Post # 1
We’ve now narrowed down our honeymoon to 7 possible locations with less than 9 weeks away now! We are thinking about booking through Costco Travels. Has anyone used this site or know if any similar sites? Also, should we call in to book or just do it online?
Here are the locations: Greece, Italy, Paris, London, Spain, St. Lucia, and Ireland. Which is best for a once in a lifetime trip? We are planning on TTC as soon as we are married so I know we won’t be able to go on a major trip like this anytime in the near future. If you could only do one which is a MUST in your opinion?
Also, my fiance’s parents are paying for the trip and my fiancé would prefer St. Lucia but it seems to be more expensive than the other options and we’ve been to a lot of Caribbean islands and I’m worried it’ll be too similar.
Any tips/hotels/packages you can offer would be awesome as well!
Thank you 🙂
Post # 2
If you do europe you can do a package and visit most of those places in one trip
Post # 3
I’ve only been to 3 of the 7 but out of all the places I’ve traveled in the world—Italy by far was the best. Go to Florence! From the shopping to the great food to the wine, sighhhh just magical. I wanted to go some place new for ours but I’ve talked about Italy so much in the past 5 years my Fiance thinks we should go back and go to new cities I didnt visit the last time.
Post # 4
Also Paris and London are expensive so if food, transpo, entertainment are important while you’re there you might want to consider that. You can stretch your dollar more in some of the other places.
Post # 5
Any websites you know of that offer good packages? Also, do you think we could have a relaxing honeymoon visiting a couple of places in just 5-6 nights?
Post # 6
Italy is definitely my top choice! Do you prefer Florence over Venice and Rome? Also, any hotels or websites with packages that you recommend?
I love the idea of Paris but we love to eat and definitely want to spend time outside the hotel exploring!
Post # 7
Italy is beautiful! I would do a trip to different cities/towns there – Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Siena, island of Elba, Pisa (for a day). Although you may want to check out the weather for Italy in March…I think it’s quite cool. I went to Italy several times over several summers, and love the people, food, culture (art, architecture) and history.
Also – if you are TTC, keep in mind that St. Lucia and Spain both have Zika. Fiance and I wanted to go to a honeymoon in the Caribbean but since we will be TTC on the honeymoon or right after, we thought the risk of going was too high, given the potential fallout from Zika if once of us gets it.
Post # 8
We did Italy in January and the weather was perfect. We did ten days in Rome and fell in love with it. We’ve decided to do Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome again for our honeymoon, also in January (2018). I’d recommend staying at least five or more days in Rome because there is SO much to do.
Post # 9
I live in London and have done all on your list. If you really want once in a lifetime I agree you can do a tour of all those European countries. A few days in most European cuties will be enough and will satusy your desire to see lots of Europe.
If you really want just one of those countries I would pick Italy but definitely move around within the country, there are so many different regions with different feels – Tuscany, Puglia, Amalfi Cost etc. But be aware its not just London and Paris that’s expensive, all of Western Europe is very expensive, especially the more touristy destinations.
I personally prefer Eastern Europe for value and a more once in a lifetime experience but that may just be my taste
Post # 10
andersonmn : I would definitely pick Venice and Rome over Florence. I would go for Italy
Post # 11
andersonmn : itravel, travel2000, depending where you are located groupon usually has some good ones that include itineraries and multi city tours.
once your in europe its inexpessive to visit other european nations, UK maybe a little less convienent since brexit
Post # 12
andersonmn : We did Florence, Venice, Pisa, Milan and some smaller Tuscany villages (for the wine!). Florence over all of them. It’s a great mix of culture, shopping, food, and not overly crowded like I suspect Rome would be. And I’ve also heard it’s not as expensive as the other major Italian cities. Milan was crazy expensive and felt like Rodeo Drive. Haven’t been to Rome but I’ve heard you need a few days for that cause there’s so much to see and do. You really only need a day, two at the most for Venice. There’s not much there, but def beautiful and no other city is like it in the world so it’s worth seeing. Would recommend not traveling with heavy large suitcases there. Made that mistake lol. A lot of steps and cobblestone streets. And it’s super hard to get lost so I would recommend arriving in the day. At night it pretty much shuts completely down.
If we go back we’re def going to do Rome and of course Florence again.
As far as hotels, the group I went with only stays in chain hotels (Marriotts). We were able to save a bit by using our Rewards. We booked everything ourselves so no package deals.
Post # 13
Personally, I’d want to go somewhere warm and far. I’ve only been to two and a half on your list (Greece and Spain; the half is that I’ve been to the Caribbean, just not St. Lucia) and we went to the Greek islands for our honeymoon. It was lovely! I liked that it had gorgeous beaches AND historical stuff to check out. We went to Santorini, Crete, and Athens and I loved Athens (though you only need to be there one day to check out all the historical stuff; the city itself kinda sucks). Santorini is a must; so romantic and relaxing! We stayed at an incredible cliffside hotel that overlooked the Mediterranean and a volcano…it was called the Volcano View Hotel. The service was great, food was delicious, and it was close enough to the action but far enough away to be secluded and great for newlyweds. We took a day to take a boat trip around the island which was a must as well!
I’ve been to the Caribbean (Bahamas), but wouldn’t recommend it for a once in a lifetime trip since you’ll most likely go to the Caribbean islands more than once in your life…been there, done that. Plus, the Caribbean seems to have too many families with little kids and didn’t seem all that romantic to me…
Spain is absolutely beautiful too though. I went to a couple islands off the coast: Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. Didn’t care for Ibiza too much as it’s a party island but Mallorca was absolutely AMAZING. We stayed at Sol Hotel Wavehouse in Magaluf, Mallorca. It was AWESOME. I had never heard of Mallorca before we went and was so surprised and happy that we accidentally ended up in total paradise. Also did a boat tour of the island and it was one of the best days of my life. The only reason I’d choose Greece over Spain is because the Greeks are NICER. I didn’t always feel comfortable in Spain. Lots of stares and odd looks and dicey service, whereas we always felt welcomed and cared for in Greece.
My Darling Husband has been to London and said he wouldn’t suggest it for a honeymoon as it’s a super expensive city and more of a bustling metropolis with everyday working people than a relaxing getaway for newlyweds. Places will close early during the week, etc., so you’ll be on vacation in a real city where everyone else is busy working, if that makes sense. We had seriously considered Ireland but didn’t trust the weather and wanted relaxing by a pool/beach. I’m sure Italy is a good bet; I’d love to go. Anywhere on the Mediterranean I think is a sure bet. Paris…meh. I’ve heard mostly so, so reviews. Either people love it or hate it but they all say the French aren’t the sweetest. I still would love to go to Paris, but for my honeymoon, I’d probably go somewhere off the beaten path in southern France wine country/countryside, NOT Paris. Good luck and congrats!!! Hope this helps.
Post # 14
In 9 weeks it’s gonna be cold everywhere in Europe and not really the ideal season for a romantic trip in my opinion, and with only 5 or 6 nights you’ll waste two days just travelling to and fro Europe, jet lag…not enough time to visit several places and be able to relax.
For those reasons I would say St Lucia.
If it was at least May I would say go to Italy via Paris (even just one night in Paris).
Post # 15
I’ve been to all of the above except for St. Lucia, but I don’t really care for island beach trips (although we did go to St John for our honeymoon). It was nice and relaxing, but I certainly wouldn’t call it an amazing once in a lifetime trip.
I’d say it’s a toss up betwee Greece and Italy (but I feel that Italy is higher on the bucket list check off than Greece), followed far behind by London, Paris, Spain, then Ireland (which we found really underwhelming). London and Paris can easily be done in one trip. Italy and Greece can easily take up 2-3 weeks, but the Greek islands are more romantic and “honeymoonish” and romantic imo if you were doing a delayed honeymoon in warmer weather.