Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 19, 2012 12:07 PM Last Post By: bjd
Jul 18, 2012 2:13 PM
Honeymoon SuggestionsHi there,
Apologies if this post is repetitive, but I've been searching around and haven't been able to find the info I need.
I will be spending my honeymoon in Western Europe in April/May of 2013. I have already booked a return flight to Heathrow as I was able to get it for free with points.
We'll stay for a night on either end in London, but otherwise, we'd like to go travelling.
We know that our first leg of the journey will involve taking the Eurostar to Paris and staying there for about 5 days, but after that, our itinerary is much more open to suggestion.
I would very much like to travel to Spain and Italy. Our initial thought was to fly from Paris to Rome and stay there for 5 days, and then fly from Rome to Barcelona for another 5 days. We'd then go to London, spend a night, and return home to Canada. Can anyone suggest whether there is a better way to do this - i.e., should we do Barcelona before Rome, or should we skip those places and go somewhere else like Milan or Madrid? We're very much open to suggestions - I've never been to Europe and would appreciate advice from those more knowledgeable than myself.
We are both city people and would like to spend our trip walking around exploring cities - visiting museums and galleries, experiencing local cuisine, and just generally exploring and enjoying the ambience of a place. Our major concern is to not waste too much time in travel since our trip is so short. Any suggestions on closer destinations or more sensible itineraries are welcome.
Edit: Budget isn't a major concern - we can afford 300 Euro per day (including travel and accommodations) - it's a once in a lifetime trip so we'd rather not scrimp!
Edited by: antheridia
Jul 18, 2012 11:35 PM
1So you're flying into London, but only doing it for 2 days... London could effortlessly occupy you for 5 on its own, but it's your honeymoon so never mind. 12 nights for a honeymoon isn't much, I dunno how you guys cope with so few hols.
Paris could be done in 3-4.
Rome could be done in 3-4. Perhaps a day trip to Pompeii might suit.
Barcelona could be done in 2-3. With squeezing in elsewhere you could buy enough time to stick in Madrid as well - take the AVE train.
Jul 19, 2012 1:08 AM
2Most of your questions and concerns are pretty common on this forum. Just about every itinerary post could have been made by you.
The problem is that for the people trying to give advice, most of us don't understand what's bothering the poster. Especially considering that it's your honeymoon, I'd have thought you'd rather plan something personal, using your knowledge of each other to tailor make an enjoyable trip.
For example, a question such as
I've been living in Europe for decades and I still haven't been to some of the so-called big city musts that foreigners crowd to. Understand? It doesn't make any difference to anything.
Right , so much for 'expert' opinion ... it's nothing that anyone wants to believe.
A question like
But, again, if your interest is in this direction and want to fly to these places, why not?
The question regarding order may have a marginal effect on time and costs. Other than that, the order of flying between points isn't too relevant in your case.
Your major concern
The one practical way I can see to save time is to drop one destination and give more detailed attention to the others -- including day trips or 1-2 days out, eg Loire from Paris. If you like exploring cities, any one on your list could fill a week easily.
Jul 19, 2012 10:40 AM
3Thank you for your help. We have taken trips in the past where we have travelled too much in order to maximize the number of destinations, and it just wasn't fun. I suppose the point of my long post was to ask whether 5 days in Paris, 5 days in Rome, and 5 days in Barcelona seemed like a reasonable amount of time considering the amount of travel required between destinations. We're not counting travel days in the "5 day per city" total which I am hoping will allow us to feel as though we have the chance to explore a bit more of the cities but still in a relaxed fashion.
Will definitely look into adding a day trip to Pompeii and Loire and maybe cutting Barcelona in half and popping by Madrid for a couple of days. Any other suggestions along those lines? I have never been to Europe so all these suggestions are extremely helpful to me!
Jul 19, 2012 12:07 PM
4If you do a search on here for "Pompeii day trip", you will find many people advising against a day trip from Rome. It takes several hours to get there, several more to get back and Pompeii itself has a lot to see. If you just want to spend a few hours roaming around a Roman settlement, take a quick commuter train ride from Rome to Ostia Antica. Fewer people, cheaper, easier and faster access. Lots to see as well.
The same with the Loire valley and its castles. It's a long day trip and if you are really interested in seeing old castles or that specific historical period, it needs more than a day. If you are not all that interested and any castle will do, you could go to Versailles or Fontainebleau.
Have a look at a guidebook or three and get an idea of somewhere you would really like to go. But if you are city people, then I think 5 days each in Paris, Rome and Barcelona are fine.
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