(Closed) European Honeymoon! HELP!!!! itinerary help and suggestions.

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know it’s not on your list, but I highly recommend going to the Cinque Terre in Italy. It’s so beautiful and romantic!

In response to your question though, I think it takes about 2 hours by (fast) train to go from Rome to Florence and 4 hours from Rome to Venice. You can book trains and look up prices/times on the trenitalia site.

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i was in europe last summer and got a flight from paris to florence for $15. seriously. i think i booked it in february for a june trip. airfare within europe is cheap!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wouldn’t advise doing Florence, Venice, Rome, Berlin and Munich in 14 days with travel time from LA.  Think of the jet lag too.  I think you should pick one country and save the other for another time.  I am sure you would have plenty to see in Venice, Rome and Florence in 10-14 days.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you are really set on both countries, I would pick two cities in one country and one major city in the other country and plan your trip around that.  Both will have lots to do in the vicinity.  I would also plan on flying between the cities to save time.  I did 3 cities in 2 weeks–flew to London, picked up a connection to Barcelona.  A couple days in Barcelona, then flew to Paris.  A couple days there then the Eurostar to London where we spent the most time before flying home.

I went to Rome and the Amalfi Coast on another trip.  I think it was a 3 hour drive between them.  We flew into Rome and immediately drove to Sorrento.  We spent a couple days touring the Amalfi coast–Capri, Positano, Ravello, Pompeii, etc.  While staying on Capri would be fabulous, you can go for a day and sightsee if you are staying on the mainland.  However, it’s too far for a day trip from Rome.

I try to console myself by saying that Europe has been there for hundreds of years and there will still be things to see when I’m able to get back:)

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you are on a fairly tight budget I would recommend skipping Italy. We just got back from our European honeymoon and stayed on budget until we got to Italy. If you can’t skip Italy 🙂 then look into apartment brokers. We did that in Rome and it saved us quite abit.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I studied abroad in venice and took the train to Rome and Florence for the weekend. I know there was something special with the trains that you had to get a certain ticket (maybe a reserve ticket or something) that guaranteed you a seat. Other friends went to Rome by train and literally slept in the aisles since it was overbooked. May want to look into that. Also, my sisters went to Pisa easily for the day from Florence.

We flew from Venice to Naples and took the bus to Sorrento for the weekend which was my favorite by far!! We spent the day in Capri and then just lounged by the pool/ocean in Sorrento. Best food ever!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Okay, a little disclosure here, I LOVE Italy. I’ve been at least a dozen times, my sister lives there, and I get excited anytime anyone is going.

Buuuut, if you want to stay in one place for a week or so, you should totally get an apartment. My fiance studied in Rome last year over the summer and got an apartment with kitchenette/washer/AC for 1500euros/6weeks. AND you could see the coloseum from his window! You can save A LOT of money that way rather than staying in hotels the entire time. I stayed in Rome with him for 2 weeks and we took small trips to Venice/Croatia/Florence/Nice.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

look into possible getting a 3 country Eurail pass… I would start in Rome, min. of 4 days – 1-2 days in Venice and 1-2 days in Florence – overnight it to Munich 1-2 days munich, Day trip to Neuschwanstein and then MAYBE up to Berlin. Berlin is SO FAR however from Munich AND italy… lol

Ryanair can have really awesome deals too. I’ve flown Rome-London-Salzburg for $35 usd. A rail pass is so much easier though…. It also can help if you have flexibility, say if you decide you’ve seen enough of venice (seriously, venice was a lifelong dream and 8 hrs was PLENTY for me!) you can jump on the train to Munich or stop in Vienna or Salzburg for a day on the way up. Seriously, If you do Italy and Germany, I can’t emphasize enough how much of a waste it would be to skip Austria.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I highly recommend getting a travel book if you don’t have one already.  My SO and I used the Europe and Britain books from the “Let’s Go” series during our year abroad and they were vital for organizing our vacation time and staying on budget.  Without them we would have been a lot more stressed throughout the planning of a much less enjoyable trip.  The Europe book suggests itineraries for short and long stays in each city, and gives info on famous and lesser-known attractions.  It also discusses transportation and how long it should take to get from one place to another.  Five cities in two weeks sounds like a lot, but it’s possible that some of them have only 1 or 2 days worth of sightseeing you’d be interested in.  I suggest you identify the “must see” spots in each city first and then evaluate whether or not you’ll have to cut some cities out.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you have to choose, I would say Italy is more more suited for a honeymoon – very romantic. Germany is fun, but perhaps for a later vacation?

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