News / 18 September 2019, 12:33pm / Clinton Moodley
Newlyweds are no longer looking for a traditional honeymoon, where they’re cocooned in private villas and get to enjoy lazy days on the beach.
Now, they want to explore different destinations with other millennials. It’s become so popular that it’s given birth to Contiki-moons, a honeymoon, but with a group of people aged between 18 and 35.
Kele Scheppers, marketing manager for The Travel Corporation, said the idea for Contiki-moons came about after couples on Contiki trips sealed their love with epic proposals.
These couples would then book a Contiki-inspired honeymoon to celebrate their marriage.
Estimates reveal that around 10% of all Contiki clients are couples, and there’s been a 2% increase in travellers who join a Contiki as a couple from 2018 to 2019.
Scheppers said: “Wedding planning can be quite demanding. Couples get so caught up in organising their big day that there’s little time to plan their romantic holiday.
“I think what makes Contiki-moons so appealing is that these trips allow you to experience a place with like-minded people while still having quality time with your other half.”
Scheppers added: “Not all couples are the same. One partner may want to see a historical sight, while the other would want to laze by the pool. With trips like these, you can experience a destination as a couple but also by yourself.”
These are some of the Contiki-moon destinations that come highly recommended by honeymooners:
Europe is popular with honeymooners. The “European Horizon” Contiki-moon option allows couples to explore eight countries. The 10-day trip takes them to Germany, Amsterdam, France and the Swiss Alps. Scenic drives along the Rhine River, a night-time tour of Paris and white-water rafting in the stunning Austrian Alps are among the experiences that can be enjoyed.
Nothing screams romance more than an Italian escape. The eight-day journey takes you to places like Venice, Florence and Rome, as well as smaller cities like Pia, Verona and the “Medieval Manhattan” of San Gimigano. Experiences on this “Italian Espresso” include trips to the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain, a pasta-making class and a guided tour of a 16th-century Tuscan winery.
You probably wouldn’t have thought of Turkey as a romantic place, but it offers several options for lovers. The Gulf of Gökova is a hidden gem, home to seaside towns, lush mountain views and picturesque beaches. Travellers will explore the gulf on a Turkish gulet boat for eight days with trips to Orak Island, Çökertme, Seven Islands and Cleopatra Island. This trip doesn’t only allow you time to soak up the ocean views with your other half, but offers an immersive experience as you soak up the local culture during visits to the markets and villages.
For the adventurous honeymooners, Mykonos and Santorini should be on your bucket list. The nine-day trip on offer is famous for five things: the blue and white buildings, ancient sights, azure waters, buzzing party nights and lazy sun-soaked days. Couples will feast on traditional Greek dishes and smash plates in the Plaka district of Athens, visit the main town of Fira and explore the cobbled streets of Mykonos on a guided night walking tour.
Looking for an unconventional honeymoon? Why not try an Austrian ski trip? The eight-day trip to the Austrian Alps of Tyrol is more than a ski retreat. In between hitting the slopes, you’ll get to enjoy themed party nights, a day trip to the home of Sound of Music, Salzburg, and a stopover in a Austrian gasthof - a German-style inn or tavern.