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Old 09-03-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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I am planning to take my future wife on our honeymoon in Europe. We have never been and have London-Paris-Rome as our top destinations. We only have 11-12 days max including flight durations. I have been researching various travel packages that include tour guides in the ballpark of $2000-3000 per person.

Does anyone have any recommendations as to which companies to go with? There are hundreds of listings on Google, but they all appear to be the same trip. It looks like 9 nights in a hotel and only breakfast included most days.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:53 AM
 
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Look up Go Ahead Tours. They have a London-Paris-Rome trip for roughly $2500 per person. But that includes airfare, hotel, breakfast and a few dinners. They have optional excursions, it's flexible in the sense that you can either have your hand held throughout the trip or you can do things on your own. They usually have the sightseeing tour in each city. I did a lot of homework on them when I booked a trip with them, their hotel choices seem to be solid and they generally have very good reviews. I know some people here frown upon tours, but it's your honeymoon and while planning your own trip would be fun, it takes a lot of the stress out of it when the majority of the trip has already been laid out for you.

Edit: The London/Paris/Rome trip is 11 days so it meets your criteria. They also do payment plans so if your honeymoon is next year, you can book now and make payments every month.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:23 AM
 
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Here's another site to try. www.europeandestinations.com These are bare bones trips that only include hotel, airfare, and sometimes transfers from the airport to your hotel. However, they are among the cheapest prices that I have found. You can also use the website to customize the exact trip that you want.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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That's a really easy trip to do without the extra costs of a package: Fly to London, take the Eurostar train to Paris, fly to Rome and fly home from there (or vice versa).
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:59 AM
 
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That's a really easy trip to do without the extra costs of a package: Fly to London, take the Eurostar train to Paris, fly to Rome and fly home from there (or vice versa).
Judging by his name, he could be from Florida. So say he has to go to Miami to take a trip to London. I picked a date in mid-May, $930 per person. I picked a date in early March and it's $512 per person. Let's meet in the middle and do $600 per person.

Transportation:
Miami to London - $1200
Paris to Rome - $400 (approximate)
Train to Paris - $200 (approximate)

So about $1800 in transportation costs alone. This doesn't include hotel, and since it's their honeymoon, one would think he's not going to pick a hotel 30-40 minutes outside the city.

Hotels:

Let's go with $150 a night for 3 nights in London, Paris, and Rome. That's another $1350 in hotels. Could be cheaper, could be more expensive. I did a search for 3 star hotels in centrally located areas.

He's up to 3K w/out food. Let's go $50 per person per day for 11 days. That's about $1100 added onto the 3K.

He might save a few hundred bucks if he planned it on his own but with a package, your travel to and from and in between is taken care of which is a huge burden off his shoulders. It really depends on the person and since this is his first trip and a honeymoon, he probably doesn't want the added stress of having to plan everything. I know I wouldn't. And if the trip is a success, he has the added benefit of planning something later on life now that he has the experience of traveling there.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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Using early May for sample dates, (summer season pricing seems to hit with after May 15 departures) and flying out of Ft. Lauderdale:

FLL-London- $1029
London-Paris- $87 for a one way ticket on Air France
Paris-Rome- $71 for a one way ticket on easyjet (just watch for checked bag fees there)

So $1187 for air transport- intra-Europe fares can be quite reasonable on routes with a lot of LCCs.

You can bring hotel costs down by doing London on the weekend and Paris mid-week. (I'm not sure about Rome.)
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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Booking a series of one way tickets makes no sense financially, obviously. That's why you book an open jaw ticket, not a series of one way flights and take the Eurostar between London and Paris (which is under $100). It's much cheaper that way. I only recommend budget European airlines (like easyjet) if you have very little baggage--the baggage fees generally bring up the fare to that of a major airline.

I don't find trip planning stressful (the opposite, I enjoy planning what I will see and do and eat and explore), so I just wanted to point out a fairly easy option for this sort of trip. If one prefers to eat/see/do where told, that's another story. And I don't mean that in a sarcastic way, either--I've spent a few days doing smaller guided tours (in the context of a larger trip) in both Southeast Asia and Africa, and I'm sure there are plenty of other travelers who would never abide that.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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You can bring hotel costs down by doing London on the weekend and Paris mid-week. (I'm not sure about Rome.)
Never thought of it. Though judging by Google, hotels are currently most expensive on Saturdays and cheapest on Sundays in London, cheapest on weekends in Paris and prices are more or less equal in Rome:
https://www.google.fr/hotels/#search...=95c9bb41;av=r
https://www.google.fr/hotels/#search...=95c9bb41;av=r
https://www.google.fr/hotels/#search...=95c9bb41;av=r

But it might vary by season.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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When I was planning for May 2014, London weekends were pretty consistently cheaper as was Paris midweek. thing is to play around with sample dates because you can get 50+ euro variations in the same hotel based on date within the week

Note that if you do end up planning the trip yourself, you'll typically save about $100 if you go USA-London Heathrow (assorted internal European travel) then Rome-USA instead of saving London for last because the London airports charge moderate fees for transatlantic arrivals, but a pretty huge tax on transatlantic departures. (intra-Europe departure tax from London is pretty negligible)
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Paris
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May is a special month here, with a lot of holidays. People tend to take weekend trips more than at any other time of the year. Maybe that's why it differs from September 2014 for Paris.
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