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#1 antiq

Posted 21 November 2019 - 04:40 AM

Looking at going to Greece for a week of May, 3 adults and 2 children, taking MIL this trip.  We will be flying into Athens.  Is it doable to visit Santorini for 1-2 day trip?  Would you book 2 hotel rooms or air bnb?

Open to any suggestion :-)

#2 night jasmine

Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:43 PM

Greece is very affordable so either accommodation option would work. Although, when I travel with my mother I prefer an Airbnb as she likes to shop local produce and cook it herself.

And yes, it’s easy enough to fit in 4 or 5 days in Athens and a few days in Santorini.

#3 bikingbubs

Posted 21 November 2019 - 02:41 PM

Personally, I feel 1 or 2 days in athens is enough. there are so many other things to see and do, and very accessible! I loved Crete. Spent a few days in Santorini. Paros is also lovely (very low key).  Ferries are a great way of getting around!

#4 notsoretro

Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:17 PM

I was talking to a customer today and they mentioned Crete, speaking so enthusiastically of how beautiful it is I want to go!

#5 2bundles

Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:13 PM

Agree 1-2 days in Athens is enough.  I went with my Mum in July and we stayed at the Electra Metropolis. It was great. Also had a beautiful rooftop bar/pool/restaurant with a view of the acropolis.

Santorini is very steep. Just beware if your mum is not agile/fit.
We did a cruise of the Greek islands. Fav was actually Chania/Crete.
Santorini had beautiful views and the very postcard buildings though. Beaches nowhere to be seen!!  It is a caldera/volcano, so no nice beach.

Edited by 2bundles, 21 November 2019 - 09:15 PM.

#6 antiq

Posted 23 November 2019 - 05:36 AM

Thank you for the tips.  I think the biggest challenge is logistic when we have more than 4 people.
I am also considering a cruise so we don't have to lug suitcases around.
Would most people fly or ferry to Santorini?
MIL also wants to see Thessaloniki, is going by train recommended?

#7 night jasmine

Posted 23 November 2019 - 09:25 AM

We did Santorini and other islands by ferry. It’s very accessible and easy to island hop.

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