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Old 08-27-2006, 10:20 AM
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4 of us are on board the Celebrity Galaxy cruise that arrives Mykonos at Noon on November 13th (Monday) and departs at Midnight. In looking at information on line, it appears that the archeological sites are closed on Mondays. Can anyone verify this? Also what would be a good way to plan sightseeing and shopping around this schedule. It does appear that Delos is open as there is a cruise ship excursion avaialable. I would think that we would be able to board a ferry on our own if we could find out where and how to arrange.
We will dock (tender) in Santorini at 8AM on Tuesday November 14th and it looks like we should try to see different spots making sure to see Fira and Oia. We depart at 9PM (21:00)Would anyone recommend whether we should rent a car, take the bus, or hire a private driver? Any suggestions about private tour drivers?
At any rate, I really appreciate any advice as to how to maximize our time on both of these islands. Thanks in advance- Terry
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:09 PM
 
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Hi Terry, I am going to try and help but keep in mind I do have my personal biases and prefer to travel independent of tours. Most cruise ships will make a morning stop at Delos, let the passengers off the ship who are taking the tour of the ruins,, and than proceed to Mykonos (about an hour away by boat). Some ships wait off Delos,,, and others will have the tours get to Mykonos by smaller local boats where you can later meet the boat. Yes, the ruins (and the so-so museum at the ruins) are normally closed on Mondays. However, sometimes the cruise lines arrange for the ruins to be open for their tours on Mondays.... You are going to have to check your cruise line tour schedule for this info. There is really nothing on Delos other than the ruins...in fact, nobody lives on Delos. The workers at the ruins all commute by boat from Mykonos. Although there is boat service between Mykonos and Delos, its very limited unless you are on a tour. Personally, I think that the ruins on Delos are very disappointing when compared to other ruins in places like Athens, Pompeii, Ephesus, and Hurculanium. Mykonos is an easy island to do on your own...since you will dock near (or tender into) the town. Mykonos town has nice cafes on the water, excellent shops, and everyone is very friendly. The island is also famous for its beaches, but in mid-November it might not be great beach weather (not sure about this). In Santorini, if you want to spend your time in Fira (wonderful place) and Oia (smaller but precious) you can do this on your own by simply using the cheap (about 1 Euro) public bus that runs between the towns. If you are thinking about exploring the remainder of the island you are going to either need to rent a car (not a problem), book a tour, or hire a car/driver. We have been to these island many times and Santorini is very special. Many are content to spend their first visit just walking around Fira, and perhaps Oia, and enjoying a nice lunch at one of the many cafes that offer amazing views. I sometimes think that many tourists spend too much time running running running, and do not allow themselves time to sit at an outdoor cafe, sip some wine, have some food, etc. But this is a personal opinion and there are many who just like to run run run By the way,, there is lots of fun shopping on both of these islands. Be careful in Mykonos, because they have some great (very expensive) jewelry shops. I have to put "blinders" on my wife when we walk in Mykonos.

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Old 10-09-2006, 08:25 AM
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Hi - thanks Hank for your input. My husband and I and another couple are on the same cruise as Terry and we've been very conflicted about taking the ships tour on Santorini. There's one that is about $300 and we booked it because we're afraid of missing something. However, if we can do everything on our own by hiring a driver we'd do that. Do you know how we go about booking that and what it might cost? Is that the best way to go? Thanks for your help.
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:33 AM
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Thanks for the tip. We're actually looking to cruise to the Greek isles in the spring. Which cruise lines would you (or anyone else) recomend.
 
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