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Greek Islands hopping in April or May 2010

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1. Posted by Jezebel86 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4y

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Hey everyone~

As part of my grad trip in 2010, I'm planning to do Greek islands hopping - heard the islands are wonderful! Besides I wanna do some partying on the islands too. Mykonos & Santorini are my must-see islands and i'm thinking of adding one more, maybe Naxos? My tentative plan is 2 nights in Mykonos, 2 nights in Santorini and maybe 1 night on Naxos...

However my concern is as usual the budget to account for the ferries, accommodation and expenses for nightclubs/parties.

I intend to avoid the peak season like in June/July so to cut down some costs, but when is the best time do u advise for my island hopping - April or May?

Is taking the ferries to these islands the cheapest way? How much do the ferries from Piraeus to these islands roughly cost? What are the cheapest accommodations available on these islands? =P

As for the parties, do they charge for entry or something else? How much are the cover charges on the average?

2. Posted by clueless (Full Member 30 posts) 4y

Hi, for a 5 day trip it's not worth going to 3 islands, so better skip Naxos (you wouldn't do much in 1 day anyway).

Mykonos and Santorini are definitely party islands, but also the most expensive so keep that in mind. May would probably be better and also a bit warmer than April, but don't expect lots of people to be around then.

Haven't been there for a while so not too sure about prices, but roughly let's say about 50eur per night for mid-range decent accommodation, about 20-25eur to eat (but could easily be double depending where you go). Going out I would say about 5eur for a beer, close to 10eur for a drink - wouldn't know about cover charges.

(also keep in mind that the above may be a bit conservative estimates)

for ferries you can check out: http://www.greekferries.gr/

3. Posted by travelbugy (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y

visited Poros and it was a DREAM

4. Posted by Jezebel86 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4y

Quoting clueless

Hi, for a 5 day trip it's not worth going to 3 islands, so better skip Naxos (you wouldn't do much in 1 day anyway).

Mykonos and Santorini are definitely party islands, but also the most expensive so keep that in mind. May would probably be better and also a bit warmer than April, but don't expect lots of people to be around then.

Haven't been there for a while so not too sure about prices, but roughly let's say about 50eur per night for mid-range decent accommodation, about 20-25eur to eat (but could easily be double depending where you go). Going out I would say about 5eur for a beer, close to 10eur for a drink - wouldn't know about cover charges.

(also keep in mind that the above may be a bit conservative estimates)

for ferries you can check out: http://www.greekferries.gr/

Thanks for the tips! so what's the ideal duration should i spend if i wanna visit 3 islands?? =) As of now, my plans are still quite flexible so i'm looking at the possibilities

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 4y

3 islands I would say 10 days minimum, depending on the islands of course. 10 days minimum for those you've mentioned. Greece is usually great in May though from what I remember the sea isn't particularly warm yet. April might be a bit early for it to be lively enough for you.

6. Posted by vickon (Budding Member 50 posts) 4y

Hello there,

If you have to choose between April or May then you should definitely choose May.Its the month that Greek Universities are doing their excursions and usually they choose Mykonos or Santorini so you will find many people there and that means that you will find also the shops, the restaurants and many rooms to rent "open" and maybe better prices. Of course you will not see the party island because there are not so many tourist there.
The prices are cheaper in that period but no big difference.

7. Posted by Jezebel86 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4y

Hi all,

thank you for your advice! Can any of you help me with the route Port Piraeus - Mykonos - Santorini back to Port? I tried searching for ferry timings and prices on Greek Ferries website but i couldn't find any connections for the route i have mentioned on the days i picked which are between 6 - 14 may.

Thank you very much!