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Transportation to Delphi, Ferry to Hydra

I will be in Greece in mid-April. I plan to over night in Delphi from Athens and upon return, ferry to Hydra.

The bus system seems pretty straight forward, and I am not concerned about getting to Delphi, but have question re return.

I would like to take ferry to Hydra upon returning from Delphi. At this point, the Flying Dolphin's last departure is 5:00pm. As schedules are not posted more than a month ahead of time, does anyone know if there is a later departure in April?
Also, if I were to leave Delphi by noon, would there be any chance I wouldn't be back for a 5:00pm ferry, if that is still the last departure?

I wish there was a small privately owned bus service available, but I have only been able to find tours, private car, or the bus. I don't do tours well and I can't afford a private driver.

Thank you,

Recommendations for B & B in Delphi? Hydra? (I will be there 5 days)

Posted by
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Delphi -- Hotel PAN is on the main street , on the downhill side, thus the rooms a the BACK have stunning balcony views. Ours was on the lobby floor, to the rear, but hawks were circling BELOW our balcony, it was a sheer 150 foot drop to street below, and a clear view down the mountain to a valley of olive groves, leading to the sea and the sunset. In May 2013 a double was €35-40. Landlord made us early breakfast so we could stroll the half-km along the scenic parapet waill to the ruins entrance at 8 am. We had taxiied (€11-12) from Plaka area hotel to the Liassion KTEL station to take the intercity (reserved seat, modern, a/c, €15 fare ) bus to delphi about 1:30 on day #1, arrived about 5, checked into hotel, and walked to museum at 6 -- NOBODY was there! Dinner @outdoor cafe at sunset, lovely. Next AM, we went to ruins at 8, were way up top before bus tours arrived. Got a 1 pm bus back. Check bus schedules beforehand - they vary depending on day of week.

Hydra -- Why are you choosing this island? Mainly because R Steves promotes it, and you are a devoted fan? What do you want to see there? It's mainly a pretty harbor. Rich people have private walled-away houses. What will you do there?

Have you considered Nafplio? Have you read anything about it?? --Its wonderful noncommercial Website -- tells about the many many visual and historical delights of Nafplio Old Town, and the surrounds ... here's a photo album of Nafplio in May - ... And BEST of ALL, you can get there in 2.5 hours on scenic modern highway on KTEL reserved-seat bus (€13 fare, hourly schedule) from Kifissou station (€12 taxi from Central athens). Arriving, NO car or tour group required -- and stunning views and walks everywhere ... view this If this appeals, I can recommend several nice budget hotels.

On my first visit to Greece, 19 years ago, I wondered aloud what to do with 3 remaining days at end of my trip. An Artist on Mykonos said, go back to Athens, leave your large bag at your hotel, and catch a bus to Nafplio. Why? I asked. There was no internet then. Trust me, she said. You'll fall in love. You'll go back. You'll thank me. And I did, and I did... 5 times so far, and I've thanked her. You'll thank me too.

Posted by
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Thank you Janet. I will check out the information you sent.

The reason I chose Hydra is because I had a friend in San Francisco in the 60's who was from Hydra. He had two wonderful Greek shops in The City - Kryiakos of Hydra. He died in 2006 but I thought I would see his family - and I am a devotee of Leonard Cohen - and there are no cars allowed and, and, and.

I go to Naxos after Hydra (based on Greek woman who has a Gyros wagon at our local Sunday Farmer's market) and then to Crete and fly home from Chania - about 3 1/2 weeks total trip.

Nothing in stone so am open to suggestions! Thank you.


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I was in Hydra with RS in early May. We walked leisurely to a pretty beach (about an hour), then I took a shuttle boat back to town. The water was pretty cold but it was wonderful just to lie on a deck chair with a book and have the waiter bring cocktails and snacks. It's the Four Seasons resort/beach. The shuttle boat is cheaper than the ones to the other beaches.

Maybe take the metro from Athens to Piraeus for the ferry. If you have to go through the city, traffic can hold you up a lot.