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Santorini to Palermo by Air and general advice on Myknos v Folegandros


I will be visiting Greece next year and need a little help planning the trip. We are landing in Athens June 5, 2018 and will be leaving to Palermo, Italy around June 19 (Approx. 14 nights). Our plan right now is the following:

Athens to Myknos to Folegandros, to Santorini then to Palermo. We will spend 3 nights in Athens, 4 in Santorini and then either 3 in Myknos and 4 in Folegandros or vice versa. Any suggestions on which place is better suited for the extra day?

I planned Santorini last in hopes to fly to Palermo via one of the smaller airlines such as Volotea. I know its way to early for the schedule but do they fly on all days during the week and in June?

I guess my concern is accommodation books fairly early in the more popular spots like Santorini and Mykonos but I cannot seem to lock down the travel routes to confirm the dates.

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Your last sentence is why we ended up using a Greek travel agent in Athens. Early non-refundable hotel reservations without knowing transportation
Our agent has retired but recommended Fantasy Travel for any of our future trips to Greece.
I would take a day away from Santorini.

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I was just in Folegandros this past July and was a little surprised at how quiet it was. It is very small (compared to Naxos, Parox, Milos, Santorini, etc.). The port town is one mini market and half dozen small tavernas. Really only one hotel (Vardia Bay, which is where I stayed and it was lovely, I would stay there again) and a few places renting rooms. The "main" town, Chora is a bit larger but I walked around every bit of it and that took no more than an hour. You can take a boat ride around the island (but doesn't go every day) or a shorter (20 minute) boat ride to a beach. There is a nice beach behind Vardia Bay studios. But unless you plan on just lazing on the beach there really is not much to do/see in Folegandros. I was more than ready to leave after 48 hours.

I love Santorini but think the four nights you have planned there would be enough for most people.

So I would definitely give Mykonos the extra night. Actually I'd probably add in either Naxos or Paros and shorten both Folegandros and Mykonos.

My photos of these places might help you decide -

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Hi Isabel,

I was thinking of doing something like that but was hesitant with losing a day due to travel but I will look into it again.

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I was researching Folegandros a couple of years ago and skipped it, due to lots of responses like Isabel's. Instead, I went to Naxos and was glad I did. It's a wonderful island with a lot to do (and no cruise ships like you'll find in Mykonos & Santorini). It's also a shorter, more direct ferry trip from Mykonos to Naxos (instead of Folegandros) and on to Santorini.

Due to the crowds and the expense, I'd do 2 or 3 nights in Mykonos (allowing a day for a day-trip to Delos) and 3 nights in Santorini. I'd spend the remaining 5-6 nights on Naxos.

If you want to book your hotels early, use and choose hotels that allow cancellations/changes with no charge. When the airline schedules come out, you'll have plenty of time to adjust your reservations as needed.