(Closed) European Honeymoon Help!

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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nwilbur1 :  Probably 3-4 days to see the main tourist spots but I would take into account the traveling days. 

Post # 17
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Busy bee

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nwilbur1 :  good idea. but there is still going to be a heavy skip-the-line-line. you’re going in high season. make sure to check museum/site closures. 

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Rome

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nwilbur1 :  

I guess thats one way to see it. On the otherhand, if you’re rushing everywhere, then you might not enjoy it as much as you dont get to settle and soak up the real culture of the places. Travelling can be very tiring all day everyday.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

I think it’s too much as well. I’ve done a trip like this and it’s fun but too much travelling. It feels like you’re always packing up and travelling. 

Id cut Athens if anything as I think the rest is doable (albeit hectic) with 17 days. 

Im not a Paris fan (to the shock of many) so I think 2-3 days is enough. 

3 days Paris, 2 days Amsterdam, 2 days Venice (I loved Venice), 4 days Rome, and 4 days Santorini. The rest would be travel time, etc. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

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nwilbur1 :  oh and yes highly recommend the trains as you can do the overnights. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I know you don’t want to cut any places out, but I think you will be spending a ton of time in transit and won’t be able to fully enjoy places. Amsterdam is cool, but it’s really expensive for hotels, etc. 

Keep in mind that even though flight times are short + flights are cheap, it’s a lot door-to-door. I live in Europe and was doing a London to south of France commute every week and it was 6 hours door to door – the flight was only 1.5 hours but the customs / passport lines can be long, as well as security.

If it was me, I’d cut out one country and try to take trains in between more places in Italy, etc. instea of relying on cheap flights and flying because you’ll lose an entire half a day going to airports, etc.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

We’re in Italy right now, and this is what we did:

Five nights in Rome – we arrived early on our first day so we did get five full days in.  Four days was enough for Rome itself and the fifth day we went out to Tivoli to visit Hadrian’s Villa and the Villa d’Este.  Go to St Peter’s first thing in the morning – we got there at 8am and waited about five minutes.  By the time we left 90 minutes later, the queue was around the piazza.  And climb the dome, it’s well worth it!  In terms of the Forum/Palatine Hill/Colosseum, it’s one ticket for all three attractions (Forum and Palatine Hill are one site).  Don’t buy tickets at the Colosseum as the queues are huge – we didn’t wait at the Palatine Hill entrance at all.  You can then skip the line at the Colosseum directly.  We spent 8:30am-3pm over those three attractions and it was enough time.  Castel Sant’Angelo is worth a visit, as is the Pantheon.  Food-wise, you have zillions of options.  Trastavere which is just out of the centre, over the river, has a huge number of restaurants and you should be able to find one which you’ll both be happy with.

We went through Naples (2 nights), Florence (2 nights), the Cinque Terre (1 night, should have stayed longer!) and Verona (2 nights, also did a day trip to Lake Garda from there) on our way to Venice.  We’ve travelled entirely by train and they’re great.  Don’t always run to time but we haven’t been more than 15 minutes late and they’re comfortable.

We’re currently in Venice and by the time we leave we’ll have had 2.5 days here.  Honestly, this is enough.  The Doge’s Palace is worth a visit and everyone recommends the Secret Itineraries tour – but book it online ASAP as it sells out fast – we missed out.  We’ve loved just wandering, getting thoroughly lost in the laneways and stumbling across awesome hole in the wall pizza places! If you want an AirB&B recommendation, message me, as the one we’re staying in is truly fantastic (and just across from the train station which means you don’t have to drag your luggage far).  I’m sitting on the roof terrace drinking limoncello right now!  Again, there are food places everywhere.  Don’t buy anything from anywhere near Piazza San Marco, as it’s about 2.5 times the price!  If you’re interested in theatre, go to Teatro La Fenice and do the audio guide tour.

We’re off to Paris on Saturday so no specific recommendations there at this point.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’d try to take the train as much as you can (especially in Italy, etc). European airports can be a bit of a mess sometimes – I literally was flying a 1.5 hr flight twice a week for a few months and it was exhausting and the security and passport control is much slower than the US.

We tried to cram a bunch of countries into a trip last year in the span of 12 days or so (Spain, France, Norway, spending 1-3 nights in each place) and we were really tired by the end of it and it felt like we were always in transit (we did buses, cars, and flights). 

If you had to skip something, I’d skip Amsterdam because there are usually good flight sales into London or Amsterdam, and you can combine that with a London / Belgium / Amsterdam trip.

Just my two cents from someone who lives in Europe and has traveled a lot weekly there. But yes, agree on the overnight trains saving you a lot of time + accomodation 🙂 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

You’re barely scratching the surface of any of them tbh. It’s the kind of iTinerary where you can come home and say “I’ve been to X!” when actually you’ve seen the equivalent of a picture postcard. So my advice would be to pick one country and stick to two or three places in that country for the duration. Get a feel for the places. Relax. Explore. You’ve got a hell of a lot of time devoted just to traveling from one place to the next with the list you’ve given, with not much time to collect yourself. 

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