Greece to Turkey (and back)

Mar 19th, 2012, 07:11 AM
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Greece to Turkey (and back)

Our plan to Greece includes a short visit to Turkey (3 nights in Istanbul) and I am wondering if there is a way to get from Athens to Istanbul and back to Naxos (without having to stop in Athens again on the way back).

Thanks in advance for your response.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 07:29 AM
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The fastest ( and only way) is to fly from/to Athens.
If your trip includes Athens, Naxos and Istanbul,the best thing to do would be :

fly to Athens, and then continue on same day to Naxos. ( you can either fly to Naxos or take the ferry boat).
Then go back to Athens, spend a few days there, and then fly to Istanbul and from there to your country.

This way you won't be backtracking.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 07:29 AM
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It depends on your timing. Atlas Jet and Pegasus Air both fly summer charters from Istanbul to Mykonos, and from Mykonos you will be able to catch a ferry to Naxos. You might have to spend one night on Mykonos to do this.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 08:38 AM
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I cannot seem to find the Mykonos airport listed on either Atlas Jet or Pegasus Air. What airport should I be looking for? Thanks.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 08:45 AM
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Before spending a night on Mykonos, taking the ferry anyway etc, wouldn't it be more simple to go to Athens and fly from there?
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Mar 19th, 2012, 08:51 AM
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Atlas and Pegasus won't list Mykonos on their websites until those flights are offered. It's just too soon. If you have to confirm something this early then I think your only option is to fly back through Athens.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 10:13 AM
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@clausar: Our RT is from the US to Athens...it was the least expensive option. So, flying out of Istanbul (back to the States) has been ruled out.

@brotherleelove2004: That is good to know. Do you happen to know when those charter flights start running?
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Mar 19th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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UmaT, I see from another post you are travelling in early May, less than two months from now. I could be wrong, but I doubt charters from Istanbul will be flying that early in the year, and if they were, would surely already be taking bookings.

Keep checking if you wish, but it seems to me you will have to fly back to Athens and proceed from there to Naxos as clausar suggested. If you can time your Istanbul-Athens flight accordingly, it may be possible to connect with an Athens-Naxos flight so you don't even have to leave the airport. That would probably be quicker than going through Mykonos anyway, as you may have to stay overnight there before you can get a ferry to Naxos.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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Heimdall's got it right. If you're travelling in May those charter flights are most likely not going to be available.
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