Post # 1
Hii Bees! So I searched the board before posting but most of the post were from a yr or 2 back and wanted some new info.
We have decided on honeymooning in Greece and I need some help from any of you that have been. Just so you know a little about us we are all about relaxation for this trip and do not want to have to rent a car. I would like to relax, swim, eat and drink my days away while there but still have an option to hit up a lively bar. We will be visiting the 1st week of Sept. 2014.
We absolutly want to stay in Santorini for a few nights. Any reccomendations on places with a Caldera view and no more than $300 a night?
Lastly, we want to include 1 more island. Paros & Naxos are pretty close by and will only be a short ferry ride. Have any of you been to either of these? Which 1 would you reccomend to add on.
I am open to hearing about other islands to add to our trip.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
@SM_xo: I’m sure you probably know this but Greece is coping with quite a bit of political and economical turmoil ATM. I’m not sure how the tourist islands are affected by this, but it might be something to look into. There’s been quite a few riots lately over the really high umemployment rate out there.
Post # 4
@FutureDrAtkins: I actually have looked into it and it seems as toursim is still ok. Alot of the riots, which have been peaceful, are taking place in Athens. I will only connect there. Hopefully during the time I decide to go — all will be well!
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
@SM_xo: Just making sure you knew! We had a trip to Egypt booked around the time their President Morsi was overthrown – we already had relatives out there that had to be shuttled to the closest embassy and put on lock down. The whole situation was pretty scary!! Obviously Greece isn’t Egypt, but it’s best to do your research and play it safe!
Post # 6
You should choose Mykonos (great night life and great relaxation options) over Paros & Naxos in addition to Santorini. Stay in Oia, in Santorini, if you can afford it. You’ll find the relaxtion there, but no so much of the night life. But people take buses there every night to see the most beautiful sunset in the world.
Unfortunately I don’t have any recommendations for something under $300, as I actually got super lucky and won my trip to Santorini. But I would die to go back. You’ll have a blast!
Post # 7
I don’t have much info to add BUT I’ve been to lots of places- Italy, Paris, Scotland, Alaska, etc and Greece is 100% without a doubt my favorite place! It’s beyond beautiful. It’s where I hope to honeymoon!
Post # 8
@FutureDrAtkins: wow, that is def. scary!! I will make sure to keep checking out the situation in Greece prior to booking. Thanks!
@KateByDesign: Thanks for the sugestion. I have always heard great things about Mykonos but I’m a little iffy about the party factor there. I have heard stories of some beaches being so packed in September your uncomfortable and the younger girls.guys being a little out of control. I’m all for a party but for my honeymoon – ehhh. btw, how amazinggg that you won a trip there.
@cls9q: thank you!! I’m very excited to plan and then be able to enjoy it
Post # 9
Hi @SM_xo: If you haven’t already, I’d check in with TripAdvisor… and in particular the Travel Forums there for Greece and the various Isles, Cities & Destinations
They can help you out with both info on what is happening in the country now…
BUT if you are and American you should always take the advice from your own State Department in regards to Citizens as the most important (after all it will the State Dept / Embassy you’ll be calling upon if things should go in the sh!tter)
Here is the current one… check back once in awhile for updates
US State Dept – Travel Advisories (Greece) = http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1127.html
And if you are from elsewhere… (as your WBee Profile doesn’t give me a clue) you will find that ALL Countries Governments have similiar services for their Citizens.
In Canada it is for example, The Dept of Foreign Affairs who issues them.
Tripadvisor – Greece Tourism Guide = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g189398-Greece-Vacations.html
And about half way down the page, you’ll find a link to the Travel Forum for Greece… good place to ask Questions of TA Destination Experts & Locals
And don’t forget that TA has a ton of info in regards to Reviews too… Accommodations – Restaurants – and Attractions.
I never plan a vacation or getaway without consulting TA first
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
@SM_xo: I’ve been to Santorini, both Fira and Oia, and Naxos, both are great islands! I loved Naxos especially.
Hora in Naxos (the main town) was a surprisingly lively Greek town. I mean it wasn’t a tourist resort, but a real small town. The old town and kastro areas were really beautiful. There are plenty of places to eat, shop, and drink. However, if you want to go to the beach, you need to either take a bus or taxi, or rent your own transportation (ATVs were really popular there). The same goes with Santorini, there are no beaches on the caldera.
I’d recommend staying in Fira in Santorini. It has more nightlife, and IMHO the sunset is as beautiful as in Oia. Oia was really crowded during sunset, and Fira was crowded during the day with all the cruise passengers there.
I’ve been to Greece for three times these past few years, and have never been affected by the current financial crisis. Athens is probably different, but the tourist destinations are just fine.
Post # 11
Commenting mainly to follow this, as we’re honeymooning in Europe, and Santorini, Greece is our last stop. I am Greek, and have family there, I’ve never been but I hear incredible things from family. This hotel is where we’re thinking of staying (if we can afford it haha). Breathtaking sunsets!
Post # 12
If you want to stay on the caldera side and also check out the beaches you will have to rent a car. Do not worry about not relaxing, your hotel can make the calls for you and the car will be dropped off and picked up where you’re staying. You could drive the whole island in an hour probably. There really aren’t very many roads to have to navigate.
I second staying in Fira over Oia and even better for the price in Firastefani which is only a 15-20 minute walk from the bars in Fira.
I was married on Santorini in May and there were absolutely zero issues for tourists. The problems are not on the resort islands at all.
Post # 13
our honeymoon was in Greece as well. You will love it!!!
We stayed at Villa Vilvas – Perissa. The price was really good and the owner was so friendly!
We then did islands hopping from Santorini and stay at my husband’s relatives houses… It was sooo awesome! Good choice!!
Post # 14
@SM_xo: we’re looking into Greece in September too!! Possibly splitting with Turkey too.
Post # 15
@SM_xo: We went to Athens and Santorini at the end of May/beg of June and it was amazing (political turmoil did not affect us)! We stayed in Oia and it was perfect. I dont think you can go wrong with any of the places to stay there – pricey but we thought it was worth it! As @KateByDesign: mentioned – the sunset is absolutely breathtaking.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone!!! So happy to hear that all of your honeymoon’s in Greece turned out fantastic! We did book a hotel in Oia with a great sunset view and we decided to spend 3 nights in Paroas before heading to Athens.