Post # 1
We have 2 weeks and our thought was Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete then back to Athens for a day (and also a day trip to Meteora) then back home.
Any ideas or recommendations? Any suggestions on cheap airfare deals from tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) to Athens?
Post # 4
My fiance and I were actually considering Greece but unfortunately the airafare has gone up so much it would be about $3000 to fly. August is the absolute peak of the high season there. My point is that you might just have to live with expensive airfare because sadly we couldn’t find it reasonable anywhere!!
Post # 5
we just booked our 10 day trip. we are doing 2 nights athens, 3 nights crete, 3 nights santorini, then a final night in athens before we fly out. i heard mykonos is just for partying/drinking (“the southbeach” of greece)and that’s just not our scene so we opted out. santorini is also really expensive, so even though we would have liked to stay there another day, decent hotels were $5-600 a night. but then again, we are going in august – the high season. we are going from the DC area but looked into flights from NY too – i believe there were a few direct flights, but everything was pretty pricey. we ended up using AMEX points to get our flights. because of that, we are coming back on a thursday rather than a friday because flights were full to come back on the friday. you also have to plan your trip with an awareness of the internal flights as well. for example, international flights all leave athens around 1 pm – the only flight from santorini that would ge t us there on time would require leaving santorini at 7 am. we’ve opted to go back to athens the night before rather than spend 6 hours on the last day of our honeymoon in the airport.
we haven’t really planned too much activitiy-wise other than the obvious acropolis etc. and a dinner cruise in santorini. 🙂
Post # 6
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I went to Greece in July (2007) and my major suggestion is to go to the Acropolis either early or late in the day… it was 120 degrees when I went there!!!
Post # 7
We got our flights on iceland air for much cheaper than the the other airlines. You can fly into london and hop an Easy Jet to Athens.. or in our case, have a stop over in Paris and then fly to Athens.. either way we saved a ton of money going that route instead of flying right to Athens… so check Iceland air.. their prices rock!
Post # 8
Hi – we have booked to go to Crete for our honeymoon. We are staying at the Sensatori hotel on Lyttos Beach – 5 star full board. We have vistited a few of the greek islands, my fiance proposed in Corfu and everywhere we have been they reccomend Crete so we cant wait – im sure you will love it too xx
Post # 9
We looked into Greece but ultimately decided against it (FI wanted the Carribean). We found an island called Lysbos that is a lot more laid back and less touristy than the others and has some great beach front hotels if you are looking for calm.
Post # 10
We LOOOOVED Greece for two weeks last July!
August is the worst time to go there, as the entire country is pretty much on vacation. Our hotel owner in Mykonos said “I’m not going downtown at night again until September.” At the end of August/beginning of September, you should be fine.
We went to the Acropolis early in the morning, and it was one of the best decisions we made. The crowds were much lighter and the sun/heat wasn’t bad at all.
My biggest recommendations, by far, are the hotels we stayed at in Mykonos and Santorini. We paid about 90 euros a night for each of them, and they were both out of this world.
Santorini: the Hotel Keti. Stunning, postcard views, just unbelievable. Not the most high-end luxury bedding etc, but still very comfortable, roomy, attractive, cute rooms, and my GOD what a view over the caldera. Best thing to do in the evening is just grab a bottle of wine and some cheese from the market and sit on your terrace watching the sunset. Unforgettable and so so cheap, especially compared to other hotels on the caldera.
Mykonos: the Hotel Omiros. Beatiful views, beautiful hotel, comfortable rooms, and the best most friendly awesome hotel owner you’ll ever have the privilege of meeting. Yannis sat us down on our first day and sketched out all the good restaurants to go to without spending an arm and a leg, and the best beaches to stay away from the party crowd. We got to experience the beauty of Mykonos without having to fight the crazy drunken hordes. Magnificent.
You’ll have a great time!
Post # 11
I lived in Greece for 5 months and Meteora was probably the most amazing place I traveled. I’m so glad you guys are planning to go there! SO COOL!
Crete is cool too, though some of the cities can get a bit touristy. We stayed in Chania–it is really beautiful and much quieter.
Where were you planning on staying in Athens?
Post # 12
@Andy113, one of my co-workers flys up here all the time from NC, she says if she flies into BWI vs Dulles, it saves a couple of hundred dollars. Not sure if that would be the same for international flights or not, but maybe it’s something worth checking out!
Post # 13
Thanks all, this is super helpful!!
Post # 14
Anyone heard about the strikes? Any reason that it would cause trouble for the honeymoon??
Post # 15
I am so happy you posted this! Thank you! We are also looking at Greece for our honeymoon and this has been so helpful!
Post # 16
I’m glad 🙂 I haven’t booked yet (partly because of airfare being so ridiculously expensive)
Where are you going?