Post # 1
We are thinking Greece for our honeymoon. I am hoping to pay for most of it with frequent flyer miles, but I have no clue what to do over there…we both love history and amazing old structures, but I have never been to Europe and he has never been to Greece.
Suggestions? Thing to see and do? Where to stay? How to travel?
Post # 3
I spent 8 days in Greece several years ago with some girlfriends. We didn’t go to Athens, so can’t comment there. We spent half our time in Santorini and half in Mykonos. Santorini is super romantic and very pretty – would be an awesome spot for a honeymoon. It definitely has some history associated with it. In fact, some scholars think the lost city of Atlantis was destroyed by the volcano adjacent to Santorini. Highly recommend!!
Mykonos is much more of a party island, with a very active nightlife, and nice beaches. You can take a ferry to the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and the biggest city in the world at one point, which has awesome ruins.
We flew direct from NYC to Athens, then took a short flight to Santorini. From there, we took a ferry to Mykonos, which was several hours. Then we flew from Mykonos, transfered in Athens back to NYC.
Post # 4
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I’d locate in Athens and take day trips from there to places like Delphi and Mycenae. I’d also look into a short cruise of the Greek isles or hopping down to Santorini for a few days.
Post # 5
We’re planning on going to Greece for our honeymoon. I’ve heard that you don’t need more than 2 days in Athens as there isn’t too much to do. We are planning on spending a few days in Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete.
Post # 6
Greece is my favorite country I’ve ever visited! It’s soooo beautiful.
I went for 10 days, stared out in Athens. Then took a ferry to Naxos, another ferry to Santorini and one to Crete. Crete was my absolute favorite but you shouldn’t miss Santorini either for the sheer romance of it.
Have a great time!!
ETA: If you do go to Crete, look up this amazing beach called Balos. You can only get to it by boat (or mountain hike I think). Breathtakingly beautiful.
Post # 7
I agree with the PPs – start out in Athens and see the Parthenon and the Acropolis, then head out to the islands. I don’t think you would get the same experience if you landed and got right on a ferry – that’s a LOT of travel time, and it doesn’t allow you to work your way into Greek culture in Athens. And don’t forget to rent a vespa/moped on the islands, it is the BEST way to get around. And drink lots of ouzo. Have fun!!
Post # 8
I went to Greece for our 1 year anniversary. I posted trip report here. I LOVED Santorini as well as Mykonos. We flew into Athens so also spent a couple days there.
I’m quite familiar with ff programs. What airlines do you have your mileage at? If it’s AA (one world) you’ll need around 75000 miles per person. If it’s United (Star Alliance) I think you only need 60000 miles per person round trip.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Post # 9
@m4rcla: I have a bunch of questions…I am hoping to fly United and I am looking into getting a credit card with a good miles bonus. Any suggestions?
Post # 10
@dayinthelife: feel free to pm me directly as well.
For United, then I think chase sapphire is a good option. The min spending is 3000 in 3 months and there’s no foreign transaction fee which would be perfect when you are in Greece.
Post # 11
Just got back from our honeymoon in Greece! 5 days in Santorini and 6 days in Crete.
I would go to Santorini for the romance and beauty of the island and then Crete is where you can be more active and move around more.
If I could do it again, I would have gone to another island as I found Crete too spread out (we visited the western part of the island and everything is a longish drive away – due to small mountainous, windy roads)
Have fun, and be prepared for some delicious food!
Post # 12
I am looking forward to the food and the culture and the history…I think it will be epic.
Post # 13
I went w my gf’s a few years ago. Did 2 nights in Athens, 1 night in Mykanos, and 3 nights in Santorini. It was the PERFECT vacation and I think we got the days justtt right. the others are right you can totally do athens in 2 days, and mykanos doesn’t have much to see. In santorini, I would recommend staying at the Thireas Hotel, it was a smaller hotel but it had the most amaazing views and I still remember eating breakfast on the terrace each morning. also make sure make sure to visit santo vineyards, the most breaktaking views.. it was probably one of our fav spots on the island!
Post # 14
We went to Greece for our honeymoon last month. We spent 4 nights in Santorini (THIS IS A MUST for a honeymoon!) then spent some time on Lefkada island (I have family there, but Santorini is beter) and then went to Meteora (REALLY cool). If you need any tips elt me know. Spend at least one day in Athens to see the Acropolis and such and then get the heck outta there. We flew in to Athens, directly from there to Santorini, and then when we got back to Athens we stayed a night and left the next day. Santorini has the ruins of Ancient Thera AND Akrotiri-Akrotiri is what they are now believing to be Atlantis!
Post # 15
I think it depends what you would like to focus on. Do you want more time relaxing on a beach, or is your focus mostly on the culture/history? I recently went to Greece for 10 days – we hired a car and spent just over a week driving around the mainland visiting archaeological sites, mostly based on the Peloponnesse and central Greece. We then flew over to Crete and had a few days there. But our focus was on archaeology, not beaches. It was an incredible trip – and Greece is so easy to get around by car which allows you to set your own schedule and stay in a variety of places. If you would prefer to spend more time relaxing on the islands though, then I’ve heard good things about island hopping and how easy it is to organise whilst you are there. I loved Greece – the people are wonderful, it’s easy to get around, and the food is amazing!
Post # 16
Greece is gorgeous. One of my favourite places in the world is the North East coast of Corfu, although there aren’t a huge number of hotels there. It’s more private villas with pools, classy apartments and gorgeous yachts – if that’s what you want, I recommend it wholeheartedly! We stay in Agios Stefanos NE (there’s another Ag Stef on the NW coast). Santorini is more classic honeymoon territory and has some beautiful 5* hotels.
Anywhere mainstream in Greece will be fairly expensive, though, particularly for eating out, as they’ve brought in additional taxes on restaurants because of all the financial difficulties they’re having.