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“We went in June and the weather was per­fect! It gets re­ally packed in Au­gust, so I would avoid going to­ward the end of sum­mer.”

“For travel help, we used Lead­ers In Travel. I would rec­om­mend the com­pany for trans­fer­ring from lo­ca­tion to lo­ca­tion, but I ac­tu­ally ended up pick­ing and plan­ning most of the ac­tiv­i­ties on my own.”

“Don’t be de­terred by the long plane ride to Mykonos – it is def­i­nitely worth the trip!”

“It’s okay to meet and hang out with other peo­ple. Just be­cause it is your hon­ey­moon doesn’t mean it has to be you two alone the whole trip!”

“Re­mem­ber: Athens, Mykonos, and San­torini all hap­pen to be very touristy spots, so most of the peo­ple who live on the is­lands don’t even live there year-round and are from a va­ri­ety of other coun­tries. We didn’t visit many ‘lo­cal spots’ be­cause there re­ally weren’t many.”

San­torini, Greece

For their fi­nal hon­ey­moon stop, the sweet­hearts flew over to the is­land of San­torini. “Ev­ery­one raves about San­torini, so we had to go there,” re­marks Tori. “We knew this would be the ‘ro­man­tic’ por­tion of our trip, and it was. The view lit­er­ally takes your breath away.” The pair checked in for five nights at Canaves Oia Suites, which, like their Mykonos ac­com­mo­da­tion, over­looked the peace­ful Aegean Sea. “It’s a great spot for cou­ples,” the bride as­sures. “Our room was idyl­lic, the ser­vice was good, and the lo­ca­tion was great.” On their last leg, the two elected to in­dulge in the on-site spa – though their ex­pe­ri­ence didn’t go as planned. “We both got treat­ments; how­ever, I would not rec­om­mend them. The spa was beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing be­cause it was in a cave, but we’ve had bet­ter ser­vice else­where.”

Be­fore they had even de­parted the United States, Tori booked a wine tour for the pair in San­torini, which both bride and groom had been look­ing for­ward to the en­tire trip. “We went to three dif­fer­ent vine­yards on the is­land and learned all about how they make wine – which is a very unique process due to the high winds of the is­land dur­ing win­ter months,” shares Tori. “I found a wine I loved and we en­joyed cheese and crack­ers while our tour guide gave us so many in­ter­est­ing facts about San­torini and the wine.” As their last big ad­ven­ture in Greece, hus­band and wife set off on a pri­vate cruise around the is­land, ac­com­pa­nied by only the cap­tain and his as­sis­tant. “They were very sweet and so much fun!” ex­claims the bride. “They cooked us din­ner while we were jump­ing off the boat and en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful is­land wa­ter.” Of course, their pic­turesque va­ca­tion had to come to an end, but the new­ly­weds are sure they’ll re­mem­ber their hon­ey­moon for the rest of their lives. “I ab­so­lutely loved Greece!” Tori con­firms.

HIGH­LIGHTSWatc­h­ing the chang­ing sky. “If you aren’t aware, San­torini is known for its sun­sets. It cer­tainly lived up to the hype!”Ex­plor­ing the moun­tains. “We did a long hike from Oia to Thira. The walk takes about two hours and it’s very hilly, but we were up for the chal­lenge. We woke up early one morn­ing to get a nice work­out and see the sights – it was per­fect!”Float­ing in the Aegean. “I think the sun­set boat cruise was the most unique and ex­cit­ing as­pect. I felt like I was in a movie.”

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