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Old 07-11-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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My fiancee and I have decided that Honeymoon destinations we like are centered around Europe. We have just started narrowing down and have six places in mind:

Greece
Italy
Spain
Egypt
Turkey
France

We would ideally like to take a trip and somehow be able to enjoy 3 of this areas, as one area is less than we desire and 6 is 4+ is way too many for a 10-14 day trip. Any ideas or experiences to share?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Three is too many for a 14 day trip, let alone a ten day trip. Remember, you will lose two days if not three traveling back and forth.

If you've never been to Europe before, I'd suggest France and Italy or France and Spain. (Although Spain's current financial issues might make me prefer Italy).

Bring LOTS and LOTS of money.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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If you never been to Europe I would suggest Italy Spain. Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Terra
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Italy, Spain or France due to the issues there are currently in Europe. I live in Europe for 15 years and I would only personally recommend going to 1 country and maybe different cities within the country of your choice since you're only going for 14 days, or take a maybe cruise instead.
I would also recommend using an travel agency that specialists in honeymoons in Europe, it might cost a little more but they are the professionals.

No matter where you decided remember to visit the U.S. Department of State site for current country warnings.

Enjoy your honeymoon.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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My fiancee and I have decided that Honeymoon destinations we like are centered around Europe. We have just started narrowing down and have six places in mind:

Greece
Italy
Spain (Catalonia)
...France (SW... French Riviera to Spain)

We would ideally like to take a trip and somehow be able to enjoy 3 of this areas, as one area is less than we desire and 6 is 4+ is way too many for a 10-14 day trip. Any ideas or experiences to share?

Thanks in advance!
This is very doable, and a grand plan for 2 wk honeymoon (but consider making it 4 wks... you will have PLENTY of time to WORK later). Altho I much prefer and annual 4 wk honeymoon (the subsequent ones are better IMHO).

There are ways to do this quite inexpensively and FUN. Stay in nice places a couple days . week and ADVENTURE out to private pensions / backwoods B&B the rest of the time. (Forego the Hostels...) There are LOTS of nice rural CHEAP places that are quite romantic.

Good memories
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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From a cost perspective Greece and Turkey will be quite a lot cheaper than France, Italy and Spain (personally, I would avoid Egypt until the political situation has settled down.

Athens and Istanbul are worth 3 days each and then you have the Greek islands for the beach and party experience. Plenty to see in Turkey too if you are interested in sites like Troy or Ephesus.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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All good ideas, but what time of year, this year?, and what do you and your wife like to do?
GL, mD
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon!

My wife and I have been to Europe every year for the last decade, and have visited all the places on your list.

Remember, you don't have to go to all the places at one time. You can always return to a different area on a new trip in the future. That's what we do. We visit one big city for a week, and then take day trips outside that area to go exploring.

From your list - here are my favorites in order (with come comments)

France - Paris is our favorite city in the work! So much to see and do! Picnics at the Eiffel Tower. Seeing the Mona Lisa, just walking through the streets at night is so Romantic! This would be my first stop. Of all the cities on your list, this is also the easiest transition away from American culture. You can find McDonalds, and other American style things if you need them.

Italy - My #2. So much GREAT food. Everywhere! And so much history, fashion, and incredible shopping. But the people can be a bit closed to tourists, and not as many people know English. Amazing Art!

Spain - More great food, and friendly people everywhere. The art isn't as good as in France and Italy, but you can find a party to go to every night if you want.

Greece - Things happen at a different pace in Greece. Very Slowly. It can be hard to get around as the signs and alphabet is in Cyrilic. Relaxing beaches, and old ruins, make Greece fun.

Egypt - Very hard to break the language barrier - Some places in Egypt are very dirty. Right now with the elections, I'd be hesitant to visit. The pyramids are worth it though.


Finally, If this is your first time outside the US, I'd suggest taking a tour with a small group of 20-40 people. You can contact me directly if you need names of tour groups. I say this because you will have friends on the tour you can do things with, and the guides will help you maximize your time effectively.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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I would do Barcelona to the French Riviera (Nice, Canes) then on to Florence.

For a really romantic setting make your way up to the Lake region (Lake Como) of Italy

OR

Since its your first time in Europe I would do either Italy or Spain. Start in Rome and then branch out from there to explore the different regions.

Or if Spain, start in Madrid and explore the country with day trips to Seville and Cordova then head to Barcelona by train and explore the Catalonia region perhaps crossing into France OR start from Madrid and do Toledo, Cordova, Seville, Granada, down to the Costa del Sol to Gibraltar and then cross over by ferry to Morocco.

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Old 07-13-2012, 10:11 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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the signs and alphabet is in Cyrilic.
Cyrillic ? Not the Greek alphabet ?
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