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First time to Greece - Suggestion needed to complete itinerary

First time to Greece - Suggestion needed to complete itinerary

Old Jun 30th, 2019, 09:54 AM
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...but I think you would need to reach Athens early. JMO.
It's very early morning. I need to look again but I think the flight was about 8am.
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Old Jul 1st, 2019, 07:12 AM
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Do you not drive? I have driven from Athens to Meteora and then down to Delphi, stopped at Galaxidi and back to Athens.
I drive but not while on vacation. As a rule I prefer public transportation as my first choice as you can appreciate the local culture and custom more. I only take taxi or car service for meeting early flight when it is too early for any public transportation. I probably will break this rule this time by going with a car service from Delphi to Meteora as this route is logistical challenging by public transportation. It will cost a bit but its four of us so it should be ok. Does anyone have experience with daytrip car service that can share?
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Old Jul 3rd, 2019, 05:45 AM
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. I probably will break this rule this time by going with a car service from Delphi to Meteora as this route is logistical challenging by public transportation. It will cost a bit but its four of us so it should be ok. Does anyone have experience with daytrip car service that can share?
Following with interest.
Although I may rent a car and drive it.
I took a private car service in Italy to see the Amalfi coast (recommended by a Fodorite) and it was pricey but lovely. My guess this day trip would be several hundred euros. Just a guess.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2019, 06:58 AM
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"We will have 4 full days for sightseeing in Athens"
In our experience, two full days would be plenty. Although it's usually required to spend nights in Athens before/after flights.

We just weren't impressed with Athens, though we were in a lovely hotel walking distance to the Acropolis. We were happier on Santorini for 5 nights.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2019, 08:14 AM
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MoBro, different opinions, different interests -- that's what it's all about. Perhaps you are more into scenery and luxury than history, but others' priorities may differ.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2019, 09:14 AM
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I think sharing our experiences and opinions is the point here, non?

"more into scenery and luxury than history"?? That's quite a leap, and rather patronizing.
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Old Sep 6th, 2019, 07:11 AM
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My travel group kept changing their schedules and could not come to agreement until recently. My final itinerary is as follows:
- 3 nights in Athens
- 3 nights in Santorini (flying in and out)
- 2 nights in Athens.
We will not be able to go any day trip/s while in Athens due to different arrival/departure schedules. Our time will be mainly spent sightseeing in Athens. Our main focus is now turned to the Santorini trip as it seems to the only attraction to the group.
Many thanks to all comments made to this thread.
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Old Sep 6th, 2019, 04:43 PM
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The good news is that there's a LOT to do in Athens. If you haven't seen it already, you might find some useful information in my trip report; the section on Athens starts with post # 181.
With Gratitude for a Glorious Solo Month in Greece
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Old Sep 7th, 2019, 05:04 AM
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“main focus is now turned to the Santorini trip as it seems to the only attraction to the group.”

But you have 5 nights Athens, 3 nights Santorini and two of those days are travel days to/from the island.
Can you take one or two nights away from Athens and add to Santorini?
We loved Santorini, not so much Athens.
If looking for lodging there, we liked Imerovigli, which gets less tourist traffic, and sits on the paved walking path on the caldera. Look at the Gold Suites.
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Old Sep 8th, 2019, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by A4MYS View Post
My travel group kept changing their schedules and could not come to agreement until recently. My final itinerary is as follows:
- 3 nights in Athens
- 3 nights in Santorini (flying in and out)
- 2 nights in Athens.
We will not be able to go any day trip/s while in Athens due to different arrival/departure schedules. Our time will be mainly spent sightseeing in Athens. Our main focus is now turned to the Santorini trip as it seems to the only attraction to the group.
Many thanks to all comments made to this thread.
I think this is the perfect itinerary for you! and If ever you can find time in Athens, or you have seen all you wanted to see at the beginning of your trip, you can always book a little day trip at the end. Have a wonderful time and enjoy Santorini!! It's magical! (in my humble experience)
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Old Oct 12th, 2019, 10:24 AM
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Hi all, just a brief update on the trip made about ten days ago.

Greece is an unbelievable place to visit. Our trip worked out perfectly. Stayed at the O&B Boutique Hotel which is near the north west part of the Acropolis hill with easy access all around. We had really nice weather except on the first day at Santorini where it had overcast weather with blustery wind at hill top. But the rest of the time was fantastic - deep sea, blue sky and white washed hill side houses. Pictures taken were all came out beautifully. We stayed in an airbnb place with a roof top terrace near the south end of Fira, far away from the crowd. We really enjoyed the stay there. And we were lucky to have decided to fly/in of Santorini as there was a ferry strike to the islands during our stay. Santorini is really a special place.

List of places visited in Athens:
- Acropolis Hill
- Ancient Agora
- Roman Forum
- Areopagus Hill
- Hadrian's Arch
- Temple of Olympian Zeus
- National Park
- Aristotle Old School
- Night visit to Lycabettus Hill
- Acropolis Museum
- National Museum
In Santorini:
- Oia
- Volcano Island
- Skaros Hill
- Thirasia Island

We covered many grounds and are looking forward to explore the rest of Greece in my next visit.
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Old Oct 12th, 2019, 10:37 AM
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Greece is wonderful, isn't it? Thanks for reporting back!
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Sounds like you fell in love with Greece! Thanks for letting us know how it went!!
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