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1. Posted by grover (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hello All,

I would really really appreciate views on this topic. Infact I need serious opinions.

Ive never travelled to Europe, my first time, that too on my honeymoon. Its december this year, so most of Europe is out, I am really keen on Italy which might have somewhat warmer weather than the rest of Europe. I have been discouraged to travel there in Italy.

I am now really keen on Turkey, not that I know much about the place, but its just a feeling. I am planning to take on a Cosmos 13 day tour to Turkey. Is this a good idea? I want to experience nature, tranquility and peace!!! Some luxury will be the right topping.

Opinions, views plz. I need to decide within a week

Rajat Grover

2. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Hey grover,

It seems like you are looking for someplace warmer to spend your honeymoon, and you are right: near the Mediterranean it is warmer than in mid-northern Europe in December, as far as Europe is concerned (and this is the Europe section . . .). Naturally, Morocco is quite warm as well. Might I also suggest going to Spain for your honeymoon, or even the Canary Islands. In southern Spain, around, say, Seville, it stays decently warm around December. Plus, you can always rent an apartment on the beach for some extra privacy.

Steph

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Aug-2009, at 23:08 by bluewaav ]

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4. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 7y

Quoting bluewaav

Hey grover,

It seems like you are looking for someplace warmer to spend your honeymoon, and you are right: near the Mediterranean it is warmer than in mid-northern Europe in December, as far as Europe is concerned (and this is the Europe section . . .). Naturally, Morocco is quite warm as well. Might I also suggest going to Spain for your honeymoon, or even the Canary Islands. In southern Spain, around, say, Seville, it stays decently warm around December. Plus, you can always rent an apartment on the beach for some extra privacy.

Steph

Hi Grover I've never been to Morocco but as a Turkish citizen I can reccomend you a couple of alternatives in Turkey.

If you want a sea- sun honneymoon. cesme, kemer, alanya, kas, olimpos, kalkan , side, fethiye and bodrum are suitibale.

I foyu want a sight- see honneymoon. istanbul, cappadoccia, pamukkale and ephesus are a good.

If you guys would prefer a small tour I advise you to spend 3 days in Istanbul 2 in Izmir for Ephesus and rest of your time in Antalya-Kemer.

As I said before I've never been to Morrocco but I've been to Tunissia it was warm, and peaceful but I cant compare any where with Turkey.Turkey offers you so so much.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

The weather in Turkey in December won't be much better than the weather in Italy in December. Rainy, cold and depending on where you are some potential for snow flurries or piles of snow (mostly in the mountains.)

If you want warm weather with sun and beach go to Egypt. December is the best time to go to Egypt because the water in the Red Sea is still warm and yet it is not so hot.

6. Posted by grover (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks so much guys! My itinerary includes locations such as CANAKKALE, Kusadasi, Denizli, Cappadocia and ofcourse 2 days in Istanbul. what sort of places are these? Any opinions?

Eroltoksoy, it seems my schedule covers none of the places you mentioned in the 'sea-sun' category. But covers the 'sight-seeing' very well. I must ask for inclusion of some sea side areas too.

Steph, is Seville a good enough place even if that means leaving out Barcelona? Spain is the biggest temptation i have!!

T, are the places i mentioned earlier, all hilly and snowy??

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

T, are the places i mentioned earlier, all hilly and snowy??

Please ask eroltoksoy this.

I just remember being in Turkey in December at the coast in Antalya in 2004, it was a torrent of rain with temps around 15 C and on the flight back to Germany I saw some patches of snow in the mountains.

it seems my schedule covers none of the places you mentioned in the 'sea-sun' category. But covers the 'sight-seeing' very well. I must ask for inclusion of some sea side areas too.

When I went to Turkey for the first time in Dec 2004 I planned on some sun and beach too. It was utterly stupid of me, if I had consulted the climate charts I would have known that water temperature would be around 16 C and daytime air temperature between 10 and 20 C. Hardly comfortable temperatures at which to get a tan or go for a swim.

Thus I discourage you from seeking sea, sun and beach in Turkey in December. (I think eroltoksoy overlooked that you were planning to go to Turkey in December when he mentioned sun and beach.)

www.turkeytravelplanner.com is a good source of info on travelling in Turkey.

is Seville a good enough place even if that means leaving out Barcelona?

Haven't been there yet, but it is high up on my list, so I do think it is.

http://looklex.com/spain/index.htm

8. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

If you MUST choose from either Turkey or Morocco and no other places, then it has to be Southern Morocco.
Agadir Airport is a destination for European winter sunseekers. You will get warm and tanned there much more than anywhere in Turkey during December. I have no idea what your route would be to get there, but many European budget airlines go to Agadir for a song. They do Turkey in winter as well but there will be many more empty seats on the Turkey bound flights than the ones going to Morocco.
Agadir is only about 100 miles north of the Canary Islands and the temperatures all year round guarantee t-shirt weather during the day in October-March.

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I have no idea what your route would be to get there, but many European budget airlines go to Agadir for a song.

The problem of getting to Morocco from India is why I suggested Egypt. Just as warm, relatively cheap and a lot of things to see. Also cheap flights India-Egypt with Air Arabia and many airlines from the Gulf states.

To get to Morocco on the cheap from India you'd have to fly into either London or Frankfurt and then catch a budget flight to Morocco. This is a problem because you need to get a Schengen Visa or a visa to the UK to do this.

If you are going to do get a Schengen Visa or a visa to the UK you might as well forget about Morocco and travel around the UK or around Continental Europe.

BTW, prices in Egypt are similar to those in India. Maybe a bit more expensive, but not too much. Compared to that prices in Turkey are about double of those in Egypt and prices in Western Europe (Italy, Spain) are about 3-5 times as much as prices in Egypt.

10. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 7y

Quoting grover

I am now really keen on Turkey, not that I know much about the place, but its just a feeling. I am planning to take on a Cosmos 13 day tour to Turkey. Is this a good idea? I want to experience nature, tranquility and peace!!! Some luxury will be the right topping.

Honeymoon on a Cosmos tour??? Is it possible to have peace and privacy essential for a dream honeymoon? U will be rushing around in a bus with at least 20 other people and travelling for almost the whole day and some days they start quite early in the morning !! The route u suggested involving Cannakale, Troy and kusadasi is a classic one for tour operators and involves lot of bus travel.

I would advise you to do it on ur own, at ur own pace!! I was in Turkey this May for 2 weeks and found it easy to navigate on my own. Istanbul was cold and windy even in the first week of May, so i believe it would be quite cold in December. Keep that in mind before finalising ur trip!! The mediterranean coast of Turkey is indeed beautiful and will be warmer and much peaceful in December. Consider visiting Mugla, Antalya and Antakya and there are lots of small and peaceful towns in between that can be explored. Like if ur based in Antalya, u can very well hire a taxi(quite cheap in off-season) and explore Olympos, Kemer, Phaselis on the eastern side and Perge, Aspendos and waterfalls on the western side.

Morocco is also a good choice but as Maria mentioned the lack of cheap flights would make this option unviable. U have to first fly into Europe and then on to Morocco and u would need 2 visas.

Cheers
Arif