Post # 1
Any suggestions on travel agency vs. book it yourself for my honeymoon? Trying to stay within budget and it is fairly difficult. Interested in staying for 10 days. Any suggestions regarding budget, location, islands to visit, etc, are welcome!
Post # 3
I can suggest there’s a bee named Evi who lives in Greece, she wont mind you messaging her on here, if you want to book it yourself. I haven’t seen her for a while on here though, but it maybe worth a try.
Post # 4
Greece is beautiful, but pricey! The airfare alone can eat up a lot of your budget.
Athens, Mykonos and Santorini is a great itinerary.
Post # 5
I won a trip to Santorini this past summer to stay in a villa in Oia (the most picturesque part of Santorini) for a week and a half and don’t think I will ever go to a more amazing place in my entire life. You literally feel like you’re walking through a painting.
If anything, when you go to Santorini, I would do these things:
1. Make sure to eat Tomatokeftedes (tomato balls)
2. Make sure to go to Santorini Mou when you go to Oia (which you must). My villa was right across the street from this place and we’d go there every night and dance, and sing, and eat the most amazing food.
3. Ride the donkeys!
So jealous – you’ll have an amazing time!
Post # 6
DH and I went to Greece in May 2010, and we loved it!!! We went to Santorini and Mykonos, and we were supposed to see Athens but made last minute changes in our travel plans due to the volcanic ash. So we skipped Athens, but I hope to see it someday.
I highly recommend Kivotos of Aegean for booking your holiday. I did a search on Greece travel packages, and we decided to go with Kivotos because they had many different packages. Also, the company is based in Santorini and I liked that they were a local company. I contacted Kivotos through their website about the package we were interested in, and they were very prompt with their responses. I asked about making adjustments to the package, and it was no problem. I recommend going with the four star hotels package because you will stay in hotels that have better locations.
In Santorini, we stayed at El Greco Hotel and it was perfect!! It was within walking distance to the main town of Fira, and the hotel was beautiful with many different swimming pools. We later realized that the three star hotel was located at Kimari Beach (a smaller town on Santorini), and Kimari Beach was very quiet when we visited. Since it wasn’t tourist season yet, there wasn’t much going on there. We were so glad to be right near Fira and have the option to go in and out of town since our hotel was so close.
In Mykonos, we stayed at the Pelican Bay Art Hotel and it was nice but definitely not as nice as the Santorini hotel. It was within walking distance to the Platys Gialos beach. But if we wanted to get into Mykonos town, we had to call a taxi to pick us up at the hotel (there was a pickup surcharge) for the ten minute ride into town. So it was more of a pain since it didn’t make sense to pay to go back and forth to the hotel and we had to make plans to be out all day.
When we decided to skip Athens, I emailed Kivotos and they were very understanding. We knew we wouldn’t get our money back because it was so last minute, but they ended up offering us a 10% discount on any future bookings with them. Overall, I was very happy with how Kivotos handled everything. All our drivers were at the airport to greet us, and we received our itinerary and tickets immediately upon arrival.
Post # 7
Im just subscribing to this topic as we are in the midst of planning our honeymoon in greece as well 🙂
Post # 8
We are planning on possibly doing Greece also! I’m just so lost in trying to plan it though, since I don’t personally know many people who have been! More advice, anyone? 🙂
Post # 9
@KateByDesign: How did you win a trip- How awesome?
Post # 10
Regarding trip through the Islands – always figure out how you are getting off the island the moment you land. Sometimes the ferry, or catamaran, or planes dont run every day.
Also remember the other island- CHIOS was amazing, as was Crete.
Post # 11
@retreadbride: My mom entered a random raffle at work ($20.00 ticket) and the grand prize was a free stay in an AMAZING villa for a week in Santorini. And she won! We went on a huge girls trip. Best time ever.
This was the sunset from our villa, every night : http://www.flickr.com/photos/3eb4me/4842026013/in/set-72157624429469324/
And this was our patio that we opened up our doors to every morning! http://www.flickr.com/photos/3eb4me/4819913950/in/set-72157624429469324/
Post # 12
@KateByDesign: Those pictures are great.
We’re going to Greece for our honeymoon in September and I am so excited! 🙂 Now I just need to start planning.
Post # 13
@KateByDesign: WOW! How did you WIN a trip???
Post # 14
@mrsphd: If you don’t mind me asking, about how much did the entire trip cost?
Post # 15
@ajdelmundo: My mom entered a random raffle at work ($20.00 ticket) and the grand prize was a free stay in an AMAZING villa for a week in Santorini. And she won! We went on a huge girls trip. Best time ever.
Post # 16
We went to Greece for part of our honeymoon and it was amazing. We stayed in Athens and Crete. Athens I wouldn’t stay too long in, because once you see the acropolis and other ruins that’s pretty much it, 3 days was good for us, plus, we went in August and it was SO HOT. Crete was amazing, we were there for 4 days, stayed at the Gran Melia resort, and it was beautiful, but really far from everything. We rented a scooter to go around the town and stuff, it was so much fun and you get to see amazing views. We couldn’t go to Santorini because all the cruises were booked (there were cancelled trips before because of rain and so everything was so full on sunny days) but everyone told us that just as it is beautiful, it is expensive , so be prepared to drop some cash there. We didn’t do Mykonos because my Greek friend said that it is more touristy and therefore more of a party town, and we just wanted to relax. We didn’t find Crete expensive, but that’s maybe because we had gone there from Rome and that is one expensive place to be…