Crete and Santorini

Oct 28th, 2006, 09:47 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 23
Crete and Santorini

My wife and I are planning to be in Crete from 16 to 23 June 2007. Our accommodation is booked during this period in a resort about 27 KM from Heraklion, at THE VILLAGE HOLIDAY CLUB, KOUTOULOUFARI, LlMENAS HERSONISSOU, NOMOS, IRAKLIOU.
1. We wish to visit say 3 good beaches where we can swim. Which ones would you recommend?
2. We propose to visit the site of Knossos and a few other important archeological sites. Which ones would you recommend?
3. We propose to visit Santorini en route to Athens from Crete. Our plan is to go there by fast ferry at the end of our Crete stay, spend a night there(or two nights as most seem to recommend) and then go on by fast ferry to Athens. Flights by Aegean Airlines have been recommended from Santorini to Athens on this site but my wife wants to travel by ferry!! What would you recommend?

sutravel is offline  
Oct 28th, 2006, 10:30 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,552
In response to #3, the ferries are a unique experience, while one flight is pretty much like any other, except when it is late or they lose your bags. If that will be your first time in the Greek Islands then why not take the ferry?

For many of us who return to the islands year after year, the thrill has worn off, and we just want to get there as quickly as possible. But I still remember my first ferry ride. Magic!
Heimdall is online now  
Oct 28th, 2006, 10:50 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,156
In response to 2. you should pair your visit to Knossos with a visit to the Archaeological museum in Iraklion. Also, you can get in to both free on a Sunday.

Given where you're staying I'd suggest Malia and Gournia for your other two sites. Or a quick sprint south to Phaistos and Agia Triada, if you're up for an hour in the car.
sheila is offline  
Oct 28th, 2006, 01:02 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 730
A couple of notes about your third question. First, I think that you will want more than one night on Santorini. If you can arrange two or more I think you'll be pleased. Second, how you travel from Santorini on depends upon your final destination. If you are going to Athens to continue on another flight, then the Aegean Air option would seem to have the advantage. If you are actually planning to stay in Athens your options are greater. The ferry puts you west of the city as I recall while the airport will be to the east. I hope this is helpful. Have a great trip.
GBC is offline  
Oct 29th, 2006, 08:53 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 23
Many thanks to all for your thoughtful replies. Regards
sutravel is offline  
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:15 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 23
We have finally booked our air tickets by Aegean Airlines both ways between Athens and Heraklion at the fare available to "early birds"! We found this more convenient within our overall travel programme and with accommodation already booked at Athens for 23-24 June. We now propose to stay in Crete for a week (16-23 June 2007) where we are already booked for the week on time-share, and propose to visit Santorini in the morning by ferry one day during that period, stay there for the night and return to Heraklion the next evening - all subject to ferry timings of course!! We don't wish to sacrifice more than 2 days (and the intervening night) at Crete during our week there!
Will it be possible to suggest hotels with a room rent (for two) of about 70 Euros located centrally at Fira, which might be suitable for such a programme? Regards
sutravel is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Jun 10th, 2013 11:44 AM
Mar 11th, 2010 11:28 AM
Jun 19th, 2009 04:07 AM
Mar 18th, 2007 12:23 PM
Nov 25th, 2006 10:56 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:27 AM.