Greece or Italy?

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1. Posted by jadenmae (Budding Member 4 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

I am wanting to book a trip for next year and I am torn between Greece and Italy. Ideally I would love to visit both, but I need to choose one. The Greek Islands and the vineyards of Italy are both calling out to me!
I know the two are not the same and therefore are hard to compare, but I want to hear the best parts of each! I am all about good food and immersing myself in a countries culture, and I love outdoor activities!
Thank you for any and all pieces of advice, I would love to hear it all!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3335 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

What country are you coming from?

What month will you be doing this travel?

3. Posted by jadenmae (Budding Member 4 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Coming from USA, most likely April or May!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3335 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

You don't have a short flight, such as if you were in France or England. From the US the cost of flights used to go up when students would begin their summer vacations. If on a tight budget pull up your favorite airline and play with the dates to see if leaving on a particular date is cheaper or not.

Knowing what month narrows down what is available, too cold less beach or too hot fewer winter sports.

You have a lot of time for research. Below is from this forum:

Do a Google type search and see what interests you. I have been to both places. I even lived in Sicily for a couple years in the military when I was young. But back then I was mostly interested in chasing girls. I did the popular tourist places, Rome, Venice, Athens, even Piraeus. From the major cities you can find a tour to "somewhere" you have an interest in.

Get your Covid 19 shots. Hopefully we won't have to deal with this "virus crap" another year.

Good luck.

5. Posted by jadenmae (Budding Member 4 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your help!! I will definitely be looking into those forums.

6. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 268 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

If there wasn't Covid, I'd say Italy, I shortly was looking at Venice myself in January 2020, then Covid hit Italy hard... Glad I didn't get to go to be honest as if I'd have decided to book, I'd have been in Italy when lockdown started, so that was close; with Covid, I say Greece. Don't know that it's any better than Italy for Covid, just know that Covid hit Italy bad.

I believe, both places are great places 'without Covid', and why not ask, 'Greece or Italy, which first? and see Greece and Italy, and just work out how to get from one to the other (be it boat, train, coach, plane).. and spend shorter times in each than a longer time in one.
That's my honest advice for seeing that part of the world from another part of the world asking Greece or Italy, why not see both?
Have your cake and eat it too - Get to say you've gone to Europe and been to Greece and Italy...
Getting from Greece by land (not flying, boats included) might not be fun and less cost less than flying.
If you luck out and find an electric train, might even help on your carbon footprint if you're concerned about that; I don't know, but I'd lookk at flying into one from America, thinking of any JFK to Rome or Athens flights there might be and how to get to one of those, and then once in either Greece or Italy, enjoy one, and work out an exit for the other, and get in, and enjoy the other, and fly home/onward from there.

British airways has flights to Corfu from Heathrow, so that's... expensive, but doable without changing airports and using a major airline than a budget airline.
So let's say you're flying from America, I already searched for JFK to CFU (NYC to Corfu) as a rough idea of flying from the US to a Greek island paradise..
Via London with BA came in 2 hours quicker than it's nearest rival via Germany with 12 hours instead of 14 hours and one option even said it took over a day.
From JFK; I know US flights tend to land early at LHR and.. if doing it by one airline instead of two airlines getting to this Greek island, if using one airline; it's the same airport, costs more, but is the same airline and connecting airport for LHR - CFU.
(Instead of Whizz Air from LUT - CFU and working out how to get from Heathrow to Luton while in England...
Going with BA will cost more, but will be easier to do; now depending on where exactly you plan to exit the US from should just be your answer for getting to London; since they usually land early and seem to give you time to connect to CFU be it flying from any part of the US; head to LHR and then to CFU for actually working out how to get to Greek island from the US - I say, enjoy Corfu, see Greece and then see Italy and vineyards there and look into different ways to cross from Greece to Italy than flying as part of the trip fun and to save on airfare/travel costs.

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Apr 2021, 18:51 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

7. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 257 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

jadenmae, I'm pretty sure the poster above me hasn't done either Greece or Italy from the U.S. or done them at all.

I've done both, although I will admit that my personal experience with Greece was too long ago to offer much in the way of firsthand advice. Italy? That's where my heart is, although I could care less about the vineyards, and food isn't a make-or-break for me either. I'm an art, architecture, history and scenery buff who has yet to have had a bad day in Italy, meals aside.

I won't give you my personal "best" parts as they might not be yours. Aside from food and wine, what do you want to see and do on your holiday?

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Apr 2021, 22:32 GMT by goodfish ]

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