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Two weeks in Greece in April with two kids

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Two weeks in Greece in April with two kids

As part of a 4 week Turkey/Greece trip, we'll be spending about two weeks in Greece in April (yes, coming up way too soon!). We are traveling with a 2 1/2 yr old and 7 mo old, and prefer not to rent a car. Thoughts on where to visit, starting from Turkey? We were thinking of taking a ferry from Bodrum to Kos (or Marmaris to Rhodes?), then fly to Athens, then maybe another island (Crete, Mykonos, Santorini?), then somewhere on the mainland (Sparta?) then end in Thessaloniki for a bus back to Istanbul for the return flight home. Dates are roughly Apr 11 to Apr 24, and thus would include Easer. Any advice is very much appreciated!

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1. Re: Two weeks in Greece in April with two kids

Hey and welcome wingspanian:-) Am trusting the 13-nighter .. 11-24th is just Greece alone?;) I'd consider heading to Rhodes.. easily enough fills up a good 4- 5 days.. then fly to Athens.. again, depending on your prefs/interests another 4-5 days can easily fly by.. from where you can fly to Thessaloniki:-) Enjoy!

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2. Re: Two weeks in Greece in April with two kids

Before Easter many tourist facilities will still be closed and of course the sea will be too cold for swimming so stick to larger places with a year round population. Around Easter buses and ferries will be very heavily booked up as most of the population return to their home villages for the celebrations, then go back again afterwards. If you haven't already made bookings you should do so ASAP.

Easter in Greece is wonderful, here is some information about it:

…about.com/od/festivalsholidays/a/easter.htm

On the mainland, Sparti is a modern town with little remaining of its classical history, though nearby Mystras is a famous Byzantine city. However without a car you would find it easier to gat a bus from Athens to Nafplio where there is plenty to see and do, have a look at www.visitnafplio.com

The bus from Thessaloniki to Istanbul takes a long time - I believe 10 to 12 hours - so it might be better to fly.

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agree with the above,some good suggestions..if you head to sparti (sparta) expecting something because of the 300 movie and its old glory you won't find it,but nafplio is always a good choice..2 hours away from athens,two castles,nice architecture,chaming coastal city with cafes to enjoy the waterfront..

Edited: 06 March 2014, 09:31
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4. Re: Two weeks in Greece in April with two kids

Thanks for the responses so far, especially about Nafplio. Would you recommend Kos or Rhodes for a family with children? We are mostly interested in archeology and museums.

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5. Re: Two weeks in Greece in April with two kids

both of these islands have lots of history,kos has the asklipeion ,an ancient hospital..

www.travel-to-kos.com/place.php?place_id=11

rhodes has one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world,your kids will love exploring it..

http://tinyurl.com/ml6ve3r

kos is much smaller,and its main town (kos town) is small but lively (it is a working town,with shops-cars etc,not a purpose built resort)..rhodes town is bigger but still very charming..i reckon you will love either

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