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Greek Island Hopping: tips for the best planning

Greek Islands ● 02 January 2018
 

Greek Island Hopping is a whole new chapter in the book of your vacation in Greece. It needs good and carefully planned organisation in order to achieve travelling from one island to another without contingencies. If you make a good planning -and you can do it with these travel tips-, you will have a great experience that reveals you the hidden gems of Greece in a vacation full of new destinations, unforgettable moments, sea, sun and wonderful islands. Only one island is not enough!

Amorgos

Book your ferry tickets in advance

By ferry, you can travel from one island to another in less than 1-2 hours. During the high season, it is wise to book your ferry tickets one month before departure because their seats are limited and there is always the possibility that you won't find a ticket if you haven't booked it. However, if you want to be more flexible, you can buy the Greek Island Pass in order to make all the routes you want whenever you want at a price of only one ticket. It is your choice, but it is not a last-minute matter.

Book early your accommodation

If you are a risky traveller, you may think that you can book your accommodation when you reach the port of the island. Well, this might be a solution if you travel in the low-season. In July and August, this thought can cause your problems as many popular islands, such as Mykonos or Santorini, are fully booked and it is really difficult to find a room in a quality and budget hotel.

Mykonos

Take care of your arrival at Piraeus Port on time

Most ferries and boats to the islands depart from Piraeus Port in Athens, the largest port of Greece. The distance from Athens Airport to Piraeus Port is 50 km and from Athens Center 15 km. You can go to the port by train, but, since the port is huge with literally hundreds of boats and ferries to the Greek islands, you may need a taxi to take you to the right gate. Especially at mornings, the traffic jam in Piraeus Port is so heavy that you can easily miss your boat if you don't arrive early, at least one hour before departure.

Find the best place to stay on the boat

Most boats and ferries have indoor and outdoor areas to stay during the trip. If you want to relax and sleep, the seats in the indoor area are definitely better than the deck. However, if you suffer from nausea, you should go straight to the outdoor area of the top deck to enjoy a great sea view and feel the fresh sea breeze on your face.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Leros, Greece Irene Hotel
Irene Hotel
Alinda, 85400 Leros, Greece

Surrounded by gardens, Irene hotel is located in a quiet location in Alinda village just 270 m from the beach. The capital of Leros, Platanos, is at 3 km, while the port of Agia Marina is 2.5 km away. The port in Lakki village with connection to Kos, Patmos, Kalimnos or Lipsi islands is 7 km away. Leros Airport is within 4.5 km.

Hotel in Laconia, Greece Arhontiko Parnona
Arhontiko Parnona
Karyes, 23067 Laconia, Greece

Arhontiko Parnona is located in the small, traditional village of Karyes. The town of Sparti is a 35-minute drive away. Tripoli is a 40-minute drive away.

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Anastassiou Hotel
Anastassiou Hotel
1st km Nat. Road Kastoria-Athens, 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Anastassiou Hotel is built in the entrance of Kastoria town, within a short driving distance from shops, restaurants and monuments. Vitsi Ski center is a 40-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Thessaloniki International Airport which is 214 km away.


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