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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 10:17 PM
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@ yiassas: Awesome! Can you suggest specifics? What viewing points, what taxi services? I sincerely hope to visit any of the monasteries of Meteora that I can -- and doing so at sunrise or sunset would be, IMO, an incredible treat! Any advice you can provide will be much appreciated.

Perhaps more to the point, because I'm sill recovering from a thigh injury I'm not sure whether I will be able to climb to any of the monasteries in the area -- but I sure hope to do so! Any additional advice will be very much appreciated. I do, sincerely, hope to see what I can of these extraordinary monasteries.

@ joannyc: Seems like I have too many perfect mimosa options to resolve tonight! How awful -- I need to give my options further consideration
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 10:36 PM
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@ ANUJ: Thank you so much for your comments! I’m currently inclined to include Santorini and Naxos (and a day trip to Delos) in my plans. Are there particular recommendations you have for Imerovigli? I’ve heard some wonderful things about it!
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 10:46 PM
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No need to resolve them tonight.... Take them as they come. Just be prepared with a small bottle of sparkly as you can always get some oj!
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 10:59 PM
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@ joannyc: I will definitely make sure I have accurate info about Ayios Stefanos – I want to be sure to see it!

And thanks for your well wishes, but I’m fortunate: My injury did not require surgery. It’s just been a ridiculously recalcitrant injury. It could be far worse.

You might recall that I am NOT much of a morning person, but I make this promise to you: If I find an appropriate place to view a sunrise and am able to make it there, I will toast you (and rialtogrl) with a mimosa. And if that doesn’t happen, I will find a place to raise a glass to you while viewing an awesome sunset. Or...

BTW, I was writing this reply as you were posting … and I have now made a note to self: Buy split of sparkling wine upon arrival at airport. Replace as needed. As a former Girl Scout (be prepared!), I can't believe I didn't already have that on my to-do-list!

So glad to cross paths, joannyc -- thanks so much! Any further thoughts are, of course, welcome!
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 11:08 PM
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@ yiassas &
@ AUNJ

I think – hope! – I caught, and responded to, each of your very welcome messages over the last day, but with so many fast-moving messages, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. I hope you both know how much I appreciate your input. If I missed something, please repost! Know that I am very grateful for your insights.
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 11:35 PM
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It will definitely be an early start for a sunrise, as a guide here are the sunrise/sunset times for Athens,
https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/gree...th=5&year=2017
Obviously will vary by a few minutes depending where you are, & will also be earlier sunrise & later sunset as you go into June.
The moanasteries don't open until 9am at the earliest,
I may have already posted this, but here's the opening days & times of each monastery,
http://meteora.com/meteora-monasteries-opening-hours/
A map of the monasteries,
http://www.mappingeurope.com/greece/...teries-map.htm
There are places to stop en route, just make sure you are facing the right way
I can highly recommend this company if you want to do a half day, or sunset tour, it's a Mercedes luxury minibus rather than a full size coach & I can vouch for excellent driving & a great informative & passionate guide who is happy to answer any questions on further detail,
http://meteora.com/
This guy has an excellent report on his visit, with photos & locations marked & although he was hiking the info is still relevant,
http://www.nomadtravellers.com/visit...our-hiking-map
If you get a taxi up there for sunrise don't worry about exactly where to be, the driver will know the best spots!
I can't recommend a particular taxi as we didn't use one to go up there, but wherever you stay will be able to help with that. On that subject, stay in Kastraki rather than Kalambaka, much nicer small village, I can recommend Plakias rooms in the centre of the village & their taverna too
http://www.meteora-plakias.gr/
Also very nice, right on the edge of Kastraki is Guesthouse Vavitsas,
http://www.meteora-vavitsas.com/en/hotel.html
When we stayed they were no longer supplying breakfast, not sure of the up to date status of this. It is a walk into the village, but not too far & just down the road is the taverna owned by the same family. The room was lovely & they were very helpful.
Gotta go now, happy planning!
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 11:42 PM
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@ yiassas: You are a gem! I can't thank you enough for this detailed and very helpful info.
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 07:47 PM
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That should be at the top of every planning list! LOL!!! ��

Happy planning!
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 07:49 PM
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Well, that emoticon didn't work... It was supposed to be the sun rising from behind the mountains!

Don't know why they are not working lately.
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 07:52 PM
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@ joannyc: A pair of question marks made perfect sense to me!
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 08:26 PM
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This is a very helpful resource http://santorinidave.com/. We stayed at the extraordinary Afroessa Hotel in Imerovigli (and would stay there again). Lots of restaurants to choose from nearby - Avocado, Mezzo, Anogi, Estia ...

The highlight of our trip (apart from enjoying the glorious views and sipping wine while watching the sunset from our hotel balcony) had to be hike to Oia (the stretch along the calderra's edge from Imer to Oia is the most spectacular). We left in the afternoon, strolled aimlessly in gorgeous Oia, caught the sunset, ate a wonderful vegetarian meal at Skala and gelato at Lolita's, before returning by bus.

Other things we did
- hiking Skaros Rock, barely metres away from our hotel
- driving around other parts of the island - Akrotiri, Pyrgos, Kamari, Exo Gonia ...
- walking down to Fira to join a Nea Kameni boat tour and gorging on souvlakis at Lucky’s and Obelix
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 08:47 PM
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@ ANUJ: Thank you so much for this information and your recommendations! I read one recommendation (from isabel) to walk from Fira to Firostefani and from Oia to Finikia, skipping the middle part -- does that make sense to you?
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 09:24 PM
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I'm not sure why. As we stayed in Imerovigli, we divided up the entire trail (Fira to Oia is 4 hours, one way) over 2 separate days. Once from Imer to Oia (as described in my post) and once from Imer to Fira via Firostefani (as also described, to join the boat tour to the volcano and springs) - personally the former was more scenic. In both cases, we returned by bus (no need to hike both ways). PS http://ktel-santorini.gr/ktel/index.php/en/ has the bus schedule/route (Fira-Oia), so you can hop onboard at any point along the route.
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 09:30 PM
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@ ANUJ: Very helpful -- thanks!
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Old Jan 14th, 2017, 12:37 AM
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I was wondering what's with all Greece trip reports up in Fodors this morning... turned out it was you who was collecting them
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Old Jan 14th, 2017, 08:51 AM
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@ FuryFluffy: That was me! I generally read trip reports only when planning, and since I know how much time and effort they can take, I always want to let the writers know that I valued their reports, even if it's been a while since they were posted.
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Old Jan 20th, 2017, 09:21 PM
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Thank you all! With your generous and informative help, I have developed and posted a possible itinerary and would, of course, welcome any comments you care to offer.
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-in-greece.cfm
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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 05:31 PM
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I’ve finally started my trip report. Any of you who are interested can find it here:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-in-greece.cfm
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