20 days in europe in Feburary 13

Nov 27th, 2012, 12:03 AM
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Santorini in February 2008:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L91zvHMR41o
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Nov 27th, 2012, 01:03 AM
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lol Heimdall..... this is not the typical winter of Santorini...
Snowfalls on Santorini are very very rare....
I remember the February of 2008, because i had just moved to a new house in the eastern suburbs of Athens.... and we couldn't move around for 3 days due to very heavy snowfall....
Buses did not run at all.... there was ice everywhere... not very typical for Athens
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Nov 27th, 2012, 02:46 AM
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How often does that happen? Once every five years or so, or less often than that? I remember another occasion about 10-12 years ago when friends on Antiparos sent photos of a a big snowstorm there, which would have also hit Santorini. Let's see now...how many years ago was 2008? ;-)
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Nov 27th, 2012, 05:43 AM
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It snows in Athens every year, especially in the north and north east where i live... not that much by the sea
The mountains of Parnitha and Penteli are covered with snow every year.

Snowstorms on the Cyclades are rare.....
North Aegean islands often have snow though, so does Crete in the mountains sometimes even till late May.
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Nov 27th, 2012, 08:32 AM
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To the OP, how are you traveling from place to place? Have you looked up flight times and train schedules? Allowed the time to get out to the airport 2 hours before the flight?

Cities are better places to visit in the winter. Hotels and restaurants are open. Several of your destinations are pretty far north so the hours of daylight are short in the winter. Indoor sights are better (and warmer and drier).

There's lots to see in places like Athens and Rome. Two nights in Rome is basically one day. One night in Athens gives you less than a day. Research the sights to see in these places as well as Berlin and Munich. Look at Fodors' Destinations above. Do you have access to guidebooks? The Michelin Green Guides rate sights in cities.

Consider cutting several destinations. I love Venice, consider it the most romantic of cities, perfect for a honeymoon, but not crammed into an itinerary like yours. In fact, I see a honeymoon as a relatively leisurely trip, with fewer stops.
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Dec 5th, 2012, 04:09 AM
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I guess a good trip will be 4 nights in santorini then 6 nights in rome followed by 4 nights in interlaken( in which there will be day trips to lot of places and glacier) and finally 4 nights in paris. i think this is fair enough and comfortable. Though i will miss the castle in Neuschwanstein which i think looks faboulous in snow. also i cant help it but i gotta go in feb.
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Dec 5th, 2012, 08:32 AM
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I agree that your new plan is much better but I still think you will be disappointed in Santorini in Feb. Most things will be closed, including alot of restaurants and hotels. There will be next to nothing to do but sit and look at the view for 3 days and it will eat up a lot of time getting there and then to Italy.
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Dec 5th, 2012, 09:39 AM
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Well you do seem stuck on Santorini. With most places closed and average highs of 55 and lows in the mid 40s - I hope you take a lot of books with you to read.

And when you book your hotel I would definitely get detailed info on what type of heat they have - how warm they keep it at night. (Here indoor places are required to be at least 55 degrees between 10 pm and 7 am.)
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Dec 5th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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"I guess a good trip will be 4 nights in santorini"

Most of your new plan is fine . . . but have you missed allthe comments about the Greek Isles/Santorini in Feb? It is not a good place to visit in February

"There will be next to nothing to do but sit and look at the view for 3 days" and that view could be covered by rain.

If we can't convince you maybe this will. http://weatherspark.com/averages/322...-Aegean-Greece

It shows everything about the weather and temps are almost entirely in the 50'sF (12/14F) with the chance of rain on any day around 35%+. Combine that with everything being closed - it won't be what you are expecting of a 'Greek Isle honeymoon'.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 01:08 AM
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problem is that my fiancee wants to go to santorini...how would it be if i replace santorini with athens and spend 4 nights there and then go to rome?
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Dec 6th, 2012, 02:16 AM
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Well, it's your honeymoon, and if your fiancee really wants to go to Santorini then why not? Will she ever forgive you if you don't go? ;-) The scenery will still be there, but you won't likely be sitting on a balcony in the warm sunshine gazing out at the caldera. At least you won't be encountering the hordes of tourists that are there during the summer.

How about a compromise? Fly straight out to Santorini upon arrival in Athens and spend two nights there, then go back to Athens for the other two nights.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 02:34 AM
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yeah even that sounds g8...only thing is that i have to rebook my flight in aegan....apart from that is it good 2 spend 6 nights in rome or shall i split it up with venice and do 3 each
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Dec 6th, 2012, 04:27 AM
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Does your fiancee understand that it wont be like spending time there in the summer and she wont be sitting on balconies enjoying the view? If you explain this she may decide that your time is better spent elsewhere...
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Dec 6th, 2012, 04:43 AM
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Has your fiancee read the replies above? And still wants to go to Santorini? This will be the first stop on your honeymoon and should be what you most want to see and do but is unlikely to be what she dreams of.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 05:00 AM
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how is this

A) 14-18 santorini, 18-21 athens,21-25 rome and so on ( Involves one flight rebooking)
B) Plan A, replace rome by munich or berlin ( Involves one flight rebooking)
C) 14-19th athens,19th-25 rome and so on ( Involves two flight rebooking)
D) 14-18 santorini, 18-19 athens,19-22 rome,22-25th venice (old plan) and so on
E) Plan D, replace venice also by rome

I guess Plan A is good only if there is a lot to c in athens

also- so on is 4 days in switzerland and 4 days in paris which i feel is good.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 05:17 AM
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There are tonnes of things to see in Athens - with your 1 full day you will barely be able to scrath the surface.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 05:40 AM
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Have you done your homework for this trip?
Have a look at various sites and travel guides first, before you ask if there's a lot to see in Athens....

This is the official website of the city of Athens :
http://www.breathtakingathens.com

As for Santorini, why are you insisting on going there, even though there won't be anything to do?
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Dec 6th, 2012, 05:53 AM
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i am insisting because my fiancee really wants to go
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Dec 6th, 2012, 06:21 AM
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Well, all right, go to Santorini, but only stay 2 nights. Fly there and back to Athens. Add the rest of the days to Athens, where there's lots to see, including nice, dry, warm museums.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 06:49 AM
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Does you fiance understand what the weather will be like? And is she prepared with a wardrobe suitable for Europe in winter - warm coat, hat, scarf, gloves, warm pants (cord or wool), sweaters, waterproof boots with non-skid soles and sturdy folding umbrellas?
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