Post # 31
I agree, I’ve been on cruises to several of the Caribbean islands and I feel like once I went to one, they were all basically the same. They were great but just not honeymoon worthy in my opinion.
I would love to go to Italy and Greece but flights to Greece are a lot father from us 🙁 Any hotel recommendations for Italy that are musts?
Post # 32
Yes, I’ve seen several on Costco Travel and that may be what we end up doing. It’s just tough to pick which places and we would like to ride a train between instead of another flight. I’d like to book everything on one website because planning the wedding has been crazy and I don’t really want a plan with our honeymoon.
Post # 33
We use Costcotravel.com all the time, never had a bad experience. We always book online.
Post # 34
So far it seems like everyone is recomending Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. Are there any major differences weather wise during March? I was thinking we could maybe pick two with one place being a little warmer.
I wouldn’t mind booking with Air B&B but I think my fiancé would more likely want to stay at a nice resort/hotel. He’s already a tad nervous about going somewhere we’ve never been but I love the idea of a new adventure!
Post # 35
Thanks for the suggestions! We’ll be going from 3/6-3/11 or 3/12 depending on flights. We would love some place with good food, shopping, some sightseeing, maybe a gondola ride, hike, or hot air balloon ride (a dream of mine.)
We would like a place where we can explore on our own easily and be close to everything so the hotel location is important. We also want a very romantic honeymoon as well!
Post # 36
We could but since we’re a little limited on time we don’t want to spend most of our honeymoon traveling. I’m thinking maybe focusing on one or two locations would be best.
We’ve been on several cruises and definitely don’t want that for our honeymoon. My fiancé really wants it to be romantic and not around a ton of people.
Are Venice and Florence close to each other?
Post # 37
andersonmn : Honestly with so little time (6 days) I personally would skip Europe just for the fact that once you take out travel time for me it wouldn’t be worth the money, time and expense for so little in-country days.
I would choose St Lucia for the fact that it is closer and you would have more time to relax. What about somewhere else? Cuba for example is gorgeous.
Also just because you have kids does not mean you can’t take “once in a life time” trips anymore.
Post # 38
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Venice to Florence is a 2 hour train ride.
With only 6 nights it would really be best to just stay in one location. Travel time will cut into your stay. All of the flights I’ve been on to Italy and Spain have been overnight from the East Coast of the US.
Example if 3/6 to 3/12, two locations
3/6: flight to Venice
3/7: arrive AM
Half day: being jet lagged you will most likely not be able to do much sightseeing.
3/8: full day
3/9: full day
3/10: train to next location
3/11: full day
3/12: flight home
This will only give you a glimpse of two locations, that’s 2.5 days of travel and only 3 Full days to really get out and explore. With spending so much money on flights, I would really recommend going to Italy when you have more time. For this reason I recommend going to St. Lucia. I have heard amazing things but have never been. Many people I know who have been, have said it’s one of their favorite islands in the Caribbean.
If you are set on Italy, I would stay in one city, maybe go on a day trip to see another area that’s close by.
Post # 39
I was just searching AirBnB for me and my fiance and if you are still thinking Florence as PP have suggested, this looks AMAZING. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2662643 Just a random suggestion since I still had the tab open.
Post # 40
andersonmn : Iceland would be amazing, for the time of year and the amount of days you’re going..I vote Iceland. If you don’t feel comfortable booking your own flights and accommodation I guess just go visit a travel specialist and book through them? Otherwise “going about” booking a trip to Iceland is much the same as anywhere else. 🙂
Post # 41
andersonmn : Acu Weather will give you a good forcast based on previous averages for a location and date range. http://www.accuweather.com/en/it/rome/213490/march-weather/213490
Note these are averages. After a couple of trips I have leaned that the highs are highs and the temperature will probably be a bit cooler. Freezing is not fun (i have not dressed warm enough in numerous countries) LOL. You will spend a great deal of time sightseeing and will want to be outside regardless of the weather. After several trips, my advice is to take layers and take a few layering pieces warmer than you think you may need. You will need a rainjacket, very comfortable shoes (something water resistant) and an umbrella. I took fancy clothes and never wore them.
Hotels there are a little different than the US. Rooms are smaller, buildings are generally older (lots of history). You can get something fancy if that is what you are looking for but the price goes up.
I think Florence is a great location! Look up the Firenze Pass, it will get you into a million different museums and allows you to climb to the top of the duomo. Florence is full of the works of Michalangelo, standing at the foot of David is pretty awe inspiring. Florence also has great shopping and lots of handmade goods. Tuscany if very close with lots of great wine….. You could easily spend 6 days in Florence/tuscany.
It takes 2 hours to travel by train from Florence to Venice and there are a bunch of trains daily. You could almost do a (very long) day trip there. Venice is great but you can do it in a day. If you did a day trip you wouldnt have to schlep your luggage either. Something you could do if you are interested.
It is an hour and a half to take the train to Rome. There is lots to do in Rome and you can also go to Capri, Sorrento, the Amfali coast, etc…
My best travel resource is tripadvisor.com. You can find top rated things to do, resteraunts, hotels and there are many traveler blogs. We travel frequently and that is the first place I look. Rick Steeves Europe is also very helpful.
Post # 42
Awesome, that makes me feel better about using the site!
Post # 43
That’s my only hesitation with Europe, I just want to make sure we have a relaxing trip and enough time to explore. I had thought about Cuba but my fiance said it’s not on his bucket list of places he wants to go, although it looks amazing!
I know we can always go on great vacations with kids but I also know how life goes and we may not have the time or money in the future to take an expensive trip with little ones. We have the opportunity now thanks to his parents being generous 🙂
Post # 44
Thanks for breaking down the time for me, that helps me to see that we may not have a lot of time to visit two places. So if we can only pick one place in Europe, what would you pick? My fiance loves St. Lucia but I’m not so sold on it since we’ve been to most of the Caribbean islands as well :/ He’s now saying Hawaii but that’s still a 10+ hour plane ride.
Post # 45
That looks so nice! Have you used Air B&B before and if so are they usually pretty safe? I don’t know much about them and I don’t know anyone that has used them before. I just checked out some condos/houses in Venice and Paris and they look really nice but I’m not sure if they’re for more experienced travelers?