A lot of Greece and a dash of Istanbul
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 11:03 AM Last Post By: mariha2912
Nov 18, 2012 6:44 PM
19th April-Athens and move to Corfu
19-22 Keep Corfu as base and do surrounding Ionian islands by ferries(any must-dos?)
22-25 Athens-Just the city
1st May-Back to Athens and then to Istanbul from where we have a flight back home
1-3 Istanbul-City only.
Wanted a mix n match of city-culture and islands..
Nov 18, 2012 9:47 PM
1You'll be arriving on Corfu on the 19th and leaving on the 22nd, so you really only have 2 full days on Corfu. You don't have enough time to "Keep Corfu as base and do surrounding Ionian islands by ferries". Spend your too-short time exploring Corfu in depth and don't attempt to go anywhere else or you'll just be squandering your time there.
Nov 19, 2012 12:21 AM
2Much as I love Corfu, I'm not sure it's a great idea to use up good time travelling there and back from Athens just for a couple of days. Besides, springtime in the Ionian can be rainy whereas the chances of good weather are much higher in the Cyclades. I suggest you think about Naxos combined with Santorini which would make better use of your time too. Naxos is a large island with plenty to see and do. It would also be better to switch things around a bit and leave Athens until the end of your visit to Greece if you were intending to use the ferries to insure against possible cancellations. You don't want to be stuck in Santorini on the day of your flight to Istanbul.
Nov 19, 2012 12:52 AM
3Since 1 May is a travel day, you effectively have only 2 full days (assuming you'll leave Istanbul on the 4th) for Istanbul, which is too short.
Nov 19, 2012 3:12 AM
4Skip Corfu and Santorini and go to an Island along the land and sea itinerary from Athens to Istanbul:
Rhodos, Kos, Samos, Chios or Lesbos; use the Turkish low cost flights from Dalaman, Bodrum and Izmir to Istanbul.
Or go first do either Corfu or Santorini (not both) and fly from Athens to Istanbul on April 30th.
Nov 19, 2012 2:23 PM
5Since April is off season, there won't be much happening on the islands. I would be inclined to skip them completely and spend my time on the mainland instead. Base yourself at Nafplio in the Peloponnese and there will be much to see, and it will be easy to get back to Athens for a few days before your flight to Istanbul.
Alternatively you could spend a few days in Athens, then ferry or fly to Rhodes. Being a larger island, Rhodes will have some activity even in April, and as one of the more southerly islands is more likely to have warm sunshine than Corfu. Then do as neckervd suggests and catch a Turkish flight to Istanbul.
Nov 21, 2012 11:03 AM
6I agree with all the above posters.
Note that anyway the only easy-ish side trip from Corfu to other island is to Paxoi which is tiny and there is not much to see/do off season. Been based to one island and explore surrounding islands is nearly not possible in Greece and on Ionian islands even more so. This is why people keep talking for island hopping : )
Athens is a great diverse city, deserving more that 2 days on my opinion, even more so on April when weather is excellent for site-seen and crowds are not huge as latter in season. If you mention what your idea on the islands is, we could help you form an itinerary and see what's realistic or not. For example if you think it's beach time, I'm afraid you are one month too early. It you are interested for example on scenery or a specific site/activity, this is an other matter. (Although on my opinion mainland fits the bill nicely for those! Greece is not just Athens+islands!)
(3 star Hotel)
From US$86.35 per night
(2 star Hotel)
From US$34.85 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$106.27 per night