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Trip Report Trip Report & Tips for Greece (Nafplio, Santorini, Naxos, & Athens)

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I meant to write this trip report a while back, but got caught up in life back at home. Anyhow, this forum was so helpful that I wanted to share tips from my trip. This is from our trip to Greece from Sept 6-20, 2012.

Note that we were traveling with our 18-month-old toddler, so we had to move slowly. We also took advantage of being there during low season and didn’t book any lodging, rental cars, or ferries more than a day or so in advance.

ITINERARY
- Nafplio (7 nights): explored town, went to the Karanthona and Tolo beaches, visited ruins at Epidavros, took an island cruise tour (Hydra & Spetses).
- Athens (1 night, to accommodate other travelers in our group): visited Parthenon
- Santorini (2 nights): stayed in Oia
- Naxos (3 nights): stayed in Naxos town, drove inland to Halki
- Athens (1 night): shopped

FYI, we needed the night in Athens to accommodate another traveler in our group, otherwise I would have spent that extra night in Santorini and saved Athens for the end.

ARRIVAL IN ATHENS / GETTING TO NAFPLIO:
Getting through the airport, renting the car, and getting on the expressway to Nafplio…this was all pretty easy. All of the rental car agencies are in a row, so we just stopped at 2-3 of them to see what was available and get quotes. The good news is that you don’t have to get on a shuttle to get to the rental car lot. The bad news is that it’s quite a trek to get there from the airport terminal.

We ended up renting with Avis. The car seat they gave us was a little janky, so if you’re worried about car seats, bring your own.

Getting on the Expressway was easy. It’s well marked and the lanes are wide. We made the trip in good time despite stopping for a snack at a gas station (we were starving, they had spanikopita).

Once we turned off the Expressway, it was a different story. The highways felt like country roads – dark, poor signage, bumpy, and narrow. Sometimes we’d get to what felt like a 5-way intersection with very little signage. We had our GPS and still had to turn around a few times. Tip – familiarize yourself with the Greek alphabet and be aware that the conversion to the Latin alphabet isn’t exact (e.g., Ναύπλιο = Navplion = Nauplion = Nafplio)

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