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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Friday, October 13, 2017, 13:28 (36 days ago)

We booked a 7 day Cruise r/t Athens of the Greek Islands, A/I with a balcony $2,258 for the 2 of us. We are going to tour Greece for a week before doing the cruise. Looking for suggestion. People told us not to rent a car when doing Poland(just got back from 2 weeks in Poland) and we are thinking about renting a car in Greece- need suggestions on where to tour. We are celebrating our 20th wedding aniv(2nd marriage for both).

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by Mike from SF @, Friday, October 13, 2017, 19:40 (36 days ago) @ Paulf

We were in Greece for 2 weeks in July. Although we liked Athens we spent most of our time on the islands of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos. Absolutely beautiful. It was about a 4 hour ferry out to Mykonos and it wasn't that expensive. You should get some great hotel prices this time of the year and the crowds will be gone.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:47 (35 days ago) @ Mike from SF

Checking the itinerary of the Cruise- we will spend a day at each of the 2 islands.

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by B&S @, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 02:11 (36 days ago) @ Paulf

You are going to have a great trip.
Back in the day I had an office in Athens that I visited twice a year. At least once each year mi esposa and I would vacation through the islands. If we had only a week we recommend 3-4 days in Mykonos and 3-4 days in Santorini.
In Mykonos stay in the town center - not the splurge hotels around the old town. We liked Zorzis Hotel but there are others. Our favorite day trip was on a scooter rental to Agio Sostis - a quiet beach with the greatest family run restaurant. No name but you will smell the BBQ when they fire up around noon.
On Santorini stay in IOS. Not as frantic as Fiera. But Fiera is nice if you choose one of the beautiful hotels that cascade down the cliffs to the caldera. Make sure to do Franco's bar at sunset.
Ahhh... such memories. We will go back one day soon.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:34 (35 days ago) @ B&S

The Greek Islands is a bucket list for both of us. I have been interested in antiquity since when I was young and we would go to Leptis Magna and Sabratha (2 Roman cities out side of Tripoli, Libya- this was during the Suez Crisis in 1956 and the Arabs would throw rocks at our school bus).

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by B&S @, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 15:29 (35 days ago) @ B&S

Oops! On Santorini I meant OIA as the area to stay. IOS is a party hard island a shortish ferry trip away - you won't want to go there.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:28 (35 days ago) @ Paulf

I want to thank you for the suggestions. We have done 2 Med. Cruises visiting Athens. The first time found Athens very dirty and the 2nd time a country tour. We were looking for a Canal Tour until saw the prices for the 10 day tour. On the webb site vacationstogo, put Athen's and returning to Athen's. This 7 day cruise of the Greek Islands came up- the cruise line is a small Spanish line using the replaced Celebrity ships that have been refurbished. It appears Vacations to go has a contract for the States. The price was right with the A/I. The biggest problem is flying between Athens and Chicago.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Monday, October 16, 2017, 09:42 (33 days ago) @ Paulf

Brought up the web site for Swiss Global Airlines- our first leg to Athens. By using the eTicket Number, I found I could reserve our seats. Guess what, we have to pay to reserve our seats. They are $29.00 up, some were $100.00 in coach. The question is, do I take the luck of the draw and wish for the best. Like United where you pay more for extra leg room.
It looks like using the eTicket you may be able to find or select your seat on the United booked International airlines.

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by Elizabeth, Monday, October 16, 2017, 15:06 (33 days ago) @ Paulf

We were in Greece in June of this year. We were on the island of Mykokons. It is beautiful and the shopping is great!! We then traveled to Athens. The archaeological history of Athens is so interesting. I loved that part of it. I was saddened by all the graffiti everywhere in the city. It is struggling economically. https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-the-greece-debt-crisis-3305525

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 09:04 (32 days ago) @ Elizabeth

The first time we were in Athens were on a Med. Cruise just before the Olympics. Could not believe how dirty the streets were. The next cruise when we stopped, did a country tour where we were taken to different ruins- enjoyed that tour better. We are looking to drive somewhere for 4 days and then give up the rent-a-car and tour Athens. We use Hotel.com and appears there are a lot of reasonable hotels in different places to stay.

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by Mike from SF @, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 19:59 (32 days ago) @ Paulf

Since it is somewhat the off season you should get very good prices.