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.