!!
I want to see pics!
Post # 5
I think it’s important for me to state that my husband and I went into this trip knowing it will be fast paced, crazy and hectic. And we loved it! Because it was the kind of trip we wanted. We moved extremely fast and because of that prioritized what we wanted to see. Did we see everything at each locale? Of course not! But did we see everything we wanted to see? Definitely. There were some places where we saw the must sees on our lists and had extra time and took a quickie day trip, like to Florence and Nuremberg.
Roughly speaking we spent
2 days in Dublin, 2 in London, 3 in Paris, 3 in Munich, 3 in Athens/Greece, 3 in Rome, 2 in Cinque Terre and 2 in Barcelona.
There was definitely a good chunk of travel time in there but that’s alright because it was half the fun for us. Traveling everywhere via different modes of transportation.
I would say we came in under/around 7K for both of us, airfare, lodging, food, etc.
I still have not uploaded all our honeymoon pics! I think I got up to Greece. =)
Post # 6
Awesome trip! i am currently planning our honeymoon, 4 days in London (where i am from) then onto Greece for 10 days, so excited!!! Also flying from NYC. I have a quick question if you dont mind me asking.. flights right now to London (from NYC) are sooo expensive!! i fly there a lot and normally look at around $600 return. right now they are $1100!! im not sure whether to suck it up and buy them or wait a bit longer. Honeymoon is not until Sept so we do have a bit of time. Any opinions?
Post # 7
We loved London, we were pleasantly surprised! Having not really known any English from London we took the hype of the media and were prepared for snobbish English folk. But people were SO friendly in London, it is such a clean city and the best part? Everyone understands the unspoken rule of “stay to your right!!!”. And gosh, all the hookahs out in the open surprised the heck outta us! hehe.
Anyway, airfare. Do you know what that route typically runs you in September? I would assume September would be lower than high tourist season because that starts the decline of tourist season. We went on our Honeymoon in mid September and paid roughly $600 RT pp from JFK to Dublin then Barcelona to JFK.
I bought our tickets at the end of May. I started looking at airfare over a year prior so I knew roughly what the prices were running and what they were for the same route and travel period the year prior. So I knew $600 RT was a good price and jumped on it.
I know everyone keeps saying jump on a price if you *think* it’s a good price, gas prices will go up yadayadayada. That’s what they said last year too.
I personally feel -unless you KNOW that’s a good price- you still have time to wait on purchasing airfare.
There are sites out there that will give you historical rate data on your travel route and travel period so you would know if what you are getting is a good rate right now. I set up Travelocity notifications for our travel routes so I get emails every time airfare went on sale.
I used EuroCheapo extensively during our Honeymoon planning.
Here’s a good airfare research article:
“Another member of the office flew roundtrip from New York to London in May. London is traditionally one of the least expensive European destinations from North America, but even so, a $500 roundtrip was a real bargain.”
Post # 8
thank you! those articles are awesome. I read somewhere also (sorry i didn’t save the link) that when booking interntionally typically you shhould aim to book 3 months out as the best deals will be offered. So you were spot on booking in May! i think i’m going to hold off for now and hope for the best. Thank you!
Post # 9
@Gerbera: I wouldn’t mind a trip like that at all. I am not doing this for a honeymoon b/c I think Fiance will go nuts and actually wants to relax on our hm, so I was thinking of a 3 week trip to just Italy/Greece next Spring. But I think this sounds like a ton of fun and it’d be awesome to cover this much ground for probably our last big trip before kids.
Post # 10
That’s exactly why we did that trip as well. 🙂
Post # 12
@regberadaisy: Thanks!!! Loved reading your itenerary. Definitely subscribing to this thread.