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First time to Greece, Cyclades in May

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First time to Greece, Cyclades in May

We are planning 3 weeks in Cyclades in May.

Mykonos-Paros-Santorini-Milos. I have been able to find ferry schedules for our itinerary, but was wondering since May is off season, would it be best to just book as we go - from island to island. I'm worried about pre-booking everything and then having ferries not running due to bad weather - are local hotels usually accommodating about no-shows due to ferries not running? Also what is the best way to book ferries, we are in Canada - should we look at a local greek travel agency to book all our hotels and ferries - would that cover the possible disruptions that ferries not running could cause? Thanks for the input.

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1. Re: First time to Greece, Cyclades in May

Where do you read this nonsense about bad weather, it's not true. It can can get very windy in the Aegean but rarely is it bad enough to stop large ferries. In your timescale and islands totally irrelevent.

You can pre-book hotels and indeed ferries if you wish. It suits people who are very fussy about particular hotels and are insistant on certain islands and length of stay.

However if you are easy going you don't book either hotels or ferries you do it all 'on the fly' , just changing islands and lengths of stay as you go.

Accommodation requires you to give 1 days notice of leaving so once you have decided on the next island you simply tell them OK I'm going tomorrow, then go and buy your ferry tickets and next day you are away. It's all quite simple. Obviously when you look at the room in the first place they like to know roughly how long you intend staying but it's rarely any problem.

The very rare occurences of ferries not running you can deal with yourself, which is what I do, it's so rare however it's just not worth using a local travel agent, you will be using those anyway for checking on ferries and tickets.

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Agree with Retired Hippy about how you deal with departures ... and if you want just a wee bit more planning, it's so simple. Just do some homework about where you want to stay on the next island, do some forum-browsing, find some good recommends, look at the TA reviews -- then make a little list of 4-5, noting their published rates, with phone #s. Then, as you get ready to depart, say, Mykonos, phone your top choice on Paros ... if they have availability, if you inquire about a room at say, 5€ below the published rate... you may even get such a discount. Or not, but no harm trying.

If you have a cell phone that works in Greece, use it. If not, get a phone card at a Kiosk that will work when inserted in a public phone... or else one of those card that has a number to call, to use. Either way, a bunch of calls domestically will cost very little.

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As said above, you just don't need to book ahead in May. Sea might be rather cool for swimming before the last week of the month.

Just to play safe, I think most people would suggest a return to the mainland a day before your flight.

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Thanks for all the advise. You convinced us, (didn't take much really), we will travel one day at a time. Have confirmed flights transatlantic and booked 1st night in Mykonos. Not sure what to do upon arrival in Athens, is it a good idea to already book our connecting flight to Mykonos, or wait and see how long it takes to get thru customs/baggage and buy our ticket at the airport. We arrive around 7am, there is a flight around 10:40am with Aegean, or wait until 3pm with Olympic...suggestions?

We have booked Peris hotel the night before our return flight as suggested.

Thanks again for all the helpful tips and suggestions!

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Hey onajourneyToronto:-) With a 7a arrival, the 10:40a flight with Aegean should be a perfect connection..of course, if no major delays with your inbound flight! Formalities should not take more than an hour..and that includes waiting for your luggage on a bad day..If you don't mind spending time at an airport..are a bit more conservative and not comfortable with that 3+ hour spread, you can of course go with Olympic's 3p flight! Your personal 'comfort level' choice here..bottom line, that morning flight is a good call IMO;-) Happy planning..and EnjOY!

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You should be fine catching the 10:40 Aegean flight. Check-in closes 30 mins before departure - you have 3 hrs 10 mins at your disposal, which should be plenty, even if your inbound flight is delayed by a couple of hours.

Definitely don't pre-book ferries or accommodation, there is no need and it's best to play it by ear anyway.

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I would certainly book that flight to Mykonos now. You are going to feel pretty bad if you get to Athens and then find out that teh flight is full. Does your transatlantic flight go direst to Athens or does it stop in Europe. Iif it does stop you will have cleared customs before you arrive in Athens so you only have to pick up your bags and walk to departures.

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