Post # 1
OK you guys I’m about ready to have a nervous breakdown instead of a honeymoon. lol. I’ve traveled pretty extensively, but was looking for something exciting for my honeymoon. (DH hasn’t been anywhere). We could potentially go anywhere, but I think a European honeymoon would be nice and we could really stay in nice places. Do you guys think this is boring? All of my friends go to Bora Bora or the Maldives, but I’m not sure I’d enjoy them as much (we’re history buffs, dislike beaches, and love culturual touristy stuff). I also speak Spanish and French.
Honestly at this point I just want to get something booked!!!
So this is my rough itinerary:
Paris for 2 days, Rouen for 3 days, train to Marseilles, stay in Cannes for 4 days, plane to Rome, stay in rome for 4 days, then travel around for several more days (Naples?) and fly back to the US from Rome.
Do you think this is exciting enough? I just want a romantic, beautiful honeymoon (without extensive plane flights!).
Any other suggestions? I’ve found some nice resorts at these places that we’d be staying in.
Post # 3
Bees? Any suggestions? Ahh! Why is deciding this so hard!
Any ideas for history buffs who hate beaches?
Post # 4
That sounds like my idea of heaven. It is a lot of travel though, just depends how you feel about that 🙂
Post # 5
I personally didn’t like Rome so I think you’re missing out on some of the best parts of Italy! If it were me I’d try to squeeze in Venice or Cinque Terre (or both!) I loved both those places WAY more than Rome.
Though since you’re both history buff’s Rome might be better suited for you!
That sounds like an amazing honeymoon. Me and Fiance (when we were just boyfriend and girlfriend) spent three weeks backpacking around Europe in 2010 and it was the most amazing trip of my life!!
Post # 6
IMO, I think you might be overdoing it a bit. You want some time to actually see the cities you are staying in – if you’re in any one place for less than a week you won’t get bored. Give yourself some time to relax a bit after the wedding. So you have two weeks? I’d keep it to four cities max.
Were you planning on going to the D-Day beaches? I not sure which one is stronger, your dislike for beaches or your interest in history.
There is a lot to do in Paris and a lot of quick day trips you can take outside of Paris – I might give it more than two days. I’m actually getting married 30 minutes away from Rouen – it’s a cute town, but not tons of touristy stuff but you get into the lifestyle a bit more.
PM if you have specific questions. Your honeymoon will be lovely 🙂
Post # 7
@Au Jardinlol I just meant we don’t want to relax on a beach like everyone else. We would most def see the Normandy beaches.
I’ve been to Paris many times before and spent a week there just last year, so it’s not my first time to most of these places. It’s just easier to fly into Paris than other cities in France.
Post # 8
I agree with the PPs who advised to just breathe, take time on your trip, etc. It sounds like you’re trying to pack a lot into a little amount of time just to say that you’ve “been there, done that.” What are you thinking of doing in Rouen for 3 days vs. only 2 days in Paris? (2 or 3 days in Paris is still such a short amount of time & Rouen doesn’t exactly have a lot of things to see or do.) Yes, you’ve been to Paris previously, and are quite familiar with the city. But one of the best things about travel is taking a newbie to someplace that you are very familiar with b/c you get to experience everything anew through their eyes! This is your honeymoon & should be fun, not stressful! As someone else advised, “just breathe.” It’ll all work out! 🙂
Post # 9
I agree that it seems as if you are trying to pack too much in such a short trip (understandable since you’re flying from quite faraway). This wouldn’t be best because you’ll feel rushed and will be constantly travelling. Not to mention, you’ll barely even get to see much. I’ve had trips like that which was nice but my favourite favourite holiday ever was one where I stayed for a full 2 weeks in one spot. We had at least 1 touristy thing to do everyday but we were relaxed, wlaking around slowly, enjoying the good life. A real vacation (but everyone has different ideas of a perfect holiday).
Depending on where you’re from, you might experience jet lag so you might need one day to rest and sleep.
Would cancel Rouen and stay longer in Paris. That said, I would be very tempted to visit Provence (but that’s my personal preference) and skip Cannes:D Rome is a busy city but it has A LOT to see (esp. since you are a history buff- heck, every single teeny thing has a history there!)so it’s definitely no problem to fill up your 4 days there.I would probably take the train to Florence and that would be it. No Naples, no Cinque Terre etc. Too far, too little time!
Post # 10
I love it. But I’m biased. We did France and Italy for our honeymoon too. We did a road trip though. We did Paris for 2 days, Lyon for 1 night, Nice for 3 days (visited Monaco while there), then drove to Italy Genoa for the aquarium, and did Cinque Terre for 4 days (absolute favorite, but unfortuately they’ve had disastrous mudslides since we left and are still rebuilding), we also did Pisa and Lucca one day while we were in Cinque Terre and then back to Nice for a night and flew home from there.
I love your itineary. If I could have gotten to Rome I totally would have. LOVE that city. I think you’ll have an absolutely exciting time. If you can get to Florence or The Amalfi Coast I’d definitely reccomend those places.
Ahhh! You’re making me want to go back!
Post # 11
We’ll also do an european honeymoon: probably, rome, venice, paris, (maybe london) reims, brussels, rotterdam, amsterdam. (FI hasn’t left the county much…)
I’ve lived in Italy for a while, so if you have any questions send me a message. I really loved Tuscany: Florence, Pisa, Sienna (well, I lived there), Lucca etc.
And if I were you I’d also visit germany. We have some nice, romantic cities, historic castles etc. and the best beer. + almost everyone speaks english.
Post # 12
I think you are over doing it. We had a Parisian honeymoon and we were not bored at all, we went to see everything in our brouchure, had nice dinners, drank lots of wine, had lots of sex and all of this without being super tired. You will find yourself walking a lot and doing a lot of things and you want to find time to relax, sit down and have a romantic dinner. That’s why people go to adult-only resorts in bora bora etc. You want your honeymoon to be whatever you want adventure, romance etc but you definetly want some relaxation. I’d say just keept it a little simpler. If you’r anxious about seeing Europe in one trip, remember that you will be married forever and you can make that exahusting trip later. 🙂 Good Luck.
Post # 13
@PinkMagnolia: Sounds fun!! One place in Italy that I would suggest checking out is Portofino, which is on the Italian Riviera. I went there this summer and it was absolutely beautiful! We stayed at the hotel Splendido, which I would certainly recommend, very very nice!