Tour Talk

A Perfect Honeymoon

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

A honeymoon is not just any other vacation. It’s the getaway to end all getaways for the newly blissful couple, and although Hawaii or the Caribbean might be top of mind for this all-important trip, why not suggest a trip to Africa, or the more traditionally romantic cities of Europe. This is, after all, a prelude to a lifetime together, so why not start it off on a high note in a destination that dazzles? We’ve handpicked two honeymoon tours that caught our eye—whether your clients are budget-conscious, but still want to delve into utterly romantic Paris and Venice, or have money to spare for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Southern Africa.

paris & venice with central holidays This year, Central Holidays introduced 10 value-added honeymoon vacation packages, and if your newlyweds are traditional about love at all, these are the European cities to send them off to. The company’s roster of honeymoon destinations includes Rome, Taormina, the Amalfi Coast, Athens, Santorini—you get the picture. But we couldn’t resist going the more classic route and pointing you to the company’s 8-night Honeymoon in Paris & Venice itinerary, with a starting rate that will bring a smile to any newlyweds’ faces, $2,275. With Venice’s tapestry of renaissance buildings and inspiring art pieces, matched by Paris’ utterly romantic streets and sexy vibe, this tour will not disappoint a pair of beating hearts. Romance is magnified in these two destinations—where couples will spend three nights in each—moreover when it’s complemented by these romantic tour offerings: a 3-course dinner at a lovely restaurant on the Champs-Elysees, a 1-hour Seine River cruise for a unique view of the City of Lights, a gondola serenade with music in Venice, flowers in-room in both Paris and Venice, and champagne upon arrival in Venice. Accommodations range from the two-star All Seasons Voltaire Republique in Paris to the three-star Albergo San Marco in Venice. Higher-end options include Paris’ four-star Hotel du Louvre—located in the heart of the elegant quarter that’s home to the Palais Royal, the Comedian Francaise, the Tuileries Gardens, Les Halles and the banks of the Seine River—and Venice’s five-star Palazzo Bauer, an 18th century palace overlooking the Grand Canal and neighboring St. Marks Square. Central Holidays stresses that each honeymoon itinerary can be custom-tailored to meet the couple’s distinct interests and desires.

Contact: (800) 935-5000; centralholidays.com

the ultimate honeymoon with SITA SITA World Tours, too, has been busy sprinkling the world with romantic sojourns, including a couple of luxurious African honeymoons: the 9-night South Africa and Victoria Falls Honeymoon Special and our favorite, the 12-night Ultimate Honeymoonpackage. The latter, with rates starting at $8,895 pp sharing, is an ode to love, with the couple filling their days exploring Cape Town’s fabulous attractions, luxuriating at the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Kruger National Park and delighting in tropical Matemo Island in Mozambique as they have a romantic dinner on the beach, devour the in-room chocolates and wine, and delight in a couple’s massage. In Cape Town, couples can choose from a host of available tours depending on their interest, including taking in the picturesque coastal vistas on a full-day Cape Peninsula tour, enjoying wine tastings in the Cape Winelands, going on a full-day shark diving tour or a helicopter ride, hiking up Table Mountain or taking a mountain bike ride, and winding down with a romantic walk on the beach at sunset followed by dinner. Other highlights include sightseeing in Johannesburg, bush walks, hippo tours. Safari lunch, interactive wildlife lectures, village tour with blessing by Iman, face painting at village “beauty parlor,” and the like. Accommodations are at The Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge at Sabi Sand, Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg, and Matemo Island Lodge. SITA World Tours has established a wedding registry that includes the first deposit of $100 into a registered newlywed’s account. SITA will manage the registry and send your client’s guests an acknowledgement card thanking them on your behalf.

Contact: (800) 421-5643; sitatours.com