Post # 1
Hello fellow bees!
My fiance and I want to vacation in Europe via a site that offers honeymoon vacation packages in Europe.
Can anyone recommend which countries to choose or country packages they enjoyed? I guess I am interested in opinions from people that I have tried out these european honeymoon tour packages or have done the traveling themselves on their honeymoon.
I am interested in seeing several different countries. we plan on somewhere from 8-12 days of honeymooning (including travel days). I understand that there are many countries in Europe and that they aren’t all feasible to reach in the time frame I have given, but I am open for suggestions on which packages to go for.
These are the countries I want to see someday: Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany,Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, Greece,and The Scandanavian countries, Russia.
Now with this info given, can anyone help point me in the right direction, or give me somewhere to start zonining in or some food for thought. I have looked around, but just wanting some friendly advice/tips! Also we are planning to leave sometime in later September 2013.
Post # 3
I would suggest Italy – romantic, beautiful and amazing food. If you like the seaside – the Amalfi Coast is amazing – places like Positano, Sorrento, Ravello, Capri (maybe just a day trip to Capri unless you have lots of cash to burn!) – a perfect way to end the honeymoon. Add on the historical cities such as Venice, Florence and Rome and it would be a perfect trip!
If you are not so much into the seaside – then maybe spend more time in Tuscany (near Florence) with trips to Cinque Terre, Lucca and the beautiful countryside in the area (including wineries!).
I haven’t honeymooned in Italy, but I did go there on a holiday shortly after I got engaged (I like to refer to it as my ‘engagement moon’) and had an amazing time! If I hadn’t already been there I would totally consider going for a honeymoon (even all the way from Australia!).
I know it doesn’t tick many countries off your list – but you don’t want to be rushing around like mad!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
With 8-12 days it’s generally a good idea to spend that time in 1-2 countries. Here are my recs based on my own research for a similar trip:
1) UK and Ireland
2) Italy (could easily add a few days in Switzerland or Greece)
3) Scandanavian countries (maybe add Amsterdam for a few days since it’s nearby and similar in culture)
4) Germany and Switzerland pair well
*We’re doing 10-12 days touring the UK with the last few nights in Paris.
Post # 5
If you go to Italy you could also tour the Balkans — apparently Croatia is amazing.
Post # 6
8-12 days would be perfect to spend in Tuscany, Emilio-Romania, and either Rome or (my choice) Venice. Italy was wonderful in mid-September. Hot in Florence and Milan (don’t bother with Milan, seriously – if you have to shop there’s awesome outlets outside Florence), and perfectly temperate in Venice.
We really enjoyed Belgium and Germany, too. Germany is wonderful because it’s green and huge and you can drive fast. 🙂 Belgium is more fancy (French), and bier was good everywhere. Amsterdam is a really cool city – we wish we had stayed longer – you can do Holland and Germany and some of Belgium, they’re all close.
I guess decide what you want to see and do. Are you looking for beautiful lush countryside? You going hiking? Do you want to eat really good food? What’s your favorite food? (We took a private cooking class in Florence and I couldn’t recommend that more highly!) Are you just looking to chill out? (My husband would say don’t spend the money to go to Europe, but there are resorts and beaches there, too.) Do you want to see castles or ancient ruins, or priceless art?
Post # 7
Oh man, that IS hard. I live in the UK and I definitely wouldn’t want to travel to any more than 2 places in that time frame.
Do you have any examples of the itineries?
Also – how do you feel about cruises? That would almost definitely be your best way to see most of what Europe has to offer without spending a lot of your honeymoon on a plane/in airports.
The Med is lovely in September – I would probably recommend flying to London (as that’s probably going to be the easiest place to fly to) – spending a few days there, heading to the port and going on a cruise around the Med, OR flying from London to another country and starting your cruise from there.
In our first year of marriage we’re hoping to see a different Capital in Europe every month. I’ve lived in the UK all my life (26 years!) and have only managed to see England, France, Czech Republic, Spain, Menorca and Majorca!
Post # 8
@coffeelovernoelle: I would seriously consider picking only two countries. On my last big European trip we did London and Paris… so just two cities in two countries in 10 days, and it was very very rushed… and I still managed to get sick.
If you’re the type that loves to be up at the crack of dawn and pack seeing everything into a day, and then repeat the next day (and so on) then go for it… but traveling is exhausting. I’m a person who likes to see some things, but I don’t need to see everything. I like to savor local food, walk around and explore… not be rushed from one sight to another. If you’re that type of person then fine, but just know what you’re getting yourself into.
Doing several countries in a short span can be especially exhausting after planning a wedding. I think this is why many couples opt to do slightly quieter honeymoons.
If I were you, I’d do something like nesselle suggested – Italy would be amazing and it’s on your list. Or do England and Ireland. Sooo much to do in London! Switzerland would be amazing.
I just feel like these rushed tours don’t do the countries you visit justice.
Post # 9
With only 8-12 days I would pick no more than 3 cities. I did 4 in 10 days and that was exhausting and we definitely didn’t get to spend as much time as we’d like in each city. I like @beachbride1216:‘s suggested combinations. I personally think Switzerland and Germany would be amazing in the fall. However, I don’t know if you’ve traveled outside the States much or speak another language, but it might be nice to go to Ireland and the UK for your honeymoon where they speak English. I know a lot of people speak English all over Europe, but navigating can get stressful when you can’t understand signs and get directions. And for your honeymoon, I would try and minimize stress.
Post # 10
hank you guys so much for you helpful advice!
We actually decided on 3 countries we would like to see in a 2 week time frame. I posted another thread about it, if anyone has any tips.