Hi - we are planning ahead for a trip to Greece next summer and plan to start our trip on Crete. Since we leave from Seattle that is several stops and a pretty long trip. Last time we went we flew from Seattle to Paris and stayed there for a couple of nights then had a short trip to Athens where we caught our flight to Chania. Since next summer the Olympics are in Paris we want to find another city to go to for a couple of days first. For those of you who have flown from the west coast of the US do you have any suggestions on a city that would be fun for a couple of nights to adjust a bit to the time change and do a little sightseeing? Thanks!
I’m not sure I would stop along the way. In May a month ago we flew straight through from Seattle to Chania Greece to attend a wedding yes it was a little long but it really was not that bad. A quick stop in Athens to catch the flight to Crete and that was it. But schedule a have a driver waiting to pick you up when the flight arrives in Crete makes an easy trip out of it. The old town in Chania is a wonderful place to spend some time as a part time local enjoying the food and culture.
London is an alternative or Frankfurt. Both have nonstop flights from Seattle.
Pierre - where did you stop between Seattle and Athens? How long would you say the travel took including stops? The last time we went it was a stop in Paris which is why we stayed there, this was 2018 and travel was pretty uncomplicated. Last summer we flew to Italy and it was such a mess with every leg that we want to go back to staying somewhere along the way since getting to Chania is that one extra flight from Athens. Thanks!
Carol - thanks - we are thinking maybe London since we have been there before. We flew through Frankfurt last year and it was a horrible mess of an experience. Not sure if that airport is always that bad or if it was just that first post covid travel that everyone seemed to be doing last summer.
I’m in error on non-stop we flew Delta airline to their hub in Atlanta. Then from Atlanta direct to Athens then onward to Crete. Still was not that bad, but then again, we had a specific time and date we needed to arrive in Chania. We departed Sunday at 8am and arrived Monday afternoon at 2:30 in Chania. Returning we took our time traveling via a stay in Italy.
Amsterdam has in summer direct flights to Crete (Heraklion) with Transavia and also direct flights from Seattle with Delta.
Dublin also has cheap direct flights to Chania (with Ryan Air) and I think also direct flights from Seattle with Aer Lingus