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Travel to Greece - 6 days

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Travel to Greece - 6 days

Hi ,

We are 2 girls planning greece in sept .. Would appreciate all help possible in planning this trip.

- Is sept good to travel ? will it be Hot or cool ? Expensive & crowded ?

- we are there for 6 nights. and have kept athens for the last 2 days since we fly out from athen - and would love to see acropolis and city life etc

- from all the forums we have figured out that in 4 days we can do maximum 2 islands.. whats the best combination Fira / Santorini or Mykanos ? We would love to laze aroudn in the day, cycle , wander around ( live like a local) and maybe a bit of party at nights.

- can we go to the isalands directly after landing ?

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1. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

You certainly can go to the islands directly after landing if you fly from Athens, in fact with such a short trip that would be advisable. Fira is a town on the island of Santorini, one of several overlooking the caldera. It's the hub for the island bus services and has the most nightlife.

Two islands with only four days (nights?) is rushed, but possible. You will spend most of one day travelling between islands, and spend most of another day going back to Athens, so that takes away from usable time for sightseeing and relaxing. Were it me I would choose one island + Athens instead of two.

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2. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

I agree with Heimdall. When island hopping you should always take into consideration that even if distances between islands don't look far every time you get up and move the best part of one day will be lost from your itinerary (you shall pack\unpack, check out and in of hotels, transport to and from ports, some waiting time in ports, time for embarking\disembarking and the actual time used for the journey).

You will also have to adjust to the ferry schedules departure time. Often there is only one or two ferries daily between the destinations – even in main season.

Also take into consideration that staying anywhere for 2 nights will only equal one full day.

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3. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

Hi Heimdall, Greek-traveller, thanks so much for your inputs.. You are right, in our excitement we did tend to overlook the travel time / logistics when planning the travel.. So what you are suggesting that we do four nights in Santorini and 2 in Athens..

Pardon my ignorance but Fira is on santorini... ? so when we say we want to go to fira , we are actually goingto santorini ?

Also have a lot about Naxos .. ? Would you suggest we do that instead?

Appreciate your help.. :)

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Fira is the capital city on Santorini island. Santorini island is also known as THIRA.

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5. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

"Will it be hot or cold?"

You can google weather averages.

holiday-weather.com/santorini/…

As to whether that's hot or cold, that's entirely down to what you're used to. I live in England so I'd consider those temps to be "hot". As you come from Mumbai, I suspect you would think differently....

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6. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

September is a great time to visit Greece. The weather is warm and it is starting to become less crowded as the season is beginning to draw to and end. From the mainland, you can take a ferry (6-8 hours) or a flight (45 minutes). I would highly recommend Santorini over Mykonos, if you cannot do both. Santorini has beautiful beaches, but also since it's volcanic island, you get the caldera and magnificent volcano views! Something no other Greek island can offer

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7. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

Yes, Fira is part of Santorini, but not really big enough to be called a city. Here is a map of the island:

https://www.tripsavvy.com/santorini-map-and-…

Whether you do one island or two is up to you, but be prepared to lose most of a day to checking in and out of hotels, going to/from the ferry ports, and actual ferry travel. The same will happen when you move from the islands to Athens.

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8. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

Hi

Just to add context, me and my wife are also travelling to Greece for 16 days and basis my research, this is what I figured out.

1. Hotel prices get slashed in Sept, the sea is still warm for swimming.

2. Fira is the best place to stay if you wanna enjoy night life in Santorini, Oia is best for couples. Santorini's beaches are not popular for swimming.

3. You can probably give one full day to Athens, you won't miss much. Take a over night ferry and save on hotel cost as well, spend 3 nights each on two islands. Santorini is a couples kinda island, Mykonos and Ios are party islands but ios will be dead by then. Milos and Naxos have beautiful beaches and Naxos has much more to offer. Western Crete has the best beaches of the world - check out balos, eastern Crete has a town called Malia which has an amazing party scene even in Sept.

4. I suggest you take flights to save time and stick to one island for 4 days or do 2 for 6 days perhaps.

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10. Re: Travel to Greece - 6 days

Thanks All, @618ameets , @VegasShowgirl @Heimdall @Amber B .. Appreciate your advise.. I think what we will do is 2 nights in Athens and then head for Santorini and base ourselves in Fira and just explore the island.. From what we are seeing it has a lot of activity there itself.. ATV riding, beaches, nightlife and some really amazing hotels ( picture postcard types ) :)

Will be firming up the plan in a few days and let you all know how it goes.. In the meanwhile, if you have any more suggestions more tips / recommendations on what we must not miss ( restaurants / activity) etc on santorini, then pls pls do let me know..

Thankful to all of you..

Best Regds

Sonal

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