For some, the definition of romance is an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris. For others, it’s a chalky candy heart. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum, we all can agree that one thing isn’t romantic: price tags.
Before planning your Valentine’s Day jaunt or a romantic weekend getaway, make sure you know the costs so you can stick to pillow talk.
Click through to see what it costs to go on one of these romantic vacations.
Estimated Cost: $201 per day
You can’t start this list with anything other than the City of Love. You know the drill: Sip wine on the Seine, get your obligatory Instagram shot of the Eiffel Tower, marvel at the breathtaking sights and visit the Louvre, which is free on the first Sunday of each month.
Estimated Cost: $145 per day
One of the most underrated tourist destinations in the world, Montreal is roughly 75 percent of the cost of a Paris vacation.
The trendy city also offers foodie-approved dining and mild climes along the St. Lawrence River, plus love-bird parks such as the Jardin Botanique de Montreal. Even better, you can still brush up on your French for all of those whispered sweet nothings.
Estimated Cost: $132 per day
From the art of Michelangelo to the high fashion of Gucci, lovers can’t go wrong with Italy. Touring galleries hand-in-hand is a must, but don’t forget to grab a gelato and watch the sunset from atop the Duomo.
Estimated Cost: $144 per day
If you want fairy-tale love, Lucerne is straight out of Grimm’s. The Richard Wagner Museum regularly holds grand-piano concerts, and the 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge is the perfect place to pop the question. Just sayin’.
Cape Town, South Africa
Estimated Cost: $111 per day
You might not think of South Africa when you think of metropolitan museums, cable cars and horseback riding on the beach, but you should. Every day in Cape Town costs about 1,373 rand, but don’t get sticker shock — that’s only $111 USD, which makes Cape Town one of the travel hot spots where your dollar goes further.
Estimated Cost: $78 per day
Ryokan inns create an intimate vibe in Kyoto, and visiting this zen-infused destination in the spring means you’ll see the iconic cherry blossom trees in bloom. It’s a must if your better half is into tea ceremonies, authentic ramen or quiet meditation.
And take advantage of Kyoto’s affordable prices while you can — it’s one of many destinations that are expected to get more expensive in the near future.
Estimated Cost: $50 per day
You can’t bring up romantic destinations without talking about tropical islands. For those who prefer unbridled romance, Boracay is all about partying. As Travel+Leisure puts it, “Ample nightlife … sets the tone. Travelers come here to let loose.”
Estimated Cost: $148 per day
It might not get points for originality, but sandy beaches, enchanting waterfalls and lots of mai tais remind you that Maui is famous for a reason. Seal your journey with a stunning sunrise at Haleakalā National Park, where reservations are only $1.50 per car.
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Estimated Cost: $92 per day
Want some V Day hipster cred? Try Vilnius, a bohemian choice characterized by Baroque architecture, historic castles, placid lakes and fragrant gardens.
In the Old Town of Senamiestis, get lost on cobblestone streets as you tour the many historic cathedrals scattered throughout the city.
Estimated Cost: $32 per day
Lonely Planet points out that Mérida is not only a safe destination, it’s a wonderful under-the-radar spot for the starry-eyed.
Hit up the flamingo-inhabited fishing village of Celestún before catching a show at the Teatro José Peón Contreras theater or just napping on the beach.
Estimated Cost: $59 per day
The Red City doesn’t just match the Valentine’s color theme, it matches its heart. Open markets, cafes and live shows in Djemaa El-Fna inject your trip with adventure. And travelers often stay in picturesque, courtyard-equipped houses called riads. It’s no wonder Forbes named Marrakesh among the World’s Most Romantic Cities in 2017.
Although Marrakesh is affordable to visit at just $59 a day, you can save even more money — if you get creative. Morocco is, after all, one of the best destinations you can visit on $50 a day or less.
Estimated Cost: $131 per day
It’s not just the Mediterranean climate that makes Seville well-known among romantics, it’s the combination of upscale hotels, the Cathedral of Seville and the cornucopia of museums. Get cultured at the Museo de Bellas Artes by day, then get wild with flamenco dancing at night.
Estimated Cost: $135 per day
A sleepier alternative to Paris, Aix is all class. Walk the same trails trod by Cezanne as you take in the ivory-colored Sainte-Victoire mountain, or wind down with an espresso on the terraces at Cours Mirabeau. Whatever you do, just don’t do it in a hurry.
Estimated Cost: $113 per day
The Independent says Charleston makes the ideal “backdrop to a romantic weekend away from the daily grind,” and its mainland location makes it much easier to take a spur-of-the-moment weekend getaway.
As you’re browsing the quaint galleries of the French Quarter or taking a horse carriage ride under the shady, mossy arms of ancient oaks, you might just feel like cuddling.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Estimated Cost: $209 per day
Monaco was made for sweethearts with a taste for extravagance. At less than $20 a pop, tickets to the Oceanographic Museum and all of its aquatic attractions offer a lot of bang for their buck. That means you’ll have more to gamble with at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, one of the most elegant casinos on the planet.
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Estimated Cost: $47 per day
When you’re nicknamed the City of the World’s Desire, you’d better come through with some serious romance.
Don’t worry — the galleries, tea gardens and Ottoman mosques of Istanbul all live up to the title. And did we mention the nightlife? You might just need a reinvigorating Turkish bath in the morning.
Estimated Cost: $130 per day
If Tuscany’s good enough for the label on your Chianti, it’s good enough for your Valentine’s getaway. This medieval Tuscan city is packed with texture and character, not to mention tons of classical music, art and historic architecture. Don’t let that distract you from treating your beau to a locally famous panforte cake, though.
Estimated Cost: $121 per day
In Bruges, the stone streets and fairy-tale churches might make you think you got transported to the inside of a snowglobe. Boat rides through canals rival the romance of Venice, and ice skating on local ponds during the chillier seasons gives you all the more reason to cuddle as you listen to the pipe organ at St. Giles.
Estimated Cost: $81 per day
Edinburgh is a budget-friendly getaway, but don’t let the Georgian architecture fool you into thinking Edinburgh is old-fashioned. Quirky couples will revel in avant-garde performing arts and wonderfully weird ghost tours.
Estimated Cost: $62 per day
This Valentine’s Day, don’t buy pearls — take a trip to the Pearl of the Adriatic instead.
The Old Town of this walled city is a haven for artists, painters, playwrights and thinkers, which means you’d better write a poem at that Placa cafe table. Oh, and if you routinely curl up to “Game of Thrones,” you’ll recognize plenty of locations from the show.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Estimated Cost: $25 per day
Few things are as romantic as the tango, and few cities are as romantic as its birthplace. Put all the money you’ll save on day-to-day expenses toward the cafes and artisanal boutiques of the Feria de San Telmo. Free art events, from pop-up galleries to dance classes, are as common as the decadent dulce de leche in this city of passion.
Estimated Cost: $139 per day
An opera date is a time-tested Valentine’s Day gift, but you might as well go big with an unforgettable trip to the iconic Sydney Opera House.
That distinct silhouette isn’t all Sydney has to offer, though. Let your inner kids out over ice cream and rides at Luna Park before flirting among the flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Estimated Cost: $106 per day
Lisbon is Portugal’s capital, but it’s more laid-back than bustling. For the couple who wallow in culture, a leisurely walk through Lisbon gets you to dozens of museums and gardens, and live music is never far away. Share a kiss over the River Tagus as you take a ferry to Cacilhas.
Estimated Cost: $146 per day
Rome’s ubiquitous ancient ruins lend the city a sense of sweeping romance, but don’t sleep on its metropolitan culture, including tons of nightlife hot spots, cosmopolitan shopping and cutting-edge eateries.
Whether you’re into historic statues or handbag shopping, take the whole city in with gorgeous nighttime views from the top of the Vittoriano. Another bonus: Rome is one of the cities that are getting cheaper to visit.
Estimated Cost: $141 per day
One of the best destinations for retired couples, the steamy mystery of Barcelona is your gateway to Hemingway-flavored romance. The city’s unique Gaudi architecture provides a colorful backdrop for wining and dining the day away with the menu del dia. Dodge the tourists in the hip, tucked-away quarter of Gracia.
New York City
Estimated Cost: $228 per day
For a love affair straight out of the movies, take the apple of your eye to the Big Apple. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center ($25 outside of peak season) to posing together atop the Empire State Building, memories are waiting to be made.
When you’re done with the touristy stuff, lay low with pizza or bagels from the city’s endless supply of deliciously intimate late-night dives. But to stay on budget, make sure you use these insider secrets to save money on your NYC trip.
Estimated Cost: $122 per day
Carmel-by-the-Sea entices you to disappear without ever leaving the United States. This Monterey Peninsula arts town is a perpetually quiet village that doesn’t have a single fast-food chain but has plenty of postcard-worthy views and locally owned cafes. Mild temps and a nostalgic atmosphere make it easy to let time slip away on the shores of Carmel Beach.
Estimated Cost: $161 per day
Are you and your partner really into mid-century style and foodie-friendly dining? If so, Copenhagen says “hello.”
A culturally cutting-edge city that feels like a sleepy small town, the Danish capital is rich with art, food and entertainment. You should check out Tivoli Gardens and step back into the innocence of adolescence together.
Estimated Cost: $96 per day
You can’t get much more romantic than a stroll along the Vltava River and a kiss on the Charles Bridge. Prague is your time portal back to a more enchanting era, where you can spend the day in the famed Prague Castle and the night getting saucy at the Prague Dancing House.
Estimated Cost: $123 per day
Look up “romance” in the dictionary, and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find a picture of a Venetian gondola.
Travel+Leisure calls Venice’s “winding waterways and pastel piazzas an obvious choice for the world’s most romantic city.” And because there are no cars, traffic noises will never break the mood.
Estimated Cost: $128 per day
Energetic and unexpected, Dublin makes for the perfect surprise vacation. Foggy days, Guinness brews and warm comfort food are waiting to be discovered while St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Dublin Castle stand front and center. Dublin is a city of storytellers; might as well make it the setting for your life’s big love story.
Estimated costs were sourced from Budget Your Trip, accessed between Jan. 13 and 15, 2018. Estimated costs are per person, per day and include accommodations, food and water, local transportation, entertainment, tips and alcohol expenses.