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pressurized
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Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
Honeymooning in Greece for 2 weeks in July. After getting input from a bunch of people we've decided on a tentative itinerary:

2 days in Athens
4-5 days in Santorini
4-5 days in Crete
2-3 days in Mykonos

After getting some quotes from "Honeymoon Package" companies, we quickly realized we'd have to put it together ourselves to keep the price down, but the logistics of it all has been a headache.

We're going to splurge in Santorini and go all 5 star cliff/cave lodging, but otherwise we were thinking a mix of AirBnBs and hotels with multiple spots on the big islands, at least. On-island transportation is a concern too. Do they have reliable/late taxi service, or is renting a car even an option. Lastly, I've heard to fly to the different islands, as the ferries can be unreliable and strenuous.


Any recommendations on these places or travel tips/advice for the Isles in general?



weaveballs1
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
Had no problem with the ferry and was actually able to book a private cabin which made for a very nice trip. I'd suggest you take a day or two from a couple stops on your itinerary and add Naxos. It has a combination of things to do that the other islands aren't known for.


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BlackenedOut
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
Going to Greece this summer but a few months earlier to try and avoid the crowds and peak season pricing. Are your dates remotely flexible?

I’d say that is a very very ambitious travel schedule. Crete, all things considered is number 1 on my list, but it’s pretty far from rest of islands. Is it all doable, sure, especially with flights but just think you’d be better off doing Crete + 1 other island. 4/5 nights on Santorini is going to exhaust that budget quickly.

What are you looking for on your honeymoon? Adventure, sightseeing, lazy days on a beach?


baldona
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I don’t know Greece at all, but for your honeymoon my recommendation would be to leave the easiest, longest stay, and most relaxing place for last. Do your hustle and bustle first, even if it means somewhat harder order.

It’s nice on your honeymoon to get somewhere at the end and just relax. Enjoy living slowly and just being together somewhere great. Furthermore to return to the states relaxed. As opposed to hustling your last couple of days and staying super busy.


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pressurized
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
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Are your dates remotely flexible?

Unfortunately no, but we are flexible on destinations. We are leaving July 2nd.
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What are you looking for on your honeymoon? Adventure, sightseeing, lazy days on a beach?


All of the above really. Figure we'd do a mix of tours during the day, mixing in boat tours, wine tours, historical tours, hikes, beaches, etc., during the day and then head back to the hotel/apartment to change, then have a nice dinner and drinks around town.
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I’d say that is a very very ambitious travel schedule.

We can probably knock off Mykonos and fly from Athens to Crete. Spend 5-6 days going from Chania to Heraklion. Ferry to Santorini and spend 5 days there, and then ferry/fly back to Athens to head home.

Another option would be to do a beach themed island hopping tour of the Cyclades, but the crowds, especially in Mykonos, worry me; however, the beaches of Antiparos are more our style.




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BlackenedOut
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
I think you could be pretty well set doing a week on an island such as Naxos. Use it as your homebase, rent an airbnb, and take a day trip or two to Paros, AntiParos or wherever. Or a full week in Crete but you will be relatively geographically isolated for day trips.

Then do last two nights in Santorini. And fly out from there to either Athens connecting on or another place in Europe for flight back stateside.


pressurized
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
You mentioned Crete being your #1, what kind of itinerary would you recommend for a 6 night stay?

Chania old town and Elafonisi would be a must for us, so I don't know if that's enough time to get over to the East end.


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LSUShock
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
For what it's worth, I have very close friends who spent their honeymoon last July in Switzerland, Mykonos, and Santorini. Their one recommendation, spend as little tine in Santorini as possible.


pressurized
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
That's the first I've heard that about Santorini. Most people say its their favorite Greek island. If they were looking for a younger crowd and more nightlife, I could see that.

We already bit the bullet and reserved a cave suite with a plunge pool in Santorini, just need to round out the trip. The hardest part is the logistics of island hopping, mostly figuring out ferry/plane schedules.


pressurized
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re: Greek Isles - 2 Week Honeymoon
Update:


Just booked Athens > Mykonos > Naxos > Santorini.

Staying in Ornos Beach on Mykonos, with a day trip into Mykonos Town and a boat day trip to Delos. Staying in Agios Prokopios beach and Naxos Town on Naxos. Doing a historical tour and boat tour. Not sure for the other 2 days. Staying in Oia on Santorini. Doing a jet ski tour of the volcano, a wine tasting tour, and probably a sunset booze cruise.

Flying into Mykonos and out of Santorini, with mid-late morning ferries to Naxos and Santorini.


Right now we're relying on Trip Advisor for things to do around the islands, so if anyone has any feedback on these islands, it would be greatly appreciated.


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