Post # 1
Fiance and I are planning a European honeymoon from August 2th 2018 – around September 13th, 2018. Our definite destinations will be Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Athens, and Santorini.
My questions are, how long would you recommend staying in each location? We wil have about 17 days total and will be flying between each location to cut down on travel times.
Does anyone have any suggesions on off the beaten path locations to see (we already know which monuments well de seeing), places to dine (future hubby is a VERY picky eater so he will probably live off burgers and french fries, but I am not and love trying local cuisines, so any places that would offer something for both of us?)/areas to stay in (we plan to book AirBNBs).
Post # 2
depends on what you want to do? We spent 5 days in Paris alone, and could’ve stayed longer; Venice was one day and more than enough for me. Three days in Rome and we could have been there longer. IMO you have too many cities in that amount of time to really get an experience. you’ll lose 1/3-1/2 day anyway traveling from one city to another, plus your traveling during high season, so everything that will have a line to visit, will be even longer.
Post # 3
You need fewer places unless you will be there for months. You need to figure out what you want to see in each place. 2-3 days in Amsterdam… too bad that’s not tulip season. Also, make sure the air bnb is legal in Paris. If they tell you to say you are a cousin that’s a red flag.
Post # 4
I haven’t been so good luck with recommendations, but I’m going to several cities in Western Europe next month (not a honeymoon, just a summer trip). We only have about 15 days and people think we’re crazy for fitting in so many places, you are going to get a lot of people advising against it. It’s how my DH and I travel, and I do know it won’t be enough even though we plan to be go-go-go the whole time. Not to mention spending a lot of time on trains, but to me that will be part of the experience! Our honeymoon was actually a pretty packed “adventure” trip, but I know most people don’t envision that for their honeymoon.
Also yes that is high season, we intended to go in May when it was less busy but life got in the way. If you do go then I advise booking everything you know you want to do as far in advance as possible. Also I heard everyone in Paris takes their vacations in August so I’m not sure if that means inconveniences for tourists.
Post # 5
I think we will be fine fitting in all those places. I don’t need a week in one place and there’s not a really a place my fiancé or I are willing to give up. 4 days Paris, 2 days Amsterdam, 2 days Venice, 4 days Rome, 1 days Athens, and 4 days Santorini is what I was thinking, but I wasn’t sure if anyone had suggestions on maybe more or less time in any of those places, maybe something I have 4 days on would be better off at 3 and something else better with an extra day added on?
thanks for the AirBnB tip in Paris. I would definitely been leary if they asked me to say I was a cousin, but I didn’t know and AirBnB could be an issue. Thank you.
We will be buying skip-the-line tickets to as many attractions that offer it to cut wait times.
we don’t mind the go go go either. We are ending the honeymoon in Santorini because that will be our relax/down time.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard
Aug 2-Sept 13 is 40+ days?
Regardless it sounds wonderful!
Post # 7
sorry, typo! August 27th-Sept 13th. Now people will really think I’m putting in too many places 😉
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard
I can’t commment personally as I’ve only been to Paris out of your destinations.
Post # 9
Agree with less time in amerstam, Ive got the ferry over for day trips a couple of times and you can get through plenty in a day so 2 nights is plenty. The french fries are great so your hubby will be happy!
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2017 - Rome
Definitely a lot of beautiful places here which are jam packed with culture.
Honestlya few days in each of these places is not enough especially with travel, but if you dont feel the need to see alot of the city, then you will be okay (this especially applies to Rome which has a ridiculous amount!)
Thinking travel – dont get the plane from venice to rome, its quicker to get the train – and cheaper. The airport in rome is a long way out and the train from central venice to central rome is only 4 hours. It will save time from flying/security etc.
In Rome, dont stay near the train station (termini) as its not that great. You will want to stay central because of your time, so anywhere within the central space you’ll be fine.
Look on the honeymoon/travel forum and someone recently asked about what to do in rome withlots of responses.
Post # 11
How exciting! I would suggest only spending a a day or two in Athens; other than the ruins and history, there is not much to see, and travelers tend to use it as their “hub” to travel to the different islands. If you were planning on staying more time in Athens, I would suggest taking that extra time and using it to traavel to other places inGreece. I went to Santorini last summer and Oia is the honeymoon spot to be in. We did not stay in Oia becuase it was just a family vacation and we didn’t need ot be in the Honeymoon Area, but we got our engagement pictures done in Oia and it is insanely gorgeous. If you do end up staying less in Athens and traveling to another Island, My family loves Mykonos and we loved Naxos! If you have any questions about anything, let me knoe! I would be happy to help with information about Greece! Also, if you and your husband wanted to do a honeymoon photo shoot, I can give you the name of the gentleman that took our egagement pictures in Santorini, he did a wonderful job and was well priced!
Post # 12
Too many places. Cut one of them at least. No you don’t need a week in each place, but you do need at least 4 days in most. Otherwise you will feel rushed, as you will lose a lot of time travelling between them: half a day plus in some cases. Personally I would probably cut Greece completely, and instead add in Cinque Terre/Tuscany/the Lakes in Italy, which will reduce travel time.
For the places you’ve listed I would suggest the following durations, not including travel time:
Paris: 4-5 nights
Amsterdam: 2-4 nights
Venice: 2-3 nights
Rome: 4-5 nights
Athens: 3-5 nights
Santorini: 3-5 nights.
I genuinely don’t understand what I call the ‘tick box’ approach to travel where the aim seems to be to visit as many places as possible just to say you have, but not actually enjoy or experience them properly. Yes, you can see the highlights of any of those places in a couple of days, but you will feel rushed and find it exhausting. Less is often more.
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Post # 14
4 days Paris, 2 days Amsterdam, 2 days Venice, 4 days Rome, 1 days Athens, and 4 days Santorini
I’ve been to all of of these places and I think that looks reasonabe if it were in terms of full days, but travel time is going to cut into a lot of time. When you say 1 day in Athens, are you going to fly in and out in a day? Basically just a quick stop on the way to Santorini?
If I try to schedule it out, I’d do
1 arrive paris
4 arrive ams (PM, spend more time in Paris)
6 arrive venice (AM, one full day in AMS was enough for me unless you are interested in their museums)
8 arrive rome (AM)
11 arrive ath (AM or PM. We did 3 full days in Rome and that was enough. We liked Athens and only stayed 2 nights and wish we stayed longer, but one full day is enough to see the major sites)
13 arrive sant (Either, if you arrived in ATH late, I’d probably spend the morning there and get to Sant later, if you got to ATH early, I’d probably just continue on)
I guess it’s doable, but definitely very rushed even if you’re trying to just see the major sites. I usually do farily fast paced vacations, but even that seems like too much to me.
But in Rome, definitely look into the Roma pass, even if you’re only there for 3 days. To skip the line at the Collesum alone is worth the cost.
Santorini, I absolutely loved Fanari Villas. Beautful cliffside hotel, amazing views, our room had a outdoor private hottub and roofdeck and it was much more reasonably priced than all the other cliff side hotels. (
Post # 15
Also, remember a lot of museums are closed on Mondays!! Make sure you are on a train and not sitting in a hotel room!! There are 130 museums in Paris alone! And you will want to do at least a 1/2 day in Versailles! I agree with PP you need to remember that this is a lot of time on a train, bus or plane inbetween locations. I still think you and your fiancé need to make a must see list! Also, read reviews on skip the line passes some still have you waiting an hour. You just get to be in a special line with others that paid more. Reservations can be made at some attractions by a tour guide.