skyhigh777
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Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:43 pm

Ok so I'm not sure what forum this may belong in, but I mine as well give it a shot here. If it's the wrong one, please feel free to let me know or move it  Smile

Anyway, a group of friends and I are planning a trip to the Greek islands in September. We found some pretty affordable fares leaving IAD to ATH connecting through JFK. However, we were planning on at some point going to Santorini from Mykonos. The problem is, we can't find any feasible transportation from Mykonos to Santorini (there seems to be no available ferries anywhere). Also, does anyone have any recommendations as to where we can stay and the best islands to visit? I heard about taking some greek cruises, but they seem waaaaaaaay over the top expensive. Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks guys!
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CYatUK
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RE: Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:00 pm

Hello Skyhigh777

The islands are linked by blue star ferries. You can find times and prices in

http://www.bluestarferries.com/

(Click on Greek Domestic routes and then Cyclades in order to see the map.

However, I would recommend moving this thread in the "Non Aviation" forum
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OA260
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RE: Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:10 pm



Quoting Skyhigh777 (Thread starter):
Also, does anyone have any recommendations as to where we can stay and the best islands to visit? I heard about taking some greek cruises, but they seem waaaaaaaay over the top expensive. Any suggestions are welcome.

Dont plan it too much. Just land into Athens and get down to the port early morning . Just visit the local agencies around the port area and jump on the first ship. The best way to see the Islands are to just go with the flow. When you arrive at the ports there are often small business and family run guest houses that you can book.

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http://www.greekislandhopping.com/Home/Homefr.htm

Quoting CYatUK (Reply 1):
http://www.bluestarferries.com/

Yes and they are reliable also . My cousin takes them every few weeks and says they are good with decent facilities onboard also.
 
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RE: Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:18 pm



Quoting Skyhigh777 (Thread starter):
Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

I highly recommend taking Olympic Airways out of JFK on their A340s.
It may be worth a few extra dollars.  yes 

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Dont plan it too much. Just land into Athens and get down to the port early morning . Just visit the local agencies around the port area and jump on the first ship. The best way to see the Islands are to just go with the flow.

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Very wise advice. That is exactly what I did.
Had I planned out my Greece portion of the trip, I would have spend way too much money and wouldn't have had as much fun.
You and your friends may meet up with some interesting people and decide to change your itinerary.

Here is a trip report I wrote.
Scroll down towards the end and read the Greece portion.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo.../trip_reports/read.main/80919/1/#1

Quoting Skyhigh777 (Thread starter):
Also, does anyone have any recommendations as to where we can stay and the best islands to visit?

I managed to get a room on the island of Ios at a hotel/hostel named 'The Purple Pig' at only 9 Euro ($14 USD) a night.
It was across the street from a beautiful white sand beach.
You can also rent mopeds and ATVs really cheap on the islands.

BTW, Mykonos is the expensive island.
I did however get a room at the Dionysus Best Western on Mykonos for 45 Euro a night.
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RE: Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:13 am



Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
BTW, Mykonos is the expensive island.

But so full of life, and lovely people!
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signol
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RE: Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:41 pm

This website was a great help to me:

http://www.greekferries.gr/

But I'd agree with OA260 and Superfly, go with the flow! It may be necessary to go back to Pireus, or anothe island, to change ferry if you want to go from Mykonos to Santorini. Be aware that in Mykonos, there are 2 ports, one right by the town (usually for smaller boats and fast ferries) and another a couple of miles away. It took me about 45 mins - 1 hour to walk between them, not good if you have luggage!

We took a cruise, on Easycruise, around the islands, so all the ships were sorted...

http://www.easycruise.com/

I wrote a trip report about it... Can't seem to find it though.

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RE: Help Plan My Trip To Greece!

Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:40 pm



Quoting Signol (Reply 5):
It may be necessary to go back to Pireus, or anothe island, to change ferry if you want to go from Mykonos to Santorini.

If you are in that area Paros is a good hub for ferries and is linked directly to both Mykonos and Santorini. I would also try Naxos and if you really want to get away from it all, Folegandros
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