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KHerz Jul 9th, 2012 10:22 AM

Relaxing Honeymoon in Greece
I would like to do a very relaxing honeymoon in Greece, all of the packages that I have seen so far sound like they are pretty busy and include a lot of tourist stuff. Don't get me wrong tourist stuff is fine, but I want to go relax, eat great food, drink amazing wine, see some sights but I dont want to only seeing tourist and people trying to sell me stuff. I want to experience Greece more like a local. Does anyone have suggestions for Bed and Breakfast or some way to see Greece without following a tour guide the entire time. I must also mention I only speek English, the goal to try and learn some Greek before going but I'm pretty slow when it comes to learning a language.

jamikins Jul 9th, 2012 10:46 AM

Easy...don't take a tour :).

Greece is easy to do on your own. We loved nafplion and naxos last year. Lots of islands aren't tourist magnets, look at visiting some lesser known ones.

I have only been to Greece once last year, so hopefully some of the Greek experts can provide some specific guidance but a good guide book should give you some ideas!

Happy planning!

Heimdall Jul 9th, 2012 11:37 AM

I agree wholeheartedly with jamikins! Greece is very easy to do on your own. It would help to know which time of year you are having your honeymoon, but lets assume June or September. You could fly into Athens, then make a direct flight connection to Santorini, staying in Oia, which has all you are looking for. If you wish to visit other islands, there are good ferry connections from there to Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Folegandros, Milos, etc.

Many people think of Greece as just islands, but there are many interesting places to visit on the mainland as well. If you wish to combine islands with mainland, consider the Nafplion area and Delphi. Finish up your trip with a few days in Athens.

Most of the accommodation on the islands are family run rooms, often with breakfast included. Some have swimming pools, others not. There are also hotels if you are looking for something with more services. A good place to check is the hotel reviews on Trip Advisor. :-)

HappyTrvlr Jul 9th, 2012 12:29 PM

Although we plan and book our own trips, we used an agency in Athens to book our trip within Greece. They took care of ferry tickets, hotels, flights. We rented cars as needed once there through our hotels.
Look at www. Don't overlook the Peloponnesean pen., Naflion, etc.

KHerz Jul 9th, 2012 12:52 PM

Thank you so much for the responses, I really appreciate any and all advice we can get. We will be going sometime around September 3rd-14th next year; from what I have read the weather should be pretty nice that time of year.
If anyone has any other suggestions on bed and breakfasts, hotel, island, activties or how to prepare for the trip please let me know.

Thank You!

jamikins Jul 9th, 2012 12:56 PM

If you give us a budget in euros for hotels we can make some recommendation. We'd also need to know where you are going...the choices are endless!

clausar Jul 9th, 2012 01:18 PM

Greece has many romantic places for Honeymooners...

Santorini is THE island to visit.... but i also love romantic Nafplio, which is very popular amongst Greeks, and close to many important archeological sites ( as Heimdall already mentioned), or you could could visit the Pelion mountain with it's romantic villages and nice beaches, in combination with the Meteora and also Delphi..... ( all located on Mainland Greece and north of Athens, except Santorini)

There is no need to go to a travel agency, since you can book everything on your own. ( that's always the fun part for me)

Heimdall Jul 9th, 2012 01:31 PM

Early September is a perfect time to visit Greece. In these days of the internet it is very easy to book hotels and airline tickets on your own. You can buy ferry tickets on the islands as you go along — there is no need to prebook ferries for travel in September.

If you wish to use a travel agent, there are those who will make hotel and ferry bookings for you, there to step in with help if a ferry were cancelled or some other unexpected event occur: Fantasy Travel, Dolphin Hellas, Aegean Thesaurus, etc. there are also agencies in Athens that can arrange mini-tours to mainland sites, e.g. Chat Tours, Key Tours, etc.

Greek islands are divided into different groups, e.g. Ionian, Cyclades, Sporades, Dodecanese, Crete, etc. Cyclades and Crete are the easiest for DIY travellers, as there are good connections between islands, and short travelling time between them. It is advisable to spend at least three nights on each island, more if you want to relax. :-)

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