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2-week Honeymoon, July 2014, Europe, want adventure/culture

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2-week Honeymoon, July 2014, Europe, want adventure/culture

My fiance and I will be getting married in Salzburg, Austria in June 2014. I have lived there and traveled quite a bit in the surrounding countries. My fiance has also traveled quite a bit.

We are both teachers, so every summer we travel to new places. Whether it be in Europe, Asia, or the US, we've learned that we like combining TRAVELING and VACATIONING. That leaves us with the question: How and where should be spend the 15 days we have for our honeymoon?

We are very active people--love biking and hiking, trying new things, walking everywhere, etc. We're used to camping and staying in hostels. We like the ability to prepare some of our own meals and going out for a few. We aren't afraid of being in less-populated areas. Museums and such tend to bore us and the heat kills us. Money is certainly a factor. We'll probably be using public transportation, but aren't opposed to renting a car for part of the adventure. We'd love to explore more of Switzerland and some of Norway, but we don't know if it's financially feasible.

Here are (a few) things we've done and have LOVED:

Hut-to-hut hike in the Stubai region of Austria for 5 nights/6 days

Winery in Portugal

Sea kayaking the coast of Maine

Hut-to-hut hike in Lijiang, China

Following several stages of the Tour de France

Drinking good beer

Places/Things we didn't care for:

Venice in the summer

Paris

Big cities

Paying $5 for a yogurt at a Swiss supermarket

Any ideas, references, or tips would be fabulous!

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Mack186,

It sounds like, from your post, that you are quite familiar with Central and other areas of Europe and have a fair range of travel style experiences. Since you don't like museums, big cities, heat or pricy places I'm worried that Europe makes a somewhat restricted destination and I have trouble thinking of many exciting destinations during the summer (peak season for much of Europe) that would fit your criteria. Perhaps a road trip, just rent a vehicle and drive wherever you like and enjoy the beauty of Austria, Southern Germany the Mont Blanc area of France and perhaps Northern Italy. Just find some rural bed & breakfasts in random places and spend your honeymoon day/nights where ever the road takes you. As for avoiding the heat, not sure how you do that in July other than to retreat to the mountains.

Good luck with your travel research and hope you enjoy your honeymoon holiday next summer.

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There is the Alsace wine route from Marlenheim to Colmar. Saw someone hiking from village to village; i would suspect biking would be a better idea. and, you could splurge at Le Cerf in Marlenhiem. http://www.getalsaced.com/

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You say that you've been to a winery in Portugal, where? The Douro region?

In June you can fly to Porto (if your dates include June 23/24 those are days to be in the city for the big popular festivities of S. João). 3 possible places for you to hike are Gerês National Park, International Douro Natural Park and the archaeological Park of Foz Côa (rock art).

getportugal.com/en/poi-parque-nacional-da-pe…

http://dourovalley.eu/EN/poi?id=3618&r=8

www.arte-coa.pt/index.php…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMTdqNxOLJ4

If your dates include June 12/13 then it's in Lisboa that the big popular festivities of S. António occur, and from Lisboa you can go by train to the north.

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5. Re: 2-week Honeymoon, July 2014, Europe, want adventure/culture

We did 4 nights in Switzerland during our honeymoon. It's a little expensive but can be done reasonably. We stayed at a hostel in Lauterbrunnen which was good enough for us (we were out hiking from sun-up to sun-down every day we were there), bought groceries to make our own breakfast, made sandwiches to have for lunch to eat while we were out hiking, and went out for decent dinners at night but nothing fancy. The train system is great, though it's a little expensive. The views were spectacular, every hike we did (all in the Jungfrau region) was unique, and even with less than perfect weather we had an amazing time. It was a little more pricey than our time in Italy or France but well worth every cent we spent.

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