(Closed) Paris & Rome Honeymoon – HOW DID YOU BOOK YOUR EUROPE VACATION?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

*listens in*

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You do not need to do a package or go through a travel agent to book travel to Italy or France. It’s very easy to do on your own. For flights, I recommend checking out google flights https://www.google.com/flights/ because it lets you play with dates/airports to find the best airfare.

As far as hotels go, Trip Advisor is great for research and honest, traveler reviews. When you find a property you like, Trip Advisor does have an aggregator that will show you the rates for that property from different sites- you can also try Expedia, Hotels.com, etc. If you are going to be staying at a hotel that is part of a large group- ie Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, etc I usually just go direct to their site to book.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Also, Travelzoo sometimes has great deals!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

We did a London/Paris honeymoon and honestly I booked everything myself through Expedia. It helps to see what hotels are on sale at the time, filter through with ratings, look up the hotels and see what’s around and then choose that hotel. We stayed at the Shepherds Bush Dorsett hotel in London (not that it’s gonna help you) 🙂 and it was lovely. We also stayed in Lenox Montparnasse hotel in Paris and it was very nice. It’s an older hotel but it’s got a gorgeous view of the courtyard and both hotels were close to the subway system. Goodluck and have fun! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’ve never used an agent to book European travel. It’s pretty easy to do on your own. I reccomend the site skyscanner as they also check local airlines that you may not otherwise see. Also, if you have a credit card that doesn’t charge a conversion fee I would check the airline prices in different currencies. I was able to save $200 on flights from NY to London last year by purchasing them in Norwegian Kroner rather than US dollars 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Travel agent all the way for our honeymoon to Paris, Provence, and the French Riviera. I won’t post the name of mine here since she only works off of referrals and I would have to know you in person to refer you (sorry!), but I highly recommend working with one. You will get the same prices as you would booking through a website, so no cost savings, but a good travel agent with strong relationships within the hospitality industry can get you upgrades and perks you wouldn’t get by booking on your own. Plus she is putting together excursions for us, finding us a car and driver, and taking care of all the nitty-gritty details we would otherwise have to spend hours researching on our own.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I booked my trip to London and Paris through tripmasters.com. No regrets. they were great

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ve been looking into trips to Europe recently and I’m finding some really good package (hotel and airfare) on expedia.

I’ve never used a travel agent ever.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

No honeymooning for us yet but we’re going to Europe for a few weeks in May and are travelling to 5 countries. We booked everything on our own online; Air Canada for flights, Booking.com for all of our hotel rooms, and booked all rail tickets on either Trenitalia and NS International websites. Super easy and only needed Google for some minor translations to be sure we were booking everything totally correctly (super Type-A over here).

WE CAN’T WAIT!!!

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Buzzing Beekeeper

It wasn’t a honeymoon but the husband and I have been to France and Italy several times, the common sites like hotels.com are simple and have lots of options

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We did Greece for our honeymoon, we talked to a few travel agents and then did some comparison shopping. In the end, my husband and I decided to do the leg work and saved over 4k and were able to upgrade hotels from what was offered via any travel agent. I see the appeal, it is all planned for you and you just show up but we realized that it was better for us to be in control of the whole thing (I am very type A).

Post # 13
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Busy bee

We’re doing London and Paris, and started booking this past week. I’m handling the planning myself, using Rick Steves and other travel sites for suggestions and planning tips. Got some great hotel deals by paying in full and booking early!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I fly Virgin a lot and I like their airlines but I’ve never used Virgin Vacations.  We find good rates booking on travelocity, but always check the carrier’s website before booking because sometimes it’s cheaper.  

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