Your Questions About Planning A Trip To Greece

Richard asks…

Planning Trip to Greece?

My sister and I are planning a European Trip. We will be in Greece for 3 days and would like to have an itinerary planned for each day of sites to go see and we would like to do this independantly of any “group travel” agency. I think the important thing is that we plan everything in such an order that we can cluster site-seeing by location. Have any of you had any organized itineraries that you would be willing to share?

Yaz answers:

I have seen people travelling through Greece your way.. A shame to spend only 3 days in Greece..
If you insist and you are landing at Athens airport, then spend/walk 1 day in Athens to visit the obvious sites; for the second day, make sure you booked a taxi/cab for a long day trip (expensive) to Delphi, Corinthos, Mycenes & Epidavros.. The trip in all its beauty will kill you.. Make sure your day ends up in Nafplio or Tolon, so early morning you can pick a ferry-combination that will bring you over the Islands of Hydra and Aegina to Pireaus (Athens port).
Then hury back to your plane.. And take a long rest in the absolut knowledge that you have past by some of the most valuable world heritage sites, without seeing them…
Sorry not to be able to give you a more positive approach; Greece is worthed more then 3 days..
See some of my pictures and enjoy your brief visit ..
Http://community.webshots.com/user/glljansen

Charles asks…

Need help planning trip to GREECE!?

Hi all, my husband and I are planning a trip to Greece (Athens) for the first week in Nov. Can anyone help me by letting me know about great (but not too expensive) hotels that are near the sites, so that we could walk to most of the places instead of wasting money on taxis. Also, we plan on going for about 5-6 days, so any advice on how to spend our days (what to see on Day 1, for example) would be very helpful! Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Look on www.tripadvisors.com for Athens Hotels. They will have travelers’ ratings of various hotels. There are a lot of small, reasonably priced hotels in or near The Plaka district. We spent 6 days in Athens in June ’08 and loved every minute of it. We stayed at the Divani Palace Acropolis, it was kind of expensive but a GREAT breakfast was included. There were so many great sidewalk cafes within a short walk that we didn’t go hungry. Athens has an on/off tourist bus that hits all the main sites, good deal. Do a web search for Greek Tourism and you will learn a lot about Athens. There are numerous day trips you can take from Athens. We went to Delphi and Souinon. GO you will love it.

Jenny asks…

How early do I start planning a trip to Greece?

I’m going to Greece in 2008 and need to know when and how to start planning.

Yaz answers:

U already planing

Betty asks…

I am planning a trip to Greece. How much money would I need for a 12 day’s stay?

Lets hear it weather being conservative or spending lavishly. What would be the ballpark dollaramount for the average tourist stuff/hotels/museums/gas/rental bikes/ferry’s to islands etc.

Yaz answers:

The U.S. Government remains deeply concerned about the heightened threat of terrorist attacks against U.S. Citizens and interests abroad. Like other countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement for free cross-border movement, Greece’s open borders with its European neighbors allow the possibility of terrorist groups entering/exiting the country with anonymity. As the first entry point into Schengen from points south and east, Greece’s long coastline and many islands also heighten the possibility that foreign-based terrorists might try to exploit Greece’s borders. Domestic terrorist organizations such as Revolutionary Struggle and “Sect of Revolutionaries” have become increasingly active against both domestic and foreign targets in Greece. Recent attacks and attempted attacks have included the use of Molotov cocktails (gasoline bombs), small arms and rifle fire, and improvised explosive devices, the largest being a 50-kilo car bomb which failed to detonate before the police arrived. The Greek police forces, other Greek governmental agencies, private American and Greek businesses, and the United States Embassy have been attacked in the last three years. Recent actions indicate that the perpetrators are indiscriminate. The risk of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” in the event of a terrorist action is a concern for residents and visitors. U.S. Tourists or residents in Greece should remain vigilant, exercise caution, and monitor local developments. Some current terrorist organizations are aligned with the ideology of the older Marxist terrorist group November 17 (N17) which targeted Greek businessmen and officials, as well as officials from NATO countries in Greece, from the mid-1970s until the early part of this decade. N17 terrorists murdered 23 people, including five U.S. Government employees. Strikes and demonstrations are a regular occurrence. Greece is a stable democracy and these activities for the most part are orderly and lawful. However, a wave of incidents started when a teenager was shot and killed in an encounter with the police in December 2008. Incidents occurred throughout Greece, but the primary sources of violence were in Athens and Thessaloniki, Protestors there engaged in violent confrontations with the police and carried out destructive vandalism and rioting in localized areas, some of which are areas frequented by tourists, injuring numerous police officers. Riot control procedures often include the use of tear gas. Visitors should keep abreast of news about demonstrations from local news sources and hotel security. When there are demonstrations, visitors should be aware of and avoid places where demonstrators frequently congregate, such as the Polytechnic University area, Exarchia, Omonia, and Syntagma Squares in Athens, and Aristotle Square in Thessaloniki. The Omonia and Exharchia areas of Athens are at particular risk for crime and politically-motivated violence; U.S. Embassy personnel and their families have been urged strongly to avoid these areas between 9 pm and dawn.

Mark asks…

What steps should I take in planning a trip to Greece?

Should I book through an agency? Which airline is best? Where to go? Where to eat? Anything that you would definitely recommend? Any ideas are welcomed!

Yaz answers:

Yes, all of the islands are so different. I went to Crete on my honeymoon and it was fantastic. I used to live in Greece and still visit frequently. I like to make most of my plans myself, since some things like schedules with ferrys are subject to change.

Mykanos is a party place, Rhodes is gorgeous and great for shopping, Crete is beautiful.

I recommend flying into Athens, and then staying on night to catch up on sleep, or flying directly to your destination, that day.

Spending a couple (2-3) days in Athens, is highly recommended. You can do this at the begining or end of your trip since that is usually where you are flying in and out of. Taxis are reasonable and the best things to see are the obvious: The parthenon, museums, Olympic stadium. I took bus tours once I arrived, that were arranged throught the hotel, most hotels, will be able to arrange this. If not the airport has several travel agencies that will be happy to help you plan most of your last minute flights, and tour arrangements.

I recommend flying Olympic for inter Greece travel, you can go to thier web site to book ahead.

I would also get some free travel guides on the web sites. I got maps from a local book store or the island(s) I planned to visit.

I hear Santorini and Hios, are also great places to visit with a lot of culure.

Expedia.com was very helpful with the hotels, because you can usually see what the hotel rooms will look like. But if you are trying for low budget, then you might want to be more flexible and look for lodging when you get to the island. If you ask around there are usually homes that rent out separate rooms, and it can be quite an adventure.

WARNING: If you make a trip plan with a local(greek) tour guide, ask for your itenerary to be printed in military time(greeks call this german time system). My freinds and I planned a ferry ride to another island the next day, the girl at the tour center told us it was at 3 in the afternoon. We showed up at the port with all of our luggage, and missed the boat, because it was actually 3 in the morning it left. Be very careful about this. Not everyone is as bad at this, but just to be safe learn military time. Which the germans use, all the time. Ask if it is a trip for 0300 or 1500.

Greece is a beautiful place renting a car or a motor bike is a great suggestion.

It may be a good idea to talk to a greek tour guide in America to get some idea of where you want to go. They can ask you questions like if you like being where the clubs and party is at or if you want to be on a more secluded island, with less tourist. I don’t recommend, the secluded(empty) islands, usually that means there is less to see or do there. Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Ahtens, have a lot to see and do, to peak your interest and show you the culture, shopping, etc.

Mykanos is know for being a party place, maybe too much party if you are older, unless you go on off season. If you are gay this is supposidly the place to visit though.

Good luck with your trip check my sites below. And look through some tour books at the library or your local book store. !! I wish I was going !!

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Joseph asks…

Gettin Some Sun- Where do i go on holiday?

i want to go away with my friend after my GCSE’s but we dont no were to go (no one will be 18 on the holidays with us) . we will be 16 and only a couple of places will let us go fly seeing as we arnt 18. do you no a air line-or whole holiday package where we would be able to fly at 16. could you also recommend holiday places, It has to be really cheap but not trampy. we was looking at spain and greece in falarki-somewhere with good clubs and lively?

Yaz answers:

Boracay island in the Philippines
http://www.boracay.com/

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/index.asp

James asks…

Help! holiday plans with friends and i don’t want to go?

Sorry its a bit of an essay but im really stuck as to what to do!

Myself and a group of five friends are planning a holiday next summer after our A level exams and one of my friends has insisted that we go to the resort ‘Faliraki’ in Rhodes which is notorious for its high rape reputation. We will all be 18 next year and they have booked us to go via a club 18-30 package holiday and having seen tv programmes on this know that the club reps encourage all night drinking and partying and I really don’t enjoy this type of thing. By all means I enjoy the occasional tipple and getting merry/tipsy is my maximum but my friends deliberately like to get ‘wasted’ and I can just tell that when we go, I will be the one having to look after them and whenever we do go out which is quite often, they often end up arguing and storming off and if this happens in Greece the consequences could be quite serious and I don’t want to feel responsible for anyone. I also don;t want to be sat by a pool nursing a hang over all day and there is a beach nearby with really good watersports facilities which would be good and there are markets and a castle nearby which I think,. seeing as we are going all the way over to Greece, we may as well go and see.

Another 2 friends have agreed to come, one who is on medication so cannot drink alcohol so I will have company but she is susceptable to having fits which could be risky. This will make the numbers up to 7 which I guess is a bit safer but my mum would prefer us to go in mixed company.

We have another group of realy good friends who are also planning on going away next summer to Kavos which is a bit safer but my friend who insists we go to Faliraki’s boyfriend is going and she doesnt want to go with him incase they break up which is quite understandable. There are girls in that group who are really sensible and don’t drink that much and I would feel safer with them but I think they have already made arrangements and my group of friends may be offended if I went with them instead. I suggested we went as one big group and a few agreed to this but it didn’t go ahead.

Another problem is that I’ll be away for my mums 50th birthday and my family were planning to travel across America for 3weeks-a month or so. We haven’t booked anything yet but mum said she wanted to go in early July which just so happens to be when I’m going away with my friends. She said after going with my friends I probably wouldnt want to come on holiday with my family again as it wouldnt be as fun but I’d love to go to America with them and would prefer to go to America rather than Faliraki. If we weren’t going to such an infamous place and were going to somehwere such as Barcelona or Kavos with my friends I wouldnt mind so much its just the stories I;ve heard about Faliraki which are the problem. Do I go, get a tan, meet some people and provided it all goes to plan and everyone enjoy themselves go on a partying holiday with my friends or do i go on a culture month long trip with my family and risk coming back to England with my friends boasting about how good it was? How do I tell them I don’t really want to go? I have to put in a £130 deposit in on friday! HELP!?!

thankyou very much!

Yaz answers:

Say that you are really sick you have bad poop and cant stop vomiting that you think you ate something bad and you will be visiting your doctor

Charles asks…

Drunken Brits face holiday crackdown, Isn’t it about time??

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/20080807/twl-drunken-brits-face-holiday-crackdown-41f21e0.html

I am soooo pleased to read this – please let them follow through on their bid to clean up these once beautiful villages that have been destroyed for the sake of money!

These package holidays are being sold off at the cheapest possible prices in UK – encouraging the younger generations of lager louts to get to Greece and do what they do best but much more – the bars etc should be held resposible for drunken behaviour but the travel companies should be the ones who are held mostly responsible for these ‘young people’. Fines will soon stop the behaviour as well as a night in prison! Go home and do that kind of behaviour in your own backyard !
Do you think we are going to see a change or will the type of loutish, drunken behaviour still carry on for the sake of money???
more proof – something has to be done!
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_1_08/08/2008_99353

Yaz answers:

Unfortunately, young Brits act like idiots wherever they go when put within ten feet of alcohol and these measures if enforced should help the situation…if they’re enforced that is. If these measures have a negative effect on tourism there will be an outcry from tour operators and bar owners alike. The measures will start to become a little more lax and back to business as usual.

They don’t behave like this in their own backyard as they will be treated like they deserve and face punitive measures from authorities.

Lisa asks…

can you help me find where I am going on holiday? I have been given clues?

so my dad is taking my brother and I on a last minute package holiday next week. being my dad he rather likes mysteries, so he won’t tell me where we are going, but I have clues (in the order they were given):
1) I’ve had some guesses so it is definitely not Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Libya.
2) It is nowhere near Morocco.
3) it is 5 and a half hours flight from London.
4) it is 500m away from the beach and the same distance away from the town.
5) It is not in the EU.

please help! i’m so curious!!
oh that was another detail. he said that dubai is 7 hours flight away

Yaz answers:

This is an interesting question and I hope you will let us know the destination. It’s not Tunisia, as the flight time from Gatwick is 3 hours, and I believe you may be flying from there, as it’s a package holiday & you mention a flight from London in your question.
My guess is that you may be going to Sal or Boa Vista in the Cape Verde Islands. These islands are situated off the coast of North West Africa and the flight time is about 5hrs 40 minutes.
Flights to Boa Vista leave on Thursdays and to Sal on Mondays, with Thomson Airways, if that helps in the process of elimination.
Wherever you do go, have a great time.

Sandy asks…

Being a minor and flying without parents?

I’m leaving the UK to go to Greece tomorrow morning for an end of year holiday. Most of us are 17 in the group and i just found out that some of us have given Thomas Cook (package holiday with them) a permission letter from their parents saying they can leave the country… I haven’t, does this mean i could be forced to stay here? I was going to take a letter from my mum to the airport but would that be sufficient or would Thomas Cook have to have a copy?
Getting rahter worried… Thanks for any answers :)

Yaz answers:

Thomas Cook Airlines no longer permits the carriage of unaccompanied minors. Therefore any child under age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years old or over

there you go
enjoy your holiday :)

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Daniel asks…

What and where to go in Athens?

My father has bought me roundtrip ticket to any destination that I want to go for 10-12 days next month and I picked Greece. I will be going with a girlfriend of mine and we are two females in our mid 20s. Having no information or knowledge of the country, can I get some advice on what to do? Where to go? Best Islands around the vicinity of Athens? Food to eat? Places to visit? Where to stay? Should we backpack or stay in one area?

The only few things I know about Greece are Gyros and the Ancient monuments to visit. Other than that, I love to travel and learn about different cities but I dont want to do the typical tourism stuff. My friend and I really want to go out there and explore the city.

PLease if anyone can help with details. Thank you in advance!! =)
so 3-4 days in Athens is good? And the rest of the time check out the Islands? Is Crete any good? How come ive heard ppl say dont swim…is there something wrong with the water?

Yaz answers:

In Athens downtown:
I agree that Athens is for 3-4 days tops. Do not stay in a hotel near Omonoia square, choose one near Syntagma square instead. Visit the Acropolis and the area surrounding the Acropolis (Monastiraki, Plaka, Thiseio). Walk Ermou street for “window shopping”, ending up at Syntagma square. From Syntagma square it’s nice to visit Zappeio (the national gardens). Also, you can visit the Lecabettus hill and have a nice view of Athens (you can either walk or take the teleferique).
Below Lecabettus hill, near Syntagma square, there is also an area called Kolonaki, most lawyers and doctors stay there, there are many expensive shops and small cafes (Skoufa str, Tsakalof str, Patriarhou Ioakim str).

To go by the sea (not recommended for a swim):
1) You can take the tram from Syntagma square and go to stop “Batis” (ΜΠΑΤΗΣ). Turn right at the beach road (Posidonos str) and walk all the way by the sea, and visit “Marina Flisvou”, a small harbour.
2) You could go by tram to Glyfada, it’s a bit further and actually most cafes and restaurants are not by the sea. Nice shops though!
3) Take the tram or the ISAP train to FALIRO. Ask there how to get to “Mikrolimano” (on the map should be Akti Koumoundourou), nice small harbour with cafes and restaurants by the sea (i could also recommend a nice restaurant there!)

Excursion:
Two girls in their mid 20s: MYCONOS island!!! It’s 4 hours by boat (the cheapest, you could go in 2 hours if you can afford it). Lovely island, always full with people, great night-life, nice beaches… My favourite beach is ELIA, quiet, sandy, very clean… But beware that Myconos is a bit expensive island, so take a look at the menu before you order.

Food:
Endless list! Most known: gyros/souvlaki/pitta, tomato salad with feta cheese, spinach pie, lamb-chops, fasolada (beans in tomato sauce), gemista (tomatoes/peppers stuffed with rice), mousaka, pastitsio (pasta with minced meat and bechamel white sauce), fried vegetables, tzatziki (yogurt with garlic and cucumber), all kinds of fish, kalamari, octopus with lemon/vinegar… For sweets baclava, yogurt with honey, pasteli (sesame in honey)…

Have fun whatever you do!!!

Betty asks…

Athens, suggestions for a weeks holiday?

I and my family will be in Greece from 26/03/07 – 01/04/07 and we are trying to decide on what to do whilst there. All of us are adults and one is a 60 year lady (if that makes any difference..).

I thought that it may be a good idea to stay in Athens for a few nights and then move around a bit & try for a little bit of island hopping. Others thought it best to base ourselves in Athens the whole week and try to move around only during the day, doing day trips to accessible islands and visits to places of interest.

I appreciate that since we will be there a bit out of season the ferrys wont be as regular as during the summer months.

I welcome all suggestions.

Yaz answers:

Being based in Athens should be fine. I went in March, 2005, and there were plenty of day trips available elsewhere within the country. I would definitely recommend going to DELPHI if you go anywhere outside of Athens. It is truly amazing and very beautiful. There are ferries that take you to the islands for day trips and I would recommend that as well. The water is so blue and beautiful. Another daytrip possiblity would be Olympia. It was fascinating to see the site of the original Olympic games.

James asks…

Joke: What if Disney made their own versions of these classic stories?

Disney’s Storytelling…

The original author is unknown, but this is pretty darn funny and scary in its truth…Disney massacres everything!

The Inferno by Dante Alighieri:

The poet Dante (the voice of Bruce Willis) is led by his friend Virgil (the voice of Anthony Quinn) on a magical trip underground to the land of “Heck.” Among the delightful creatures they visit are the lovebirds Paolo and Francesca (the voices of Andrew Dice Clay and Rosie O’Donnell), the Crying Trees (the band Nirvana), and the Five Singing Little Devils (the Jacksons).

Moby Dick by Herman Melville:

Crusty seafarer Captain Ahab (the voice of Dom Deluise) and his lovely mermaid friend Fishtail (speaking voice of Brett Butler, singing voice of Alanis Morrissette) take Ahab’s young nephew Ishmael (Matthew Broderick) on a delightful romp at sea in search of the legendary great white whale Moby Dick (voice of Robin Williams). Though songs of the whale’s evil temper and destructiveness are sung by many of the friendly natives on the islands visited by the jolly crew, Moby turns out to be a lonely, but lovable, giant. Ishmael learns an important lesson: Things aren’t always as they appear!

Animal Farm by George Orwell:

Pigs, chickens, horses–all the familiar barnyard crowd–are the heroes of this charming celebration of teamwork and diversity. The poor animals, having suffered for years on a failing farm under tyranny of the cruel farmer Jones (Robert Goulet), are suddenly liberated when Jones trips and falls down a well. Though things are chaotic at first, the kindly young pigs Snowball (Michael J. Fox) and Napoleon (Eddie Murphy) help the animals all work together to turn the farm into a model of efficiency and happiness. After the animals nurse Jones back to health, he changes his evil ways and promises to treat all things as his equal.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare:

With his father dead and his evil uncle Claudius (Sylvester Stallone) now ruling over the once-happy people of Denmark, all seems lost for poor prince Hamlet (Johnny Depp). But Hamlet’s father (Leslie Nielson) is only pretending to be dead until he can safely help place his young son on the throne and his evil brother in jail. Featuring an underwater ballet with the beautiful Ophelia (Bette Midler) and the loony antics of a wise-guy skull named Yorick (Rodney Dangerfield), Hamlet’s best friend.

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre:

Old friends Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Minnie Mouse are surprised to find themselves sharing a room in a beautiful resort hotel. Their every need is catered to by a mysterious butler (Jim Carrey). Opening in conjunction with Walt Disney World’s new attraction, Being-and-Nothingness Land.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka:

Young Gregor Samsa (Arnold Schwarzenegger), overwhelmed by the demands of his job as a clerk, wishes each night that he was a creature without responsibility. He is amazed one morning when he awakes to find himself changed into a beautiful beetle, which delights his family and terrifies his cruel boss (Jerry Seinfeld), who is horribly afraid of insects. Jiminy Cricket guides young Gregor to a happy community of insects that nest below the dull city of Prague.

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles:

Thanks to the advice of a wise old owl (Sally Kellerman), a young boy (Neil Patrick Harris) avoids many traps set by the evil fates (Candice Bergen, Cybill Shepard, and Mary Tyler Moore) to help save Greece from disaster. The boy, who was stolen from his family at birth, is finally reunited with his loving mother (Barbara Streisand) and father (Bill Cosby).

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett:

Vladimir and Estragon (the delightful Chip ‘n’ Dale) wait for Godot (Rush Limbaugh), who arrives with limitless presents and makes all their dreams come true.
Red Shirt: No I found them online lol.
No because in Hamlet, Ophelia drowns herself.
No drowning in The Lion King.

Yaz answers:

Great now i want to see

Disney’s Hamlet

thanks a lot.

Helen asks…

Going to Greece for the first time and spending a week in rhodes need info & suggestions?

Going to Greece for the first time and spending a week in rhodes.. A few questions:

1) Best to hire a car/motor bike/quad bike? How much will it cost for 5 days?

2) Blue Horizon Hotel, Ialysus Hotel – anyone knows what it’s like?

3) What kind of food can we expect (greek salad, moussaka??) or some other stuff as well?

4) Are there any shops/ restaurants to visit in Ialyssos? Suggestions..

5) Is it worth taking a ferry to a nearby island. If so, which one?

Really appreciate answers to any of the questions.

We’re going for a relaxing, chilled break.. eating, swimming,bumming on the beach..

Thanks

Yaz answers:

The answers depend on what you enjoy doing but

1) It is best not to hire bike/quad bikes unless qualified and insured, a car is much better and will cost in the region of £80

2) check the hotel out at – holidays uncovered.com

3) expect very good international and local Greek food

4) Not been to lalyssos but in general all resorts have shops, Rhodes town has plenty to see and do, as does Lindos

5) A day trip to Turkey is worth while (if only to experience being harassed outside every shop)

If you hire a car i would suggest visiting more of the Island, Lindos, Pefkos resort and village, Rhode’s at night, wine tasting etc. You will have a great time whatever you do, great place to relax and enjoy good food.
Good luck

Sandra asks…

Need help with my Greece mainland itinerary?

I will have 16 days in mainland Greece. I will be driving with an infant, husband and another baby under 2 years old. We will be going in the beginning of September and renting a car. We will start in Athens and end in Athens. We do not want to take ferries or planes to islands, since, with two babies it can be quite long and tiresome. The one island I am considering is Lefkada, since no plane or ferry is required, to my knowledge. Also, I was thinking of visiting KSamil, Albania, it seems they have nice beaches, is it worth it and is it safe? Can someone help me build a nice itinerary for 16 days. Original and off the beaten path places are welcomed, natural hot springs, and also not-to-miss places. If beaches are suggested, make sure they are close quality to those in Lefkada, since I am used to the Caribbeans, I wouldn’t go to beaches in Europe and miss other attractions unless they would be pretty comparable, nice white plush sand and clean beaches. We would like to spend some days chilling. Also, we wouldn’t like to drive everyday, and no more than 3 hours a day, with a few exceptions. Please indicate the route you’d spend 16 days on, what there is to do in the places you suggest, how much time I should spend there, if it’s pricey and also if you suggest any hotels in that area, is parking easy, etc. As for Athens, where is the best place to stay if you have a car? I’d like a newer hotel since in cities as hot and old as Athens, central hotels tend to be too seedy for my liking.

Thank you!

Yaz answers:

In previous answers there were some useful information in what you asked.

Beaches in Greece are in abundance but not many of them are Carribean style. They are Greek style.

A very picturesque tour is the peripheral coastal tour of Peloponnese. Athens , Corinth, Loutra Elenis, Epidavros,follow the coast to Portoheli. From close by Kosta you can leave the car at a parking place and catch the boat to Spetses. 10 min ride. Or Hydra a longer one.
Follow the route to Nafplion and close by Tolo beach.
On to Leonidio and from there to Monemvasia and from there to Neapoli and to close by Elafonissi.
Some fantastic beaches there and is only a short ride too.
From there go to Gytheion and on to the middle peninsula. A must is the Caves of Dirros in Aeropolis.
That is a boat ride in stalagmite and stalactite caves and is followed by a short walk on ground too.
Go as far down as to the tip of the Peninsula and visit Porto Kayio and the entrance to Hades at the tip.
From Aeropoli go to Kalamata and from there to Koroni and Methoni. Visit Finikounta in the between.
From Methoni go to Pylos and then Gialova beach. From there to Kiparissia and to Olympia.
The beach of Kouroutas close to Amaliada. And from there to Patras.
The Rio – Andirio bridge will get you to the mainland Greece and from there if you go to Etoliko and Astakos you take the coastal road to Lefkada.

The Peloponnese tour leisurely can be done in a week, depending the time you want to spend in Lefkada a must is the beaches of Parga and Syvota.

The Ksamil visit is not all that you hear about, but if you are set on going the closest frontier pass in in Sagiada, which is north of Igoumenitsa.
From Igoumenitsa you have to take the new Egnatia road and go to Metsovo and from there to Meteora.
Meteora to Volos and Pilion and from there return to Athens.

Too many places along the way to visit and to many links. Try to look them up so you will know what I’m talking about.

@@Vergina. I’m glad you like it and when you make it let me tell you a few details more, since the inland routes offer a lot of interesting places too. I have done the round a couple of times and each one was a marvel.

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Sharon asks…

Group holiday – where are the discounts to be had?

Hiya ~ Can you help me?

Anybody able to link me to some sites/deals where you can get serious/good discounts on group holidays ~ like spain/greece/turkey in a party/club/good night life region? About 10+ going. Maybe a package holiday? (doesn’t have to include food in deal) I found normal packages for £200, but concidering we’re going as a big group, might there be an offer/deal to take advantage of??
Any info/links would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
xxx

Yaz answers:

Hiya :)

If there’s 10 of you going, I know that thomas cook have some deals where one of you go free but it all depends on the hotel and the package. Sometimes it’s 1 free in 15 or 1 free in 10.

All depends, but just have a look at brouchures to find out what deals are out there. Or go see a travel agent…they’ll be able to let you know of any group discounts you can get.

Richard asks…

Cheapest package holiday destination this summer?

Hi,
Im wondering if anyone’s got any tips as to where’s a cheep place to go on Holiday this year.

It would be in June (so not in the 6 weeks holls) and it has to be sunny.

Nowhere special, ive been to Spain and Greece before … i just want somewhere warm and cheep lol.

Ive been told that because of the Euro Spain etc work out expensive this year .. is Turkey cheep?

Any suggestions gratefully received,

Thanks in advance xxx

Yaz answers:

Rent a cabin and invite some friends for a camping fishing holliday bonfires-that would be the cheapest or go rent one somewhere that you can investigate crop circles or alien sitings or bigfoot with them. Plan to bring a cameras and stuff for the trip. It would be interesting and fun

Helen asks…

Cheap holidays in Rhodes Town, Greece?

k, so i’m looking for a really cheap holiday package for this summer to go to rhodes town in greece and i can’t find cheap holidays anywhere!! does anyone know where i can find holidays really cheap

i am looking for a holiday witch has:

2 adults and 1 child
departure around the 30th july
Any north west airport
Staying for a week
1 room

around £1000 (buying a house this year so thats why i have put the price dead low lol)

Thankyou for reading my question and the best answer will get 10 points!!!!!!!

P.S can you send me the links please!!!

Yaz answers:

I have answered your other question about Rhodes, try kosmar holidays, or Olympic holidays, both of these company’s do reasonably priced holidays to Rhodes town.

Michael asks…

Island hopping in Greece?!?

I don’t know if this counts as island hopping, but me and my boyfriend would like to do a week in Rhodes [been before, loved it] & 1 week at another greek island. We’re both quite young & have onlybeen on package holidays, so have absolutely no experience!
Just afew questions…
1. Which other Greece island should we visit? We love Rhodes as it wasn’t too big so we could see all what the island had to offer, it wasn’t expensive at all, the scenery and beaches were beautiful and there were tons to do. Plus it wasn’t overly touristy and there weren’t lots of children. Any suggestions? I’ve been told to look at Crete and Katholona(sp?)

2. Is Island hopping expensive? I’m a student & my boyfriend is an apprentice so we don’t have a lot of money.

3. How DO you island hop?! Would we fly or take a ferry, etc? Can these be pre-booked or is there a holiday company who does holiday packages which flies from does this kind of thing?
Any other information would be useful as well! thanks!

Yaz answers:

You could easily do that because most islands are interconnected. So once there you can get the ferry going on the next island.
Suggestion #1: Syros.Tenos, Mykonos. Departing from Rafina, or Piraeus.
Suggestion #2 : Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Kos. Departing from Piraeus.
The combinations are limitless, if time and money are not the problem.
One more closer to Athens is the visit of the islands of Egina, Poros, Idra, Spetses. Hydrofoils (dolphins) departing from Piraeus,Pasalimani.
Check the following to get more ideas.

George asks…

Buying Legal highs in uk and taking to greece?

Hi,

i am going on holiday soon and i have bought some legal highs perfectly legal from a shop in london.. and i was considerin takin some with me too Greece.. obviously they are in packaging stil with all ingrediants on it etc.. soo its perfectly legal, would customs get funny if i had sum in my suitcase?

thanks

thanks!

Yaz answers:

By all means chance your arm, but remember what is legal in one country may not be legal in another. As for the Greek customs, they take a very dim view on the importation of non-prescription drugs – usually followed by detention, a strip-search followed by court appearance and a holiday in Amfissa.

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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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