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1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

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1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

My fiance (wife by that time) and I are doing a cruise to Turkey and Greece for our honeymoon. After our cruise we want to spend a week island hoping before we head home. We are definately going to spend the bulk of that week in Santorini (probably the back end of the week). However, we are deciding on what islands to go to before then. Right now I'm thinking we do 1 night in Syros, 1 night in Mykonos and 4 nights in Santorini. Any thoughts or suggestions? Are there other islands we should go to instead before Santorini?

We travel often and equally like our share of culture, adventure, city life and relaxation. Thanks!

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1. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

What time of year might that be?

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2. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

Sorry, We'll be in the Cyclades from October 8-15. Thanks!

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3. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

October may not be the best time for island hopping, both due to the weather and also because ferry schedules thin out from about mid September onwards. So a lot will depend on what ferry connections are available at the time. The good news is that October is very much low season, so you don't have to worry about making reservations in advance, you will be fine to wing it.

Are you allowing a night in Athens before flying out? If not, you should do that. Assuming you have six nights to spend in the Cyclades, I would consider spending 3 days in Santorini at the beginning of your island hopping, working your way back by whichever route works best. Unless your 1 night on Mykonos allows you close to 24 hours on the island, I'd consider spending a second night there (or on Siros). It really depends on what the ferries are like.

Naxos is another island worth considering, which also works well with Santorini (possibly better than Mykonos at that time of year).

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4. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

When you state 1 night stays in some of the islands you shouuld take into consideration that transfers between the islands will take most of one day away from you. Thus 1 night only will mean you will hardly reach the port of nthe island before you are going to the next.

Like Tinsey says you should also notice that seasonal ferry connections between some of the islands will stop their services - usually in September - due to end of seasonal demand.

Edited: 30 June 2010, 08:44
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last year the weather was the best in october 1st few week s!!

the sea was like a lake best time !

if your going to santorini i would suggest ios which is 30 mins away by ferry, or folegandros both next to santorini and so traditionaly greek

enjoy your have a great time oioi

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6. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

Hey and welcome fre028:-) Santorini is usually a stop on the cruisers..would take a look at the itinerary and see 'where' in the cruise it's included..if it's a 'last' stop before returning to Athens, you may want to simply disembark there and continue on to Athens on your own via an isle enroute?! For the most part, Oct can get 'iffy' with marvelous weather as described last year..or can get windy/rainy/cool! There's usually a 'change' in weather mid-late Sept that can last from a few days+ and usually emerges into a superb Indian Summer that can last well into Oct..Nov...Whatever choice you make, agree to get back to Athens at least the day before (am assuming here you would have spent some time in this amazing City?;-) You're coming a huge distance and am sure you want to 'be in the vicinity' for the return flight home! Congrats (sounds like a honeymoon;-) Keep us posted..and EnjoY!

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8. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

Both Andros and Tinos are options on your way back to Athens from Mykonos. Batsi on Andros is pretty and will not be busy at that time of year. Tinos is quite busy ,but with Greeks visiting the Panagia Evangilistra good food and accomodation in Tinos.

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9. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

Great insight on Tinos expat-nomad:-) Most Greeks do plan a pilgrameage to the isle! Enjoyin'!

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10. Re: 1 week in the Cyclades..Where should we go?

Thanks for all the advice!

Yes, we will be back in Athens the day before the flight. We will also explore Athens at the start of our trip before our cruise.

We're looking forward to our honeymoon and keep you all posted!