Our European Honeymoon

THE BEST OF EUROPE + LONDON & PARIS

Hello!

WELCOME to our Rick Steves Best of Europe (BOE) in 14 Days Tour scrapbook! We are Rachel and Omar from Virginia. After being together for many years, we tied the knot in front of our friends and family. But as we were caught up in the not-so-small task of wedding planning, we wanted our honeymoon planning to be accomplished with a little less effort. Okay, a lot less effort. We knew we wanted to go to Europe. So, on the suggestion of the Best Man, who recommended Rick Steves (RS), we decided to spend our honeymoon in mid-May, touring Europe with 26 total strangers!

 

Why

Rick Steves?

WELL, for one, we really enjoy the site-seeing-picture-taking-in-a-place-we've-never-been type of vacation. Secondly, unlike Omar, who has already visited Italy and Spain, this would be my first trip to Europe. But we both wanted to see so much more.

 

We were particularly drawn to Rick’s 10 Commitments. In addition to visiting a lot of "bucket list" cities, they truly take care of practically everything: hotels, transportation, many of your meals, museum passes....of course, the knowledge and expertise of all of our guides. Plus, you have the freedom to spend time on your own as well as with the group.

 

So what's left to do? Arrange your flights; if you can swing it, plan extra time before or after the tour; and read up on the places you want to see when you're on your own.  Personally, I binge-watched a lot of videos from their website on Packing Light, different Destinations, European Travel Skills... They even have links on art history and cruising in Europe. The website is a gold mine of information. 

Our

Itinerary

Pre-Tour

  • London, 2 days

  • Paris - Versailles & Eiffel Tower, 1-1/2 days

Best of Europe Tour in 14 Days

  • Paris, Days 1-2

    • Welcome to Europe

    • Historic & Artistic Paris

  • Burgundy, Day 3

    • Beautiful Burgundy

  • Switzerland, Days 4-5

    • Scenic Drive to Switzerland

    • Hiking Day in the Swiss Alps

  • Germany, Days 6-7

    • To Bavaria and Munich

    • Munich & Dachau

  • Venice, Days 8-9

    • Over the Alps to Venice

    • Seductive Venice

  • Tuscany & Florence, Days 10-11

    • Timeless Tuscany

    • Renaissance Florence

  • Rome, Days 12-14

    • Capitoline Museum

    • A Walk Through Ancient Rome

    • Tour Over After Breakfast

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In our case, we spent a few days in London and France prior to the tour, so we planned those days ourselves. But I can't imagine planning a BOE trip completely on our own and getting a similar experience as enriching and frustration-free as we did.

Now spending your honeymoon with a tour group certainly isn't for everyone. For us, it was more of a vacay-moon. We had such a wonderful time, we wouldn't have had it any other way. We met an amazing group of people and had a lot of unique experiences that we'll never forget!

 

So please join us on our trip down memory lane. We hope that you find something informative or inspiring. And thank you for checking out our scrapbook!

 
 

©2017 by Rachel & Omar San Antonio.