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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 12, 2017
Island recommendations for 2 weeks in the Cyclades  (2 Answers)

After 2.5 years of travelling in India, Australia and Southeast Asia, my boyfriend (33, British) and I (28, German) have now settled down in Berlin and want to explore some more of Europe. Hence we're very excited to be visiting Greece for the first time this year and are looking for some destination advice.

We're flying to Athens on 7th June, then on to Santorini early on 8th June (my birthday), and back from Athens on 21st June. We're planning to spend around 3 days / 2 nights in Santorini and would probably like to visit another 2 islands in the Cyclades before heading back to Athens for the final 2-3 days. Is this feasible for a 2-week trip?

I've checked out plenty of websites and have a few ideas but still unsure of which islands to include. We enjoy pristine, uncrowded (preferably not windy) beaches, local food, nature/scenery, some history/culture and some nightlife (bars rather than clubs). We could hire a car or scooters if required. I've included Santorini on the itinerary as I understand this is a must-see for first-time visitors to the Cyclades, but would also like to include some cheaper, less crowded places. Which islands would you recommend?

Do we need to book hotels in advance or can we rock up with backpacks and find something decent on the day (Athens, Santorini, other islands)? What about ferries between islands, do we need to book these in advance? Can you recommend any affordable hotels with views of the caldera in Santorini? Is it easy to get public transport from the airport? Any advice relevant to our trip would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 11, 2017
Early summer holiday.  (2 Answers)

Sorry to hear this site is shutting down.

I had an incredible summer honeymoon in Switzerland thanks entirely to commenters on this forum. I'm really grateful.

This question is very broad but I thought I might get lucky again!

Hoping for a may/June family holiday this year.
Traveling with a three year old and a one year old.
Beach, hotel, pools, nature, good food, an old town nearby.
We really want it to be child friendly with food and drink readily available but not too big a complex.
We'd love to visit a Greek island, also considering Italy and France, I'll post over there too.

Many thanks if you have any thoughts!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 01, 2017
Kefalonia or not?  (3 Answers)

Dear VT Fine Folk:

Anyone here spent much time on the island of Kafalonia (aka: "Cephalonia") in the Ionian Islands (& Sea).
Any advice?
For, say, a one or two week stay in the spring -- is Lixouri or Argostoli best? Looks like Argostoli has a loud,
busy airport near downtown? Or Not?

Perhaps Zakythos (aka: "Zante") just to the south of Kefalonia is better?

Thanks ahead of time for all & any tips!

-- Eurycleia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 19, 2016
Car hire in Crete  (3 Answers)

Hello im planning a visit to crete in May KOKONI HANI there are lots of car rentals but are there
any good local one s with good prices.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 26, 2016
Thessaloniki to Istanbul  (7 Answers)

Hey, I live in Thessaloniki as an Erasmus-student and I'm going on a trip to Istanbul in the second week of Christmas break. What is the best (and cheapest) way to go there? I found some websites with a night train, which seems perfect for me, but I can't find the prizes anywhere and neither do I know where I can buy the tickets (just at the normal train station of Thessaloniki? Or that special international train ticket store at Plateia Aristotelous?). Can anyone help me out? A bus is also okay, if that's the only other option, but then again I'd prefer a nightbus so it won't cost me any valuable time on travelling.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 31, 2016
Flying drones in GREECE  (14 Answers)

Hello are there any local restrictions on flying a Drone in Greece,im aware that military bases are no fly areas
and airports are too.
thanks bob

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 26, 2016
Time on Islands & Order  (3 Answers)

I have 8-9 days to spend on the Greek islands and I have narrowed it down to Naxos, Santorini and Mykonos. Any comments on how many days you would spend on each? Also, what order would you recommend to do them in according to ferry schedule?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 26, 2016
Ferry Tickets  (7 Answers)

I arrive at the Athens airport around 10 am and I see that a lot of the ferries leave at 7 am for the islands. There are others that sail around 2 pm for Santorini but would get into destination port late at night which I would prefer to avoid. I therefore figured that I would stay the first night in Athens and then take the 7 am ferry the next day. My question is, can I purchase ferry tickets at the airport or can they only be purchased at Piraeus? I thought I saw on the website that you may be able to purchase online but you still need to have the tickets printed off at the port. True?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 10, 2016
Cruising Greece  (2 Answers)

Stopping in Kotor, Montenegro and in Greece will be stopping in Argostoli, Athens, Corfu and Mykonos
Any suggestions on what to do for the day in each? or what are the must dos?
are excursions recommended or would catching a bus or cab to the attractions be good enough?
which places are easily accessible from the port(walking distance and enough do with out going on a tour or bus or cab)
TIA for your help :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 30, 2016
marathon to athens and vice versa  (4 Answers)

hi, we are planing to stay in golden hotels and bungalows in marathon in september for 5 days and hotel and we will take the taxi from airport to the hotel, but we need to know how to use the bus near the hotel to reach athens city and what is the name of the nearest bus station,

thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 26, 2016

My daughter (13) and I will be visiting Greece 27 September - 6 October 2016. This trip is more of an education/cultural experience rather than island hopping and beaching (which is something we'll do with the whole family in the next couple of years) . Not that we'll shy away from a day or 2 beaching this time round... :)

So here are a few questions.. would love to hear of any advise/suggestions/recommendations etc.. this is our first time and thought we'd do/see the following:

Start off or end in Athens (3 nights)
Do a 2 day guided tour to Olympia & Delphi (1 night) - any recommendations who could do this for us?
Visit Poros & Hydra ( can do 1 night on each or 2 nights on one of the islands)
Maybe Corfu for a couple of nights

Is this advisable? I will not be hiring a car, so will be relying on ferry's / public transport etc.
Is this a good combination? As my daughter loves Greek mythology, hence visiting the more ancient sites etc.

Your input will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 11, 2016
Zakynthos to go or not  (4 Answers)

I wonder if it worth to go to Zakynthos to visit Navagio - the beach ship wreck .

Basically I fly to Athens and catch the Bus + ferry to Zakynthos then have to go the other way to Athens where I catch the ferry to Mykonos / Santorini .

As it takes a long time to get to Zakynthos 6/7 hours each way, it is worth to go, or should I just go to the other islands whem i arrive to athens

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 10, 2016
Mid march in athens and santorini  (1 Answer)

Is it a good idea to visit athen and santorini in mid or late march?do we feel the real sense of travelling to Greece?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 29, 2016
Plan for march  (5 Answers)

Hello,i and my family wish to travel to Greece for the first time and mostly like to see athen and santorini,as our holiday is at the end of march,and as we are not going to swim in sea,is it ok to visit there specialy santorini in march and is there any tourist in that time to see the beauty athen and santorini?i know its not high season but is there any problem to come there at the end march?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 29, 2016
International Drivers License  (18 Answers)

I have a valid license in a US state, and will be renting and driving in Crete, Greece, from 7 October thru 14 October 2016. Should I apply for the IDL now, or should I wait until mid September, less than 30 days before I pick up the car in Crete? Thanks again.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 29, 2016
Trip to Greece  (10 Answers)

Hello VTers,

We are planning a trip to Greece next month and I have a few questions.

1. We will fly with Aegean airlines, if possible with hand luggage only. Are they very strict in this sense? Will I be able to carry a bag besides a small suitcase?

Once in Greece we will rent a car and go across Macedonia. There are some "must see" places such as Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Philippos, Kavala, Xanthi... But we dont have a concret plan for every day.

2. We would like to take a boat trip around mount Athos. Is it easy to find tickets from Ouranoupolis?

3. We read recently a report about some excavations in Estagira. Are they worth a visit?

4. We would also like to do some trekking and visit some picturesque villages. Epiro and the Zagorohoria must be wonderful, but I am afraid this would mean long drives. Could anyone recommend some places in central Macedonia instead?

Although we are doing our research, I would appreciate your suggestions.

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 28, 2016
From Skyros to Karystos on Evia end of september  (1 Answer)

I will be on Skyros for 1 week, then go by ferry to Kymi on Evia.
My destination is Karystos.
I planned to stay 1 night in Chalkida, as there will be no busconnection to Karystos from Kymi.
Or will it be better to spend 1 night in Eretria ?
Will the bus from Kymi to Chalkida / Athens stop in Eretria ?
Will the bus from Chalkida to Karystos stop in Eretria ?

Thank you !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 26, 2016
Greece in Late September  (8 Answers)

I a seasoned European traveler but this will be my first time in Greece. I am looking at going in late September into first week of October. I thought I would start with a few days in Athens to hit the typical locations that you must see the first time in Athens. But then I would like to head out to the islands for a bit of R&R. I like to be fairly active and will do some hikes and generally wander around as I am not one for a schedule. Any suggestions of which islands to check out, things to do and places to hand out with more locals than tourists. I am familiar with the islands that everyone knows such as Corfu, Mykonos and Crete but would not limit myself to them. Always looking for that diamond in the rough.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 23, 2016
Help with itinerary  (12 Answers)

Hi! My parents, Aunt, cousin and I plan to travel to Greece for two weeks early this October. I need some much needed help with the itinerary! Trip begins in Athens and ends in Santorini. This is what I have in mind at the moment. Athens- 3 nights, Delphi- 1 night, Meteora/ Kalambaka - 2 nights, Nafplio- 1 day, Chania (also visiting Loutro)- 2 nights, HERAKLION- 1 night, Santorini- 3 nights.

1) I was wondering if 3 nights are too many for Athens?

2) Is one day enough for Delphi?

3) Is one day enough for Nafplio?

4) Should I skip Heraklion? Isn't the Palace of Knossos the main attraction there? Considering we would have seen enough of ruins in Athens and Delphi?

Any advice apart from what I have asked would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 15, 2016
Markets on Thasos  (1 Answer)

Are they any markets on the Island of Thasos, i now there are in Kavarla

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 11, 2016
Greek Cruise in the Fall  (2 Answers)

My sister is contemplating a Greek islands Cruise in the Fall. How are the waters then? I think I may have read in a Fodor's once, that the Aegean can be very rough then.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 23, 2016
Please help - First time Crete and Cyclades  (17 Answers)

Hello! Planning a first trip for our family (husband, myself and 4 year old) in October (8th through 21 - 13 nights) and need advise! Flying into Santorini and out of Heraklion. After flipping through the fodors (book) guide and various sites online, here is what we have currently planned for: Santorini (2 full days and 2 half days - 3 nights) Milos ( 3 full days and 1 half day - 3 nights) One night in overnight ferry from Milos to Crete Crete ( 6 full days and 1 half day - 6 nights) Does the above make sense in October? Based on the Friday weekly overnight ferry form Milos to Crete, we cant seem to buy more time in Crete (unless we do - Santorini - Milos - Santorini - Crete). Questions: - I love Milos in the book and pictures and Naxos is a close second. Reason for picking Milos was it would be more quiet, it appears to be more beautiful with the scenic landscapes while Naxos may be similar to what we would see in Chania (Crete). Thought it may be a different non-commercial/non-touristy island in October. Meanwhile I hear mixed reviews on Milos in October - some say its too quiet and closed down, others say its fine. We don't need nightlife - just restaurants and the boat tour. We will rent a car. How can I find out if boat tours will run in October? - If Milos is a good choice (I have a feeling it is but still not 100%), should we spend one more day in Santorini instead of Milos or stick to the plan above? - Should I try to buy an extra day in Crete and drop one from the Cyclades? I may have to move things around then - I try to do Santorini (we arrive at 6.30pm on an international flight), stay 1 night, Milos at 1.10pm, Stay in Milos for 2 nights, Santorini for 2 nights and Crete - ferry to Heraklion and 8 nights in Crete This seems to be more 'work with more transfers, packing/unpacking - but we gain one day in Crete and lose one in Milos. Wondering if it is worth it in October. Still have to figure out Crete itinerary. Everything looks enticing. We like beaches, easy hikes with the kid, history, culture, museums local food and wine. We are active travelers so would not be content sitting on a beach every single day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 21, 2016
Credit Cards & PIN Codes  (9 Answers)

I have an upcoming tour of Greece with Globus, and there is an advisement from Globus regarding using credit cards for purchases (not for getting cash from an ATM). The advisement states that PIN codes are now required. (I was given this information last year when I traveled to Italy, but when I used my credit card, no PIN code was required.) A PIN code is needed to withdraw cash from an ATM, but I have never used a PIN for a purchase.
Has anyone traveled to Greece recently (in 2016) and used a credit card to make a purchase? Did you need a PIN code for the purchase? Thanks for your assistance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 14, 2016
Greek Islands  (10 Answers)

Hi, I plan on traveling to Greece this summer in August. I plan on visiting Athens, Mykonos, Santorini (in that sequence) and either Rhodes or Corfu. Which island do you recommend over the other and why? Also in what sequence should i visit the islands starting from beginning to end. We would be flying back home from Athens so whichever island we plan on visiting last we would catch a ferry/flight back to Athens. Any help/suggestions is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! Nyssa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2016
Greece in 4 days  (6 Answers)

I would like to go to Greece in June-July, I will only have 4 days and I don't want to spend a lot of money. I am very interested in the beach and views, but I would like to see some "sights" also. Any suggestions? I am currently living on a military base in Djibouti Africa and I am trying to see as much of this side of the world as I can before I leave in August.
Thank you !!! Lynnette

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 30, 2016
Buses on Thassos  (1 Answer)

Does anybody know if you can use a round the island ticket on a hop on hop off basis? I'm interested in catching a bus from Thassos town (Limenas) stopping at Panagia for a spell then possibly catch the next bus (if there is one) to Alyki finally catching the last bus back from Alyki to Thassos town (Limenas).
Unfortunately the bus timetable does not give this information so I have no idea how many busses run round the island in a day, or their frequency
I presume there must be at least two busses operating in opposite directions, be glad of any help thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 30, 2016
Roda, Corfu, Greece  (1 Answer)

Can anyone tell me about this tiny resort? I am going on 16 May and staying at the Silver Beach Hotel but can't find any reviews anywhere on here.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 04, 2016
Greek Language Take 2  (6 Answers)

My knowledge of the Greek language like many others is pretty basic.
Its not a problem if I want to eat, drink or shop, but in emergencies like the time I trod on a Stone Fish I really needed to make myself understood.
Knowing how to order a meal when poisonous venom is eating away at your leg is not very helpful
It would be impossible for me to learn every phrase or sentence to cover every situation so if anyone has used a language translator are they any good and worth investing in?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 03, 2016
Greek Language  (3 Answers)

Has anyone used an audio language translator, are they any good?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 01, 2016
Money Money Money  (10 Answers)

We are off to Thassos in a months time and the Euro is getting stronger and stronger every time I check the rates.
According to the experts this trend will continue for quite some time.
I've estimated 100 Euros per day expenses for the two of us = 1400 Euros for our 2 wk self catering holiday.
A small hire car is included in the package, I've allowed 50 Euros for fuel as there are not many resorts on the island we will be visiting and we will probably spend the same on taxis.
My questions :- Do you think 100 Euros per day is a fair estimate.
Should we take the full amount in Euros hoping to get a reasonable exchange rate in the UK or do you think we would be better off taking half in Sterling and using the banks on Thassos, cash for cash?
Bearing in mind the Euro could strengthen considerably by the time we leave in 6 wks time

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