(Closed) Need help planning our honeymoon

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never been to Greece, but I’m a crazy detalied vacation planner.  Where you go and stay is really going to depend on what you want to do, and possibly how much you want to spend.  When I was looking into Greece for 10 days, I was going to split it 3 days each in Athens, Mykonos or Crete, and Santorini.  That seems to be the standard must sees of Greece.  If you’re undecided on certain places just google say “mykonos vs crete”.  I’m planning an Italy trip right now those google search for comparisons has been really helpful.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I too haven’t done Greece, but I spend HOURS, DAYS, MONTHS planning our vacations….I think I sometimes like it almost as much as the travel!  🙂  Anyway, I would HIGHLY recommend using Rick Steves’ books and his website when planning.  I did it for our 15 day trip to Italy, and I swear I don’t know how we could have done it as well without him.  He has so many tips to make things easier (for instance, we bypassed the long line at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice because he explained a way to check your bag and not wait in line). 

Have fun in Greece; I’m so jealous!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You need at least 3 days in Athens!!! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well the Acropolis is a full day trip, if you really want to get the most out of it- you have to hike up to the top of the Acropolis – which takes a bit of time even if you’re in great shape, because the summer heat is really strong and there’s almost no shade! – and there are a lot of different ruins, not just the Parthenon – there’s a beautiful old ampitheater (definitely worth seeing, especially if you don’t make it to Rome to see other ancient ruins), the Parthenon and another cool temple, etc., and there is a SUPER cool museum – I think it’s called the Acropolis Museum, and it was built for the recent Athens Olympics – with a life-sized replica of the Parthenon that shows you what it looked like when it was first built. Now, I am not very interested in archeology – I find rocks and ancient history kind of boring – but all of this stuff is really incredible and mind-blowing. Don’t try to rush it.

Athens is a huge city, and there are a lot of other fun things do to aside from the Acropolis – great shopping in the Plaka (that’s the best place to buy gifts to bring back home, and anything Greek like leather sandals, etc.). And on the other side of the Acropolis – not sure what the neighborhood is called – there are less touristy neighborhoods with great restaurants and pretty parks etc.

There is a huge public marketplace – bigger than most of the other ones I saw in Europe – that you have to see. Plus it takes a long time to get around the city, the buses are pretty slow. You need to spend at least one night there. I spent 3 days there and it felt like just the right amount of time, especially since I flew into Athens from Seattle and was pretty jetlagged.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I would say if you are going to spend three days in Athens you should take a day trip as one of those days and go to see Delphi. It was one of my favourite moments of a four month trek across Europe. It is unbelievable, it has a sacred feeling to it, really worth seeing. Also, if you book far in advance you can find crazy deals on flights with Aegean Air. We flew from Athens to Santorini for 19 euro (including taxes). Then you can hop around the islands by boat. This website http://www.skyscanner.net searches all the small airlines and so you can check for flight deals with them.

Of the islands I love Santorini. Make sure to rent a car and spend some time exploring the island. There are lots of little private car companies where you can rent a convertible smart car for next to nothing to toot around the island.  Most people who visit stay in Fira, which is incredibly beautiful but I would suggest also spending one of your nights in Santorini in the town of Kamari, with its black sand beaches. The restaurants set up tables along the boardwalk of the beach and you can have dinner, and hop from restaurant to restaurant dancing to cheesy euro-pop and Greek dance music. It’s very fun. I know a fantastic family run inn near the beach in Kamari that is worth the visit and is very reasonable. PM me if you want more info.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@nikole.powell.np:  I remember in another post you had about Greece me and another Bee recommended Fantasy Travel. They are a travel agency located in Greece and could definitely recommend some cities and hotels, as well they could help you with arragements to get to the islands. Ferry service is not your only option to the islands. Do you know where you want to spend your time? Greece is a huge country and there are thousands of islands.

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