We are planning our honeymoon for this July and I am looking for feedback as we finalize our itinerary.
Our timing (July) and time frame (~17 nights) are fixed. We are thinking 9 nights in Italy and 8 nights in Greece.
For the Greece leg, we are looking at 3 nights in Athens and 5 nights on the islands.
Our hope for Greece is to have some beach time, and then to experience some history and culture (food & drink). Neither of us has been to Greece before. Thanks in advance for your insight!
I'm looking for feedback to these questions and maybe things I haven't thought of:
1) Initially, we were thinking of doing the Italian leg of the trip first, but now am I wondering if we should fly right into the Greek isles to start off with some time to decompress. Thoughts about order of destinations?
2) Santorini has been on my fiancé's wish list. I've seen mixed reviews on the forums, including costs & crowds. What other islands do people recommend for beauty & relaxation? For the ignorant (me), what makes Santorini worth a visit? Any advice if we do end up visiting Santorini?
3) Big picture suggestions to minimize travel time and stress and maximize our experience? (i.e. my idea to fly straight onto the island and then to Athens after that?)