We will be traveling in Greece for two weeks in January. I've been reading my guide books and have learned of many interesting places. But does anyone have any suggestions for interesting places that might not be mentioned in the guide book. We plan to get around by train and bus rather than renting a car. Is this a good idea? Since it's winter we will probably stick to the mainland and leave the islands for another time. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
I think you will fly from USA and arrive in Athens.From there,the best places to visit are,A]Delphi,B]Mycaene,Epidaurus,Nafplion,C]Meteora,Kalabaka and D[By fast boat to Argosaronic islands,like Hydra,Spetses,Poros.
Feel free to ask me if you want more info.
During the winter time I will not recommend anything else other than staying couple of days in Athens and then going to Peloponese. There you can visit Argolis with all the historical and archeological sites such Mycenae, the Ancient Theatre of Epidauros. My proposal is to stay in Nauplion, was the first capital city of Modern Greece and has a very nice ambient and flair, escpecially the historical centre which is a pedestrian area. There are a lot of possibilities to stay from small but cosy pensions up to even a Leading Hotel. Out of all if your budget affords stay at Nafplia Palace, from there you have a nice panoramic view of the city and the bay, or at least go there for a coffee at the veranda.
If you choose to have Nauplion as your base, you have have day trips and visit Olympia for one day, and Sparta and Mistras the other day.
If you have more time at your disposal, you have 1 or 2 ovenights in Monemvasia. It is situated in south east of Peloponese and actually is a Venetian castle occuping a small island just few meters offshore. There is a road that connects the island, but to cars are permitted within the castle. There you will return back to the 12th century, the Venetian era of Peloponese. I will recommend Hotel Malvasia there.
A tip for my proposal, if you can arrange it is better to stay during the weekend in Athens, some of the Hotels give lower rates during the weekend and visit Peloponese during the weekdays. Especially Nafplion and secondly Monemvasia are heavily visited during the weekends of Athenians, rates at Hotels are more expensive and the service at restaurants not the same as the other days.
Hope that you will have a nice time, I will be at your disposal if you need any additional information.
It depends if you are a "classical freeak" or not. Crete is superb in the winter and there are plenty of intresting sights. It is worth spending a few days there anyway.
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