Santorini, Paros, Athens
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Sep 15, 2013 9:02 AM Last Post By: meckerdv
Sep 12, 2013 2:46 AM
Santorini, Paros, AthensHi,
I'm planning a holiday to the Greek islands for the end of september next year.
I'm thinking of starting in Santorini for 3 days, then getting a ferry to Paros for another 3 days, then maybe 2 days in Athens at the end. Does anyone have any advice on which direction I should do this in? should I maybe start in Athens?
I live in London, and would ideally like to fly direct to santorini/ athens, does anyone have any experience flying to santorini? I'm worried we may be limited on which days we can get flights.
Also has anyone travelled on the ferry between athens, paros and santorini? roughly how long will our journeys be?
any help would be greatly appreciated!
Sep 12, 2013 10:21 AM
1From the UK the only direct flights are on EasyJet and with some charter airlines, and yes, they are limited. Now is the best time to start looking for cheap airfare so you avoid the more expensive offerings later on.
If you want to see Athens save it for the end so you have time to get back to the mainland in case of any problems with the ferry system or the weather. Those days you save for Athens will keep you from missing your flight home should any delays occur.
From Athens your first stop will be Paros. The Blue Star ferry takes about 4 hours to get there. Santorini is another 3.5 hours after Paros.
Sep 13, 2013 5:56 AM
Does not matter which direction you do it in, ferries are daily.
Probably easier to start in Santorini, I would come back from Mykonos rather than Athens as you don't have much time to do the Islands bit.
I have no time for Santorini at all, nice small airport to arrive in, however, first ferry out to Ios, Naxos or Paros is better, thus adding Ios/Naxos to Paros. Most UK flights get to Santorini in time for same day connection, the 15:30 to Naxos, Paros. Ios as well though that varies a bit more with season.
I have used direct UK to Athens, Mykonos, Santorini flights many times, for ~30 years. One ways are better done with Easyjet as the charter operators tend to severely limit flight only flexibility.
There are enough direct flights Gatwick to Mykonos/Santorini about 3 per week, depending on season have a look at Easyjet.
The time for any ferry journey is easily calculated by the distance speed of ferries, approx 5 hr Paros to/from Piraeus, 3½ hr Paros to/from Santorini. However that does mean much because in general ferry departure times are widely spaced for example Piraeus to Paros at 07:25, then 17:30. They make long return journies to a number of islands thus early departures.
Sep 15, 2013 9:02 AM
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