(Closed) European Honeymoon Advice

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We both have been to Europe several times and booked it ourselves. London, Dublin and Edinburgh are major tourist destinations and are very easy to navigate. Plus, they all speak English! It is really is not scary or complicated

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

London to Dublin is a quick flight, same to Edinburgh, or you can take the train to Edinburgh

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’d organise it yourself. Try looking at a flight to Dublin, Aer lingus is the first one that springs to mind but I’m not sure where they fly from so you might have to google. You can probably do three days in Dublin and then get a flight to London. You want to be looking at Heathrow or gatwick as they are closer to London than stanstead or Luton. You could stay in London for another three days and then fly to Scotland. I’ve only visited Edinburgh in Scotland but it’s a really nice city with loads to do. That is a City based trip so you won’t see (what I think are) some really amazing areas of the UK. I live in England so I’ll stick to some bits that are in England (and Wales even though it’s not on your list).

You don’t have to be beach people to enjoy the beach here (actually it probably helps, UK beaches aren’t really built for sunbathing) but there are some beautiful coastal paths to walk along. York is a beautiful city (you can catch the train from London to York on your way to Edinburgh), it has an old cobbled street with little shops, there’s a famous tea room (Betty’s), an old city wall and its also a large Viking settlement so there’s a great Viking museum. Bath is another pretty city, old Roman baths and some beautiful architecture. If you like walking/cycling there’s the Peak District and Lake District but you might need to hire a car for those, the Lake District is on the border of Scotland and England. There’s also the Pembroke Coast and Snowdonia in Wales (again car hire). The lochs in Scotland are beautiful too. 

If you can narrow down your areas to visit, get on trip advisor and have a look at what each place offers and if it will make the final list. For hotels, have a look at booking.com, I’ve found some great hotels on there. Don’t be afraid to look at B&Bs (bed and breakfast) as you can sometimes get cheaper rates. For any flights between the cities, have a look at Ryan Air or easy jet, flights won’t be available until 50 weeks before (maybe 52, I’m not 100% sure). If you catch the train, http://www.nationalrail.co.uk will be your best bet, trains won’t be available until 3 months before. You might be able to get cheaper tickets (advance tickets) but you will only be able to get that specific train. For car hire the main ones are hertz and enterprise. 

Just seen your update about the Northern lights and the UK isn’t the best place for that. It can happen but it’s probably like once a year and April is towards the end of the season. The best chance of seeing the northern lights will be North Scotland or the Scottish isles but they will take quite a bit of travelling to and are quite remote. You need a lack of light pollution to see them so if the once a year viewing happens while you’re over, you would still need to get yourself to the middle of nowhere (and driving on some country roads might be a bit overwhelming). Your best countries for the northern lights are Iceland, Finland, Norway etc. 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by  loz24.
Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We are going to Europe in June and neither of us has been out of the country before, and we’re planning it ourselves! We chose to go the Airbnb route for almost all accommodations (plus 1 bed and breakfast where that seemed like a better deal), booked our big flights through Travelocity, and booked our two smaller flights through EasyJet and RyanAir. I spent a ton of time reading blogs about travel and mapping out how to best get around. It’s totally doable!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I live in Wales and it’s beautiful 🙂 Lots of castles and lovely scenery, mountains and coastlines. The Gower is beautiful and you can pay a visit to Tenby which is a picturesque fishing town. Cardiff is also a great city. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We did 2 weeks in Europe and booked it ourselves. Just do lots of research! We went to Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona and Madrid. We started by booking our flight there and flight back, and then filled in the gaps where it made sense financially and with our schedules. We used AirBnB for the whole trip and something I would definitely recommend.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

If you are able to navigate around the US then you can around Britain and Ireland

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

12 days isn’t long to do those three countries – we spent four weeks in England, Scotland and Wales and barely scratched the surface.  In that space of time I’d be looking at Dublin, London and Edinburgh only and not trying to cram more in or you’ll spend all your time travelling between ties and not seeing anything there.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We booked a hotel and flights package to London and then booked separate tours to Edinburgh and Paris. Not exactly the same trip you’re looking to do, but similar. It’ll be our first trip to Europe too. I think being in English speaking countries (for the most part) will make it relatively easy to get around. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

MrsSapphire:  if you wanted to see the northern lights in Scotland you’d probably have to go really quite far north to see them which would be a lonnnnnnggggg trip. Just depends how much time you guys want to spend on the road/train? I live in England myself and if I wanted to see them I’d probably book a holiday to Iceland or Norway tbh.

Seconding lily16 with Wales – Snowdonia is stunningly beautiful. If you like mountains then climbing Snowdon might be fun? And Conwy castle is very interesting to visit.

London is such a fantastic city. I’d budget at least 4 days there as there’s so much to do!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

While it’s *possible* to see the northern lights in Scotland…it’s unlikely. If you’re really set on seeing them then you’re better planning a trip to Iceland or northern Norway (Tromso or further north). That being said..you don’t need to go to Europe to see them. Canada and Alaska are both options and they don’t require a trans-Atlantic flight. However Iceland and Norway would be fabulous honeymoon spots — I love both those countries! So stunning.

As for England, Scotland, and Ireland — you’ll definitely need to prioritise what you want to see if you only have 12 days. Honestly 12 days is barely enough to do just one of those countries unless you’limit yourself to major cities (which would be a bit of a shame as for me, it’s in the countryside that you really get to experience the cultures). Scotland is beautiful, especially if you can make it over to the western coast, the lochs are fun to explore and Edinburgh is one of my all time favorite cities. Wales is also great. I’m headed to Snowdonia in a couple weeks and I’ve hiked the Brecon Beacons area which was really fun. England has SO much to see that you’d have to really plan your time efficiently. Ireland I know the least, but I’m hoping to get over there this summer and am really excited. 

Even if you can’t find a travel agency that does trips that cover all three countries, you could go through agents that do short tours in each of the countries and just book them separately. But honestly, if you’ve travelled at all in the US, you can self-guide those countries. Everything is in English and works the same way!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

12 days is very limiting, aNd I certainly wouldn’t do more than one country – hell, I live here and doing two weeks in London is probably the minimum i have done if I’ve wanted to “see the sights”. You’d be better off picking a country and sticking to places in the same area or at the very most choosing two, for example Edinburgh and London, or London and Cardiff. Throwing Finland or Norway into the mix is just plain madness. Honestly, you’re going to be exhausted if you are country-hopping the whole time, and you won’t get to see very much at all. 

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