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Jan 20th, 2015, 06:37 AM
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How to spend a week in Greece minus Athens?

My parents and I are going to Greece and other balkan peninsula countries in Spring of 2016 and would like to see Greece for a week and perhaps Athens(sorry just not really interested). If we did see Athens, what good greek ruins are there besides the parthenon and agora. We also want to see some other ruin towns, like Delphi, Epidarus, Mycenea, Olympia. Any others you recommend? Also would love to see some islands if possible, which ones are the prettiest? Thanks!! What towns and Islands do you recommend?
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Jan 20th, 2015, 07:26 AM
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Suggest you spend some time reading the wealth of info on this site: greecetravel.com

And then come back with some more focused questions.

If you are visiting the Balkans you could come overland through Albania, Macedonia and Northern Greece, a very scenic route.

Of course you can visit an island, either by boat or plane. Hydra is maybe the most convenient choice close to Athens, or you could easily spend a week on Crete.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 07:51 AM
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You only have a week. Focus on one island and one mainland town. If you don't want to bother with Athens as your mainland destination, to save time you'll need to rent a car to drive to wherever you decide to go. For an island, Santorini is the most spectacular. Fly there in 30 minutes on Aegean Airlines. It's faster than the ferry to Hydra.
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Jan 20th, 2015, 09:31 AM
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"Greek ruins" are spread all over the Eastern Mediterranean, for example around Izmir airport (Ephesos, Didim, Priene), around Antalya airport (Perge, Side, Aspendos), in Bulgaria (Plovdiv), in Sicily (Agrigento, Siracusa, Segesta, Selinunte), in Campania (Paestum).........
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