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Staying in Santorini and then ferry to another island

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Staying in Santorini and then ferry to another island

Hi everyone,

We are staying in Santorini next July for 7 days for a wedding, but then thinking about getting a ferry to somewhere else to experience another island.

We arrive on Santorini on a Wednesday staying for 7 days, and then thinking of staying elsewhere Wed-Saturday before getting back to JTR for our Saturday PM flight.

Has anyone any suggestions of which islands to choose, and are the logistics feasible to make the trip worthwhile?

Many thanks

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1. Re: Staying in Santorini and then ferry to another island

From a logistical viewpoint, Ios, Naxos and Paros are the obvious options - all have several ferries a day to and from Santorini. However, you're unlikely to find any ferries back to Santorini early enough for the return flight, so you'll need to spend the last Friday night back on Santorini. If you haven't already booked the first 7 nights I'd think about going to one of these islands on the Tuesday.

Edited: 10 August 2014, 14:29
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2. Re: Staying in Santorini and then ferry to another island

Our flight is not until 2000 on Saturday evening, so check in from around 1800

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3. Re: Staying in Santorini and then ferry to another island

Geeting back to Santorini in time for an 1800 check-in should be no problem. (There's always a very small risk that ferries could be cancelled due to bad weather, but there'll be large Blue Star and Highspeed ferries that run in almost all conditions leaving for Santorini late morning and/or around lunchtime.)

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4. Re: Staying in Santorini and then ferry to another island

How much time do you have to spend on the other island? Ios is a great suggestion as it is only half an hour away. It was also the only ferry that didn't have the usual chaos upon boarding that the rest of them usually do, and when we got off there were only about 25 other people doing so, and this was mid-July. Paros is my new favorite island to completely chill out on (it's so peaceful), but it needs time (as does Naxos in my opinion). Ios was an add-on for us this year after a week on Santorini, and we were on the fence about it, because of its party reputation, but chose it because it was easy to get to and seemed doable with only 3 nights. It certainly lived up to its reputation as the party island, but we loved it. We stayed in a fantastic hotel off Mylopotas Beach, and rented a car - we were able to tour the entire island in one day, which left the rest of the time to do the beach. Because everyone is partying all night long in town, the beaches were empty until around 2:00 in the afternoon. Our hotel offered actual beds on the beach (not sunbeds, actual beds with frames) and suggested taking the "reserved" rocks over to put on the beds in the morning before breakfast to save our spots - we did this once, but it wasn't necessary. We got a front row seat at the beach every day. After the non-stop walking on Santorini for a week, and then being able to spend 3 full days on the beach relaxing on Ios, we just loved it. Ios was great :-)

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