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How many days to stay in Mykonos, Santorini, and or Crete
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Leaving and returning to Athens.  7 days, 6 nights.  Would 2 nights each in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete be too rushed (taking into account the time it takes to get from Athens to Mykonos, the ferry in between the islands, and from Crete to back to Athens)? 
 
Or should I just go with 3 nights in two of the above islands?  If so, which ones?
 
IF I were to go back to Athens from Crete, is air better or by sea?
 
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Go with the flow.  You feel like leaving an island after 2 days, then do so.  but you may decide when you’re there to stay a 3rd day.  Crete is a large island and needs a bit more time.  If you have limited time in Crete, then focus on the western part of the island. 
 
Give yourself at least one cushion day, in case you don’t find a fery back to Athens they day of your planning..maybe plan the Athens portion of your time in Greece towards the end.

You can also fly to Crete to save time, from Athens, then ferry your way back north towards Athens.
 
I think Cil has done this sort of island-hopping with relatively limited time.


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We did Athens, Corfu, Crete, Santorini, and Ios in about 10 days, the bulk of it on Crete.
What you plan is certainly doable. I do recommend flying to Crete if possible, then working your way back.
Do see Mykonos if you can; I hope to some day (along with Delos.)

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We’ve decided to just stick with Athens, Mykonos and Santorini.  I would love to go to Crete too, but I don’t want to be rushed.  Next time.  Now the million dollar question.
 
To book a hotel before hand or no?  I’m not looking for a 5 star hotel or anything, probably just stick with 2 to 3 star.  How necessary is it to book?  My friend who’s from Greece said why bother trying to be organized in an otherwise unorganized countr?  By not book, we have the flexibility of leaving or staying longer if we want.  But at the height of tourist season (end of July – beginning of August), my friend and I (both girls) don’t really want to be stuck without a place to sleep at night.
 
On the other hand, if we do book before hand, we don’t get the flexibility we want.  If we love a place, can’t stay longer.  If we don’t like it, can’t leave early.  Now, if we do book, should we book on our own?  Or should we get a travel agent to book on our behalf?  Or should we go with one of those packages from Greek travel agents that offer the hotel, ferry, and transport between the port / hotel?
 
So what are your thoughts on this topic?

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I would probably not book ahead.
Our trip was Greece/Italy, and we were there at the beginning of high season: towards the end of June into July.
We were staying at 1 to 2 star places with the occasional splurge, and at Santorini we did miss out on one splurge that I would have liked that was fully booked. However, outside of that, most everything was fine, and there were 3 of us, kind of an awkward number.

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I would probably not book ahead.
Our trip was Greece/Italy, and we were there at the beginning of high season: towards the end of June into July.
We were staying at 1 to 2 star places with the occasional splurge, and at Santorini we did miss out on one splurge that I would have liked that was fully booked. However, outside of that, most everything was fine, and there were 3 of us, kind of an awkward number.

 
Did you look for the places yourself when you arrived, or did you go with the scalpers at the ports?

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I would not call the people at the ports precisely “scalpers,” though no doubt some of them might overcharge if they can get away with it.
Anyway, we mostly walked around and looked directly at the places themselves. We did bargain a bit with the guy on Santorini (we stayed in Oia there.)
You know, I am thinking that we must have stayed in Greece longer than ten days, because I know for sure we were on Crete for 5 (got stuck an extra day because the ferry did not run on Sunday until high season.) Which leads me to another piece of advice: when you arrive at an island, do inquire at the port about departure days/times, it can save you a bit of trouble later. There was a really nice and helpful travel office on Santorini; I am sure there is the same at Myknonos.