By Jason Coleman
My fiancee and I are planning on going to Greece for our honeymoon next spring. While we are over there we’d like to also hit Egypt and Rome. How American friendly are those cities to travel in and how long should we spend in each city?
First off, congratulations! What a great honeymoon you’ve got planned. And making the best use of your time to do some side trips is a great way to maximize your memories.
Obviously Rome is more “American friendly” than Egypt right now, and the Eternal City has enough to see and do to warrant a holiday in its own right. I’d say that anything less than two nights, three days almost doesn’t make any sense. After all, you can’t visit Rome without seeing the highlights like Vatican City and St. Peters, the Coliseum and Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. If this is your first time to Rome, three days will scratch the surface of the major attractions, and whet your appetite for a return visit, perhaps an anniversary trip!
Egypt is still a wonderful destination to explore, but its political and economic climate makes it a destination to consider with caution. You should be aware of the travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and make sure you have plenty of travel insurance and know what exactly you are and are not covered for. And something I recommend all my clients do is to use a tour operator for your Egypt excursion. Don’t try to organize and tour on your own. The services of an experienced company that have feet on the ground are invaluable when you need extra guidance, especially in an unfamiliar and fragile region.
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Jason Coleman is a travel advisor with over a decade in the travel industry. You can connect with Jason at VacationEvangelist.com. He can be heard every week as a contributor on the Weekend Travel Show.
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