Post # 1
I am slowly trying to book my honeymoon trip to Italy (main cities) and Paris for 10 days.
The only problem is… I don’t know what prices I should be paying. I keep on looking on travelzoo, but I’m not sure if the deals are something I should hurry up and grab or not.. 🙁
We would be going in mid-October. Do you girls have any experience with buying air and hotel tickets? Could I get some recommendations pleeease~~? THANKS!!!!!
Post # 3
I am going to Italy and France for our honeymoon this July. I would actually recommend booking directly through the hotels instead of a third-party website. We used Rick Steeves and Lonely Planet travel guides, as well as Trip Advisor, to get hotel recommendations, then emailed each hotel individually and booked direct. We were often able to get discounts because we emailed direct, and quoted that we heard of them through a guidebook.
Many of the “bad” reviews I have read of places on Trip Advisor were actually from people who booked hotels through places like Expedia, etc… and then their reservation was wrong, never got through, they didn’t get the room they wanted, etc… While this can also happen if you book direct, I think taking out the middleman makes it less likely.
That being said, Paris is an expensive city. Most of the hotels run around 120-130 euros for a two to three star accomodation. But we booked direct and got a three star accomodation for 105 euros. Rome and Venice are also expenisve.
You are going in the fall, so you might be able to score some better rates! Just email the owners of the hotel, and check out their websites for specials. Many hotels also offer discounts or free nights if you stay 3-4 days.
Post # 4
In October I think you should be able to get your tickets for under $1000 to Paris if you are flying coach and a little under 3k for business. I also suggest that if you are planning to spend 10 days in Paris that you rent a studio or appartment. Every time I go back that is what I do. I have rented from aparisianhome.com many times.
If you find a ticket for something like $500.00 jump on that opportunity.
Post # 5
I went to Paris and London, two months ago (I got engaged in Paris! AHHH!) and booked through AirFrance Vacations. They cover the hotel expenses as well. And it wasn’t insanely expensive.
Also, you could try europeandestinations.com. I checked there when I was planning the trip, but AirFrance had a slightly better deal.
Post # 6
Just signed up for AirFrance emails. 🙂
I’ll know when I see a deal now~!
Post # 7
@valhala-I love Rick Steve’s travel guides!
We went to Paris a couple of years ago and I used he guide to book our hotel and get us around the city…very user friendly!
Post # 8
Here is a great hotel idea, we actually used for our Venice/Florence honeymoon. (We were supposed to go to Paris too but that’s another story –missed flight.) Anyway–apply for a Starwood American Express card NOW and rack up all the points (wedding costs etc) and add the 10000 free points, then you can stay in CHOICE hotels at a fraction of the cost using their partial cash/partial points system. Get hubby to sign up for a separate card by your referral and you get 5000 more bonus referral points. Run the cost/dates first b/c some hotels (Westin Paris) require a 3 night stay during some seasons. By the way, no annual fee the first year and you can cancel after your trip. We used this for a groom suite the night before our wedding and our Europe hotels. The hotel selections are awesome and in the absolute best location (Westin ones). The best part (check your own contract carefully-not sure if this is for all) is that when Paris was cancelled at the final hour, we didn’t have to pay anything and we got our points back.We love it so much we will actually keep one of our cards and continue earning points, even with the $45 annual fee, starting 2nd year of use. By the way, I ABSOLUTEY DESPISE Travelocity, AirFrance is nice and I recommend taking the train from Paris to Venice Santa Lucia if you go there. I believe $1000 is a good price for a flight. From Seattle it ranges from high $900-$1300 I think. Costco has some good packages. (disclaimer-my mom works for Costco Travel). **We got married on 10/10 too…we just took our European honeymoon/conceptionmoon on our 6 month anniversary in April.
Post # 9
Here’s another good way to find flight price ranges: bing.com. Click Flexible Travel and it will chart the ups and downs of prices and predict the way the fares will go. (P.S. I totally use Rick Steves info too!)
Post # 10
When you’re traveling to multiple cities, it really is better to book it all together as a package.
When you’re looking at online sites, please bear in mind that it’s not uncommon to get bumped upon arrival. Many online sites are notorious for overselling as their not working with realtime inventory.
We have a consultant who is fluent in French and has been to Europe over 20 times. We also have a very strict no-walk policy, which means that the hotel you choose will be the hotel you’ll stay at. Please let me know if we can help.
Post # 11
We’re doing our honeymoon in Paris/Prague, it’s so expensive to stay there isn’t it? We’re looking at getting an apartment like Miss Caniche suggested, we really like waytostay.com so far, it seems to have tonnes to sort through.
We’d love to find a really romantic hotel to stay in for our first night there, but under 400 euros for the night, and so far we’re out of luck! If anyone knows of any do let me know 🙂
Post # 12
Two wonderful hotel recommendations for you; check them out on trip advisor:
Venice hotel recommendation: Hotel Dona Palace
Florence hotel recommendation: Hotel Il Perseo