We returned a few weeks ago from our family trip to Greece, and I am finally getting to our trip report. DH and I traveled with our 2 sons, ages 14 and 17 (D and J) as well as another family consisting of our good friends, B and A, and their 4 children – 2 girls, ages 24 and 21 (K and S) and 2 boys, ages 14 and 17 (A and W). Everyone gets along really well, but this was the first time we had spent such a long period of time together. It worked out great; we knew before we left that we have similar travel styles, but it also helped that we all felt comfortable doing “our own thing” without having to spend every second together.
I would describe our travel style as slightly upmarket - we are not budget travelers nor are we luxury/deluxe. We usually stay in nice 3* places and often 4-5*, but not super deluxe. I look for smaller, family-run B&B’s or hotels that are very nice and a reasonable value, but will sometimes go with a splurge or a larger hotel. We like value, but do not scrimp. We like good food and particularly want to sit down to a nice dinner. We tend to eat a smallish breakfast (well, not the 17 year old), usually have a sandwich (in Greece, gyro) or salad for lunch, perhaps an occasional ice cream or other afternoon snack, then a full dinner. Breakfast was included everywhere we stayed.
Our basic itinerary was as follows: 1 night overnight flight, 3 nights mainland/Peloponnese with stays in Delphi and Nafplio, 4 nights Naxos, 3 nights Santorini, and 2 nights Athens.
I will share briefly about each section of the trip and would be happy to answer further questions or provide additional details as requested.
Day 1-2 Flight from Dulles through Heathrow to Athens
We flew British Air and other than a long 5-hour layover at LHR, there was nothing to note about the journey as it is no longer worth the bother to comment upon the lack of legroom in coach. The food was edible, they serve wine with no extra charge, the air was smooth (a big bonus for me, the nervous flyer), and we arrived on time. A couple of other good points – the flight attendants were quite friendly and did a nice job AND the dreaded switch from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5 and the ensuing wait was no problem at all. It does take some time and we allowed a long layover to avoid stress and minimize the risk of a missed connection (our other choice was just a 1 ½ hour layover), but the early problems with the new terminal seem to be remedied. There was ample staff to handle the number of passengers and we had loads of time to spare in T-5. We walked around, looked at books, ate breakfast at Wagamama, and slept and read in the waiting area. Unfortunately, our flight to Athens was delayed a bit, and we finally arrived in Athens at 6:15 pm. By this time we were tired and happy to have landed, but still had a few travel hours left to go.
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