Post # 1
Hi Bees 🙂
I was wondering if anyone has been to Santoini, Mykonos, or any of the other islands of Greece? My fiance and I are thinking about doing Athens for a day or two and then spend the rest of our time on the islands. We would be taking our honeymoon at the beginning of August 2011 and we wanted to begin planning it with an agent soon.
Is this a relaxing honeymoon choice or is there too much to see and do that we would be busy sightseeing the entire time?
If anyone has any hotel, island, beaches, must-see suggestions,etc. I would love to hear from you!
Post # 3
I went to Rhodes a few years ago, and had a great time. If you stay in Rhodes Town you’ll be close to the beach, which is very long, and close to shopping, bars and sights. I particularly recommend the archaeological museum, which is located inside a medieval building called the Hospital of the Knights.
Post # 4
Mrs Star went to Greece for her honeymoon and I believe went to Santoini. I’ve personally never been (it’s on the list) but I’d check out her recaps.
Post # 5
I’ve been to Athens, Mykonos, Ios, Santorini, and Samos – the Greek islands are awesome! Mykonos is a bit more of a party island although the beaches are gorgeous and Mykonos town is stunning with the whitewashed buildings, blue trim, and flowers everywhere. You mentioned that you’d be going in August, I was there the first two weeks of July so the weather/climate will be pretty much the same.
Ios was just a relaxing fun beach playground – they have heaps of water sports for rentals and we stayed at the most gorgeous little hotel up on a cliff overlooking the beach. It was a bit of a trek down to the beach but the views couldn’t be beat. I wish I knew the name of the hotel but as I was on a tour, I have absolutely no idea what it was. 🙁
Santorini is the best – black sand beaches and the most gorgeous blue water ever! There is a full day tour you can do to the volcano that Santorini surrounds (it used to be one gigantic volcano but an explosion thousands of years ago left Santorini as a crescent shaped island with the caldera of the volcano as its own separate island). I can’t remember what all the day tour included but I know we hiked to the top of the volcano, got to swim in a mud bath next to the volcano, and then rode donkeys up a cliffside to the town of Oia (I think) to watch the sunset over the Aegean. Beautiful.
Greece is awesome – the food is incredible, scenery is beautiful, and it’s not terribly expensive. Definitely recommend it as a place to visit!! 🙂
Post # 6
We’re doing a cruise to all those islands for our honeymoon. I work with a gentlman who is from Greece, and he talked me into it. All of his pictures from home (an dhis adorable accent) are so enticing. I can’t wait! My girlfriend who is getting married in 2 weeks told me she’s jealous of our honeymoon – you know it’s gotta be good when someone says they are jealous!
Post # 7
There’s a bee on here called Evi who’s gatting married in Greece. She’ll probably know….
Post # 8
oo I’m so glad I found this post! my FI and I want to go there on our honeymoon in October 2011. We are just sort of watching it with all the turmoil thats going on over there.. in Anthens I think?
My FI is a history buff, and I am a design major so we want to go site seeing majorly.. but you know, A beach here or there wouldn’t hurt either!! (I’m hoping it will be like 25% site seeing, 75% beach!)
Post # 9
We have not…but it’s our dream to go and so we are planning a cruise there for our 10th anniversary. I’d totally cheer you on!
Post # 10
@BoulderBride: We have the same wedding date and we are planning Greece as well!!! We have narrowed it down to Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. My FI wanted to add Egypt as a side trip but think that will blow our budget. We are just starting to get prices and it’s going to be higher than I thought. Airfare alone is about $1,300 per person! Yikes! I might end up planning the entire trip myself since travel agents are coming in with high prices.
Beware that you will get annoyed quickly though as EVERYBODY tells me that August is their peak season and rates are out of control. Makes me want to scream b/c I think they expect me to change my date!
Post # 11
@Mrs. Cooper: oops, forgot to add to check Costco’s website. They just added a few athens packages and told me that the Island packages should be out within a few weeks or so.
Post # 12
@BoulderBride:I’ve never been to Athens, but I’ve been to Santorini and Mykonos. They were absolutely amazing. It was for my senior trip in high school, and the scenery was just beautiful. The water on the beaches looked like glass. I want to move there 🙂
Post # 13
I’ve been to Athens and a few Greek Islands: Evia, Syros and Skyros. These islands were nice but I would def. suggest Santorini for Honeymooning (from what I have seen and heard)!
Athens would be nice to do for two days, its so crowded and can get very very hot in the summer though, that I would think you would prefer being relaxed on a beautiful beach! At the same time, you can’t go to Greece and not go to Athens, so 2 days would be fine, they have a huge a flea market with all sorts of fun things to buy. The market is open all the time and is right near the acropolis, so this might be a fun thing to check out:-)
Post # 14
Athens was part of our backpacking honeymoon. We move really fast so we saw all the sights we wanted to see in one day. For the average person I would say two days max in Athens. There really isn’t much else there besides the monuments.
I would spend the rest of your time in Santorini and Mykonos, known for beautiful beaches etc.
All boats leave from the Port of Pireaus which is roughly a 20 minute train ride from the city center. All the ticket offices are right there so you can buy your tickets then.
Go here: http://www.ferries.gr/booking/ to check for rough itineraries keeping in mind schedules change constantly due to weather and season.
Look into staying at an apt (vrbo) instead of hotel. We got a great apt with a view of the Acropolis for 100Euro/nt for both of us.
Don’t do a surprise island hop like we did….it was def not the crystal blue water with beautiful buildings like you think when you see Greece.
If you want my honest, no holds barred opinion of Greece send me a PM.
Post # 15
The only thing I would be careful about with Greece is that there have been quite a few riots there this year, particularly in Athens. The Islands should still be fine, but there is definately a travel warning on Athens at the moment.
Post # 16
I just wanted to add that Rhodes is amazing and definitely worth a visit.