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Greek Island Hopping: how to get to the islands

Cyclades ● 09 January 2018
 

Are you planning your vacation on the Greek islands? Greek Island Hopping is a beautiful and very interesting way to discover the Aegean Sea, but you may wonder how to get to the Greek islands from Athens or other large ports of Greece. Actually, there are three ways to go there, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Learn here about them and decide which means of transportation is ideal for you.


Boat

The safest and cheapest way to go to the Greek islands is by boat. You won't feel nausea, you can sit on the deck and enjoy the sea view and the sea gulls following you. Its disadvantage is that you need many hours to reach even the closest island. For example, from Athens to Mykonos, you need 5 hours, while by ferry you need only 2 hours. If calmness, relaxation and cheap ferry tickets are the most important things you take into consideration, boat is exactly what you are looking for.

Ferry

From Piraeus in Athens, numerous ferries travel to the Cyclades, Crete, the Dodecanese and the islands of Northern Aegean. By ferry, you can go to your destination quickly, and during your Greek Island Hopping, you can jump from one island to another in less than one hour. However, ferry is not the best option for those, who suffer from nausea. Plus, you should sit inside during the whole trip because sitting on the deck may be dangerous. If you travel in the off-season, consider the strong winds and be prepared that a route by ferry in autumn or spring may be cancelled. The greatest disadvantage of ferry is the high price of the tickets. The good news is that you can travel on a budget even by ferry if you choose the Cyclades for your island hopping. Greek Island Pass is a ferry pass when travelling to Cyclades. With Greek Island Pass, you pay the price of only one ticket, but you can do more routes and visit more islands with great flexibility whenever you want. So, if you are the type of traveller, who wants to reach the destination conveniently and quickly, but you wonder about the budget, this ferry pass is your thing (click here)!

Sailing

Sailing is an excellent way to discover the Greek islands, if you want to explore inaccessible beaches and caves as well as off-the-beaten-path islands. Moreover, sailing is a great summer sport to have unforgettable moments with your friends. Renting a boat may be expensive, but taking into consideration that you don't have to book a hotel and ferry tickets, it can be a great option, if you want top flexibility and adventure.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Georgia Hotel
8.9 10
Georgia Hotel
10, Vagias Str., Amoudara, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

Hotel Georgia is a family run hotel located in the area of Amoudara, just 100 m from the long sandy beach. The distance from the center of the lively and bustling capital of Crete, Heraklion is 3.2 km. The international airport of Nikos Kazantzakis is at 10 km and the main port in Heraklion is 7 km away from the property.

Hotel in Tinos, Greece Hotel Lito
Hotel Lito
Eleutheriou Venizelou Square, Chora, 84200 Tinos, Greece

Tinos Port is at a distance of 300 metres, while Kionia Village is 3 km away. The scenic Ysternia Village is 20 km away.

Hotel & Studio in Ikaria, Greece Cavos Bay Hotel & Studios
9.4 10
Cavos Bay Hotel & Studios
Armenistis, 83301 Ikaria, Greece

Cavos Bay Hotel & Studios is located in a popular sea-side resort of Ikaria, Armenistis, just 5 minutes walk from the resort's beach and 1 km from long, sandy Livadi Beach. The distance from Evdilos port is 12 km, while Agios Kirykos port is 42 km away. Ikaria National Airport is at 47 km.


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