We honeymooned in Europe…and are actually still here three 1/2 months after our wedding, since we moved to Nice, France for 6 months 2 days after our wedding.
Europe is definitely not cheaper than the US, I’m from California which is arguably one of the more expensive places in the US and I still think europe is a little pricier.
Our official honeymoon was two weeks long. We flew into Paris, trained to Montpellier and rented a car and roadtripped the southwest of france (pyrennees, languedoc, basque country, and landes). We camped for a few nights, and stayed in cute budget hotels, had picnics, but also ate out and spent about $250/day (not including the car rental and flights). I would say we indulged whenever we wanted to and did all the activities we wanted to (and ate all the wine and cheese we wanted). We also booked nothing in advance really and went in July at the height of tourist season.
I would recommend renting a car to see some of the smaller towns and countryside in Europe. You’ll find less crowds and there are so many gorgeous and super romantic places. I’ve lived in France a few times on and off over the years so here’s some of my recommendations:
In my experience Italy is one of the less expensive places to visit, and the people are so warm, the food and scenery amazing. Eveyone goes to Tuscany, but we just went to the Piemonte region for the weekend and stayed on a Vineyard (agriturismo). It was wonderful, romantic, and relatively inexpensive. It’s known for it’s food and wine and the scery is stunning, and you could easily combined it with the Italian riviera (chinque terre, Naples etc) or cross over into in southern France).
Some other recommendations:
– provence, France area (Aix en Provence, Gorge du Verdon, Gourdes, Cassis and the calanques)
– Munich + bavaria in Germany
-Annecy, France and surrounding area in the alps
– Spain (Barcelona, San Sebastian, the whole basque region, costa brava).
-Prague is an absolutely stunning city. I would highly recommend it.
– I’ve also heard good things about Corisca, but haven’t made it there yet