I am part of a group traveling to Santorini in September 2014. We've booked a week on the island. It will be our second time there. Four of the eight of us are adding a week elsewhere - but we're not sure where that elsewhere should be.
We're not the type of travelers that enjoys hopping from one location to another. One week in two locations is how we prefer to travel.
Complicating things is the fact that Greece is hard to get to from almost everywhere. Of course, the easiest thing to do is add another island; possibly Rhodes, possibly Crete (Chania), but I'm worried that two weeks in two island locations might make the holiday a little "one-noted"
Since we've already been to Santorini, we thought it best that our second location be one that we haven't already visited. Below is a list of European cities we've visited in the past. I've ranked in order of preference to aide the reader in understanding what we enjoy.
These are our parameters:
* No more than 6hrs transfer time to Santorini (the shorter the better)
* Not a city that we have previously visited
* $350 or less for one-way train, ferry, or airfare between Santorini and wherever.
* Enough to do and see to for a full week (we are late 30's early 40's and enjoy walking, sightseeing, restaurant culture, music culture and architecture).
*Not outrageously expensive for quality diggs (aka London)
High on the list of possibilities are:
**Seville, Spain - this requires we arrive on Santorini at, eeeeek, 3AM!
**Jerusalem - I may be the only one of the group that includes Jerusalem in the "possibilities" list.
Love to hear from folks that have combined Santorini with another destination. Where, why, how long did it take you to transfer to Santorini? If you found a great combination, please let us know.
FWIW - these are cities that we'd like to visit but do not seem possible given our parameters:
*Santiago de Compostela
*...just realized this list is kind of ridiculous. The point is, there are lots of places we would really love to see. If you've read this far, bless you! Looking forward to your help.