A Greece Honeymoon: Cruising
One of the most popular ways for honeymooners to see Greece is aboard a cruise ship, which will take you to many of the islands and provide opportunities to disembark and see the sights. There are plenty of cruise lines offering trips to Greece, but you may find that a huge ship with hundreds of passengers on board isn’t your cup of tea. There are, in fact, far more personal ways to tour the country. An obvious alternative is a smaller ship, and yacht charters have become quite popular.
Although a yacht won’t provide as much privacy as a hotel, your lodging costs will be comparable, and you can stay aboard the yacht for one to two weeks as you explore the islands. Or, arrange to spend some nights on the boat and other nights in hotels as you wish.
No Greece honeymoon would be complete without a stop in Athens, where there are ancient historical sites (the Acropolis, the Parthenon), museums (the National Archaeological Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art), and the Plaka district, with its whitewashed houses, narrow, winding streets, and traditional Greek tavernas.
Once you have seen the sights in the capital city, travel to some of the country’s islands. Transport to the islands is by ferry or other watercraft, or by plane. There are literally hundreds of Greek islands – not all of them inhabited – but you will probably have to confine your visit to just a few. Here are some of the most popular possibilities:
Crete. Ancient Minoan ruins are the main attraction on the island of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands.
Don’t miss Knossos, Phaistos, and Gortys, as well as the Venetian architecture of the port of Hania. Hiking is also popular on the island, and you might be surprised to know that Crete is a hotspot for caving, with more than 850 caves open for exploration. End your tour with a stop at one of the local restaurants such as Well of the Turk, which offers an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine along with music and outside dining.
Greece Honeymoon: Santorini
This is one of the most popular Greek islands, known for its breathtaking scenery and beautiful dark- and red-sand beaches. Actually a circle of islands formed by a volcanic eruption in 1650 B.C., Santorini has a fascinating landscape with steep cliffs on three sides. Travel to the top of the island by donkey, or hike up and around the top of the crater. You can take a wine tour here, or partake of the island’s excellent seafood. For a real change of pace, get aboard the Atlantis Santorini 1, Greece’s only tourist submarine, for an excursion below the surface of the sea. Santorini is also known for its spectacular sunsets, best when viewed from the caldera.
Greece Honeymoon: Mykonos
This beautiful island provides a pleasant diversion for the rich and famous, many of whom have summer homes here. The beaches are gorgeous, and there are ancient temples and statuary to be seen in addition to the typical Cycladic architecture. Explore the city of Chora with its museums, windmills, and the famous Church of Panagia Paraportiani, and take a day trip to the island of Delos, where Apollo and Artemis were born. There is a decided party atmosphere on Mykonos, so you may wish to do most of your sightseeing in the morning, while the revelers from the night before are still in bed.
Greece provides a tempting variety of things to do and places to visit, but you may be more interested in plopping yourselves down at a luxury hotel and simply enjoying the amenities and local beaches. If this is the case, consider the Elounda Bay Palace on the island of Crete, the King George Palace in Athens, or the Myconian Imperial Resort & Thalasso Spa Center on Mykonos.