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13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

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13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Hi,

We are planing a trip to Greece 1st part of Oct for 13 days, we were thinking about flying into Athens then flying out to Santorini, stay 3-4 days, ferry to Naxos 3 days ferry to 3 days Mykonos and then ferry to Athens to spend 2 days there before flying home.

Too much for such a short trip? Not going to lay on a beach, but love the views, would you rec other islands instead, want to experience local culture, food, people etc..Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Monica

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1. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Hi Monica,

When island hopping please note that even if distances between islands don't look far every time you get up and move the best part of one day will be lost from your itinerary (you shall pack\unpack, check out and in of hotels, transport to and from ports, some waiting time in ports, time for embarking\disembarking and the actual time used for the journey).

You will also have to adjust to the ferry schedules departure time. Often there is only one or two ferries daily between the destinations – even in main season.

Also take into consideration that staying anywhere for 2 nights will only equal one full day.

Edited: June 07, 2018, 3:43 pm
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2. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Unless you are going there to see the archaeological site at Delos you may want to skip Mykonos and add the time to your other destinations. There may still be day trips from Naxos to Delos/Mykonos in early October if there is enough demand, but you will have to check when you are there. It's easier to plan your itinerary in terms of nights rather than days.

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3. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Thank you, if we keep Santorini, what other island would spend the rest of the time on, would it be Naxos, los, paros ???? Is Naxos a good location to take day ferrys to see other islands. I know Naxos is not expensive to stay as we are finding Santorini. We want to relax, enjoy local culture, not interested in laying at the beach as much as I love the ocean We would like tour the islands, wine taste, eve boat cruise, etc... suggestions?

thanks so much

monica

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4. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Naxos would be a good choice to spend your extra time, as it has many inland villages to explore. Paros, with Antiparos at its doorstep, would also be a good choice.

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5. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Naxos

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands. It has so much more options through diversity than any of the other Cyclades islands. You can look up more information about Naxos here (use the drop down menu):

https://www.naxos.gr/naxos/?lang=en

It has some of the best beaches in Greece (some are also ranked among the best in the Mediterranean),

Naxos beaches

https://tinyurl.com/ybghtxax

You will find options for most activities - look up this link for hiking options:

http://www.cycladen.be/NaxosEng.htm

You will find a mountainous and scenic interior, and some 30 authentic villages around.

Naxos villages

https://tinyurl.com/y75vxfpw

The island also has some historical sites.

Archeological sites

https://tinyurl.com/ybs2ksce

Options for exploring the island:

http://www.naxossun.gr/tours-adventures.html

http://www.naxossun.gr/naxosgastronomy.html

Other tour options:

https:/…naxos-tours.htm

My Naxos albums:

http://tinyurl.com/my9fpkm

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6. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

I would say max 3 days on Santorini, it is an island everybody wants to have seen but I would not spend much more time there. Then I would split the remaining days between Naxos and Paros. Two days in Athens at the end is a great plan.

Every day at 15:30 the big Blue Star Delos sails from Santorini to Naxos in two hours. Buy the tickets the day before in one of the ticket offices in Thira or in the port half an hour before departure. From Naxos to Paros another Blue Star sails every morning at 09:30. It takes 45 minutes to Paros. You will find a lot other ferries too, but the BVlue Stars is large comfortable and safe ships sailing all year.

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7. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

thank you, thinking about staying longer in naxos and take day trips from there. Any suggestions on where best to stay?

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8. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Your original plan is ok and seeing the sunset by the windmills in Little Venice,Mykonos is iconic. If you take fast

ferries it would be ok ,especially if you want to see these special islands. They are tourist hotspots but for good reason. Another time you could do lesser known islands but understand the season will be over or almost shut down in October in many places so your plan suits this October visit really.

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9. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Thank you, any rec on where to stay that's not $300 a night. We were also thinking about a home with 3 bedrooms???

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10. Re: 13 day trip for 3 active 60 's couples Gk Island suggestion

Perhaps you should price up your suggested itinerary first . You've chosen expensive iconic islands that seem to be on world tours. Naxos is a lot cheaper as suggested by other reviewers . October is a cheap time of year to stay but prices have shot up . All the places we stay in are megabucks now and we always incorporate cheaper islands with cheaper accommodation alongside beautiful pricey places to get a balance.

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