a VirtualTourist member from Philadelphia
my husband and i are planning a mediterranean cruise and one of the stops is santorini...we will be stopping in santorini only for 8 hours...
now, i want to go visit oia and he wants to see akrotiri...is it logistically possible to do both?
how far are they from each other?
and how's september weather in greece?
thanks in advance!
Your ship will probably dock in the bay and tender you to Fira. Take the gondola up, not the donkeys unless you come prepared to really do some thorough laundry on board ship.
You've got a bit of a delima, but not a major one depending on how much time you plan for each location. Akrotiri is about 26 KM from Oia the bus to Oia is quite good unless you take a taxi or use a ship tour.
I'd suggest looking into the local bus or using a taxi to cover both and still have a bit of time to explore Fira as well. You will probably miss the sunset from Fira depending on when the ship sails.
The small shop at the entrance to Oia has, or used to have a good selection of local wines which I found to be quite good.
Santorini is not a large island. You should have no problem visiting both. When we were there we could see the cruise ships unloading the passengers into boats - they arrange the lift up to the island too,
Distance between two villages is 26km
Oia and Akrotiri are approximately 15 miles apart. You will come ashore below Fira which is approximately in the middle between the two. If you rent a car you can see both. You can also hire a taxi but it will cost much more in the long run. When you get ashore you have to take the cable car up the cliff. PLEASE don't ride the poor abused donkeys. When you exit the cable car building turn to the left and walk about 100 yards to the end of that lane. Turn right and you'll see just ahead of you a short flight of steps on the left. Walk down those steps and out along that lane to the main road. You'll see several rental car agencies right there. Oia is uphill to the right 7 miles and Akrotiri is 7 miles to the left ( for Akrotiri stay close to the cliff with the sea on your right shoulder and you'll be going in the right direction).
Be sure to go to your local AAA office to pick up an International Driving Permit, no test or membership required, for $20 plus a photo fee if you don't bring 2 passport photos with you.
This map of the island will come in handy: http://www.santorini-web.com/map.pdf
Brotherleelove is the "expert" expeert. Whatever he says is right!!! Drive carefully!
Correction: "Oia is uphill to the LEFT................."
Sorry for my confusion.
I hired a car for only 6-7- hours and managed to get around to see a lot in that time - totally recommend it, though I did all my walking around stuff in Fira the evening and morning before picking up a car.
You could do the walk along the path around Fira for those famed views and a quick visit to the Archeology museum in an hour or two if you hurry and then head off...I got a rental car from one of the several rental car firms just handy to the centre of Fira for a reasonable price and the manager was happy to take me down to my ferrry at the end of the rental as a normal service for customers
- Oia is very beautiful, Santorini was a beautiful place to see!
thank you for all your replies! they are all very helpful.
there's just one more answer that i'm waiting for someone to answer...how's the weather in greece in september?
September weather is excellent, mellow and warm but not hot. The sea is perfect for swimming as it has been warming up all summer.