Honeymoon - Greek Islands & Croatia
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Nov 3, 2012 2:34 AM Last Post By: neckervd
Oct 28, 2012 5:51 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 28, 2012 6:28 PM
1Unless you intend to spend time exploring towns and beaches between Split and Dubrovnik, I don't see the need in driving. Taking the bus would be just as efficient, and more relaxing. I might suggest that you try and squeeze in an island. You could either do one as a day trip from Dubrovnik (you don't need 4 nights to explore Dubrovnik itself, so you would have time for explore nearby), or you could stop at an island between for a night or two. (Hvar and Korcula are the most popular, but there are many options.)
Yes, you want to stay in the old town (or close vicinity) in both Split and Dubrovnik. It's usually pretty easy to just arrive and rent a room upon arrival -- there are little old ladies at the bus/ferry terminals, and many accommodation agencies, will help you without any problem. Especially in June, but even in the more peak month of July.
How are you getting from Athens to Istanbul? Flying is the only efficient option, as I think bus will take maybe as much as 20 hours. There's no train option.
Oct 28, 2012 7:18 PM
2I guess we were thinking that we could explore a little along the way if we drove ourselves, but if it's not really worth it we're happy to take the bus for a more relaxing journey.
We'll definitely look into either staying on an island or day-tripping if you think 4 nights is more than enough for Dubrovnik.
Is it worth booking up an apartment now in either place as there are heaps online, or will it be cheaper / better just to book on arrival?
We have a flight booked from Santorini to Athens, then out of Athens to Istanbul later that afternoon.
Thanks a lot for your help daveelmstrom
Oct 29, 2012 2:59 AM
3There isn't much to explore along the way unless you plan to go to some islands.
You plan all this time in the Greek islands but no time on the mainland which I believe is a mistake. I would suggest that you save Istanbul for another trip and instead visit places like Corinth, Delphi, Nafplion, etc or even Thessaloniki.
Two days is plenty of time in Dubrovnik.
Oct 29, 2012 12:38 PM
4I suppose you know that there are tons of comfortable buses plying the route between Split and Dubrovnik.
For accommodation, you may also check Trogir, a scenic medieval town close to Split airport. Both towns, Split and 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.
It's also possible to take direct ferries between the Greek Islands. That would be much faster than flying (always via Athens).
Oct 29, 2012 12:59 PM
5Thanks a lot for the advice everyone. We'll sit down and re-think the amount of time needed in each town and squeeze in a couple more along the way i think.
We plan on taking the ferry from Mykonos to Paros, then from Paros to Santorini. Only flying into Mykonos and out of Santorini as we will be / or need to be at Athens airport anyway.
Oct 30, 2012 5:48 AM
6Definitely, stay in the oldtowns. The only reason for not doing that is that you want to combine with swiming and sunbathing, but you will have that later in Greece...
We stayed here when we visited Dubrovnik in september this year:
Sv. Josipa 5
Dubrovnik, Old Town
The loation was perfekt and the appartment was clean and nice.
As it is your honeymoon, I would suggest to book ahead...
Dont miss to visit this place by sunset:
Oct 30, 2012 1:47 PM
Oct 31, 2012 2:22 AM
8A bus is just a bus, and a car is a car. Honymooners should rent a car! Period. Treat yourself.
Not everybody asking for advice on TT is travelling on a shoestring.
To write that there is not much to explore along the way is shere nonsense. The drive along the coastal highway offers tons of breathtaking sights - not for nothing considered one of world's ten most scenic highways (and compared with the fabled Highway 1 in California). Renting a car gives you the oportunity to stop as you wish along the way and take in the view, or even undertake some of the activities like kayakig, mounting hiking, wine tasting...something you cannot do when travelling on the bus regardless how comfortable those may be. Additional charge for picking up a car at one and dropping off at another place applies, of course.
As per Dbk, the old town is tiny and staying there should not prevent you from walking a short distance to the nearby well appointed beach 'Banje' just outside city walls (and with a splendid view of those) or taking a 15 min boat ride to Lokrum island and swimming in the prisitine clean waters of the Adriatic (and exploring the medieval cloister and the botanical garden on the island). Nothing remotely as romantic you will find in Santorini let alone Mykonos. A day trip (or longer) to Boka Kotorska, Montenegro, just across the border from Dbk is strongly recommended.
Oct 31, 2012 7:16 AM
9"A bus is just a bus, and a car is a car. Honymooners should rent a car!"
or travel by boat:
there are usually 2 direct ferries stoping at Hvar, Korcula and Mljet every week as well as 3 ferries and 2 catamarans daily up to Korcula, plus a catamaran from Korcula to Dubrovnik (4 times weekly, from July 1st).
Oct 31, 2012 8:30 PM
10I think we're leaning towards hiring a car for the trip between Split and Dbk. Even if it takes all day exploring and stopping along the way. From what i read, it sounds like it may even be worth while to hold onto the car for an extra day or two and explore the towns around Dubrovnik and into Montenegro. Lots of Mussels, Oysters and wine...
Nov 1, 2012 6:36 AM
11The coastline from Split to Dubrovnik is peppered with real beauty and bearing in mind the type of holiday you are undertaking, I do agree with the car proposal and, indeed, your initial choice. In addition to the points already raised, do check the transit through Bosnia is allowed by the car hire company selected.
Also, once again as already mentioned, Trogir is definitely worthy of consideration for overnighting as opposed to Split moreover in summer.
Nov 1, 2012 2:46 PM
12Thanks cvb, will definetly be having a look into Trogir. And will make sure we check the transit through Bosnia is allowed.
The more i read into and about it all, the more i think Croatia and surrounds will be a whole other holiday next time around after we only see the tip of the iceburg this time.
Nov 1, 2012 11:50 PM
Nov 2, 2012 8:18 AM
14Driving or taking a bus between Split and Dubrovnik is up to you, but it would be a shame to miss out on the islands. Take a look at the ferry schedules (http://www.jadrolinija.hr/default.aspx?lang=2) that will get you from Split to an island to Dubrovnik with ease. Alternatively, visit Vis from Split, then return to Split before driving south--and plan on stopping somewhere for a night before going to Dubrovnik.
I'm all for soaking a place up, but 3/4 days in either place when all those islands are right there would be a shame.
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