on Nov 29, 2009 @ 10:20 pm|
My fiancee and I are starting to plan our honeymoon for September 2010. We really want to go to Europe, but not sure if we want to do a cruise or stay on main land. Neither of us have been to Europe so it would be nice to see a variety of locations. On the other hand I'm worried it might seem rushed and that we don't have enough time in each city.
Any good tips on what we should pick?
|skipped the grand tour on Nov 29, 2009 @ 11:13 pm|
We went to Italy: 2 weeks split between Rome, Florence and Venice. It was awesome. We didn't join a tour because we wanted to take time to get to know the cities and go wherever we want. However, we did join a few day tours while we were there; they were all arranged through our travel agency here in Canada.
We found the day tours in Rome really good. There were just too much to see on our own. We did two half-day tours within the first few days we were in Rome and those gave us a great overview of Rome. The tours, as expected, took us to many places but only stayed at each destination for a little while. So we spent the rest of our time in Rome revisiting the sites we loved (eg. Colosseum) and touring other historical sites that are just as memory and significant. We also took a day tour to Pompeii departing from Rome. In Florence, we took a day tour to visit 2 near by cities. The day tour allowed us to visit places we never would've gone to since we did not want to drive in Italy.
We loved the mini-tours but at the same time, we also loved the freedom to explore the cities by ourselves. It was fun finding our way around Rome and then to Florence and Venice. Exploring the local restaurants were fun. It was an adventurous trip.
My friend took a cruise to the Greek Islands for her honeymoon. She and her husband loved it. She joined the cruise through Transat Holidays and she said everything was taken care of, no hassle, no worries. She said the moment she got off the place, there were people waiting for them at the airport to whisk them away to their cruise destination. She did say they visited a lot of places in a short period of time.
|Pick a spot and enjoy it! on Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:44 pm|
I would recommend you not try to see everything on one trip. Pick one country and explore a few regions, rather than trying a whirlwind European tour. Friends of mine saw Paris, Nice, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam over 2 weeks and felt like they rushed far too much. You will also get a much better sense of the culture and atmosphere if you limit your geography.
Having said that, where is the best place to go in Europe? That is a personal preference:
For ancient history: Italy or Greece;
for medieval buffs: Britain, Germany or France;
for beach bums: Spain, Portugal, or Tunisia;
for foodies - any!;
for something different: Turkey or Prague/Budapest
for something really different: Russia or Casablanca (Morocco)
If you give us an idea of what you like, some of us can offer more specific suggestions!
|thanks! on Nov 30, 2009 @ 01:45 pm|
Thanks! This has been great advice so far! If we decided against a cruise we'd focus on Italy and Greece. I've heard amazing things about both places and would most likely stay approximately a week in each country. I like the aspect of really getting to know the culture of each place, but also like that with a cruise things are really taken care of in advance.
Ali de Bold
|Italy on Jan 10, 2010 @ 02:41 pm|
I've been to a few places in Italy and I find the people to be the warmest of the European countries I've visited. The culture is very happy and laid back and the food and wine are incredible. I agree with what the others said that you don't want to feel like you are hoping around too much, so you might want to pick one week at one place and another somewhere else so you can relax but still explore. I was completely exhausted after my wedding and I wouldn't have wanted to rush around too much. Venice is beautiful and fun to explore, but it's very touristy.
Tuscany is gorgeous and there are a lot of beautiful towns in the region. There are a lot of rolling hills so I'd caution against taking a tour bus around there for an extended period of time unless you don't get motion sick. You could always rent a car and hop between the little towns and immerse yourself in the wine culture there.
We went to Spain for our honeymoon, with 2 days in Paris on the way home. It was really wonderful because we were able to lie on the beach for the first part of the vacation, which I really needed, and then by the time we got to Paris we were anxious to explore.
September is a fantastic time to go anywhere in Europe so you really can't go wrong.
|another option for those not sure of where to go. on Feb 11, 2010 @ 04:21 pm|
Hawaii is also a great place to go if anyone else has not decided where to go. I went there in August of this year and it is truly amazing!!!