Post # 1
We’re taking 3 weeks for our honeymoon, and planning on going to Thailand. We would arrive in Thailand on Wednesday morning after the wedding, and the plan is to find an awesome resort and do absolutely nothing but relax and take in the views for the first week, then spend 3-4 days somewhere else in Thailand (location TBD) doing some cultural / adventure stuff. On the way back home, we’re considering transiting through Europe and spending about 4 days somewhere there (which will break up the journey home), before continuing back to the US. (For us, SE Asia is literally halfway around the world, so we can fly east or west in about the same amount of time).
We’re thinking about Italy for our Europe stop. If you had 4 (full) days in Italy for your honeymoon, where would you go (one location)? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a major city, but somewhere that would be fairly easily accessible. I have been to multiple places in Europe, but never Italy, and this will be FI’s first time in Europe.
Full travel days have already been taken into account.
Any thoughts appreciated!
Post # 3
@kmb727: Have never been to Europe so I can’t really help. I just wanted to let you know that I am extremely jealous of your honeymoon.
My travel bucket list (before having kids) is Thailand, and as much of Europe as I can possibly see! For our honeymoon, I’m hoping we can manage to get 3 weeks, do a week in Greece, and then pick a few other cities in Europe to see over the other 2 weeks.
Post # 4
@kmb727: Personally I feel that your should spend your whole 3 weeks in Thailand… there are so many things to see and do there… I mean loads so I think it would be a massive shame to cut down your time there…. its also a long flight from there to Italy so that would be cutting into your honeymoon even more and even possibly causing you to have jet lag.
But if you really want to got to Italy as well I would say go to Sorrento, whilst Sardinia is my favourite place it is alot more isolated so Sorrento would allow you to see more…. but it really depends on what you want. i.e. if you like Lakes and mountains go for Lake Garda, if you want just beach go for Sardinia, if you want city and beach go for Sorrento, if you want just city go for Rome or Venice
All are very easily accesible.
Post # 5
@kmb727: It depends on what you want to do. If you are looking to just relax and hang out, I would go south. If you are looking to do more site-seeing, then I vote for Rome. I studied abroad in Rome and, after living there for 5 months, I STILL don’t think I saw it all! However, if you do a city that probably won’t be relaxing at all so it just depends on how you are envisioning the Europe part of your honeymoon.
Post # 6
I hear you on that; definitely travel as much as you can, before you have to worry about kiddos!
Thanks, yes we aren’t 100% set on the stop in Europe (realizing it’s still a long trip there), and may wind up staying in Thailand the whole 3 weeks. I will look into Sorrento though, if we do decide to stop 🙂
Post # 7
Four days isn’t really a lot of time for seeing multiple places because you have to account for travel (especially at the end of another trip). For example, my bff and I went to Lake Como for a 3 day weekend this summer. The train ride was suppose to take 2.5 hours. That didn’t count getting to the train station, the 20 minute train delay, waiting for the bus into the town of Como, waiting for the second bus to get us from Como to the town we were staying in, the taxi ride from the center of town to our hotel, etc. What seemed like an easy 2.5 hour trip ended up being close to 5 hours.
My vote is visit Florence–spend two days in Florence, one doing a wine tour of Tuscany & then one doing a nearby town (Fiesole, Siena, Pisa or Luca). Since they’re all near to each other, you would just need to book a hotel in Florence & do day trips rather than lugging your stuff around.
Or alternatively I’d do Venice, Verona & Lake Garda (again all really close to each other so you could stay in one hotel in either of the bigger cities).
If you try to bop all over the country, you’re going to miss out on really seeing each place.
Post # 8
Thanks, will check into those options! We definitely only would do one place in Italy (with the possibility of a day trip somewhere close, as you mentioned) — but only one “home base”. I’ve done the ‘try to see everything’ method in the past, but don’t want that on my honeymoon! We’ll definitely be back to Italy one day for a more in-depth trip; just looking for a taste this time around!
Post # 9
I travelled Italy in 2011. In my opinion, Rome is quite a magical and picturesque place, even if you CAN’T or don’t want to sightsee everything. It is so romantic. That was my favorite place out of all the major cities, because it’s so historical, versatile and straight from a storybook. You go shop, eat and sightsee during the day and can have a romantic, rooftop dinner at night. Eat some gelato after dinner, and maybe stumble upon a talented gentleman singing and playing his accordion in the moonlight of a beautiful courtyard. Ugh, it’s just breathtaking. So many stairs, though, so you will get a workout! And if you don’t rent a vehicle, getting through the city efficiently will be difficult. It will take you at least a couple of days to really figure it all out.
Alternatively, be careful to rent a car, because you have to have a special “permit” to drive within city limits of Rome and people drive so dangerously, so it’s not always practical or the easiest to navigate if renting a vehicle. My next favorite would be Florence for many of the same reasons, which many people like even more than Rome. Florence may be your best bet, as you’ll no doubt LOVE it, and the transportation aspect is probably the easiest there (lots of walking!). Venice is amazing, but too touristy IMO.
Southern Italy is a little more remote, but beautiful. And, if you head to the coast (we went just North of Venice) for the sun, it can be nice. However, I live in Florida and felt many of our beaches are better. Lastly, I don’t know if anyone else had this experience, but something to be aware of- we were treated very kindly by most and VERY rudely by a few (simply for being American, even considering we tried to speak the language, etc.).
Hope that helps!
Post # 10
With 4 spare days and being in Thailand, I’d actually go to Cambodia and visit Angkor Wat. I mean, Europe is “easy” to get to compared to Asia, so I’d maximize time there. I absolutely loved seeing Angkor, and while I believe that there’s too many places in the world to see to go anywhere twice, I’d actually consider going back there if my husband wanted to go!
Post # 11
+ 1 on your suggestions!
Sorrento is extremely pretty and you can easily do day trips to places like Vesuvius, Pompeii and Capri. I always said I was going back to Sorrento for my honeymoon, it didn’t happen but it’s totally a place I would recommend.
If you like hiking, biking or climbing go to somewhere around Lake Garda. The landscape is amazing.
In general, if you’re planning to do a stop, I say Italy is a great choice. I like Greece and France too, but Italy is probably my favourite country in Europe. Next to Sweden of course. 🙂
Post # 12
@kmb727: Definitely Sorrento/Capri for your honeymoon! It is absolutely beautiful! 🙂
Post # 13
Second the vote for Rome. Four days will let you see a good chunk of history. I love Vatican City. So much beautiful art, even if you aren’t Catholic.
Post # 14
@kmb727: Florence / Sienna (Really anywhere in tuscany). It is easy enough to get to from the major airports of Rome or Milan (although it does have a small airport itself) and is just stunning.
The scenery is amazing because of all the rolling hills of vineyards. It is also so romantic, full of good food, wine, scenery and history. Positano is also gorgeous, but probably a bit more removed for only 4 days.
Post # 15
We spent 18 days in Thailand and Bali and we could have used another few weeks to do everything we wanted to do. We even cut Cambodia. I love Florence! You would fly into Pisa and then grab a train from the airport (an hour or so). The Florence airport is smaller and foggy so IMO it is easier usually to transit through Pisa. As others have said, the Tuscan countryside is beautiful. You could also flyinto Rome or Venice and grab a high speed train (2 or 3 hours max).
Edited to add: are you flying from the US? We ended up spending a lot of time in transit. Twenty four hours or so to Bangkok. My suggestion would be to fly into Bangkok or another large airport, take a day to sightsee and then grab a flight to a beach area. You will not be more than a 1-3 hour flight to any of the islands with nice beaches once you are in Bangkok but after traveling to get to Thailand you will need a night or two off From the airplane and flight schedules can be odd. We liked Bangkok airways but friends used air Asia and also had good experiences. We flew into Bangkok, stayed for 2 nights and then on to the next few destinations.
Edited again to recommend Koh Samui. We stayed at the four seasons..heaven.
Post # 16
Thanks for the recommendations! We are SO excited! I think we will be doing Koh Samui as well for our island time. Yes, we are flying from the US (east coast…so verrrrrry far). We’ve now booked our main flights (thankfully all in business class so hopefully won’t be TOO painful), and just have to figure out the intra-Asia flights, so I will check out both of those airlines!