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I am traveling to Greece soon (Athens) and someone in my party loves history. There are A LOT of museums in Athens so I thought that would be a good place to start, but we are also going to Santorini and Mykonos as part of that trip.

In Athens in particular, does anyone have any advice about the priority of the museums? I am thinking definitely to take this person to the Acropolis. We will have time for one other museum/ experience. Advice for the other two places is also welcome.
 
I would recommend getting an on-line advance combo-ticket to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. It requires you to select a specific date, but if you have limited time in Athens…that should be easy to determine. Otherwise you’ll waste time waiting in long lines. Visit the Acropolis first when it opens up at 8am - before the tour buses arrive and the sun isn’t too hot. The second museum I would choose is the National Archaeological Museum.

Particularly since you’re going to Mykonos and Santorini, you might also want to consider visiting the Cycladic Museum in Athens. It’s a small museum and it will give you good insight into the history of the Cycladic islands that you are visiting.

On Mykonos there are some small maritime/folklore type museums, but the real adventure in my mind would be to take the half-day boat trip to the sacred island of Delos. It’s a fun boat ride and for history buffs, an imperative.

Santorini now has the Prehistoric Museum of Thera, so what frescoes, sculpture and pottery you haven’t seen at the Archeological Museum in Athens, you can view there. But whatever you do, don’t miss the Akrotiri Minoan Archeological Digs.

There is also a great boat trip from Fira to the Hot Springs, Therasia, and Oia which will give you a chance to walk up to the volcanic crater and will give you a great perspective of the entire Caldera.
 
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I know that this might sound a bit museum-heavy, but the experiences will be priceless. You can always spend as much time or as little as you wish in each museum and there are plenty of cafes where you can take a break and just enjoy the ambience of Athenian cafe life, while among some of the greatest antiquities of the world.
 
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I find that just an hour or two in a museum and I am good. I love history, as well, but find I don't want to be in them all day. Maybe you can find a way to have balance each day. That way you can see a lot of museums, but see other things too.
 

Tips for Traveling to Greece on a Budget

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2. Opt for Lesser-Known Destinations

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Taking a culinary tour of Greece

I would like to take a tour or create my own itinerary to do nothing but visit Greece to eat all the food. I want to go to some unique and memorable destinations. For many reasons, both Ikaria and Crete are on my list. I will have maybe two weeks in Greece so I truly don't have the itinerary fleshes out. Or if anyone can recommend a tour company, that would be good too.

Some questions:

Best Time to Visit: What's the ideal time of year for such a tour, considering weather, food seasons, and avoiding peak tourist crowds?
Must-Visit Places: Besides the obvious choices like Athens and Santorini, are there any off-the-beaten-path locations that are a foodie's dream?
Local Experiences: Are there particular cooking classes, food markets, or local farms that offer a deeper dive into Greek cuisine and its preparation?
Travel Tips: Any logistical tips for traveling within Greece that might make moving from one culinary destination to another smoother?

Thanks in advance!

When does tourist season end in Greece?

I am planning my next Greek trip.

I want to go in October but the people I am traveling with - we won't be able to to go until mid-October.

I have been to Crete that late in the year and to Athens, but not anywhere else. On our schedule is to visit some of the smaller islands, like Hydra.

Do places like that shut down? My main concern is, will the tourist shops be closed? I love to browse through them and it's part of my enjoyment.

Travel Tips for Naxos

I'm planning a trip to the island of Naxos soon and I'm reaching out for some guidance and tips.

First off, I've heard that Naxos is a haven for foodies – any recommendations on local foods I absolutely must try or the best places to eat?

Exploring the cultural heritage of Naxos is also high on my agenda. I understand there are plenty of historical sites and ruins that abound. For those of you who've wandered the island's ancient paths, which historical spots would you say I need to see??

Also, I’d love to hear about your favorite beaches. Are there any hidden gems I should know about? Places that aren’t too crowded perhaps?

Thanks!

Itinerary for self-planned yacht trip through the Greek islands

I am working on planning a yacht trip through Greece. I live it because I am in total control of the itinerary and what goes on, unlike booking a cruise or something. There's enough of us in the group to make this a super affordable trip.

I am developing am itinerary - thought I'd run it by you:

  1. Athens to Mykonos: Begin in the historic port of Athens and make your way to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. Dock at Agios Ioannis beach and take a stroll through Little Venice.
  2. Mykonos to Naxos: Naxos awaits, with its marble gateway to nowhere and beautiful beaches. Try the local kitron liqueur for a true taste of the island.
  3. Santorini: Sail to the iconic island of Santorini, where the sunset from Oia is second to none. Enjoy a swim in the hot springs of Palea Kameni and taste some of the best wines in Greece.
  4. Ios to Folegandros: Keep the vibes high in Ios known for its lively atmosphere, then find tranquility in Folegandros, where the untouched Mediterranean prevails.
  5. Return to Athens: Wrap up your adventure with a pitstop in Syros, the capital of the Cyclades. Its charm lies in its austere yet handsome neoclassical buildings and the stunning Aegean views.

What do you think? Anything to add or subtract? I have about 10 days.

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