(Closed) EUROPEAN HONEYMOON?! Am I crazy..Help!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We didn’t go to Europe, but it was our second option if our first didn’t work out. And we planned our honeymoon in abobut 3 months, so it’s totally doable! I would pick a few (like maybe 3 or 4) cities–you reallyw ant to be able to appreciate each place without feeling like you’re rushing through it, and each place in Europe has SO much to offer! Personally, I think I could spend 3 weeks in just France and Italy alone! Traveling by train is pretty easy within Europe, so I would look into that as a way to get around. My fave cities in Europe are Paris, Florence, London, and Dublin, but anywhere you go you’ll have a blast 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee

@April_Fools_Bride: My husband and I are going to Europe (Germany and the Netherlands) for our honeymoon in late March/early April. The more countries you visit, the more expensive it will be, and the more time you will spend traveling, so take those factors into consideration. If you only want to see specific cities in different countries (like you mention London, but you also mention Austria and Italy), then three weeks would probably be enough. However, if you want to spend one week in one city and then the next two weeks traveling, you won’t get to see a lot of different countries (but it would be doable if you were targeting specific cities). Look into the Euro rail pass to help you travel by train from country to country. There are also cheap flights options in Europe as well.

You will also be going close to the start of Europe’s tourist season, so things might be more expensive (someone who has been at that time would be able to give you better advice than I can though).

All that being said, you should check out Contiki Tours online. They have a bunch of different European tour options that include most of, if not all, of the places on your list. It’s not exactly a romantic honeymoon since you’re traveling with a bunch of 18-35 year-old strangers, but it could be something to look into. Even if you didn’t go on a tour, you could use them as guidelines for things to do and places to see on your trip. And no, I don’t work for Contiki, but I heard about them on the Bee and thought it could be cool.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

DO IT! You can find deals and work out an iternery that will work for you.

First check out Contiki Tours. I don’t recommend going through them (because it’s a group thing) but just so you can check out sample iteneraries – they have some great ones.

Then go on TravelZoo and other discount sites to see what kind of deals you can get.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Europe would be a fantastic place for a honeymoon. London, Paris and Amsterdam are all very close by train. Depending on how you like to travel you may want to narrow down your selections. But if you are a gogogog-kind of traveller you will find cheap flights between cities with EasyJet or Ryanair Be careful as prices skyrocket when you check bags. Also, voltage is different in the UK and Ireland than on the continent.

You won’t need to plan out every detail in advance. Just know where you’re staying, and basically what you want to see. The best parts of Paris or London (the cities I know best on your list) is walking around and admiring everything! I’m not sure that you would need an organized tour (again it depends how you prefer to travel) as all your destinations are pretty traveler friendly. Look at hotel recommendations online to see if you can find some bargains. Hotels in Paris are quite small for an American traveler and expensive. Your three week budget looks definitely doable but you’ll just need to decide priorities. If you want to see everything and don’t mind where you stay you can find cheaper places. If you want more romantic hotels you might have to pay more.

I live in Paris so if you want more info about Paris PM me.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It might actually be cheaper to fly within Europe than to take the train.  Check out Ryanair or EasyJet.  Caution though, you need to add taxes and airport fees to the prices listed on their website.  Also, they usually fly out to remote airports outside your main destination.  But from there you can get bus shuttles.

Eastern Europe is generally cheaper than Western Europe. You get more bang for your buck in Prague than in Paris or London. The latter two are as budget friendly as NYC.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Sounds awesome. But I think you need to add SPAIN to your itinerary! 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went on a European honeymoon last July (4 weeks). It cost $5,000 per person. I have some recommendations for you.

1) Don’t try to visit all those countries at once. You will be so exhuasted and unable to appreciate each place you visit. This was a hard realization for me and my husband to come to, but after talking to lots of people who visited Europe, they repeatedly emphasized just to pick a country or two and spend time exploring those places. My husband and I decided to visit France and Italy, spending two weeks travelling around each country.

2) Are you planning on going on a tour or are you planning on booking everything yourself? It took my husband and myself 3 months to decide which cities we wanted to visit, for how long, and which hotels we wanted to stay at. Give yourself plenty of time to do research using guidebooks and TripAdvisor. It’s a tiring process, but you get the kind of trip you want doing it this way.

3) Go visit a travel agent and check out flights. In Canada, we have an agency called Flight Center, and they were able to check more flights that we could have ever possibly researched on our own. We gave them the time frame we wanted to leave, and they found us the cheapest flights. One word of advice – don’t delay. Flights to Europe during high season only get more expensive, not cheaper, as the dates grow closer. You can save a lot of money by being flexible with your dates too. So choose a starting and departing city, then get your tickets.

4) You will probably want to take the train around Europe. It is the easiest way to travel there, and generally the most cost effective. The travel agent can also help you book train tickets or purchase a pass. It is worth it to take the time to learn these systems, as they can be confusing.

5) Europe was definitely on our bucket list, as we could never afford to go prior to our wedding. We spent most of our 20’s being poor students, so this was a big deal trip for us.

Our itinerary was France/Italy. We did Amboise, Paris, Beaune, Lyon, and Nice while visiting France. We spent the most time in Paris (3 full days) and Nice (5 full days). While in Nice, we took day trips to Antibes and Monaco. Next we hit Italy, where we visited the Cinque Terre, Siena, Florence, Venice, and Rome. We spend the most time in Cinque Terre (4 days) and Rome (3 days). My favorite places were Beaune, Nice, Cinque Terre and Siena.

Hope that helps.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@April_Fools_Bride: WE are going to Europe for three weeks in June for our honeymoon! England for one week and Greece for two!! Cant wait!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yes you can do, and yes you can do it on that budget.

We actually visited 13 cities in 6 weeks in Europe (not our honeymoon, but after college graduation.)

You will want to plan out how many days you want to stay in each place, and factor travel time in between each. Others suggested flying, which in some cases can be more affordable, but I personally found it way easier just to stick with the eurorail pass.

The best guide I’ve seen is the “GO!” books, we had “Go! Western Europe” and lived by it. We stayed in hostels/hotels recommended, ate at the resturants, and visited landmarks all recommended in this book.

A trip like ours, and yours is exhausting; but like you we wanted to max out our time there and see as much as possible. So although it was go, go, go it was 100% worth it!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

One word: TripAdvisor.com

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are planning a London Paris Amsterdam trip as well, but I am exhausted searching through all my options! I’m about to call a travel agent I really don’t think I can do this on my own. I feel the same way you do, that I probably don’t have enough money or time!

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