Santorini -- Athens Oct 2015

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1. Posted by Cara2012 (Budding Member 10 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hello

I'm looking for some advice on two possibles itineraries between Santorini - Athens in October 2015.

The two options we've thought are, are:

Option 1:

Santorini x 3 nights

Folegandros x 2 nights

Milos x 3 nights

Athends x 2 nights

OR

Option 2:

Santorini x 3 nights

Naxos x 3 nights

Mkyonos x 2 nights

Athens x 2 nights

Our questions are:

- Are these routes feasible in October, due to Ferry schedules (I've heard the winds in October can mean they're not able to run...)

- Which route has the better beaches?

- We want a mix of time spent exploring local villages/towns with some nice traditional tavernas and beautiful scenery and some interesting history but also some time spent in cool bars and possibly a luxury hotel along the way. We don't want somewhere overrun by teenagers, or tourists and cruise ships. Which route is best for that?

2. Posted by mariha2912 (Full Member 121 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Your first itinerary needs some caution on a logistics point of view because ferries along those routes will run 2-3 times per week on October. Usually Western Cyclades consortium and NEL lines run many of the routes in the area, their ferries are not as huge or as new as the Blue Star ones, but are quite large car ferries, stable and reliable. there might be some Sea Jets along the Santorini-Folegrandros routes too, those are smaller catamarans, keen on cancellations in case of windy days. Too early to have the official schedules announced.

Second itinerary is much more feasible in terms of travel logistics. Santorini to Naxos is a daily route on the very reliable Blue Star and there will be a couple of other options too, Naxos to Mykonos will be a couple of options per day, occasionaly through Paros or Syros, most likely direct, some on fast ferries and catamarans, a couple on Blue Star and NEL lines.

As I believe I mention on your previous post, Folegandros holds only 500-600 population, Milos aroud 5000 and those islands have a much shorter season than your islands on itinerary 2 . I do not know when exactly on October you plan to visit but I doupt you will find many cool bars or people around you on Folegandros and quite likely Melos on October, especially the latter you move into the month....

Cruise ships are a thing of Santorini and Mykonos as are crowds on October too. You will have no such issues on your other destinations. On October teenagers are back to school.

Do note that 3 nights somewhere is 2 full days, 2 nights=only one full day. Why go all the way somewhere just for one or two days?