2 week honeymoon italy/ireland
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Sep 11, 2012 7:33 PM
2 week honeymoon italy/irelandNeed some travel advice. The two countries we want to visit next summer for our honeymoon end of june into july for two weeks are italy and ireland. we are traveling from the united states and we need to know which is better to start off in? Fly into italy first? Fly into Ireland first? we want to see the west coast of ireland and then visit this the amalfi coast and or capri in italy. Should we fly between countries, train it which could be really cool or ferry someone suggested as well. again we gave two weeks to work with so 6 in one and 6 in the other alotting for travel time back and forth to the states. any and all suggestions and advise is greatly appreciated. we are willing to swap out ireland for switzerland or paris if its an easier transition from one country to the other. Thanks again.
Sep 11, 2012 11:10 PM
1Since the biggest cost is usually the transatlantic portion, I'd suggest checking out Aer Lingus
They offer service into a number of airports in Italy also so you could book your flights with one carrier...(or at least check out their service and what the fares might be).
What seems like a lot of time now won't seem like much time once you arrive. I'd definitely go for flying rather than train travel.
As far as changing from Ireland to Switzerland or Paris I'd say if you both want to go to Ireland, then go to Ireland, and choose whatever else for your second place. Europe is very well served by many airlines so don't worry about transitions.
Use LP website to research (Destinations, top of page) where you're thinking about going, talk over what you want, what you don't want...
There's a great website with photo essays on various places.
Here's a collection on Italy:
One advantage of the Ireland>Italy is you'll get euros in Ireland and keep using them in
Italy...but in Ireland you'll start out hearing English (their version) which could help with the transition...unless you speak Italian.
Anyway, you've time to do more research and discuss things, time to get used to thinking in terms of 'euro' instead of 'dollar' and time to think in terms of 'us' and not 'me'.
Also, depending on how big a wedding you're planning on, you may want to keep things slow so you can recover for the stresses (if it's a big one).
Sep 11, 2012 11:14 PM
21) Ireland and Italy are geographically quite far apart. To travel overland would cost you... hmm.... I reckon a full 30 hours absolute minimum. Given you have just 2 weeks (absolutely no idea how you yanks cope with so few holiday allowances a year, I get 29 days + 8 bank holidays), fly it. See http://www.skyscanner.net, and search for flights with the budget airlines, then check http://www.expedia.co.uk to find the "flag carrier" airline options too. Watch the budget airline terms and conditions v carefully, especially printing out your own boarding pass, checkin closure times, and baggage dimensions and weights - all of which are enforced to the letter.
2) Your problem is getting from anywhere in Ireland to Capri or the Amalfi coast. The nearest airport is Naples, but this has no direct links to Ireland at time of writing. The easiest solution would be to fly to Rome, and then transit down from there. From Rome airports (any of em), take a train or bus to Rome Termini station, then change for another train there.
3) If you wanted to do Switzerland or Paris, no problem. Switzerland has a border with Italy. Avoid the cities and go for the Bernese Oberland or Valais regions, cos the mountains beat the hell out of the cities. For Paris, direct trains run To Zurich and Geneva or a sleeper train exists for various places in Italy (for example Rome). To be honest, from Italy I'd fly to Paris to save time. Paris needs 4-5 days; day trip options include treks to the d day beaches, versailles, mont St Michelle and others.
4) Don't forget to book an open jaw flight to Europe. There's no point returning to your point of arrival to fly home; that's a waste of time, effort and money, innit.
Sep 12, 2012 1:17 AM
3Fly into italy first? Fly into Ireland first?
That really doesn't matter. I would, however, strongly recommend you buy an open jaw ticket (i.e. into one airport and out of another), so you won't have to backtrack to where you started your trip.
Should we fly between countries, train it which could be really cool or ferry someone suggested as well
Obviously flying is the fastest and, most likely, cheapest option. But yes, you could get to Italy by ferry and train too, although it'll be a very long trip.
we are willing to swap out ireland for switzerland or paris if its an easier transition from one country to the other
All the places you mention are connected by flights, trains and sometimes buses. It's quicker to fly from Ireland to Italy than to take a train from Switzerland to the Amalfi coast, so in that sense transportation time isn't an issue. What matters most is what places appeal to you most. There's absolutely no reason to swap out Ireland for Switzerland because it takes too long to travel from there to Italy.
Sep 12, 2012 2:13 AM
going from Ireland to Italy is a piece of cake. Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair from From Dublin, Cork & Shannon to Milan, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Venice, Naples, Sicily. If you've some flexability on when you'd like to fly from Ireland to Italy then you will be able to get some very cheap flights (i recently booked return flights from Dub to sicily with Aer Lingus for €65)
I'd suggest flying into Shannon from the US as its on the West Coast of Ireland, rent a car there and travel around and book your onward flight into Italy from either Cork or Shannon.
Naples i presume is the nearest airport to the Amalfi Coast.
However, it will probably be cheaper to fly directly into Dublin & fly onwards into Italy from Dublin Also....in saying that Dublin to Galway (the city on the west coast) is now only about a 2 hour drive due to new motorway.
West coast of Ireland is beautiful, Galway is a great base to travel Connemara, Clifden, the cliffs of Mohar & the Burren.
head further south then to the Ring of Kerry & Dingle.
You might then want to give yourself a day or two in Dublin at the end of your trip to catch a return flight back to the US. If doing so I'd recommend staying in Malahide which is a lovely coastal village close to the airport and about 30 mins away from city centre via train.
Sep 12, 2012 2:58 AM
5I'd suggest flying into Shannon from the US as its on the West Coast of Ireland, rent a car there and travel around and book your onward flight into Italy from either Cork or Shannon
Good suggestion, but in that case I think you better go to Italy first; driving in Ireland is on the other side of the road from what you're used to in the US, standard rental cars come with manual transmission (stick shift) and you'll probably suffer from jet lag; not an ideal situation.
Dec 2, 2012 4:40 AM
6Hi, I too am attempting to plan a similar honeymoon, first to Ireland then to Italy in May. Does anyone have suggestions on finding the cheapest air fares? Everything I've found so far is a little more than I anticipated.
Dec 2, 2012 4:42 AM
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