We chose Greece because we wanted to go somewhere with ✅ amazing food, ✅ great beaches, plenty of ✅ outdoor adventure, and ✅ nightlife – Greece more than delivered on all fronts. Below I’m sharing our EXACT Greece honeymoon itinerary.
Pick and choose, or follow it completely – either way I promise you will not regret choosing Greece for your honeymoon!
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Greece Honeymoon Itinerary 14 Days
While I don’t think you can go wrong in Greece, I have become very picky over the years so a little (a lot) of research and planning helped evade any disappointment or issues, and instead made for a very smooth trip overall.
Additionally, unless you have unlimited time, a Greek island hopping trip takes some planning ahead because not all ferries run every day and some activities or accommodations get booked out well in advance. So, please enjoy the fruits of my labor below.
Day 1: Athens
For this trip, the islands were our priority so we scheduled 1 day in Athens. With only 1 day, I recommend staying in Plaka. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with tons of restaurants and within walking distance of several landmarks.
✅ Visit the Acropolis!
If you can only do one thing in Athens, it will probably be to visit the Acropolis. You can buy tickets at the gate but there is generally a line. To beat it, you can buy tickets online, or even sign up for a tour like this one.
We went on our own and found that a lot of the signage was only in Greek so a tour would have been helpful. Plan on two hours for this activity.
This is a great way to see the city AND learn about all the food that you will be indulging in over the next couple of weeks.
On this tour you will get a comprehensive overview of Greek cuisine and walk by a few iconic landmarks as you explore with the group – so it’s kind of a 2-in-1 tour!
Where To Stay In Athens For Honeymooners
Location location location! This hotel is right in Plaka, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and even the Acropolis. The staff were extremely friendly and the rooms were simple and beautiful. It really did feel like home. Affordable as well!
For a more luxurious option, consider staying at A77 Suites nestled at the base of the Acropolis. This boutique hotel is absolutely stunning and so romantic.
They have spacious rooms, super comfortable beds (!!), and some rooms offer private hot tubs with a view of the Acropolis. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars, and landmarks.
Days 2 + 3: Ios
Ios is a little slice of heaven on earth. I debated visiting Ios because the island is known as the cheaper/younger Mykonos – a party place. Ultimately I went for it and I am SO GLAD I did.
Ios does have some great clubs (Pathos!!), but it ALSO is one of the best islands for utter serenity and relaxation. With some of the most amazing beaches and sea views, you could easily spend a week chilling by your villa pool pretending you’re the only one on the planet.
✅ Rent an ATV
Ios is a small island, you can ATV around the whole thing in one day, and let me tell you it is a must-do. We rented ours at Mylopotas Beach. If you’re visiting during peak times try and reserve ahead.
You can cross off a ton of sites by exploring this way. In just half a day we saw the Windmills in Chora, went to Homer’s Tomb, saw hundreds of the little white churches that speckle the island, and spent hours at Agia Theodoti – one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
✅ Watch the sunset at Ios Club
Make reservations at this swanky, sophisticated, yet laid-back cocktail bar to enjoy a spectacular sunset view, apertivos, and a traditional Greek menu.
This place is stunning. A live DJ, contemporary design, and Cycladic architecture make for an incredible vibe and ambiance.
For more things to do in Ios check out 👉 27 Things to do in Ios, Greece
Where To Stay In Ios For Honeymooners
There are two main areas to stay in Ios, Chora, and Mylopotas. I recommend staying in Mylopotas for amazing views and easy beach access. Chora is a nice walk or very short bus ride from Mylopotas.
Amazing location – a 3-minute walk down the hill to Mylopotas beach. The staff are so kind and super happy to offer suggestions/advice. Noteworthy pool and breakfast!! Mid-range budget.
📍Hide Out Suites $$$$
For a more luxurious stay, check out Hide Out Suites located between Mylopotas and Chora. The staff, private villas, breakfast, and private pools are all worth pointing out!
Days 4 + 5: Fira, Santorini
Did you even go to Greece if you didn’t include Santorini in your Greece honeymoon itinerary?? On day four catch a ferry to Santorini! Fira is the capitol of Santorini. It is the biggest and busiest city on the island which comes with pros and cons. There is no shortage of social activities, restaurants, bars, and cafes, but it is bustling.
The streets are crowded and it definitely feels “touristy”. Lots of goods for sale in the streets, people luring you into their restaurants and shops, or offering you rides on donkeys.
Regardless, it is stunning and worth seeing in my opinion. Just make sure you make dinner reservations and get an early start each day to beat the crowds.
A boat tour to see the Caldera and hot springs is a must-do when visiting Santorini. This specific tour will also take you to Red Beach and White Beach, and serve you a meal and drinks.
If you are looking for a more budget-friendly tour there are large sailboats that leave the port 2 times a day. I believe we paid 20 euros each and bought our tickets about 30 minutes ahead of time at the port. You will stop and swim in the hot springs and have an hour and a half to hike around the Caldera.
✅ Rent a car and visit Akrotiri!
We rented from Cars 4 Rent in Fira, but it was a little wishy-washy. Next time I’d go through Discover Cars for extra assurances. If you want an automatic make sure you book ahead of time!
Akrotiri Lighthouse is about a 20-minute drive from Fira. This was one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the island in my opinion. You can go for sunset and bring a bottle of wine and a picnic.
While driving around visit Red Beach (but don’t sunbathe because there are falling rocks!). Skip Kamari (the black sand beach) if you’re short on time. Very crowded and you have to pay.
Where To Stay In Fira For Honeymooners
📍San Giorgio – $$
We planned on splurging at our next location so we did not stay on the cliffside in Fira. We stayed at San Giorgio which was a lovely hotel just 3 minute’s walk from the cliffs, restaurants, and everything else.
The staff was SO lovely, the room was clean and beautiful, and they have a great pool.
📍Athina Luxury Suites – $$$$
For a more luxurious stay and to be on the iconic Santorini cliffside, stay at Athina Luxury Suites. You will not be disappointed with unobstructed views of the Caldera and the cliffs. Amazing pools, staff, and rooms.
Days 6 + 7: Oia, Santorini
On day 6 drive (or take a bus or taxi) to Oia, just 20 minutes from Fira to the northwestern tip of the island. Oia is the quieter, more expensive, more luxurious city in Santorini. It’s known for its sunsets, fairytale streets, and cave hotels. It’s a must if you’re on your honeymoon.
A catamaran adventure is probably the top thing to do in Santorini. Spend the day (or afternoon) floating around the Aegean sea, BBQing, snorkeling, and sipping on Greek wine with a small group.
The sunset slot is the most popular but we chose a day cruise because we love the sun and it gets breezy at night. We booked through Santorini Yachting Club about two days ahead of time. If you are on a strict schedule you’ll want to book earlier than that. This is the highest-rated sunset cruise in Oia.
✅ Wine & Cheese Tasting at Domaine Sigalas
There are several places to go wine tasting in Santorini and the most popular (and overpriced) place is called Santo – this is where everyone will tell you to go. I recommend you steer clear of there and head to Domaine Sigalas, especially if you’re staying in Oia.
As two bartenders we were familiar with their wine and looking forward to visiting the winery. It was quaint and beautiful, and the wine and atmosphere were perfectly dreamy and Greek. Take a cab 😉
Where To Stay In Oia For Honeymooners
📍Aris Caves – $$
This was one of our splurges on this trip (even though it was still a budget spot compared to other hotels on the cliffside). Our room was clean and adorable, and the views were STUNNING.
The staff here were so nice and helpful. There are lots of stairs in Santorini and no street names so they came and found us and carried our luggage. There was wine and homemade bread in our room. I highly recommend staying at Aris Caves.
📍Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel – $$$$
The one thing we were missing at our hotel in Oia was a pool. It’s really hot and the beaches aren’t great in Santorini (think volcanic rock), so a pool would have been nice.
For a more luxurious stay, and a pool, check out Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel. Large, pristine rooms, amazing breakfast, service, and jaw-dropping views.
Read More: For a comprehensive 4-day Santorini itinerary click here
Days 8, 9, + 10: Chania, Crete
On day 8, take a ferry from Santorini to Heraklion, Crete. You could also fly from Santorini to Heraklion but there are no direct flights and it will cost more.
Crete is the largest island in Greece. It would be easy to spend several weeks there. We worked our way around the entire island. We spent our first three nights in Chania, the second-largest city on the island, and took day trips from there.
✅ Balos Lagoon
This is a stunning white sand beach with shallow blue and turquoise waters that is a MUST-SEE on your Greece honeymoon itinerary. It feels very natural and wild. You can drive or take a ferry. We had a car so we drove – it is about an hour and a half drive from Chania.
The road is VERY bumpy, rocky, and full of potholes. The parking lot fills up very early so try and get there before 10 am otherwise you’ll be parking along the road (which is fine and what we did).
From the parking area, it’s an easy 20-minute walk down to the lagoon. There is one small outhouse and a little cantina for beverages. The road in is private and you will have to pay a toll (2 euros).
✅ Elafonissi Beach
A pink sand beach! This is also an hour and a half drive from Chania but the drive is beautiful! Drive through a couple of Crete’s stunning gorges, several villages, and endless olive farms.
Less out there than Balos Lagoon – there are a few restaurants and hotels around and lots of people at the beach. Rent a lounge chair and umbrella for 10 euros for the day. Paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and small boats are available for rent.
I would again recommend getting there early for good parking. Stop at Glykeria on the way out for lunch!
Where To Stay In Chania For Honeymooners
Aoria Estate Old Port is located in Old Town (the neighborhood I would recommend staying in Chania). It could not have been a more perfect location. The doors opened right onto the most romantic alleyway with a delicious traditional Greek restaurant just outside.
The property was spacious, clean, comfortable, CHARMING, and had a rooftop terrace, and the hosts were sweet. A great home base for a few days.
📍1924 Suites $$$
For a more luxurious stay and the best view in all of Chania, check out 1924 Suites. Located in the old square guests have prime views of the Venetian harbor and are truly a couple of steps away from restaurants, bars, and attractions.
The rooms are modern, spacious, and expertly curated. The staff is top notch and the beds are comfortable!
Day 11: Plakias, Crete
From Chania, we drove to Plakias in the South of Crete. It was a very different vibe, much slower and quieter. The drive is beautiful. You’ll pass through gorges, small towns, and endless olive orchards.
There is so much to do on Crete. If you are the adventurous type, be sure to include Crete in your Greece honeymoon itinerary.
✅ Kalipso Beach
Kalipso is a tiny cove with INCREDIBLE diving and snorkeling if you’re interested in that. We didn’t even rent snorkel equipment and we still saw lots of bright fish swimming around us. The water is just so clear.
I wouldn’t stay at the resort there, it is pretty outdated. But it’s worth including this as a swim stop on your Greece honeymoon itinerary.
Crete is home to several beautiful gorges – the Samaria is among the grandest. You can hike through the entire gorge for a BEAUTIFUL and adventurous experience. I highly recommend a tour (this one is good) for this because the transportation will be tricky otherwise (and you don’t want to drive because the end point is different – and very far from the starting point).
Where To Stay In Plakias For Honeymooners
This place (both Plakias and the accommodations) really surprised us. It was absolutely beautiful here. The apartment was very high-tech, very new, and very clean. Really comfortable beds and a huge amazing bathroom.
The owner is super nice and brought us olive oil from his farm. You are a 2-minute drive to the beach and the main street – although it is a pretty small town so only a few selections for food and drink 🙂
Spacious and modern suites, and walking distance to just about everything in Plakias. The facilities are spotless, the staff is friendly, and the food is delicious.
Days 12 + 13: Elounda, Crete
To round out this Greece honeymoon itinerary, spend a couple of days in Elounda – a small, sleepy, coastal town. A self-care haven. The brown hills are speckled with luxury resorts and spas, and the coastline crawls with tavernas and cafes. This was the perfect place to relax and reflect on our trip before heading home.
✅ Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos is a small to medium-sized coastal town about a 10-minute drive from Elounda. It’s an artsy, leisurely place with plenty to do including shopping, eating, and strolling the streets. On the outskirts, you’ll find Cretan Olive Oil Farm. Since this is the end of your trip it’s the perfect time and place to stock up on Greek delicacies including honey, raki, and lots and lots of olive oil.
Spinalonga is a small island in the Gulf of Elounda with a rich and dark history. In the early 1900s, people who were diagnosed with Leprosy were sent into isolation. In Crete, lepers were sent to Spinalonga to live out the remainder of their lives, forming a forced leper colony.
You can take a 4-and-1/2-hour tour from Agios Nikolaos for just $18. It leaves at 12:30 daily.
Where To Stay In Elounda For Honeymooners
The Royal Marmin property is really beautiful. If you choose to stay here expect friendly staff, a private beach, and dreamy views.
We like to end our trips on a bang so we stayed at Blue Palace and it was AMAZING. The rooms were gorgeous, the amenities were never-ending, and the grounds were so relaxing. We felt spoiled with our own private pool, welcome bottle of champagne, and access to their incredible wellness spa. Highly highly recommend it. Book on Booking.com.
Day 14: Athens
On day 14, drive from Elounda to Heraklion airport and fly to Athens. If you can, stay in Athens another night before heading home the following day.
✅ Hammam or Sound Bath
If you can stay one more day, treat yourself to some self-care! Greece has an incredible history of sound healing (read more about sound baths here). Sounds baths can wash away stress, tension, and anxiety and facilitate deep relaxation.
Another common wellness practice in Greece is Hammam. Hammam is traditionally a Middle Eastern practice but you will find hammam baths all over Greece. A hammam bath is a steam bath treatment where you’ll receive full body exfoliation and body and head massage.
Is 14 Days In Greece Enough For A Honeymoon?
We could have stayed in Greece for a month…many months. But if we’re being realistic, 14 days felt perfect. We had enough time to really explore the islands we visited and didn’t feel like we rushed things.
I genuinely believe this Greece honeymoon itinerary was perfect. Three islands in 14 days felt right. If you’re going for a more laid-back honeymoon, maybe I’d choose two islands, but for us three was perfect. Four would have been too many.
What Part of Greece Is Best For A Honeymoon?
Without a doubt, the islands are the best part of Greece for a honeymoon. They are romantic and each has something unique to offer. The food, beaches, and vibe vary slightly from island to island.
The most romantic place is definitely Oia, Santorini. The most adventurous island is Crete, and the most serene is Ios.
Is It Expensive To Honeymoon In Greece?
It can be! It depends on what kind of trip you want. Generally speaking, Greece was very affordable, more affordable than the US – as in you get more for less in Greece. That being said, if you are financially secure and looking to spend some serious money you can definitely do that – especially in Santorini.
If you’re more budget-conscious, Crete was the most affordable and had the best value. Ios was also affordable. Santorini and Mykonos will cost you a pretty penny, but if you stay off the beaten path Greece is not expensive.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Greece?
June or Late August/Early September if you can swing it. This is to avoid the peak tourist season but still have amazing weather. If you have to go in July or early August don’t be discouraged! It will just be busier and hotter but you can plan for that by booking accommodations and activities well in advance and making sure you have pools or easy beach access at your hotels.
It’s also worth noting that some of the islands are seasonal and businesses shut down during the winter months. For example, During the summer months around 10,000 people are on Ios every day. However, most businesses shut down mid to late September and only about 1500 locals occupy the island in the winter.
Greece Honeymoon Itinerary Wrap-up
It would be easy to spend much more than 14 days in Greece, but if we’re being realistic here, most of us don’t have that type of freedom. For those of us who can only manage two weeks, I’ve created a well-balanced (in every regard) itinerary – especially suited for honeymooners.
Ios, Santorini, and Crete all offer something so different and so special. I really loved this trip and think this is the perfect Greece honeymoon itinerary. If you are searching ‘Greece honeymoon itinerary 14 days’ I hope this is a helpful jumping-off point for you!
Greece Travel Planning Guide
🚑 Should I buy travel insurance?
100% Yes! – Always buy travel insurance when traveling internationally. I recommend SafetyWing. It has great coverage, is affordable, and will just bring you peace of mind.
💧Can you drink the water in Greece?
It is perfectly safe to drink tap water on the mainland, but less so on the islands. To be safe, drink bottled water on the islands (cheap and readily available).
🚙 Is it safe to rent a car in Greece?
Yes — Renting a car is one of the best ways to see Greece! I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks both international companies and local Greek companies, so you get the best rates.
📲 Will my phone work in Greece?
Maybe – It depends on where you are coming from and what plan you have, so check with your provider. If you won’t have service in Greece, I recommend getting an eSIM card. Airalo All you do is download the SIM – you don’t have to go anywhere or change out your regular SIM card. I know… how far we’ve come!
⛴️ What is the best site to book Greek ferries?
Ferryhopper and Ferryscanner are both reliable sites to view ferry schedules and book tickets. Some people prefer one over the other for various reasons including loyalty but I have used both and had the same experience. I wouldn’t use anything besides Ferryhopper or Ferryscanner though.
🏩 What’s the best way to book my Greece accommodations?
From my personal experience, Booking.com is the best site to book Greece accommodations.
✈️ What’s the best site to buy Greece flights?
To find and compare flights I recommend Skyscanner
🎫 Do I need a visa for Greece?
Currently, citizens from the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, the USA, and the Schengen Zone do not need a visa to travel to Greece. Read the visa policy for Greece and familiarize yourself with the requirements for your nationality here.
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