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6 Days on Santorini

Hello everyone! I will be traveling to Greece for the first time in the summer of 2014 for my honeymoon. My husband and I will be flying into Athens, staying there for two days, then continuing onto Santorini for 6 days. We are planning to stay at the Santorini Kastelli Resort in Kamari, but also want to see Fira and Oia. -How should we get from Athens to Santorini? -How should we arrange to visit Fira and Oia? (Which order makes the most sense? How long should we visit Fira and Oia?) -What are the can't miss things to see/do/eat on the island of Santorini?
-Any other helpful tips for this first timer? Thank you for any help!

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First of all, I suggest you save your exploration of Athens for the end of your honeymoon so you have those extra days to return to the mainland in case of a delay or cancellation due to bad weather or mechanical breakdowns out on the island. When you first arrive at the airport take the next plane or ferry to Santorini. After such an exhausting flight from WA to Greece it will be a grind, but flying makes the best sense and if you sign up for the Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air email newsletters through their websites you'll be notified when they offer their discounted promo fares, so you can fly without spending a lot of money. If you're staying in Kamari you will have to pass through Fira to reach Oia, so you can choose which one to visit first. In the peak summer months Fira is a crazy-busy zoo full of cruise ship passengers as well as everyone else checking out the shops and restaurants, so be prepared for lots of traffic, both on the footpaths and on the roads. Of course Oia gets busy too but it's still a much better place to spend time as well as being the most beautiful and romantic village on the island. Go down below Oia to Amoudi Bay for a meal on the waterfront. You can also walk along the seawall that begins right next to the wharf to the best swimming on the island. THIS is what it looks like there.

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I agree with Lee - continue directly on to Santorini when you arrive at Athens airport. Keep in mind that the airport is not actually in Athens but is some 40 minutes away. Save the visit to Athens for the end of your trip. This is a short, pretty flight over the islands. I suggest you have someone meet you at the airport in Santorini because you will be very tired but Santorini is a stunning place to rest up once more. Plan to at least be in Oia for an evening meal - it is very nice and has a beautiful view of the sunset. If you wish, your can return to Athens using the ferry or you can fly back. With limited time I would probably fly back. Have a great honeymoon.