I'm flying to Thessaloniki to meet a friend at Easter and then have to be in Athens for 2nd May. I'm tempted by a few days in Halkidiki but fear it may be too early to find any accommodation - does anyone know?
I may also take the opportunity to go across to Istanbul by train from Thessaloniki and then down the coast taking in the Gallipoli peninsula (maybe even around ANZAC day).
Anybody got a great itinerary or places they would like to share. I'll be a lone female preferring to travel overland.
Thanks a lot
I definitely suggest you to be on the Gallipoli peninsula at the Anzac day. don't miss it!
since you have to be in athens why don't you drive down stopping at Pelion (very attractive preserved site of old villages with sea views which is great and also you can take a boat trip to one of the islands in the sporades-a day trip-would be cool to see them: skopelos, skiathos, alonissos. They are really pretty. and then make your way down to athens....
I've once made an istanbul trip programme in my blog for my French friends who have been in there during new year's eve..
http://isdanbul.blogspot.com/ let you check the message at the end of the page.. there's a really great programme which is really fast and including the all main attracitons in there...
also you may go to princess islands.. (adalar in Turkish) it's really good to have a beer or a Turkish tea in april... there are some classical ferries departing from Sirkeci (a main touristic point) to Adalar and as I remember, it's not much than 1€ for one way.
Büyükada is the biggest one.
There isn't any train from Istanbul to Çanakkale but there are lot's of busses.. If you haven't tried yet, you should know that in Turkey busses are really comfortable with free snack service and hostesses.Moreover, they're extremly cheap comparing Europe..
It's not mandatory for Istanbul but if you're planning to visit Çanakkale during the Anzac day, it's a must to reserve your hostel before you arrive...
If you need some more information don't hesitate to ask!