Post # 1
My fiance really wants to save up enough to go on a super nice honeymoon, visiting many places throughout Europe, staying a few days in each place. (doesn’t sound that relaxing to me but that’s a seperate issue). I have absolutely no idea how much something like this costs, but I’d like to get a guesstimate at least because this is how much money we’re going to have to secure before we can set a date. (He wants a less expensive wedding and more expensive honeymoon, which is fine with me, although I’d prefer having both be inexpensive) So if any bees who’ve gone on a similar trip could share your budget, and how it broke down, I’d really appreciate it! 🙂
Post # 3
Hmm… I’m not sure at all. But I imagine it would depend on the types of places you stayed at and where you eat. I just wanted to bump this up a little for you.
Post # 4
Anywhere from $1000 to $50,000.
There are so many variables that I doubt anyone could give you an accurate answer. It all depends on what you are wanting to pay.
Post # 5
yeah you’re far too vague. there is a huge difference in price if you visit Norway vs. Romania for instance.
Post # 6
You really have to narrow down what countries and cities you want to visit before you can estimate. Some countries are FAR more expensive than others. Just start researching, there are a lot of websites dedicated to European travel.
Post # 7
We went to three countries in Europe for our honeymoon last September and flights (from Canada) + hotels (a few crappy ones) were $5,000.00 by itself for both of us. Spending money for food etc. is a different story.. !
We went to France, Italy and Greece (Mainland + two islands).
Hope that helps!
Post # 8
Yea it really depends on where you want to go. Also, where your located/time of year since flights are expensive. Two summers ago was my first (and only) trip to Europe. Originally we were planning a 3 city trek: London, Paris, and Barcelona. Once we realized how far 1 euro (or pound) got us in London and Paris compared to Barcelona we said screw the two. We ended up spending 5 nights in Barcelona and 4 nights in Madrid instead. With nonstop roundtrip flights from the east coast and flights from Barca to Madrid (flying was sooo much cheaper than a train) plus all the hotels it came to around $3,000 for 2. Plus a ton in spending money.
Post # 9
We’re planning a pre-wedding honeymoon before we leave Europe. Flights can be anywhere from 800 to 1200 just to get to Europe from North America. You’ll then need to buget for flights/trains around Europe, so it depends on where you go. But you can get Eurorail passes from anywhere from 600 to 1500. You also need to factor in items you’ll need for your trip, like travel backpacks, clothes, etc.
Daily costs depends on the kind of hotels you want to stay at. We’re going to do some hostels, some B&Bs, some 3 star hotels. We’re budgeting an average of 100 Euros a day EACH (roughly $130-140) to cover accomodation, food and sight-seeing costs. That covers the nicer B&B/ 3-star hotel range, depending on the season. I highly recommend Rick Steve’s guide book. For our week in Austria, month in Italy, and two-week Greece tour with four-day mediterranean cruise, we are budgeting roughly $17,000.
Post # 10
For my estimation calculator I usually estimate air to be 1200/pp, hotel 100/night, food 100/day for the both of us (10 breakfast/20 lunch/30 dinner +/- a few + coffee/soda). If you’re traveling between countries or train, add 500/pp. Then for good measure, throw in a grand spending money and misc fees.
Post # 11
We did 2 1/2 weeks (not a honeymoon) and it cost us… close to $10,000 and in Italy, France, and Spain.
Post # 12
I spent two weeks in hostels in France for 1k (including airfare for $400) last year.
I also spent 8k last year for a three week trip to russia and the Baltic (not including airfare, we get free flights everywhere due to miles) but this included nice hotels.
Post # 13
We’re spending about $4500. We’re staying 2 days in Barcelona, Spain then boarding a 5 day cruise with 2 stops in France and 3 in Italy. We just have to add $ for spending, excursions and eating off the boat.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone who responded 🙂 I realize prices depend on several things, that’s why I was curious to see what people did & for how much
Post # 15
If you want to consider a cruise:
We did a 12-night cruise with stops in Italy, Greece, and Turkey for about $2200. Our flights from the US to Rome (which was close to the ship’s starting and stopping port) were about $900 each, and we also spent a few extra days in Rome before and after the cruise. So the extra hotel costs, food, and drinks came out to about $600. (Food on the ship was free, but we ate lunch off ship at each of the port stops, and alcohol on the ship was not free.) So in total, we spent about $4600 for 15 days (not including flight days) in Europe.
The cruise ship was a lot of fun — we were lucky to meet a few new friends, and there was a lot to do on the ship. It’s also really nice to be able to leave your luggage somewhere secure and not lug it around to each city. But in hindsight, if you want a true feeling for being in Europe, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a cruise. My husband and I have both spent time in Europe before and you won’t get that same experience on a ship where you still feel like you’re going back to the US every night. 🙂 I don’t regret it, since it was still fun and it was the easiest thing we could arrange in the two weeks we had to plan our honeymoon before we left. It’s just up to your personal preferance as to what kind of experience you want.
If you do consider a cruise, I would generally not recommend using the ship’s excursion programs (which tend to be really expensive) — just make sure you plan out what to do and how to get there beforehand, since the ports of call are sometimes a significant distance from the points of interest.
Post # 16
@instantcoffee: Thanks so much for posting that! A cruise is definately another thing on our list of possibilities