Ask the travel operator (Thomas Cook).
They'll use the cheapest option, which is likely to be one of the Bluestar ferries, possibly 'Patmos', which leaves Santorini for Naxos around 7am. So your first night in Santo will be a very early morning start. If they're saying you'll also need another night on the return, it's likely to be the 11pm-ish return on the same ferry, not arriving until the early hours, for a flight later that day. So both ways not very relaxing 'bookends'
If you let us know your flight times and dates we can confirm/work it out.
You can fly to Santorini from Manchester on Easyjet, which may have timings to connect with ferries the same day, or at least better times even if you do have to stay in Santorini. It's easy enough to book your own accommodation on eg. booking.com., and ferries, which overall may work out cheaper,...or more expensive....but you then have control and choice.
We have been told that we will have to stay on Santorini for the first night. But no mention of the return trip.
We fly in from Birmingham on the 25th September arriving in Santorini at 13.40
The return flight is on the 9th of October leaving Santorini at 14.40
Any information you can give would be appreciated.
Your inbound flight would, in theory, be early enough to catch the 15.30 Bluestar, the last one of the day.
TC maybe can't co-ordinate things to get you on it, which would be quite tight admittedly. So I think you can expect to be on the same 15.30 Bluestar the following day, after probably a night in Kamari which is near the airport.
The Bluestar on the return won't dock until about 3pm, so too late for the flight, so I imagine you'll be on the prior day's ferry at the same timings, ie. sails at 12.55pm.
There are earlier ferries, but more expensive, which could make the return flight on the same day, or get you to Naxos earlier on the outbound....but TC will be wanting to keep the costs down so I doubt you'll be on them.
So, pluses are an afternoon and evening in Kamari on both legs, with no early starts, and enough time to take a trip to the caldera villages Fira, Imerovigli, Oia at some point probably on the return leg. I wouldn't be surprised if TC offer a trip for a few quid :) You could go by bus to Fira and then on to Oia but it's quite time consuming. Taxi's would be €35/40 each way to Oia
Oh, the other plus, if you are on the Bluestar ferries, is the view from the deck of the caldera villages perched a thousand feet above you as you sail out and in :)
Many thanks for the reply.
Just so you don't think you are getting short-changed, the cheapest option (Blue Star) is also the best option. Blue Star Ferries are large conventional ships with cafes and an outside deck where you can go to look at the scenery. I always pick Blue Star when given a choice.
Hi, what happens with our cases on the blue star? Do we have to keep them with us or is there some kind of luggage store?
When you walk up the ramp there is a luggage storage area on the car deck where you leave your bags. They are perfectly safe there, but bring a small carry-on type bag with your valuables to your seat. Some people are worried about leaving their luggage on the car deck, but it is actually safer there than when you take a flight, because it never changes hands during the voyage.
When the ferry approaches Naxos the car deck will be unlocked, and you will hear an announcement to go back to retrieve your luggage. There are no airport-type trolleys, so it helps to travel light.