(Closed) European honeymoons

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: How much money would you suggest for hotels, travel (not flights), food, etc.
    2,000 : (1 votes)
    3 %
    3,000 : (8 votes)
    22 %
    4,000 : (21 votes)
    58 %
    other (share below) : (6 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We did 21 days in Europe, 7 countries. Everything (food, lodging, travel, airfare, etc) we spent just about 7K. But then we went VERY frugal; backpacking. Hostels, B&Bs, renting apartments, whatever was cheaper in each destination.

    That’s actually the start of our backpacking trip! We flew into Dublin, took a ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard Wales then a train to London. From London a train to Paris.

    I have a great B&B to recommend in Rosslare if you go that route. We stayed at a hostel in Dublin, it was fine for a night to crash but not sure if for others as a Honeymoon it would be OK. In London we stayed at a hostel again. It was teeny tiny but clean. Paris we stayed at a WONDERFUL one bedroom apt with a view of the Eiffel Tower across from a train station in Montamartre. Free int’l phone call, wifi and laundry! I would absolutely recommend this apt!

    P.S. We also went during what was considered off season, Sept/Octo. So if you’re going during the height of peak season which based on your wedding date you might be everythin will be slighly more as well. But I think still do-able for the 4K I voted if you’re not including airfare.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    It’s going to depend VERY much on when you’ll be there. London is hosting the Olympics next summer, and if you are there during that time expect to pay hugely inflated prices. 

    For a decent hotel room in peak season, plan at least $150/night for London and Paris, I’m not sure about Ireland. Dining and shopping are also really expensive in those cities, though being creative can help. Try ethnic restaurants, food markets, cafes and street food for inexpensive lunches on the go. 

    In the cities, you can rely on public transportation. Costs will vary, but $10/day should be a good average if you’re not seeing multiple things in one day. Look into multi-day or tourist passes as well. 

    The more you stick to museums and public parks and do self-guided tours, the more budget friendly the trip will be. Try to avoid guided tours and research any multi-ticket passes really well to see if they will actually save you money.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’m sorry, but it’s really hard to fathom a guess. Are you going directly after your wedding? If that’s the case than prices will be higher due to June being part of peak season. Things can cost as little or as much as you make them. 

    We are going to Italy for 2 weeks. I said I wanted to pay $100/night per hotel and everyone told me I was crazy. I obsessed over tripadvisor and I think we are averaging about $108/night. You may have to sacrifice location or size to fit it into your budget. We also decided to try and stick to about $200/day in spending money, I’m hoping that we will be able to stick close to it.

    Due to the current state of government in both Italy and Greece, the Euro may be falling against the dollar. 

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee

    Have you done a prelim check on airline costs for the time and days you want to go to all those places?

    Airline costs alone will eat a lot of your budget. This will change based on your flexibility of dates and just luck. you could hypothetically spend $2K easily on flights around.

     

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    In Ireland I totally suggest going to Northern Ireland, up to the Causeway Coast, Carrick-a-Reid area. It is BEAUTIFUL. Belfast is just a nasty city, go up to some of the little towns, I stayed in Bushmills which is a short bus ride from the Giants Causeway and it was amazing. Also, Wicklow National Park, INCREDIBLE. Go around Dingle Penninsula, it is as scenic as the Ring of Kerry and has half the tourists. The Burren is unlike anything you have ever see and totally worth the drive through. Killarney the city is a tourist trap but the area around it is beautiful country. Glendalough is an incredible place to hike and explore. Oh be prepared for insane weather. Most of when we were there in June was gorgeous and sunny, and in the 60-70s. But that isn’t usual. It rains almost every day so you just have to bring a rain coat and go explore anyway. Oh and in Dublin, there is a “hop on and off” bus that goes to all the major sites in the city. Totally worth buying the bus pass that gets you on it all day or for two days. All the historical sites are run by the OPW and there is a way to buy a little card that you pay like $25 for and gets you into most all the sites in the Republic side of Ireland which is totally worth it if you plan on seeing more than a couple sites. If you like music, even though it is kind of a tourist place, Doolin is the place to go. If you are there in the summer, wait till a little later to go out to the pubs. The tourist buses have left and there are the real locals around, very friendly too. Also, if you can, buy little snack type foods in a grocery store to eat instead of eating in a resturant every day. We frequently ate cheese, crackers and fruit out in the middle of some bog or valley or whatever because it was much easier and cheaper. Also, pub food is WAY less than resturant food. Sorry, I keep thinking of things. If you want to go to Newgrange, which I HIGHLY suggest, it is incredible, there is this hostel a mile or two down the road, Called the Newgrange Lodge. We had the best time there because it is a very nice hostel and the staff is all different internationals who work there for their room and board. Great stories and interaction with lots of different people there. 

    And the price totally depends on where you stay, what you plan to do ect. I went to Ireland for 3 weeks, backpacking and staying in hostels/b&bs and total it was $3000 including plane tickets. Interesting thing is, a lot of the “hostels” we stayed at, were about as nice as your average motel 6 or whatever in the states. But we literally just needed somewhere to shower and sleep. We spent a VERY limited time in the room which may affect where you want to stay. Honestly, if you are out and about and doing stuff, I highly suggest looking into hostels, there are many with private rooms/bathrooms and you will spenf half the money as a hotel. There are hostels that are $15-20 a night and there are hotels that are $200-500. I suggest looking at some tour companies to see what kind of plans they have as a basis to figuring out what you want to see, then research places to stay from there. Make a list of “MUST SEE” things, then plan out the trip from there. I don’t know about London and Paris, but in Ireland the public transport is great, though it is also easy to rent a car and drive, as long as you are okay with driving on “the wrong” side of the road. 

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @Opus:   Oooohhh, good point on the Olympics; I forgot that was next summer!

    OP, I really think it depends on what “level” of vacation you’re looking for.  You can spend 4k or less doing it cheap, but you can also spend quite a bit more without really trying, especially in Paris and London.  Those are just expensive cities to be in.

    I’m trying to remember what we budgeted for our honeymoon a couple years ago.  We went kinda “mid-line,” I’d say, cutting in some areas and splurging in others.  I think we spent about $150/day on food (that was roughly 50 euros/person/day); we usually just had coffee and pastries for breakfast, street food for lunch (since we were out walking), grocery store snacks in between meals instead of buying from a cafe, and a mid-line cafe for dinner.  We also don’t drink much, so we spent almost no money on alcohol.  We had a couple dinners from bakeries and one splurge on eating at the Eiffel Tower, so it all evened out.

    For transportation, at least while we were in the cities, we spent practically nothing and walked everywhere.  We specifically chose hotels near the city center, so we didn’t have to use the metro or taxis (except to and from the airport/train station).  However, both London and Paris have tour buses to all the major tourist sights (RedBus in Paris).  Cheap to buy day passes for, and you can hop on/off as you like.  Also, the Eurostar train is cheap for traveling from city to city, and really fast, too.  For sightseeing, we decided ahead of time which sights we really wanted to buy passes for, though we walked by a lot of other stuff.  Since you have a limited time, it’s really impractical to buy tickets to everything, narrow it down to maybe one or two a day; it saves money and you’ll get more time at those sights to actually enjoy it.  Also, look into city passes, which are a higher upfront cost, but give you big savings on the popular tourist sights.  I think our total travel and sightseeing budget was around $5k (but we also spent 14 days in Europe and traveled to 5 cities instead of three, plus we had to rent a car at one point, which was a big expense).

    Lastly, hotels.  It’s tricky because you may spend a little more on hotels to save on travel, and you want to stay in a safe neighborhood, which can jack the price up.  I think, generally, we tried to stay in the range of $150/night, and generally stayed in small, clean hotels in decent areas of each city. 

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Hi, I am living in Paris… I think Paris can be a really expensive city if you don’t know how to navigate through the tourist traps. I would rent an apartment, and the kitchen will save you a ton on food! Here are some links: 

    http://www.alacarte-paris-apartments.com/

    http://www.parisattitude.com/

    http://www.myapartmentparis.com/

    For food you can go to the farmer’s markets which are around the city. My favorite is this: http://marchedaligre.free.fr/ (Not the best website in the world though). You can easily find picnic food, or buy a French cookbook for things you want to make. You also have to go to the bakeries and get a pain au chocolat. I would reccommend cooking all the time except going out at least once to a very nice restaurant to have that experience. 

    Also, if you guys like wine there is a cave that has tastings in English. I took my mom there when she visited and it was a fun thing to do http://www.o-chateau.com/paris-wine-tasting

    Besides that, Paris is pretty geared to tourist, I don’t think you’ll run into problesm finding stuff to do. June is a great time to be here, I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂 

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I went to italy in december last year and if you will be there (Europe) for a long time i second the motion of renting an appt. I spent the MOST of my trip $ on hotels as i was traveling alone and didnt want to be anywhere shady. My son joined me the last week and we went to rome, paris and amsterdam. I booked hotels last minute ( saved money on travel sites) but also booked plane tix last min too ( Did NOT save $ that way!) but i wanted flexibility so I paid for that. I guess it WOULD have been cheaper to buy the rail passes online before hand but i didnt research it early enough for them to be mailed to me.  i spent around $15K I think, well a little less than that more like 12K, and i bought VERY litlle over there. I plan on going back and looked into getting a vacation home/appt while there this summer.

    Post # 12
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    Newbee

    We are going to Spain and France (Paris) on June any suggestions on low cost-fairly good hotels?

    Post # 13
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We did 10 days for our honeymoon as well – 2 in London and 8 in Paris.  You can plan a honeymoon on any budget (the only thing you probably wont be able to cut costs on is airfare – it is pretty much the same price but I suggest checking leaving from other airports in your area – you could save over $100 a ticket by flying out of an airport that is close but not your main airport for travel). 

    Also be sure to check the reviews for the hotels you are booking  – we have stayed in hotels in London, Paris & Rome and can tell you that their hotel rating system is not the same as ours…their 4 star is like our 3 star or sometimes 2 star and the rooms are sometimes VERY TINY (make sure to look at pictures taken by guests –  like tripadvisor).  We experienced those issues a few years ago when we visited Rome so when we planned our honeymoon we made sure to book better hotels (even though they cost more per night, it was WELL WORTH it to have a relaxing stay).

    In London, I recommend the Citadines Trafalgar Square which was moderately priced and in Paris we stayed @ the Secret de Paris which was expensive (although that was a splurge on our part b/c they allow you to change rooms each night to experience the different Paris themed rooms).  The Citadines chain is also in Paris but since i did not stay at that one I cannot give a recommendation but their hotel in London was a good deal for the price.

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