(Closed) Anyone honeymoon in Greece?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t have any advice, but Athens is second on my list! I have always loved Greek mythology and would love to see the Acropolis and the Parthenoen (sp?) in person! I also saw that you can visit the ruins where Socrates died! How cool is that? Well, not that he died there, but that you can stand in the same place that a great pholisopher stood.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

We actually went to Greece on our honeymoon this past October! We had an amazing time!

Let’s see, advice, advice….

We went to Athens, then by ferry to the small island of Paros, then to Santorini, and finally to Crete for two and half weeks total.

By far, the hardest part of the trip to organize were the ferries to the islands. While there is an online booking service, it is extremely unreliable. I mean, the times change arbitrarily and the schedules are hard to match up to each other. So in that aspect, I recommend using a travel agent! It will save you a lot of heartache and time and I wish I’d done it :).

Athens was lovely. We stayed at the Intercontinental, which is slightly outside of the central hotel area but close to excellent public transport. The subways and trolleys are very easy to use and I would actually recommend them over using taxis. We hit all the sights – go to the Parthenon in the morning, as early as you can force yourself to get up. That way you won’t get too hot climbing up the hill and you’ll beat the crowds.

For the islands, I did a combination of trip advisor and winging it! If you are going during high season, book your hotels as soon as possible to ensure that you actually have a place to sleep at night! The nice part about travelling in the off season was that the hotels were significantly cheaper and we had more options to chose from.

Hmmm, what else? I loved Crete best. It is such an amazing place; all craggy mountains with monastaries scattered randomly and olive tree groves and random goats wandering around the less inhabited parts. The food was simply amazing! Try everything – I promise that you won’t regret it. We had a carafe of wine with every dinner and ate more cheese than is strictly healthy, but it was all so delicious!

That’s all I can think of off of the top of my head. Have fun planning!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Marcam882 – My first choice is Italy, I’m not really sure where. I would love to see Rome of course but my family is from Naples, so I would kind of like to go there. I heard that Naples really isn’t the best of places though.

Funny story, when I told my mom I wanted to go to Italy, she said she knew of a nun over there and she would check to see if we could stay at the convent with her. Yeah, my mom suggested I stay with a nun in a convent on my honeymoon!!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are going to Greece for our honeymoon this June!  Here is our itinerary below that we got from a Greek travel agent in the area, we are going for 14 days!  Let me know if you have any questions! I’m right there with you with the beaches and the history aspect.  Good luck planning!

Day 1 :  Depart from Chicago on your flight to Athens

Day 2:   Arrive Athens and Depart for Heraklion Crete (flying from Athens to Crete)

Days 2-6:  4 Nights in Crete at the Minos Palace Agios Nikolaos

                        Standard category including breakfast daily

http://www.lux-hotels.com/gr/minos-palace/general-information.php

Day 6:  Hydrofoil to Santorini (fast ferry~2 hrs)

Days 6-9:  3 Nights in Santorini at the Sun Rocks (where we chose to stay)

Sun Rocks is considered deluxe in Firostefani is closer to the main town of Fira about a 15 minute walk away.  A 2nd option we were given was Sunny Villas which is first class in Imerovigli and is a very quiet village just minutes away

http://www.sunrocks.gr/

http://www.sunnyvillas.gr/

Day 9:  Hydrofoil to Mykonos

Days 9-12:  3 Nights in Mykonos at the Petinos Beach Hotel.  Located in Platys Gialos on the beach  http://www.petinosbeach.gr/

Day 12:  Fly to Athens

Day12-14:  2 Nights in Athens at the Cypria Hotel a Moderate City hotel, right in the center by Constitution Square and within walking distance to all the attractions

http://www.athenscypria.com/

Day 14: Depart for your flight to Chicago

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are going to Greece for our honeymoon this June!  Here is our itinerary below that we got from a Greek travel agent in the area, we are going for 14 days!  Let me know if you have any questions! I’m right there with you with the beaches and the history aspect.  Good luck planning!

Day 1 :  Depart from Chicago on your flight to Athens

Day 2:   Arrive Athens and Depart for Heraklion Crete (flying from Athens to Crete)

Days 2-6:  4 Nights in Crete at the Minos Palace Agios Nikolaos

                        Standard category including breakfast daily

http://www.lux-hotels.com/gr/minos-palace/general-information.php

Day 6:  Hydrofoil to Santorini (fast ferry~2 hrs)

Days 6-9:  3 Nights in Santorini at the Sun Rocks (where we chose to stay)

Sun Rocks is considered deluxe in Firostefani is closer to the main town of Fira about a 15 minute walk away.  A 2nd option we were given was Sunny Villas which is first class in Imerovigli and is a very quiet village just minutes away

http://www.sunrocks.gr/

http://www.sunnyvillas.gr/

Day 9:  Hydrofoil to Mykonos

Days 9-12:  3 Nights in Mykonos at the Petinos Beach Hotel.  Located in Platys Gialos on the beach  http://www.petinosbeach.gr/

Day 12:  Fly to Athens

Day12-14:  2 Nights in Athens at the Cypria Hotel a Moderate City hotel, right in the center by Constitution Square and within walking distance to all the attractions

http://www.athenscypria.com/

Day 14: Depart for your flight to Chicago

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

We went to Greece last summer, and it was phenomenal! If you stay on Mykonos, my #1 do-not-ignore piece of advice is to stay at the Hotel Omiros! It’s cheap as hell, beautiful, close to town, and the owner is the most friendly, helpful, funny guy you’ll ever care to meet in your life. Such a great stay there. Greece will be a fantastic honeymoon, I hope you like gorgeous beaches and unbelievably delicious food and knock-your-socks-off sunsets.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

planning my honeymoon in greece has been just as much work as planning my wedding!

We are going for a little over 2 weeks in early June. 

I found the cheapest way to fly there, at least from Seattle, was Iceland Air.  They dont fly direct to Athens, so we decided to do 3 nights in Paris on the way.  The flight to paris was about 400 pp less than Athens.  Connecting flights are very cheap with a company called Easy Jet.

We have 4 nights in Crete though a time share that was given to us, 5 nights on Santorni – we would of picked more, but that island is EXPENSIVE, especially with the euro conversion.  Followed by 2 nights in Athens.  We decided against Myknos, becuase everything I read talked about what a party scene it is.. we’re in our early 30’s so that isnt a strong draw for us. 

We have an apartment rental in Paris, our hotel for Santorini is Anastasis Apartments.  They have won a bunch of awards on Trip Advisor and the reviews are flawless.  When in doubt, I can not sugggest trip advisor enough.  Its a great site.

Our hotel is Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel.  Its reasonably priced and since we dont have much time in Athens.. we picked a place that was very centrally located.

One of the big snags we hit was the ferry system.  before you book flights, make sure you have time to get to the port, etc.. We opted to fly to our first island, since it was only an overnight 12 hour ferry ride!!

If you have any other questions I can help with, let me know.. I’m starting to feel like a greece guide book by now 🙂

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I hope this works, this is our itinerary, it wouldn’t let me copy the text 

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