Honeymoon - Greek Islands & Croatia
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2012 9:33 PM Last Post By: z065
Oct 28, 2012 5:50 PM
Honeymoon - Greek Islands & CroatiaHi All,
My fiancee and I will be spending our honeymoon at a few destinations through Croatia & the Greek Islands next June & July and were after some pointers on a few questions we have.
Our plan is arrive Split (3 nights), drive to Dubrovnik (4 nights), fly to Athens (overnight stay), then to Mykonos (4 nights), Paros (3 nights), Santorini (5 nights), fly back to Athens & onto Istanbul (4 nights), then Dubai (2 nights) before heading home. We know they are all the more popular destinations, but it is the first time to these countries for both of us so we may as well start somewhere. I've read and researched as much as i can and believe the time we're staying at each destination will allow us to see a good part of each place without being too rushed. Santorini will be the more indulgent part of the honeymoon hence the 5 nights. We both love being around the action, are active and happy to explore, and are pretty well travelled.
1. We're looking at apartments in Split & Dubrovnik located in the old town of both cities. Is this the most ideal place location wise, to both explore the towns as well as relax and enjoy a coffee or beer?
2. In Mykonos so many of the apartments & hotels say short walk to town and i know you can be caught out by this. Whilst we'll enjoy a drink or two and lots of eating out in town, is the terrain an easy enough walk even if your accommodation is 800m/1km out of town? We want to be close, but not so close we're kept up all night.
3. Is the drive from Split to Dubrovnik easy enough by car oursleves, and pick up Split, drop-off Dubrovnik no problem?
Any other tips or advice anyone has for us would be greatly appreciated.
Oct 29, 2012 12:40 AM
1For Croatia, ask on the Eastern Europe branch (if you haven't already).
Do you really want to go to Mykonos? I know you say you've done a lot of research, but this place is party central, especially in July. It will be packed to the rafters with young Europeans intent on getting trashed every night. Could be an eye-opener for a non-European, I suppose, but I think it would get pretty tedious after a while. Spend more time on Paros, or better still go to Naxos instead, more of a "Greek island" experience than a "Euro trash" one.
Oct 29, 2012 9:49 AM
2I suppose that there are tons of comfortable buses plying the route gbetween Split and Dubrovnik.
For accommodation, you may also check Trogir, a scenic medieval town close to Split airport. Both towns, Spli tand Trogir, can be visited in a few hours. For the visit of Dubrovnik, you may need half a day.
A decent visit of Athens and surroundings would take 2 to 3 full days.
Oct 30, 2012 9:33 PM
3I agree with #1 to spend time on Naxos and Paros instead of Mykonos.
The old towns of Split and Dubrovnik are ok for a drink, if you don't mind it being super touristy and more expensive. If you got a little bit outside of the old town in Split (within walking distance) you can find lovely, less touristy neighborhoods with some local fare restaurants.
Not sure about renting a car, but the bus from Split to Dubrovnik is supposedly 4.5hrs. But when I did it this summer, for some reason, it was an unfortunate 7 hrs. The drive is beautiful, but I get motion sick on a bus and the last few hours was killer on the winding roads.
You do not need a lot of time in Dubrovnik, but it would be nice to stay over night or two depending on when you arrive and how tired you are from the drive.
And as neckervd said, i'd give Athens a few days, but that might be depending on how interested you are in the history/museums, because you could lose yourself for days in them (if that interests you).
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