For those who are bored with beaches and tired of the same old sights, a honeymoon is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourselves in a new culture. Discovering the diversity of the world with your soul-mate is a perfect way to embark upon your lifelong journey together.
Called “The Venice of North” due to its many canals, St. Petersburg is a stunningly beautiful city with countless museums, cathedrals, monuments and more that will fill your memory cards before you can say “cheese!” Exploring this royal city is sure to be rewarding, and guaranteed to provide memories for all the years to come.
Best Time to Travel: Summer for “white nights” and warm weather.
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One of the planet’s most dynamic cities, London has excitement every day of the year. So hop the pond and dive in to discover classic British culture—pubs, royal parks, soccer games, double decker buses and more. And don’t forget to toast to your soul mate when you take high tea!
Best Time to Travel: London is lovely in all seasons.
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Beijing burst onto the world scene with the 2008 Olympic Games and never looked back. This sprawling city contains countless palaces, temples, museums and parks—and it’s just an hour away from the Great Wall. Visiting China is a truly life-changing experience, and now is the perfect time to dive into this fascinating nation on the rise.
Best Time to Travel: Spring and autumn to avoid large crowds and cold weather.
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Just a few hours across the border, yet endowed with that indescribable European atmosphere, Montreal is a treat to all those who visit. Feel the romance of a French-speaking city as you wander the cobblestone streets of the Old Town or rent public bikes from one of the many rental stations.
Best Time to Travel: Summer for warm days and amazing festivals.
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With its ultra-modern rail system, love of rules and order, and citizens who frequently speak fluent English, Germany is both incredibly easy to navigate and highly rewarding to those who explore its many sides. Hike the Alps, hop around medieval towns, and wander through the eclectic streets of Berlin, possibly Europe’s most avant garde capital.
Best Time to Travel: Summer for festivals and winter for holiday celebrations.
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For sheer elegance and cultural history, few cities compare to Vienna. With its famous operas, balls, and restaurants, the Austrian capital will capture any couple’s imagination. And with its thorough public transportation system, the city is fit for wide-eyed exploration.
Best Time to Travel: Summer and winter for the most exciting festivals.
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With its endless green hills, peaceful lakes, and ancient castles, Scotland is the perfect retreat for a couple seeking solace from wedding stress. Sample some typical Scottish specialties (like haggis, porridge, or whisky), or wander the serene expanses of the Highlands. You’re sure to expand your horizons, however you spend your days.
Best Time to Travel: April through October for pleasant summer weather.
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Let the crowds swarm Barcelona and Madrid while you escape to edgier Valencia—a city on the verge of stardom. Fascinating contemporary architecture, delicious Catalan cuisine and nearby beaches make Valencia a can’t miss spot for any culture-hungry couple.
Best Time to Travel: Anytime, but March for Valencia’s famous Fallas festival.
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This often-overlooked nation is the mother of modern Brazil—so naturally it’s vibrant with excitement and abundant in warm culture. From gorgeous Porto (the home of divine port wine) to enchanting Lisbon and of course the famous seaside Algarve, Holiday Inn has properties wherever your Iberian itinerary takes you.
Best Time to Travel: Skip peak summer season and check out spring festivals.
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Dive into Brazil’s wild and diverse culture in São Paulo, the nation’s most populous city. Explore the enormous urban parks, enjoy incredible views from soaring towers, and perhaps even revel in the famous nightlife at one of the many mega-clubs. No matter what you do, São Paulo is sure to impress.
Best Time to Travel: December to March for warmest weather.
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