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Greek destinations for short home-ATH-there trips (to get 4 segments for A3*G)

Greek destinations for short home-ATH-there trips (to get 4 segments for A3*G)

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List of Greek island destinations for flying the 4 Aegean/Olympic segments to reach A3*G with lower mileage, thinking home-ATH-destination/island and back.

Looking for places that are easy to get to for a few hours or 1-2 night trip with something interesting to see or visit.

If you are looking for immediate turnaround on the same plane without getting out of the airport, check this FT wiki: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/aege...europe-a3.html

★ Starred those destinations that look best from this viewpoint

List of A3 Greek destinations from this viewpoint:

Alexandroupoli AXD
* mainland small town
* 5km to city centre
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Alexandroupolis

Chania CHQ
* 10km to city centre (taxi?)
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Chania

★ Chios JKH
* 3km to city centre (taxi?)
* Maritime museum
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Chios

★ Corfu CFU
* 2km to city centre, some roads are difficult to cross but walkable
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Corfu
* With J cabin
* Bus service to and from city center (to San Rocco square)

★ Heraklion HER
* 3km to city centre, walkable?
* Palace of Knossos (5km south), City Venetian wall
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Heraklion
* With J cabin

Ikaria JIK
* 12km to main city
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Ikaria

Ioannina IOA
* 5km to city centre
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Ioannina

Kalamata KLX
* 10km to city centre
* Railway park, military and other museums, castle
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kalamata

★? Karpathos AOK
* 2km to nearest small village, car rental needed?
* beaches
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Karpathos

Kastellorizo KZS
* 2km to city centre
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kastellorizo

Kavala KVA
* 30km to Kavala city, taxi 40EUR
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kavala

Kefalonia EFL
* Nothing nearby
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kefalonia

Kos KGS
* 20km to Kos city centre, airport bus
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kos

Kythira KIT
* car rental needed?
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kythira

Lemnos LXS
* taxi
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Lemnos

Leros
* far away from city
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Leros

Milos
* 5km to city centre
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Milos
* Warning - higher risk of disruption compared to other islands in the area due to east-west runway (vs. prevailing wind)

★ Mykonos JMK
* 2-4km to city centre, looks walkable, taxi 8 EUR
* Several museums
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mykonos

Mytilini MJT
* 10km to city, taxi?
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mytilene

Naxos JNX
* 3km to city centre
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Naxos

Paros PAS
* far away from city, taxi/rental car
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Paros
* BUSES: Meet most Olympic flights and take 15 to 25 minutes to the main town of Paroikia. Timetable here: http://ktelparou.gr/en/bus-schedules.html
* The small fishing village of Aliki is 4.5km away, but some of the buses stop there too. This is a much more relaxing place for a nice meal and a swim if you're just here for a few hours.

Preveza PVK
* mainland
* 3km to city centre over bridge, seems walkable?
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Preveza

Rhodes RHO
* Multiple flights a day to ATH and SKG
* With J Cabin
* 14km to Rhodes city
* Buses: regular (30 minutes at peak, a bit more irregular off peak) bus to Rhodos Bus station, takes 20 to 35 minutes depending on traffic and road rules violations. 2.60 EUR ticket, paid cash to driver. The bus stop is 100 m left of the arrival area. The bus station in Rhodos is a couple of hundred meters away from the harbor and the Old Town entrance
* The Old Town can easily fill a day, add a second day for the harbour/beach/acropolis.
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Rhodes

Samos SMI
* 4km to Pythagorion small town
* Ancient engineering, museums, etc.
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Samos

Santorini JTR
* 1km walkable? to Monolithos nearby village
* 6km to Fira centre
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Santorini

Sitia JSH
* 4km to city centre (airport is right next to city, but need to go around it)
* city waterfront
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Sitia

Skiathos JSI
* 2km to city centre, seems walkable
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Skiathos

Skyros SKU
* Small airport - on grounds of air force base - far away from everything
* There is a bus service from/to chora (Skyros Town) which is synchronised with OA arrivals/departures, however car rental is cheap (<30 euro a day) and will make exploring the island easier.
* One of the cheapest OA destinations at 60 euro r/t pretty much year round.
* Direct turnaround will be difficult; one is supposed to have checked in and passed through security when the incoming flight is unloaded.
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Skyros

Thessaloniki SKG
* large city, mainland
* 15km to city centre
* many museums
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Thessaloniki
* With J cabin
* A Cat.2 Hyatt with airport shuttle is nearby. This Hyatt also offers shuttle service to the city centre.

Zakynthos ZTH
* taxi 10-15 EUR
* blue caves
* https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Zakynthos
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Old Jun 28, 18, 1:54 am
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Greek destinations for short home-ATH-there trips (to get 4 segments for A3*G)

I've been thinking of doing a short trip to some interesting Greek destinations, to see a nice small island place (after a wonderful MegaDo experience of Mykonos) and at the same time get 4 A3 segments flying home-ATH-somewhere and perhaps use the upgrade coupons as well.

I looked at the A3/OA greek destinations from the viewpoint of a short 1-night trip, or day trip with the chance to walk and look around a little.

See the wikipost for this thread and comment and edit the list.

I did this as I wanted to have it, maybe it is useful for others, too.

From this ist I'm thinking first destinations Heraklion, Mykonos, Chios, or Skiathos.

The secret plan to get people to visit Greece due to the segment requirement (if not enough miles otherwise) seems to work ;-)
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Good idea. I've added some info for Paros. Is that the type of thing you intended or would you prefer more detail?
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Old Jun 29, 18, 2:28 am
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Originally Posted by Knobbgb View Post
Good idea. I've added some info for Paros. Is that the type of thing you intended or would you prefer more detail?
Thanks for adding great information, exactly what I was hoping to see (J availability, warnings, bus recommendations).

I'm hoping others will find this list useful also, if they are looking for something more than "immediate turns on A3" which has it's own wiki page already.
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This is very useful, thanks for starting this. I can add more details as go through the islands (Santorini and Thessaloniki done, next is Rhodes).
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Good idea. I've updated Skyros as I have visited a few times over the years (most recent a couple weeks back).
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Aegean web is willing to sell a ATH-KIT-ATH with only 20 minutes turn-around. Any comments on the feasibility to actually fly on that ticket?
(It is ATR and I am suspecting departing passengers at KIT might already be on tarmac when plane arrives, with gate closed?)
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(It is ATR and I am suspecting departing passengers at KIT might already be on tarmac when plane arrives, with gate closed?)
i dont think this is the case... the aircraft must be cleaned and refuelled and after that the gate will be opened for boarding...
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On FR24 it looks like OA56 and OA57 are operated by the same plane.
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i dont think this is the case... the aircraft must be cleaned and refuelled and after that the gate will be opened for boarding...
Refueled? Really? That's not happening at KIT and the 'cleaning' will consist of the single FA just checking everything is in place (seats and shades up, seatbelts neatly folded, safety cards in place) and removing any obvious rubbish.

Here's how it probably happens: Pax de-plane and walk 20M to the terminal, pilots do paperwork while FA tidies. Then all three of them will pop behind the terminal for a quick cigarette. When the crew are ready, the new pax. will walk across from the terminal and board. IT SHOULD be do-able and the best thing is probably to have a word with the FA or one of the ground crew on disembarking the aircraft so they can look out for you. The same couple of people will be dealing with everything. It goes without saying that OLCI is a must. I doubt security will be closed. Here it's just a local police who works the machine and he/she can't leave the airport until the flight departs in any case.

That's how it's always worked for me at these small, single-flight turboprop airports but I haven't been to KIT. It for sure was like that at the old Paros airport and at Naxos - being Greece the cigarette was seemingly mandatory.
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@Knobbgb: Your description of how everything's being handled is absolutely correct with a small statistical uncertainty: Over the last years the number of smokers in Greece has dropped substantially, especially among males! Based on present statistics, the most likely scenario is that the only crew member who'll walk over around the building for a quick smoke will be the FA
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I resisted to go to KIT this time around. Mainly because I have a time restraint on this trip. I might try it out on a another occasion, where missing the flight wouldn't mess up a schedule.


By the way, love the KIT terminal building:





Also, I love how the Bachmann plastic model is virtually the same design!

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@Knobbgb: Your description of how everything's being handled is absolutely correct with a small statistical uncertainty: Over the last years the number of smokers in Greece has dropped substantially, especially among males! Based on present statistics, the most likely scenario is that the only crew member who'll walk over around the building for a quick smoke will be the FA
HA - but not strictly accurate because, this being the modern 21st century Greece, you'll also notice that Olympic have now actually employed a single MALE cabin crew member. And apparently they are looking at the possibility of female pilots around 2025! Before I get flamed - I really am joking.
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I was statistically correct!
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Originally Posted by Knobbgb View Post
Refueled? Really? That's not happening at KIT and the 'cleaning' will consist of the single FA just checking everything is in place (seats and shades up, seatbelts neatly folded, safety cards in place) and removing any obvious rubbish.

Here's how it probably happens: Pax de-plane and walk 20M to the terminal, pilots do paperwork while FA tidies. Then all three of them will pop behind the terminal for a quick cigarette. When the crew are ready, the new pax. will walk across from the terminal and board. IT SHOULD be do-able and the best thing is probably to have a word with the FA or one of the ground crew on disembarking the aircraft so they can look out for you. The same couple of people will be dealing with everything. It goes without saying that OLCI is a must. I doubt security will be closed. Here it's just a local police who works the machine and he/she can't leave the airport until the flight departs in any case.

That's how it's always worked for me at these small, single-flight turboprop airports but I haven't been to KIT. It for sure was like that at the old Paros airport and at Naxos - being Greece the cigarette was seemingly mandatory.
saw the same in Milos
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