What is the "Ideal Honeymoon?" So you are planning your honeymoon -- Congratulations! The honeymoon is an important part of the wedding experience. A much-needed break after months of exciting and often exhausting wedding planning! Most people grow up with a preconceived notion of what an ideal honeymoon should involve. However, a bride's idea of tropical paradise and a groom's idea of a ski resort might have some areas of conflict. Paradise Comes in Many Forms: Different Types of Honeymoons When it comes to honeymoon planning, most couples try to select the destination first, while travel agents often suggest a more productive way to begin. Unless your dream destination has already been set in stone, first decide what type of vacation you want. Then you can narrow down your list of destinations accordingly. Resorts are very popular honeymoon destinations. They transport you into another world, for a wonderful escape from the daily grind of everyday life. They are often set in the most picturesque and beautiful places in the world, including pools, private beaches and golf courses. There are wonderful restaurants and relaxing spas for you both to experience. All-inclusive resorts streamline the enjoyment process by including everything. Your room, transfers, recreational facilities, meals and drinks are included in the one price. Without the worries of wondering how much everything little thing will cost, you are free to live the high life experiencing everything you want as often as you want it. If an all-inclusive resort sounds tempting but too stationary, consider taking a cruise. Cruises are often floating resorts, which take you away to one exotic port after another. Whether you want a cultural cruise to the Caribbean region, or a wildlife adventure up the Alaskan coast, your travel agent will match you and your partner to the perfect honeymoon experience! Plan your honeymoon together This is the trip you want to be "just right"! This is the holiday of your life as you start out being husband and wife. Whether the two of you have differing views of your dream honeymoon, or share a vision of the perfect romantic getaway, you've got many choices. Depending on your budget and time constraints, you've got a whole world of choices ahead of you. It's time to start making those decisions! Communication and compromise are needed with the goal to make your honeymoon romantic, memorable and stress-free. Here are some questions to consider as soon as talk of your honeymoon begins. What is most important? Suntan lotion, sand and surf, or the privacy and seclusion a mountain retreat? Are you looking to experience new cultures in distant lands, or do you just want to get away from it all? Would you prefer to travel in your local area? Or would you prefer to travel to an international location? Do you want to spend more on the wedding or the honeymoon? Stay in a resort or a do-it-yourself location? No trip can ever be one hundred percent perfect! Unexpected discoveries and last-minute plan changes can be part of the fun of travel. However, some surprises are definitely best avoided. Such as the hotel room, that echoes with the sound of the disco next door. The Bed and Breakfast with a shared bath and you need to use it at the same time. Or even, that gorgeous ocean liner that has everything, you discover has twin beds. Please remember to focus on each other during your honeymoon. You can always opt for a honeymoon that's close to home. Book an intimate inn or quaint Bed and Breakfast. You can spend more time at the destination and less time traveling. Leaving more time for each other! Plan your honeymoon wisely With so many different places to visit and see, the world and what it has to offer, why not plan an unforgettable trip? To a destination you may other wise never get to see or experience when planning your honeymoon. There are so many beautiful parts to this world of ours. Far too many to list, they say two heads are better then one, so if you both add your idea's you are bound to come up with something or somewhere exciting to see and do on your honeymoon. Australia is a wonderful travel destination! With so much to do and see! From the vast outback, to the beaches and in between, make the most of your honeymoon. After all, most of us only get to experience one honeymoon in our life time. But then there is no reason why you can not take more than one honeymoon in your married life. Some call it a second honeymoon. A holiday is almost as good as any honeymoon. It is what you make of the trips unique experiences. How you go about it life's little adventures. Whether you're into the 'norm' or out their on your own on destinations, make the most of your honeymoon. Travel agencies can help you in planning your honeymoon. If you get in early enough and find what you are looking for, then you can save for that special event experience together. Do not waste a minute! Time is so important. Not just on planning your honeymoon. You don't want to miss out, especially if you decide on popular areas. There are off-peak and peak times. Each is different with the amount of people visiting. Welcome to the world of married folks! May your life together be prosperous, loving and a life time of wealth. Congratulations on choosing to share your life together. Make your honeymoon time count! What a wonderful service your wedding was, and congratulations on your coming together as husband and wife. Now that all that is out of the way, you have the time to save for your honeymoon. Where you would like to take it is totally up to you. Beyond the wide blue yonder is a wealth of adventure just waiting for you to discover. Life throws many challenges our way, and it is up to us as individuals, how we cope with our day to day life on this earth. Making the most of any situation that comes our way. So to end your special wedding service, cap it off with the best honeymoon your money can buy. That does not have to mean that you put yourself into debt, ending your special day with stress and worries you can well do without. We all have our own expectations. It is compromising and knowing how far to go to get what we want that is the important thing when it comes to arranging your honeymoon. So start early with the preparations! Check out travel brochures and videos that most good travel agents have. Search magazines as sometimes ads are placed in them. Also ask your friends and family to help out too. Instead of presents ask to be given money. It will come in handy towards your honeymoon. Honeymoon Registries are often available from Travel Agents. How can you go wrong with money? We all need it, we can all do with it and it is surprising what we can benefit from it. So what ever you plan to do on you're honeymoon, make the most of your current situation. Arrange to your own ability, and more importantly enjoy you're time spent together. After all you only get the one honeymoon! Make your honeymoon unique! So your big day is not far off now and you are still behind on where to go for your honeymoon. Have you called in to visit your local travel agent? They have many unique and exciting destinations to suit anyone and any budget. If traveling abroad does not take your fancy, what about looking in your own back yard or so too speak. A honeymoon does not have to be fancy, or have a fortune spent on it. Often after the wedding, there is not much left over to spend on an expensive honeymoon. You can even take it at a later date. There is no written word that says now that you're married, you must take your honeymoon here and now. You could spend it doing what ever you're heart desires as it only counts for you and your other half. It all comes down to where you want to be, or how you want to spend you're Honeymoon. You may be happy to break your honeymoon into three or four weekends throughout a year. Or, perhaps, you will wait until your first anniversary and then take that much needed late honeymoon. So instead of listening to you're friends rave on about how much theirs cost, and set them back, take a leaf out of your own book, doing what you and you're future partner want to do. If finances are a little tight, enjoy your honeymoon at time where you both can afford it. You do not have to put yourselves into debt, when you are just starting out on a new adventure of a life time together. Your honeymoon should be stress free. A lovely setting for two! Just you and that one person that makes your heart swell every time they walk into the room. Whatever you do, choose enjoy your honeymoon and you r precious time together. Make your memories count Honeymoons are a time to remember! Memories are created that last a lifetime and can be cherished by the entire family. Listen to older people, such as the grandparents and see what they have to say on their honeymoon. Some of the stories are quite exciting and humorous. Your honeymoon will be unique no matter where you both go. Only the two of you will be actively participating unless you have children. Taking children on your honeymoon, does sound a bit unusual and is actually quite common. Blended families often use this time to get together and help create new bonds between the members of the family. This is a time of celebration, where the parents coming together have formed a new extended family. The children now have step brothers or sisters to play with plus a new step mom or step dad. Along with the extended family come other family members, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. A lot of families will go to resorts that cater for families with activities and accommodation to suit everyone. There is everything from bed and breakfasts, farm stays, caravan park resorts to the up market resorts. Anything is possible; it depends on the financial planning for how long you will be able to get away. Here in Australia families often go camping in the warmer months. There are some spectacular National Parks and places to visit that do not cost much and make the honeymoon more enjoyable for everyone. Remember to pack your clothes, plus the tent and the cooking accessories (unless you will be eating takeaway), the first aid kit and the sleeping bags. Please be careful and respect the creatures of the outdoor regions. Some bite and are not as nice as they look. Take the insect repellant as this is very important -- mosquitoes bite and can make you sick plus very itchy! Above all enjoy your family honeymoon and make it a time for everyone to remember! Questions you can ask Honeymoons are supposed to be the most magical and memorable times in your life, other than your wedding day. Now is the time to relax, unwind and enjoy each others company. No matter where you both choose to go for this period, you will have many memories to remember and cherish. Everyone has a unique style they prefer for their honeymoon. Some couples prefer the adventures of another country. During the planning, it is wise to have a budget. This way a savings plan can help make your time away more enjoyable. When you come home, there will be less debt to pay if you had to borrow money for your wedding or honeymoon. You hear of the all-inclusive resort where the one price caters for everything. Many couples seem to prefer the convenience of an all-inclusive resort; one package price pays for items usually ranging from tips and transfers to drinks, meals, and activities. All-inclusives are a great option for honeymooners lucky enough to be receiving the trip as a gift. For other couples, though, all-inclusives are not such a good option because they are aimed at travelers who plan to spend most of their time on the resort property and take most of their meals right at the resort. If you are considering staying at an all inclusive resort here are some points to consider. * What is your tipping policy? Some all-inclusives prohibit tipping; check with yours. * Are airport transfers included? Airport transfers can be a pricey item in some destinations; know if you should expect to be picked up at the airport. * Is wine served with dinner? * How many restaurants are on site? * What cuisines do they serve? * Is there waiting service or are all meals served buffet style? * Is room service available? * What sports are included? Some ideas to consider for your honeymoon Your "honeymoon" -- the very word rings with the promise of romance and passion. Although the two of you may have taken many trips together, throughout your relationship, no other journey will quite be the same. This is your first trip and vacation as husband and wife. This is the trip you want to be "just right"! The best hotel room for your special time alone! Trouble-free transportation, things to do and romance. Romantic surroundings and time to spend together for those cherished memories. No trip can ever be 100% perfect! There will always be unexpected discoveries with last-minute plan changes being part of the fun of travel. However, there are some surprises that can be done without -- the hotel room that shakes from the sound of the disco next door. The Bed and Breakfast with a shared bath and you discover that you both want to use it at the same time! The wonderful cruise that looked perfect. Fine dining and extreme romance until you get to the cabin to discover twin beds. These types of mishaps are best avoided! There are many thousands if ideas and options when it comes to planning your honeymoon. Take the time to do you research thoroughly. Ask your friends and colleagues what they think of a certain destination. Get a travel consultant to help you or read on forums in the internet on places that interest you. Make sure you plan something that suits you -- not just because it is the best deal your money can buy. This is a special time in your life which will never be repeated! So much time and effort has gone into your wedding. Even if you had a quick wedding in an outdoor setting, you eloped or had a church setting. You both deserve to be treated special as this time together is the beginning of the rest of your life as husband and wife. Savings Tips for Your Honeymoon Are you worried about how much your honeymoon will cost? Take it one day at a time like any other project. Here are some ideas to consider that may help you save money for your special time. Decide how much you can afford to spend on your honeymoon. Setting up a budget is not as hard as it sounds. Once you know the overall cost of the big day and your honeymoon, including travel, it is possible to get a good head start on savings. Once you know the full amount of money needed to cover total costs, see how many months are left to go before your wedding. Divide the amount needed by the number of months left, as this will give you a number to aim at saving every month. Whenever possible in international destinations always use credit cards. Credit card companies shop for the best currency exchange rates and can save you money. Let the accommodation people know you are on holiday. Often they may throw in a complimentary bottle of champagne or a basket of fruit. Don't forget hidden costs like airport taxes, tips, taxi rides, and departure taxes Shop around for currency exchange rates in foreign countries. Hotels often offer poor exchange rates. Also, check into the exchange fees. Get enough money to last several days. Visit a local market and pick up food for a picnic lunch. The meal is good and the cost easy on the budget. Look for specials of the day in different places to save money as well. Consider eating at local eateries away from the main tourist scene. Budget your meal money. Consider splurging on one extravagant meal, then cutting costs for other meals. Don't forget that the best things in life are free! Like a walk and a kiss on a moonlit beach. Love, romance and those lingering looks. Love, romance and lingering looks! That sudden knowledge, that the one person who has been under our noses all these years, and at some point in time, has also been a thorn in our sides. Somehow they have managed to be there for us, in one way or another. Continuing to be there to this very day, is that one person, if taken from us we would miss whole heartily. It is the one person who makes your heart flutter when he or she enters a room. That is like being hit by a bolt of lightening, the thought comes too you that this person and you were meant to be. Be as one, a pair, one of two halves. Life would seem so endless if you were not together to share life's experiences good and bad. It has taken you both so long to finely find each other. Even though you both have been right there, under each others noses, and in each others lives. You have set the date for you're big day, the plans are in the making, and all seems to be going well... have you missed something? So what about the honeymoon? Ok so you think you have twelve months to decide and settle on a destination. Maybe so, plans have to be made for your honeymoon as well, and what better time then the present to sit down together and make those plans. Do not forget to consider that just because your plans have been made, does not mean that everything will always run smoothly. Disruptions happen all the time to all of us. In some cases plans will have to be changed due to one thing or another. So is often a good idea to always have a back up plan in place just in case the first one does not work out. The All-Inclusive Honeymoon Whatever you are looking for in the way of accommodations from high-rise hotel, o bed-and-breakfast or private villas, you will find exciting honeymoon accommodations. Prices vary as much as the unique accommodations available to you. Everything from budget motel to the most luxurious settings is possible. Unlike a property on a traditional vacation or a business trip, your honeymoon accommodations become a home away from home. For many people, all-inclusive resorts are a blessing come true. Gradually becoming more popular throughout the world, the "one price pays all" policy makes the all inclusive trip a bonus. No matter who is buying the honeymoon, the price includes such things as transfers, meals, drinks, water-sports and more activities. This means that you're free to try anything you like without blowing your future vacation budget. Ever been curious about windsurfing? Take a lesson. You're free to try it all. An all-inclusive is just right for you. Perhaps the two of you want to try it all: scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, golf, or tennis. An all-inclusive is just the ticket for you as well. The one-price-pays-all policy will be a better deal than paying for individual lessons. You'll know how much to put aside for the entire vacation before you ever buy your ticket. Once you arrive, feel free to live like a king and never have to count how much money's left or how high the tally's going on your credit card. If the two of you are using your honeymoon to blend a new family, you'll find that you can still have a romantic trip with kids along thanks to all-inclusive resorts with children's programs. The kids will have fun doing age-appropriate activities, making new friends, and learning about a new culture, while the two of you enjoy the start of your life together. Treasure your time together. Congratulations! Now you are getting married and are about to embark on your honeymoon! What do you do and where can we go? If the idea of lying on a beach sounds about as exciting as a nap shift into another mode of thought and take an adventure vacation. This is especially useful if you and your fiancŽ share a kindred spirit for outdoor exploration. Whether it's white-water rafting in Australia, hiking through Tibet or taking an African safari, sharing the experience will become a vital bond between you forever! Historical and cultural trips are fascinating and romantic ways to reconnect with the past. Visit a famous European city such as Paris, London, Rome or somewhere else you would live to visit. Experience the culture! Soak in the sights and experience their way of life. Discover the fascinating history of the old world country from which your family originated. The unique perspective you will gain can become a focus point for your family tree. An excellent travel agent can save you money and time -- two important facts for a couple planning a wedding and a honeymoon simultaneously. Through experience and valuable resources, travel agents specialize in providing personalized suggestions to suit your interests and your budget. And visiting their office for a chat is absolutely free! Would you try and bake your wedding cake yourself or ask a professional for help? For stress-free travel plans -- especially those with multiple steps like a honeymoon -- seek out the expert advice of a travel agent. Make time for yourselves. Pad your honeymoon schedule with generous amounts of free time. Plan a few enjoyable activities and leave lots of opportunities to just relax and enjoy each other's company. No matter what you decide to do, make sure this honeymoon is something both of you can treasure for years to come! How will you spend your honeymoon? It's time to plan your honeymoon. So where to go and what to do for your special time? Depending on you're financial situation the possibilities can be amazing! You don't even have to leave the state or country you live in. It all depends on what you have in mind to where or how you spend your honeymoon. The list is endless so choose wisely and enjoy your time together! A nice quiet motel or cabin out in the wilderness, watching the moon shimmer across the evening sky, ablaze with thousands of twinkling stars. Or go sight seeing in Paris while enjoying that romantic spa bath together with rose petal and a glass or two of champagne. Your honeymoon will be special, no matter how you decide on spending your time together. After all it is what you have both planned and saved for, so kick back and relax and enjoy your honeymoon. Whether it be just taking time off work to spend a few lazy days just hanging out together. Or planning to visit some place, you both have decided on seeing -- something unique for you to remember. The Honeymoon is up to you both to decide on, what may not appeal to some does not mean that it will not appeal to the both of you. Enjoy the time spent together as husband and wife and do not listen to criticism of others. After all, this special time in your life is for you to decide upon. Your honeymoon will be special no matter how you decide on spending your time together, after all it is what you have both planned and saved for, so kick back and relax and enjoy your honeymoon. Don't forget to pack your camera, to capture all those special unforgettable moments. Life begins for you both after you say "I Do". So make the very best of your honeymoon. time together. How about a second honeymoon? Have you ever thought about exchanging your vows for a second time? You have a ceremony and a new honeymoon to plan. This time round you can have a different theme, look and honeymoon. What you do is entirely up to your selves and can be exciting in all the stages of planning. The first wedding saw you both making plans together, each choosing something different to experience, on you're special coming together as husband and wife. You will both take every step of you're life together, from this day on; the memories of you're honeymoon and the adventures you both contributed together. How special these memories are as no one can erase them and the wonderful pictures you captured on film to show both families will be a reminder for many years to come. So now that you have aged just a little, and the grandkids are planning their very own special honeymoon, you still have your memories to share and photographs to complement them. Is it any wonder that you're family want to hear all about it yet again? With the wedding vows in place a second time round and you're family wishing you the best, as you head out on yet another adventure, to recapture the thrill and excitement of yester year, do not forget that things change. With your little patch of paradise, is it the same? Or is it like everything else, or yet again entirely different? Take your time the second time around. Please don't forget to try and capture your memories on film. Take as many pictures as you want, and most of all enjoy and fill your second honeymoon with as much or as little as you choose. After all it is not everyday that we can recapture and spend what had once been the beginning of our wonderful life together. Seeking a Bed and Breakfast? Honeymoons are magical and special moments in your new life as man and wide! If you are seeking peace and quiet, then why not consider staying at a bed and breakfast? These are often secluded and quiet places where the two of you can relax and enjoy each others company to the fullest. A bed and breakfast inn can make the two of you feel special and before you go and book, why not ask some questions. Do they have a honeymoon package? What features can they offer to make your honeymoon better than someone else? What facilities can they offer -- horse riding, bike riding? Do the innkeepers reside in the house? Some Bed and Breakfasts operate as guesthouses; while management might be on property during the day, at night it's just guests on the grounds. At other properties, you'll find the owner or manager living right in the house. The atmosphere in these two situations is usually very different. An on-site manager and owner usually make the property far more like home, enabling the guests to interact more. Are the innkeepers professional innkeepers or is the property managed by the owners? The term "B&B" can mean many things: a home with extra bedrooms rented to guests, a small inn, a property with multiple guest rooms and professional hosts. You will find that the atmosphere is very different from property to property. You will also hear the term "country inn" or "small inn" used frequently; this often means a Bed and Breakfast that has a small restaurant on site. Here are some more questions to consider asking before you decide which Bed and Breakfast to stay at for your honeymoon. * Do all rooms have private baths? * Is smoking allowed indoors? Many Bed and Breakfasts are non-smoking; if this is a concern, ask. You'll find some Bed and Bs that prohibit smoking outdoors while on property as well. * Do you have private two-person tables if we want breakfast alone? * How many guest rooms does the property have? * Is breakfast served at one time or as guests arrive? At some Bed and Breakfasts, breakfast is served at a set hour. If you sleep late, you may lose when it comes to the morning meal at some properties. If the two of you plan to sleep in (or if you're early birds), check on this policy. * Do you really want to start your morning with a family-sized table of fellow travelers? Sometimes this can be a fun situation plus a great way to get to hear the impressions of your fellow travelers about a destination. At other times, "you want to be alone." * What amenities does the Bed and Breakfast offer? * Do they accept credit cards? If so, do they accept your type of account? * What is the deposit for a room? * Is there a non-refundable deposit? If so, how much is non-refundable? * Is there a minimum stay? Is there a minimum stay for Friday or Saturday nights? * Do you have a honeymoon suite? Is it any extra and if so how much? * Are there any pets in the house? If either of you suffers from allergies, this can be an important consideration. * Are children permitted? If you have children then this is important as some Bed and Breakfasts only cater for couples. * What is your cancellation policy? * What is your most private room? * Is liquor permitted on site? Remember, some Bed and Breakfasts are private homes so some do not permit liquor on the property. * Is our room air conditioned? If not, then so you have ceiling fans? * Does our room have a private entrance? * What type of car parking is available -- undercover or in the open? A Honeymoon Registry -- what is it? What is a Honeymoon Registry? Going through the internet and looking up ideas, I came across this intriguing concept. There are more couples getting married after they have lived on their own and are established in apartments or homes. They are often well set up and have many of the traditional wedding gifts such as pots, cutlery, pans, toasters and dishes. Thus the nature of bridal registry has been changing. One offspring solution to this problem is a "Honeymoon Registry". A Honeymoon Registry Services offers a solution for these couples, their friends and family, who still want to buy them meaningful wedding gifts. This is done through a three-step process whereby it is possible to buy parts of the honeymoon as wedding gifts. First, make contact with your travel agent for assistance in planning your honeymoon. Your travel agent can then suggest different honeymoon destinations and put together packages tailored to your interests. Step two -- your travel agent will then put you in touch with a honeymoon registry service, to finalize your chosen honeymoon activities. Then they set up a registry so that wedding guests can help pay for your dream honeymoon. The honeymoon registry service should be able to make suggestions on possible honeymoon activities. Step three -- after a couples' honeymoon has been planned, the honeymoon registry service can take those plans and put them into a registry list. Instead of the list containing household items, it contains pieces of a couples' honeymoon. Friends and family can help the couple pay for airfare and resort accommodations, and buy romantic gifts, such as a candlelit dinner. The items on honeymoon registry lists can include activities or "extras" that the couple would like to do on their honeymoon. Honeymoon registries are a new way of helping the couple, begin their life together. Dishes, toasters and china may break or get old, but a honeymoon gift will always be a memory of a special time in their lives. Your All Expenses Paid Honeymoon. Here it is your honeymoon -- brought and paid for by your parents! No one has told you where you are going. All you know is your passport is up to date, the bags are packed and you are with the most important person in your life. Love is in the air; romance is all around you! The sun is shining and the day is perfect. Your honeymoon preparations are now done, being carried out on time and you can now continue your married life alone. Your honeymoon is paid for everything that needs to be taken care of before you head out is done. Now you can both relax in deep cushions of the hired car, you are now on your way. As the hire car pulls away from the wedding reception. You feel wonderful and excited. With the plans that have been made for you, life is perfect as you both drive off into the sunset. While you are wondering where you may be going, you know that no matter where it is, you will love it. As you are spending it with that one person who makes you're life complete. All expenses paid honeymoon with not a care in the world! All the time you both need to relax and enjoy each other, for the first time since announcing you're plans to wed. What could be better, and with perfect weather conditions ahead of you, the beginning of you're lives have has started out without a hiccup. However did you remember to pack everything you will need, like the camera to record your honeymoon, film, batteries, sunscreen, what about you're special clothes? So wherever you end up on your honeymoon, remember to enjoy yourselves. Take care of each other and have a fantastic time, because life begins today. It only gets better from here on in. Congratulations to the both of you. Don't be afraid to ask for help! When love blossoms into more, and you take that huge step towards marriage, there are so many possibilities! Arrangements have to be made for the special wedding day and also the much anticipated honeymoon. Then there are all the details that go into the planning and fine tuning for your special time together. The big ask is how do we accomplish it? Where do we start and how much is considered over the top? It all depends on the individual! What we have in mind and where you both want to go. How much to spend is entirely up to you. You don't have to go over the budget. However you might like to consider going that little but extra, to make your honeymoon a more memorable holiday. You can always depend on visiting a travel agent for ideas. Ask friends that have been there and done it all before us. Ask your parents and work mates, or simply go with your heart and discover some place for just the two of you. Depending on each of you, interests will also have a lot to do with planning your honeymoon. To be able to find something that suits both of you can be time consuming. Whether you are romantic and fancy free, to the rough and ready of camping under the stars or trekking through national parks or another country. Arranging your honeymoon is all up to you! Spend some warm nights on a deserted beach. Enjoy wild flowers growing in an abundance of colors, cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks high on the horizon or relax by cool springs in the middle of an oasis. Your honeymoon is the beginning of your new life together! So whatever you choose to do, careful planning and timing can create a wonderful moving experience to last a lifetime. Above all, enjoy your new life as husband and wife! Honeymoon escapes -- how long to stay away? How long should you take for your honeymoon? This all depends upon your budget and the value you get for your money. Take what the two of you feel comfortable in taking.. It's completely up to your own tastes, budget, and time constraints. Package vacations usually come in three-, four-, and seven-night lengths, with the option of adding additional nights if you like. If you're setting up your own vacation, then the, your budget is the limit. If your budget is a major factor, why not have a four-night trip. You'll have a little time to start to feel at home and, get into the honeymoon state of mind. Enjoy some well earned time together after all the planning of the wedding. On a week-long trip you'll start to feel really relaxed and you'll also have some time for exploring whatever region you choose. A long weekend honeymoon may be just right for you. These extended weekend honeymoons give you the chance to mark the occasion of your wedding with a little time away from home. So where will you go on a long weekend honeymoon? Close to home so travel time is short. Consider a honeymoon suite in a downtown hotel as weekend rates can often be a fraction of the weekday rate. Perhaps a Bed and Breakfast would suit you both with some time to relax in a quiet setting. Many couples postpone their honeymoon a few months. This gives them a chance to settle into their new life together. This can also provide couples with the chance to catch a bargain season at their chosen honeymoon destination. Other couples choose to honeymoon right after their wedding. Straight from their wedding they go into their honeymoon as man and wife. Which is best for you? Only the two of you can decide! Accommodation Options For those of you who are seeking peace and quiet on your honeymoon there are a variety of options available. Bed and breakfasts plus small inns offer great getaways and a chance to immerse you in more of the local area. Many of these small inns were made around historic great houses on former plantations. These are often intimate properties that only host a handful of guests at a time. Here the two of you will be part of a small group of guests, and you'll get to know each other as husband and wife. Often the owners of the inn reside right on property, so you'll receive personal attention. For some couples, the idea of real romance is a private villa, without any other guests. Its just the two of you alone, apart from the occasional visit by a cook or maid. They are there to help to meet your special requests, to introduce you to island cuisine, and to make you feel pampered. Italy, St. John, Jamaica and Barbados are always popular destinations for villa rentals. Many resorts also offer villa rentals. These homes are located on the resort property. Guests can enjoy the security and services of the resort while at the same time having the space and facilities of a villa home. Here you can cook your own food and do what you want without being rushed or interrupted. Let the hotel know when you make the reservation you will be celebrating your honeymoon. Many hotels like to recognize honeymooners. Some hotels offer a special gift or even a room upgrade if available. Remember, as much as you want to have a good time, the hotel also wants to make this an extra special trip for the two of you. What better way to get return visitors or referrals? Budgeting for your perfect honeymoon Imagine the perfect honeymoon -- the beautiful room, the wonderful meals and romantic setting. Then along comes the word "cost". How much is this going to cost us? Budgeting for the honeymoon is a necessary part of the whole process. How much you will spend depends on many factors: where you honeymoon, when you travel, the length of your stay etc. So where do you start? Begin by doing a little comparison shopping. Prices differ greatly, from destination to destination. The price you are quoted if you call a property is usually the highest. Booking your honeymoon through tour operators and wholesalers, often enables you to receive large you can often discounts. The price of air travel to your honeymoon destination will varies constantly. On any given flight, there are more price classes than first and coach. Factors like Saturday night stay-over's can influence the price; plus seating costs can change daily. Check with travel agents for special deals. Be flexible and try different days for different flights rates. Another way to save money is to go online and book tickets through that facility. If you have more than one airport in your area, it pays to compare the price of departing from various gateways. The difference can sometimes be several hundred dollars. Another boost to the honeymoon budget is changing currency prices. While it might not be enough to make you select a destination, favorable exchange rates can certainly help the two of you afford to splurge on an upgraded room or an extra special dinner during your honeymoon. Regardless of the month of your honeymoon, you will find both high and low seasons around the world. One destination's high season may well be another destination's low season. Another option is "shoulder" seasons, those months just before and after high season. During this period, you will find lighter crowds than during high season, good weather, and prices more favorable to the budget. Honeymoon in North America Why honeymoon in North America? A honeymoon in the United States or Canada is your chance to experience an incredibly diverse and growing continent. North America has something for every taste and budget. From the glamour and glitz of Miami or Hollywood to the peaceful Prairie landscapes of central Canada -- and everything else in between. If it is world famous sights that you are seeking, look no further than New York, home of the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. Visit Washington, which is of course home to the White House. Montreal, Vancouver, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and so many others areas all offer superb museums and art galleries to visit. There are wonderful picture perfect parks, chic shops and a varied nightlife. The North American landscape includes vast lakes, towering mountains and great expanses of desert. The Great Lakes region in the United States is larger than most European countries, and is a picturesque area offering all kinds of activities. As for beaches, the white sands of the California and Florida coastlines are hard to beat. The Rocky Mountains run through both Canada and the US, providing a majestic backdrop, for the many towns and villages that are set at their feet. The surrounding region also encompasses many lovely natural parks and, in Canada, an ice field. Both countries have unique sights that will take your breath away. The sheer size of Niagara Falls plus the actual depth of the Grand Canyon, have simply to be witnessed to be believed. Photos can never do justice to the live experience. Spend your honeymoon in North America! You will uncover a wonderful continent full of wonderful landscapes, friendly people with much to see and do! There are endless sights and landscapes to discover. Your honeymoon here will leave you with memories to treasure forever. Enjoy an English Honeymoon An English honeymoon could be your chance to discover the unique blend of the ancient and the ultramodern that London has to offer. Or a traditional experience of drinking cups of tea, quiet villages and picturesque countryside. The huge capital city of London is home to many world-famous landmarks and the British Royal Family. The ornate architecture of the Houses of Parliament and the spiritual presence surrounding St. Paul's Cathedral are unforgettable! Another atmospheric experience is a visit to historic Canterbury Cathedral which is more than 800 years old and a national treasure. Much more ancient is prehistoric Stonehenge. An arrangement of huge stones which dates back at least 5000 years! Marvel and wonder at this overwhelming sight then decide on your answer to the eternal question: how did they get there? Oxford and Cambridge are the two most important university towns in the country. They are steeped with tradition, history and impressive buildings. Following closely behind is the dramatic cathedral city of Durham in the north, surrounded by water on three sides. The largest cathedral in Europe is the Gothic masterpiece York Minster. The ancient city of York regards itself as the capital of northern England, and there is much to see and do here. A stroll along the ancient city walls is highly recommended. From here you can gain an idea of the fortress fortifications made all those years ago. The vibrant Lake District is the most picturesque of England's national parks. Covered with tranquil lakes and low mountains, the natural beauty of the Lake District attracts thousands of visitors every year. A honeymoon in England is your chance to experience the vitality of a modern nation with a prestigious and ambitious past. Evidence of history is everywhere you look! Many English traditions continue to this day and all of this is waiting to be discovered on your honeymoon.
Experience the Emerald Isle Why not spend your honeymoon exploring the Emerald Isle -- Ireland! A beautiful country, with miles of vibrant landscapes waiting to be explored. Ireland claims to entrance every visitor, and its people are reputed to be the friendliest in Europe. The colorful Irish capital, Dublin, is divided in two by the River Liffey. The only problem knows where to begin exploring! As there is so much to see and do in the city. The wide expanses of greenery are ideal vantage points to admire countless refined Georgian buildings. Dublin also has many magnificent structures from earlier times. Such as the Trinity College, the Bank of Ireland and two major cathedrals are examples of unique architecture. Visit the college to see one of the oldest manuscripts in existence, the illuminated Book of Kells, which dates from 800AD. Dublin also boasts a famous 13th century castle and of course a wide host of fine museums, restaurants and pubs. Ireland's second city, Cork is a magnet for lovers of history and culture. It has its own opera house, museum, art gallery, cathedral and an eerie 19th century jail! Cork also has a lively night scene and many pubs where traditional Irish folk music is often performed. A popular day trip from the city is a visit to Blarney Castle. In the southeast of the country stands the ancient city of Waterford which is enclosed by medieval city walls. The city hall and the Bishop's Palace both date back to the Georgian era. While many of the narrow alleyways which wind through Waterford has existed since medieval times! There are lovely churches in the city, including the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Galway, on the west coast, is where festivals celebrate the various aspects of Irish culture are held annually. The medieval parish church in Galway is the biggest in Ireland, and many age-old stone buildings are still standing throughout the city. An country of both overwhelming natural beauty and fascinating towns and cities - Ireland is a stunning honeymoon destination and the island is waiting for your visit. A honeymoon in Switzerland Having a honeymoon in Switzerland is your chance to experience the stunning alpine landscapes, beautiful towns and cultured cities! Switzerland is a blend of French, German and Italian cultures. Switzerland is a tranquil haven perfect for a romantic honeymoon. Zurich is a famous and creative city, particularly known for its superb art galleries. The Limmat River runs through the city, which is set on the edge of Lake Zurich, ideal for picnics, swimming or sunbathing. This lovely historic town is a collection of houses from the 16th and 17th centuries. Everywhere you look there are fountains -- over a thousand in all. Geneva -- is a wonderful international city spreading along the shore of Lake Geneva. There is plenty of fascinating architecture to discover and explore, particularly from the Gothic and Romanesque periods. With a multitude of museums showcasing all aspects of Swiss art, history and culture. Geneva also has a lively entertainment scene which you are sure to enjoy, as part of your honeymoon. On the shore of Lake Geneva, sits the 11th Century "Ch‰teau de Chillon". This imposing fortress includes a tower, dungeons as well as courtyards and is a very popular day trip. For more Swiss castles, head to the Bernese Oberland region in the center of the country. Switzerland's Alps offer nearly year-round skiing and mountaineering. They also present you with unforgettably magical views. Typical wooden houses, tiny villages, lakes and meadows abound, with towering mountains dominating the skyline. The Jungfrau region is superb, with the mountain towns of Zermatt and Lucerne also being excellent value to visit! Switzerland -- famous for its chocolate, cheese and breath taking scenery! Switzerland does offer all this and much more -- it is a romantic and unforgettable place to spend your honeymoon. So no matter what you both do, curl up in front of the fire and enjoy all that this land has to offer. A Scottish Honeymoon experience the romance and mystery A Scottish honeymoon is your chance to experience the wild, unique, mysterious and romantic nature in this wonderful country! From its historic and cultured cities, to its stunning landscapes and enchanting islands, Scotland is a plainly unforgettable land. Scotland's three main cities are Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Although Glasgow is the capital, it is Edinburgh that attracts the most international and local visitors. With the annual International Festival, the incredible variety of architectural heritage and Edinburgh Castle, the former home to the Scottish Royal Family, there is something unique to be discovered. I have been told, one of the greatest pleasures of Edinburgh, is simply strolling though the Georgian area of the city center, admiring the beautiful streets, squares and buildings. Glasgow has enjoyed a exciting revival over the last two decades! It is a fun and lively capital city, with a great amount to see and do. Alongside the many museums, art galleries, monuments and shops is Glasgow cathedral, a masterpiece from the Gothic era in history. The port city of Aberdeen is built almost exclusively of silvery granite, which glistens the in sun or rain. There is also a wonderful maritime museum alongside a prestigious art gallery. St. Andrews is a beautiful town and home to the most famous golf course in the world! Plus there are some fascinating medieval ruins. The Cairngorm Mountains are spectacular, surrounded by rivers, lochs, forests and home to rare wildlife. This beautiful region is popular for skiing, hiking and water sports. For more breath taking natural beauty, the wild and lonely Hebrides islands, off the west coast, are centers of Scottish whisky production. They offer wonderful views as you explore their coastal walks - windswept cliffs, mountains and bays will take your breath away. Whisky, bagpipes, tartan and kilts are all inextricably linked with Scotland. Other vital ingredients are the ancient castles, churches, and architecture of every style imaginable. All of this and much more is waiting for you on your Scottish honeymoon. Australian honeymoon An immense and sparsely populated country, Australia boasts numerous and breathtaking natural features, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru -- formerly Ayers Rock -- mountain ranges and lush expanses of rain forest. The country is an awesome honeymoon destination -- your only problem will be deciding which area or areas to explore! You will find many cosmopolitan, cultivated cities in Australia. Each one offers lively nightlife and entertainment plus an enormous amount of culture. Those with a love of sand, sea and water sports should head straight to the coast and what are reported to be the best beaches in the world. Sydney is famous for its stunning harbor and unique opera house, the sight of which never ceases to impress. Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart come very close for the title of most beautiful natural setting -- Melbourne is located on a beautiful river, while the latter two cities are sheltered by scenic mountain ranges. Cairns, in the far north of Australia, are an ideal base for exploring Queensland. Close by are beaches, rain forest and the longest reef in the world - the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches along the entire coast of the state. You could also choose to stay in the vibrant city of Brisbane, which is the state capital. Another northern city worth noting is Darwin, whose proximity to Asia results in a cosmopolitan, tropical atmosphere. Uluru is revered by the Anangu Aboriginal people, and is a magnificent sight. Over 2 miles long and 348 meters high, the rock offers spectacular views. Particularly at sunrise and sunset, and it is located in the vast expanse of the Australian outback, with many cultural sights nearby. Australia is the perfect honeymoon destination for any couple with a sense of adventure and romance. From cities to tiny villages, world-class museums of art to ancient aboriginal paintings on cave walls, Australia is a country waiting to be explored and discovered! Belgium honeymoon with a difference A honeymoon in Belgium will reveal to you a rich and historic country! This is made up of diverse art, architecture and cuisine waiting to be discovered. Belgium is a relatively small and modest nation by European standards. There are beautifully preserved medieval towns; world class museums and excellent cuisine await you on your Belgian honeymoon. Brussles, the Belgian capitol doubles as the capital of the European Union and therefore has a distinct cross-national feel. At its heart stands an ornate central square, framed by historic buildings and some fascinating museums. That show case art from ancient to modern times. Brussels also has superb array of restaurants and shopping opportunities. North of Brussels stands the city of Antwerp, a magnet for art lovers! Located on the banks of the Scheldt River, Antwerp is home to the world's largest diamond industry, plus its lovely architecture adds to the magical atmosphere of the area. Villas, mansions, castles and the largest Gothic church in Belgium are found here. The 13th century medieval town of Bruges will transport you back in time. The last changes to its architectural appearance were made over 5 centuries ago! Take a leisurely boat ride down Bruges' river, or simply stroll through the different picturesque streets, stopping to visit a cafŽ, or one of the town's many museums. Belgium's other city with a strong Medieval past is Ghent -- also filled with a vibrant and fascinating history. For a taste of Belgium's natural beauty, head to the Ardennes region of the country. Here ancient citadels and sleepy villages nestle amongst densely forested hills, cut through by deep valleys. Guided tours of the Ardennes are available upon request. Belgium is an enthralling nation with a dramatic past and a proud present as a center of the European Union. For Medieval romance, a look at some historic and intricately designed buildings, plus outstanding art museums and friendly vibrant people, head to Belgium for your honeymoon. Bermuda -- not just home to the triangle Bermuda is a relaxed island with a captivating blend of British and African heritages A honeymoon in Bermuda will be an experience you will never want to forget! Cricket matches, cups of tea, pastel colored cottages, pink sand beaches and reggae music are all ingredients in its unique cultural mix. Bermuda has its own art forms with the best known being Gombey dancing. The roots of which are found in West African tribal music. It also takes its influences from the American Indians and the British military, and often the dancing portrays biblical stories. It is quite fascinating to watch! Your honeymoon in Bermuda is sure to be infused with sunshine and good food. The island's seafood dishes are particularly tasty, and may be flavored with local black rum, which is the national drink. The most traditional meal is the huge Sunday morning codfish breakfast. This includes eggs, potatoes, bananas, onions, tomatoes, avocado, and of course, codfish. Hamilton, the capital, is a small city bustling with life. Victorian buildings painted in bright colors line the waterfront. The mid-19th century Fort Hamilton, situated on a hill, offers a birds-eye view of the harbor. You can discover more of Bermudan culture through the city's art gallery and historical museum. The town of 'St. George" exudes real charm, due to its many unspoiled historical buildings. These include 18th century St. Peter's Church, and the Italianate Old State House, the oldest building in Bermuda, which was built in 1620. There is a selection of restaurants along the waterfront, ideal for a romantic meal. The coastal reserve of South Shore Park, one and a half miles long, is where you will find some of Bermuda's most beautiful and romantic beaches. Relax on the pink and white coral sands. Look out over the horizon, setting all your cares adrift. Blue Mountains -- Australia Australia -- a wonderful island with much to see and do! Full of mysticism, romance, exotic locations -- there is bound to be somewhere unique for your honeymoon. For somewhere different -- the Blue Mountains in NSW are a special treat. Discover a tempting combination of romantic accommodation, fine restaurants and indulgent shopping within two hours of Sydney, in the Blue Mountains World Heritage listing. To travel there is easy with access by rail, road or air. There are abundant places to stay in from the cozy Bed and breakfast to the full resorts. The air is crisp and clear, with the views of the mountains always surrounding you. Breathe the fresh mountain air and relax, as you marvel at a majestic landscape of waterfalls and awe-inspiring sandstone escarpments. Indulge at restaurants known for their creative use of fresh, local produce. The Blue Mountains offers experiences you'll remember for a lifetime. Escape to a wonderland of warm balmy days with cool summer nights. Picnic beside beautiful waterfalls, stroll through lush fern gullies and discover the romance of a Blue Mountains summer. Summer in the Blue Mountains equals outdoor activities in abundance by offering unlimited opportunities to keep cool and have fun. The National Parks and Wildlife service offers a highly successful series of guided walks to suit anyone from the most casual stroller to the dedicated hiker. The Australian bush doesn't show seasonal changes in the same dramatic ways as the softer vegetation of Europe and in the wonderful temperate gardens that grow in the mild climate of the Mountains, the variation in color is spectacular. In autumn the gardens are at their glorious best. You will see the flaming reds, russet browns and gold's in close contrast with the rich colors of the native trees and flowers. Have a wonderful visit and remember the magical moments of your honeymoon. Caribbean exotic and romantic honeymoons Why choose to have your honeymoon in the exotic Caribbean? The Caribbean Islands are some of the most beautiful island destinations in the world! Palm-fringed beaches, turquoise seas and stunning sunsets, make a Caribbean honeymoon a romantic experience never to forget. Bermuda, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico each have a distinct cultural identity with a fascinating variety of influences. Sunshine and a relaxed atmosphere are common to all the Caribbean Islands. The idyllic white sand beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun's rays, and the many miles of coastline offer countless other activities. These include swimming and snorkeling in the warm waters, to surfing, diving or water skiing for the more adventurous! There are beautiful coral reefs in the waters around both Cuba and Puerto Rico. The interiors of the Caribbean Islands feature mountains, waterfalls, hills, underground rivers, caves, tropical rain forests and much more stunning scenery. Protected national parks showcase some of the most impressive landscapes. There are guided tours available to help you explore and discover areas in safety. Caribbean culture is a vibrant mix of African, Indigenous, European and North American traditions. This has resulted in unique forms of dance, art, architecture, language, cuisine and much more. During your honeymoon, you may like to wander through museums of Caribbean art, visit a traditional village or witness a national dance performance. The music of the Caribbean -- reggae, salsa and soca are just a few of the styles are an essential part of everyday life. Rhythm and soul are very important to many people in the Caribbean islands. Each of the Caribbean Islands has its own special appeal, and the most difficult decision will be deciding between them for your honeymoon! With sunshine, good food and stunning natural features guaranteed, your honeymoon in the Caribbean, whichever island you choose, is sure to be unforgettable. Denmark -- honeymoon with a difference Denmark is a great country -- a warm and welcoming honeymoon destination. A honeymoon in Denmark is great experience for anyone! The country has been home to the Vikings, fairytale writer Hans Christian Anderson and, most recently, Lego land! This eclectic mix will ensure a honeymoon of new discoveries and diverse experiences. Denmark is the most modern country in Scandinavia, whose inhabitants enjoy relaxing in cozy cafŽs and pubs, cycling, fishing, plus indulging in the mouthwatering national cuisine. Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is the largest city in Scandinavia, and is bursting with cosmopolitan cultural life! From street performers to jazz clubs, pavement cafŽs to the official royal residence, there is always something new to see and do! The area around the Nyhavn canal is particularly colorful, and there are many quiet parks, squares and gardens for a relaxing stroll. The Royal Danish Ballet is performed in the city from autumn to spring, and there are many excellent museums to visit. Another lively city is Arhus, whose beautifully restored old town now serves as an open air museum! The largest church in Denmark is also located here. It is predominantly 15th century Gothic in style, and parts of the structure date back as far as the 1100s. Arhus' museum holds fascinating collections from the Bronze and Iron ages. Ribe, founded in the 9th century, is the oldest town in Scandinavia. Centered on its huge cathedral, the town has a fascinating Viking center which is highly recommended. Another major attraction in Denmark is Egeskov Castle, built in 1554 in the center of a lake. The interior and exterior are both well worth visiting, and the castle is set in a 15 hectare park which features a 200 year old giant maze. Alongside its historic sights, the country also has some impressive natural features, such as the stunning white chalk cliffs at Mons Klint, and a scattering of picturesque islands. Enjoy discovering all that Denmark has to offer you and make this a holiday of a lifetime. Discover Austria's romance and history Austria, the traditional home of classical composers! No other country in Europe has such a rich musical tradition. On your Austrian honeymoon you will also have the opportunity to discover superb architecture from different time frames in history -- the Gothic, Baroque, Rococo and even the Renaissance periods. The breathtaking and stunning Austrian Alp will take your breathe away and steal your heart. Vienna, Austria's capital city has an impressive history! As the center of the Habsburg dynasty, this once ruled much of Europe. The Habsburgs' home was the Imperial Palace known as the Hofburg, which is one of Vienna's top attractions. Inside you will find a 14th century Augustinian Church, Imperial Apartments and the Imperial Treasury, the Royal Chapel, the National Library and more. Architectural and historical treasures abound in this beautiful city. This includes two famous Baroque palaces and several museums. One of the museums is dedicated to Sigmund Freud. Vienna has an extremely busy nightlife, with countless lively restaurants, pubs and clubs in the newer areas of the city. Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, is packed with medieval Baroque architecture. Much of the town was constructed in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This charming old town testifies to the style of this era through its many churches, plazas and ornate fountains. The city is sheltered by mountains and there are several museums dedicated to Mozart. Standing 120 meters above the city is the 11th century Hohensalzburg Castle. For those who love to ski, head to the Arlberg Region pf Austria. This region is known for its superb slopes and snow coverage, catering from beginners to the more advanced skier. The huge Eisriesenwelt ice caves offer another wintry experience. They are open from May to October. Take a guided tour, which will show you elaborate ice formations and stunning frozen waterfalls. An Austrian honeymoon will take in snowcapped peaks, sparkling lakes, cultured towns and cities, and much more. It will be a romantic experience neither of you will ever be able to forget! Experience the Middle East Magic So you want somewhere different to go to for your honeymoon? Somewhere exotic with plenty of history and excitement combined with places of beauty! Then the Middle East may be your new destination for your honeymoon. The Middle East is a spicy blend of ancient history! A variety of religious and cultural legacies, as well as stunning sights! Not to mention friendly people, excellent cuisine and lively bazaars, where you will be able to purchase souvenirs of your Middle Eastern honeymoon. The Middle East is the region of the world which links Europe to Asia and Africa. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Egyptian city of Cairo, where ultramodern office buildings and chic restaurants stand side by side with mosques, citadels and churches many centuries old. This is the chance to explore the wonder of the Egyptian Pharaohs -- see the old buildings, wonders such as the pyramid and the Sphinx. Watching the sun setting over the Nile is an unforgettable experience, as is gazing at the great Pyramids, floating in the Dead Sea or exploring Jerusalem's holy sites. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Biblical towns such as Bethlehem and Galilee, or simply spend your honeymoon relaxing on a white sand beach. Middle Eastern music, painting, dance and literature can all be discovered through museums, festivals and live performances. There is something mystical and magical waiting to be discovered on your honeymoon. Extensive archaeological excavations have been made in parts of Israel and Egypt, revealing relics from the Roman age such as magnificent amphitheaters in Beit She'an and Alexandria. Israel and Egypt are both filled with history and tradition. A Middle Eastern honeymoon allows you the chance to explore, uncover and understand these ancient people. There are wonderful examples of architecture, excellent shopping markets, cuisine and more. Make this your honeymoon to remember forever. Finland the last unspoilt wilderness Why have your honeymoons in Finland? The largest unspoiled wilderness in Europe awaits you on your Finnish honeymoon! Not to mention picturesque islands, pleasant towns and cities with countless museums and art galleries to visit. Helsinki, is built on a peninsula, is both the cultural and financial center of Finland. Vibrantt parks and tranquil waterways are found all over the city, and the sea breezes ensure that it is refreshingly free of smog. There are many notable art museums to visit, plus regular operatic and ballet productions at the city's theaters. A short ferry ride will take you from Helsinki to Suomenlinna Island, where you can enjoy a picnic, explore a huge ruined fortress and visit several museums. Turku, on the southern coast, was the capital of Finland until 1812, and is the oldest city in the country. Its cathedral and castle both date back to the 13th century, and are well worth visiting! Another notable castle of interest is the 15th century Olavinlinna Castle in the stunning Savonlinna lakes area of Finland, which includes two museums. Rauma, is the largest wooden town still in existence in the Nordic countries, and is a listed World Heritage site. Goldsmiths, lace makers and other artisans all work in the old town! There are many house museums and a lively market square. Rauma is without doubt one of the most charming towns in Scandinavia! To discover a unique culture with both Finnish and Swedish influences, visit the Aland province, which even has its own flag. Made up of over 6,400 islands, this beautiful region is best explored by bicycle or on foot. The midsummer festivities are celebrated in style here and you can witness performances of traditional folk dances all year round. A relaxed country with numerous highlights, Finland is a tranquil, scenic and welcoming honeymoon destination! Honeymoon in Eastern Europe Eastern Europe is very different from its western counterpart. The region is a fascinating and very scenic honeymoon destination. Whether you choose to visit an island such as Crete or Cyprus! Or visit a historic nation like Poland, there are enormous amount s of activities to see and do! The landscapes of these countries are extremely varied and different. Crete all has lovely coastlines with glorious golden beaches and aqua blue seas. The latter three are also home to stunning mountain ranges. For a different experience, you may choose to visit the great lakes of Poland, perhaps by bicycle, or explore the vineyards and citrus orchards of Crete. Greece in particular has an unrivalled early civilization. This can be discovered through viewing the carefully preserved relics, such as the stunning acropolis which stands over Athens. There are many dramatic cities in Eastern Europe. These include Warsaw, Krak - w, Athens and Dubrovnik. Each has a multitude of quality museums, churches, art galleries, shops, markets, restaurants and cafes, thus ensuring that you will never be short of things to do on your honeymoon. For a slower pace, head to one of the many medieval towns in Poland or the mountain villages at the foot of the White Mountains in Crete. Just off the coast of both Croatia and Greece are collections of islands. The Greek isles are particularly stunning. The coastal foreshore is dotted with dazzling white buildings which contrast with the deep aqua blue sea. Here, life is sun-drenched and relaxed, and it's a perfect place to discover delicious Greek cuisine. However you choose to experience Eastern Europe on your honeymoon, your visit to this historic and highly diverse part of the world is sure to be unforgettable. Honeymoon in Elegant Germany Why not spend your honeymoon in Germany? Germany is a very elegant country that has a rich and artistic heritage. Germany has created many philosophers, artists and composers throughout the centuries. Their works are celebrated and displayed in the countries countless wonderful museums and exciting annual festivals. Germany has a wealth of proud cities to visit! Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt, all have their very own unique individual appeal. Germany is known to have fabulous cathedrals and spectacular architecture. Germany has a very diverse culture and a wonderful national beverage "Beer". This is celebrated in the biggest festival in Munich and is called Oktoberfest, attracting visitors from all over the world. Berlin, the nations' capitol, is filled with majestic buildings, museums and theaters. A stay allows you to uncover the city's unique historic legacy. Discover some excellent German cuisine in its numerous restaurants and cafŽs. Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany, and home to some of the best museums in the country. The city also has a lively music scene, and its jazz clubs are highly recommended. In the south of the country, cut through by the Danube River, you will find the Bavarian highlands and the Bavarian forest. It is the largest mountain forest in Europe. The dramatic "Alp's of this region can be visited on a day trip from the city of Munich. Heidelberg and LŸbeck are two attractive historic towns to visit in Germany. Heidelberg has a superb gothic-renaissance castle which exudes romance and offers magnificent views of the countryside. LŸbeck is a charming medieval style town whose puppet theater comes highly recommended and should not be missed! Germany is a very proud European nation! A German honeymoon is your opportunity to explore more of this fascinating nation, get to know its people and appreciate the unique culture. Honeymoon is exotic Africa! An African Safari is the ultimate in honeymoon vacations! Spending your honeymoon in Africa, can be the ultimate romantic getaway. Imagine a candlelit romantic dinner for two, served in total seclusion, right in the heart of the African wilderness. Imagine relaxing after a big day of sightseeing, staring at the brightly lit stars, without a care in the world and listening for the calls of the wild animals. This is the reality of honeymooning in Africa, and combined with a stay in Cape Town the Lost City, or Victoria Falls, makes a Honeymoon Safari in Africa, a dream come true. A fantastic option to consider is to combine a Honeymoon Safari in Southern Africa with one of the world's natural wonders: The Romantic and Breathtaking Victoria Falls. Southern Africa has some of the most incredibly romantic destinations. Hotels, Lodges and the Honeymoon suites around the Victoria Falls are also no exception. The shear beauty and contrasts of the landscape in Botswana, plus the elegant and remote lodges that offer guests total exclusivity, makes Botswana an ideal destination for a Honeymoon. The Zambian side of the Victoria Falls is also on the doorstep of Botswana which makes this such an excellent combination. Close together and easy to experience. The Sabi Sands (Kruger National Park) or the Malaria Free Madikwe Game Reserve, are excellent destinations in South Africa for a Honeymoon Safari. Both places have world class accommodation and provide the most romantic of settings. Combining one of these destinations with the Victoria Falls is an excellent idea for a truly unforgettable Honeymoon in Africa. Holiday safaris in Africa can be exceptional for the couple starting a new life together, to the extended blended family with children. There is something magical, an element of adventure as each creature and unique features are discovered. Mo matter what your situation, enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity. Honeymoon in Italy Italy is a remarkable country with a wonderful legacy. A honeymoon in Italy, with its unique blend of history and culture, is an unforgettable experience! Italy is a country with a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. It demonstrates outstanding cuisine, has beautiful cities, a gorgeous coastline plus many sites of dramatic and rugged natural beauty. Whether you want to spend your honeymoon gliding down the canals of Venice in a gondola, or skiing in the Italian Alps, Italy is a superb destination. For a tranquil honeymoon in picturesque surroundings, head for the 31 miles of the Amalfi Coast, with its sparkling sea and historic villages built into the hillsides. Here, you can spend your days relaxing on the beach, or in a traditional Italian cafŽ with a cappuccino or an espresso. When it comes to exciting and historical cities, you are spoilt for choice in Italy. Rome is simply breathtaking filled with ancient palaces, churches, basilicas and temples. Not to mention the Forum and the Vatican. Florence is also overwhelming in its historical impact. Home to a fine collection of Renaissance buildings, that creates a unique atmosphere. Milan is legendary for its fashion and its cuisine. Milan also has the fourth largest church in the world. The most romantic city in Italy is widely agreed to be Venice. Built on 177 small islands, Venice contains countless hidden delights and exudes a magical almost mystical feel. Stunning buildings are everywhere, with the most famous being St. Mark's Basilica. Venice is also home to a multitude of art galleries, which house world-class works. Extensive Roman ruins can be seen at Pompeii, where Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Nearby Naples, set in a beautiful bay, has a fascinating historic center waiting to be explored. No words can sum up the majesty of Italy; on your honeymoon you will be able to experience it for yourselves! Honeymoon in New Zealand A honeymoon in New Zealand will introduce you to an awe-inspiring country! Although home to several lively cities, such as Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin, New Zealand is best known for its spectacular landscapes. The coastlines of the two islands are edged with pristine sandy beaches, cliffs and glaciers. Whilst their interiors feature mountains, lakes, rivers, geysers, forests and much more! New Zealand blends Maori and European heritages to create a totally unique culture. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting souvenirs of your honeymoon -- favorites are carvings of natural materials, and unusual jewelry made from shells and stones. Wellington, on the North Island, is the nation's capital. Superb views of this vibrant city are on offer from adjacent Mount Victoria. Wellington has a lovely harbor and offers wonderful shopping, dining and cultural activities as arts festivals are held all year round. New Zealand's biggest city is Auckland, also known as the 'city of sails' for its inhabitant's love of yachting. The city is likened to Sydney due to its coastal setting with a breathtaking harbor and bridge, and it is an ideal base for discovering the picturesque neighboring regions of the Haurali Plains and the Coromandel Peninsula. Dunedin is a lively city with an enduring Scottish heritage. It is located in the Otago Peninsula region, which has many spectacular natural features, such as several huge lakes and forests, accompanied by caves, glaciers, waterfalls and whirlpools. On South Island you also discover the beautiful Fjordland national park. This encompasses glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and forests. This area offers countless alpine walks with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Close by is Queenstown, set on the edge of a lake in an icy valley and the number one destination for lovers of adventure sports. Your honeymoon in New Zealand will be one of discovery! Honeymooning Down Under Walking through dense forests, lush green foliage, and nature in all its glory! Through spring and summer, winter or autumn, see wild flowers in all their glorious colors. For lovers of trees, there are many different varieties. Bird lovers will be astounded by the unique and unusual birds. The views from the top of the mountains are breath taking, with much to see and do. Drive the great Ocean Road in Victoria. Follow the coast line, stopping at many of the smaller townships along the way. The locals are friendly and full of knowledge, to help your make stay in Victoria a pleasant one. In Queensland, book a hotel room over looking the vast expanse of ocean. The Great Barrier Reef is known as the place that welcomes honeymoon couples. Snorkel, dive or swim amongst the coral reefs. Across the Bass Straight, Tasmania is picture post card material. Ferry across your vehicle and enjoy a drive around "Tassie". With many small quaint villages, old churches, and settlements, there is a wealth of knowledge and history, waiting to be discovered. Adelaide in South Australia is gorgeous all year round. With much to do and see, your family and friends back home, will be amazed. By the amount of knowledge you gain on Australia, while enjoying your honeymoon in this vast beautiful country. Your local travel agent can point you in the right direction when visiting Australia for your honeymoon. Whether you decide to live it up, or hire a car and travel around Australia, making your own memories. Australia is a land waiting to embrace you. Share all the wonderful, unique and unusual discoveries, while you enjoy your stay. Make your own memories! Pack your camera and video! Don't forget your passport, sunscreen and hat. Have a wonderful honeymoon and enjoy your visit to Australia. Honeymooning in France Are you considering having your honeymoon in France? Experience the wonder, the passion, the romance and atmosphere that is France! A country of breath stealing beauty, from the Alps to the city of Paris, an atmosphere of total romance surrounds this incredible country. Paris is widely agreed to be the most beautiful city in the world. Chic boutiques and pavement cafŽs line the wide avenues of the French capital, where there are countless monuments to visit. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe are all unforgettable! A cruise down the Seine is one of the best ways to take Paris' sights in leisurely fashion. In the Ile-de-France region are the spectacular chateaux of Versailles, Fontainebleu, and Vaux-le-Vicomte. These were built to demonstrate the incredible wealth of their owners. These veritable palaces are overflowing with unique and rare riches. The Loire Valley region is also famous for its castles, such as the stylish 15th century Ch‰teau de Chambord. France also has miles of lovely coastline and some prestigious resorts. These include Cannes and Biarritz which attract thousands of people every year to their sun-drenched beaches. Provence, in the south of France, is famed for its natural areas of beauty. Lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards stretch out in every available direction. Many historic towns and villages are scattered across the region, plus lovely cities such as Arles -- the former home of Vincent Van Gogh. Like the famous painter, you too will become entranced by the city's well preserved Roman relics, plus the beauty of the surrounding countryside. The French Alps are striking and stunning! They are popular for skiing, hiking and walking. France has countless unspoiled landscapes, many historic monuments and buildings to visit, and of course the timeless capital city of Paris. The romance of France and a French honeymoon are sure to stay with you forever. Jamaica -- island in the tropics A Jamaican honeymoon is your chance to experience an island of stunning beauty with a famously relaxed, friendly atmosphere! Gently sloping mountains, red sunsets, white sand beaches and blue seas are legendary. Jamaican culture is an intricate blend of a huge number of influences. Art and music are key elements of the national way of life! Some of the most innovative works in the Caribbean today can be discovered in the capital, Kingston. Jamaica's African feel is pervasive, plus you can still see etchings by the ancient Arawak Indian peoples inside many of the country's caves. Kingston is Jamaica's economic and cultural center. This vibrant city boasts a breathtaking natural harbor, the best views of which are from the heights of the surrounding mountains. Downtown Kingston features a host of historic buildings, a craft market and the National Gallery, that showcases Jamaican art from the 1920s onwards. The most popular attraction in the capital is the Bob Marley Museum. The northwestern port city of Montego Bay produces excellent arts and crafts. It also has countless shops and markets to discover and offers a wide range of water sports. Of course, you may prefer simply to sunbathe on one of the city's many beaches, or to enjoy a round of golf. Montego Bay is sheltered by mountains, amongst which nestle traditional Jamaican villages. Around 50 miles west of Montego Bay are the idyllic beaches of Negril. This entire area is a protected wilderness zone and this includes the beaches, a marine park, swamp land and mangrove forests. The broad beach and picturesque harbor of Ocho Rios make it a favorite stopping point for cruise ships. Verdant hills surround the town, and just two miles away are Jamaica's most renowned attraction -- Dunn's River Falls. They cascade down 180 meters of limestone steps onto the beach below, surrounded by tropical rain forest. Netherlands another great European destination The Netherlands, familiarly known as Holland, is an international travel destination for many reasons. The Hague and Amsterdam host international organizations which bring business and political conferences. Plus the many tourist attractions in Amsterdam bring vacationers and honeymooners from across the world. Dutch and Flemish art museums, the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt's house and the Anne Frank House are only some of the many cultural attractions in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is also the diamond cutting capital of the world. Four hundred bridges span the canals lined by charming brick townhouses, and 16th and 17th century architecture characterizes the city. Aalsmeer is the site of the annual Flower Auction, not far from the city. Between Amsterdam and Utrecht is beautiful countryside with lakes, woods and small villages like Vreeland and Loenersloot with its castle. Haarlem is a quaint medieval village with museums and Corrie ten Boom's house. Delft, where Vermeer was bornand home to the famous china and porcelain is a cobblestoned canal town with medieval and classical architecture. Drive through the Dutch lowlands and wonder at the expansive fields of daffodils and tulips! Holland is famous for plus well many old picturesque windmills still standing. A honeymoon in Holland will give you a chance to experience this lovely country. Cosmopolitan cities are scattered across an incredibly flat landscape with numerous rivers, the largest of which is the Rhine. Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, is a colorful, exuberant city with many superb museums and art galleries to visit, not to mention excellent shopping. Best explored on foot or by bicycle, the city offers an enormous amount to see - architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, tranquil canals lined with trees and verdant parks perfect for a lunchtime picnic. Moors, woodlands, colorful fields of flowers and countless windmills form the countryside of this orderly, calm nation where traditions remain important. At the same time, Holland is known as the most liberal country in Europe, and it is this intermingling of modernity and timeless national customs which gives Holland its unique flavor -- a fascinating and welcoming country to discover on your honeymoon. Oceania why honeymoon here? Why not spend your honeymoon in Oceania? New Zealand and Australia bring together vast landscapes, vibrant towns and cities, lovely coastlines and fascinating cultures, making Oceania an unforgettable honeymoon destination! Both countries have a combined Maori and European influence on their cultural heritage, plus more recent south East Asian elements. Restaurants, cafŽs, markets and traditional crafts all reflect this unique blend of ethnic groups. Particularly in Northland in New Zealand, which is the cradle of Maori culture, and the city of Darwin in Australia, is strongly influenced by neighboring Asian countries. Interestingly, the capitals of both countries, although well worth visiting, are upstaged by other cities, whose names are known all over the world. Auckland and Sydney boast spectacular coastal settings which lead to comparisons being made between the two. Their harbors and bridges are spectacular, and both also feature magnificent beaches. Other cities of note include. Perth, Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide and Dunedin. All have their own special appeal, bringing together great shopping, cuisine, historic buildings and cultural highlights. One of the best things about Oceania is that, whatever city you are in, you are never too far from huge expanses of breathtaking natural beauty. The Australian outback, the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand's many national parks are just a few highlights in these countries of spectacular natural landscapes. Many cities are sheltered by mountains and provide the perfect base from which to discover the surrounding area. Whether it's the Sydney Opera House or the glacial valleys of New Zealand which draws you to Oceania for your honeymoon, your discovery of this stunning region is sure to be an exciting, romantic and truly memorable experience. For all areas in-between, there are wonderful seaside towns, inland towns and villages, farms, shopping and so much more to be discovered on your honeymoon! There is something to suit all ages and all budgets. So whatever you do, enjoy yourself, in the most precious of times. Scandinavia's majestic mountains and dramatic landscapes Why would you want to honeymoon in Scandinavia? Many reasons actually. Scandinavia is a region famed for its dramatic landscapes -- there are mountains, fjords, lakes and glaciers that will fill your honeymoon with cool beauty. Walking, hiking, cycling and boating are all popular ways to discover these countries. For many spectacular views all you need to do is wander the streets of one of the countless small villages that are sheltered by snow-capped peaks. There are cultured cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm. All have vibrant parks, gardens, excellent museums, art galleries and excellent purchasing opportunities in their lively shops and market places. One of the most simple and enjoyable experiences is to relax in a pavement cafŽ with a steaming hot cup of coffee. Scandinavia has a traditional folk culture of music, dance and costume that is still expressed today. The Midsummer celebrations are an important annual event, particularly in the Aland province of Finland and on the Swedish island of Oland. For contemporary music and culture, head to one of the larger cities. Copenhagen is highly reputed for its wealth of jazz clubs and eclectic musical events. The region has many historical treasures. These include ancient cathedrals, various castles, forts and wooden towns are scattered across the Scandinavian countries. There are guided tours available for many of the castles and their grounds. Lively cities, a fascinating history of Vikings and warriors, stunning landscapes and friendly people all await you on your honeymoon in Scandinavia. There are places that allow the more adventuress type of couple to go mountain climbing, hot air ballooning, caving, kayaking plus other various actives. For accommodation there are be and breakfasts right through to the five star resorts. There is something suited for everyone. Whatever you do, enjoy and bask in the grand beauty that is Scandinavia! Spain another world away Spain -- a spirited, vivacious country, the home of flamenco music, superb cuisine, hot summers, diverse art and architecture! The Spanish people are full of life and the country is packed with history and culture. Spain is a great honeymoon destination! Barcelona is the epitome of sophistication and romance! There are elegant and extravagantly designed buildings, superb museums and a vibrant nightlife. There are a multitude of prestigious art galleries to visit in the city. As well as a gothic cathedral and many lively markets. Madrid rivals Barcelona for culture and nightlife! It also claims the largest bullring in the world. The elaborate cathedrals and palaces in the city have to be seen to be believed! The shopping and dining possibilities are endless. All budgets and tastes are catered for -- from the basic to a-la-carte! Spain's third city is Valencia, whose highlight is a lovely Baroque palace. Valencia is also home to two world-class art museums, and you can climb to the top of the cathedral tower for a panoramic view of the city. Spain has a long coastline with many wonderful beaches. Toledo is a stunning virtually intact medieval city, and Granada's awe-inspiring Alahambra dates from the period of Islamic rule in Spain. It consists of an 11th century fortress, two palaces, patios and gardens -- all with a mountainous backdrop! Seville is an exciting combination of the old and the new. A combination of the magnificent Alcazar palace, a huge cathedral with vibrant parks and gardens, there is something for everyone to enjoy and discover. Spain's landscape includes five major mountain ranges, wetlands, plains and the Andalusian deserts -- famous for the beautiful breed of horse the Andalusian. The countryside is populated with traditional villages where you can catch a glimpse of typical Spanish life. A honeymoon is Spain is your opportunity to discover this diverse and enthralling country. Why Not Consider Australia? Welcome to Australia! We hope you enjoy your honeymoon with us and that your stay here is all that you expect it to be. Enjoy the long balmy nights, soft gentle breeze blowing in through the open window, and the partner of your dreams sitting there beside you, for the start of your new life together. Glasses click together as you toast the beginning of your two week honeymoon. You are spending two weeks in Tropical Paradise in central Queensland, Australia. The waves are crashing against the shore, salt air stirring you into awareness. There are bronze bodies sunning themselves, in deck chairs, across the great expanse of soft white sand. The sun's rays warming you're pale white skin as you feel strong hands gather you close and cool tanning lotion is gently massaged into you're back. Not having to lift a finger as all of your needs are met and taken care of, as you and your wife take in the great Australian beach scene. What you choose to do after that is totally up to you. Stroll through the many malls Take a coffee while relaxing in the open atmosphere out on the side walk. Bush walking through national parks, or spending your time locked up in your hotel room with just the two of you enjoying each others company. The possibilities are endless and you don't even have to stop there, take a drive and discover Queensland, after all it is your Honeymoon we are here to make your time with us memorable. Sounds romantic doesn't it? It does not have to be a dream. Queensland has something for everyone! From cozy bed and breakfast to cosmopolitan flair and style! There is something for everyone to see, enjoy and experience to help make this a honeymoon to remember. Turn the dream into reality and enjoy our great outdoors. Your African Getaway! African Getaways are another popular honeymoon for the more adventures person. For the complete vacation to Southern Africa, a safari should be combined with a getaway to one of Southern Africa's magical destinations such as the Victoria Falls, Sun City, Cape Town or the Garden Route to name a few. Southern Africa has so many exciting and amazing destinations, which are just so diverse and steeped in culture. Whether you fancy lying on a tropical beach, viewing the spectacular Victoria Falls or living it up at Sun City there is something for you! Spend a week or two in Cape Town; one of the world's most beautiful cities. Venture along the world renowned Garden Route there is definitely a getaway to suit every taste. Kenya, "home" of the safari, still holds the reputation as the ultimate safari destination! After all, this is where one of the greatest wildlife spectacles occurs -- the Great Wildebeest Migration of the Masai Mara. Kenya is renowned for its outstanding wildlife, wide open plains, breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro, and a glorious palm fringed coast with white sandy shores. Amboseli National Park is simply stunning! Imagine this -- herds of elephant up to 100 strong, while the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, tower in the horizon. Add to this buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala and carnivores, including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable safari. The National Parks of Kenya's Great Rift Valley; contain an excellent array of wildlife. These include black and white rhino, buffalo, impala and leopard to name a few. Thousands of pink flamingos can also be seen at Lake Nakuru, a large saltwater lake. Lake Naivasha, which is a fresh water lake, is ideal for bird safaris, and is also host to buffalo and hippo. No matter what you decide to do -- Africa offers everyone a unique and unforgettable honeymoon!
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