10 days in Italy & Greece
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Dec 12, 2012 1:16 AM Last Post By: Aribo
Dec 11, 2012 8:02 AM
What we need help with is figuring out where in the world to start! We are hoping to have about 10-14 days, depending on work schedules. I know this is tight for both countries, but we've got to work with what we have! We need ideas of where to start, best ways to travel, most important stops to make, and any other tips! We both prefer adventure & seeing the culture. We'd like a trip as authentic & well rounded as possible - something with a good combination of touristy stuff and experiencing the authentic culture/people in each place.
We are not too worried about posh accommodations. We'd be happy with hostels, etc. It may be nice to stay someplace swanky the last day or two. Food and cultural experiences are important.
PLEASE HELP! :)
Dec 11, 2012 8:18 AM
1Since you did not mention, where you are coming from it is hard to guess, where you should start your trip. If you would fly to either Italy or Greece it makes sense to start the trip from where your plane is going to land. There are a great number of airports in both countries and you, and only you, know to which of these airports planes from your starting point fly to. Please supply these possibilities and it might make it easier to give some advice.
Going from Italy to Greece can basically be done in two ways: fly or boat. You could take a train, but that takes a long time and since you only have 10 to 14 days, that.does not make sense. The same goes for buses. To chose between plane or ferry depends on where you plan/decide to go in Greece. If you plan to go to the east of Greece (east of Athens) it is best to take a plane, since you'll lose too much time with ferries.
Basically I think that you should restrict yourself to either Italy or Greece, because there are enough things to keep you occupied for the wholeperiod you plan to go.
Dec 11, 2012 8:27 AM
2We are hoping to have about 10-14 days, depending on work schedules. I know this is tight for both countries, but we've got to work with what we have
No offense, but you're falling into a classic trap there - if you'd spend 10 days in one specific area in, say, Italy, you'd spend much less time between places and have much more time to see things in them than if you'd try and cram two countries into that time frame. 10 days would be just enough to travel the standard Rome-Florence-Venice route, but if you're serious about having an authentic trip that isn't entirely focussed on tourist hotspots, you're better off spending all your time in e.g. Tuscany or Rome & surrounds.
So if I were you, I'd first pick a smaller area to focus on, then do a forum search for that particular area and/or get a guidebook to read up on the basics and to get some itinerary suggestions; after that post an itinerary here for feedback, if you like.
Dec 11, 2012 8:45 AM
3In 2 weeks only, you can of course visit neither "Italy" nor "Greece" and even less both together!
But you can choose some areas. Try to combine aeas with direct links.
By ferry: either Venice or Apulia with Peloponissos and/or Athens
By plane: Rome or Bologna or Bergamo or Pisa (Florence) with Kos, Crete or Rhodos; Milan or Rome with Athens, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini
Dec 11, 2012 8:47 AM
4"but if you're serious about having an authentic trip that isn't entirely focussed on tourist hotspots, you're better off spending all your time in e.g. Tuscany or Rome & surrounds."
Why those touristy areas? There's plenty of interesting places in Italy that few foreign tourists seem to go, such as Marche.
I do agree about limiting the trip to one country, and one or two areas of that country. There should be plenty to see and do without traveling extensively. And it's always interesting to see and experience how the local people live, and you do that best by spending a longer time (perhaps a week) in a place, where you can begin to know some of the local people and interact with them.
Dec 11, 2012 9:38 AM
5Since you did not mention, where you are coming from it is hard to guess, where you should start your trip.
We are coming from the States. We can start anywhere we'd like.
Thanks for all of your speedy & helpful replies! I'll talk to my hubby about condensing our destination goals and go from there! :)
Edited by: Neicy612
Dec 11, 2012 9:43 AM
Dec 11, 2012 9:47 AM
Dec 11, 2012 10:03 AM
8I have NO idea to which airport you can fly directly from the States. Of course you can fly to every possible airport in Italy and Greece, but you would have to transfer to a local company somewhere in Europe. I think it easiest to fly directly to your starting point. If you want to start in Sicily it makes sense to start your trip at the airport, where you can fly to directly, which is most likely Catania, but Trapani seems unlikely. Same in Greece. There are airports on many of the islands, but it is unlikely that you can fly directly from the States to most of them. It is not the job of the people on this forum to tell you to start at A, while you need a day and a half to got there, because there are no direct flights from the Staes to A.
Dec 11, 2012 10:15 AM
9As almost all flights to Europe from the US land fairly early in the morning, it's easy enough to transfer to another flight after landing. Even if it means a connecting flight, I would just fly to the area YOU really want to go to. If you visit a public library, they should have the OAS airline guide as a reference book that lists all of the world's flights. The public library is also a good place to get books on Greece and Italy, not just travel guides. There should be books with lots of pictures of both countries, whether common tourist destinations or not. Then just look at the pictures and decide what YOU have to see, and base your trip around a few of those sights. For instance, I can't imagine someone after seeing pictures of the monasteries perched atop the "rocks" at Meteora, Greece not wanting to visit there.
Dec 11, 2012 10:19 AM
Dec 11, 2012 10:46 AM
Dec 12, 2012 1:04 AM
12OP....first you need to read a guide book and decide on where you would like to go.In that time you can visit 2 or 3 destinations on ONE of those countries...that will be enough for a decent (if superficial) look.
Then you need to book a ticket in to one of them and out of the other.....
eg if you decide Rome,Florence,Venice....fly into Rome and out of Venice.
AS above,you need to do some work first before you will get any useful suggestions......
Dec 12, 2012 1:16 AM
13I MEAN that I have NO idea which airport is best to start at - hence the post here - and am looking for suggestions for a good starting point
No need to get annoyed, people are trying to help you even though most of us wouldn't consider visiting Greece and Italy in 10-14 days.
You could start your trip at any airport near where you want to go to, though you may have to change planes somewhere else in Europe to get to your destination. Where you should start your trip depends on where you want to go to, and as long as your most destinations are "Greece" and "Italy" (= countries), no one will be able to answer that for you.
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