The minute after he gave her the ring and she said “yes”, the future bride will start planning the wedding and the honeymoon. Along with the perfect wedding gown, the future bride also has an ideal honeymoon destination. Depending on what the couple likes to do, the honeymoon will include romantic walks, dinner in a romantic setting, time spend on the beach…but it’s just as romantic to put on your walking shoes and hit the trails to enjoy your time in the nature or buy everything at the farmers market and head to a secluded beach for a romantic picnic.
Thankfully, no matter how you picture your honeymoon (or wedding anniversary), Greece has a lot to offer. While all islands can be lovely romantic destinations, there are some which newlyweds prefer.
If you are looking for ideas for a romantic getaway, anniversary or honeymoon, here is 14 days itinerary which starts in Athens and visits Amorgos, Mykonos, Ios and Santorini.
- fly in and out of Athens
- use public transportation
- stay in 2 or 3-star hotels
- travel during late spring to early autumn
Day 1-2: Athens
Plan to spend a relaxing afternoon and evening in Athens. Choose a hotel close to the Acropolis as you’ll easily get both to the sites and the metro (to get to /from the airport and to the port). Walk on the narrow streets of Plaka and enjoy a meal in a taverna. Spend the second day visiting the Acropolis.
Estimated hotel price June 2012: €70 per night , budget double room breakfast included, AC
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Day 3-4: Amorgos
Take the ferry from Piraeus to Amorgos (port: Aegiali or Katapola). The economy class ticket to Aegiali costs €31.50, one way and the travel time is 8 hours (the ferry leaves Piraeus at 5:30 p.m.). There are ferry connections year round. The economy class ticket to Katapola is €57, one way and the travel time is 6 hours (the ferry leaves Piraeus at 7 a.m.)
Amorgos is an ideal romantic vacation destination if you want to be active. Put on your walking shoes and try one (or all) of the six walking trails on the island. The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, as it is perched on a cliff.
Spend the second day in Amorgos checking out the many beaches. You’ll definitely find something to suit your tastes.
Note: English is not spoken widely here, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear locals speaking Italian and German.
Estimated hotel price June 2012: €40 per night, studio for two
Day 5 – 7: Mykonos
Take the ferry from Amorgos (port: Katapola) to Mykonos. The economy class ticket costs €34.30 and the travel time is 2h 20 min (the ferry departs Amorgos at 1:20 p.m.)
Mykonos is an excellent choice if you want to mix the romantic vacation with a clubbing experience (that’s if you arrive here during the summer). Walk hand in hand on the streets of the Little Venice and stop at a taverna for a romantic night out.
The next day, you can explore the beaches and try your hand at some water sports. Or you can plan a day trip from Mykonos ; Delos, Paros, Sifnos and Andros are all excellent choices as the islands are located close by and offer enough things to keep you occupied for a day.
Estimated hotel price June 2012: €45 per night, standard double room
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Day 8-9: Ios
Hop on a ferry from Mykonos to Ios and enjoy a lovely, romantic island which is slowly and surely becoming a hot spot for weddings and honeymoons in Greece. The ferry takes 1h 30 min to connect the two islands and the economy ticket costs €36 one way.
Ios is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, so make sure you soak up the sun on one of those beaches, as well. Don’t forget to check out the Old Castle and Homer’s tomb.
And since Ios is reviling Mykonos in terms of partying, make sure to enjoy the island’s nightlife.
Estimated hotel price June 2012: €35 per night, standard double room with garden view
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Day 10-13: Santorini
Take the ferry from Ios to Santorini (Thira). The travel time is 40 minutes and the economy ticket costs €16.50 one way (the ferry departs from Ios at 11:40 a.m.).
A romantic vacation in Greece is not complete without visiting the most romantic Greek island: Santorini. Renowned for its sunsets, this is where most of the newlyweds want to spend their honeymoon.
Take your time and explore the island at a slow pace. Visit some of the villages perched on the sides of the volcano. Go to a local winery and taste the wines . Buy produce at the market and plan a picnic on one of the beautiful beaches .
Estimated hotel price June 2012: €50 per night, double studio , swimming pool
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Day 14: Athens and back home
Take the ferry from Santorini to Piraues. The travel time is 8 hours and the economy ticket costs €35.50 one way. There are also high speed ferries (4 h 30 min ; €56.20 one way economy).
Photo credits:Amorgos , Mykonos , Ios , Santorini