(Closed) Planning a trip to Europe… Tips?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Depending on whether your looking for cities or beach?

The greek islands are my favourite european beach resorts, and have really pretty old town, if you pick the right parts!

Cities? – Definately ITALY, although the weather may be a bit hit or miss in March depending on where you choose?

 

Hope this give you options!!!

x

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re leaving on Tuesday and it’s going to be half roadtrip half vacation, so I can let you know when we get back in 3 weeks.  🙂  If you like auto racing that’s why we’re going – two Formula 1 races, one outside Brussels and one outside Milan.  And of course a night in Monaco (but that is NOT cheap!). 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Weather in much of Europe in March can be chilly, rainy and dreary, hence the lower price tags. That also means fewer tourists at the various attractions. If you’re wanting to museum-hop and sightsee, it’s a great time to go.

But Europe is a pretty big place, so you’ll probably get more specific recommendations if you narrow it to a specific country, or give some details on what kinds of things you like to do.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I didn’t like Athens much… We loved the Greek islands but went in Summer… Istanbul was fantastic… but without a doubt, the absolute best part of our holiday was the cruise. I highly recommend doing a cruise if you can afford it. We did 7 nights Greek Islands on the Star Clipper, one of the worlds largest sailing vessels and I am still completely blown away at how awesome it was. Most of the ‘travelling’ is done while you sleep and every morning you wake up in a new townor village. Even just being on the boat is fun, you don’t even need to go into the towns for an awesome holiday! I hope the next trip we do is a Rome to Venice cruise through Italy and up the Croation coast… A girl can dream!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been to about 11 countries in Europe, do you have any idea where you may want to begin?  Italy was hands down my favorite, I’m a little obsessed with Rome and Venice.  They are gorgeous cities, the locals are friendly, the history is incredible and the food is amazinggggg.  I also really enjoyed Germany, the people were very friendly there as well and Berlin was fascinating and has a much younger, vibrant culture.  Also, everyone has a certain picture of Amsterdam in their head, but the city is BEAUTIFUL and very relaxing, fun and historical.  Also, it’s kind of like a beginner’s European city as everyone speaks English and Dutch words very closely mirror English words.  It’s easy to get around!

March is definitely a good time because it’s off season, but as a PP mentioned, you’ll find some not-so-wonderful weather in some places.  Not really an issue though if you aren’t looking for a warm, beachy vacation!

A cruise is great if you are looking to just sight-see during the day, but keep in mind you won’t get the chance to spend your nights out in pubs or exploring the actual night life of the cities.  My fiance and I are going to Europe for our honeymoon and everyone has suggested a cruise, but we love travelling and feel that you get a much more local experience when you stay in the city and interact with the local scene.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Venice! It is not cheap but it’s a must, so romantic.

The whole of Italy is beautiful and you can do it quite cheaply, food is very affordable and tasty.

March will be slightly on the chilly side but will be bearable and you will get sunny days as it’s Spring.

Croatia and Montenegro are lovely, really cheap. They may be warmer as well for you.

Bon Voyage!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Cruise? this is what we are doing. 9 days on Carnival. All food, transportation (airfare and cab) as well as lodging came to 5k. that doesn’t include gifts to take home but we see Spain France  Croatia and Italy

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re going to Paris, Rome, and Barcelona for our honeymoon.

But if you’re looking for something a bit less “typical,” I’d suggest Switzerland, especially if you like skiing. Germany, especially Munich, is FANTASTIC.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ohmybears48:  OOH yes Germany was so much Fun! I +1 this!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

DEFINATLEY go to Paris, it is SO beautiful. We drove round Europe a few years ago (I’m from England), 13 countries in 2 weeks and it was one of the best holidays of my life! Venice was really good as it is so different, although every shop sells either ice cream or porcelin masks! haha.

I wasn’t overly impressed with Milan.

Brugge is really nice and so close to Amsterdam so if you go to one I would definatley make the short journey to see the other. If you do go to Amsterdam you have to go to Ann Frank’s house.

And of course… London!

Prague was nice..but there are nicer if you are coming from such a long way.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would suggest the nothern countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway and even Finland 

gorgeous old citites, amazing history and culture and beautiful scenic areas 

Copenhagen / Stockholm – I would suggest landing in CPH and then stay there for a little bit and then drive up to Stockholm 

Instaed of the “classic” European destinations as Spain / Italy / Greece and France – try something new!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

check out trip advisor they have forums for every city so you can ask questions or just look at info.  Also lonely planet has some good info too, but I prefer trip advisor.

Post # 15
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Newbee

I lived in London for a few months at a time and it is just an amazing city!  I also dated a Brit so that didn’t hurt either.  March is a bit chilly and rainy there but usually isn’t too terrible.  All depends on what you like to do because there is SO much!  From London you can travel to so many other places for pretty cheap too.  I spent a weekend in Scotland which is gorgeous!  We went on a tour of basically the whole country one day. 

I’d definitely recommend a cruise too if you can’t decide on just one locale.  I went on a cruise that started in Barcelona.  We hit Naples & Capri, Rome, Pisa, Nice, Monaco, and I think one or two more places.  It was amazing!  One of the best experiences!  Just very …exhausting.  Up early every day and out touring around all day…can really wear you out!  We skipped our excursion on the last day so we could just pack and relax on the ship (which also had a ton of cool stuff to do!). 

Any which way you go, you really can’t go wrong in Europe.  You’re going to have such a blast!  Enjoy!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m so glad I found this! We’re planning a (super) delayed honeymoon trip to Europe in April. We’ve definitely decided on Italy (Rome and Florence) but are trying to figure out a second country!

Anyone been to Austria or Switzerland? Those are on our short list but we don’t know anyone that’s been there.

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