Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Planning (or lack of) for the Greek Islands: Part Four

Here is Part One of this series
Here is Part Two of this series
Here is Part Theee of this series

Our trip to the Greek Islands is upon us. It snuck up real quick. Quick as in, we have no clue what we are going to do once we get there..... Fortunately we have great hotels to remind us to do some thinking. Each island hotel sent us email asking for our arrival information so they can help arrange our transfer to their property. The Ikies Traditional House in Santorini took it one step further with an additional email filled with tour suggestions, dining options, and rental car information. Big thumbs up.

Pretend it's less than 48 hours before our trip and Holly buys the Lonely Planet Greek Islands book. Dave remembers he downloaded a dozen apps at Christmas time pertaining to Santorini and Mykonos and starts going though them frantically. Maybe a day before leaving he was sending Holly links of interesting restaurants while he was on the treadmill.

Since we are used to planning things out it is kind of weird to go on a long trip like this with limited scheduling. On the other hand, these islands seem like they need to be explored. We'll see how it goes...

Actual planned activities:

  • Through Hotel Ikies we booked a sunset cruise in Santorini.
  • We plan to go to Delos, an island with some significant ruins next to Mykonos. We can take a plain public ferry over so no further planning required.
  • We will probably book a rental car in each location. In Santorini we will use it to visit Akrotini (a site preserved like Pompeii was after a volcano eruption) and the Santorini Brewing Company. In Mykonos we may use the car for a day of beach hopping.

Food research has been interesting. If restaurants have websites they typically do not post menus. So we'll be picking dining based on local suggestions and pictures from websites.

Two apps have really been helpful - Experience Mykonos and Experience Santorini. Each app is like a digital magazine with great photos and links to the web for more information. They are free so check them out.


Wish us luck!



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