For many, your honeymoon is a time for some good ole R&R surrounded by sunshine and cocktails. For others, it’s a time to plan an adventure. And for History channel addicts, it's a time to revisit the past. If you and your new spouse are more into ruins than piña coladas — there's a historic honeymoon spot that's right for you. If you dream of retracing your ancestors' footsteps, or simply long for the charm of a simpler time, and a place where you can devour historical facts, we've got the honeymoon location list for you. Here, five honeymoon destinations guaranteed to please history buffs. There's even some romance.
Dating back to as early as 753 BC (as legends would have it), Rome is home to important tales of ancient history and the beginnings of civilization as we know it. (As well as plenty of romance for honeymooners, too.) Sites, including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and the Vatican, will have history buffs swooning by day, while enjoying incredible Italian restaurants, wine bars, and romantic strolls through the city in the evenings.
While in Rome, do as the Romans do, and enjoy classic Roman style at the Boscolo Excedra Roma. Whether you indulge in the Presidential suite or one of the 238 other beautifully appointed rooms, you’ll enjoy gastronomical options including 4 bars, 3 restaurants in house, including the Posh Terrace – the perfect place to watch a sunset after a day spent amongst living history. Located above the ancient ruins of the Thermal Baths of Diocletian, the hotel is as unique as it is beautiful and is a perfect option for honeymooners.
Known as “Venice of the North,” and for its liberal, laid back and progressive atmosphere, this capital city of the Netherlands is also home to incredible tales and artifact — from its Museum District to the incredibly moving Anne Frank House. With picturesque neighborhoods featuring colorful and iconic row houses, and eclectic cuisine offerings, Amsterdam’s origins begin in the 12th century, and its legacy lives on today.
When not touring the canals, cycling the streets, and visiting the historical attractions, stay in style at the 5-star Pulitzer Amsterdam. With a unique history of its own, the newly-renovated hotel actually consists of 25 row houses, uniquely constructed into one modern-meets-vintage hideaway, right on the Prinsengracht canal. Perfect for honeymooners, its Pulitzer Suite oozes romance with gilded décor, a freestanding bath, historic architecture and a Super King size bed.
Rich with history of medieval times, the monarchy, religion, and the World Wars, London’s past is deep and vast. Endless tour options, spanning the Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Windsor Castle are only a small sample of how you can spend your days, with your nights spent cozying up in traditional pubs, dining at Michelin restaurants, or checking out the local nightlife scene.
For a perfect respite from all your sightseeing and experiences, why not call a piece of history “home” as you stay in the lap of luxury at the historic Cliveden House. Just about 20 miles outside of London City Center, this house is home to 350 years of history — it was built by George Viliers 2nd Duke of Buckingham in 1666. Throughout its years it’s seen its own fair share of history, from royal guests to infamous affairs, and visits from Winston Churchill, the Beatles, the Queen, and more. Surrounded by luxurious amenities, antiques, original art and world class service, the Cliveden House is perfect for any luxury-loving couple with a piqued interest in history, too.
Already a popular site for newlyweds, the capital city of Greece is known just as much for its rich ancient history as it is for its incredible beaches, luxurious resorts, and iconic architecture. At the heart of ancient civilization, Greece’s roots date back to 5th century BC, and sites like the Parthenon and Acropolis are on many a history lover’s bucket lists. Immerse yourselves in Greek mythology and history as you trace through the Acropolis Museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and explore the Byzantine and Christian Museum.
For incredible accommodations that will allow you to soak up the sun amongst exquisite surroundings, the King George hotel, located in the heart of the city, combines modern vibes with antique charm throughout its 63 guest rooms and 39 suites. When you’re not busy taking in all of Athens’ splendor, enjoy fine dining in at the hotel’s Tudor restaurant which has incredible views of the city. For a truly unforgettable experience consider staying in the 9th floor Penthouse Suite, where you’ll have your own private outdoor pool and stunning accommodations.
Set along the majestic Nile River, Cairo is a perfect mix of authentic ancient history and a modern urban city. With something for everyone, the home of the infamous King Tut and the neighboring Great Sphinx dates back to nearly the 26th century BC, and has been captivating the hearts of history enthusiasts ever since. As one of the biggest cities in the Middle East, Cairo is the perfect place to explore Egyptian culture, both past and present. Take a camel ride amongst the pyramids with your new spouse, marvel at ancient artifacts within the Egyptian Museum, and shop at the famed Khan el-Khalili Bazaar by day, while embarking on a private, romantic Felucca cruise along the Nile by night.
The Ritz-Carlton Cairo, is an excellent option for your stay in the city, with an impressive façade that conveniently houses 4 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 lounges, an outdoor pool, and the renowned The Nile Ritz-Carlton Spa. Perfectly located near the can’t-miss Egyptian Museum, you can decompress from long days spent amongst the city’s splendor with a Volcanic Hot Stone massage before retiring to your impressive room or suite.