The Ultimate Greek Island Hopping Honeymoon
Updated: Mar 2
We chose Greece for our honeymoon because we wanted a more under the radar honeymoon destination, lol JK. We chose Greece because we wanted to go somewhere with amazing food, great beaches, plenty of outdoor adventure, and nightlife - I would say Greece delivered on all fronts.
We LOVED Greece and both consider it the best trip of our lives (and this is not our first rodeo). I’m sure part of that was that it was our honeymoon so there was a special type of magic in the air, it was also our first time out of the country since COVID, AND we’re not 22 anymore so we could afford to eat and sleep in style.
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/issues, and just made for a very smooth trip overall. These are my two cents on traveling around Greece, I hope you find them helpful!
There are 6000 Greek Islands and 107 of them are inhabitable. That is a lot of islands to choose from. We decided to stay within the Cyclades and see Ios, Santorini, and Crete. For us, this was the perfect number of islands for two weeks' time (especially since we flew in and out of Athens) and the perfect blend of romance and adventure.
This post is jam packed with suggestions and advice for traveling in the Greek Islands. I’ll walk through the details of each island below, and you’ll find our exact itinerary at the end (or click here to jump to the end).
In This Blog
Ios (when to go, getting around, where to stay, what to see and to)
Santorini (when to go, getting around, where to stay, what to see and do)
Crete (when to go, getting around, where to stay, what to see and do)
Basic but Important
Language. Greek , of course. Although most people speak English. Try to learn a few greek words before you go, for fun and as a courtesy. Some good ones to start with:
Kalimara = good morning (you will hear this all the time)
Efharisto = thank you
Yamas = cheers
Currency /ATMs. Greece uses the euro. Always have cash on you, cards are not accepted everywhere (especially outside tourist areas). As with anywhere I travel, I visit an ATM in the airport when I arrive at my destination - you will always get the best exchange rate with an ATM (try and bring a card with no foreign transaction fees).
Safety. Everywhere we went we felt extremely safe. That being said, we spent most of our time on the islands. In Athens, as with any big city, there is always the likelihood of petty crime - pickpockets, scams, etc. - just always keep your wits about you/know about how much taxis should cost. Note for the ladies: I decided to leave my wedding rings at home (mostly because I didn't want to lose them in the ocean) but I wished I had them when I was there.
Plugs. Type C and F, standard voltage is 230V, standard frequency 50 Hz
Toilets. You can’t flush your toilet paper in Greece! Yep, in no circumstances can any TP go in the toilet. So just be prepared for that - and don't try it - you do not want to be the reason the plumbing breaks at your hotel. (Apparently the pipes in Greece are only 2" in diameter).
Navigating the islands. Planning a multi-island itinerary requires a bit of finesse. It takes time to get from one island to the next (ferries can be 45 minutes and they can be 12 hours), only a couple of islands have airports, ferries only go to some islands once or twice a week. Try to create a smooth path from one island to the next. If you can, stick to an island group, such as the Cyclades, Dodecanese, or Ionian Islands to limit travel time between islands.
Packing. If you are island hopping you will likely be schlepping all of your belongings on and off ferries, buses and in taxis, and down cobblestone streets and stairs. Do yourself a favor and pack light (all you need are bathing suits and summer dresses anyway :) Want to see exactly how I packed for two weeks in Greece? Click here (coming soon)
Shoes. On that same note - don't be the person in stilettos hanging onto the wall as you walk up a cobblestone hill (yes we saw this several times). Bring block heels. I also have to say my favorite shoe decision on this trip was my Tevas. (The newer Tevas are cute and so light - I grabbed a pair for this trip and it was the best decision I could have made). A lot of the beaches in Greece are rocky - especially Santorini (it's a volcano) so shoes for water were a must. Tevas were perfect for moving between islands, ATVing, hiking, etc. OK, done talking about Tevas now.
Sunscreen. Pack a travel size - you can buy a larger bottle when you’re there but you’ll want some right away - also bring something for your lips with spf.
Make reservations for sunset dinners. If seeing the famous sunsets in Greece is on your list of musts, you must get a reservation. The restaurants and streets become packed during sunset so unless you want to fight the crowds I would recommend reserving a table at a restaurant with a view- and do it like a week in advance. Of course, you can always grab a bottle of wine and watch the sunset from a more private place.
Rent a car or ATV to see the islands. It's a must to get out of town and explore the islands. Book ahead if you want an automatic. We used Cars 4 Rent in Fira, Santorini and Greenways in Crete. Greenways was amazing - they brought our rental car to the port in Crete and had a sign waiting for us. Having a car gave us the freedom to see so much more and do it on our time. Driving in Greece was actually pretty easy. The island roads are mostly just one lane, but there is a very serious "passing culture" where you kind of just drive on the shoulder unless you're passing someone. It's great and I wish we did that here in the States. All the road signs are pretty self explanatory or you pick up on their meaning quickly.
Ferries. We loved taking the ferries! They are enormous, super comfortable, and have snacks and coffee. If you haven't experienced the ferries in Greece, the ports can be a little confusing to navigate. I would recommend getting there EARLY - an hour early (especially at the more popular ports like Athens and Santorini). The ferries DO NOT WAIT. We used Seajets all three times and booked using Ferryscanner. Seajets were amazing - they have high speed ferries and are in and out of the ports super fast - if you are 10 seconds late you are not making it on. When you board the ferry you drop your luggage on large carts that will be labeled with different destination islands - leave your bags on cart that says where you are going. When you deboard you swing by the carts and grab your bags. Note: I did buy all of our ferry tickets ahead of time and I would do it again. One less thing to deal with at the port or while you're enjoying your trip.
Get up EARLY. Almost every popular spot in Santorini and Crete filled up by 11am. If you want a decent parking spot or maybe to take photos with no one around you will have to be up and at 'em quite early - especially because a lot of these place are a bit of a drive away. We found the mornings to be the most peaceful time to be up anyway - especially in Santorini - it's so quiet and stunning.
Bring plane snacks/don’t eat plane food + drink lots of water on the plane. This is more general but if you want to feel great when you arrive don't eat plane food. Click here for my favorite travel snacks.
Bring motion sickness gingers. I often get a little nauseous being on ferries/on planes/and in taxis. These helped me several times.
Okay, now to get more granular....
Ios, the most serene
A little slice of heaven on earth. I debated visiting Ios (pronounced ee-ose) because the island is known as the cheaper/younger Mykonos - a party place. As I mentioned early, nightlife was part of our perfect blend so this sounded appealing to us for a couple of nights so I went for it. And I am so glad I did because it was that an so. much. more. We stayed 2 nights, I would stay 3 next time (you could also easily stay a week if you're just wanting to relax).
When to go.
Late August/Early September (this is coming from a 30 year old - if you want to party day and night I believe you will want to go in July/August). Ios is a seasonal island. All of the clubs, most of the hotels, and many restaurants close for the winter. Most of the people working on the island actually live in Athens/elsewhere, and go back home when the season is over. Only 1500 people live on Ios full time/in off-season but there are 10,000 tourists on the island everyday during high-season. We were in Ios September 12/13/14 and it was perfect for what we were looking for. Some of the beach clubs had closed already and the beach party area was pretty quiet (Mylopotas) but Chora (city center) was busy at night with plenty of bars full and open until sunrise. Fewer people meant more time to for conversation with our hotel staff/locals, no waits, and wide open spaces all to ourselves when ATVing around.
ATVs. Speaking of ATVs, this is the best way to get around Ios in my opinion. The island is so small there is no need for a car. It takes about one hour and a full tank of gas in the ATV to get from one side of the island to the other. There are different size/powered ATVs and if you're going to be doing a bit of exploring I recommend getting the most powerful because there are lots of hills and switchbacks and it feels better to not be struggling up hills. We felt like we were all alone on the island driving through the sprawling hills covered in olive trees, goats and donkey's meandering around, and insane sea views in every direction. It was pure bliss. Every once in a while you drive past a little restaurant or pass some other tourists on a motorbike and wave. We did not rent our ATV ahead of time, but I imagine if you are there during peak season you may want to. You cad find several rental places in the main beach area or in the city center - or your hotel can book it for you/set up a pick up time - they are super happy to help.
Bus. The bus system is very convenient and easy. It runs every 20 minutes and is only 1.80 euro to get between Chora and Mylopotus and many other places.
Where to Stay.
There are two main areas to stay - Chora (pronounced hora) and Mylopotas (pronounced MEElo-po-tas). Chora is the city center, and that is where most of the nightlife is. Mylopotas is the beach party area. As I mentioned before the beach area is quieter in September and closed by end of September, however the views are amazing. Now, it's a 10 minute drive between Chora and Mylopotas (30 min walk) so it's not like it's a pain to get between the two. We ended up staying in Mylopotas because of the hotel/view and I would 100% do that again.
We stayed at Levantes Boutique Hotel (affiliate link) and it was a dream. The location was perfect - looking down on Mylopotas beach (3 minute walk down the hill to get to the beach). The staff were so kind and super happy to offer suggestions/advice. We bonded with a few of them over working in the hospitality industry in a seasonal vacation town - it's all the same! Anyway, best part about this hotel was the pool and the breakfast.. and the view.. just stay here.
What to see and do.
Homer's Tomb. Legend has it that it was on Ios where Homer took his last breath and now he lies buried in his grave at Plakoto, on a hill at the northernmost part of the island. Take an ATV to see it - it's a gorgeous drive with incredible views of the Aegean Sea.
Ios windmills. If you go to Homer's Tomb you'll pass the windmills on the way out of town. The windmills used to produce energy to grind grain. Now, they sit peacefully - two of them have been converted to homes.
Churches. There are over 365 beautiful white churches on the island (small and privately owned). They are scattered about, you'll see them while you're exploring and you can even hike to some of them.
Agio Theodoti. A beach about 25-30 min ATV ride from town. Gorgeous, only a few people there, you can rent 2 daybeds and an umbrella for 8 euro all day.
Chora. Spend time walking the pristine/quaint city center.
Goats. They are everywhere! They wear bells so you can hear them in the hills grazing.
Rent kayaks or paddle boards at Mylopotas beach or rent a boat or go tubing or waterskiing with Mylopotas Water Sports.
Take a boat trip from Mylopotas to go snorkeling, visit other beaches, or go diving!
Manganari Beach. White sand beach, about 40 minutes south of Chora. You can drive, ATV, or take the bus (7.5 euro round trip). It's quieter since it is further away and there are limited facilities - but there is a taverna.
Where to eat.
We were only here for 2 days so we didn't get an opportunity to eat at all the places we wanted to. We really wanted to make it to Sainis Taverna - a traditional Greek restaurant recommended to us in Chora, but off the main alley (a little hidden). We went one night but there was a big wait (normally we wouldn't mind but it was late and we had a long night out the night before) so we left. Where we did eat and would recommend: Salt (in Mylopotus).
Where to go out.
Pathos. This is a must. The night we arrived in Ios, Pathos was having its last night before closing for the season, we could not believe our luck (we had heard about this place and really wanted to go). It was the best club/bar we have ever been to. Up until this trip we used to say that Single Fin (in Uluwatu, Bali) was the best sunset bar but Pathos blew it out of the water. Pathos can fit 5000 people (or more I can't remember), it has two huge infinity pools, multiple bars and different areas for lounging, mingling, dancing, swimming - whatever vibe you're looking for you'll find it (as long as you're into house music). FYI Pathos is about 15 min outside of town.
Ios Club. Another insane sunset view point. Great place to grab a drink/bottle of wine and watch the sunset before going out. Right in Chora.
Jar Bar and Flames Bar. Two bars in the main square in Chora - super fun vibe. Jar Bar was more social and Flames was more for dancing (super packed, opens at 11pm).
There aren't that many dogs but when you do see them they are very happy and welcome everywhere - even in the clubs!
The buses are shockingly nice- like way nicer than any public transit in the US (more like greyhound but new and clean).
Amazing, incredible, choose your own adventure (relax/party) it's all there. 2-3 days if you're a mover and a shaker, up to a week if you're trying to zen out by the pool.
Santorini, the most romantic
Jaw dropping beauty at every turn. Santorini was more touristy than Ios - think tons of shops, crazy busy rental places, streets lined with restaurants - all systems catered to tourism. However, it was touristy in the best way if that makes sense. It's clean, people are very nice, and you CAN escape the shops/crowds (I did not buy a single thing in Santorini - except lots of food and drinks). You can assume that every one around in Santorini is also on their honeymoon. Okay not EVERYONE but just about. It is incredibly romantic - especially Oia.
When to go.
September! Again, I was a little nervous that it was going to be quiet since we were technically going at the end of the season/shoulder season. However, it was extremely busy. It was hot, it was packed, it was perfect. I honestly don't know how people go in July/August - we were melting in the September sun.
Getting there and getting around.
Car or ATV. We rented a car in Santorini because we planned on driving the entirety of the island - which you can easily do in a day (in an hour if you're just driving through). The roads are definitely busier than Ios, but still manageable. We rented from Cars 4 Rent ahead of time - there are several rental places that you can walk into day of, but if you want an automatic definitely book ahead.
Bus. Use the bus to get back and forth from the port. There is one central bus station where all transfers happen.
Santorini has an airport - if you are able to fly in that is probably the most convenient way to arrive. The other way is by ferry (which we did). The ferry is great but the Santorini port is kind of crazy and you have to take a bus (or arrange a taxi) to the city center. Buses will be waiting at the port with signs to city center - it's kind of a mad dash to get on but if you don't want to deal with that relax and have a coffee and wait for the next couple of buses. The drive to city center (Fira) is straight up from the port to the top of the cliff and is.... well terrifying if you're afraid of heights. Just look at your feet and you'll be fine.
Where to stay.
We spent four nights in Santorini and split our time between Fira and Oia. Fira is the main town in Santorini. It is hustling and bustling with cars, buses, people, and donkeys. If you are going with friends/to party I would recommend staying here. If you are going with your partner I would still recommend staying here but ALSO staying in Oia. Oia is the most picturesque/romantic place....ever. It can be more expensive than Fira, especially if you stay on the cliffside, but it's worth the splurge for a couple of nights.
Fira: San Giorgio (affiliate link). The location was excellent - not on the cliff but just across the main street (about 3 minutes walking to the cliffside restaurants/bars/views). Pros: AMAZING staff, great pool, decently priced, full sized hair dryer, balcony. Cons: No views, only one window in our room.
Oia: Aris Caves (affiliate link). Maybe my favorite hotel of the trip... Pros: LOCATION - on the cliffside, absolutely incredible stunning views, friendly staff, comfortable beds (I had the best sleep of the entire trip here). Cons: no pool (staying on the cliffside is expensive so no pool was our compromise).
Where and What to Eat.
Fava! Santorini is know for it's fava (yellow split pea puree - like hummus) and it is amazing. It's also GF and V and believe it or not there is not a lot of GF food in Greece. My diet for two weeks pretty much consisted of fava, dolmas, greek salad, and baked feta (but that has remained my diet since returning home so trust me I'm not complaining). Anyway, here are a few places we ate that were fab.
Melitini - traditional Greek tapas, very vegetarian friendly
Argo - modern Greek, you'll need a reservation but it is worth it. Great views, amazing food
Naoussa - cliffside, traditional Greek, family owned and operated
Galini Tavern - on the south side hidden behind the airport. Open air restaurant with incredible sea views. Ben said it was the best fish of his life.
Where to go out.
You'll see bars and clubs everywhere - take your pick I'm sure they're all fun. We had one crazy night in Santorini (in Fira) and we went to a random bar on the cliff and then danced til sunrise at Two Brothers.
Hot Tip: There is a pool bar in Oia (Lioyerma Lounge Cafe Pool Bar) - you can grab a table here (early) and swim until sunset and then you magically have an incredible sunset view. We came here because it was hot and our hotel didn't have a pool but then we realized we had one of the best views for sunset so we stayed. (Oia is INSANE during sunset - you can barely move walking down the street so having space to yourself is a treat).
What to see and do.
Volcano Tour and Hot Springs. There are a few options here - you take a private or semi-private tour (book ahead through your hotel or one of the tour companies in town) or take a more commercial tour and you don't have to book ahead. There are several large boats that leave from the Old Port twice a day. The larger tour (about 100 people) is much cheaper ($20) and offers an hour and a half of hiking around the volcano caldera, and 30 minutes in the caldera hot springs. We bought our tickets 10 minutes before the tour but you can book ahead if you'd prefer. The private tours are more expensive ($130-$800 depending) and offer a variety of options including meals.
Domaine Sigalas. There are several wineries on Santorini. The most famous that was recommended by everyone is Santo wines. We chose not to go there because the location seemed awkward and the prices were insane (seemed like a tourist trap). Instead we went to Domaine Sigalas in Oia because we are familiar with their wines (we used to serve them bartending). They offered a handful of generous tasting options and charcuterie platters at reasonable prices. We highly recommend visiting Domaine Sigalas and/or checking out other smaller wineries on the island.
Akrotiri Lighthouse. This is located at the furthest southwest point of Santorini and was one of the first lighthouses in Greece - built in 1892. It is surrounded by sea and is a great place to catch the sunset - it offers an unobstructed view. Bring a bottle of wine and a blanket. We had a car so we drove to the lighthouse but it is easily accessible by ATV too.
Red Beach. Near Akrotiri village you will also find Red Beach - one of Santorini's most famous beaches. It boasts bright red cliffs and a thin rocky crescent beach. It's very beautiful and very busy but all the locals said NOT to swim there because rocks fall often and it can be very dangerous - take a look and carry on.
Kamari (black) beach. Located in the cute town of Kamari, the beach has black sand and is covered in beach beds and umbrellas and the promenade is lined with restaurants and cafes. I enjoyed visiting because I had never been to a black sand beach, but the crowds, restaurants, and rocky waters made it easy to move on quickly.
Hike. There is a 6 mile walk/hike from Fira to Oia (or Oia to Fira) that is supposed to be stunning. We didn't do it because we had other priorities but if we had more time we definitely would have. There is a much shorter walk (1 hour roundtrip) from Fira to neighboring Imergoveli which we did do - it was very beautiful and if we had not done it we likely would not have seen Imergoveli!
Catamaran. As I mentioned above, you can book private or semi private catamaran tours to see many of the beaches and hot springs. This is definitely one of the "must dos" in Santorini. We booked the catamaran day cruise through Santorini Yachting Club for about $135 each. The tour was five hours, included pick up and drop off, a fresh meal BBQ'd off the back of the boat, and an open bar. There were about 14 people on our catamaran. The sunset cruise is more popular but Santorini gets windy/chilly at night and we were looking to bake in the sun all day and get some swimming in. To each their own! *We booked the day before but if you are set on a date and time I recommend booking a few days/weeks ahead.
Jet Ski. There is a Jet Ski tour that leaves from the south of the island and takes you to the hot springs and several beaches. We saw this tour go by a couple of times and it looked SO FUN, maybe even a little nerve wracking being far out when the seas were a little rough! This was also significantly more expensive.
Crete, the most adventurous
There is so much to do on Crete, you need at least a week if you really want to explore (but could easily spend a full two weeks here). Crete feels very different than Ios and Santorini - the size, climate, and terrain were all new. Crete felt the most European to me - with more traditionally European looking and feeling streets (less blue and white) and more city-like centers. Be prepared to drink more here - raki is more commonly offered than water and a small carafe is brought to you at the end of each meal, along with a small dessert to share on the house.
When to go.
Unlike Santorini and especially Ios, Crete is a large island populated with locals and busy year round. Their tourist season is longer and September seemed like a great time to be there - the weather was hot, the restaurants and bars were crowded and the beaches were busy. In fact - they were very busy. Make sure to get to popular places EARLY.
Renting a car was a must for us - Crete it huge. They have a bus system but we had so much on our to do list and most of the things required multi-hour drives so a car was mandatory for us.
Crete is one of the few islands with an airport. We arrived by ferry from Santorini but took a plane back to Athens (a ferry would have been around 10 hours). Both the port and the airport are in Heraklion. See map of our route below - we started in Heraklion and drove counterclockwise around Crete. The yellow stars are the places we stayed and the numbers signify the driving legs.
Where to Stay.
Chania. Chania is on the northwest side of the island and is quite large and incredibly charming. Make sure to stay in Old Town for all the romance. We stayed here for three nights and used it as a home base for several day trips (detailed below). We stayed at Aoria Estate Old Port - it could not have been a more perfect location. The doors opened right on to the most romantic alleyway with a delicious traditional greek restaurant just outside.
Plakias. Plakias was a sweet surprise on the central south side of Crete. We only stayed one night but we enjoyed every moment. It's a much smaller and quieter town set on the most BEAUTIFUL beach. The waters on the south of Crete are AMAZING. We stayed at Increteblue Suites (affiliate link) and HIGHLY recommend. The host was so welcoming and left us wine and raki in the fridge, and spent some time with us sharing recommendations and talking about the area.
Elounda. This is a quieter high end resort area on the northeast side of Crete, just outside of Agios Nikolaos (cute seaside town). This was our last stop and as I mentioned earlier I like to splurge on the last couple of days of a big trip. We stayed at Blue Palace Luxury Collection Resort (affiliate link) BUT paid for the whole stay with points (thank you Chase Sapphire card).
What and Where to Eat.
Crete is known for its wine, cheese (goat and sheep), raki, honey, and olive oil. Make sure you have plenty of all of that - it's amazing. A few restaurants we loved and highly recommend:
Argo Cafe Tavern Old Town, Chania
Glykeria, near Elafonissi
Medousa Restaurant, Plakias
Krikri Tavern, Plakias (there is also one in Rethymno)
Taverna Giorgos (Jiovanni's), Elounda
Where to go out.
Chania has several bars and one or two clubs but if you're looking for more serious nightlife/club scene you have to go to Platanias, just outside of Chania. We planned on going one night but again.. we're in our 30s and staying up until midnight to hit the clubs just wasn't in the cards in Chania. That being said, we DID manage to stay out until 5am in Plakias of all places - yes the small quiet town in the south. Greeks like to stay up late so if that is what you are looking for you'll find it in any town no matter how small. Don't ask me for the name of the bar because I have no idea but just follow the music friends.
What to See and Do.
Balos Lagoon. This is a stunning white sand beach with shallow blue and turquoise waters. It feels very natural and wild. There are a couple of ways to get there; drive or take a ferry from Kissamos. We had a car so we drove - it is about an hour and a half drive from Chania. I read a lot about the "treacherous dirt road" on the way in, but it really was not that bad. The road will eventually turn to dirt and when you get to that point you have 5 miles (8km) to go to get to the parking lot. The road is VERY bumpy, rocky, and full of potholes. It's not pleasant but if you drive slow and maneuver well it's not too bad. If you can, I would recommend getting a larger 4-wheel drive vehicle. We had a very small VW rental car and while it was fine we were a little concerned we were going to pop a tire the whole time. Anyway - the parking lot fills up very early so try and get there before 10am otherwise you'll be parking along the road (which is fine and what we did). You then have an easy 20 minute walk down to the lagoon. To note: 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 euro).
Elafonissi Beach. Pink sand beach! This is also an hour and half drive from Chania but the drive is beautiful! You'll drive through a couple of Crete's stunning gorges, through several villages, and past endless olive farms. The area is less "wild" than Balos Lagoon - there are a few restaurants and hotels around and lots of people at the beach. There are larger facilities and cantinas here too. There are endless daybeds that you can rent for 10 euro for the day and plenty to do; rent paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear or even a small boat. It's really beautiful and worth the trip - I would again recommend getting there early if you want to have any sense of peace.
Kalipso. My husband found a photo of this cove and was set on seeing it - and it was so worth it! It's a really small cove about 15 minutes outside of Plakias. There is a resort that sits right in the cove but it is old and a little run down (which is why we stayed in Plakias). You walk through the resort area and arrive at the cove. There were about 30 - 40 people there and around 15 daybeds. The water is STUNNING. You can rent snorkeling gear or even go diving. We jumped in and saw all sorts of beautiful fish (without snorkeling gear). The water is crystal clear. We stayed for about an hour and then moved on.
Plakias Beach. Beautiful HUGE crescent beach looking out onto the Libyan Sea. Pretty quiet even though there were several restaurants and bars along the promenade. This is about a 2 hour drive from Chania, so we stayed for the night (another beautiful drive). The views are unbeatable - you feel far away from Chania or any large town - looking out at sea and mountains.
Samaria Gorge. I have to be honest, we didn't make it here. We planned it all out but we just had too many things we wanted to do and this would have been a 12 hour ordeal. There is a 10 mile hike you can do through this beautiful gorge but it requires some planning because you hike through and then catch a ferry on the other side (southside of Crete) that you have to take back to Chania. This means you can't drive either so you have to take the bus (very early in the morning). So, 6am bus, 10 mile hike, catch a ferry back to Chania - wasn't in the cards for us but if we had another day or two we would have loved to do this.
Bungee Jump. For the adrenaline junkies the second highest bungee jumping bridge in Europe is in Crete - The Bridge of Aradena is 138 meters high.
Visit an olive farm. You'll pass by several while driving around Crete, just pop in and get some olive oil! We brought back a lot.
14 Day Greece Itinerary
Day one, Athens
Arrive in Athens
Visit the Acropolis
Day two, Ios
Take ferry to Ios Island
Check into Levantes Boutique Hotel
Day four - Fira, Santorini
Ferry to Santorini
Bus or cab to Fira
Check into San Giorgio Hotel for two nights
Walk to Imergoveli, explore Fira
Dinner at Argo/go out
Day five - Fira, Santorini
Boat tour to volcano and hot springs
Low key night
Day six - Oia, Santorini
Check out of Fira hotel
Rent car and drive to Akrotiri, Red Beach, Kamari Beach, and then to Oia
Check into Aris Caves in Oia
Day seven - Oia, Santorini
Catamaran day cruise
Wine tasting at Domaine Sigalas
Day Eight - Chania, Crete
Relaxing morning, check out of hotel in Oia
Return rental car around 3
Ferry to Crete in the afternoon
Pick up rental car
Drive 2 hours to Chania
Check in to Aoria Estate Old Port (Airbnb)
Day Nine - Chania, Crete
Day trip to Balos Lagoon
Day Ten - Chania, Crete
Day Trip to Elafonissi
Day Eleven - Plakias, Crete
Drive to Plakias
Check in at Increteblue Suites
Day Twelve, Elounda, Crete
Drive to Kalipso/swim
Drive to Agios Nikolaos
Check into Blue Palace Resort
Explore Agios Nikolaos
Visit olive oil farm
Drive to Heraklion
Return rental car
Fly to Athens