Greece: be prepared before you travel!

Rounds Up Travel Guide: Greece

(Mykonos, Santorini + Athens)

+ Amy & # 39; s Generic Dreams trip write to T & # 39; s help plan your trip and what to do + see when you're there!

This includes all the airlines I have flown with, the hotels I have stayed in + the things I have done, recommended or not.

When : We went in early September (just after Labor Day) and the crowd decreased but not died. End of September / October is the end of the season.

+ Ideal times to visit, for milder weather, prices + crowds: April-June and September-early October. High season = CROWDS and higher prices

Road:

Flyed directly to Athens and took a connecting flight to Mykonos → Ferry to Santorini → Return flight to Athens → Home

Airlines used : Air Canada and Brussels Air for international flights and Aegean Airlines for domestic flights

Ferry company : Hellenic Seaways I recommend booking as soon as the sites allow

hotels :

+ Mykonos: Palladium Hotel

+ Santorini: Homeric poems

+ Athens: new Athens hotel

Notable restaurants:

+ Mykonos: Arte-Italiana

+ Santorini: Skaros fish restaurant

Sites / things to do:

+ Mykonos:

• Beaches: Paradise Beach is a party beach with the dance club Cavo Paradiso. Platis Gialos is a quieter beach but you can see more celebrities there!

• Little Venice: a must! Take a restaurant here during the day for picturesque views

• Windmills (Kato Myli): Ideal for taking photos and a quick view

• Delos Island: take a day trip to Delos Island (take one of the ferries near the new port)

+ Santorini / Thira:

• Sailing to Santorini:

We went for the semi-private day cruise (instead of sunset) which was 135 euros per person BUT we got a discount of 90 euros per person for online reservations! This reduced rate includes: transfers from your hotel to the marina and back + diving equipment as well as lunch.

// Lunch = unlimited soft drinks, water, wines from local cellars, Greek barbecue with fresh meat and seafood, Greek salads, breads and dips.

• Cable car in Fira: the breathtaking cable car to the old port. The cable car rises to the edge of the volcano and floats for 300 meters, passing in front of extraordinary solidified lava flows and rock formations.

• Kamari: black pebble beach

• Caves: white wine is particularly popular (some are near Kamari beach)

+ Athens

• RUINS of course:

We used a private guide

// His name is Nick and his email: taxiservicenick AT gmail.com

Visit fees:

Acropolis (Parthenon)

12 euros for the Acropolis, the temple of Zeus, Toman and the ancient Greek Agora

The Temple of Zeus

12 Euro (16.05 USD)

The first modern Olympic stadium

3 euros ($ 4.01 USD)

The change of presidential guards

Free

Ancient Roman and Greek Agora

12 euros for the Acropolis, the temple of Zeus, Toman and the ancient Greek Agora

Plaka (the old town)

Free

Lycabetus Hill

Free (hill view)

New Akropolis Museum

5 euros ($ 6.69)

The National Archaeological Museum

7 euros ($ 9.36)

Money: I have not exchanged money before and have chosen to use the ATMs at the airport and in Mykonos. Alphabank did not charge me ATM fees either! I prefer to use my credit card as much as possible (get one with 0% foreign transaction fees) because it is safer + cash for small items, purchases when I have negotiated + tips.

security : Greece is generally a safe destination for the typical traveler. Most of the people on these islands and around Athens are used to tourists (which keeps their economy alive), but be careful to wander around Athens at night and stay in well-lit areas. As in ANY big city, watch your bags + valuables for pickpocketing.

Random tips, tricks and tips:

+ Arriving for the ferry to another island, you will leave your luggage under the bridge with everyone and then directed upstairs to your seat (bring a book or get ready to sleep). There are also photos taking opportunities on the bridge.

+ In most restaurants and hotels – tips are welcome and almost necessary

+ Get to the beaches early to get your lounge chairs or good luck later

+ Delos Island: Wake up early and early to take the first or second ferry and catch the first one. Helpful to have a guide

+ Sunscreen + bottled water is a must

+ It is strictly forbidden to take pictures of military installations or other strategic places, so be careful of the signs which prohibit it

+ Go see the changing of the guard in Athens (worth a few good shots)

+ Bring a light jacket or sweater for the nights – especially at Mykonos.

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