Greece and Italy or Hawaii

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Hello!  My husband and I recently took a honeymoon through Greece.  I have to tell you, I was nervous and had reservations.  I even had a post on here asking if I should really go to Greece.  

Our trip to Greece was the most amazing vacation we have EVER taken.  Each day was a dream.  We started in Athens.  From there we flew to Crete and made our way across that island and then we finished in Santorini.  

Athens provided lots of culture and I loved the energy of the city.  We were so surprised because everyone told us not to spend much time there…just another city…but we really loved it.  Crete was great too…lots of adventure.  Hiking, drives along the gorgeous coast, learning the history and of course laying on the beach with amazing food and drinks.  But, Santorini was decadence, romance and luxury.  Santorini was the most amazing place to wrap up our honeymoon.  I think we had about five days there and that was plenty.  We also traveled in October so the heavy tourist season was wrapping up.  It was only really busy when the cruise ships arrived.  

With 13 days of travel it might be harder to do Italy and Greece.  We thought about doing this too but ultimately decided there’s too much “touristy” sight seeing we wanted to do there and for our honeymoon we wanted something else out of the vacation.  

Island hopping through Greece was very easy with many options for high speed ferries or plane.  Just get trip insurance in the event there is a strike.  We didn’t run in to this problem but a friend did…the ferry workers went on strike so they had to catch a flight instead.  If you have the trip insurance you’ll get your money back and it’s no biggie.  

We had the most amazing travel agent if you’d like a recommendation.

 

Here’s a couple pics we got while in Santorini! 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

As a European, I have to tell you that Greece and Italy are two of the biggest charter destinations for lazy beach holidays that involve nothing but relaxation. (Also famous for cheap boozy holidays). You obviously Can involve culture into it but you are sorely mistaken if you don’t think you will have relaxation/beach time. It just depends how you plan it out but you dont have to do everything in one trip. Pick two max 3 destinations (for example Rome/Amalfi Coast/Santorini. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Hi! I’ve been to Italy, Greece and Hawaii. Trust me, what ever you pick will be awesome! If you really want to go to Santorini, then do it 🙂 You can easily do Athens (3 days) Santorini (3/4 days)  and the Mykonos or another Island of your choice for 3/4 days. Otherwise you can fly into Athens, go to Santorini and then go to Rome and fly out from there. If you do 3 days Athens and 3/4 days Santorini you will have lots of time to see Rome and do a day trip to Pompeii or elsewhere.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I want to go to Santorini now. I haven’t been to Greece for years, and am longing to go back. I’ve been to Crete, Zakynthos, and Kefalonia. Did a mix of sunbathing and culture on all of them, most of the islands are quite small so day trips to do cultural stuff is pretty easy.

Why are there so many places I want to go and not enough time!! (we are hoping to do a trip to Cuba at the end of next year depending on finances/time).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

annelise210516 :  Agreeing with everything you said!

I’m European too (UK) and I don’t think you’d have any problems splitting your 11 days between Greece and Italy. It’s quite common here in the UK to fly over to Greece for a 5-7 day beach/pool holiday. I haven’t been to Santorini but to be honest I don’t think you’d be disappointed by any Greek island- there are endless stunning islands to choose from. I’ve been to other islands that look a lot like Santorini. The people, the food, the scenery, the culture and history are all very special. Greece has a honeymoon feel to it that you’ll love.

In terms of Italy, think what you want to see/do. I’d probably do the Italy part of your trip first as it’s likely to be more City/sightseeing orientated, then head to Greece afterwards for pure relaxation. If you haven’t got a specific list of ‘must-sees’ in Italy and you are keen not to spend too much time in transit, you might want to look at what the best connecting flights are and go from there. Rome seems a likely choice and has a lot of impressive, iconic sights to see. Sorrento/Amalfi Coast/Capri is a very romantic and beautiful region but you’ll need at least 5 days to touch the surface really, ideally longer and it’s expensive (if that’s a consideration).

I’d leave Hawaii for another time. It sounds like a compromise to you and not a necessary one to be honest.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I haven’t been to Hawaii so can’t comment but the Greek islands and Italy are just so amazing, you would never regret going. We only spent 1.5 days on Santorini but it was probably the best 1.5 days of my life. We have been to Rome and Venice and planning on exploring other parts of Italy for our honeymoon 🙂 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I vote Greece, but only greece and save Italy for another time.  I’ve been to all 3 on separate trips and Greece would be my top honeymoon destination of the 3.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Going against the grain here, but I would hands down choose Hawaii. Maui specifically…I am partial because we just returned home from our 12 day honeymoon last month. It was absolutely everything I dreamed of it being and more. Everyday was relaxing and it truly felt like a vacation! No cares in the world, the beaches (Ka’anapali was where we stayed and was our FAV!) are crystal clear, the food is seriously worth going in itself, the views are breathtaking and the island/Hawaiian culture is unbelievable. You won’t regret it!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been to all three and I would go to Greece.

Hawaii doesn’t even come close to the amazing architecture, history, culture of Greece IMO. Italy is amazing as well but Greece just has something special.

But if all you want to do is sit on the beach, then I would do Hawaii since it’s easier.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I second PP mention of Capri, we only went for a day during our summer vacation last year (for that part of the trip we stayed in Positano on the Amalfi Coast and it was and easy ferry ride over to Capri) and I completely fell in love with this whole region and especially Capri, it would be superb to stay 5 days  on Capri! We just wandered around and stumbled upon the most gorgeous cove.

Capri:

 

Positano:

 

Everything is super romantic in this area!

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Another European here. I honestly wasn’t a massive fan of Greece and probably wouldn’t go back. Athens was a dump and I just wasn’t overly blown over with Santorini or Corfu.

I much prefer Italy over Greece. Rome is absolutely amazing and we also went down to the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Capri is beautiful but an overpriced tourist trap. I love the north of Italy – Venice and Lake Como. But to see all these places you are travelling non-stop and doing a lot of walking all day.

Honestly though if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, then Hawaii sounds like your best bet. Shorter flight, nicer beaches, less hassle. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I haven’t been to greece/italy, but I have been to Hawaii. Nothing wrong with it! But for a Honeymoon, I’d rather a bigger better vacation. Especially if you’re from US/Can Hawaii is so close, you can do it for a different vacation. So I vote italy greece!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My husband and I only went on a weekend honeymoon trip, and finally after 2 years got to book a honeymoon and went to Lucerne, Como, and Florence.  If you are looking for a relaxing place, I have NEVER felt more relaxed in my life than when I was in Como (which says a lot because I don’t relax easily at all!).  It is SO gorgeous and peaceful.  It is a lake surrounded by the edge of the Alps, which creates a lot of privacy and thus popular with celebrities.  There is a lot of hiking, and it is wo cool that you can feel completely desolate and walk 50 feet and see a restaurant packed with people.  Things just seem to pop up out of nowhere.  And you can take boats to see all the celebrity villas and visit all these little cute towns along the lake (there are tons of local artisans, so it is really fun to shop there!).  Plus, the food and the wine is amazing… and pretty inexpensive considering prices you would pay in the states (even with conversions).   I definitely would recommend a few days there!  Lucerne, Switzerland is beyond beautiful, but a little too commerical and super crazy expensive (I would still go but not for more than a day or two), but Florence was also great.  Really beautiful, lots of great musuems and tours (the town is known for renaissance art), and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.  Florence is definitely a city of tons of walking, and it gets really hot in the summer months (not sure when you are planning the trip)- but it is far cleaner and more beautiful than Rome (which I would skip unless you have a particular interest in ancient history).  

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Greenspot Farms

I’ve been to Hawaii and Greece though never Italy.

 

I choose Greece hands down. I loved Santorini. I want to go back. I would probably not try to do Greece AND Italy though. I would just pick 2-3 islands throughout Greece. Its amazing.

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