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dpappas87

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It's time to start planning my 2024 trip to Greece! Thought I'd run a possible itinerary by you. Or maybe I should just forget it.

Day 1-5: Athens - I only have a few people to visit in Athens. I think this is enough time.

Day 6-11: Santorini - It's been years since I have been!

Day 12-17: Mykonos - There are some young people in my family who want to experience it...

Day 18-30: Crete - I have a lot of people to visit, and Crete is fun. Fly back to the United States directly from Crete...

What do you think? I am questing how squished it feels. Maybe I will skip Santorini and do more time in Athens?
 
This is a great itinerary for a month in Greece. Just my opinion, I would trim two nights off - both Mykonos and Santorini - and add them to Crete…..or add an extra day to Athens at the end before your international flight….not to visit more friends/relatives, but to catch up on any sites you’ve missed and to be closer to Athens for your flight home. Mykonos and Santorini, as you know, will be very crowded and expensive and I think that four days each will give you plenty of time to re-visit and a more-than-adequate introduction for the young people in your group. Crete is huge so definitely reserve a car as you book your hotels. (Crete is extremely popular and some places fill up quickly; even a year in advance.) There are so many activities in Crete that appeal to all ages; maybe not the round-the-clock Mykonos nightlife, but hiking the gorges, visiting amazing beaches, great cafes and tavernas, remote villages etc. You have time to arrange the domestic flights (if you utilize them to save on inter-island transfer time), but ferry schedules might also work better for you, especially if you’re starting your Crete adventure in Heraklion.
 
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I might have read your number of nights incorrectly in Santorini and Mykonos. Five or six might be a lot; I was thinking maybe three or four max. in each.
 
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I might have read your number of nights incorrectly in Santorini and Mykonos. Five or six might be a lot; I was thinking maybe three or four max. in each.
I was thinking the same thing! I guess it depends on when the party will be getting there on the twelfth day but I was personally done after two days. I thought I was going to enjoy the clubbing a bit more, but I didn't end up enjoying it.
 
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Sadly, I agree with you both about Mykonos but there's nothing I can do! The people I am traveling with are insisting and are accusing me of acting too old to enjoy the Mykonos parties. I was young when I decided I didn't like it! Will be interesting to see what happens.

Crete is fantastic and I totally agree but the people pushing for Mykonos are convinced all there is in Crete are the historical stuff so... I guess they'll have to live and learn. I actually did manage to get the to shave some time off of Santorini but we added it to Athens. Thank you both for chiming in!
 

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.

Tips for visiting monasteries in Greece

While visiting the monasteries, remember you are in a sacred place. Dress modestly, with legs and shoulders covered, to show respect for the local customs and faith. Keep your voice low to preserve the peaceful ambiance and adhere to any photography restrictions to respect the privacy of the monks.

I've had some people ask me, so I thought I'd start a post about etiquette. If you are out taking tours and you don't dress properly, be sure to look for a scarf or skirt (for the ladies) that they may provide to make you respectable enough to enter the space. It's far better, though, to dress properly in your own wardrobe!

Loud talking is a no-no. It's also a good idea to observe Orthodox customs when entering the sacred space, even if you aren't Orthodox. Non-orthodox may venerate icons, light candles, submit prayer requests, etc.

Can anyone think of anything else to add?

Storage Lockers at Ferry Ports?

On my next trip to Greece, I will be using the Ferry. Because I am also going on a cruise, I will have a lot of luggage. I don't need a lot of luggage for some of the smaller trips I will be taking via ferry after it. I am pretty sure I am going to be in Greece for several months.

In trying to figure out how to pack, I realized that it would be helpful if there were storage lockers at the ferries. Are there? I tried looking online and couldn't figure it out.

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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List of Interesting Places to Visit in Greece

I thought I would make a list of some great places in Greece. Some I've visited, some I'd like to visit. Any recommendations on what I should add to the list? Thanks!

1. Athens: Athens provides the perfect contrast to the beautiful island vibe of Greece. Athens is the capital city of Greece and boasts of enthralling ancient history. Athens indeed is a treasure trove of history, and it's a must-visit. You don't want to miss the world-famous Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the National Archaeological Museum.

2. Santorini: If you're after stunning views and indulging in luxury, Santorini should be your next destination. Known for the iconic blue domes, Santorini is a volcanic island that provides a picturesque view of the sunset over the sea. It's an ideal destination for lovers and honeymooners to indulge in the island's romantic atmosphere.

3. Crete: Crete is the largest Greek Island full of culture, history, and food. The Island is famous for its beaches, nightlife, and delicious food. You can experience Greek hospitality at its finest, as Cretans are some of the friendliest people you'll meet.

4. Mykonos: Mykonos is a small island, but it's known for its vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches, and white-washed buildings. If you love partying and clubbing, then Mykonos is a place you should definitely tick off your bucket list. Don't miss experiencing the hazy atmosphere into the early hours of the morning.

5. Meteora: Meteora is a UNESCO world heritage site located in the northern region of Greece. It's known for the incredible rock formations and breathtaking monasteries that sit atop the rocks. If you're looking for a spiritual and serene experience, Meteora should be your top priority.

6. Delphi: Delphi is another significant cultural site located in Greece and is often called the center of the earth. It was once known as the navel of the world and holds great importance in Greek culture and history.

7. Rhodes: Rhodes is an exquisite island in Greece that is rich with history and charm. Known for its ancient history, Rhodes offers a picturesque view of rugged terrain that stands tall against the coastline.

8. Naxos: Less crowded than its neighboring islands, Naxos is a beautiful island that offers something for everyone. From crystal clear water to beautiful sandy beaches and a mild climate, it's a perfect location to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the world.

9. Corfu: Located in the Ionian Sea, Corfu is one of the greenest places in all of Greece. Corfu offers a relaxing atmosphere, and it's the perfect location to take a step back from the busy life and just enjoy the stunning view.

10. Hydra: If you're looking for a unique experience, Hydra should be on your list of places to visit in Greece. One of the most peaceful islands in Greece, Hydra is free of cars, and its unique bohemian vibe, stunning architecture, and tranquil surroundings make it a perfect destination.
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