(Closed) Rome, Mykonos and Istanbul in 10 days…doable?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@cali_cat:  I’ve been to Rome and Mykonos but only as cruise ship ports.  Mykonos is a nice place to relax, but there isn’t a TON to see there as far as touristy stuff, but I hear there’s a good night life.  If you don’t crave a ton of beach/party time, you could definitely be done there in a couple days. 

Rome, would be rushed in less than 4 days I think.  We only had a 10.5 hour tour from the ship, and we didn’t even get to see the Sistene chapel, and we RAN all over the city on full steam, and had expedited tour group lines that were still pretty long.

Post # 4
3204 posts
Sugar bee

Hi! I’ve not been to these places, so I can’t help you with opinions on them. But from someone who has traveled a lot I’ll throw in my two cents. I don’t think I’d want to try and fit in all three places in 10 days. I find 10 days barely enough to really discover and enjoy one place. Also, I didn’t (wouldn’t) want to feel rushed on vacation, and especially not my honeymoon. Do you like to be moving around a lot when you vacation and always busy with planning/itineraries/tours…? Or do you prefer to get to know a place and relax and be more flexible?

Post # 7
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

For beach time, I’d recommend Santorini over Mykonos, but other than that, the plan is good. The beaches near Rome are not really the kind of beaches you are thinking of, so I would stick to your Greek destination for beachtime. Mykonos definitely has a better party scene than Santorini though. I’d probably spend 4 days in Rome, 2 on Mykonos/Santorini, and 4 days in Istanbul. 

Post # 8
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I liked it.  We wanted to get an overview of places that we’d want to double back to eventually for an extended visit and it was good for that, and seeing basic landmarks in places that one might not necessarily want to spend more time.  Like, we saw the Acropolis, but don’t really feel the need to spend much more time in Athens…

But for sure you miss out a bit when you have to be back to the boat every day by about 5pm, and often you’re pretty full from breakfast, so you don’t want to explore another restaurant, or lunch was included on the tours, but they need to be able to feed 40 people in a quick time frame, so you end up places that aren’t really the best examples of local cuisine.  Like, we ended up in a hotel ballroom eating pork tenderloin and potatoes in Rome.  I was like, this is ITALY, I want pizza or pasta! 

We spent 5 days in Paris before the cruise, and that was fantastic.  Getting to explore the city at your own pace was great.

Post # 9
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@cali_cat:  It probably won’t be relaxing to do 3 countries in 10 days.  You need to plan for each day that you’re traveling to be a full day of travel between getting to the airport early, delays, waiting for baggage, traveling from the airport to where you’re staying, checking in (and dropping your stuff off if you get there before official check-in & then having to come back to really check in) & with a place like Mykonos I assume you’ll be traveling from Athens which means more travel.  That means out of 10 days, you’ll probably have about 4 days that are devoted to just traveling, which is just about 2 days total in each place for both exploring the city & the beach.  And that’s not even taking jetlag into consideration (I’m such a wimp–I feel jetlag pretty severely)

Both Rome and Istanbul (I haven’t been to Mykonos but I’ve been to Athens & Ios) have SO MUCH to do.  They’re both incredible cities (I absolutely adore Istanbul, it’s stunning) & from personal experience (I only gave myself 3 days in Rome) I felt like I missed out on a lot by trying to see too many countries in one trip.  When I travel to a bunch of countries at once, I like the hectic pace, but I have to admit it’s pretty stressful. I never feel settled in. I don’t know if I’d like that feeling on a honeymoon.

If you don’t mind a hectic pace then go for it, but if you do want to relax & enjoy some extended time, I say cut it down to 2 places.

Post # 10
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

How do you plan on getting from place to place? You may want to consider the amount of flights and time spent at the airport. One of our intineraries for South Africa included 10 different flights for a 10 day trip – it was ridiculous and we decided against that plan. 

Post # 11
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it’s doable, but I agree with the other posters who said it won’t be a very relaxing honeymoon. If I were you I would maybe narrow down your must haves for your holiday. Istanbul and Greece have so much to offer you don’t want to miss out on seeing or doing something amazing.  

My fiancé and I are doing Istanbul and Crete for our honeymoon next summer.  We’re planning on spending five days in each location. In Istanbul we’re doing the shopping, museums and partying, on Crete, we’re going to eat, sleep and spend time on the beach. It’s the best of both worlds!

There are lots of discount airlines in Europe, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a flight between Athens and Istanbul. Mykonos might be harder. Some flights have better timing than others. We haven’t booked our fight between Istanbul and Crete yet, but we’ve seen everything from four hour flights, to 1+ day layovers. Make sure you search flights by time before price.

Good luck with your plans. Would love to hear what you ultimately choose to do! 

Post # 12
8675 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Don’t forget that it will also be peak tourist season so on top of the non-relaxing travel schedule all the places you have listed will be thronging with tourists and backpackers which will also effect your experience. Lining up for 4hrs to see the Sistine Chapel or competing for towel space on a beach in Mykonos wont be very fun or relaxing.

Post # 13
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you’ll struggle in 10 days. Would you consider maybe Rome and Sorrento/Amalfi Coast? There’s tons of culture in Rome so I think Istanbul might be overkill, and there’ll be a lot less travel time if you stick to Italy.

Post # 14
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - El Faro Convention center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

We went on a 12 day cruise and hit up both Rome and Istanbul in addition fo a couple of other places. WE LOVED having a taste of so many locations! I blogged about it here, here and here



Post # 15
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@cali_cat:  Way too much for 10 days. I did London and Paris in 10 days and it was too much… so much more to see still.

Traveling is exhausting. Especially if you’re not used to doing trips like this, I’d stick to one or two places max in that timeframe.

You want to be able to enjoy a place, not worry about rushing onto the next IMO.

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