17 day Honymoon March 12-March 28 Paris > ? > Prague ???
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 1:05 PM Last Post By: nizzle
Oct 31, 2012 3:42 PM
First time poster, and excited to plan for my honeymoon trip. My fiancée and I are both 30, and we are looking to have an adventurous and romantic honeymoon trip. We love to go sight seeing, museum, eating, and enjoy experiencing different culture. It's really easy for us to have fun anywhere we go. We both are pretty energetic, and would like to see as many places as possible (open to taking train, plane, etc). Who knows when I'll get a chance to come back to Europe again, so I would like to get the best bang for my bucks for 17 days. Some friends have suggested I scale back on visiting too many countries and stick to one or two places. I'm trying to figure out the right balance of seeing many places, and not feeling rushed. Paris (a must) is our number one destination, and we are flying directly into Paris (cdg) and arrive March 12 @ 12 pm. I have been flip flopping back and forth of staying in one country (France), or seeing 3 countries in 17 days.
Paris (4-5 days suggested by a few friends) March 12-March 16
musee de orsey
Middle of trip (this is where i need help) ??? March 17-23
1)I thought about taking the train from Paris to Geneva, train to Zurich, fly to prague. I thought about ending in Prague because I have been hearing it's a very romantic place to explore. I was told 4 days was enough for Prague.
2)My second Plan was to fly to Paris and take the train to Brodeaux, Toulouse,Carcassonne, Aix-en-Provence, Nice , and than fly to Prague
3)Paris fly to prague, train to berlin?
Anyways, I would like to hear what you guys have to say. If my thought process doesn't make any sense, you can go ahead and tell me where it's flawed.(I will not get offended) Thank you for your time, and look forward to hearing from the community.
Oct 31, 2012 7:34 PM
please read this before you go any further: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2153476
Oct 31, 2012 11:02 PM
Oct 31, 2012 11:43 PM
3You've got 17 days...taking off the first and last travel days,only 15.
If you want to visit big cities with a lot of things to see and do (like Paris) I'd limit your trip to 3 places.
Which 3 depends on your likes and dislikes....Paris,Prague,Berlin is not a bad combination at all (your option 3).
Oct 31, 2012 11:51 PM
4If you like the sound of those 3 (I guess you have done plenty of research?)....I'd try to get an open jaw ticket (into Paris,out of Berlin) and a cheap flight Paris-Prague.Prague to Berlin can be done easily by train as you suggest.
I doubt you will get bored in these places,but if you do then you can take some day trips...for example Chartres or Fontainebleau from Paris,Kutna Hora from Prague and Potsdam from Berlin are typical,but there are many other options.
As MTL says in #1,don't worry about 'see as many places as possible'......you need to enjoy the places you do visit (its a honeymoon;_) and accept that you will never be able to see everything interesting in Europe,even in 100 years of travel........
Nov 1, 2012 3:14 AM
5Some friends have suggested I scale back on visiting too many countries and stick to one or two places.
You got good advice from your friends.
I thought about taking the train from Paris to Geneva, train to Zurich, fly to prague.
Geneva is only really worth one day to check out the fountain, quick stroll around the centre and along the lake shore and to visit the museum of the IRCC. You could easily skip and go direct to Zurich. However, whilst Zurich's not bad, I'd personally skip it and head into the Swiss mountains and find a nice romantic chalet or hotel with a good view. The Bernese Oberland's a good area for that, see http://www.myswitzerland.com for tourism ideas.
I thought about ending in Prague because I have been hearing it's a very romantic place to explore. I was told 4 days was enough for Prague.
It's not a bad city romance wise. 4 days is indeed enough.
My second Plan was to fly to Paris and take the train to Brodeaux, Toulouse,Carcassonne, Aix-en-Provence, Nice , and than fly to Prague.
I would chop two of those destinations due to insufficient time.
Paris fly to prague, train to berlin?
This is the most relaxing option you listed. Paris can happily last you 5 days (allowing for a spot of jet lag), before a few day trips (Versailles for example). You can then fly to Prague for a leisurely 4 days before heading on to Berlin. You'd have enough time to comfortably do a 2 day 1 night stopover in Dresden en route if you so chose.
Nov 1, 2012 7:10 AM
6Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
Very nicely covered here so far. As a little PS from me....
How about splitting it between france and The UK? There are budget flights from numerous airports.
If it's not for you, check out the numerous budget airlines that fly from France to other parts of Europe.
Hope it all comes together nicely.
Nov 1, 2012 1:05 PM
7Thanks everyone for the replys. After reading the sticky provided by MTL, I will definitely cut it down. I'm planning to see 2 or 3 countries at most. I was thinking of probably staying longer in Paris, and explore some places outside of Paris (Chartres, Fontainebleau, etc) and than finish the trip in Prague. or maybe just add berlin to the agenda. I'm gonna do some more research, and see if it will flow well by adding Berlin to the mix. It's basically 5 paris/5 prague/5 berlin minus 3 days for traveling.
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