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Honeymoon in Greece in April 2016

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Hi,

My fiancée and I are planning to travel India to Greece in April 2016 for our honeymoon. We have about 20 days in all, 12 days in Greece and a week, mostly in Switzerland. So far we have the following planned :
Athens - 3 nights (Meteora, Acropoils/Delphi and one day of island hopping, Hydra and others)
Santorini - 4 nights (Oia & Fira)
This is where certainty ends. I think we can include another island(maybe 2?) but simply can't figure out which one of the following :
CRETE / NAXOS / SPETSES / LEFKADA / ZAKYNTHOS / MILOS / PAROS
The more I read about each the more confused I get.
Since Santorini covers all the commercial and touristy stuff I was hoping to hit some off-beat Island to absorb more of the Greek culture.
Can you please suggest what I can expect from the above shortlisted Islands?
Thanks in advance

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    Ddaga. See my reply to your query tagged at the End of "Greek Islands Sept 16" thread. I had assumed that before you posted your own thread you would have modified your request to something more realistic, in light of the problems I pointed out to your "wish list".. To save others from taking the time to point out the same I shall paste part of that reply here ...

    •••••••••••••••••••••••••
    ...before you post, please look at a map of Greece!!!!! This one http://www.explorecrete.com/crete-maps/images/greece.gif --click to enlarge -- should be a wake-up call. The list you give us is not planning, it's more like a daydream. Let/s consider some realities:

    Your list implies Athens is next-door to Delphi and Meteora. THey are hundreds of miles apart ... A trip to Delphi & Meteora involves THREE Days (Meteora is up around Trikala, Delphi is above Amfissa in the Fokida province on map) Hydra is a full day roundtrip (its below the "thumb" of the Peloponnese peninsula) -- and I'm not quite sure why you'd want to go there except its about the only island Rick Steves promotes ... and then what about time in Athens? By contrast, for an island only 12 miles long, Santorini, you say you plan to spend FOUR nights.

    The islands you list are scattered all over: crete is a country: 165m/264km... deserves 4-5 days just to Sample it ... Milos, Paros and Naxos are all reachable from Santorini, and each deserves as much time as Santorini. Lefkada/Zakynthos are in a whole nother sea, the Ionian.

    With 12 days in Greece, assuming you fly from Switzerland to Athens, a Sane-but-rushed itinerary would be:
    • ARRIVE AM, stay in airport, Fly immediately to SANTORINI (3 nights)
    • Ferry to ONE other island (Milos-Paros-Naxos) for 3 nights
    • Fly BACK to ATH airport, 1 night ATH
    • 3 day tour to Delphi-Meteora (CHAT or KEY tours)
    • 2-3 days Athens sightseeing -- depart for India

    I realize that Guidebooks may be hard to come by in India, and it seems easier to research on your smartphone ... but it's not smart to do that only. That way you can't get the big picture, and it tends to make people feel that they can zip from one place to another, a la flying carpet. I urge you to look at a reliable guidebook like Rough Guide to Greece or EYEWITNESS the Greek Islands for a pictorial overview. Also, if you want people to advise you on what isle to choose besides Santorini, they can't give you the best advice unless they know more about you ... AND you know what you are getting into. April is Waaay off season, you'll encounter rain, the seas are too cold for swimming. Of your 2nd island, perhaps only Naxos will have anything going on, due to its large permanent population.

    Thankfully, you do have time to do some more to do research, so you'll be able to avoid pitfalls and plan an enjoyable honeymoon. Congratulations on your coming marriage, and good luck on your plans!

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    Recommend you also start a thread tagged for Switzerland. I have been there a half-dozen times, all but once for skiing. April is the tail end of the ski season, and the mountains will still be cold and snowy. Switzerland, unlike Greece, is very expensive, so take that into account when budgeting your trip.

    I agree with travelerjan's comments about Greece.

    Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage. If you could delay your honeymoon until May, you would have a much better travel experience. May 1st in 2016 is Greek Orthodox Easter, so the first few days of the month will be busy on the islands.

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