to the Saronic Islands: By far the most successful cruise in
Greece. It goes almost every day of the year to Aegina Poros and
Hydra. A bus picks you up at your Athens hotel in the morning takes you
to the ship and drops you off that evening after the cruise in plenty
of time to take a shower and go out for dinner.
and 7-Day Cruises: Whether you think of yourself as a cruise-type
person or not this is the easiest and most efficient way to see
Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Patmos and Turkey all in one trip
the Famous Taxi Driver's
trips to Sounion,
Olympia and Meteora
are terrific especially if you are a group of three or four since
you would be paying the same to go on a tour with 50 other people.
Fantasy Travel offers a number of short and not so short excursions that allow you to see the best of the Greek mainland while making the most efficient use of your time. For example if you have two days there is an overnight trip to Delphi and Meteora Monasteries and also a 3-day version of the same trip. If you want to make sure you hit all the important classical sites like Myceneae, Epidavros, Olympia, Delphi and also the Meteora monasteries then I suggest the 4 Day Classical Tour. The 3-Day Classical Tour offers everything except Meteora. Shorter trips include the One Day Tour of Myceneae and Epidavros which includes Nafplion. You can find these and more on Fantasy Travel's website under Excursions and Mini-cruises.
If you are coming from the
USA this might be too short a period of time to justify a 10 hour
flight. But people coming from Europe for a long weekend can spend
a couple nights in Athens and in between visit Aegina,
Poros or Hydra
or do the one-day cruise or a mainland trip with George or Fantasy
Travel. Or they can just hang out in Athens and go to the beach.
As long as it is not winter and the highspeeds are running you could even get to Mykonos or Sifnos for an overnight stay. If all you want to do is plop yourself down on a nice beach somewhere then I suggest the island of Angistri and in particular the X-pat favorite Angistri Club. Or if all you require is a hotel one a beach with a couple tavernas and maybe some ruins to gaze at go directly from the airport to the Hotel Aegeon Beach, right on a beach with two tavernas below the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.
Unless it is a weekend in August you can get a room at the Red Tractor Farm Guest House, on the island of Kea. It is a working organic farm, 2 minutes walk from the port of Korissia and a long sandy beach on one of the most interesting and closest islands.
I have put together an itinerary for a weekend in Athens and the surrounding area at www.athensguide.com/weekend
Cruises, Sailboat or Yacht Trips
Day 1: Athens. If you get in early enough see the Acropolis. Otherwise rest up and visit the Plaka,
have a nice relaxing dinner and go to sleep early. See my Athens Guide at www.athensguide.com for restaurants, cafes and
Day 2: Take off in your own chartered
sailboat, yacht or flotilla for the islands. There are a number of options available at www.greecetravel.com/sailing
and they can take care
of your entire trip including hotels in Athens and your flight to Greece. I did it and now it is all I ever want
to do when I go to Greece. You can read about my trip on that site as well.