(Closed) Has anyone been to Greece?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I went to Greece for a friend’s wedding week!

We spent 3 days in Mykonos, then 4 days in a hotel in Vouliagmeni, which is just a cab ride away from Athens. 

SO MUCH FUN!

Her mom arranged which hotels to use while we were there, but we were in charge of all of our transportation and daytrips.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We went to Greece a couple of years back and it really is very easy to put something together yourself – this way you get to tailor it to your exact requirements 🙂 We went to Athens, Tinos, Syros, Naxos and Santorini – I would definitely recommend trying some of the non-touristy islands. I found this website a pretty useful starting point: http://www.greektravel.com/

Happy travels!

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I did my study abroad in Greece.  I studied in Athens, traveled a bit of mainland Greece to see different archaeological sites, and traveled to Rhodes and Crete.  I like to get guide books/do internet research and create my own tours.  Most people speak English fairly well, it’s easy to get around.  The most frustrating part was how randomly things would be closed.  I understand the idea of the afternoon break, but it’s pretty hit or miss if the store/restaurant will open again.  That said, eating at the small, family owned restaurants was always a great experience.  Everyone I met on my travels was friendly and happy to entertain tourists.  In general, you get the sense that Greeks are very proud of their culture and want to show off all Greece has to offer.

I would definitely plan to hit at least two or three places.  I don’t know what your interests are, but seeing the acropolis in Athens is 100% worth it.  Rhodes was interesting in that the old town is a medieval walled city.  Crete has the Minoan ruins, which are very impressed, though fairly re-built  Crete also has a nice downtown type area along the water with bars and restaurants.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Lepidoptera:   I stayed at Hotel Attalos in Athens, which was very close to EVERYTHING, and most importantly right next to La Plaka (great nightlife/restaraunts/shops).

We won our trip to Greece, so we got to stay in a villa in Oia in Santorini.  This was it: http://www.vrbo.com/36359

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@TGold:  I am from Rhodes! So nice to hear about others experiences in Rhodes!!! Rhodes also offers Prasonisi which is amazing for surfers and wind surfers! Saint Tammy (Tsambika) beach is my absolute favorite part of the island right next to Lindos!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@KateByDesign:  WOW that is SOO awesome!!!!! Good on you guys for winning such an amazing honeymoon!!!

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Lepidoptera:   Oh, it wasn’t our honeymoon!  I went with my Mom and some girlfriends! This all happened before I was engaged!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@KateByDesign:  Oh!!! Still awesome none the less!

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@letigre:  Is there a lot to do in Santorini, or is it just a great place to relax and soak it in?  What’s the minimum number of nights you’d recommend to a Greece newbie (who also wants to see as much elsewhere as possible in in 1.5-2 week time frame)?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@Lepidoptera:  Unfortunately it was too cold to really enjoy the beach when I was there, but I’d love to go back!  I was there during Greek Easter, and seeing all of the decorations, playing the egg game, and participating in the other festivities was so much fun!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@TGold:  I would LOVE to be in Greece for Easter!!!! Next year it lands on my birthday! April 12!

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@pinkshoes:  There’s a lot to do.  Shopping, eating, night life, beaches, donkey rides, boat rides, volcano visits, catamarans, and most importantly seeing the most beautiful sunset in the world.

I would recommend a MINIMUM of 3 nights

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@pinkshoes:  agreed with Katebydesign. There’s A LOT to do. I was there for a full week and could have stayed longer. If you want to relax, you certainly can, but Santorini doesn’t have beaches that are as nice as Mykonos and other islands. I would spent 3 nights minimum in Santorini, and one night in Mykonos. We spent a couple of days in Athens, and didn’t visit very many islands. If I were to go back, I’d get off the tourist trail and visit some lesser known (and less busy) islands.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love Greece. It’s really easy to organize your own trip, so I wouldn’t go with a tour or agency. You can check http://www.gtp.gr for ferry timetables, although I’m not sure if next summer’s timetables are there yet.

I’ve been to Santorini, Naxos, Anafi, Crete, and Epirus region (Parga and Vikos gorge) in the northern mainland, and actually Santorini was my least favourite place. It was just too crowded for me. We visited in June and stayed in both Fira and Oia.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@Lepidoptera:  Have either of you been to Milos?  I was trying to research more islands other than what seems to be the two more popular – Santorini and Mykonos and Milos looked interesting too.  I don’t think I’m too interseted in Mykonos, but Santorini seems like a must.  I’m just looking for pretty beach and a more relaxing atmosphere, and nice landscapes.  Do you have any other islands you’ve been that you’d recommend? 

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