Post # 1
We’d like to honeymoon in Greece next summer. We’re not concerned about safety, but we’re worried about travel delays, the airport in Athens possibly getting shut down, etc. Is anyone else planning a Greece honeymoon? What have you found in your research?
Post # 3
We went to Greece this past summer for our honeymoon, it was during the taxi and ferry strikes. We stayed on a small island in the Dodecanese for most of the trip and we had no problems. I that staying away from Athens and Crete and the major tourist areas helped lessen the impact on our traveling. We did do a few days in Athens during the taxi strikes and the metro system in Athens was amazing. We used it to get to the airport since the taxis weren’t running and I would actually recommend it regardless of what the strike situation is.
Post # 4
@belleforest: Thanks! That’s what we wanted to hear. Did you fly into and out of Athens or somewhere else?
Post # 5
I just recently went to Thess, and even when Athens was striking it was fine- no shut downs.
Just be aware that there are whole public transportation strikes now- even the metros/buses are being shut down.
I would suggest looking at your embassy’s webpage. The US e,bassy posts where and when the strikes will be happening.
*and to throw in the safety- news in this part of the world is that they will be targeting foreigners soon*
Post # 6
We flew into and out of Athens. If you are going to one of the islands you can look into flights to your destination from other European countries (a lot of the German and Austrian tourists flew directly to the island from Austria) , my experience was that once we were on the island the political unrest really didn’t affect us, most of the locals thought the whole thing was a major pain and were angry at the taxi drivers for striking (on the island I was on the taxis were on strike for one day but it has such a huge effect on the island economy they started working again, the taxis in Athens and on the bigger islands were on strike basically the entire time we were in Greece). As CassidyR mentions though, pay attention to which organizations are striking and be prepared for it to affect your plans. Regarding safety, I really think outside of Athens there isn’t much to worry about, and even in Athens if you stay away from the “hot spots” I think you will be safe. My experience was that people wanted tourists to spend their money and everyone was really welcoming and friendly.
Post # 7
We were originally thinking of going to Greece for our honeymoon but I think we’ll go to Turkey instead. I’ve heard as long as you stay out of Athens, you should be OK.
Post # 8
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I know you’re not concerned about safety, but if you do go, guard your things carefully. There are gypsies running around and they will hurt you for what you have. Leave your diamonds and valuables at home…
Post # 9
Thanks for the words of wisdom, everyone! We’re now planning to be in Athens briefly but spend most of our time on Santorini and Crete.
Post # 10
A Greek honeymoon will be wonderful! I almost chose to go with Greece, but in the end Switzerland won out because my Fiance and I have already been there and love it.
When I was thinking of picking Greece, it was almost entirely because of this review:
If you haven’t yet booked a hotel for Santorini, consider staying at the Anastasis Apartments as mentioned in the above review. It looks amazing!
Post # 11
Mhm, considering the fact that the Euro issue is severely going on over there right now, I don’t know if I would want to go to greece at all. People there right now are really just annoyed, pissed off, very unhappy about the situation . A few escalated demonstrations so forth has been going on for a while, and it looks like it’s getting worse. I just hope for you that this is over and done with by the time you guys get there, because my greek friends there are not very happy people at all right now ..negative atmosphere in general according to them.
But as I said earlier, this might change once you are there. I just really hope you enjoy your trip to Greece, it is truly beautiful there!
Post # 12
Can I ask what you ended up deciding on?
I am in the same situation…The 2nd half of our honeymoon we are spending 7 nights in Greece in June 2012: 2 nights Athens, ferry to Mykonos (2 nights), ferry to Santorini (3 nights) and then flight to Athens to go home. I am a little bit worried about the what the state of the economy will be by that time, and what effect that will have on the services, but I think for the most part, the news coverage is blowing a lot out of proportion. The protests and riots that do happen are normally around government buildings, not near the touristy Acropolis.
I remember the protesting going on in Toronto summer 2010 because of the G20 summit. I was one of the few residents who stayed in the city that week. Sure, it was bad – Buildings were vandalized and police cars were set on fire – but the news over-hyped the situation to make it seem like the violence was happening everywhere when in fact it was very centralized and not widespread.
Post # 13
@RoundSolitaire: we actually just booked a vacation to greece for this june. we are flying through athens, spending 4 nights in mykonos, 4 nights in santorini, and then back to athens for the last 2 nights. i am a bit worried about the political unrest, but as you said, have heard that it’s mostly contained to athens and near the political areas. we did buy trip insurance on the plane tix though and will monitor the situation as it gets closer.
Post # 14
Honestly, I think Greece is too much of a gamble this year. The political situation is getting worse and the protests are getting more violent. Who knows what might happen in a few months, they could even go bankrupt. Even if they don’t, access to transportation and gasoline could likely be limited.