Honeymoon in the Greek islands June-July 2013
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 13, 2012 1:51 PM Last Post By: Tomkat
Dec 11, 2012 5:15 PM
Honeymoon in the Greek islands June-July 2013Hi all
We are a couple planning our honeymoon in the Greek islands for the end of June and beginning of July 2013.
We both love culture, history, hiking, food, etc. but we also enjoy some time at beautiful beaches (better if they have some activities).
We have around 16 nights and we have already done research and put together some possible itineraries, although we would like to hear your advice on them. Also, please feel free to suggest other islands.
Itinerary 1 - Santorini - Naxos - Mykonos - Athens - Around 4 nights in each
Itinerary 2 - Rhodes - Kos - Santorini - Athens - we can drop Kos from this itinerary and spend some more time exploring Rhodes
Itinerary 3 - Crete - Santorini - Athens - around 8-10 days in Crete, then 3-4 nights in each Santorini and Athens
It would be good if you have any hotels in mind as well. We would like places with local flavour, nice views, romantic, historic type of places etc and our budget would be up to around 150 euro/night.
Thanks for your help!
Dec 11, 2012 8:50 PM
1I have been to all of those destinations except for Naxos, which I hear is lovely. For a honeymoon Santorini is a must which I see you have down on all itineraries. When I stayed in 2010 I got a heavily discounted room at nefeli homes http://www.nefelihomes.gr/
. Right now price is listed 130 euros if things are as slow as they were a couple of years ago i am sure you can negotiate down. Great location a bit of a walk to the center of Fira if you don't mind, but right on the Caldera. The pictures are accurate. On santorini you pay for the view. If you stay on a beach you might even be able to get a room for 40 euros.
Oia on the north part of the island is more posh and pricey definately go for a drink and appetizers and watch the sunset. I went to a restaurant Stoggyli. They accept reservations for their patio, so really convenient to go and watch the sunset there and food was good.
I found everywhere I went in 2010 prices were almost in half. Last year went to Mykonos. This was the only place I found no discounts and rooms were expensive. The town is charming but it doesn't hold a candle to santorini.
Went to KOS last year. Read up on it people like the island, but I did not find it as charming as rhodes.
For me its santorini a must and either rhodes or crete.
Rhodes is awsome haven't been in years so I can't recommend a hotel as I was really on a budget when I went but loved the island. The old town is the largst inhabited medieval town in the world i believe. You can walk the streets where crusaders walked.
Lindos town was great as it is more of a traditional greek town with an acropolis. Also there are more natural sights to see on this island.
Crete I did in 2010f for 5 days which was too short. I went all over but missed a lot. The east is quiet and there is Vai beach but overall I say skip the east if you go and concentrate on the west. Heraklion itself is nothing special but the sight of Knossos is a must, its the sight of europes first civilization and is one of the most remarkable sights I have ever been to.
I went to Rethymnon and stayed at palazzo vechio http://www.palazzovecchio.gr/ in the old town. Again I paid a discount I believe 70 euros the room I am sure is listed much higher but it was worth double, one of the best hotel rooms I ever had. The old town was magical. I never went to chania but I hear its even better than rethymnon.
Also from Chania you can go do day tours of the samaria gorge, one of europes deepest, if you are into nature and hiking.
As for Athens I love it but if you don't have someone with a car to show you around you could probably see the sights in a couple of days. Of course spending more time leisurely is not a bad idea either. Do the markets of plaka and monastiraki. All the museums and the acropolis. lycabettus hill. And if there are any shows at night try to see a show at the herod atticus, an ancient theatre that still has concerts. You can also do day trips to from athens, see other posters for suggestions.
I hope this helps.
Edited by: tniv
Dec 12, 2012 7:59 AM
2Itineraries 1 and 3: daily ferries resp. catamarans (Iraklio - Santorini).
Itinerary 2: Rhodos - Kos - Santorini ferry not daily, timetables change from year to year. There is furthermore twice or 3 times weekly a slow ferry from Rhodos to Anafi (sometimes Crete) - Santorini. Don't hope to find published timetables before May.
Kos is extremely touristy and less interesting than Crete or Rhodos from a cultural pont of view.
Crete: avoid the Agia Pelagia-Iraklio-Malia-Agios Nikolaos area (tourist ghettos); but visit the museum of Iraklio museum as well as the palaces of Knossos and Malia, of course. My favourites in Crete: Paleochora - Loutra, Palekastro (google for them). Rethymnon and surroundings are fine too.
Rhodos: stay in the old town (much more character than the tons of modern (beach and others) hotels. My favourites, all along or very close to the city wall:
Frequent public buses to all places of Rhodos (incl. airport) start from a place close to the city wall.
Athens: if you book a hotel like http://www.plakahotel.gr/ you are only a few metres away from Monastiraki metro station (handy for Piraeus port, airport, railway station, National Museum, etc.) and can easily visit Acropolis, Roman Agora, Thission, Akropolis Museum, etc. on foot.
http://www.hermeshotel.gr/ is in a quiet side road between Monastiraki and Syntagma metro station
Dec 13, 2012 1:51 PM
3tniv - palazzo vecchio has Eu 85 on it's site as best price now. We're in Crete for Easter next and will try them in May.
Those look like good hotel tips neckervd , wish we knew about the Athens ones before our Hotel Attalos stay which is just ok though the roof garden under the Parthenon is cool.
Niki's hotel in Old Rhodes was good but maybe a bit basic for you.
I'd suggest fly to Crete then ferry back by way of Santorini, Naxos and Sifnos or vice versa....for the pick of the Islands.
Edited by: Tomkat
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