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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 in Zakynthos, Greece Andreolas Beach Hotel
Andreolas Beach Hotel
Laganas, 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

With its great location right on the sandy beach of Laganas, Andreolas Beach Hotel offers accommodation in bright rooms just 10 minutes walk from the lively center of Laganas. Zakynthos Airport is at 6 km, while the main town and the port is 8 km away.

Hotel in Kalambaka, Greece Hotel France
Hotel France
Kastraki, 42200 Kalambaka, Greece

Hotel France is located in Kastraki, Kalambaka. It is 22 km away from Trikala and 101 km away from Ioannina National Airport.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Acropole
Hotel Acropole
7, Gounari str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Acropole is located in the centre of Piraeus, just opposite the port. Within a 5-minute walk you can reach your ferry and the electric railway/metro station Piraeus. The centre of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes with the train/metro. Athens International Airport is at 45 km. A bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is at 150 m.


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