Post # 1
So My fiance and i have booked flights to greece/greek islands in september from the 10th til the 20th.
we want to spend the first half of our honeymoon on an island or two relaxing, sipping cocktails & beer & exploring for some amazing beaches to laz around and swim.
im the explorer and my fiance is the beach bum relaxing kinda guy his words to be exact where ” i just want to relax on the beach” which i love to do as well.
also is it better to go through a travel agent to book hotels,transfers,activities ect or do it yourself?
and then maybe the last few days in athens exploring the historical sites. im undecided on the islands and is it better to stay in athens or some where close to athens that is still romance all suggestions will be greatly appreciated. =)
Post # 3
I haven’t been to Greece, but my uncle is from there, and he always uses a travel agent even though Athens is his home, which I would strongly suggest to do.
That is about the only advice I have. Greece is so beautiful. Enjoy 🙂
Post # 4
@kristylw1: We are going to Athens and the islands and used a great travel agent:
Aegean Thesaurus Travel
I cannot recommend them enough! We have traveled on our own to about 30 countries on all of the continents and have almost always booked ourselves, but Greece is one of those places where it is really helpful to have someone on the ground. As an example, the ferry schedules are only published in local papers (not online) and only in Greek. So you might want to go to Santorini or Sifnos on Tuesday, but there may not be a ferry and you probably can’t get tickets until you get there (and then it will be full).
Post # 5
@kristylw1: I’m from a Greek island. GO ISLANDS!!
Post # 6
The islands are great, and I totally did them without a travel agent at all. Ferries and all. You’re both going to have a great time, your plan sounds awesome!
Post # 7
I’ve been to Greece three times, and I’ve planned the trips myself (mostly).
I spent about two weeks in the area of Pylos on a study abroad in 2008, then spent a day in Athens.
In the summer of 2011, I spent a month in FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and took two separate weekend trips into Greece. One in the area of Edessa and Dion and one to the island of Crete.
I haven’t been to any other islands, but I LOVED Crete. It had all the great island culture and beaches, but was big enough to have great museums and historical sites also. I stayed in Iraklion.
Post # 8
Thanks every one for your comments has given me some insight.
but if I had to choose from two islands what would you recommend keep in mind we would want to spend most of our time on break taking beaches.
Post # 9
I’ve been to quite a few islands and I highly recommend Rhodes, i stayed in Lindos and there is plenty to do there as well as being a lovely place to relax. Theres ruins of the acropolis there which I loved seeing. The other place I’d say is Crete. Kalamaki is the beach town, theres no history there but it’s known for its beautiful beaches (largest beach in south crete). Kamilari is more historical part.
Corfu is nice, i stayed in Sidari, but it was only a beach town with lots of bars.
Zacynthos is also nice – I’d stay away from laganas, thats the party place! I stayed at Argassi, which was beautiful. it’s known as the turtle island as there’s an endangered turtle that lays its eggs there.
My parents go to kefalonia every year, the scenery is lovely and the villages are quite small. Skala is the most popular tourist area.
Hope this has helped a little!
Post # 10
@kristylw1: My mom and I did the greek islands (while she came to visit me when I was studying abroad in Rome) without the use of a travel agent. I’m really into travel so I found out all information I needed online. However, we were really open to anything and did not have a solid itinerary.
It can definitely be done without an agent- but if you can afford to use one, why not.