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Textrav

Advice on January Itinerary

by Textrav »

We arrive Athens January 1st and only have 6 days.  We're a couple in our 50's and enjoy hiking, wandering around villages and relaxing.  Here's what we're thinking:

Day 1- arrive Athens at 17:00 & overnight in Athens

Day 2- see Acropolis then ferry to Ioulida, Kea 

Day 3- explore Kea

Day 4- Ferry to Athens, rent car and drive to Delphi

Day 5- See Delphi & drive to Kastriki

Day 6- Explore Meteora

Day 7- Drive back to Athens

Day 8- Early flight home

Is this a reasonable itinerary?  We still considering flying to Santorini or going to Hydra instead of Kea.

Thank you!


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Road Crazy

RE: Advice on January Itinerary

by Road Crazy »

A few thoughts.

It will be winter weather - Greece is not warm in the winter months.  Quite cold, possibly windy and rainy.

Have you investigated ferry times?  If not, I would not assume that there is an afternoon ferry to Kea - not saying there isn't, but ferries in January are unlikely to go more than once a day, at whatever time it goes.  Ferry schedules will be different in winter, so it may be hard to establish at this time what will be possible.  The same thing applies for the ferry returning - you may not be able to get a morning ferry that leaves you enough time to drive up to Delphi.  The roads are narrow and winding through the hills approaching Delphi, and I wouldn't fancy driving them in the dark.

Whether Kea or Hydra, be aware that in January it will be very quiet on the island, possibly with a lot of hotels closed for the season.  You should be able to get great hotel deals everywhere you go.  There's no need to make reservations until a day or two before you go.  For sure, don't make unrefundable hotel reservations on the islands until you have ferry tickets in hand.  It's not unusual for ferries to be cancelled.  Santorini may be more awake for tourists than most of the islands, but you are still far off season, so it is likely to be pretty quiet.  The views will still be there, however, and it's unlikely you'll encounter the cruise hordes that plague the island in the warmer months.

Just know that you are talking about a whole lot of driving Athens-Delphi-Kastraki-Athens.  Most of it is challenging driving on two-lane roads.  The first about half of the trip from Kastraki to Athens is on winding two lane roads and will involve a lot of tricky passing if you don't want to be stuck behind very slow traffic.  Then it joins the major highway and the traffic will blow by you like you're standing still, which can be unnerving too.

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Textrav

RE: Advice on January Itinerary

by Textrav »

Thanks for all the detailed information!  If we only go to  Meteor, is their a scenic village along the coast en route?  (Hubby has already seen Delphi and visiting the island gets complicated even if we fly to Santorini.)

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Road Crazy

RE: Advice on January Itinerary

by Road Crazy »

The last time I went, the town of Kamena Vourla was suggested to me as a midway stop for lunch, but in the end I drove through, so I can't say whether it deserved the recommendation.

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kostodrigo

RE: Advice on January Itinerary

by kostodrigo »

http://enjoygreecetours.com

if you dont succed to find a rented car and want someone to drive you safe,try this agency that we use last year,they are very honest with affordable prices.

cheers

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