(Closed) Planning Honeymoon in Greece (Athens, Mykonos, Santorini)

posted 11 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ajdelmundo: Our tour package of 3 nights in Santorini, 3 nights in Mykonos, and 2 nights in Athens cost about $1150 USD per person.  This included transportation (ferry rides), transport between the port/airport and the hotel, and a half-day tour of Athens.  Of course, the flights in and out of Greece are a separate cost.  We were so happy we went through Kivotos because we didn’t want to deal with the hassle of figuring out transportation and researching hotels in three different places.  You can make adjustments to the package (we chose 4 star hotels in Santorini and Mykonos and a 3 star hotel for Athens), and it will be priced accordingly.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we used Jim at Perfect Honeymoons http://www.perfecthoneymoons.com/

1-800-320-7373/703-748-3000

they specialize in only doing honeymoon vacations and planned a great trip for us – i think he is greek also and has made many trips there, which gave him an edge on things. he booked us into romantic/intimate places as opposed to just larger touristy cities/hotels. we did 10 days in athens, crete (chania) and santorini (oia – amazing!). 

i wouldn’t stay long in athens – max 2 nights, just to see the acropolis and recover from your flight. crete is AWESOME – so much to see, amazing beaches, gorges, history/culture. and santorini is so romantic and beautiful (not much to do other than relax and be romantical).

he goes through a larger global agency who were of great help when we had to change something last minute when we were in greece. 

i would definitely use an agency or some sort – it was just so much easier having all the fees paid already and transfers waiting for us etc. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I went to Greece with my husband and 20 new friends in August as a sort of orientation to an MBA program (such an awesome way to make friends!!). We spent a week split between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. (I didn’t get to do any of the planning – the 2nd year leaders chose the itinerary and hotels).

Re: Athens

I was not impressed. Aside from the Acropolis, the buildings are run down and there is lots of graffiti. However, our leaders put us in the WORST hotel ever. Literally, it was scary…in the middle of the “red light district.” That is a euphemism for druggies passed out in the middle of the street with needles in their arms, hookers, and pimps with guns. So do some serious tripadvisor research before booking your hotel. Spend at the most 2 nights in Athens – the Acropolis really just takes one day. 

Re: Mykonos

This was so fun! It is definitely the party island – and there are some nude beaches here too. We stayed near the Platys Gialos (one of the beaches). The beaches here are gorgeous – full of gorgeous people getting pretty wasted. It is a little difficult to catch cabs, there are only 30 on the whole island (according to a cabbie). However, the public buses are very nice (coach buses) and full of tourists.

Re: Santorini

We stayed in Perissa, one of the black sand beach towns. This had a very nice stretch of restaurants/bars along the beach. Our hotel was set back about one block off of the beach. It seemed that most hotels not beach front, but it literally took about 3 mins to walk to the beach. The waiters from the restaurants would come and take drink orders on the beach. And the food/drinks here were pretty affordable.

We took the public bus (coach once again) to Oia one day. Oia is the city that you think of when you think of Greece – blue domes & white buildings on the cliffs.The bus took about 45 mins – 1 hour each way. Honestly, I was happy to stay on the beach and just daytrip in Oia. Yes it is pretty, but I would have been bored if I spent too much time there. Also, Oia was overrun with cruisers during the day time. Oia is much more expensive than Perissa.

Be sure to schedule a “pirate ship” ride around the caldera. Ours started at about 1p and lasted until after sunset. You do a light hike around the volcano and swim in the hot springs. They give you apps and wine as you watch the sunset.

Re: Transportation

I disliked the ferries between islands. They were often very early in the morning and made me sea sick. I think they were fairly expensive too. I would look into air travel between islands.

Have fun! It was AWESOME 🙂

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@ajdelmundo: OMG!  This is our exact honeymoon!!  We are spending 4 nights in Mykonos, 4 nights in Santorini, and 1 night in Athens on the way back home.  I am so excited!  Everyone has said that the islands are absolutely amazing.  If you are interested, I can tell you where we are staying.  We went for 4 and 5 star resorts so it’s costing us a lot of money but I think it will be worth it.

Post # 24
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@ajdelmundo:  We are staying at the Petasos Beach Resort in Mykonos and the Astra Suites in Santorini.  We booked through a travel agent (AAA) because they inter island flights/ferries can be very confusing to schedule and coordinate.  I think it was definitely the best way to go.  Here are the websites for the hotels if you want to check them out.

http://www.astra.gr

http://www.petasos.gr

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Two hotels I absolutely cannot recommend enough:

Hotel Keti in Santorini

This is the view outside the room we stayed in at the Hotel Keti.

 

Hotel Omiros in Mykonos

I took this photo of the terrace at the Hotel Omiros while we were eating breakfast one morning.

 

Views that are worth a million bucks, prices at absolute rock-bottom. Plus at the Omiros, the owner, Yannis, is super friendly and chatted with us every day, giving us recommendations on restaurants and beaches, and his mom made us breakfast every morning. You really can’t do better than these two hotels.

Don’t miss a day trip to the island of Delos when you go to Mykonos, be sure to ask if Akrotiri is open on Santorini, definitely take a day to ride the donkeys down to the old port and take the sailboat tour around the caldera (the one where you hike up the volcano, swim in hot springs, eat an onboard buffet, and hear a saxophone serenade while you watch the sunset). Forget about wasting money on a travel agent, just do some research on Trip Advisor and make your own plan.

 In Athens, obviously do the Parthenon and the Ancient Agora, but also be sure to spend some time at the National Archaelogical Museum. Just stunning marble sculptures that you could look at for hours.

And be sure to eat like there’s no tomorrow. Eat everywhere, we just took a Frommer’s guide and asked our hotel owners for advice and ate everywhere that was recommended and we were rarely steered wrong. Have Greek yogurt with honey, fruit and nuts for breakfast, and forget about the waffles (those are just there to appease French and American tourists – trust me, the yogurt is what you want). Eat with gluttony and abandon, the food in Greece is a rare treat.

[ETA] One more thing – we relied on the public buses in Mykonos and Santorini to get around. This was fine, and we never had any real problems, but if we did it again we’d definitely rent scooters and enjoy the increased freedom and reduced confusion/anxiety/crowding. In Athens, you’ll do fine relying on the subway, which is impressively efficient, accessible and clean.

Post # 26
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107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@ajdelmundo:

I seriously doubt that you would ever book this hotel – look at the reviews on TA. But the awful Athens hotel was Amaryllis. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189400-d250576-Reviews-Amaryllis_Hotel-Athens_Attica.html

 

In Mykonos, we stayed in by the beach (Platys Gialos is the name of the beach). Our hotel was nice for our group setting, but not very honeymoon-y.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g659660-d316633-Reviews-Argo_Hotel_Mykonos-Platys_Gialos_Mykonos_Cyclades.html

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2012

my family is from Greece and I have been going every year or so since I was a kid – I’d recommend a few other islands less popular with tourists that are a bit cheaper. Mykonos has it all but really does cater to a European party crowd.

Some of the less known islands are Skopelos, Milos, Folegandros, Tinos(which is about 15 minutes ferry from Mykonos but very quiet). There are ferries and tours that visit all of these.People speak pretty good English on all these islands though Mykonos/Santorini has the most European/American workers.

also – if you do a day pr two in athens – take the ferry to the island of Egina – its a day trip and a really nice village.

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