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Old 06-28-2017, 03:09 PM
 
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In regards to Santorini, we're just worried that it will be too crowded during peak season (last week of August) for us to enjoy. We don't want to be overwhelmed with people and lines, but by the sounds of Santorini it sounds like we shouldn't miss it
Definitely go to Santorini!
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Old 06-28-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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Zig when everyone else zags...
I'll second this, specially since you have specifically said you want to avoid crowds. Even the less-crowded parts of Santorini in August are going to have lots of people compared to the less-visited islands. Look for the islands where the large cruise ships can dock, and avoid them, and you'll have a much better time.

You can catch Santorini at another time, when you can visit during the shoulder season. I guarantee you, one visit to the Greek Islands will have you wanting to go back for many more!
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Old 06-28-2017, 04:31 PM
 
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I'll second this, specially since you have specifically said you want to avoid crowds. Even the less-crowded parts of Santorini in August are going to have lots of people compared to the less-visited islands. Look for the islands where the large cruise ships can dock, and avoid them, and you'll have a much better time.

You can catch Santorini at another time, when you can visit during the shoulder season. I guarantee you, one visit to the Greek Islands will have you wanting to go back for many more!
If they not gonna be back, they will be missing the jewel of Greece. Corfu is fine but cannot be compared to Santorini.

As I said, Fira is very busy, Oia is not bad at all. It is only busy during sunset when people specifically come to watch. You will have the entire morning to yourself. Most cave houses in Oia also have their own terraces with great view so you won't be mingled with day trip tourists.
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:11 PM
 
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Assuming we fly to Santorini from Rome (nonstop and reasonably cheap), what's the best way to get around the islands (Santorini to Naxos, Naxos to Athens)?? Ferry? Plane?
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:02 PM
 
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Assuming we fly to Santorini from Rome (nonstop and reasonably cheap), what's the best way to get around the islands (Santorini to Naxos, Naxos to Athens)?? Ferry? Plane?
Definitely ferry.

There are 2 kinds of ferries; smaller fast boat which carries passengers only, and slow boat which transports passengers and vehicles and has 3 or 4 decks.

These ferries are all operated by private companies and are not a government operated transport. There are many of them.

It needs to be mentioned that the ferry services are not integrated with each other and the ferry routes are specific. Here is a reasonably decent ferry map for Greece : Ferries to all greek Islands You need to choose which group of islands you wish to visit. Ferry tickets don't usually need to be purchased more than a few hours in advance. The ferries are all well supplied with food and drink, absolutely the way to go.

I don't know how functional it still is in these days of government financial austerity, but Greece has/had a fabulous network of Tourist Information centers all over the country. In these offices you can get all kinds of free maps, ferry schedules, and advice from the staff. English is widely spoken in Greece.
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