Has anyone been to Greece?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I went to Greece and did not use any of those.  I went for a cousin’s wedding (she married into a greek family) so we stayed at the family’s homes and hotels that they had set up.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Laurenplusalex:  I’ve been to Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. No tour, we just planned the trip ourselves and purchased excursions at each location once we got there. It worked out cheaper that way.

I do want to say that it’s an amazing honeymoon destination though.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I live in Greece, so I’m happy to help. 🙂

I like to avoid specific tour programs personally, and to do my own thing. But it depends on your travel style.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I went when I was 16 for 2 months. Its very easy to get around, but if you dont know greek I would do a guided tour. I found that many people didnt speak English well enough to understand what I was saying (this was almost 10 years ago, so it may have changed). The younger people did, but the older people did not… as in the people driving taxis, at the airport and on the ferries. 

Be ware that Greece runs on its own little time frame, so if you do plan independently be aware that if the ferry states it comes at 4pm, it may not show up till 6pm or even 8pm. It happened many times to me while I was there and I heard of other people having similar issues. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

My husband was just telling me about Greece last night! He went right before all of the political/economic “fun stuff” began, so he said Athens was kind of a shit-hole (I’m not sure what he meant by that, we went off on a tangent about how locals hated the arenas they built for the Olympics) but he would not shut up about how much he loved Cyprus. So…. I recommend making sure you check it out! Heh.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’ve only been to Athens, and my friends and I planned everything ourselves. I HATE guided tours or bus tours or anything like that; I like to see what I want to see and not be tied down to any one schedule. My advice? Do a lot of research and book it yourselves!

Also, don’t spend more than 2 days in Athens. The ruins and all the old stuff is really cool, but the city is dirty and you don’t need all that long to see everything you’ll want to see.

Focus on the islands! Maybe a cruise? Check out Windstar. They’re expensive (and I have no idea what your budget is), but FI has been on one of their other cruises before and loved it. His parents did the Greece/Turkey one a few years ago and haven’t stopped talking about it since, so that’s our honeymoon plan!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We planned everything on our own and we went to Athens and Santorini.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I am actually Greek and I’ve been to Greece many times. My husband and I went to Santorini for our honeymoon and didnt need any tour guides or anything. At the airport they have these booklet’s full of things to do around the island. All tourist attracted areas in Greece provide these. If you plan on staying in Santorini please do not choose Galaxy suites. Although a beautiful resort in their pictures they have huge electrical wires obstructing the caldera view. It sucked. Do, however, do the catamaran boat ride! Worth EVERY penny! We used the company the kardashians used. Not the reason why we chose the company but still a fun fact. We booked our flights with a travel agent inside our local walmart and went back and forth with them and another travel agency and ended up saving around $400 in flight costs. Always do your own research on the resort you want to stay at. Dont get sucked into the ones the travel agencies have on their systems. Here is a picture from our honeymoon! 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I went to Greece without any of that. I would fly into Athens, spend two days there to see the museums, acropolis, and agora (and maybe take a day trip over to Delphi or Sounion) and then I’d hop on a Dolphin flyer to Santorini and spend the rest of the time there. Another amazing option would be to add Crete to that list and go see Knossos.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@KateByDesign:  Which hotels or resort did you stay at in Santorini?

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went with my mom right before they held the olympics there and loved it. We did a guided tour and I was totally happy with that decision. The driving looked like it was a nightmare and a lot of people do not speak english. We chose a tour with a lot of free time so we had no problems going off and doing our own thing, and for the major tourist attractions we got to skip all the lines since we were with the group.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Laurenplusalex:  we went to Crete as well (though on another trip). If I were to go back, I think I would only go to Santorini, to be honest. If I hadn’t been to Greece before, I’d go everywhere but that’s the kind of traveller I am. I also went for 3 weeks and had a lot of time in both Mykonos and Santorini. If I mostly wanted to party, I’d go to Mykonos, but even then, there are better places to party (Ibiza). 

We split equal time in each Mykonos and Santorini and I think that was a mistake. Depending on how much time you have, I would spend two nights in Mykonos and the rest of your time in Santorini. 

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