Brittney & Susana GReece

Greece

Safety: There is a safety risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks and visitors are urges to be vigilant in public places, including tourist sites. Austerity strikes have taken place in the past and have been widespread. These strikes can bring the country to a halt. They do inconvenience travelers but have not turned violent. Stay away from any political gatherings as there have been clashes between police and protesters. Greece is otherwise considered a safe destination but the height of the tourist season does usually see an increase in petty theft cases, particularly in crowded areas. Visitors are advised not to carry valuables on them and to make use of hotel safes. Make sure your valuable possessions are not easily accessible to pick pockets. Violent crime is infrequent, but there have been incidents on some of the islands. Please do not accept rides from strangers.

In a country where the church still plays a prominent role regarding sexuality, LGBT is still generally frowned upon by many locals, especially outside of the major cities. While there is no legislation against it, it does pay to be discreet when in the countryside. Athens does have a busy gay scene. Most head to the islands. Mykonos has been on the foreground while Skiathos also has its share of hangouts. The island of Lesvos (Mytilini) is the birthplace of the poet Sappho and has become something of a place of pilgrimage for lesbians.

Note: Indecent behavior is not tolerated and the police will not hesitate to arrest or fine offenders. Some form of official identification should be carried at all times.

Tipping in Greece: A service charge is often included in the bill at restaurants in Greece; it is best to see if this is the case before tipping. If no service charge has been included, leave between 10 to 15 percent. For drinks at cafes, round the bill up to the nearest euro. Taxis expect change as do cloak room attendants and porters.

Calling Home: The international access code for Greece is +30. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code. 00 01 for the USA. The city code for Athens is 210. There are often surcharges added on to the hotel bills for calls. I recommend checking with your cell phone provider to see if Greece is covered. While abroad use the hotel wifi if offered or visit the internet cafe's.

Passport: You will need a passport to travel to Greece. Please make sure that your passport is valid six months beyond the period of your stay. The European union is looking at possibly requiring citizens of the USA to have a visa. We will have to see if that passes. Before departing I strongly recommend checking in with the USA Embassy.

Shopping: Keep in mind that tourist areas the pricing for gifts will be higher.

Bathrooms: Public toilets are not common with the exception of airports and train stations. If you need to go when you are out Cafes are the best options, keep in mind that you will have to buy something. Also Toilet paper is not flushed down but put into the trash bin provided.

Mykonos

On Mykonos you will find beautiful beaches, chic boutiques, and elegant nightclubs. Beneath its sophisticated surface, lies a quite essential Greek island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbor.

Getting around in Mykonos, Greece

There are good ferry connections between the Cyclades Islands and the mainland, and in summer hydrofoils and high-speed catamarans as well. Between May and September it is easy to island-hop, although strong winds can upset the more sensitive hydrofoil services. The ferry system in Greece is reliable and convenient, if not always exactly comfortable. Reliable bus services connect the main towns on the islands, and taxis are easily available. Rental car agencies are available all over Mykonos, as well as moped and motorbike hire, but as roads are treacherously narrow and winding it is not advised unless you are an experienced rider or driver. Having your own transport is a great freedom on Mykonos but you can get around easily on public transportation if need be, and for some the stress of traversing the dangerous roads makes driving yourself around a burden. Once in the little villages or resort areas you can almost always walk the short distance.

Nightlife in Mykonos

Known as the party playground of Europe and famed for its nightlife, Mykonos has some of the most exciting clubs and bars in the Mediterranean, providing a fantastic night out for the more sophisticated traveler.

Often compared to the Balearic island of Ibiza, Mykonos has a pumping party scene. Head to Caprice and sip on a cocktail while the sun sets before heading out for a night on the town. The island is known alone of the world's most popular gay hangouts; it's not surprising that a party scene exists with a number of clubs all located prominently in central Taxi Square, and almost always packed to the ceilings in the summer months. Bars with live jazz bands, rock, house and blues line the streets, guaranteeing a good night out for all. Those keen for a spot of traditional Greek music and dancing best head to Thalami.

Although there are many more bars than clubs, after hours spots abound on Mykonos, and Paradise Beach is the place to go for popular party haunts with large pools, DJs, theme nights and fantastic views - a great way to watch the sun rise.

Scenes of Athens

Athens

The Acropolis, situated on a great hill in the center of Athens, is also at the center of Western civilization. Here, in buildings like the inspiring Parthenon, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle contributed to the birth of modern thought some 2,400 years ago. A city of immense size has grown around these ruins, with the opportunity to see more fascinating antiquities in its many splendid museums. Acquire your own treasures in the form of distinctive Greek jewelry, and savor traditional Greek music and dance in the city's spirited nightspots.

Don't worry about not getting a workout. The stairs will keep you going.

Santorini

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The town of Fira's white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, accessible by cable-car or mule. To the south is Akrotiri where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.

Climate for Santorini: Santorini is part of the Cyclades Island group, where the climate is almost typically Mediterranean but has some influences from the North African Climate. The island lends itself to hot, dry weather in summer and mild winters. Temperatures in July and August, which is peak season for tourism, range from 85 during the day to 72 at night, although it can get hotter during heat waves. Summer is crowded and expensive on Santorini and it can get oppressively hot; however, summer never goes out of fashion as the peak time for visitors. Rainfall is almost non-existent in summer.

Getting around in Santorini: The main arrivals port in Santorini is in Athinios, and there are boats departing for the volcano and Thirasia from the port in Fira. Taxis are available throughout the island and rates are fixed. There is a well organized bus network and the main bus terminal is in Fira. It is also possible to rent a car, motorbike or scooter on the island, although the roads are steep and can be unnerving.

Attractions in Santorini: Sontorini has some great attractions for visitors, including volcanoes, beaches and museums; take time to explore them at leisure, sit back and enjoy the gorgeous views, and take pictures to share making everyone at home envious! In the Santorini caldera are the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni (young Burnt Island) and Palea Kameni (old burnt island), the youngest volcanic lands in the Eastern Mediterranean, with Nea Kameni only having formed some 425 years ago. These are fascinating places to visit, especially while staying on an island once decimated by a volcano.

Perissa and Perivolos are two of the most popular beaches on Santorini, the black-sanded shore hosting a selection of bars and restaurants. Agios Georgios also has some amenities and bars, the southern tip of the island tends to be quieter. If you are into wine there are a number of wineries to be visited.

Nightlife: With one of the best nightlife scenes in the Cyclades, Santorini has many cafe's, bars and nightclubs to enjoy. Most of the nightclubs are in the capital city of Fira. Which is the best place to go for all night partying. At the night clubs be prepared to pay around 15euros or more for a drink on the waterfront. If you don't mind a quieter crowd look for local restaurants where you can relax and enjoy your meal. The best place to enjoy this would be outside of the resort areas.

Lesvos (Lesbos)

Lesvos is the third largest of the Greek Islands and is a little different from the rest, being largely self-sufficient with their commerce in olive-growing and fishing. Despite being a popular summer holiday destination it remains unspoiled and natural, untainted by most tourist traps.

Situated in the Aegean sea, Lesvos is very close to the Turkish coast. It has quaint fishing villages and pale gold sandy beaches and inland fertile soil which is rich for the olive groves.

The main town on the island is Mitilini which has around 30,000 residents and a Bysantine Castle. The favorite spots for vacationers is the northern village of Molivos and the south coast town of Piomari. Piomari is reputed to make the finest ouzo in the world. Sigri is on the western tip near the world's largest petrified forest. Bird watching is a favorite activity.

Nightlife: Lesvos remains a fairly sedate quiet island. It does have a few clubs but not like Mykonos.

With flights between the US and Europe as long as they are. Then to go over to the islands. I suggest the first night and last night stay in Athens. While you are there soak in the history around you.

Clear waters and sandy beaches await you on the islands of the Aegean Sea. Begin your trip with a two-night stay in ancient Athens, where archaeological sites and historical museums abound. Here antiquity meets the future, and ancient monuments form a classical backdrop to a new and trendier Athens. Then walk the harbor of Mykonos, lined with outstanding shops, bars, and restaurants. Locals will welcome you into their social circle and you'll understand why this is such a popular destination. After a three-night stay in Mykonos, transfer by ferry to Santorini, a picturesque island graced with multi-colored sand. This perfect island adventure will undoubtedly prove why Greece is one of those places that you just have to see for yourself.

This is a really cool package. Containing 3 nights in Athens (split), 3 nights on Mykonos and 3 nights on Santorini. Please advise if you would be interested. I am working on the pricing and will advise. I do know that we can manage 3 nights Athens & 6 nights Mykonos with your budget.

Athens - 2 nights .... Day 1: Arrive Athens

Arrive in Athens and collect your bags. As you exit customs you will be met by a representative that will help you with your luggage and escort you to your hotel, where you will stay for two nights. Take the afternoon to become accustomed with the city. Just be sure to be back to the hotel lobby in time for your evening sightseeing tour.

ATHENS BY NIGHT - Your evening will start with a ride to the port of Piraeus with a short stop at the famous Mikrolimano. Here you will enjoy Greek appetizers and a drink of the anise-flavored aperitif, ouzo. You will then be driven back to Athens to tour its famous historic neighborhood, Plaka, where you will dine in a traditional Greek tavern. Here you will be charmed by bouzouki music and Greek folkloric dances.

Day 2:

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel for your remarkable tour to the historic city of Delphi. On this tour you will take in the highlights of the city and get an exclusive view into much of Delphi's famous history. After this full-day tour you will be free to spend the evening dining and relaxing. The illuminated Acropolis is particularly lovely to photograph at night.

DELPHI EXCURSION WITH LUNCH - On this enchanting trip to the past, you will be driven across the fertile plain of Boeotia. En route you will pass the towns of Thebes, best known for the tragedy of King Oedipus, and Arachova, famous for its colorful rugs and carpets. You will then arrive to Delphi, which was the center of the Ancient World. Its prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus in a landscape of unparalleled beauty lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Here you will have the chance to visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum, which contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture, such as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. You will then return to the modern village of Delphi and return to Athens by the same route.

Mykonos - 3 nights ........ Day 3: Arrive Mykonos

This morning you will want to eat breakfast early and pack your bags. You will then be met in the lobby by a private guide who will take you on a three-hour sightseeing tour of Athens' best sights. The tour will be followed by a transfer to Athens Airport for your late afternoon flight to Mykonos. Upon your arrival you will be met by your private transfer representative who will escort you to your hotel. Mykonos is well known for its nightlife so be sure to save your energy for a late dinner this evening.

ATHENS PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING - This tour will give you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides take you to see the center of the city, Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their traditional dress as well as the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus before making a short stop at the Panathenaix Stadium, home to the first Olympic games of the modern era which were held in 1896. On your Acropolis visit, enjoy the architectural masterpieces of Athens' Golden Age.

Day 4:

Visitors come to the Greek Isles to experience the gorgeous natural beauty and the fascinating history. After breakfast, meet your private guide for a half-day city tour of the island. You then have the afternoon and evening to yourself to continue sightseeing, to work on your tan, or to just relax and enjoy the ambiance. Tonight choose if you would like to dine at the hotel or in town at one of the many restaurant choices. If you desire you can even stay for a drink at many of the restaurants, which later turn into lounges and bars.

PRIVATE CITY WALK AND ISLAND TOUR - You will start this tour by walking the quaint streets of Mykonos Town. Here you will have many opportunities to photograph whitewashed buildings, local windmills, and Petros the Pelican- the island's mascot. Afterwards tour the island by private car. While exploring the inner island and the famous beaches, you will see fishermen, intimate private chapels and charming houses built in the traditional Cycladic style. Lastly you will stop in the idyllic town of Ano Mera and enjoy some of the signature Greek drink, ouzo.

Day 5:

After an early breakfast you will meet your tour guide for a half-day sightseeing tour to the sacred island of Delos. This island is the largest open-air museum in the world and is currently only inhabited by archeologists. After the tour you are free to relax on your own for the rest of the day.

DELOS TOUR - It is strongly believed by many that the island of Delos releases a heightened sense of light and energy, which is one of the reasons ancient Greeks believed that Apollo was born here. You will witness how the ancient civilians lived their everyday lives as you wander through their living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. You will get to see Europe's first synagogue, the temple of Egyptian gods, the lion terrace, Cleopatra's house and the Temples of Apollo. Your expert guide will explain the spiritual, historical and cultural importance of Delos. Leave your watch at home because on this adventure you will truly travel back in time.

Santorini - 3 nights

Day 6: Arrive Santorini

Make sure to eat breakfast before meeting your transfer representative in the lobby. They will take you to the ferry for your trip to Santorini. The high-speed ferry takes approximately three hours but can be a little longer depending on weather. Once you arrive you will meet your transfer representative on the pier, who will escort you to your hotel. Take the evening to settle in and relax. Tonight would be a wonderful night to dine at one of Fira's restaurants; you may have to pay a little extra if it has a view of the island's famous caldera, but it's worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

Day 7:

After breakfast you will be met by your private guide in the lobby for your full-day tour of the island. This exclusive tour will feature museums, sandy beaches and a winery visit. After the tour you will have the evening to appreciate the spectacular views from your hotel. Those seeking an adventure can head to town for a good, old-fashioned ride on one of the local donkeys.

PRIVATE SANTORINI SIGHTSEEING - Begin with a visit to the Prehistoric Museum, where you can admire its collection of artifacts and artistic masterpieces from the prehistoric Cycladic islands. Afterwards you will have the chance to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, which is located on the highest point on the island. From this spectacular vantage point you can see the surrounding islands and- on a clear day, the mountains of Crete. You will then proceed to the charming village of Megalochori and Perissa Beach, with its beautiful, black sand. Here you can have lunch and lounge in the sun. Lastly your guide will take you to the Wine Promotion Center, where you will enjoy a guided tour of Santo Wines winery and a tasting of some of its locally-produced wines.

Day 8:

After a week of traveling and sightseeing, use this morning to either sleep in or to wander the historic streets of Fira's old town. Use your afternoon to catch some more rays at Santorini's beautiful beaches before meeting your guide at the port of Athinios. From here you will depart for your sunset cruise. After this unforgettable experience you will disembark in Oia, where you can admire the most spectacular sunset on the island. You can then choose to linger in this unique city or catch a cab back to the hotel in Fira.

SUNSET ONBOARD - Climb aboard a traditional, wooden boat for a visit to the active craters of the volcano on the top of the island of Nea Kameni. You will then sail on to Palea Kameni, where thermal springs provide natural, warm bathing water. Here you will have about 40 minute of free time. Next you will visit Thirassia, a traditional Cycladic village, which has been mostly undisturbed by tourism. Here you will stop for two hours for dinner and swimming. You will then be dropped off in Oia, one of the most photographed places in Greece.

Athens - 1 night

Day 9: Arrive Athens

Eat a good breakfast and meet your transfer representative in the lobby. You will then fly back to Athens where you will again meet your transfer representative and proceed to your hotel. Once you have checked in and stored your luggage in your room, meet your guide in the lobby. This tour is a perfect ending to your dreamy Greek adventure. If you have not yet snapped the perfect photograph to immortalize your trip, this tour is sure to provide the ideal opportunity to capture the image that will make all your friends green with envy. After the tour you have the remainder of the evening to enjoy on your own.

CAPE SOUNION - You will be driven along the coastal road, past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, to the most southern point of Attica: Cape Sounion. Here you will view the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon. The ruins of this ancient temple are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the nearby offshore islands. After visiting the temple of Poseidon, you will have time to take a leisurely walk on the rocky promontory of Sounion. The sunset over this sight is a highly sought-after and magical spectacle.

Day 10:

Enjoy breakfast and meet your transfer representative in the lobby of your hotel. He or she will help you with your luggage and escort you to the airport for your flight. Wave goodbye to the spectacular Grecian landscape as you take off from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

Credits:

Created with images by RaquelSeijas - "church greece mykonos" • tripandtravelblog - "Oia, Santorini island, Greece!" • Pedro Nuno Caetano - "Greek journey - Part II" • kasabubu - "santorini greek island cyclades" • aprillynn77 - "Mytilini, Lesvos" • GregMontani - "donkey sea greece" • CManfredsson - "athens the parthenon greek" • Pat Guiney - "Santorini" • reidetodos - "santorini winery wine" • piet theisohn - "Propylän, View from Pnyx"

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