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I shopped 4-5 months before the trip and ended up purchasing the cheapest ticket at $950 each, flying with Air Canada & Lufthansa.
** THE SMALL FLIGHT FROM ATHENS TO SANTORINI CAN BE FOUND FOR SO CHEAP. AS CHEAP AS $29 IF YOU LOOK HARD ENOUGH. WE PAID $70 PER PERSON, BUT I WISH I HAD KNOWN TO SHOP LONGER!!
Flights were great and entertainment was essential and appreciated too (especially when traveling with littles). Airlines are starting to depend on your smart devices (laptops, phones & tablets) so make sure you download the entertainment apps before you board so that you are not left looking out the window.
Houston to Toronto - 3 hrs
5 hour Layover
Toronto to Athens - 10 hrs
Athens to Santorini - 25 mins
After 18+ hours of travel with a 4 year old we were ready for some R&R. Let me give my little some well deserved props. She did absolutely amazing, so if you cringe at the idea of long travel with your kid, try giving them the benefit of the doubt...they may end up surprising you! Sweyzie sure surprised me and loved all the adventures that airports offer: Moving floors which lend themselves to racing with your carry-ons, airport slumber parties, snacks everywhere, unlimited movies, etc...
Traveling with small children can be daunting, so keeping them occupied will pay off. Make sure their backpack is full of activities that will keep them stimulated. It takes some time and planning on the front end, but you will be glad you did it! My mother in Law saved me on this one, because I didn't even think of packing an activity bag.
My Toddler's Activity Bag: Crayons, color book, stickers, lip gloss, fruit loops, puzzle, legos, beads and string for necklace making, markers, gum (popping ears), headphones (a MUST), etc...
*** DONT FLY WITHOUT A GOOD TRAVEL PILLOW ***
Spending Money Experiment : My parents ordered Euro from their bank before they left. We converted our USD to Euro at the airport and ended up paying more for the conversion. To be exact, we were charged 20%. So, if you convert $1000USD, you will receive $800. EEkkkkkk, that was rough! So it will benefit you if you order your conversion wherever you do your personal banking. It is quite easy to do!
Photo Credit: Linsey McNeel