just winging it
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jul 9, 2013 11:27 PM Last Post By: gawkabout
Jul 8, 2013 7:57 PM
just winging itHi, first thing I what to say is that I enjoy not knowing where I'm going at times.
My question is. If I arrive in Athens, spend a few days and then take some ferries to some islands on my way to Turkey and then on to Istanbul and take maybe 2 weeks in all to do it in the first week of July 2014.
How easy or difficult is this journey?
I will be backpacking and looking at staying in hostels or budget accommodations.
Please don't trash me if I haven't given enough info.
Just ask and I will add on.
Jul 8, 2013 8:18 PM
1"Taking some ferries to some islands on my way" sounds good but you need time you apparently don't have. You can't do it all in 2 weeks unless you don't mind changing locations every day, and even then you'll be pushing it. Pick one country or the other, slow down, relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Jul 8, 2013 8:25 PM
2Before we spend time thinking up travel scenarios on the Greece for you, it will be helpful if you consent to be more specific about HOW you want to divide your time ... a full week for Turkey & Istanbul? or just land in Turkey, fly to Istanbul, and spend 1-2 days?
If u want a week in Turkey, and 3 days in Athens -- that just leaves you 3+ days to get to Turkey ... so you are pretty in transit the whole time ... No time to stop & smell the Greek roses. And have to figure where you wnt to land, in Turkey (Kusadasi? Bodrum? Marmaris?) and which Greek islands have ferries to these AND how do u reach those islands from the Greek ports. A lot to figure out.
Jul 8, 2013 10:08 PM
3Thanks for the reply's. I was thinking of about 3days in Athens then about 8 days island hopping to get to the Turkish coast and then 2days to get to Istanbul. I could add a few days island hopping or a few days getting from the Turkish coast to Istanbul. I am flexible and want to know how easy it is to do this route by just making a decision day by day. I know it is easier to be flexible if a person has more time.
How flexible can a person be if only having 2 weeks and maybe a few more days.
Jul 8, 2013 11:00 PM
Jul 8, 2013 11:01 PM
It's possible to take an overnight ferry from Athens to an island on the Turkish coast, and on the day of arrival take another ferry over to Turkey.
Time (or lack of it) isn't the issue as such. The practical issue concerns what you want to do and accomplish. Right now, you don't seem to know.
Jul 9, 2013 1:41 AM
62 possible routes amongst many:
Pireas - any northern Cycladic island - Mykonos - Samos - Kusadasi
Pireas - any Cycladic island - Santorini - Kos - Bodrum;
Spend at least 2 or 3 days on each island.
Should be easy; the only caveat is the frequency of ships between the Cyclades and Samos or Kos, but in July there should be a daily connection.
Have fun !
Jul 9, 2013 3:22 AM
7Getting accomodation as you go, start of July is fine. but approaching to high season most budget accomodation might be taken or you may end up on decent budget accomodation but on unconvenient locations. I think time+budget issues have a strong connection. On a tight time frame, you do not want precious hours consumed on trivia such as looking around for accomodation or connecting from a distant spot to points of interest. It is important to have info and an idea how to connect dots, and in some cases tickets before hand might be a good idea, especially when smaller ferries or less services are involved. Limited time on each place might actually stress your budget as you have no time to find out good deals, bond with people who could provide tips or offer a drink or two and of course the more you move around, the more you spend (due to fual costs etc, ferry tickets are not exactly cheap. Booking flights last moment usually cost an arm and a leg too.)
I think you can go with a semi-flex approach. Book flight tickets, research on potential plans, have on mind some particular accomodations, phone and book rooms a couple of days in advance. When arriving, on day one or two, make your mind for next destination and insure ferry tickets. Something like that.
Jul 9, 2013 8:46 AM
8Mariha is TOTALLY right, and on target, and she's talking from knowledge ... as a Greek who's an experienced professional in the travel industry. Yes, you CAN be "free as a bird" traveling in Greece, but not in High Season, with very limited time, and trying to do it on a low budget. To get what you want, with those 3 limitations, you Must do SOME planning ahead. Do you have a cell phone? (It's easy to buy a cheap one in Greece for under €20, and put minimal "minutes" on it, just for calls about logistics). Then, do what she says & you'll be OK. Otherwise you'll end up in lousy rooms, miles from the port or public transportation, and maybe find yourself stuck for days on an island where you don't want to be, because you didn't study the ferry timetable sites like this one -- www.gtp.gr -- a website that rewards careful study.
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