Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Best Greek island/s to visit in 4-5 days - need help deciding!

Jump to last reply

Hi, I have spent the last couple of days going though the forums on this topic & there are many, but I am still confused! I will be joining my 21 year old daughter in Thessoloniki after her Study Abroad session ends on July 22nd. I will probably be getting there on the 23rd & can either stay there one or 2 nights. That leaves us 4 or 5 days for the Greek islands, from July 24/24 - July 29th.
I had originally decided on Santorini since that was the one I had heard of the most. Since I am trying to do this on a budger, I had even tentatively decided on where we were staying - 2 nights at Hotel Sofia in Firostefani & 2 nights at the Lauda Hotel in Ola..(Any opinions?) We are late starters but tend to stay out later at night, thats why I was splitting the time in Santorini in case Ola is too quiet. We enjoy views but DD also enjoys the beach which is why I am wondering if only Santorini is the right choice. Though maybe she gets enough time at the beach in the month she will be at Thessoloniki!
Should we think about visiting 2 islands in 4-5 days? Flying between islands does add up, not sure if the ferries are much cheaper. Also, if we do 2 or 3 nights in Santorini, which other island should we add? It should be one that is convenient to get to from Santorini & that has different attractions, probably one with great beaches. We will be returning to London so also one that has a good flight connections to London (not Gatwick) or from Thessoloniki if we do the other island first. We have not had a problem moving hotels etc in a couple of days in the past.
Are all the islands fairly safe for two women to be out at night etc? Is any better/worse?
If we do split our time between islands, which town/hotels in Santorini should we stay in? Also, how should we split the 5 days?
Do the ferries need to be booked in advance?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, I know I can always count on Fodorites!

61 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Vicenza and Padua (Palladian villas) without a car
  2. 2 St Germain
  3. 3 Lakes District UK
  4. 4 Swiss lakes with elderly relatives
  5. 5 Suggestions for Munich in early December
  6. 6 First timers travelling through Italy, Switzerland and France in Feb/March
  7. 7 Garmisch Partenkirchen Christmas packing list
  8. 8 Trip Report Europe (London/Berlin/Venice) Last MinutepPractical/Ordinary
  9. 9 Have you recently visited Copenhagen?
  10. 10 Trip Report Oct. 2014 in Croatia, Slovenia, Montenagro and Bosnia-Herzegovina: TR
  11. 11 Paris Perfect: Which Apt for Honeymoon?
  12. 12 First cut at Andalusia itinerary 15 nights
  13. 13 Rome Areas to stay
  14. 14 Paris French Language School - Help me decide:
  15. 15 Pleasant Perches from which to Ponder Paris?
  16. 16 Trip Report A nine day whirl through Istanbul and Cappadocia
  17. 17 Sicily in May 2015 Itinerary Question
  18. 18 Versailles-How Long to Plan for a Visit to Trianons
  19. 19 Trip Report Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice with 4 teenagers, 1 kid, 19 days perfect!
  20. 20 December vacation help, 2 weeks - southern Italy or Spain or other?
  21. 21 Careful now in train stations even after security
  22. 22 Amsterdam + Alps + Tuscany in 2 weeks
  23. 23 When to go to Sicily
  24. 24 Wengen to Torino?
  25. 25 Suggestions for places to stay on Madeira, but not Funchal? And driving?
View next 25 » Back to the top