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    1. Member Egz's Avatar
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      08-13-2017 09:40 AM #1
      Just got back from 14 days in Greece, 10 of them via sailing boat, and had a wonderful time. I booked a package with G Adventures for sailing from Santorini to Santorini, and added a couple days on the front and back.

      I flew to Athens, and then immediately a puddle jumper flight to the island of Santorini. I am glad that I didn't try to make my schedule as tight as possible, since that last flight was delayed 3 hours. High winds tend to mess up flight and ferry schedules, with either large delays or cancellations. So, if you plan something similar, leave some breathing room.

      My first day there was a free explore day on the island. Everything is quite beautiful, with the scenic white buildings and blue domes. My hotel was in Oia, a town on the northern point.


      I took a bus to the main city in the center, Fira. Fira is where all the cruise ship excursions dock, and it quite busy with tourists. Oia can also be busy with people taking bus day trips there, but Oia picks up in crowds at night since everyone wants to watch the sunset.


      While exploring Fira, I found myself slow moving further and further from the city center, and I decided to hike the rest of the way to Oia, normally a 10km hike over a small mountain. Views are amazing, with several churches along the way. I however decided to do it mid-day, when it was about 90*F outside.


      Then I wrapped up the day back in Oia.


      The next day, I took a cab to the town of Vlichada, on the bottom point of Santorini, to meet up with the group, and start our trip. It ended up being 5 other people and the skipper, so it wasn't a full boat (max 8 guests). We pooled some money together for food supplies, set up our bunks, and departed. It was a 52' sailboat, with was cozy.






      Our rough itinerary, based on my geotags of pictures.


      First night we stopped at Schoinousea, where we ate at a wonderful small restaurant with heaping portions of food. The next day we continued to Naxos. Naxos isn't as heavily crowded as Santorini or Mikonos, but had plenty to offer. The first night we stopped at the Portara, a massive doorway to a missing temple.


      The next day, we rented two cars, and explored the island. I informally named them Team Panda Power and Team Good News, since we had a Fiat Panda and a Dacia Sandero.



      The temple of Demeter


      We also did some small hiking to the cave that was supposedly the childhood den of Zeus.


      After 3 nights at Naxos, the winds were favorable again, and we continued to Despotiko. Everywhere we sailed, the waters were so blue and clear. Temperature wise, it little chilly, but your body got quickly accustomed after jumping in. At Despotiko, we had a BBQ.



      The next day, we sailed to Antiparos which was a quaint little island with a scenic town.


      After getting lunch and doing some shopping we continued to Paros.


      Then we went onward to Mikonos. Cruise ships dock directly here, so there are large numbers of crowds. Buses are often standing room only. However, "Little Venice" has some amazing views, and the beaches on the island are nice. Night life is very happening here, so its easy to find a club somewhere. Just be ready for inflated prices



      Then we continued to Ios. It also was very crowded, but with what seemed a slightly younger set of people. Spent most of the day at the beach here, and shopping at night.



      Then we made our last leg back to Santorini.


      I stayed in Kamari, near the airport and the black sand beaches. Near the airport was correct, as you can see the planes up close as they pass over the beach.


      I then took a flight back to Athens for the last day and a half of my trip. The Acropolis, ruins, and museums are amazing, but the rest of the city is meh. There is so much graffiti and trash around, but I guess that happens during economic crisis.





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      08-13-2017 11:59 AM #2
      Wow. Beautiful trip. Thanks for sharing.

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      08-13-2017 02:52 PM #3
      I tried to make a map with all my pictures geotagged on them.

      https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vj...tI&usp=sharing

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      12-21-2017 11:41 AM #4
      Awesome story. What did the sailing portion of the trip cost you?

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      02-12-2018 01:15 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by lorge1989 View Post
      Awesome story. What did the sailing portion of the trip cost you?
      Sorry for the delay. The sailing portion was $1600, not including meals.(price varies based on time of booking and time of trip)
      https://www.gadventures.com/trips/sa...antorini/GVSS/

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      02-13-2018 09:19 AM #6
      Looks like a great trip. My wife would love that.

      If you like ancient Greek and Roman things, check out The Reading Odyssey: http://www.readingodyssey.org/.

      My wife is in it. They're starting Landmark Caesar tonight.

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      02-13-2018 03:47 PM #7
      Awesome trip. My wife and I did a Athens> Santorini>Mykonos> Athens trip and lived it. The graffiti in Athens sucks but overall it's a beautiful country. Definitely need to make it back to visit more islands.

    10. 12-28-2019 06:51 PM #8
      Great report! Me and my gf have done our trip last Sep. Santorini, Mykonos then Athens. To be honest Santorini was our favorite. We stayed in Kamari area. Grab a taxi https://aktis.taxi/ and visit every single corner in the island. Every village is unique and has something. Kamari beach is amazing if you want to get some tan and do some water sports. Oia and Fira have fantastic views for your photoshoots. And you will find Another 2 villages in the south and the middle of the island (Megalechori is one of them) These villages are great if you want to get a calm delicious meal and feel you are living in the last century. Try everything, ride the donkeys in Santorini, eat their signature delicious food Musakaa, Gyro and Baclava. Watch the sunset in Oia, and go for a boat tour in the other day.
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