Post # 1
Hi wedding bees! 🙂
My fiance and I are trying to plan our Honeymoon for next September. Our wedding is 9/2/17 and will be honeymooning 9/4-9/14. We are a more outdoorsy and adventurous couple and have narrowed our honeymoon choices down to Tour of Croatia and Island Hop in Greece. I know there was a post a few years back between the two countries, but I wanted a refreshed post/opinions.
We are the type of couple who will have a “loose plan” and kind of roll with what comes up. We would like a mix of tropical/beaches and hiking/exploring. We are trying to be mindful of a reasonable budget, about $2,000 per person for 10 days. We will be traveling from Chicago.
We are open to other suggetions that would fit our critera as well. Thanks for the advice and feedback!
Post # 2
I’m on my phone so can’t reply properly (will follow and reply tomorrow though) but Croatia has my vote! It’s my most favourite place ever. I wanted to go for years then when I did go I fell in love with it and have been back quite a few times since. I can’t speak for Greece as I haven’t been but we loved hiking in Croatia. There’s just so many beautiful places to go! I can’t wait to go back again next year.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
Greece has lovely scenic mountains to see and go hiking, there are also lots of ancient monuments and beautiful beaches depnding on which parts you go to. I have been to Corfu and Crete and can honestly say they are two of the most laid back and friendliest places I have ever been, the locals are amazing
Post # 4
I spent 1 week in Croatia and 1 week in Greece just this summer. I much preferred Croatia, but it was very expensive! I would return to Dubrovnik in a heartbeat though!
Post # 5
I was in Croatia last month, at the same time that you’d be there and it stole my heart. It’s got the coast and it’s got the mountains, a beautiful green interior full of wineries and olive groves. We hiked Plitvice Lakes national park which is pristine and extraordinary, possibly the most physically unique place I’ve ever been. Driving through the mountains to get there was stunning, and an easy drive. Roads are in brand new condition, all roads well marked with clear signage.
We loved the rocky beaches of Istria. Spending the day leisurely biking the trails stopping to swim & and sunbathe in little tucked away coves at Golden Cape Forest Park in Rovinj was literally heaven on earth. That park is what truly stole my heart. It is like a lover’s paradise, it screams honeymoon. You can picnic or stop at one of the many adorable little “beach shacks” for a drink or bite to eat. Istria has a number of romantic hilltop towns as well. We visited Motovun & Groznjan, both were positively fairytales. It was heaven and we will be back without a doubt.
I saw several signs for go karting & atv rental/trails while we were touring the wineries if that’s your thing. Also have caves & zip lining, kayaking, sailing, boat rentals, etc.
We visited a number of unesco world heritage sites including the impressive Roman arena in Pula. There are plenty of historical & cultural sites to keep busy when you tire of laying at the beach or wandering the alleys of the many Venetian cities along the coast. Our favorite was Rovinj.
The people were extremely nice & welcoming, everyone speaks English (along with Croatian, German & Italian). And it was shockingly cheap. Food/drink/lodging was extremely inexpensive. One tab I remember at a casual dinner was three courses plus wine & coffee for two was $27. There is a high culinary tradition as well. Part of our trip was food & wine tourism.
Most Americans are more familiar with Dalmatia (the southern coastal region). We were in Istria (the northern coastal region) plus Rijeka, Plitvice & Zagreb. Istria is well known for cycling.
One note-if you require soft sandy beaches then Croatia is not the best choice. Greece would be much better for sandy beaches.
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passthepeas : that was amazing information! I may pm you to get more details haha
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lexiebalesszewczyk0715 : I’m getting married 9/5 and we’re doing Croatia and the surrounding area. Kotor, Montenegro is absolutely beautiful and worth a visit, and I’ve heard Slovenia is great as well. I’m following to get the scoop!
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jillianjigz : Slovenia to Kotor would be a dream! Oh man, I’m jealous. We only had two nights in Slovenia in a little bohemian coastal town. Did not get to the Julian alps, lake bled or Ljubljana. Someday we’ll go back to the region, fly into Ljubljana and tour lake bled & Julian alps before heading to coast & working our way down the the rest of the Adriatic coast.
September will be beautiful. If you need any scoop on istria I will be happy to help.
Post # 9
Croatia!!! It’s my favorite country I’ve visited hands down. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and like someone else on here said, I found it to be very cheap! We’d have dinner for two, plus drinks for $20 or less.