(Closed) Planning Italy Honeymoon. Need advice!

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The transatlantic flights typically have the same seats as intercontinental flights. We went to Italy 2 summers ago and flew AirFrance. We stopped in Paris and then flew AlItalia to Venice. It cost about 1k each roundtrip, but that was 2 years ago…. We booked everything ourselves and just double checked sites like tripadvisor.com for reviews about hotels and activities. Also, make sure to book your train tickets before you go, if you’re planning on traveling by train.

 

If you have specific questions, feel free to PM me!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Check out tripadvisor.com

You can search for flights and it shows you results from a bunch of sites. We will be flying into Venice and out of Rome on Iberia with layovers in Madrid. It was $1555 for the 2 of us.

We also searched tripadvisor.com for hotels.  We were able to read reviews and see reviewers pictures. In the end we booked directly thru the hotels websites. They were often the lowest prices.

We did initially sit down with a TA and he did help us to figure out what cities we are visiting but in the end, we paid $500 less than his quote and we will be staying in nicer places.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - St Aloysius' College, Milson's Point

In Australia we have travel agents that have a price match guarantee, so what we do is go on expedia etc and find good hotels and good rates, then go into the travel agent and they match it and also book all the annoying things – transfers, making sure we have the times between flights etc correct and allowing for the time/date difference.

If thats what you have over there, I would definitely recommend doing that, because if it stuffs up then you have some recourse (and someone to call to fix it).

Just a heads up, things will be much more expensive for you at the moment due to the situation with the US dollar, but it doesnt look like it is going to get any better anytime soon so might be worth buying some euro now before May? We are going to the US because it is so much cheaper for us at the moment!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never booked through a travel agent.  The first time I booked a out of country trip, I did talk to one to see if they could get me better deals, I found out that they (at least the one I went to) tried to charge me $50/ticket booking fee, for the exact same flight I found myself on expedia.  I’ve since never bothered going to a travel agent again.  I either book on expedia or from the airlines flight directly.  Then book all my hotels the same way – expedia, hotels.com, etc.  Never had any problems.  Flights, like PP said have the same seats you’d get here, but the food  is soooo much better!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

when it comes to trips that need multiple transfers, hotels, car rentals i usually use a travel agent because im lazy and let them use their skills to time everything but for simple trips i book/plan them myself

and if you havent already done so, start arranging your passport 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@kelly105: hasnt italy been on the news lately for money issues? I have been to italy but i wouldnt want to go there if they are headed to the way they show greece right now… or am I off base?

Make sure you apply for your passport early, and make a copies and give it to someone here in the states, and carry a copy with you always. Hotels will hold them while you are checked in.

I would book through an agent, becuase booking through travelocity, or hotwire IS a travel agent, and they keep the fees. Use a agent it pays off for the peace of mind.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve been to Italy 2x now and will be going again in in three weeks, for the third time! I LOVE Italy. The first time, I went with my mother and we booked a tour. It was all inclusive, we had a tour bus drive us around the country and the tour guide with us 24/7. It was “okay”. There were so many things that I wanted to see and do that we couldn’t because we were tied to this group. It was a nice introduction to the country if you’re afraid to travel on your own but I wouldn’t do it again. 

The second time I went with my friends and stayed in Tuscany at the family house of one of my friends. It was much better because we could do what we wanted, whenever we wanted.

This time, we’re going to the self guide route as well, but we’ll be doing the classis “venice, florence, rome”. I found that the cheapest way to do this was through a website like http://www.go-today.com or http://www.tripmasters.com. I would keep an eye on http://www.travelzoo.com. They sometimes feature great deals on airfair+hotel packages. One word of caution though…. do NOT rent a car and drive around Italy, especially not the southern part of it, not unless you’re suicidal anyway. 😀

The flight is not too bad. Direct flights from the east coast go to Milan and Rome. Almost all other flights need a layover. I flew AlItalia the first time and had a layover in Barcelona, The second time we flew directly into Rome on Continental. This time, I’m flying Lufthansa to Venice with a layover in Munich. It’s about 6-7 hour flight. The planes are usually the larger models – okay for smaller people but my 6’3″ SO insisted we get the very front seats that have slightly more leg room. I would suggest a red-eye to help you adjust to the time change.

We booked ours through tripmasters because they were the least expensive (just under 3k for both of us for 10 nights +airfair from the east coast) at the time, however, we did not get our train tickets through them. It was less expensive to get those on our own from the italia rail website.

Fell free to PM me if you need any help in finding a good deal, organizing your trip, or if you just want more details/advice. 

 

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