Your Questions About Visit The Acropolis

Robert asks…

Good places to visit in Athens?

Going on holiday to Athens for a week. Heard that the Acropolis is a must visit but what to visit/do the rest of the week? Any recommendations?

Yaz answers:

Apart from Acropolis and the monuments on top of it, visit the Ancient Agora (Forum) and nearby Kerameikos, the National Museum with exhibits of all periods of ancient Greece, Benaki Museum with exhibits as from the hellenistic era to the 19th century, along with a very important collection of greek traditional costumes and items (there’s a very important collection of Islamic art too), the Temple of Poseidon at cape Sounion, where you can also enjoy a bathe, visit the Lycabettus hill where you can have lunch or dinner and enjoy a magnificent vew of Athens, try the little taverns all around Filopappos Hill, and as for bars, clubs etc the coast avenue from Faliro to Glyfada will give you lots of choice…

Mandy asks…

Will Athens be OK on our holiday?

Firstly, I’m not completely informed on what’s going on in Athens, but I’m going to do some research. We’re going to Athens on holiday on the 9th July, and I was wondering if it will be OK over there. The main holiday should be OK, because we aren’t based in Athens; we are sailing around the islands, but 1. Should be be worried at all about flying to Athens? 2. Will this mean we can’t visit the Acropolis? and 3. Will we be OK with taking Euros as our currency?

Yaz answers:

I live in Athens for 15 years now.

1. Flying to Athens is fine. Athens airport has been awarded as the best in Europe. Hijackings occur in the USA not in Greece!
2. Anyone can visit the Acropolis! Wonderful walk up to the monument from the surrounding area.
3. The currency in Greece IS THE EURO!! Since the country is part of the European Union!

The truth is there is some protesting outside the Parliament building (Syndagma Square) but it is peaceful regarding the Economic Crisis and the measures that the government is taking. But the same demonstrations are taking place now in Portugal and Italy and Spain and France.

I will be visiting New York in July – I wonder is it safe to fly there?

Charles asks…

What are good places to visit in Greece and Spain?

i have a school project and i need to “visit” 3 places in each these 2 countries. they need to b specific locations. not just cities. like i have 1 for greece. the acropolis. so stuff like that rather than just athens. thanks (:

Yaz answers:

Greece: Acropolis
Delphi
Meteora

Spain: Cathedral in Santiago de Campostela (a famous pilgrimage site)
Guell Estate (site of important buildings by the famous architect Gaudi ) near Barcelona
The Alcazar of Toledo (Even though you have to name specific sites, your teacher probably wouldn’t take off points for noting that the rest of Athens, Barcelona and Toledo are worth seeing.) There’s plenty of information about all these places on the web.

Nancy asks…

What do you think of Greece as a place?

I consider to visit greece because i would love to see Acropolis and probably visit Pilio (that’s a lot of traditional greek villages there) or islands.My friend who lives here says that the city of Athens is not a good city(too dirt , ugly buildings and no green!!!) but islands it’s a paradise! Is that true?

Yaz answers:

In terms of natural beauty, art, history, culture, museum, food etc is like top in the world, not many would disagree with this! The Acropolis museum is indeed fantastic and it was built to remind an ancient Greek temple! It has been voted two times (2010 and 2011) as the best museum in the world by IFOM. The Greek isles are fantastic indeed. Santorini is being voted as the most beautiful island in the world regularly, all this can’t be a coincidence!

Http://www.georgestravel.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=152:santorini-worlds-best-island-2011&catid=4:news&Itemid=10

Now in terms of current economy and politics, i don’t think it goes any lower right now based on western European standards. I think only in Africa, Eastern Europe, Pakistan, India, Middle East and Southern-East Asia is worse, well way worse to be honest.

Paul asks…

Places to Visit in Greece?

Me and my mother are going to Greece on the 17th of May. Recommend any places to visit? I know the Acropolis in Athens is amazing, so that’s number one on my bucket list. Thanks in advance!

Yaz answers:

You do not clarify where in Greece you will go. Even for a small country the places are countless.

Anyway, after the Acropolis the New Acropolis Museum is a must and if you are interested in the Ancient Greece the Archaeological Museum is also a must.

Visit Monastiraki and Psirri while in Athens and if you have time Sounion.

Also from Athens you can go to Delphi, Olympia, Epidavros. It can be done combined but it takes a couple of days in a tour.

You can visit some of the Saronic islands for a daily tour.

You can go to Meteora for something unique.

Those suggestions alone are enough to cover more than a week’s stay.

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Your Questions About Best Islands To See In Greece

Lizzie asks…

What are the places we must see in Greece & which is the best Island worth seeing?

We will go to Greece for 3 days.Please suggest us what are the most famous places we must see.Which Island is best in Greece?We will reach in Athens at 14th Nov. & return at 17th Nov.

Yaz answers:

3 days?in november?
No chance!
Only athens :
akropolis
plaka
ciao

James asks…

What are the best carribean islands to see during a cruise?

Hey everyone,.We are planning our honeymoon and our destination is Carribean cruise. We have choosed one that takes us to these islands: Dominica, St Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, St Kitts and St Lucia. Ship is leaving from San Juan. Do you think it is worth it? We really have no idea if other islands (like Aruba, Jamaica, Bahamas etc) are more worth it…..would you be kind enough to advise us? We are coming from Greece.
I would also like to ask if there are sharks in these seas…is it dangerous swimming there?
Thanks!

Yaz answers:

That is one of the most DELIGHTFUL cruises you could possible take in the Caribbean.. If all you know about the islands of the Caribbean is JAMAICA then you will be very pleasantly surprised that you could not go to ANY island that would be LESS LIKE JAMAICA than the ones you named. Those islands are all some of the best SURFING and SNORKLING and DIVING islands in the Caribbean. You picked a winner on that cruise.

I live on my boat in Antigua.. Stop by and I’ll pour you one of my special Rum Punches

John asks…

Best way to see greek islands by cruise or DIY?

im 25 and my mum and i are wanting to spend about 1 week in greece. we are thinking to do the Jewels of the Aegean Cruise

A 4 day cruise to Greece & Turkey with Louis Cruises

but im worried that i wont get to experience all the islands have to offer spending majority of the time on the ship. Do u have any suggestions on a 1 week itinery. We are both from Australia, have never been to europe before. we enjoy eating out, drinking, beaches, relaxing and exploring the sites.

Yaz answers:

One week is far too short for a trip like that. The cruise is the best you can do under the circumstances, simply because you will get to see some of the main ports of call and you will avoid the hustle of boat changing and all the paraphernalia.

Much better it would have been if you could take a longer cruise that involves other islands too.

Do not try island hopping for that short time because you will end up cursing the time you decided. It is not advisable in any right minded situation.

Daniel asks…

I would like to go to Greece or 1 of the Greek Islands in June for my holiday, where is the best place to go ?

I like sandy beaches and enjoy sight seeing and history in the day and eating out in the evening. I am not bothered about anywhere too lively, i would prefer somewhere more chilled out xxx.

Yaz answers:

Kefalonia is beautiful, and peaceful, and quite simply my favourite plac ein the world. It was where Captain Correlli’s Mandolin was set … Read the book before you go and you’re guaranteed to have a particularlay dreamy time …

Susan asks…

Best things to do in Athens, Greece (And near it?)?

What are some of the best places to see in Athens? Any off-the-books places? Anywhere really cultural, ancient, intriguing? Is there anything near Athens (A short train or bus away?) worth seeing?

Thanks!! I’ll be there for 3-4 days and really want to see a bit of Greece!!

Also: Ferries to the islands (from Athens) will be running in March, right? I’d like to go to Santorini for a few days if that’s possible.

Thank you so much..

Yaz answers:

The Acropolis is the one historical site you can’t miss
Athens is one of the main gates of tourism in Greece, thousands of visitors will stay a couple of days in Athens Greece before their trip to the Greek islands or the Greek mainland and Athens has many places of great historic value to visit especially the Acropolis and its environs. Therefore a map of Athens is one of the most needed items to have. First I suggest that you download for free the map of Athens from Greek National Tourism Organization GNTO here.and then open it and I will try to guide you through the roads of Athens and the most important places to visit. This will be a free tour of Athens in an interactive manner.Alternativelly you can watch as well this nice video with map and pictures of the various monuments and landmarks of Athens plus amazing music background.

Usually visitors to Athens arrive at Athens airport and then begin their visit by taking the bus to Syntagma Square or Monastiraki. When you have downloaded the map, identify Syntagma Square which can be the start of our tour around the centre of Athens. Directly opposite the square is the building of the Greek Parliament at Amalias Avenue and next to it is the National Gardens. I am sure you will want to visit the Acropolis and this is easily reached from Amalias Avenue. Thus, facing the Parliament building turn right and follow Amalias Avenue, on your left you will see the National Gardens and then, the Zappeion Exhibition Hall and The Temple of Olympian Zeus. A few metres further you will pass the Hadrian Arch. A few metres down from this turn right at Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This is one of the best pedestrianised streets of Athens. Following the map continue on this road and you should be able to see ahead of you, on your right, the Rock of Acropolis and the Ancient Theatre of Dionyssus.

A little further along is the theatre of Herodes Atticus and the entrance for the Acropolis starts from the road a few meters further on the right. Follow this road up hill to the top and soon you will have reached the Acropolis Propylea. From this lofty position you can experience a wide and panoramic view of Athens. Looking south east you can see the Mount of Penteli and Hymettus and to the south west you can see the south coast of the Athens Riviera. Looking westward is the Philopapou Hill and, far in the distance, is the Saronic Gulf and the Port of Piraeus. Looking north and northwestwards, starting from Areios Pagos you can locate Thission, the Athens Observatory, Monastiraki and, in the distance the northern-northwest suburbs of Athens are the slopes of Mount Aegaleo and Parnitha.

If after your tour of the Acropolis you want to visit the famous area of Plaka and the flea market of Monastiraki, follow the circular Theorias Street, which you can see on the map, and descend the steps that make up Dioskouron Street. On your left you will see the Hephaestus Temple and the Stoa of Attalus. At the end of the steps, on your right, is the Roman Agora. From here turn left and take the first street on the right and you will have arrived at the heart of Monastiraki. You can take a break here for refreshment at the cafes of Adrianou Street before continuing your journey into the flea market at Pandrosou Street. Alternatively, if you feel that you have walked enough for now, you can return to Syntagma Square by following the streets of Ermou or Metropoleos northwards.

If you want to visit Omonia Square from Monastiraki just follow Athinas Street until the end. It is only about a 10 minute walk passing alongside the public fish and meat markets of Athens as well as the Athens City Hall. However, there are not many great things to say about Omonia Square other than it is here that you can find cheaper accommodation and it still central enough to reach all the famous sites easily by foot. For example, if you wish to visit the Archeological Museum of Athens, you need to cross Omonia Square and turn left into Patission Street. Continue for around 5 minutes on foot, past the Greek Polytechnic and the Archeological Museum is next door.

A tour of Plaka can start, again, from Syntagma Square. Follow, according to the map, Filelinon Street and turn right at the pedestrianised Kydathineon Street. At the Square of Filomousos Etairias is the centre of Plaka with many restaurants, cafes and shops. Whilst there it is worth taking a tour of the small winding roads of Anafiotika. You will feel that suddenly you have left Athens and you have landed on a Cycladic Island.~
How to get in Santorini
By air

The fastest and most comfortable way is by air. Santorini has its own airport (a pretty small one) near Kamari village and next to Monolithos, with regular flights from Athens by Olympic Airways[1], Aegean Airlines[2] and AirSea Lines [3] as well as charters from many European towns. Flight duration from Athens to Santorini is about 30 minutes.
[edit] By sea

Take the ferry from Piraeus past Paros and Naxos to the new port on Santorini. More details in the Cyclades article. There is also daily connection between Heraklion city of Crete and Santorini during high season.

Visit Greek Travel Pages OR www.Ferries.gr and search through all ferry schedules to/from Santorini and the rest of the Greek Islands.

If you prefer sea, most popular and recommended transport are high-speed catamarans, like Hellenic Seaways Highspeed (bright-red Vodaphone-logo boats). The Pireaus-to-Santorini trip takes only 3.5hrs, comparable in duration to air, and more stress-free.

Ferries dock at the port of Athinios, where buses and taxis meet each arrival to transport passengers to Oia, Fira, and elsewhere. All vehicles climb up a very steep, winding road (it makes seven 180 degree turns) to get anywhere from Athinios.

If you travel by cruise ship, the experience will surely leave you with lasting memories. Cruise ships that reach the island of Santorini do not anchor at Athinios port, but one or two miles away from the old port of the island. Locals with fishing boats transfer cruisers to the old port, which seems not to have changed over the last 50 years. From there you can either use the cable car to reach the town of Fira, which will take no more than 5 minutes, or if you like small adventures you can ride a donkey, which climbs up a small path on the cliff to Fira. The latter option will last longer, but is definitely a unique experience~

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Your Questions About Planning A Trip To Greece Europe

Chris asks…

IB student trip-Europe(Austira,France, etc) or Greece?

Yo guys, i have an urgent question. I’m in gr.11 this year and planning to go abroad,with select teachers and fellow students from my high school, during spring break. I’m having problems deciding whether i should go to the regular Greece trip or the IB Europe tour trip. Yes i am aware that Greece is in southern europe, however by “europe trip” i mean travelling to Austria, France, and Italy. Both trips are supposed to be 13 days and we will have to pay at the maximum $4000 for our hotel rooms, meals, transport, etc. Also both trips are going to be ‘tourish’ , however the coordinator of the Ib trip told us that the Greece trip was going to be mostly an 70%-80% shopping trip-with the rest of the time spent on visiting some historical sites. The IB Austria,France,Italy is going to be 98% touring and some free time given to us for shopping here and there. The price seems kind of high for a 13 day trip and i’m not sure if just going to Greece to walk around and have fun is worth it; i’m also not sure if paying $4000 to go to concentration camps/old graveyards and churches is worth it either. My parents said i can go to whichever trip i want, since i have never even been out of the city ever since we moved here to Canada. Oh and is it true that if you’re Canadian and you go to some parts of Europe people voluntarily buy stuff for you? The coordinator said that. Aha free stuff is good man :) But she also said that there are alot of perverted old men in those European places that lurk around waiting to jump girls, and others just randomly coming up to kiss you? She’s putting a guy in with each group of girls just so he can protect them. I looked around the room during that meeting and loads of those guys in the room werent all that kick-butt looking, i mean com’on she was being blatantly sexist whether she meant it or not. Lol guys i’m just rambling now, and sorry for the huge message. Uhh so all i want to know is regular trip to Europe or educational IB trip to Europe (ie.Austria, France, Italy)
And one more thing, i don’t want anyone posting smart alek responses like “uhh well Greece is like in Europe aha pos” so i’m saying this again. I know Greece is in southern europe…the school board is just stupid for seperating both trips this way.

Yaz answers:

All in all, going to France, Austria and Italy is better value for the money and you will see a lot more things than old churches, cemeteries and concentration camps. If you think you might be bored by those, the ruins of Greece will seem even sadder, and the shopping you can do there is limited compared to the variety you will come across on the IB tour. Added to which Greece is very hot and dry, with rather sad looking dusty vegetation in many places, whilst France, Austria and northern Italy are fresh and green. You will not have your butt pinched by lecherous old men on that trip either : they would not dare as their own women are quick with a slap when the men let their hands wander…On the other hand do not count on freebies: it is a myth. People gave gifts to Canadian soldiers who liberated them at the end of WW2: that was sixty years ago.
However if Greek history and mythology are your forte, go for the Parthenon and Athens, Delphi and the oracle, and all the Greek tombstones, antiquities, and ruins but, from what you write, one gets the feeling you might soon be very bored.

Michael asks…

I’m planning a solo trip to Europe. Which areas should I be wary of in terms of sexually aggresive guys?

Extra details: I’m going to France, Spain, Italy and Greece — so if you know of any city’s in those countries where the men are especially lascivious, please help a girl out so I’m can take extra precaution! Thanks!

Yaz answers:

In France, they will stare openly at women on the street, but I never had any more problems than that unless the guy had been drinking, and then he would catcall drunkenly. It seemed to happen more there than in anywhere I’ve been in the US. In Italy they will also catcall a lot, especially if you are blonde or a redhead. I haven’t been to Greece, but my travel book says that women traveling alone attract attention there, especially if in a bar or club, but will typically leave you alone if you forcefully tell them no or get a local involved. I haven’t been to Spain, and haven’t heard much about it, but Spanish men I saw in Paris tended to catcall a lot. Typically most of this is harmless, and there isn’t any more real danger than you would have anywhere else, just annoyance if any of what I mentioned bothers you (the staring in France got really annoying to me after a while because it was so shameless). It isn’t any worse in any one city – it’s really just the culture of the country, although southern France and Italy (and the banlieus, or suburbs, of French cities, which are typically the “bad” parts of town) can be worse about the catcalling .

Maria asks…

A trip to Europe or a trip to Greece?

Hi! I am planning a tour for a senior “gift” trip in May or the summer of ’10 next year, but we’re having a bit of a problem on which region to tour or country. I was planning to go to Greece but one of my friend wants to go on a Euro tour. I want to go to Greece because I have a relative there that can help me with lodging and stuff and I always wanted to go there. My friend wants to go to Europe because there’s more areas to explore, but I’m worried about budget reasons and transportation and it’s pretty much confusing for me whereas Greece is just one place but I heard that it was expensive in the summer and so is Europe but I just need some advice and some of my confusion to be cleared. So if anybody can help me out, that would be great! Thank you! :)

Yaz answers:

If you go to Greece you’ll be killing 2 birds with one stone as Greece IS in Europe.

Steven asks…

Will you help me plan my trip to Europe?

Hey guys…I am thinking about a Europe trip with my boyfriend as a law school graduation gift! However, I have only briefly been abroad once, and my boyfriend never, so I was wondering if you could help us out….
1. Where should we go? I know that we want to do Spain, Italy and Greece–and Venice and San Torini are a must within these countries. What other cities/countries should we visit? In what order? Is three weeks enough time to do this?
2. What city should we fly into from the US? Should we fly out of a different city? How far in advance should I order our tickets to get the best price? Is a travel agent helpful?
3. Which mode of transportation should we use traveling between cities?
4. We were thinking of going late Feb or early March, is this a good time?
5. How do we find nice, but affordable places to stay? Should I do this in advance or wing it when we get there?
6. Any good planning websites or books?
7. Any other tips?
Thanks so much for your help!

Yaz answers:

3 weeks will be too short I would say to appreciate all these places…I did only part of Italy in 12 days and that was way too short….It may give you an idea….I travelled to Verona, Venice (2 nights), Montepulciano, Rome (3 nights…too short), Florence (3 nights) and Bologna…all these places I recommend…and you can do some day trips to places like Pomepeii, Sorento, Capri (from Rome) and Pisa, Lucca from Florence.

Train is very good in Europe and gets you from A to B effienctly…but you could get some cheap flights (site might help here)

I am not sure which city to fly from, but again the website might help you there as it offers the cheapest option in each link for that day, plus has links to the airlines themselves.
I would say cities like London, Paris and Frankfurt would be the most popular for arrivals, but Rome might be a good one for you in this case.
Sometimes you can get some good deals and this time of year might be quite good for cheaper flights (but obviously weather will be colder…as long as you are happy to put up with the colder days and a bit more rain, it will ok to travel…I visited Spain over Christmas (the coast south of Barcelona and while it was cool and overcast a bit, we did see the sun and it was nice…that is compared to the UK where we were living at the time!!!!)
Affordable places…try these webistes….hostels will be the cheaper option…if you share from time to time maybe it will be even cheaper and it will free up the wallet to do other things you might like ( as the accommodation will eat up the most of your money)….there are some links attached that give you some options to look at and some ratings too. They also include some cheaper hotels…but there are heaps of websites and sometimes it pays to shop around.
I would maybe get a travel guide like lonely planet or rough guides as it does tell you little things that maybe of interest….you could get single books or the europe one, but they can get heavy to carry around in your bag at times.
I have preplanned accommodation and winged, which has been ok in most cases really….the only problems i ever had was a large conference in Bologna where I paid thru the nose for accommodation!~!! And another time in Trieste where after an hour of searching for a cheap place I wnet into a 4 star hotel ( it was very nice) but then found several 3 star places nearby that I haden’t seen in my searching prior!! I had been so tired of looking for somewhere (even with signs pointing) that I gave up……
I would try not to pack TOO much into your time as you would spend you entire time travelling from A to B rather than enjoying your trip and it can get stressful at times too (ie which train, which ticket, validating your ticket, finding accommodation, where to go to eat….seems silly but it can get tiring and stressful at times…planning can help, but overplanning does not allow flexibility…say you hear about a fantasitc place to go and you have no time to see it)
Have fun

Mary asks…

We are planning a 1 month trip 2 Europe. Any suggestions on destinations?

Landing in Brittain. Plan on ending in Greece. Open to using all types of transportation to get around. Already have some must sees ie: Stonehenge, Paris, Barcelona, Malta, Venice, Athens.

Yaz answers:

I’ve been to places all over the world, but the most beautiful place i’ve ever been to is San Torini, Greece. You have to stop there.

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Your Questions About Visit The Acropolis Athens

Linda asks…

RESTAURANT IN ATHENS, GREECE?

can anybody help me with the name of the restaurant in athens, greece. i’ve been there but don’t remembre the name. my friend visits athens next week, and I want to advice her to go there.
the restaurant was viewing the acropolis(parthenon), it had huge french windows & i think it was on a small hill.

Yaz answers:

Could it be Dionysos, just across the road from the Acropolis and the Herodeion (roman odeion)? If it is that, it is on Philopappou hill, it is all alone, no other buildings around it, and has a big parking lot on the side.

Otherwise, it could be the Horizontes restaurant on Lycabettus(expensive fish restaurant), but that is on top of a big hill and looks the Acropolis from far. BTW, this is a vewry good restaurant, worth going if you can go Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at lunch, with a Diners card, they charge half price with the Diners. But you have to call them in advance and say you are going with the Dine Diners programme.

Carol asks…

Athens tourist attractions?

Hi, I’m going to athens and was wondering where I should visit? The only famous place I know is the Acropolis. Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Thanks for asking.
I’ve been.
Go get a travel book and look up what interests YOu.

I the city, there’s the Monasteraki shops, Lykabettos hill which gives you a great view, the Scared Way which i walked up at dawn leading to the Akropolis, several great museums, the Akropolise and Benares for instance,
and good side trips–a one day boat excursion to two or three islands, the bus tour to Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus
and one to Delphi…and the familiar one to Cape Sounion.

Be sure to eat tiropita, cheese pie, out in the open air and
wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat.
Enjoy!

Paul asks…

Would you change plans if you were planning to go to Athens in 2 weeks?

We are traveling to SW France and the Basque country. We currently have tickets to go to Athens on June 30 before returning to the U.S. on July 3.

Do you think the rioting will continue? We wanted to see the Acropolis (especially our 9-year old daughter) but we’re thinking that there might be a better time. If people believe this is a 1 or 2 day event, that’s one thing. But if it’s going to be an extended series of riots and potential violence, that’s different. In that case, maybe we’d visit Barcelona for a few days instead (or another place–feel free to recommend a place that would be good for a few days).

Thanks for your thoughts on the matter.

Yaz answers:

There aren’t any riots, but only peaceful protests, in fact there aren’t any riots till December the 2008. Also, no violent incidents (at least till now) but no one knows what could happen. Even in this occasion, you have to know that the violent protests are taking place in certain roads in the Center of Athens city.
So, if you avoid center, you’re fine.
Since you have a kid, I have a suggestion to make:
Why don’t you take her to Peloponnese, to see Agamemnon’s tomb, Mycenae city remains, Tyrins cyclops walls and Sparta (those stuff related with Troia you know) and to Nemea and Stymfalia (you remember the Hercules myth don’t you?), to Epidaurus theatre and ancient Corinth? Those place have extraordinary beaches, very ‘pure’ food (personal experience) and there are three incredible islands that you can reach, one plainly by car (Poros) and two by boat (Hydra and Spetses). Hydra is absolutely fantastic (and expensive).
And imagine that we’re talking only about ancient monuments that can impresss a kid, there are plenty of Byzantine monuments too. My daughter still remembers Mycenae and Agamemnon’s mask. Those places are all in the same region, all apart from Sparta. You can reach them if you base yourself to a rental apartment near the beach in Argolis region
for example in Nafplion, Poros a cheap island connected to the mainland by a bridge, Paralio Astros, Tolo and the famous Porto Heli
http://www.portoheli.net/photos.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidaurus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kranidi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nafplio
Please note that for all this you need to have a car, but the distances are not far at all, if you decide to rend a car for three days and see the sight-seeings.
Food is exceptional in this region, there is a massive oil and wine production. In the way you often see ONLY huge regions with mostly very old olive trees. In Nemea, apart from the city remains and the museum, there is a firma with biological local wines, whom you can probably visit.
There are also lots of homemade (but really homemade) high quality traditional products that you can taste. Nafplion is fantastic, picturesque, Corinth a dull city apart from its museums and ancient remainings.
So, this is an alternative that will imprese your kid and you will have your beach vacation too.

So…this is an alternative (it needs a car). Truth is three days are barely enough to see everything.
Enjoy whatever you decide.

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John asks…

Some constructions/creations define human race no matter where you come from?

Ok i was watching the preview of the epic movie 2012 which i will definitely go to movies to watch when it comes out and it inspired me to ask this question!This movie is about the end of earth and it shows some specific constructions (achievements) of human race getting destroyed by nature’s disasters !
So that made me think that there are some constructions of human race that they might took place in specific countries but every human in the planet is proud about them am i right?

What is your top 5?
My top 5 is in no specific order

Great Wall of China
Parthenon Acropolis of Athens Greece
Eiffel Tower Paris France
Pyramids of Egypt
Colosseum of Rome Italy

If my thought is wrong then why so many hundreds of millions people from every part of the world visit these constructions to admire the achievements of human race?I hope my question makes sense!
JON Taj Mahal,Machu Picchu and specially Colosseum over Acropolis?I think you are being unfair my friend but ok this is your opinion!

Yaz answers:

I can’t better your choices, but possibly replace the Eiffel tower with the Maddison Square Gardens, because some of the decisions made there have been out of this world ( unique )

Lizzie asks…

I do not understand this at all. Please help?

Ok, so in school, we’re doing Predicate Adjetives, Direct Objects, Indirect Objects, and Subjects, and I don’t know how to do it. My teacher gave me a practice sheet, so here are some of the questions.

1. The city of Athens is an exciting (place) to visit. _______
2. It has many (remains), such as the Acropolis. ________
3. Greece is a (country) in eastern Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea. _______
4. Many people climb (stairs) to get to the top of the hill. _________
5. Some tourists take a (tour) from downtown Athens to the Parthenon. ________

(And P.S., I’m not making you do my homework. I just need a few answers to be my example. I still have to do 25, I just need a few pointers.

Yaz answers:

You should do your own homework. Pay more attention in class.

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Your Questions About Planning A Trip To Greece And Turkey

Lisa asks…

Bodrum, Turkey to Greece?

I’m planning a 2 week trip to Turkey and Greece. I plan to visit Bodrum in Turkey and was wondering if it is possible to take a ferry from Bodrum to the Greek Islands, and from there to Athens?
If so, how can I make a reservation? and if not, are there any alternatives? (My current plan is Istanbul –Flight–> Antalya –Rental car/coach–> Bodrum –Ferry?–> Greek Islands –Ferry–> Athens)

Yaz answers:

Kos island (greek island) is the nearest greek territory to turkey. It is 45 min at most by ferry as i remember. You can buy tickets a day before at the hotel or tourism agencies, you dont need to book in advance. I remember the price as 50 liras round trip. From bodrum you can only go to kos.

Kos is a lovely island, and it’s pretty popular for holiday, you can spend few days there. From kos you take ferry and travel to other greek islands. My route was bodrum-kos-santorini-mykonos. I suggest santorini definitely. Mykonos is expensive and only has nightlife as a plus. From kos, santorini, myknos or any island you can go to athens by plane i dont suggest going to athens by ferry, it will be a long and tiring journey, as i remember airfare is quite affordable.

Http://en.aegeanair.com/
http://www.olympicair.com/Home.aspx?a_id=549

it’s better to book the ferries in advance, and keep in mind the lines are not operating everyday, some lines are 3 times a week. So making reservations for the ferries was more difficult than we imagined. From santorini to mykonos we couldnt find places for the day we were supposed to go, so we booked for a 1 stop voyage, but it was stressful due to delays of the ferries.

Between kos and santorini http://www.bluestarferries.gr/site/content.asp?sel=&loc=2
this company has huge ships, but they have a lot of delays,and i really suggest you to book business class if you can afford it. Stay away from economy class!!! The seats are not comfortable and the place is crowded in economy class. I havent seen such a seating system in any of the transportation means i used lol anyway the journey takes 4-5 hours not a big deal

http://www.hellenicseaways.gr/ but this company is super

also i used these sites to see all ferries and to make a booking
http://www.ferries.gr/
http://www.aferry.com/

have a good journey

btw you can go to bodrum by direct flight, if you dont have a plan in antalya. They may seem close to each other but there is 450 kms between.

Http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g298658-i765-k1976537-Bodrum_from_Antalya-Bodrum_Bodrum_Peninsula_Mugla_Province_Turkish_Aegean_Coast.html

btw there is no long line or custom difficulties for turks, it was the easiest entrance to a country i have ever done. The eu gate had a 200 mt line cause most of the passengers were european, but there were few of us and few americans.

Carol asks…

What souvenirs should I bring back home from Greece, Turkey and Southern Spain?

I am planning my trip and I always like to bring things from where I go. I want to bring some tea cups from Turkey, but I cannot think what is a MUST that I should bring from these 3 countries.

Yaz answers:

For Turkey: You may visit a Pasabahce store for traditional glassware or others. To have an idea visit its online store: http://www.pasabahcemagazalari.com/store/listProductsInCategory.aspx?page=1&categoryID=335&s=1

Nargile (Turkish smoking water pipes): http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/1666/nargile99er.jpg

Kilim, Hali (Turkish rugs) are among well known souveniers.
Http://images.google.com.tr/images?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1T4GGLL_en-GBTR306TR306&um=1&sa=1&q=t%C3%BCrk+kilim&aq=f&oq=&start=0

Çini (Turkish handmade porcelains):
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Betty asks…

when is the best time to travel to greece?

been trying to plan a trip to greece adn maybe turkey at the same time. when is the best time to go?

any tips on what to see and where to stay?

Yaz answers:

May is the best time to visit both countries. This is just before the BIG crowds arrive for the summer and before the heat gets unbearable.

Athens is amazing, but I always have the best time island hopping. You can island hop your way all the way to Turkey if you want to.

In Greece, I have done Athens, and the islands of Ios, Santorini, Rhodos, Naxos, and Samos.

In Turkey, I have been to Istanbul, Epheseus, Kusadasi, Fethiye, Olympos, and Gereme.

All great places to visit.

Joseph asks…

I would love some info about attractions at ports in Turkey and Greece that I plan to visit?

I leave May 20th for a trip to Greece and Turkey. We are going on a cruise, but before boarding the ship we have two and a half days to spend in Athens. I was wondering if anyone could advise me on what I should not miss on this vacation. Specific suggestions on attractions, shops, or restaurant recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Our first stop is Istanbul and we have from 3pm to 6pm the next day.
Then, we stop in Mykonos for 9 hours.
Tuesday, we stop in Patmos, Greece and Kusadasi, Turkey– spending 3.5 hours at the first port and 6 hours at the second.
Rhodes, Greece is next on the itinerary, and we spend all day there.
Finally, we split our final day between 5 hours in Heraklion and 4 hours in Santorini.
Thanks!

Yaz answers:

As i am from Greece i can suggest you what to do in te Greek part,any fiend from Turkey i am sure will inform you better about it.
Well,for the 2,5 days in Athens,you should of course visit Acropoli for start,and then have a walk to Plaka,or even stop there to eat in a restaurant,very popularto foreigner also is the Bairaktaris souvlaki at Monastiraki,you can haveyour shooping at ermou str.is next toSyntagma squeare( all of these are very popularso everyone that you ll ask ,he knows).for the night make sure to be at bouzoukia,is a way that greeks are having fun at night,club withlive Greek pop music and the people are dancing all the time.you ll love it.
For Mykonos the must be is the super paradise beach bar (in hot weather) and you can have great time in whole the island as it is ike the ibiza of Greece,
At the Rhodes,palia poli and kastro ton ippoton are must be (old town and the knight’s castle) and also the butterfly’s hill are magnificent.you are going to love it!!!!
About Heraclion iam not an expert so i cant tell you.
At santarini,well,what else exept dont loose the sunset!!!!!!it attracts all the turists as it is magical!!!
Http://www.santorini.net/home.html
hm thats all i can tell you!

Robert asks…

12 Month World Trip Planning?

My freind and his girlfreind want to plan a round the world trip using a open air ticket, or an airline ticket that offers flexibility on departure dates.

The list of destinations that they showed me was the following.

Egypt – Luxar

Australia

Thailand – Bankok

India

Canada

Mexico

Newyork

Newzealand

China

Unbelievably the list was in order of the destinations they wanted to visit.

I suggested to them visiting the destination that are local to each of the countries.
And applying that they use ground transport to visit other countries within the mainland, such as GreeceTurkey – Ferry to Cairo. Or India and road transport past the Himalayers to China.

They liked the idea and suggested that I help out with their planning.

So my question is:

Where can I purchase an open air ticket if ever one exists and what is the best website to visit that helps plan a world trip with considerations and advice on Visa’s/work and trip packages?

Yaz answers:

I would recommend a OneWorld ticket:
http://www.oneworld.com/ow/air-travel-options

There are obvious restrictions to stop people wildly zigzagging back and forth around the world. These are explained in detail on the website.

Very economical and I’ll be using them myself next year.

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Your Questions About Greece Holiday Packages

Linda asks…

Why Greece is not best for December Holiday?

Someone from yahoo answers have suggested me as greece not a good place for december holiday as its very quiet and lot of travel companies dont offer any packages either. Should i go there or not in december? I am bit confused..but i really want to go there in athens…

Yaz answers:

Greece is just fine for winter holidays, only it hasn’t been advertised as a winter destination. Yes, most islands will be deserted, but there are other places you can visit. You could visit a big city like Athens or Thessaloniki and spend your time just like you would if you visited any other european capital city or you could visit other popular winetr resorts, like Zagori in Epirus (picturesque villages, amazing local cuisine, hiking, rafting and kayak). Some of my favorite villages are Papigo, Aristi, Kapessovo and Vovoussa. There’s also Vikos Gorge and Valia Calda-a national park with protected wildlife.
Furthermore, you could visit Mount Pelion with its fantastic villages or some ski centre, like Vassilitsa, mount Voras (Kaimaktsalan), Seli, Arachova…
You could also visit Lake Plastiras or Lakes Prespes.
There are plenty more options…
You can do your own research, too.

Mandy asks…

does any one know turkey and Greece combo holidays?

hi …i live in Nottingham and im so much confused that where to go for holidays this summer…we are 2 adults and a 2 year old baby…we are looking to have a white sandy beach holidays for almost 2 weeks time and our budget is 1000 pounds..now im looking for some company that offers turkey and Greece combo holidays package in 1000 pounds for even less than 2 weeks dosent matter…plz plz plz help me in finding the best beach holidays but should be white sand beach… thank you

Yaz answers:

Capitalize the name Turkey too just like you did for Greece twice and you got yourself a proper etiquette.

Http://www.ayalatravel.com/turkey/package/view/6
http://www.greecetravel.com/hahathakis-tours/tours/14-days-lesvos-turkey.htm
http://www.travelgreeceturkey.com/indexgreece.asp
http://www.greecetravel.com/hahathakis-tours/tours/honeymoon-13-day-lesvos-turkey.htm

William asks…

getting married in greece?

any1 had a wedding in greece, as package holiday, if so can you please let me know where and who with if it was all good pls. tell me more, thanks

Yaz answers:

The first link has useful information about the marriage and the second a link for organizing one.

Joseph asks…

How to spend 10 days in Greece?

I’m trying to plan a last-minute 10 day holiday in Greece. First time visiting and I don’t get to visit Europe often. I’m torn between wanting to see as much as possible and not wanting to spend my holiday rushing around all the time. It seems the standard thing is to do Athens – Santorini – Mykonos – Athens, but this seems to skip a lot of major sites. Please offer some advice! Are there reliable agent offering ready-made packages (but don’t want to be guided all the time).

Yaz answers:

Greece is great at anytime of the year but in summer it’s just magical. I just came back from Sporades islands!
Athens – Archeological museum, Acropolis, Lykavittos hill, Monastiraki market, a walk down Glyfada beach.

Santorini- walks in magical city and beautifil sunsets.

Mykonos – partying and sunbathing.

Don’t miss: greek salad, fried zucchini, grilled octopus, freddo cappuccino coffee next to the sea, greek music and loads of frindly, lovely people you can meet there…

:)

John asks…

what is the easiest way to book a last minute package holiday?

want to go to Greece or Turkey last minute for a weeks break at minimum cost

Yaz answers:

There are tons of sites with last minute deals: Site59.com, LastMinuteTravel.com, Travelzoo, Priceline, Hotwire ..etc, etc. Etc. Check link below to see a more comprehensive list of these sites

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Your Questions About What Are The Best Islands To Visit In Greece

Maria asks…

Hi, what about popular islands in greece?

I will definately visit Santorini, and i was hoping to go to mykonos but the hotels are SO expensive, so i’m looking to go to another island by ferry but i don’t know what is the best choice..

any ideas about resorts and beaches welcome..

thank you very much
P.S
1) we are a couple
2) anything really interesting in the aegean sea? as we will be in santorini.. :) (except mykonos and paros)
3) crete also too big for a few days, also i’ve been years ago :)

i need something that has the special characteristic of greek islands but also a good nightlife

Yaz answers:

I lived in greece for 3 yrs….go to the islands…mykonos, crete they are very beautiful and it is not really expensive if u stay outside of the villages

Betty asks…

How much does a two week trip to Greece cost?

My dream has always been to visit Greece and I want to make that happen. I’d like to go in the Summer but I have no idea of how much money I should save for the trip. I’ve never traveled before so I have no prior experience or any idea of what to expect. (And EXPEDIA has not helped me whatsoever). Anyway, I would like to know how much each of the following will cost in US dollars, and how much money I should save up on the whole:

Airfare (round trip)
Lodging
Food
Souvenirs
Tour plan

Total (estimate)?

P.S. I plan on visiting the major attractions like the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus as well as Crete, etc. I don’t plan on staying long on the more expensive islands like Santorini (even though it is beautiful).

Also, are there any (less expensive but equally as beautiful) places I should visit while vacationing at Greece?

THANKS! The person who can answer ALL of these questions to the best of his/or her ability will get thebest answer” from me. Thanks again.

Yaz answers:

It really depends on where you will be located. Northern Greece is much cheaper than southern. I would recommend Thassos. We spent only about 800$ for ten days. Our costs included accommodation, scooter, eating and shopping.
Of course you can spent as much as you have wherever you are, but if you want cheap and great holidays this island is perfect option.
Check out this link http://www.travelnblog.com/greece/how-much-holiday-on-thassos-costs.html

Susan asks…

Easter in Greece but where?

Hi
My girlfriend and I want to go for the Easter weekend (4 days) in Greece.
We think about the cyclades (visit a island per day). We are more attract to visit small islands than big cities full of people (and beautifull monument but i ll be for another time).
What about lowcost company, is it possible to sleep with a tent everywhere (wild camping)?
B&B is the best solution?
Thanks for the help.

Yaz answers:

Camping is possible, but not in very touristy islands, such as the Cyclades, and perhaps not at this time of year, although the weather is quite good.
I also don’t think it is a good idea to go to one island per day, because the ferry trips will take up most of your time. I would suggest that you choose 2 islands, on the same ferry line, such as:
Syros-Mykonos (it will be quite costly though)
Paros-Naxos (cheapest option, great beaches, architecture and monuments, and camping). Santorini is on the same ferry line too, but a little far.
Sifnos-Milos (although Milos is best for the beaches, and it is cold for swimming now).
If you stay in Athens for a day to see the Acropolis and Plaka, until you set off for the islands, plus the waiting time for ferries and trip time, I don’t think there is time for much else. Plus it will be nice not to run around, but also stay on an island for some time to see the local Easter customs etc.

Another option would be to visit the islands of the Saronic gulf, such as Egina, Hydra, Spetses and end up to Monemvasia, the medieval castle. This is a nice option for Easter too, and they are also on a hydrofoil line.

Laura asks…

GREEK vacation planning…need advice please…?

My wife and I want to visit Greece…Probably start in athens and then go island hopping….Santorini is a must.

What other islands would you recommend. We like islands with nice beaches that are peaceful.

What is the best way to travel between the islands?

Is it a good idea to do a Greek Island cruise?

Are there any good Greek package providers that someone can please suggest?

Thank you so much for your help.

Yaz answers:

Crete is ridiculously amazing. Go there for sure, but you’ll need to carve out a couple days for it. See the North Coast (I recommend Rethymnon- stay in a bungalow on Camping Elizabeth- most amazing place I’ve been), and the South Coast (take a ferry to Lutro, only accesable by ferry) and spending some time in the little villages between (donkeys, olive groves, fresh springs). The beaches on the south coast are rarely ever populated, just drive away from the hotels and the towns.

I think Santorini is only good for a day/a couple hours– it’s EXTREMELY touristy and has some nice views, but is over priced and hot as hell (i.e. Not peaceful). I wouldn’t spend the night there. Cruises are icky, I would say get some ferry tickets and rent a car on the bigge islands so you can get to the perfectly pristine beaches.

Lisa asks…

What is Skiathos , Greece like ?

Looking to book holiday to Skiathos Greece . Is the island suitable for teenagers or would they be bored ? Where is the best place to stay not looking for wild nightlife just some nice restaurants and bars to visit in the evening . Also can anyone recommend decent trips whilst holidaying there

Many Thanks Cheryl

Yaz answers:

Nobody [including teenagers] can ever be bored in Skiathos. There are so many places to discover, so many activities, more than 60 different beaches, weather is fantastic, shops, organized trips to the neighboring islands, and to beaches that you can only reach by boat, on open air cinema, a theater, museum, monasterys, restaurants, bars, beachbars, nightclubs, cafes…The city of Volos and the Pelion mountain are only about an hour away- and worth visiting.

Most tourists go back every year. They say it’s the most beautiful place on earth. I share their view, and i’m there every year. Never felt bored, and I don’t think i ever will :)))) But if you don’t see it with your own eyes, you will never know..

For a hotel, depends on your needs and your budget. You will find all the information you need online.

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Your Questions About Visit The Acropolis

Nancy asks…

how many tourists visit the acropolis athens?

Yaz answers:

More like several thousands every day , especially in the summer months .

Charles asks…

Could someone please tell me the top 10 places to visit in Athens, besides the Acropolis?

I’ll be in Athens for 4 days next month (June). It will help me plan my stay if I knew where to go. My wife and I are mostly interested in seeing historical places, museums and ancient buildings.

Yaz answers:

1. Temple of Olympian Zeus

2. Temple of Hephaestus

3. Greek Parliament

4. Kallimarmaro Stadium

5. The Parthenon

6. The Athens Planetarium

7. Lykavittos the tallest hill of the city

8. National Archaeological Museum of Athens

9. The old campus of the University of Athens,

is one of the finest buildings in the city.

10. East terminal, at former Hellenikon airport

11. The Athens Olympic Velodrome,

James asks…

anyone know any good places to visit in Athens besides the acropolis?

im goin to Athens greece this month to attend my cousins wedding so i jus wanna know some good places to visit so i dont get bored
plz dont tell bout the riots i know about them but i have plenty of family there so they know the safer areas

Yaz answers:

Here is a list that I stole from this site: http://www.www-bestplacestolive.com/5-th…

VISIT THE PARTHENON

It doesn’t matter whether you are an archeology buff or not when it comes to this ancient Greek ruin. Modern civilisation owes a lot to the principles, philosophies and establishments made by the ancient Greeks, and this particular masterpiece embodies a lot of this. When climbing the steps of these ruins, experience a sense of history, and if possible, make this your first top at Athens. The price of admission will allow you to sample other sites for free.

GO TO THE NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

While this Athens attraction may seem a bit out of the way it is simply a must see when you visit Greece. You’ll find some of the most esteemed collections of ancient paintings, sculptures and statues on the planet. Laying your eyes on the 2,000 year old computer will give you an idea of just how far ahead the Greeks were in those times.

ATHENS CENTRAL MARKET (agora)

Love shopping? This this is one place that you must visit. Adore fresh produce? Even better. It’s a good idea to arrive early in the morning to find a fresher and more varied selection of fruit, seafood, vegetables and fruit that would be difficult to better elsewhere. The prices are reasonably cheap, and the lush colours and smells of the local produce should get your taste buds flowing.

MT. LYCABETTUS

Yes, it’s a lot of effort to climb to the top of a mountain, but the view is one guaranteed to take your breath away. On top of the stunning view you can take advantage of the amphitheatre and the ultra quaint café you will find at the top. Think the trip is over once you get to the top? The way down can prove to be just as much of a mission.

THE PLAKA

The Plaka is by far the oldest neighborhood in all of Athens and a walk through this area can be a great experience. The hustle and bustle, cute tourist shops and on-street entertainment offers a sure-fire way to have an enjoyable time.

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Couple of things I need to add……if you go to the Acropolis, then you also need to go to the Acropolis Museum nearby. Don’t forget to stop by the cafe where they serve wonderful light meals and snacks (with a view!).

Go out to Sounion and watch the sunset. If you don’t have a car, there are busses that go there. Ask at your hotel.

Are you visiting any islands at all while you are in Greece? Please do. If you don’t have time, then you’ll have to take a day away from Athens to visit one of the nearby islands. Or perhaps take the one-day cruise that visits Hydra, Aegina and Poros.

Read the info on this website. Look at the tabs at the top and peruse each one. You’ll get many good ideas about things to do. Http://true-athens.com/

Here is another good resource—->http://www.greektravel.com/athens.htm

Michael asks…

I want to visit Greece this summer?

I have been all over Europe except Greece. I would love to visit this summer, I would be a first time traveller there, never been before, anyone have any reccommendations? places? They have been to, or been referred to, should I go for budget, or an all inclusive? I am particuarly interested in Athens, as I want to visit The Acropolis, and do all the touristy stuff! But are there any nearby areas tourist friendly with beaches, good restaurants, sights? Would appreciate the help, I am 24, female! not a raver or mad about nightlife, just really want to experience this beautiful country!!!
Thanks for the replies so far to all!! Yes I am aware of the demos and protests, to be fair Id spend a day in Athens, just for sights then move onto an island or something. I will see!! Keep the answers coming, if any Greeks have any info or opinions, they would be most welcome :)

Yaz answers:

Contrary to the answers that highlight on the protests which do not in the main affect tourists and therefore should be ignored, I would say that only one day is Athens is not enough to see the city.
Anyway, it can be done if you have an early start on the day you will spend there.
Acropolis and its New Museum is a must in any case. Plaka, Monastiraki and Psirri can be the follow up of that.
But I feel one more day will complete the picture somehow.

Islands are numerous and a combination of Santorini and Crete will only give a small portion of what Greece is all about. I can be writing for hours in favor of this or that but have a look on the links below to make up your own opinion.

Paul asks…

I want to visit the architectural wonders of Turkey and Greece. Who do I go to for this? Any private guides?

Same old American tourist questions: Is it safe? Will I be disliked because I’m American? I very much want to visit the Blue Mosque and the caves at Cappadocia and some of the Christian historical sites. I want to learn a lot more about Kemal Ataturk and the history of Turkey. This is NOT a vacation resort trip. I’m very curious about this area known as the cradle of all human civilization. My interest in Greece is primarily architectural. I want to visit the Parthenon on the Acropolis, the Minoan palace of Knossos and so on. A private guide would be nice and lower my stress level a little so I can relax and enjoy my explorations. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

Yaz answers:

Hi Kingdaire,

Greece is one of the safest countries within European Union. So I guess there shouldn’t be any worries on that. The majority of Greeks speak English and the society is quite an open one. As with the rest of Europe, the anti-Americanism is directed against the state and its policies and not really against its people. Greece is thought to be the cradle of Western civilization but not really the human one (!). I would definitely bring a Lonely planet guide with me.
For more:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/europe/greece/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece
The only thing that I would worry would be the Dollar:Euro rate these days. At this rate, Greece may seem a bit expensive for the average American and definitely it is far more expensive than Turkey.

To the best of my knowledge, the majority of my remarks on Greece apply also all across the Western part of Turkey. Great sites, amazing history and wonderful people. While there, it will be handy to get an idea of the recent history between the two countries (Greece and Turkey). I will refrain from reporting anything on the Eastern part of Turkey (i.e. From Ankara eastwards) as I could hardly relate to, could not figure out how much of what I was exposed to was Turkish or Kurdish and my personal experience was rather “shocking” and not really a pleasant one (in many different ways). People , however, were still wonderful. But Turkish people would rather know more on this.

Enjoy!

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Your Questions About Planning A Trip To Greece And Italy

Richard asks…

Need Help Planning my trip to Italy and Greece.?

I am planning a trip to Italy and Greece. It is our first time and we have NO expectation to see and do it all. We want to see some sights and get some relaxation in as well. So far the plan is to Fly into Rome spend 2 nights, 1 night in Naples, 2 nights in Capri, 2 nights Athens and 3 nights in Santorini. I am not sure if we should even stay in Naples or add an extra night to Rome or Capri. Getting to Pompeii for a day is a must though. I just really need help narrowing down the amount of time we spend in each place. Any advice would be great.Hotel suggestions would be great too. Santorini is giving me a run for my money trying to pick a area and hotel. We are in our early thirties and want relaxing but good bars and food need to be close. Thanks for any suggestions.

Yaz answers:

Hello there! We are temporary residents in Italy and we just returned from Greece (most of the time we live in San Francisco).

I can’t speak to all of your planned cities, though we loved Santorini. It is a great time to go, as the weather is gorgeous (well, somewhere between “perfect” and “just a tad cold”), and even supposed touristy spots are not crowded! We stayed at the Blue Horizon , which admittedly is not in the center of the action, but once we had a scooter, it was not an issue, and it was fun to see the island that way. We paid an off-season rate of 60 euro for the hotel and 13 euro for an 80 rpm scooter.

Just one thing — not sure how much relaxation you are intending, but I think for some, 3 nights might be one night too much, especially since it is soooo quiet there right now.

We’ve been based in Turin during our time in Italy, so as regards Italian cities and sights, we’ve covered the north a lot better. It’s obvious you have limited time, but I do highly recommend Northern Italy as well, principally Cinque Terre, which we’ve visited 3 times in the last 4 months. :-)

Ken asks…

I’m a 20 yr old female, planning to make a solo trip to southern Italy & Greece.?

Just need some tips and advice from those who’ve been there before, especially solo women travellers. I’m only planning to be 5 days in Italy and then move on to Greece. What are the must-sees in Southern Italy and where should I stay if i’m only staying 5 days…Florence, Venice, Rome?

I’ll be staying in a single room in a Bed & Breakfast place. Is it safe to leave my valuables behind in the room, while I’m out sightseeing? I understand that some of these B&Bs don’t have safe boxes. But I cannot possibly carry along my passport and all my money everywhere I go.

Also, I can’t speak Italian, will the language barrier be a problem? I know that in Greece they all speak English but what about Italy..?

Lastly, until what time is it generally safe to walk around in the streets on my own, esp in Italy?

Yaz answers:

Y go alone
take me with you

Steven asks…

How to plan a Trip to Italy, Greece, and Turkey next year?

what is the best way to travel, best places to go, and cheap ways to get from Rome to Athens? Has anyone taken this type of trip? Where is the best place to stay?

Yaz answers:

Try Trip Planner, and collect ideas from many people

Donna asks…

Planning a trip to France, Italy and Greece?

I’m planning a trip to Europe with my husband for a belated honeymoon. We plan to fly into Paris and from there travel to Italy and Greece. We will then fly back home from Athens. We are trying to figure out the most economical way to go about this and I am open to any suggestions. First of all, is it cheaper to rent a car and drive from country to country, or to take a train? Secondly, is it cheaper to buy a 3 country Eurorail pass ahead of time or to purchase tickets at the train stations? And finally, what is the best way to get from Italy to Greece? I saw on the Eurorail website that the ferries are included, but I’m wondering what the price difference would be if we were to not go with the Eurorail — it just seems so expensive. Again, any advice would be helpful, so just lay out some suggestions, please :)

Yaz answers:

The Eurail option for getting from Italy to Greece is the ferry – it’s a very long way by train. However, there are budget airlines that are competetive. A good site for finding budget flights is: http://www.skyscanner.it/ . Personally, I prefer the night train for travel between Paris and Venice, Florence or Rome. Partly, that’s because it best suits my schedule for a weekend trip to Paris from my home in northern Italy, but it can also be an inexpensive option if you buy tickets in advance. They are also the only direct trains between Paris and Italy. The standard fare is 130 euro for a berth in a 4 bed compartment. If you use a Eurail pass, you will still have to pay an additional 45 euro for the same accomodation for the mandatory reservation. However, if you buy a ticket far enough in advance, there are discounts on individual tickets. The cheapest rate for the 4 bed compartment is 45 euro – the same cost as the supplement you have to pay using a pass. There are also 6 bed compartments which are a little cheaper. Note that this is a popular route and it is not easy to get the discounted tickets. There is also a limit to the number of railpasses that can be used on the train and that limit is also often hit fairly far in advance of your trip date.

There are links to the various national train websites where you can price individual tickets and a ton of information on railpasses here: http://www.seat61.com/

The drop off fees for a rental car will be very high when you’re starting in one country and ending in another.

Chris asks…

Planning a two week trip to Italy and Greece?

So my best friend and I are planning a two week to Italy and Greece. Neither of us have been there before, so we’re not quite sure what we want to see. He’s a photographer and is hoping to get some great shots of ruins and scenery, and I’m an actress so therefore looking forward to seeing some great theatre in both countries. There’s so much we want to do, and we may extend our trip if we need to to see everything we want to see, but I was hoping we could get some advice on the best things to do.

We’re thinking 9 or 10 days in Italy and 4 or 5 in Greece (maybe a couple more). We want to try to be as authentic as possible in where we stay and eat, but also don’t have a completely expendable budget (though we will postpone our trip to earn as much money as we need! :D)

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions? If you’ve done a similar trip, please go ahead and tell me where you went and how long you stayed in each place. Thank you so much! I’m so excited about this!
Can people please stop talking about riots and things? That’s not why I posted this question. And the trip is about two years away. We’re planning way ahead. Thanks.

Yaz answers:

For your visit in Italy, I would visit Rome and Florence for a few days each, and then from there take a train to either Venice or the Cinque Terre- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinque_terre

If you have more time, you could also visit Milan or the Amalfi Coast. Wherever you go, just look for decent hotels in the center of the city. Hotels.com is helpful, and you can also check the Lonely Planet or DK Eyewitness Travel Guides for hotels. Don’t forget to ask the hotel owner or manager for good places to eat. They will help you. But a rule of thumb when you’re out is to look for places without English translations… They will be more authentic.

I don’t know as much about Greece, but I know there are some 4 or 5 day cruises that just hit the islands, which are gorgeous. I loved my time there.

Good luck and enjoy your trip!

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Your Questions About Greek Island Hopping Tours

Charles asks…

EF College Break Greek Island Hop??

I am planning to go on the Greek Island hop next summer. I was wondering if anyone has gone on a EF College Break tour before and what they thought of it? More importantly, has anyone gone on the island hop tour before? any other suggestions would be helpful as well! Thanks!
thanks helicia! i’ll be sure to do that

Yaz answers:

Hey, my fan’s answer was deleted, so she just wanted me to pass this on to you in case you needed the info. Here it is
“Im going this August on that Greek Isles island hop! I can let you know about it when I come back. And ya, EF College Break is really great. I like them. If you use the discount code hesseln1188 you’ll save $50, if you haven’t booked yet. You can contact me, and i can stay in touch and tell you how my trip goes. My email is h.helicia@yahoo.com :)” I usually don’t do this type of thing, but i don’t see why it was deleted. Hope this helps.

-Annie

Carol asks…

Fantasy Travel Agency in Greece?

My friends and I are thinking of using Fantasy Travel agency in Athens for an island hopping tour around the Greek islands. Has anyone used them before? Are they any good? Are they legit?

Yaz answers:

No I reccomend you to travel with an other agency…I work in a big agency in patras town…2 hours from athens.Try those travel agency’s

Heronia travel
Dream travel
Travel plan
Balakakis travel
Acadimos travel
Atlas travel( Which I prefer it)

Or if you want contact with us

www.newconcept.gr

Sandy asks…

My boyfriend is in Iraq and he’s getting 2 weeks leave. We fly anywhere in the world for FREE…but where???

My boyfriend and I are planning to take a trip. He has the opportunity to fly anywhere in the world free during his vacation leave. He’s currently serving his first tour in Iraq. I’m 22 and have never been anywhere besides California. I would love to visit the Greek Islands, Paris, Spain, Italy, Hawaii…

I really would love to visit Santorini and island hop but I’m afraid being somewhere hot and sometimes with no air conditioner (I read that some of the smaller islands don’t have them in their hotels) would remind him of the sandbox…I just want to pick somewhere we could both go to relax and see some things we’ve never seen. Somewhere memorable and beautiful…

Ideas?
Experiences?

Yaz answers:

Italy (Venice, Rome) with a romantic atmosphere would be good and it close to the Greece. Good luck!

James asks…

Staying Cheap in Greece?

Okay so I’m planning to go island hopping Greece sometime this July (2009)
Im hoping to stay for a month but I’m not sure how much it will cost to eat, drink, sleep, and sightsee there.

Could anyone tell me the price of beer, food, accomodations, nightclub entry, ferries, etc.?

And could you also tell me where the best parties are and places to definitley go while I’m there?

Also I will not be with a tour as I am just going to plan it out with a bunch of friends. I also don’t mind camping, but I want to eat the delicious Greek food and wine, not fast food.

Thanks

Yaz answers:

Drinks are about 7 Euro and to get into a club is around the same
you should definitlyy go to some beach parties when ur there
When going out to eat go to the tavern by the beach they have traditional and very fresh food.

Betty asks…

Greece trip? :)????????

I’m going on a trip with a lot of americans for 2 weeks… then alone…

do many greeks know english….. or Serbian by any chance???
(in athens and on the islands)

and… how safe is it for a girl who’s 19 to travel alone through Greece??

Also…
if anyone’s been to Athens or Patras or Argolida….. what is there to do there…..
do you know any good clubs…. or restaurants….( and what kind of music do they listen to there…… is it folk-ish…. and Greek…. or western stuff…like hip hop….)

Any answers or tips would be an EnoumouS help

thnx
:)

also… do you suggest any cities….. … i’m already going to Athens, Delphy, Patras, Olympia, Argolida, Epidaurus, Mycanae, Cape Sounion, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Patmos
what is there to do in any of these..other then the history tours…? any suggestions?

also…. is going to Meteora worth it…. because it’s not really on the way to anything…. but it looks really beautiful…

thnx….
sorry for all the questions…….

Yaz answers:

Yes, many Greeks know English and it can be said that it is a second language in a way, just you have to bear with the great accent (cough) we have. Serbian no, there are very few people that know some Serbian, and that through interaction with Serbs.

As for how safe it is for a 19 year old woman to travel alone, hmm i don’t know, it is and it isn’t, it ‘s upon anyones luck i guess. It would certainly be better to avoid places without a lot of people, especially in the middle of the night on your own (or even worse get drunk on your own), and keep your hands firmly at your purse in Athens. Just take some precautions and don’t be careless, it is not THAT safe. Apart from Greeks, there are many illegal immigrants here that can cause you trouble.

As for Meteora, yes it is worth it. They are absolutely beautiful, and the one time i went there, i couldn’t stop taking photos.

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