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Shoes for RS Greece Tour

This is not related to recommendations for shoe models and brands.

I plan to take just two pairs of shoes with me for the Greece tour in early September. Based on your experience with this tour, would it be better to take two pairs of light hiking style shoes, or one pair of hiking shoes and the Teva Rose (close toed) sandals? I really don't want to lug the sandals along and then not wear them.

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I went to Greece last September and was glad that I had both Birkenstock sandals and low-top hiking sneakers. Both came in handy and I was very glad that I had the sandals as it was very hot. I also have Teva sandals, they would work fine as well.

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55 posts

Thanks for the advice. I will definitely take the sandals. Temps are supposed to still be in the 80s.

Ricka

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1010 posts

I did the tour last May and I brought my New Balance Freefoam sneakers and Vionic flipflops. I wore my sneakers which were very comfy but wish I had brought my lightweight hiking shoes or that I had a pair of good hiking sandals. I think you’ll be ok with one pair of hiking shoes and your sandals. There is a lot of hiking and stairs/uphill climbing on this tour and I was exhausted at the end of the two weeks but it is so worth it! You have to make room for all the delicious Greek food and you will get fed a lot on this tour.

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we did the tour before Covid. Ordinary walking shoes were fine for all the sites we visited, going in town, etc. The tour also offers a few chances to go swimming and the beach was more rocky than sandy. We brought light water shoes and were glad we did.

edit: here is a picture of one beach from someone's tour scrapbook: https://kathylarsson.weebly.com/kardamyli.html

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3713 posts

We did the tour in Sept. 2017 and found either sneakers or light hiking boots with non skid tread was what we needed. There was a lot of walking/hiking and uneven terrain. I also brought closed toed Keen waterproof sandals. I think lightweight hiking boots & your Teva’s would be perfect. We had warm weather! Enjoy this wonderful tour!

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We did the tour last month. I was glad to have Birkenstocks in addition to hiking shoes and sneakers. Our local tour guide at the Parthenon said that she loved the Birkenstocks she was wearing.

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2115 posts

I did what your second idea suggests. I wore my heavier keen light weight hikers on the airplane and packed one pair Teva closed toe sandals. Between the two pairs, I was ready for everything Greece had for me. We took this tour in mid October and it remains one of my favorites. You will enjoy it!

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55 posts

Sounds like the Teva's are the way to go. Extra benefit: shaving a few grams of weight off.

Thanks again,
Ricka

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81 posts

Thanks Andi!

We have put a deposit on the RS Greece tour next October & since I’m getting ready for this Oct. RS tour in Germany & Austria, I hadn’t given the importance of shoes for Greece any thought yet. I’m ready with shoes I already have but wouldn’t have known.

Thanks John!
Water shoes Amen! We have those but again wouldn’t have thought to bring them.

Thank you for this post travel companions. ~ julie

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My husband is very conservative when it comes to dressing. He wears a size 14 narrow shoe - any suggestions for a lightweight, comfortable walking shoe? Thank you