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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2015
Safety in the cyclades  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I'll be chartering a yacht in the cyclades in March 2016 with the family (3 kids) and start wondering how the situation is there with refugees. I very recently heard that because of the high number of refugees on the islands near Turkey the government has started moving them onto other islands. Reading testimonies from locals, I don't want to go on holidays and end up having my children seeing dead bodies in the sea or any form of violence that is already happening on Islands like Lesbos or Samos.
Does anyone have feedback?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2015
Best Cyclades Guide Book?  (8 Answers)

For a rich but concise (200-300 pages) guide to the Cyclades -- which covers current conditions, background history, and its classical cultural wealth -- what is the best English-language guide?
I am specially interested in the opinion of those people who have been there and used this guide and found it to be first rate.
I am not worried so much about hotels & ferry schedules, right? :-)
It's the culture, politics, history of this special place.
Thank you for whatever advice you may be so kind as to offer.
Yours most sincerely, -- Eurycleia.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2014
Easy Hiking in the Cyclades  (4 Answers)

We are going to be in Naxos, Koufonisia, Mykonos and Santorini in September, and would like to do some easy or easy + hiking.  Can anyone recommend any books on the subject that are not for the experts?  Or can you recommend from your own experience (which we find is always the best)?  We're past the point of climbing over boulders or doing very steep gravelly grades, but we can still climb at own pace and would like some recommendations for boulderless hikes in the area that stilll include good views (if such a thing exists)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2013
Reliable or suggested Island land arrangements.  (2 Answers)

We are a family of 9 persons with 1 Senior Citizen, 4 Adults & 4 Children aged 9, 10 & 12+, 16.

We have already booked our Main & Internal Flights on all sectors as well as the 3-Night Cruise in Greece as per attached Itinerary below.

Now we require to book the Private Land Arrangements / Sightseeing (9 PAX Van with guide)

Day 06 Fri 31st May Athens – Louis Olympia 3N Cruise (BOOKED 2038, 2055, 2056)
Luggage Assistance – Ferry Port Transfer
1100 departure from Piraeus Port

1800 Mykonos, departure 2300
Suggest Mykonos Land Excursion for 3 hours or provide 9 PAX VAN / 2 Taxis for 3 hours

Day 07 Sat 1st Jun Cruise
0700 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey, departure 1200
Suggest Kusadasi Land Excursion for 3 hours or provide 9 PAX VAN / 2 Taxis for 3 hours

1600 Patmos, Greece, departure 2100
Suggest Patmos Land Excursion for 3 hours or provide 9 PAX VAN / 2 Taxis for 3 hours

Day 08 Sun 2nd Jun Cruise
0700 Crete (Heraklion), Greece, departure 1130
Suggest Crete Land Excursion for 3 hours or provide 9 PAX VAN / 2 Taxis for 3 hours

1630 Santorini, Greece, departure 2100
Suggest Santorini Land Sea Excursion for 3 hours or provide 9 PAX VAN / 2 Taxis for 3 hours

Please guide for each island. How to go about it for the individual islands?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2012
Best island - Milos, Sifnos, Paros or Naxos?  (7 Answers)

We're a family of five - three boys (15, 13, 7) looking to spend a few nights on only one of the four islands after a few days in Athens, before ferrying to Santorini to get to Kos to fly on Ryanair to Bari, Italy. We are interested in natural beaches, traditional Greek food in outdoor resturants, some history and archaeology - not nightlife and touristy stuff. Any suggestion on which island would best suit our interests?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2012
2 months in Cyclades  (3 Answers)

My girlfriend and I are planning on backpacking/camping around the Cyclades for 2 months in july and august. We know that this is the most touristy time which hikes up prices and possibly crime so we were wondering if anyone can give us any words of wisdom on how you think we could travel affordably and safely? We are also wondering if anyone can recommend where two 20 year olds should go if they are looking for some rowdy, hip islands with nice beaches and clubs half of the time, but for the other half they would like somewhat secluded, relaxed islands rich in culture.
We are bringing our own tent which will lower the cost of camp sites, but we are also hoping to find some cheap hostels or hotels to stay at in some places to freshen up.
For the most part we will be making our own food, with the exception of some nights that we will treat ourselves to eating out.
We will be traveling in the cheapest ways possible while doing some island hopping (we would like to visit anywhere from 5-15 islands).

If we could average accommodation at30 a day, food at25 a day and travel at15 a day, we would be spending4,200 on essentials. We know that we won't be living on bare essentials do this price tag will be higher, but does anyone think that this amount is possible to maintain accommodation, food and travel in high season? Any advice is greatly appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2011
Syros, Serifos, Sifnos or other  (5 Answers)

Dear all,

Does it still exist: the authentic, unspoiled Greek island life I experienced on summer holidays as a child 30 years ago?

I will be travelling to Greece with my wife and our two 3 years old twin girls in end of June, beginning of July, and I would very much appreciate any recommendations as to where to go, i.e. which island and which village/town, preferable no more than 2-3 hrs from Athens by boat.

We would like to go somewhere with an authentic feel. It must be small enough to be quite and easy going, however, large enough for us to experience local village/town life, and to stroll around with the children visiting small shops, watching the fishermen, find a traditional bakery, maybe a local church, and a food marked or the like. We do not care for large hotels, nightclubs and the like, but beach must be in walking distance. I have thought about Syros, Serifos or Sifnos but all suggestions will be more than welcome.

Also, I am slightly concerned about the wind. How severe will it be at that time a year?

Thank you so much everyone!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 14, 2010
affordable studios in Santorini with view of Caldera  (3 Answers)

Next June we were going to stay in a a nice apt on the outskirts of Imerovigli, but I am thinking, duh, we really need to be closer to where the action is and give up an apt/villa outside the town for two rooms/studio more in town - -either Firostefani or Thira. So I am starting all over again. Any suggestions for places welcome and also as to where we should pick -- firostefani, Thira or Imerovigli. Again, we want to be able to sleep and don't need the disco/late night scene as it is my husband and i and our 14 & 16 year old girls but we want them to be able to cruise around the cafes and window shop on their own, at least during the daytime/early evening, and I don't think Imerovigli offers that, but, I could be wrong;). We don't need a full kitchen but fridge and coffee maker would be nice. We also want a view of the caldera. But don't want to break the bank. Impossible?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2010
Searching for 2 bedroom villa in Naxos for family of 4 next June  (5 Answers)

Hello, our family of 4 is heading to Naxos for a week next June and we are looking for a 2 bedroom villa that is 150 Euro or below per night. Am I dreaming? It can be inland as we will most likely rent a car, and does not have to be fancy but clean and with a nice outdoor balcony or terrace would be nice. Any suggestions? Oh, we want 2 bedrooms as opposed to an open studio style set up so mom and dad and the two teens can all have some privacy:). Thank you:).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2010
Cyclades with teenage girls in Santorini and Naxos in June 2010  (7 Answers)

My husband and I are taking our two teenage girls to the Cyclades for ten days next summer when they will be 14 and 16. We are trying to figure out which town to stay in on Santorini and on Naxos we really have no idea. Our initial thoughts are Ia on Santorini and We like to hike and go to some historic sites in morning and beach in afternoon or drive/hike to small village, have lunch and just stroll around. Any advice appreciated, especially from those who have travelled to the Cyclades with teens. FYI, we will be in Athens for 3 days as well, staying in the Plaka area probably. Thank you. Jennifer

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2010
Transportation from Heraklion to Santorini

We would like to travel from Heraklion, Crete to Santorini on October 31st. We could either fly or take a fast ship. But I can't seem to find anything online in the way of such transportation. Does anyone have information that would help us? Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2010
5 Days, Milos and...  (2 Answers)

Hi, I will be arriving in Milos at 10 pm on 2 September. I have 5 full days, I'd like to visit 1 more Island besides Milos. I enjoy Nature/Outdoors Activities, Local Culture, Dining/Drinking. Not a big fan of touristy traps...

Would you suggest a visit to Paros or Santorini?

I would also like recommendations on how to spend 2 days in Milos, and 2 days in either Paros or Santorini. Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

I know 5 days is relatively short, so I am not looking to pack as much in as possible. Just my first taste of Greece, want to enjoy the vibe. I'm sure I'll be returning.

Thank you for your time, I'm looking forward to it!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2010
Cyclades with teenagers: Santorini, Naxos or Paros or Combination?  (7 Answers)

My husband and I are taking our two teenage girls to the Cyclades for 5-6 days next summer when they will be 14 and 16. While my husband and I are thinking Santorini, I keep reading that it is not a great place for kids while Naxos and Paros are. Now, teens are not really kids, but we are still not sure what to do. We were hoping to just stay on one island as we area going to Athens for 2-3 days for the typical touristy sites, then the Cyclades for 5-6 days then to Copenhagen for a week and don't want to be bopping around too much. We typically rent apts whenever we travel instead of staying in hotels, yet another reason for fewer destinations. While my husband and I love to hike, our kids are not that wild about any hike longer than an hour or two. We are all athletic though and like to stay active on vacation while relaxing at the same time, e.g. go to sites in morning and beach in afternoon or drive/hike to small village, have lunch and just stroll around. Any advice appreciated, especially from those who have travelled to the Cyclades with teens. Thank you. Jennifer

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2010
from Turkey to Greek Islands  (4 Answers)

Hi there,
Hi, I'm rhea and this is my first trip to turkey and Europe. Can anyone tell me the best way get to Santorini from south of Turkey e.g. Marmaris or Kos would be great. Is there a ferry or do you have to fly??

Also is there a ferry form Santorini directly to Syros? If not where to you stop and is it a good place to stay for a night or two? We are not party animals and prefer the natural beauty and quieter places.

thanks so much for your help. rhea

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2010
Ferry Schedules and flying from Mykonos vs taking ferry to get to Athens for flight  (9 Answers)

We are having a difficult time finding ferry schedules to get us back to Athens from the islands in late May - it seems like we have to get back to Mykonos via one ferry from Ios or Paros to catch another ferry back to Athens, and then most of them go to Rafina Harbor rather than Piraeus. None of the ferries get us into Athens in time to make our flight, so we have to get into Athens the day before. We are flying into Mykonos. SHould we just wait until we are in Mykonos to figure this out, or try to do it online before we leave?

It also seems cheaper to fly back ($116 USD) to Athens from Mykonos the same day as our flight in time to make our flight rather than to take two ferries (one fast) the day before we leave and spend the night in Athens (more money) and take a bus (more money) to make a 2:30 flight to Cairo.

Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2010
Island suggestion to combine with Mykonos for 2 American Girls  (6 Answers)

We are two 20 year old american girls with 10 days available to travel in Greece. We will spend the first day and a half in Athens, then leave on an early fast ferry for Mykonos. What other island or two can anyone suggest for us that will be fun with young people but not too crazy (we'll have that in Mykonos)and not too far from Mykonos? I have heard that Ios is fun, but that Santorini, while beautiful, is far from Mykonos and mostly for honeymooners and older tourists (no offense). Any suggestions? We are interested in the beach and relaxing after a tough year at school, so sightseeing is not a top priority. Also, do we need to book hotels in advance or can we wait until we reach the ferry dock at the islands??

Thank you!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2009
Ferry boat question: Difference between "air seat" and deck?  (4 Answers)

Do you know the difference? I am trying to book and they are the same price.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2009
Can't find a ferry from Santorini on OCT 2  (2 Answers)

Hello helpful virtual tourist members,

My future wife and I have our Grecian honeymoon booked. We're splitting our time in Greece between Santorini and Crete. We have our hotels and everything all set but we haven't booked our ferry between the two. We're getting close to two weeks away from our trip and are getting nervous...we tried to book using and it only lets us book on Oct 3 (the day after we need to leave). Is there any other service (prefer high speed) that you know of that we can call? The online booking systems seem to be filled or not working for Oct 2 Friday.

Any idea?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2009
Sleeping Under the Stars ( or sleeping rough)  (4 Answers)

Hi Folks

My daughter and some friends ( mixed sex group) are off island hopping around Santorini, Ios, Paros and AntiParos ( maybe a couple more) some of the prices they are being quoted for accommodation is really high ( July 31- Aug 10th)
I know its high season

so two questions

1) Can anyone recommend cheapish hostels in these places
2) Will they be Ok sleeping under the stars on hte beach ( or is this not allowed

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2009
Beach-side island hotel  (5 Answers)


I'm looking for a nice beachside hotel in the Greek islands. We have in mind the sort of "beach hut" places that you see in the Pacific Islands. Presumably the feel of the place would be different, but somewhere we'd be alone, on or near the beach. Any suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2009
Ferry b/w Crete and Santorini  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know if there is a ferry running between the Island of Crete and Thira (Santorini)? It doesn't look like the Minoan Lines stop there and I can't find a schedule of the Blue Star line either. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2008
GreeK islands itinerary  (4 Answers)

What´s the best itinerary for the greek islands?




Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2008
Paros or Naxos?  (7 Answers)

I'm planing to visit Santorini 3 days and then another 4 days in another greek island (more relaxing, greek style etc).

What about Paros or Naxos? Which one?
Paros seems to have a lot to offer (Naoussa, Parikia, Lefkes...) but Naxos also have a lot to offer (beaches, moutain villages etc).
I'm trying to decide, which one could be bether.

I also would like to visit Mykonos and Delos for one day, but if i dont have enough time i would like to spend just 4 entire days in Naxos or Paros..
I would like some opinions about which island.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2008
Ferry from Santorini to Piraeus  (3 Answers)

Hi there.

I am going to the Greek Islands next June (Mykonos, Ios & Santorini). I was going to do book a Greek Islands hopping package but got told it is cheaper to organise yourself which seems to be true. Just with booking the ferry's, I found a good website - OpenSeas through which you can book your ferry's through various websites. Does anyone know how early you should book ahead for the longer trips? I know i wouldn't need to book for a while but i'm just not sure if it would be a couple of days/weeks or months ahead.

Also does anyone know how the seats/berths work? I can't find on any websites what each class is, for example "C4 EXTERNAL / Berth/Seat" is more expensive than "SALONI C CLASS / Berth/Seat"

If anyone has any advice on booking ferries in the Greek Islands that would be appreciated.

Cheers :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2008
Amorgos or Milos?  (1 Answer)

Hello everybody!
Here I am again with my questions: as I have known that from Santorini to Amorgos I have to go to Naxos and take the Skopelitos, I have thought at two different options:

1) Santorini and Milos
2) Naxos and Amorgos

I have already visited Naxos and Santorini, so which is better between Amorgos and Milos?
From Naxos the Skopelites arrives daily?
Do you think that milos and Santorini are well connected? I have tried to visit the web site of the ferries but I think that it’s not up-dated.
Last question: my friend has never seen Santorini, so, in the case we choose the second option (naxos and Amorgos) do you think that Tourist Agencies organizes daily trips to Santorini?

And from Milos?

Thank you in advance!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2008
Amorgos Island - Hotels?  (2 Answers)

I'm going to Amorgos at the end of June for a week or so and will be staying in Aegiali. I've been looking online for inexpensive rooms but can't seem to find any. Since I'll be arriving around midnight via ferry I don't want to find a room when I get there. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm traveling along and would like to spend under 25 Euros. I don't need any bells or whistles just a clean and safe room. long as the room.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2007
Windsmill Travel agency  (1 Answer)

Hi, just wondered; did any of you ever make use of the windmills travel agency? And if yes; are they reliable?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2007
Open Water Swimming Holidays

Looking to spend a week doing an open water swimming holiday (boat, instructor/guide - stay in a different location each night). Nothing too strenuous, just something different. I'd appreciate it if anyone has inside knowledge of a local outfit that does it, where I could sign up? Lots of sites on the internet, emulating from the UK (I'm from Ireland) but you end up having to make your own way there anyway, and it costs a lot of money for what turns out to be essentially 5 days of open water swimming (although they talk it up as though it were a week's holiday). I thought there might be a cheaper way of doing it if I contacted a local group directly. Any suggestions/help would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2007
any chance for Beach weather in November?  (5 Answers)

My Fiance and I are planning a trip to Greece at the beginning of November. We plan to spend some time in the Cyclades... (Getting married in Santorini, and also want to visit Naxos). Is there any hope for a day at the beach / pool or is the weather typically too cold?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2007
Ferry cancellation risk in August?  (2 Answers)

I've finally managed to organize my trip to Greece in August. we've booked in hotels in Mykonos and Santorini, and I was planning on buying ferry tickets to go to Sangtorini from Mykonos on August 13th, but i've been reading a lot of posts about ferries being cancelled.

A lot of people told me to book the ferry tickets from now, because they're fully booked in august, but I don't want to take a risk in buying the tickets (we're 4) only to have the trip cancelled for bad weather.

Any advice would be welcome...thanks!

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