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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!



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.

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

Studio & Appartment in Rhodes, Greece John & Mary's Studios
John & Mary's Studios
Agisadrou, Faliraki, 85100 Rhodes, Greece

John & Mary's Studios is located in Faliraki, just a 9-minute walk from the long, sandy beach. Rhodes town and port is 13 km away. Rhodes International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Faros II
Hotel Faros II
117, Kolokotroni Str., 18536 Piraeus, Greece

Centrally located in Piraeus, Hotel Faros II offers accommodation just 10 minutes walk from the port and from a metro station. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is at 40 km and a bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is a 5-minute walk away.

Hotel & Spa in Chalkidiki, Greece Porto Carras Sithonia
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Porto Carras Sithonia
Sithonia, 63081 Chalkidiki, Greece

Porto Carras Sithonia is located only 110 km (about 60 minutes drive) from the International Airport "Macedonia" Thessaloniki #and 120 km (about 75 minutes drive) from the center of Thessaloniki.#Neos Marmaras is just 1.5 km away. #Located on the sandy beach of Chalkidiki,amidst 17630 acres of nature, the multi-awarded Porto Carras Sithonia #offers 5-star accommodation surrounded by landscaped gardens.#The Blue Flag beach is ideal for various activities such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, #water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing.#


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