Greetings wise ones!
I would love to pick your brains as I scramble to organize a last minute 10 day/9 night honeymoon itinerary for my husband and I. This is both of our first trips to Greece!
We are arriving via Air Canada Sunday Sept 22nd at 9am and I would like to go strait into Island hopping (hoping to do a 3/4 split between two islands) via a domestic flight for a week and then spend the last 2-3 nights finishing up the trip in Athens. We depart at 13:05 on October 2nd.
I'm having a hard time committing to which islands to visit since they all seem so wonderful so I would love some input. Right now I'm leaning towards domestic flight to Santorini for 3 nights, then take the ferry to Crete and hopefully stay in Chania for 4 nights, then fly back to Athens and spend our last two nights there.
I'm drawn to Crete for the postcard perfect beaches like Balos Bay and Elafonissi and because I would like to hike the Samaria gorge.
I'm drawn to Santorini because of it's allure really.... and because I'm interested in the sunset sail there around all the beaches as well as the hike from oia to fira.
Neither island is non negotiable. Over the course of our week in the islands I want to have beach days and hikes and sprinkle in some historical site visits as well.
I admittedly feel torn about Santorini. It seems like reviews are really hit or miss and people can really take it or leave it. I do not like the idea of being shoulder to shoulder with tourist so maybe plan to stay outside of oia? For some reason for our first trip I feel like we HAVE to go to at least one of Santorini/Mykonos...
Paros and Naxos keep coming up as alternatives, I have a hard time keeping them strait and knowing the pros/cons of each as an alternative.
Basically my wish list is to do some swimming at beautiful postcard worthy beaches, shop in local villages, eat as much grilled octopus and amazing greek food as I can stuff myself with, relax with my husband a bit (but not TOO much, I tend to run high strung so naturally don't relax well, ha!), do some scenic hikes... and experience some ancient greek ruins of course!
My husband works in the restaurant industry so while major nightlife isn't necessary (I'd rather be in bed by midnight then hit a club scene), we are however big food/cocktail people. I'm assuming he will connect with people in Athens but if the food scene is better known at one of the islands I've mentioned that would be important to note as well.
Thank you again for any feedback!