(Closed) Greece Honeymoon- how many days in Athens?

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

I would say 1-2 days is all you need if you are trying to stay on a budget. Have a fantastic time!

Post # 4
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think that you could do Athens in 1-2 days, but I sort of think it’s going to be tough to get off a plane and do all of Athens. I love museums, but even I would be hesitant to go to one straight off an international flight. Not saying you couldn’t do it because I’m sure if you have the right mindset, you’ll be fine. But it might be better to suck it up and give yourself a travel buffer day in Athens in which you kind of bum around, walk the city and shop and go to a nice restaurant and then a second full day to really take in the Acropolis etc.

I spent 3 days in Santorini, and to be honest, it was 2 days too many (esp. after Mykonos). But I’m less of a lounger and more of a sightseer, so if you like a more beachy-relaxing sort of thing, then 3 days in Santorini might be your dice.

Post # 6
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We spent 3 days in Athens and could have easily spent longer. I think you will feel too rushed if you try to do it in 1 day. There is so much to see in Athens, more than just the historic stuff. There are beautiful shopping avenues with amazing window displays, a wonderful cafe scene at night, and the overall city has lots to offer.

Don’t under-estimate how exhausted you will be, coming off your wedding and an international flight too. When we arrived in Greece, we went directly to our hotel and slept about 22 hours straight. Then we got lunch, went to the beach, and fell back asleep!

Post # 7
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

1 or 2 days at the very most. My husband and I just came back from our honeymoon and honestly Athens was ok. Theres the acropolis and plaka district but other than that we didnt think there was much to see.

Post # 8
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m on the SAME boat about Athens: We’re actually staying in Crete & headed to Santorini, but totally want to visit Athens… just dont want to waste a whole day on a ferry.. does anyone know how long they are? and what route would be the best w/ the cities I mentioned?

Post # 9
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Um. I hated Athens. See the Acropolis, walk around alittle and getthe heck out of there. Except the ruins, there is nothing to see there but ugly buildings that look like they were built by communists in the 70’s. I don’t know if they were but that’s what they look like. I met up with friends in Athens, got there a day before them and then spent 2 days in the city together. That was a day too long. give yourself enought time to shrug off the jet lag, see the acropolis and catch a ferry.

Post # 10
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Hi! It really depends on what you are looking for in your Greece experience. I am a Greek American and have been to Athens and other places a number of times. There is a lot to do in Athens, but it is very much a city. You have the dining, nightlife, and shopping, with some sight-seeing as well (acropolis and plaka). I’ve never spent more than 3 days there at a time and that always feels like enough, but that’s because I’m a beach person. I would say the ideal time is 2 days. I would recommend staying over at least one night and having 2 full days- one to recover from your wedding/travel, and one to be a tourist.

Another option is to go straight to the islands to relax and do the Athens thing on the return- you would probably get more out of it because you would be energized and refreshed.

@Kahn_dees- Your best option might be to fly to Crete from Athens. I think the ferry is pretty long. I’ve only island-hopped on the ferry between Mykonos, Paros, and Naxos. I’ve always flown to the other islands, especially Crete.

Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions!

Post # 12
23 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would love to go to Greece for honeymoon. Let me know how it goes!

Post # 13
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@monalisa670: really appreciate it.. thanks so much! Great to get advice from people who have visited. Going to have the Mr. read all of this info you ladies are mentioning..  (IF i can get him to stop watching Family Guy.. but thats another conversation) Athens on the way back sounds like a good idea, hadn’t thought about it that way.. Laughing

@Mrs. Cooper: wow, that package sounds awesome.. but totally feel you. How long are you going to be there total? I’m taking peoples advice on Athens.. really want to island hop but get the most for our buck.. why cant we all be on vacation already?! Cool


btw, this is like.. my first post.. think i’m doing this right..hehe

Post # 15
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Definitely do Athens first and only do it for 1-2 days unless you plan to travel outside of the city for sightseeing.  The city itself isn’t that great (IMO)– but Santorini and Mykonos are great, I’ve been to both.

Post # 16
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Mrs. Cooper:

If you really feel like you and your husband are up to sightseeing off the plane. Don’t forget to account for deplaning, finding your lodging, checking in, getting freshen up, etc. So at that rate it will be lunch time so you probably won’t start your sightseeing till 1pm or so.
City centre is about a 20-30 minute train ride from the airport.

If it were me I would spend one night (the night you arrive in Athens) then take the last ferry to the island the next day. So essentially you get 1 1/2 days in Athens.

Don’t forget the port where the ferries leave is about a 20 minute train ride from city centre.

Try to find a lodging with a later checkout or ask if you can leave your luggage there after checkout. Most are accomodating.


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