Greek Islands in June

Old Nov 29th, 1998, 07:30 PM
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Greek Islands in June

We are planning a family trip to Greece in June of 1999. We would appreciate any comments or suggestions on our planned itinerary. We are planning on going directly to Poros island after flying into Athens. Spend 3-4 days getting over jet lag (we are coming from Maui via New York) with a day trip to Peloponnese then a couple of days on Hydra, a day and night in Athens and then to Santorini for a couple of days and finally to western Crete for 2 weeks. We want to get a sense of Greek life, history and beauty and avoid as much as possible the tourist stuff.
Old Dec 3rd, 1998, 08:29 AM
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Check out the "Rough Guide to Crete." It should be a good travel resource! Have fun. All the other places sound great also.
Old Dec 4th, 1998, 12:57 AM
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Daniel, Can't help with the other greek islands but Crete is wonderful, the western part is less comercialised than the east but don't miss out on Chania, its a great city, lots of history. West of Chania and after you get past the strip developments there are some pretty unspoilt areas. The south coast is even more unspoilt I guess you will have a hire car and though extra care needs to be taken on some of the roads, they are a lot better than on some other greek islands. I agree with checking out the Rough Guide to Crete also check out Landscapes of Western Crete published by Sunflower full of car tours and hikes all described in great detail. Email me if you want the ISBN number of the book, though I don't know if it is available in the States.
Old Dec 6th, 1998, 12:11 AM
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Hi. I don't know much about the other island but have spent the better part of a month on western Crete. There is so much to do and see. If you are into history Crete has it all dating back to 5000 B.C. You must go to Iraklion and visit the Minoan ruins at Knosso. This is a very old palace where the legend of the Minotaur was born. Pay a few bucks for one of the many tour guides to get an explanation of the ruins. It brings meaning to everything. Also, in the city of Iraklion is a great archeaological museum. There are many displays however when I was last there, most of them were marked only with a number. You can buy a guidebook at the front of the museum that describes each numbered piece. West of Iraklion is the town of Rethymnon. There are some neat ruins there of an old fortress along the coast. Souda Bay is the nest sizable town west of there. Don't skip a meal at the Souda Bay fish house! Great fresh fish and a neat atmosphere. Chania or Hania is the next city west. This is where I spent most of my time. Along the old Venetion harbor, there are many restaurants, and shops. Never had bad food at any of them. West of Hania a few miles is a great stretch of beach however if you live on Maui, you may not be going for that...Most of the beaches are typical European (topless) as Crete is a favorite vacation hangout for Scandanavians. About an hour's drive south of Chania is the Samaria Gorge. Its a very deep mountain canyon that you can hike. If you want to hike the whole canyon it takes an entire day. I have hiked part of it, and its beautiful. Not something you would expect on a Mediterranean Island! While there I got a book called FLOWERS FROM RETHMNON, its the story of a New Zealand infantry soldier that was there when the island was air assaulted and captured by the Nazis in WWII. Its a small paperback but is really neat history. It only took me a couple of days to read but gave me a neat perspective of the geography. Crete has been captured by so many nations through its history, that you will see many different styles of architecture from different periods. Well, I hope that's not too much. Send me an email if you have questions...
Old Dec 7th, 1998, 07:03 PM
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June is great for the Greek Isles. On Crete, the Samaria Gorge hike is fabulous, hard on the legs (11 miles all downhill) but worth it. I would also recommend the Lasithi Plateau, about an hour or so from Heraklion. There you will see hundreds of windmills, some operating. The plateau is ringed by traditional villages where you can see people who still wear Cretan dress, and a wonderful folk museum. Don't miss Knossos and the archeology museum in Heraklion but there is nothing else in that city worth visiting. Try a restaurant called the Well of the Turk in Hania. For a real splurge, the Casa Delfino is a traditional but luxurious hotel in Hania.
On Santorini, Oia is very picturesque. Don't bother with a visit to the volcano; it isn't worth it. Have fun!

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