I am going to Greece next September and hope to spend a few days in Athens, followed by a few more days island hopping. My friends want to go to Mykonos and Santorini, but I'd like to see a beautiful, less touristy island as well, if possible. We will be gone for about 10 to 12 days.
mykonos for clubs, party and great beaches
folegandros is great, not touristy but a bit far to reach approx 4 hours with highspead
hydra very glamourous and small
kea(tzia) quite authentic and close to athens (just one hour with normal boat)
tinos not touristy, rough and very serene
syros classy and stylish (the capital of Cyclades) about 5 years ago
Hallo Dharma Girl
My suggestion for you and your friends is:
Stay 2 days in Athens
Take the ship from Piraeus and make your first stop to Tinos for 3 days.
1 hour far from Tinos is Mykonos and the marvelous Dilos . Go there for 2 days and after that take the ship to Santorini for rest of your trip.
. almost 5 years ago