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Old 02-12-2019, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC
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Hello! We are looking at taking our honeymoon in Europe. We have not firmly decided on specifically where but I would say that Paris, London and Amsterdam are on the list, in order of importance, but we are not limited strictly to those cities.

I've looked up some tour packages and it seems you're on the go every minute of the day. The alternative is doing everything myself but I'm afraid that I'll miss some sort of excursion or local knowledge that would make a tourist stop desirable or undesirable. I'm wondering if there's something in between where we can do our own thing for a few days and then perhaps take an excursion every other day. Is there a recommended travel website out there?

I did attempt a google search but may not be using the right terminology since most of the returns were blogs. I'm looking more for a loose itinerary that I can fill in the blanks on.

Am I asking too much or is there some other resource that I need to be seeking out? I've never used a travel agent before, is this something they would be well versed in?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:34 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Google:

"Top attractions in _______"

"Lesser known things to do in _______"

This will give you enough things to see and do for multiple trips.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:37 PM
 
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Hello! We are looking at taking our honeymoon in Europe. We have not firmly decided on specifically where but I would say that Paris, London and Amsterdam are on the list, in order of importance, but we are not limited strictly to those cities.

I've looked up some tour packages and it seems you're on the go every minute of the day. The alternative is doing everything myself but I'm afraid that I'll miss some sort of excursion or local knowledge that would make a tourist stop desirable or undesirable. I'm wondering if there's something in between where we can do our own thing for a few days and then perhaps take an excursion every other day. Is there a recommended travel website out there?

I did attempt a google search but may not be using the right terminology since most of the returns were blogs. I'm looking more for a loose itinerary that I can fill in the blanks on.

Am I asking too much or is there some other resource that I need to be seeking out? I've never used a travel agent before, is this something they would be well versed in?

Thanks in advance!
Set up a DIY trip, but book excursions in each city.

europeandestinations.com has some very cheap and very good vacations that you can book online.

You can book the excursions in each city in advance or wait until you get there. If you want specific advice on what to see in each city just ask for it.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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No, the alternative is to determine which ONE or TWO cites you will visit, arrange your lodging and take day tours from there. You will enjoy a guided day tour much more than you will enjoy bumbling around on your own.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Work with a travel agent. But not a tour.

DON'T do a tour on your honeymoon....

NO TIME AWAY FROM OTHERS ON THE TRIP. And yes, they have most every hour scheduled down to the minute. No time left for spur of the moment ideas....or fun. Plus you never know what type of people you might get stuck with...
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:20 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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How long?
What season?
Budget?
Interests?

Type of traveler?
(Lonely Planet, Rick Steves, 5* hotels, bus, train, barge, plane?...)

You have cities on your list, but I normally do countryside and only weekends in cities. (type of interests?)

We have done Self travel Europe since 1970's ~ every few yrs for 1 - 6 months each trip.

Have seen a LOT (seldom stay in hotels <10% of the time). prefer to be engaged / learn / experience / dine... with the locals.
https://wikitravel.org/en/Hospitality_exchange
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:06 PM
 
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I've been traveling in Europe on my own since my first trip in 1977- yeah, before the Internet, before ATMs, when you had to exchange money or Travelers' checks at a bank... it's SO much easier now and I don't recommend a tour. You probably don't need a travel agent, either- there are so many resources on the Web.

My strategy: nail down the important stuff like plane flights and lodging early. I'm becoming a fan of Airbnb but read the listings and reviews carefully. My last place, in Edinburgh, was exactly as described but had NOTHING extra. No wastebaskets (take out your own trash), no microwave, only a couple of free electrical outlets, a TV but no paid programming (I used my Netflix account). The price was right and it was clean and in a good location but it was a bit spartan.

Then have a list, mental or written, of things you want to do in each city. Be flexible. Raining? Museum day. Interesting brochure or poster about something you hadn't considered? Do it. You may want to reserve a few things in advance; apparently it's a lot faster getting into the Louvre if you reserve on-line and some very small group adventures are best reserved ahead of time. Examples in my case: an expedition down into a dormant volcano in Iceland, kayaking around the Dubrovnik city walls, a day trip from Iceland to Greenland.

I did a group tour of India and Nepal last year and was very impressed but yes, there were some ridiculously early AM departures and more structure than I was used to. I prefer to do places like Europe on my own.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Hello! We are looking at taking our honeymoon in Europe. We have not firmly decided on specifically where but I would say that Paris, London and Amsterdam are on the list, in order of importance, but we are not limited strictly to those cities.

I've looked up some tour packages and it seems you're on the go every minute of the day. The alternative is doing everything myself but I'm afraid that I'll miss some sort of excursion or local knowledge that would make a tourist stop desirable or undesirable. I'm wondering if there's something in between where we can do our own thing for a few days and then perhaps take an excursion every other day. Is there a recommended travel website out there?

I did attempt a google search but may not be using the right terminology since most of the returns were blogs. I'm looking more for a loose itinerary that I can fill in the blanks on.

Am I asking too much or is there some other resource that I need to be seeking out? I've never used a travel agent before, is this something they would be well versed in?

Thanks in advance!


In terms of Europe, the cities you mention are not massively apart and there is plenty of opprtunity to visit other cities.

You can either use Eurostar or budget airlines, as both are reasonable priced. If you just plan to stay in Central Europe then just use the train, however if you want to fo go to Southern, Northern ot Eastern Europe then use one of the many low cost airlines.

In terms of Eurostar, they pretty much cover the cities you mention as well as many more.

European City Breaks | Weekend Breaks to Europe | Eurostar

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Old 02-12-2019, 03:45 PM
 
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In terms of Europe, the cities you mention are not massively apart and there is plenty of opportunity to visit other cities.

You can either use Eurostar or budget airlines, as both are reasonably priced.
DH and I vastly preferred the train system; there's always extra time and expense getting in between the airport and the city center and most train stations are right in the city center. And, while there's some security at some train stations, it's typically a walk through a metal detector and separate scanning of your luggage but NOTHING like the TSA lines. Far faster and more efficient.

If you do take a budget airline, be aware that some don't use the main airports and instead use one in a remote suburb.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:34 PM
 
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You just need to book plane tickets into one city, out of another, then decide where you want to see in between and how you'll get there (train is easier between cities, renting a car if often better if you want to see smaller areas).

You don't need a travel agent and you definitely don't need a tour, but you do need to do some reading and research and see what YOU think is "desirable or undesirable". Then you can either book it from here or often, even have your hotel do it.

You picked these cities, what about them attracted you? How long do you have, and do you only want urban areas or outside of cities too?
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