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Old 04-05-2010, 11:21 PM
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There is so much to see and do in Greece for anyone who loves history, archeology, and water sports! I am overwhelmed trying to plan my trip.

What was your favorite place to visit and what did you do there?

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Old 04-06-2010, 01:26 AM
Location: rain city
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:40 PM
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I would say Crete. You get a sense of that "stuck in the past" feeling which I find cool and different. Crete is really isolated from the rest of Greece and it shows as a lot of culture still exists. Its a very unique island. Try to get away from the north part of the island as it is built up.

The cycladic islands were really cool as well. Each island kinda has its own personality. Athens was a real downer for me, not a great tourist city. I would explore as much of the islands as possible and I have heard great things of northern greece as well.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:44 PM
Location: St. Croix
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Hydra. No cars, just donkeys. Quiet and somewhat secluded. After spending one night in Athens, decided to use Hydra as a "jumping off" point to see other islands - ended up not leaving at all for a week.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:10 PM
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The amount of time you have dictates where you want to go. My recommendations for a week - 3 days in Athens depending on your tolerance to hectic city living (but you want to see the Acropolis and the museams), 3 or 4 days in one of the laid back greek islands. Pick carefully here in the island selection, a bad choice will land you in the European version of Daytona beach college spring break. Santorini is my choice - beautiful island and has some significant archeological exhibits.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:13 PM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Meteora. Those old clifftop monasteries are priceless.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:02 PM
Location: Bike to Surf!
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I've only been once for just a few weeks, so I can't really compare.

We enjoyed the ruins and the overall atmosphere of Athens. We stayed with a pleasant young couple who showed us the town. Naxos and Santorini were truly spectacular (and all-but-deserted) in late October, but it was still warm enough to swim in the sea.

What is not much fun is the bus-train-bus-train-bus-train trip from Patras to Athens and then back again. Pack light. The 36-hour Patras-Venice ferry is quite an experience and the one we took was nicer than the one we took for the shorter Bari-Patras run.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:16 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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Go see the ruins at Delos if you can. It's a short boat ride from Mykonos.

I agree there's so much to see, there's no way to fit it all in. You just have to go more than once.
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:46 AM
Location: on an island
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It killed me to miss seeing the ruins at Delos, but as yellowsnow says, there is much to see, and only so much time. I really would like to see some of the Peloponnese next time.

Anyway, my absolute favorite spots were on Corfu, Crete and Santorini.
People think of Corfu as a party island, but you just have to get away from the holiday camps. We had a beach all to ourselves in Peroulades.
Oia on Santorini was simply magical, the caldera is breathtaking, the volcano hike fun.
We spent almost a week driving around Crete, and still did not see it all.
Knossos and the Minoan civilization are fascinating, and the market at Chania amazing.
My best Greek experience were the Greeks themselves. They were polite, friendly, educated people.
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:04 AM
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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We liked Delphi. The ruins are amazing.

Our next trip will include some of the islands...thanks for the tips.
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