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Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:23 pm
by csweet
Good afternoon,

I am travelling from Munich to Athens, and then on to the Greek Islands in May. Does anyone have recommendations on which airline/routes to take? Along with this, are ferries better for some travel?

Thank you!

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:22 pm
by PatrickZ80
For travel between the Greek islands I definitely recommend the ferries. They're cheap and reliable and don't need to be booked in advance. In Greece you board a ferry just as easily as you step on a bus.

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:45 am
by debonair
Beside Aegean Airlines (Olympic) and ASTRA AIRLINES, SKY EXPRESS is offering outstanding inter-island services: https://www.skyexpress.gr/en/

Must see are the Cyclades, best to fly into Santorini airport and after few days to hop over to Mykonos.

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:55 am
by OA260
Ellinair also offer Domestic flights from ATH. The ferries are reliable and frequent. Seajets are my preffered option. www.seajets.gr.

As for the Islands to visit. Try Milos , Paros or Tinos maybe a mixture of them. Santorini in May should not be too bad crowd wise and worth a visit for a night or two. Mykonos take it or leave it.

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:33 pm
by Noshow
For remote airports try Leros or Astypalea.

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:00 pm
by FlyingColours
I can't recommend Skiathos enough, in summer there's plenty of low landings and jet blast takeoffs with a taverna nearby with FR24 on the go to keep track of things...

They have a twice daily shuttle to ATH, it was a mix of Olympic and Sky Express operating it though I believe there is now a third daily flight too.

Phil
FlyingColours

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:41 pm
by SCQ83
OA260 wrote:
Ellinair also offer Domestic flights from ATH. The ferries are reliable and frequent. Seajets are my preffered option. http://www.seajets.gr.

As for the Islands to visit. Try Milos , Paros or Tinos maybe a mixture of them. Santorini in May should not be too bad crowd wise and worth a visit for a night or two. Mykonos take it or leave it.


You are missing the obvious option: Ryanair that flies to Santorini (year round) and seasonal to Mykonos. And Volotea flies seasonally to Heraklion, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini. If I was the OP I would also take a look at flying back from some island to MUC so he skips one flight. In May there might be quite a few deals on Condor, TUI and those holiday carriers from the islands to Europe.

A couple of years ago I stayed in Santorini in the last week of October (so the last week of the season) and when I asked to the guy in the hotel whether they were closing for winter he told me "No, because now tourists keep coming in winter because of Ryanair". I always find funny when random people talks about routes (it is like airliners.net in real life :) ) and how the "Ryanair effect" is still unbelievable strong in so many places in Europe.

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:33 pm
by OA260
SCQ83 wrote:
OA260 wrote:
Ellinair also offer Domestic flights from ATH. The ferries are reliable and frequent. Seajets are my preffered option. http://www.seajets.gr.

As for the Islands to visit. Try Milos , Paros or Tinos maybe a mixture of them. Santorini in May should not be too bad crowd wise and worth a visit for a night or two. Mykonos take it or leave it.


You are missing the obvious option: Ryanair


No maybe he/she wants to try something a bit different while in the region. Ellinair or Seajets would be more interesting then a bog standard FR flight ;)

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:26 am
by Chemist
debonair wrote:
Beside Aegean Airlines (Olympic) and ASTRA AIRLINES, SKY EXPRESS is offering outstanding inter-island services: https://www.skyexpress.gr/en/

Must see are the Cyclades, best to fly into Santorini airport and after few days to hop over to Mykonos.


IMO Santorini is a must-see.
However their airport was the biggest cluster I've ever experienced at any airport.

Re: Greek Island Recommendations

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:33 pm
by csweet
Thank you all for the recommendations! I am a dude, for clarification. We decided to go MUC-ATH-Santorini, then ferry up through the Cyclades and fly back out of Mykonos. Flights are not bad yet in May!