I'm going to Greece next month and have scheduled a four-day tour as part of a weeklong trip that will include some of the places I most wanted to see (the Palace of Knossos on Crete; the monastery of St. John on Patmos; and the islands of Santorini and Mykonos).
To be sure I can make it there and home, I have two days on each side in Athens and I have done absolutely all the day tours possible. I would love to go to Meteora, but there don't seem to be flights (and I can't change my very cheap FF ticket to a better one now) and the day trip is impossible. Are there any other accessible islands besides the ones right near Athens? Again, flight is not a problem -- whether it be with Aegean or Olympic as long as they can get me there and back. I most care about historic sites. I would love to go to Delos, but that looks impossible.
Professor, you really should go to Meteora!!!
I agree that a day trip is impossible... you need to spend at least one night because of the distance.
There are trains and buses available from Athens to Kalambaka (about 4 1/2 hours on either transport). Then, you can hire a taxi as your 'tour guide' to visit the monasteries.
Or, you can rent a car and drive yourself. I've read of a rental car agency that will drive you in the rental car out of Athens to the motorway so you don't need to drive within the city. If you'd like, I can try to locate their name.
Meteora is such a memorable visit. It would truly be a shame to miss it.
Alas, another problem with the website -- this was a post I made last May before my second trip to Greece, which by the way was wonderful. The Athens Ledra is one of my absolute favorite hotels in the world. I don't know why such old postings are showing up except that people are doing searches that turn up past posts and responding.
Go if you get a chance!
Professor, what's going on with all these older posts arriving in our communications inbox? I have a hard time keeping up with the maze of things that are current, as we all do. This may be a plot to have us pay more attention (or just total confusion?)
Anyway, perhaps the moderator can fix this so the dates are shown in RED or bolded?