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    Quote Originally Posted by fnckr View Post
    Hi, another first post here. I grew up in Greece. The answer to your question depends on what you're looking for. However, here's a suggestion for a nice balance.

    Stay in Athens for at least 2 nights/ 2 full days (in other words, excluding travel) when you are leaving Greece. It is best when you are leaving because this ensures you're on the mainland a few days before your scheduled flight. Occasionally you can get stuck on an island because the winds are too high to sail and in Greece you should always leave room for the unexpected.

    Stay in the city center; I liked Grand Bretagne. Visit the Parthenon, stadium, etc., and Monastiraki/Plaka in the same day. Have dinner there again around 10p and just just walk around. The next day get a taxi out to Vouliagmeni for a swim and then go to Glyfada for lunch. Bonus trip out to Sounion for the sunset but it is far and you'll be back at the hotel around 11p. You can dine at one of the Fish Taverns on the return trip. Or, if you skip Sounion, then dine again in Plaka at a different place.

    Santorini is an excellent choice of islands. Crete is another great destination especially the Chania/Xania area. If you really want to see amazing beaches and postcard-worthy island scenery check out Milos, stay at Psaravolada Hotel. If you go, rent a small car and take one of the smaller boat island tours, instead of the big boats. It's not quite the party island but there are a few fun bars and some good restaurants.

    Two islands and Athens is more than enough to see. Intra-island hopping takes too much time for two weeks IMO so no more than two is best.

    Check out A Greece Travel Guide: Matt Barrett's Guide to the Greek Islands, Athens and Mainland Greece as well for a laid back perspective. No affiliation. I just find it thorough and helpful even for me.
    First...Welcome to the Fam and thanks for a very helpful first post.
    This has been sent to the wife who is in charge of vacation planning.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fnckr View Post

    Stay in Athens for at least 2 nights/ 2 full days (in other words, excluding travel) when you are leaving Greece. It is best when you are leaving because this ensures you're on the mainland a few days before your scheduled flight. Occasionally you can get stuck on an island because the winds are too high to sail and in Greece you should always leave room for the unexpected.
    I definitely second this, I was stuck on Paros for 5 days...Not necessarily a bad thing, but it cut into my time on the other islands.

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    Is Nafpaktos still a cool area in Greece?

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    Went there a few years back, stayed in Athens mainly but had a couple day trips out to local islands.

    View from our hotel...the St George Lycabettus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boggs View Post
    I've heard some bad things about mykinos another island in greece. Apparently there is a large gay population there and they are not afraid to try and pick you up or make inappropriate comments to you or your wife. It may seem funny for a bit but I'm sure it gets old really quickly especially if you're there with your wife.

    Santorini is great! Make sure you bring your camera because the picture opportunities are amazing there. While I was there I rented a little quad that didn't go very fast but it was tons of fun either way. I'd suggest renting one and going for a tour/ getting lost on the island. They aren't expensive and you get them all day long. As far as I know there are no rules for them because I was all over the road and no one said anything. I didn't even get one local giving me the evil eye. We were practically drinking while driving them down the roads.

    I also visited Ios which is another island in greece and it was more of a party island. The bars never really closed and everyone drank every night all night. If you want to get drunk with a bunch of australians in their mid to high twenties this would be the place to go haha. Personally I had the time of my life there but it would definitely be different if you are with your wife. Thats about all the advice I can think of right now. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
    He is spot on about Mykonos...nothing against them, but its gets old quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAbull View Post
    Afternoon All,

    Wife and I are just starting to look into a 2 week trip next year, July'ish.

    We will be in Santorini for 5 days or so.
    Staying at: Santorini Hotels Oia Esperas Traditional Houses Hotel in Santorini Studios, Suites, Villas in Santorini Greece



    Obviously going to go to Athens.

    Any other suggestions?
    Anyone have connections?


    Thanks in advance.
    Just commented on another thread about Greece..I make the same offer to you about Athens. Have a sister who lives there and check on stuff for ya if you need. She is actually a travel writer and knows the ins/out of the country. BTW, seen u on Lambopower...like the avatar there

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    Quote Originally Posted by daremo19 View Post
    Just commented on another thread about Greece..I make the same offer to you about Athens. Have a sister who lives there and check on stuff for ya if you need. She is actually a travel writer and knows the ins/out of the country. BTW, seen u on Lambopower...like the avatar there

    Thanks. Wife has planned out everything and I think we are good to go.

    As we get closer I may reach out.
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    I have been to Greece quite a few times, I think you'll love it!


    Athens is worth at least two full days, loads of places needs to be visited...


    And make sure to enjoy a caffee on top of the Lycabettus with a great view!


    I would also spent a few days on Crete, visit San Maria (small canyon) and San Maria monestery; make sure to check out the old venetian harbour in Chania in the vening/night (great place for dinning) ; give the Vai beach a visit...

    the list goes on...

    I do have friends in the hotel business in Crete (in Sitia) plus they do have homes for rent as well.

    PM me if you want some more info...

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    Athens is definitely worth a couple days. Mykonos is a bit gay, but can't be beat for high-end clubbing. Ios goes off with the younger crowd. You can't beat Ios' beaches during the Swedish midsummer holiday, if hot, drunk, topless blonds are your thing. Can't beat Santorini for the romance factor, and do not miss the active dig at Akrotiri.

    If you are after the archeology factor, I would recommend Turkey for mind-blowing ruins that you can explore. And there is plenty of nightlife to be had in cities like Kusadasi or Istanbul. I stayed in a little place in Selcuk, which is a great jumping off point for partying in Kusadasi and exploring ruins like Ephesus.

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    This is was from the top of the Acropolis.... It's one image so it might take time to load. I had it printed and it's hanging at my work cube right now.
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