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We are going in May. Noticing that most hotels seemed to be booked already. Is this just a marketing ploy or should we be making our reservations now? We don't even have our airline tickets yet.

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1. Re: Reservations

Hi SassyTraveler,

and welcome to the forum.

Please provide us with some more information. Where in Greece do you aim to visit, and for how long ?

May is well ahead of the peak season, and it may even be too early to book anything yet - which can be why they look like being booked. The owners usually do their preparations for the new season after New Year - including calculations for rent prices etc.

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We plan to start our adventure in Athens, then, possibly Milos for 2 nights, rent a car back in Athens. From there , on to Delphi, , Meteora, Pelion Peninsula, Corfu or Kelfallonia, then back to Athens. We have 2 weeks. I was just concerned because every site we go on to look for accommodations, say they have only 1 or 2 rooms left. We would really like hostels, but there are not that many. We would be glad for any info and advice you could give us. Thanks so much.

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When planning please take into consideration that every transfer will take the best part of one day away from you. You will need to pack, check out, transfer to port or airport, time for embarking \ disembarking, transfer to new destination and checking in, and unpacking.

Your aim for destinations will require a lot of travelling, depending upon ferries and comfortable travel time.

A stay for two nights in an island will hardly give you time to get a feeling of what it is like, and Milos is in opposite direction (in the Cyclades) than your other itinerary.

What are your main preferences of what to do and see ? Instead of heading for the islands (Kefalonia and Corfu are located in the Ionian island group - on the Adriatic side of Peleponnese and the mainland), you can make your visit much more rational and sensible to settle for exploring Peleponnese.

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Well, we are driving to all places except Milo's, if we go. I figured as we drove we could stop and explore the countryside. Do you have any suggestions for other places to see?

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5. Re: Reservations

If you plan to drive around the Peloponnese, I higly recommend you read the Bradt Guide by Andrew Bostock. "Greece . The Peloponnese". I have bought it at Amazon.com.

Two weeks is perfect for a relaxing drive to see most of the historical sights in the Peloponnese and a detour to Delphi (it is realy worth it). From Delphi it is a very easy drive back to the Athens airport. I will not recommend driving into Athens itself.

When travelling in May it is not neccesary to book any accomodation in advance. They will sit and wait for you to come by, except maybe during Greek Easter which is in early May 2013. If you use booking sites, be aware they have agreement with a few hotels, and often says that all others are sold out. If you absolutely want to pre-book, just google the hotel and book at their own web-sites. This gives you the best price, and the Greek hotel owner the most money.

Edited: 22 August 2012, 10:03
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Hey and welcome SassyTraveler2:-) I think you have a good itinerary plotted out.. just needs a bit of tweaking;-) Appears you've done some homework and know what you want to see/experience!

Having said that.. and coming the distance.. a good way to maximize your precious time would be to connect to a flight straight out to an isle (if isle has an airport;-) You'll be at the airport anyway.. no backtracking.. and for the most part, an isle is a wonderful place to de-lag and get back into 'zone';-) You'll have to wait a bit for flight schedules, but would keep an eye out at www.olympicair.com/ for flights to Milos.. give yourselves at least 2 full days there.. which basically requires 3 nights! You'll be ready at this point to fly back and pick up a car rental from the airport and take off for your land adventure!

If you can allot a week, I think your proposed plan is a wonderful one.. the areas covering Meteora and Pelion Peninsula are magnificent.. in your explorations, chances are you'll find a gorgeous waterfront village and meandor a bit for some swimming spending a couple of nights! The coastal run drive from Pelion back to Athens is pretty straightforward.. you can drop the car off at the airport.. bypassing any City traffic.. and spend your last 3-4 nights in Athens.. great finale.. and also ensures that long haul trans back home!

Of course, you can play with the itinerary.. this one crosses out the Ionion isles.. you can choose to fly to Corfu for example, instead of Milos.. all up to you and your prefs/interests! Botton line, 1 isle, a week on the road and Athens as a finale, IMO, makes for a wonderful adventure;-) You won't have any problem finding accommodations enroute on the mainland in May (after Easter).. you don't need to nail anything other than the flights when schedules become available.. and a hotel in Athens for your finale! Everything else you can play by ear in May.. havin' fun.. and Enjoyin'!

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Thanks for all your comments. I think we are finally settling on our route. We are knocking out Milos. Flying into Athens, getting our car and driving to Delphi, then onto Kefallonia, one night in Atra on the way to Meteora, Kalambaka, drive over to Pelion and then back to Athens. We can kayak in Kefallonia, which is what we wanted to do in Milos. Driving thru the countryside and stopping here and there will let us experience the Greece we want to see. But, are you sure we don't really need reservations? We would love just stopping when and where we want instead of having to be at a certain hotel.

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Our pleasure:-) Unless you're looking for some specific accommodation.. at a specific locale, you'll find loads of places advertising 'domatia' (rooms) along the way.. smaller/humbler properties will be no problem! With a car, you have the freedom and flexibility to drive around and find something that strikes your fancy.. sounds like a good plan but you'll have some major driving to to do to get to all the places on your list;-)

FWIW, taking a rental off the mainland is often not an option! Bear in mind it's a costly one as well! Consider just flying to Kefalonia upon arrival and picking up car for land portion at airport upon return from isle?;-) Keep us posted.. keep enjoyin'!

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9. Re: Reservations

We always book our rooms in Athens, but seldom prebook anything else- shouldn't have any problem- especially that time of year (unless your holiday does coincide with Greek Orthodox Easter).

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