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hitoshi Jun 7th, 2012 03:11 PM

Greece for 6 days in August
We are traveling to Greece in August for 6 days and wondering how to plan the trip. We would like to explore history and beautiful island experience. We will fly to Athens as starting point.

Any suggestions????

mariha2912 Jun 7th, 2012 11:18 PM

6 days is not a large amount of time. If by "6 days" you count in arrival and departure, then in reality you only have 4 full days and 2 part days.
If you have 4 full days, you may want to stick with Athens taking a day trip to one of the Argosaronic islands such as Aegina or Hydra.
If you have 6 full days you may want to check if there are still available any flights to the islands you can time in with our arrival in Athens airport. Or maybe a ferry from Rafina or Piraeus. Spend 3 nights on the island, then return in Athens for rest of your trip.
To be honest your post is far too spartan and I am mostly guessing here on your specifics.
Is your trip by any chance involving 15th August? If so, it is important to know this is a very huge religious and bank holiday, so you need to plan accordingly.
I am not sure what "beautiful island experience" means to you in order to make some recommendation on specific island...

Mimar Jun 8th, 2012 08:18 AM

We're just back from Greece and really enjoyed our time on Santorini in Oia; this island is mind-blowingly beautiful. But if you don't have enough time, Hydra is very nice too.

Ideally you'd fly into Athens airport, then catch a flight to an island. Save your time in Athens for the end of the trip. With the way things are going in Greece now and who knows how after the June election, you need to build ease into your Greek itinerary.

amer_can Jun 8th, 2012 08:32 AM

A nice place to stay is in Vouglimena(sp?) outside Athens. Divani Appollon (sp?) has a shuttle to downtown and worth the comfort of being out of the chaos of Athens. Side trip to Temple of Diane cost 50E if I remember correctly. Picked up and dropped off at the hotel. Nice pools, beach, and quiet in the hotel. Avoid the annex..Member of LHW group and therefore has some nice deals.

hitoshi Jun 9th, 2012 11:44 AM

Thank you for suggestions. It will be 4 full days and 2 patial days trip including 8/15 as departure day.
It seems to me the choice is either staying whole time in Athens or one of the island without Athens.

What would you suggest?

mariha2912 Jun 9th, 2012 12:24 PM

It is your call according to your interests.
Athens for history, museums, nice walks and a very quiet city on August, islands mostly for beach, sea side and outdoors activities and relaxing! Not sure where you come from and how used you are on high temperatures, but most people find Athens city center too hot on August. Islands are very hot too of course, but often there is some pleasant sea breeze and lets face it, heat feels more bearable in crystal blue sea rather than climbing a hill spread of ruins.
Personally I am a person that likes to explore a country's culture and I love visiting historical sites and museums, take my time to walk around, use public transport to reach less touristy areas and if I was in Greece for first time, I would stick with Athens.A good strategy is to start your day early for sight-seen, then on hottest part of the day enjoy a lunch or be in an air conditioned museum. Or even follow local customs and have a siesta before continuing your explorations. You can always throw in a half day on the beach by connecting to a sea side suburb such as Glyfada or Voula, about 1-1 and a half hour from city center on tram. Or get metro to Piraeus and connect to Hydra or Aegina islands for a side day trip.
That said, Athens would be just MY choice. You might prefer the island approach, and nothing wrong with that. I urge you to go for it if you can limit your waiting time before connecting there, and the actual transit time though. It is important to have a decent on-the-spot vs commuting-among-places ratio...

Mimar Jun 9th, 2012 05:53 PM

Or combine history and an island by visiting Crete.

mariha2912 Jun 9th, 2012 10:20 PM

Mimar, on my opinion, you do not do Crete any justice on only 4 full days. It is a huge island!
Most islands offer some history, but I believe that you can not bit Athens on that aspect if you are a first time visitor. Just my opinion of course.
Some more island options with history might be among others Rhodes, Kos, Santorini, Mykonos (Delos), Naxos, Lemnos .....

Heimdall Jun 9th, 2012 11:42 PM

Hi Hitoshi,

With only four full days, and an interest in history, I would stay in Athens, possibly taking a day trip to a nearby Saronic Gulf island or an overnight trip to the Nafplio area in the Peloponnese. Athens will be hot in August, but not busy, as most Greeks take their holidays during that period.

In contrast, the islands will be heaving with people. You really can't imagine just how busy the islands are in August unless you have been there at that time. Another point is that most islands have few archaeological sites, while Athens has many. :-)

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