Honeymoon in Greece: The Ultimate 14 Day Itinerary
A year and a half after our wedding, my husband and I decided to go on our long awaited honeymoon in Greece. We had been sitting on our honeymoon registry for over a year, and as luck would have it, flights to Athens had reached an all time low.
I bought two roundtrip tickets from New York to Athens and finally got to indulge in the pleasures of honeymoon planning. I spent hours going through travel blogs, reading message boards, and asking questions on online forums. I even bought the kindle edition of The Rough Guide to the Greek Islands which was full of insights I wouldn't have been able to find anywhere else. All this research helped me plan the honeymoon of our dreams. Thanks to our carefully planned itinerary, we were able to experience most of the activities and experiences on our list.
We started our trip with the most popular and financially demanding spots (Mykonos and Santorini) and ended with the most laid back destinations (Milos and Athens). Our choice of islands allowed us to experience all the romance, adventure and history Greece has to offer- all without spending too much or feeling too rushed.
4 Days in Mykonos
Mykonos caters to young affluent singles looking to experience the island's minimalism and buzzing nightlife. Visit during peak season (July & August) and lose yourself in the beach party scene at the expense of higher prices and overcrowded streets. Go just outside the peak months and experience a calmer yet still fabulous island.
As a relatively young couple looking to unwind, we decided to visit Mykonos from September 4th through the 8th. We wanted to be in the middle of the action, so we stayed close to Mykonos Town at the Belvedere. The hotel's boutique feel, fine dining and luxurious grounds made for a perfect honeymoon. The town's marvelous white washed cubed houses and narrow alleys made unforgettable adventures out of our daily strolls.
You can wine, dine, taste, dance, swim, ride, and experience it all in Mykonos. Our favorite activity was visiting Mykonos Vioma Organic farm in the town of Ano Mera. The place is a paradise of wholesomeness, recommended for couples looking to reconnect and recharge.
Our favorite beach was Ornos. We spent an entire morning and part of our afternoon there and preferred it over the always popular and pretentious Nammos.
We purchased our ferry tickets on site and picked them up a day before our scheduled departure. SeaJets was the only company with a high-speed jet that took us to Santorini in about three and a half hours.
3 Days in Santorini
Santorini's romantic atmosphere make it the mecca of honeymooners worldwide. You will lose yourself in the tranquility of the island and fall in love with its breathtaking views.
The island's Cycladic architecture bring the Santorini name to life. Domes and crosses top the white washed houses that adorn the cliffs overlooking the caldera. We stayed at Aqua Luxury Suites in Imerovigli, a village close to the island's capital, Fira.
Romance was our priority, so we didn't take advantage of everything Santorini has to offer. We booked a sunset catamaran cruise we received from our honeymoon registry and were able to see most of the beaches and attractions around the island. We also docked in Oia, and got to enjoy the famous Santorini sunset from the comfort of the catamaran.
We purchased ferry tickets from a local agency in Fira and caught an early ferry from Santorini to Milos. Unfortunately, I suffered from a crazy case of motion sickness. The boat was super high speed and moved a great deal.
3 Days in Milos
Milos is a quiet and family friendly island with an authentic charm and breathtaking sites. The island boasts caves, beaches, and natural landmarks, perfect for the adventure seeking, water loving traveler.
We stayed in Adamas at an apartment within walking distance of the main port. Hundreds of boats dock at night, advertising excursions around the island. We booked an all day excursion with Excellence Yachting and got to see the island's most precious sites. We dove under the most amazing caves and snorkeled in the bluest waters we've ever seen.
We spent our last full day in Sarakiniko beach for the most beautiful display of white and blue. Make sure to ask about the wind patterns when you visit the Greek islands. We went to Sarakiniko on a very windy day, and didn't get to stay and enjoy the beach as much as we would have liked.
We bought our ferry tickets at one of the travel agencies in Adamas. Our boat was big and fairly fast, making our trip to Athens a bit more pleasant and comfortable.
3 Days in Athens
Athen's ancient ruins and historical sites make it a must see for travel lovers in Greece. You will be mesmerized by the history and architecture of the city, a change of scenery compared to the sight of the Greek islands.
We stayed in an apartment in the neighborhood of Plaka which is close to The Acropolis and some great restaurants and shops.
We did a great deal of walking and souvenir shopping in Athens. Leaving Athens for last took the hassle out of catching our flight back to New York.
We traveled through Swiss airlines, and the experience was fantastic. We took an overnight flight to Athens that took about 9 hours. Our return flight, however, ran a bit longer since we had a layover in Switzerland. I recommend booking a direct flight if you can. Layovers, particularly with Swiss airlines, tend to experience delays that will keep you from reaching your destination as planned.
We went to Greece to celebrate our love and found a love deeper than we'd ever imagine. Couples looking to celebrate or rekindle their romance should not think twice about visiting this amazing destination.
It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.
- Henry Miller
Do you have plans to visit Greece? Are there any destinations you are planning on visiting on your honeymoon? Let me know in the comments.