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  1. Christen

    What an amazing honeymoon! Love all your post about food and wine. Can’t wait to see you post on your favorite Dallas spots!

  2. Candice

    Thank you for the detailed post! Is there anything you wished you could have done differerntly? Did you fly into Athens? How many days did you spend there? Did you feel like it was crowded/busy season? If it’s not too personal, around how much did this trip cost? I am so happy to hear you had such a wonderful trip.

    • elaine

      This is fantastic – exactly what my fiance and I are hoping to do for our honeymoon. I also echo all of Candice’s questions (flight into Athens/cost). I’m also wondering if you felt safe going into town and taking public transportation. Approximately how much did you spend on meals per day? I’ve only been to all inclusive places in Mexico so I don’t know how much people usually budget, Again, thanks so much for this awesome post!

      • Laura

        We def. felt safe and used the public bus system often! Flights to Athens can vary a lot, but we paid about $1100, which I guess is pretty typical for europe. We didn’t spend any time there though:( We budgeted about 120 Euros for food each day, and it was very comfortable. We didn’t eat at many high-end restaurants though, because the food was great everywhere!

    • Laura

      Sorry for the slow response – missed this comment! I wished we had more time in Greece and had done at least one more island. We did fly into Athens, but we did not spend any time there. Mykonos did not feel crowded at all at the end of June, but when we got to Santorini, it started to feel crowded, mostly because of the cruise ships. It wasn’t so crowded that it was annoying though, and I’d recommend going at the end of June. The trip was a lot, since we combined Greece and a nice cruise:) In general, you can expect to spend at least $1000-$1400 on flights, 100-150 Euros a day on food, and anywhere between 70 and 300 Euros/night for a hotel. Hope that helps!

  3. Sarah

    Looks like an amazing trip! Love the light in Greece. Kind of a random question, but I find myself shopping over and over again in the same stores. Do you have any favorites?

    • Laura

      I like Francescas and random finds at departments stores like Macys, Nordstrom, Belks, ect.

  4. Cara

    My husband and I stayed at the Astra for our honeymoon in 2009. Agree with all of your comments- the island and hotel are AMAZING. Thanks for all of the pics – such a trip down memory lane! Trying to figure out a way to go back for our 5th anniversary!!!

  5. Hi! I love all your pictures and information on your honeymoon! My fiancĂ© and I are getting married in April and want to go to the Greek Islands. We are debating whether to do a cruise or just do a package with someone like Hellenic Holidays. I’d love to know if you enjoyed the cruise more, or your previously planned Greek Island trip more! Thanks!!

    • Laura

      I liked the Greek Islands portion of the trip because we had more time in each place and I found it more relaxing! It’s easy to get from island-to-island with the ferries too.

  6. Greece is such a wondrful place to visit because of its very rich culture and tradition. Not only that, they have one of the nicest views of the water atop unique picturesque buildings. I am amazed at how they planned their structures to be build beside high cliffs. Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing. Seems like both of you really had a wonderful time as seen in your lovely photos.

    • Laura

      The buildings were so neat and I just couldn’t believe how everything was literally built into the cliffs! I’m dying to go back!

  7. Ramya

    Amazing pics Laura ! Food sure looks yummy ..how was the night life ??
    We (me and my husband) are going to Mykonos – Santorini in a few days and are pretty excited about it !!

    • Laura

      honestly, we were too full and tired to attempt going out – the clubs didn’t get going until around 1am! But the club scene in Mykonos seemed pretty ridiculous! Have fun!

  8. Nicole

    Hi Laura,

    I know this is an older post, but I am researching a trip to Greece. How long did you spend on each island? Did you feel it was enough? BTW- love your blog!

    • Laura

      We spent 3 nights on Mykonos and 4 on Santorini. It was definately enough to see the islands and enjoy the town. If you want a bit more relaxation, you might consider staying an additional night.

  9. Alisa

    We are booking our honeymoon for this upcoming July in Santorini, Mykonos., and Athens. Thank you so much for posting this information about your stay as it has been very helpful for our planning process! Can you please provide with the must eat at restaurants in each location as well as the sailing excursion, winery tour, and other things you wished you would have done or seen!

    Thank you in advance!

    Alisa

    • Laura

      I’m jealous – I’d LOVE to go back! In Santorini, we liked Assyrtico and [I think] Archipelagos Restaurant in Fira Town. In Mykonos, I’d recommend Lotus restaurant and M-Eating in Mykonos Town. Honestly though, every single restaurant, including little hole-in-the-wall places, were great because all the food was so fresh. We generally just walked around and found places or got recommendations from hotel staff rather than researching places and making reservations in advance. The sailing excursion was booked through our travel agent at Hellenic Holidays, so I’m not sure of the name of the company:( For wineries on Santorini, I’d recommend doing a tasting with a cheese platter at Sigalas in Oia. We rented a car to get there and also used it to drive to Perissa and Kamari beaches. In Mykonos, I’d recommend renting a four wheeler to explore the island and go to some of the secluded beaches.

      Have so much fun!

      • Alisa

        How costly was the sailing excursion? I have looked at a few that look similar to the one in your pictures but wanted to ask about costs, length of tour, and other recommended excursions!?

        Thanks!

        • Laura

          I’m not sure because our travel agent booked it… But I’m guessing maybe $100 per person? it was about 4 or 5 hours in length including a full dinner and drinks
          The other things we did in Santorini included visiting wineries and beaches and I would definitely recommend both!!

  10. Nicole

    Hi Laura- just another question- Did you find it easy to use credit cards on the islands? I am just trying to figure out how many Euros we should plan to take or if we can plan to use our credit card for the majority of the trip (which has no international fees). Thank you!

    • Laura

      Yes! We used credit for most of our dinners, and then used cash at small shops, tavernas, or for little purchases/tipping. Have fun!

  11. Lee

    Hi Laura, my husband and I were planning to do an impromptu belated honeymoon at the end of next month – last week of September to first week of October – and a Santorini, Athens, and Meteora (the area with the monastaries). The concerning thing which might prevent us from going is we’ve been reading so much about the mosquitoes in Greece during the warm months of May to October as being a huge problem – read stories about couples going to the doctor’s office because the bites got infected, impossible to sleep at night because of the pests, etc. etc. and also the increase in Malaria the last few years in Greece. And we don’t want to use toxic chemicals like DEET, so we’d be pretty limited in the prevention department. Did you encounter any issues with mosquitoes? What month did you go? Did you hear of any stories regarding this issue? Also, is it true you can only drink bottled water in Santorini? Any issues with water and cleanliness of the restrooms in Greece? Sorry for so many questions. Thanks!

    • Laura

      We didn’t have any issues at all! But then again, I probably wouldn’t remember if I just had a couple of bites. We went the last week of June. I believe we drank bottled water the entire trip but that’s pretty much the case everywhere in Europe. All the bathrooms were fine too!! We only went to Santorini and Mykonos though and were in relatively touristy areas.

      • Lee

        Thanks Laura. You are lucky. I’ve heard of too many not so good stories. Maybe I’ll give it a go and just cover up.

  12. Kai Jie

    Hi!

    May I ask which type of suite did you stay in Santorini at Astra Suites?

    Thank you!

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