I know the experts on here are not travel agents, so I apologize if this topic comes across that way.
My wife and I were initially looking into Greece last year for 3-4 days, however after looking into all the things to do, we had to cancel the idea and wait until next year when I had more holiday time for a 6-7 day holiday! (likely early Sept 2012).
Unfortunately, now we're struggling with the cost. Our currently planned itinerary looks something like:
Day 1 - fly to Athens
Day 2 - explore Athens
Day 3 - Tour to Meteora
Day 4 - Tour to Meteora
Day 5 - Fly to Oia
Day 6 - Stay Oia
Day 7 - Fly home
We're happy to see Athens in just one day, and there's zero chance we're not going to Meteora, yet our expenses look like they might total over £2000 which just seems ridiculous for 6-7 days.... (or does it....?)
We're thinking as much as Oia looks like the ideal Greece experience, we may have to cut it. Flights cost about £115 for a return and hotels are obviously expensive.
I suppose my question is whether you could recommend an alternative to Oia that would give a similar experience but is likely a bit cheaper from Athens.
We've briefly looked at Mykonos, but it seems as though it would still be somewhat expensive and isn't as picturesque. Meaning, the decrease in what we personally find beautiful doesn't seem to meet the decrease in price, so we'd probably prefer biting the bullet for the Oia trip. Although maybe we're wrong, it was only a brief look.
Perhaps this might help as well; what we were hoping for from Oia was a romantic Greek experience first of all, mixed in with some nice beaches and great food.
Alright well I'll leave it at that, hopefully this made sense. We really appreciate all the work everyone's put in on this forum, all our research is done here first!