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Matt BarrettHi. My name is Matt Barrett. I have been traveling or living in Greece since 1968. In 1996 I began my Greece Travel Website and have been adding information, photos and stories ever since. During this time it has become one of the most popular travel sites on the web with all sorts of free information that you would have to otherwise search for. I created my Greece Travel Guides to help you avoid some of the problems people have while traveling in Greece and also to share my knowledge of the country, and because I love writing and taking photos. You can follow links to stories and articles I have written on various Greek subjects, from the individual guides to the Greek Islands, to my famous Athens Survival Guide and countless pages on hotels, restaurants, beaches, history, Greek food and more. This page can easily serve as your basic guide to Greece and you can follow the links to more information, all of it given freely. You can also e-mail me with any questions and I usually respond pretty quickly.

First take a one minute spin my video All My Friends from Greece.  It's a commercial I would make if I were the head of the Greek National Tourist Organization. I wrote the song and sing and play it with some of my rock and roll pals. If you like using my site please share it with your friends on Facebook and Google+ by using the buttons on the bottom of this and other pages. And please use the links to hotels and travel agents that I recommend. Without their support this site would not exist.

This index will give you an idea of what sections are on each of the main Greece pages. If you are a first time visitor the best way is to skip this index for now and scroll down so you don't miss something important. First read my article: Why Greece?

Introduction
to Greece

General
Greece Info

Athens

Greek Islands

Mainland Greece

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Introduction: Important Greece Websites

ATHENS SURVIVAL GUIDE
Parthenon, Athens, Greece Athens is a Wonderful City when you get to know it. But most guidebooks are as confusing as Athens seems to be for those unfamiliar with it. Not my Athens Survival Guide. My Athens Guide makes the city and surrounding areas simple and enjoyable by following my steps and just doing what I do. Includes restaurant reviews, hotels, archaeology sites, nightlife and more and hundreds, maybe thousands of photos. You can print out the whole thing and take it to Greece or use it on your iphone or whatever media device you bting with you. It is the only Guidebook you will need and it is free. Recommended by Travel Guru Rick Steves and even used by Athenians themselves.
Visit my
Athens Survival Guide at www.athensguide.com .


Greek Island Guide
Sifnos, Greece I have written a brief review on all the islands and turned it into a web page that links to more detailed Greek island information including lists of hotels available, beaches, restaurant reviews, archaological sites, history, nightlife and museums and whatever else there is to do on the islands, plus which islands are easy to get to from which other islands, an important thing to know when you make up your itinerary. If you don't know much about the Greek Islands this will give you some idea of what each has to offer.  
Visit my
 Greek Island Synopsis which has a paragraph about each island and then a link to my guide for that island. Or you can just go to my Greek Island Guide which lists the islands by group with a photo and a link to the page for each island. If you know which island you want to visit, then you may find that page easier to use. If like many travelers to Greece you are just trying to find information about Mykonos and Santorini you can just click on those links. But you may miss out if you leave this page without reading the whole thing.

Many people use the Greek Island Guide to research their trip before going to my Create-an-itinerary page where they can fill in a form that tells which islands, how many days, category of hotel, tours and so on and an agent comes back with a price for that trip. It's a pretty creative way to plan your holiday and you are under no obligation to buy so at least you will know what it is gonna cost and which islands you can get to without too much hassle.

Read my step by step approach on
"How to go to a Greek Island" which will tell you how to to everything from the moment you leave your hotel, to buying metro tickets, ferry tickets, finding your boat, going to an island and getting home by dinner.


Index of My Greece Websites
I am continually adding and updating this page and the hundreds of other Greece pages to which it is linked. There are over 5000 pages of information so for easy navigation there is an index at
www.greecetravel.com which has all my pages. It is the best way to find your way around my site. Many people use this as their home page. If you have a moment click on that link and then save it to your favorite places or as your homepage. Yes I know it is confusing that there is a Greecetravel.com and a Greektravel.com but the site grew organically and by the time I discovered that this was not the way things are done, there was too much info to change so I just left it. There is now a Chinese Language version of my Greece Travel Guides in case you don't speak English though if you didn't you probably would not have gotten this far. Anyway there is one. There is also my Guide to Turkey which I recently completed since so many people combine Greece and Turkey and my Paris Guide since many people coming from the USA want to go to Paris for a couple days on the way to Greece or back.


My Hotels of Greece Project
hotels in Greece bannerAfter Sept 11th when nobody was traveling and I had plenty of time on my hands I put together a Directory of hotels in Greece with photos and descriptions. It was kind of tedious but I think I was sort of in a state of shock and needed something mechanical to do for awhile. Now I am kind of proud of it in a simple workmanship way. It is not every hotel in Greece but it is every hotel that has been recommended by the agencies and travelers as well as hotels I have stayed at and recommend myself. I have tried to link them to the travel agencies that have the best prices for that particular hotel. For those who still want to just show up and book hotels as you go I still recommend at least booking your hotel in Athens in advance even if you don't book any others. By the way the way I support this site is through the commissions I get from the hotels, the agencies that book them and Booking.com so if you appreciate my site and all this free info, PLEASE use the links I have provided to book your hotel and if you are not ready to book save them to your favorite places and come back when you are ready. See
www.hotelsofgreece.com

Hotel Search and Automated Booking

For those who have been wondering if I was ever going to get an automated hotel booking site in my guide so people who don't want to go through a travel agency you can stop wondering. Through my friends at Booking.com you can now book hotels from my site and not feel guilty about getting all my free information and booking elsewhere. I still urge travelers to use reliable Greek travel agencies but if you want to do your own hotel arrangements at least you now have that option and the prices are as low as you will find. Plus they donate to my site whenever someone books. So if you appreciate the work that went into this website please book using the links to the travel agents and Booking.com. If you want to get a second and third opinion save the hotel page and come back to it after you are satisfied that this is where you want to stay. See Matt Barrett's Booking.com Hotel Search

What's New on Greece Travel for 2014?

Hotel Attalos BannerFor the latest on what is happening with me in Greece read my Greece Travel blog or else go to Matt Barrett's Greece Travel Guides Group on Facebook for comments, photos and other fun stuff where you can interact with other travelers and people who live in Greece or go there regularly. But the answer to the question that many people are asking is "Yes people are traveling to Greece." The numbers for Americans traveling seem to be down but that has as much to do with the American economy as it does with Greece. Europeans, Australians, Indians, Chinese, Canadians, Brazilians and of course Greek-Americans continue to spend their summer holiday in the Greek islands and tourism is one of the bright spots in the Greek economy.

New Economical Packages: Fantasy Travel has put together a number of packages that offer quality accomodation for economical prices. Most packages that seem too good to be true are actually not as good as they seem, often using hotels that are in areas you really don't want to stay in, to keep the price down. But Fantasy's economy packages feature hotels in and around the Plaka in Athens and are all good quality hotels. I recommend Fantasy Travel's program The Pursuit of Pleasure which is 12 Days and 11 nights in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini including hotels, ferries, transfers, tours, admission to archaeological sites and breakfast starting at 940 euros per person. You can't beat the price for these hotels and this itinerary. Or their 8 day package that includes a 4-day cruise plus Athens-Delphi-Meteora which starts at 595 euros per person. For these and more visit Fantasy Travel's Special Offers Page

Greece Videos: These are the best HD videos of Greece that you will find on the internet, created by my pal Andy Emery who did the video for the song 'All My Friends from Greece'. He has filmed a dozen of the most popular hotels, a cruise, and lots of shots of Athens, the islands and Turkey from his honeymoon. Go to www.greecetravel.com/videos

Greece Cartoons: While playing with my camera one day, (a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V), I discovered that if I combined two settings I came up with a way to make my photos look like comics and my friends look like comic book characters. At first I began posting them as they were, but then I decided that if I could add word balloons my photos really would be like comics. All I needed was to think of something funny to say in each one, which is not as easy as it sounds. Well you can decide whether or not they are funny by going to my Greece Cartoons Page

Far from the Maddening Crowd: In response to the travelers who are nervous about demonstrations in Athens Fantasy Travel has put together a 10-Day Athens-Mykonos-Santorini package which includes a tour of Athens and all transfers and ferry tickets. The package starts at 639 euros per person. What makes it unique is for the Athens part of the trip you will be staying by the beach in Faliron, just 20 minutes from downtown by taxi or 30 minutes by bus or coastal tram. For more information see www.fantasytravelofgreece.com/farfromcrowds.html

I have added a new section in my Athens Survival Guide about the coastal suburbs or what some people call the Athenian Riviera, for those who want to stay at the beach instead of in the center of the city. See www.athensguide.com/coast and if you want to stay in the leafy cool suburb of Kifissia see www.athensguide.com/kifissia

Disabled Travelers: I have added a service that specialize in travel for the physically disabled. Go to www.greecetravel.com/handicapped and click on the links to Christianaki Travel who provide tours and itineraries of Athens and the mainland.

'All My Friends from Greece' is a rock-travel-video put together by Andy Emery to promote Greece (and my website). We have big plans for it but for now you can see it at www.greecetravel.com/videos
If you like it tell your friends by sharing it with them on Facebook and other social media and if you love it tell me.

Easter in Greece
This year Easter comes late. Orthodox Easter is April 20th 2014. Flights should be cheaper than in the summer and there are several Easter packages which enable you to experience the week of Easter with Greek families, seeing the ceremonies and in the end roasting a lamb and celebrating the resurrection. Even if you are not religious it is a festive time to be here. It is my favorite time to be in Greece. See www.greecetravel.com/easter and also see Easter in Lesvos and spend the holiday on my favorite island.

Budget Tour: Athens-Mykonos-Santorini
Many people write that they want to go to Greece on a very meager budget, but they are nervous about doing all their hotels, and ferry bookings on their own. They would like to stay in economical hotels but the thought of trying to figure out the metro, buses and taxis scares them a little. So I asked Fantasy Travel to put together a 10-day package for people who think they can't afford to go to Greece. They came up with something pretty special that includes 3 days each in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, all transfers, breakfast, ferry tickets and a one day tour of Delphi or the one day Saronic cruise for as low as 62 euros a day per person. And everything except lunch and dinner is taken care of. Even entry fees at the archaeological sites included. See
www.greecetravel.com/budget-travel

Weekend in Athens
For those lucky enough to live close enough to Greece so you can just pop in for a weekend I have put together a plan that crams as much fun, food and history as any mortal could stand in 3 days. It does not have to be a weekend either. Any 3 days. See www.athensguide.com/weekend

Greek History
My History of Greece which I worked on non-stop for much of 2005 and have been adding to it ever since is becoming one of my most popular sites. For those who want an introduction to Greek History which begins with prehistoric times and runs through to thepresent there are not too many Greek history sites that also include rock bands.

FAQs
I have finally added a
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page too.

Pictures of Greece
I just finished scanning all my father's slides of Greece in the Sixties. Some are really amazing. See
www.greecetravel.com/photos/sixties and while you are at it see some of my 35,000 photos of Greece at www.greecetravel.com/photos 

You can also read my interview with Kathimerini Newspaper

Turkey

Last but not least is my new Guide to Turkey which I put together after my trip to Istanbul. Lots of cool photos and hotel and restaurant reviews.

Matt's Greece Trip Planning Aids

What kind of person are you? Are you the type that knows they want to go to Greece, don't know exactly where they want to go or what they want to do, but don't want to spend hours or days or weeks trying to decide? Well for you I have created a page that will make it easy for you. It is my suggested itineraries page at it is at www.greektravel.com/suggestions

If you are the type who knows what you want to do but just needs help putting it together in a sensible way that suits your budget then I have a page for you too. See www.greecetravel.com/create-an-itinerary

Index of Testimonials
For travelers who want proof of the reliability of my websites and the hotels and agencies listed on them I have created this site which contains hundreds (maybe thousands) of e-mails from happy readers. I encourage you to It may give you some ideas too because many people give a blow by blow account of their trips. If there is an agency or hotel that you want to know about you can read the experiences of other travelers here kind of like Trip-advisor but without all the complaining. Visit www.greektravel.com/testimonials


Winter in Greece

myceneae in winterDespite what you have read about the Greek islands closing for the winter, as if Greece is some kind of seasonal theme-park, there are people like me who think that the winter-season, which goes from late October to the end of March, is one of the best times to go to Greece. No crowds. Generally good weather and many days when you can swim. There can be periods of cold or rain and even snow in the mountains. (You can ski in Arahova near Delphi and then go swim in the Corinthean Gulf the same day). But even when it is cold it is not the brutal cold that anyone in the northern US experiences in the winter. The most amazing thing is that everything is green! The dusty archaeolgical sites that are parched and dry in the summer are alive with grass and wild plants and if you go in March or April, millions of wildflowers. (The photo is Myceneae in January) If you want to see the real Greece, including islands that have returned to their quiet winter-ways after the summer tourists have left, and take advantage of low season rates and cheap airfare then winter is the time to go. And as I have written elsewhere Athens is the best city in the world from November to May with more restaurants, music, and shopping than most people get in a lifetime and Apokreas, a two week Carnival Season just like New Orleans and Rio. For more information on off-season travel see my article on Winter in Greece and also the new Off-Season Travel in Greece which has some winter itineraries and links to more info.


Traveling with Children in Greece:
I have a daughter and have taken her to Greece every year since before she was born. Greece is a great country for kids, especially the Greek islands. It is safe and the Greek people love children. There are also lots of children around which is a key ingredient for your child having a good time while traveling with his parents. Trust me. I know. If you are traveling to Greece with small children, you may want to learn the secrets of
"Strollering Through Athens" or take a look at my guide for traveling to Greece with Children at www.greecetravel.com/kids

Getting Married in Greece
The Greek islands have always been one of the most popular destinations for Honeymooners. In the last few years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who want to get married there too. Why not? You combine the wedding with the honeymoon. Now there are all sorts of wedding packages available of all sizes and prices. Before you make your decision, whether you are doing a full-blown wedding or a simple exchange of vows, or just a renewal of vows see www.greecetravel.com/weddings and for those who are already married but just see Honeymoon in Greece and speaking of which.....

Honeymoons in Greece!
Before you commit to anything (besides each other of course) take a peak at Fantasy's Honeymoon Package
. Most Honeymooners go to Santorini. Personally if I were going to get married I would go somewhere more quiet and traditional like Sifnos. But with a good travel agent helping you, you can do both.

Super Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece College Students coming to the Greek Islands!
Take advantage of low off-season rates and spend Spring Break in Athens and the Greek Islands. See
www.greecetravel.com/springbreak
This summer see the party cruises at www.greecetravel.com/sailing which visit every party island in the Aegean. Otherwise head for Mykonos, Ios or Santorini if you want to party or Sifnos or Lesvos if you want to go somewhere quieter and more traditional. The Greek islands are the place to be in the summer whether you are in your teens or wish you still were. Imagine the world's best spring break atmosphere but with young people from every country in Europe and many from all over the world. If you think that a year or two studying in Greece might be just the inspiration you need to fulfill your destiny check out the schools and study abroad programs at www.greecetravel.com/schools .  You can also search hotel booking sites to find the best deals at www.hotelsofgreece.com/search


Holidays in Greece

The 15th of August is the biggest holiday in Greece along with Easter. The days preceding and following these holidays are the worst times to be traveling. If you are on an island there will be lots happening but it is also the best time to be in Athens because the city will be empty.  Make sure you have your hotels and ferries booked if you are traveling during this period. In June there is a Holiday called Agios Pnevmatos which is the saint day for the Holy Spririt. It is similar to Memorial day in that it is a 3 day weekend and the island hotels and ferries are packed. Don't plan on showing up on an island and just finding a place to stay on this weekend. To make it even more complicated it is a moveable feast so its a different weekend every year.

Apokreas is the Greek version of Mardi Gras, with celebrations in Athens, Patras and many villages and towns in Greece. This is a great time to go if you like nightlife, parties, dancing and have nothing better to do in February. It is also a good time to get discounted rates on flights and hotels. Greek winters are mild and Athens can be wild! The last two weekends are the best.

Easter is a very special time to be in Greece with the celebrations and the services and the roast lamb and the smell of spring and the wildflowers in bloom. See www.greecetravel.com/easter

Christmas in Greece?
In the past, few people went to Greece in the winter. Greece was a place to lay out in the sun, swim and enjoy meals in outdoor tavernas overlooking small harbors full of colorful fishing boats. You can't do that in the winter can you? Well, what many people have discovered is that the Christmas holidays in Greece is a great time to be there. Low rates on hotels and the weather is usually a lot nicer than wherever it is they have come from. Many days it is warm enough to dine outdoors. It is a great time to be in Athens and visit the archaeological sites and nearby islands and Athens nightlife in my opinion is among the best in the world. Read about my Christmas in Greece at:
www.athensguide.com/christmas

For a list of Holidays in Greece click here


IMPORTANT: Using Travel Agents in Greece

Travel agent Litsa from Fantasy TravelI definitely recommend using a Greek travel agency for your trip to Greece despite the appearance that booking on your own seems to be so easy. The fact is that the booking is easy. It is only after you get to Greece that you may discover that there is more to booking hotels and ferries than booking hotels and ferries.

Every hotel in Greece has their own website these days and the quality of the web design does not always reflect that of the hotel. Unless you are back-packing and prepared to sleep anywhere, a trip to Greece is a lot easier if you work with a travel agent who knows what they are doing. They can organize ferries, flights, transportation to and from airports and ports, find the right hotel for you, deal with any unforeseen circumstances, answer all your questions and in the end save you time, money and your sanity. You can choose from dozens of itineraries or you can create your own and by using my website you should have a pretty good idea of what you would like to do.

What is the best way to book your holiday to Greece? Can you really save by using auto-booking systems or by booking directly with the hotels? Are Travel Agencies a thing of the past? From my experience sites like Travelocity and Expedia are great for booking your flights but for booking hotels in Greece and arranging your trip it makes much more sense to work with someone who knows the territory. The number one cry for help I get is from people who booked their accommodations on their own and found themselves committed to hotels they could not reach because there was not a ferry that day or any day. What many people don't understand when they book hotels in Greece is that by booking directly with a hotel you are not getting a better deal or saving money. The travel agent does not pay the same price as you do for a hotel and add his comission. He pays less than you, in most cases a lot less. He is then able to offer you a price equal to or lower than the hotel offers when you book directly. The same with cruises and tours. The travel agent's commission does not come from you. In essense the hotel pays it by taking less money. So not only are you paying the same or less but you now have someone who can answer your questions, book your ferry tickets and assist you in planning your holiday.

You can find a list of recommended travel agencies and specialized tours at www.greecetravel.com/travel-agents.htm

Read my article Endangered Species about the internet and the disappearance of the small personalized-service travel agency for more on this subject. Personally I think travel agents are an under appreciated and important group and if they get squeezed out of business by automated systems we are going to really miss them.

Strikes and Demonstrations in Athens

During the summer of 2011 people who used Greek travel agencies only found the strikes to be a minor inconvenience if that. The agencies made the changes to the ferries and the hotels and for some it meant an extra day in Athens and for others an extra day on an island. The people who were most affected by the strikes are those who did not even know there was a strike and only discovered it when the went to the port and could not board their ferry to the island they had already booked a hotel on. Strikes are a minor inconvenience when you know they are going to happen and merely require a slight change of plans, something a Greek travel agency can do a lot easier than you can. As for demonstrations they all take place in a small area of Athens and only last an hour or two. On those days there were demonstrations the agencies called their clients and told them to avoid these certain areas during these times. Keep in mind that demonstrations are a way of life in Athens but not on the islands. So if you want to avoid strikes and demonstrations then spend less time in Athens and work with a reliable Greek travel agency. By the way there were no major strikes or demonstrations during the summer of 2013. I'm thinking 2014 should be the same.


My Recommended Greek Travel Agencies...
That being said let me introduce the travel agencies in Athens that I have been recommending with confidence for years.  There are hundreds of travel agents in Greece who have websites and with a good webmaster anyone can have an impressive site that resonates with efficiency and professionalism. The trouble is not all agencies are as impressive as their websites. These agencies are.....
 

Fantasy Travel in Athens, Greece

Established in 1983 by Mr George Gerassimidis,  Fantasy is a team of experienced travel agents, who insure each client has an unforgettable holiday in Greece. Specializing in the Cyclades Islands and cruises to the islands and Turkey, they offer numerous combinations of islands including hotels, ferries, transfers, excursions, cruises and can take care of all the details so you can sit back and enjoy the holiday instead of worrying about ferry schedules and tickets.

They have contracts with the most popular hotels and in many cases will have availability for hotels which are supposedly booked full and in all likelihood better prices. They have earned the reputation of being one of the most efficient and professional companies in their field, covering all aspects of travel to Greece, Turkey and Egypt. The Fantasy Travel office is conveniently located a block from Syntagma Square so you can easily meet with them for advice or to fine-tune your itinerary by adding tours and excursions. They are also happy to help you create your own specialized itinerary and in fact invented the Create-an-itinerary page that has become so popular with people using my website. Their website has dozens of suggested itineraries and different island combinations which can be customized to fit your taste. Visit George and his staff at www.fantasytravelofgreece.com or contact them with this form. Or see what others have said at www.greektravel.com/testimonials/fantasy.html

Meet Fantasy Travel Video


I wholeheartedly endorse Kiki Zikou and the gang at DOLPHIN HELLAS TRAVEL, one of the oldest and most respected travel agency in Athens, Greece that has been in business for almost half a century. They can help you book reservations in Hotels all over Greece, Flights, Cruises, Tours, Buses, Ferries, transportation to and from the airport, and supply you with all the information you need to have the best holiday of your life. Dolphin Hellas has booked thousands of people through this site and others and have a stellar reputation. They have what many agencies want, repeat customers who come to Greece every year and do their hotel bookings and get information from Dolphin.

You can read the testimonials of travelers who have used Dolphin Hellas or you can visit their website at www.greecetravel.com/dolphinhellas or if you know exactly what you want you can contact them directly by using this form


Island of Sifnos, Greece, Sifnos, Siphnos, Greek island of Sifnos, Greek islands, Apostolis Dimopoulos of Aegean Thesaurus Travel One of the most efficient travel agencies in Greece is not even based in Athens but on the small Cycladic island of Sifnos. Aegean Thesaurus Travel has all the capabilities of any of the Athens travel agencies. Apostolis Dimopoulos left the hustle and bustle of Athens and opened his agency on this quiet island because he realized with the internet and other modern tools of communication it would not matter where in Greece an agency was physically located. Putting together a terrific staff and running a high-tech efficient agency is the reason why Aegean Thesaurus Travel is one of the fastest growing travel agencies in Greece.

For the best prices for Sifnos as well as other islands and Athens visit www.greecetravel.com/aegean

Aegean Thesaurus also has a Create-an-Itinerary Page which you can use if you have a good idea of what you would like to do. It is a great way of making first contact with the agency because it gives them a good idea of what you want on your trip to Greece, if not an exact idea, and they can come back right away with a price.


Christianakis Travel

Christianakis Tours for the Physically DisabledSpecializing in tours for the disabled with a fleet of accessable vehicles. They also know which hotels are wheelchair friendly in Athens and the islands and are the best agency to use if you or someone in your group is in need of assistance. They are the first and only Greek tour operating company that specializes in tailor-made itineraries for the physically challenged. They can fulfill all of your travel requirements by providing you with transportation, hotel booking and guides to escort you around historic sites and attractions in Greece and Europe. They can also provide you with business/conference facilities, or if you prefer, arrange a custom-made itinerary to suit you, featuring any of the above choices.They have over 20 years of experience in the traveling business and guarantee the best service for you. See Christianakis Travel


Other Services in Greece

George the Famous Taxi Driver
George the Famous Taxi Driver of Athens Athens best Taxi driver is George Kokkotos of V.I.P. Taxi Service. Having your own air-conditioned personal taxi in Athens is like having your own chauffeur, translator and guide for a fraction of the cost. George speaks perfect English and knows all there is to know about Athens and the archaeology and history of Greece. It's a great way to see the real Greece. I recommend him for excursions such as Delphi, Meteora, Naphlion,(Epidavros, Corinth and Myceneae), Sounion,  Olympia, or anywhere on the mainland. (He says he will go to the islands too.) If you are in a group of three or more people it is cheaper to use George then to go on the guided tour bus, and more fun since he will be more flexible, allowing you to stop at the beach of quiet tavernas, something you can't do on a tour bus. George knows the country and will help you find many bargains and hidden places not on most tourist itineraries. He can also take you on a tour of Athens nightlife. If you are in Athens and need a car at your disposal for business or pleasure, George is at your service. One of the few taxi drivers in Greece who does not smoke. For sightseeing, guided tours, excursions all over Greece, or even a day of golf, call or FAX George. Also for transfers*, he will meet you at the airport when you arrive and take you to your hotel, to and from cruise ships, ferry boats etc.
Oh yes...George has a brand new Mercedes and also a Mercedes Limo for VIPs and a bus for larger groups!
He also provides a car seat for infants. For more about George read his
testimonials.
For rates and more info see
www.greecetravel.com/taxi or or e-mail georgetaxitours@yahoo.com


Driving in Greece

SWIFT-AVANTI CAR RENTALS
Located on 50, Syngrou Ave is a small family-run company owned by Elias Manouas who prides himself on specialized personal service. Excellent cars and low prices plus delivery or pick-up to your hotel, the airport or wherever you are in Greece. He can also make arrangements with his affiliates on the Greek islands (or you may want to bring his car on the ferry like a mobile closet for your luggage.) Not only will he give you a 15% discount for mentioning my website but he will also drive you to the outskirts of Athens where the driving is easier. You will never have to experience what the Athens drivers go through every day until you are ready for it. For info on cars and prices visit
www.greektravel.com/swift or use this Form  

You may also want to see my sections on Driving in Greece


Sailing in Greece

Sailing in Greece GM Sailboat and Yacht Charters
OK. I am hooked! A few summers ago I took a 5-day cruise on a sailboat on a sixty-foot boat with 6 cabins and plenty of room and Captain Billy Joe Leck, a true renaissance man from the UK, skilled in the arts of sailing, story-telling, guitar-playing and baby-sitting who knew more about the islands than I could learn in a lifetime! I am not a sailor so I was a little reluctant to go but when the trip was over I wished I had booked 10 days or a month. We swam in sheltered coves in incredibly clear sea and sailed into ports in the late afternoon for dinner and entertainment. (The boat had AC but we never needed it.) This is the best way to see the islands, (like a cruise but you choose your own itinerary). If you like a particular island you stay longer or even return to it. The captain doubles as a guide/host and knows the best restaurants, bars, beaches and is your private interpreter making ordering in restaurants easy. The surprising thing is that it can actually be cheaper then staying in a hotel and a lot more interesting! Be sure to read my article about my experience sailing in Greece at
www.greecetravel.com/sailing

David Econopouly of GM Yacht Charters has gathered together the best boats and some of the finest and most entertaining skippers in Greece to offer a large number of specialized sailboat or motor-yacht cruises for honeymooners, archaeologists, people traveling with their pets, disabled, students, naturalists, and more. If you have ever wanted to sail the Greek islands (or Turkey) and find your own special beach or make up your own cruise take read Why Charter A yacht with David at  GM Charters


Getting to Greece
The way to get a cheap flight is to book early. Airlines sell tickets in blocks and each flight can have a number of different prices for the same seats. When the cheaper tickets are sold then you have to buy the next expensive ones. By the time you get to the summer all that is left are the expensive tickets. (Some airlines don't have inexpensive tickets in the summer.) To find the best fares to Greece from the USA go to
the Greeceflights Page and use the form. When can you get the best deals on flights? When the airlines need cash. When they are short on cash they have sales. If you are coming from Europe you don't have to fly. You can drive and take the ferry from Brindisi, Bari, Ancona, and Venice in Italy. For information on flights and getting to Greece visit my Athens Survival Guide and see the first section, called Getting To Athens.

*Note on airlines and automated booking.


Greek Ferry Boats
There is more on ferries in the
Greek Island section but here is some basic info. Most ferries leave from Pireaus which you can get to in 15 minutes by metro or taxi from central Athens.

There are modern highspeed ferries that cut travel time in half and cost twice as much as the regular ferries. There are also the Blue Star ferries which are somewhere in between. You may read that ferries are unreliable and while I would not go that far in describing their service they can be cancelled because of weather or mechanical problems or can be delayed. To avoid any problems with your trip home because of a ferry delay I suggest saving Athens for the end of your trip. A good plan is to arrive and spend the first night in Athens and see as much as you can that day and leave for the islands the next day. Give yourself 2 or 3 days at the end of your trip to experience Athens and the mainland.


Economical Cruise Packages

Fantasy Travel's Smart 7 cruise allows you to spend 3 nights in Mykonos at the beginning of your cruise and 3 nights in Santorini at the end of your cruise. The cruise is 4 days and includes Kusadasi, Turkey, Patmos, Rhodes and Crete. See http://www.fantasytravelofgreece.com/smart7.html

Click here for a short video of a Greek island cruise

Suggestions for interesting tours in Greece....

Greek Mainland Tours:
The most important sites are in the Greek mainland and include Delphi, Meteora, Nafplion, Myceneae, Epidavros, Olympia and others. Take a look at Fantasy Travel's 7 and 5 day mainland tours which can be combined with an island or two or a short cruise. You can take care of your historical needs and then relax on the islands at a very low price. See
Mainland Tours  

Helicopter Tours of Athens
For Real.
Take a look

FANTASY TRAVEL
If you can't find something that appeals to you on Fantasy Travel's new website then I don't know what else to say. They have hundreds of possible itineraries and you can even customize them if you can't find something that's perfect for you.

Matt's Personal Itineraries for Indecisive Travelers to Greece:
I have put together several itineraries for people who are overwhelmed by all the information I provide and just want me to suggest something for them to do.

A few more suggestions for your trip to Greece

TURKEY
If you are going to Greece and want to do Turkey as well then have a look at My
Greece-Turkey Guide. It has a guide to Turkey, listings of tours, ferry schedules from the Greek Islands to Turkey, hotels, cruises, a great travel agency and can help you have a seamless trip combining the two countries.

Travel Insurance
With the state of the airlines and the world, you'll never know when you need to protect your holiday! Read about it. Think About it. Even Buy it Here:
Travel Insurance

Schools, Churches and Groups coming to Greece
Did you know you can get great discounts on hotels, cruises and tours if you come as a group? If you are a school, a wedding party, a company going on a trip, a family reunion, a cultural organization, church or if you are just someone who wants to come to Greece with friends and family or a travel agent check out the Groups page at www.greecetravel.com/groups where you can put together a specialized itinerary for your people and then get a price per-person. And you won't have to negotiate with the hotels one-by-one. Everything is taken care of and all you have to do is make sure everyone gets on the plane.

By the way....Help Support My Website!
This website began as a hobby about 15 years ago and since then it has grown in popularity and size. People have been asking me how they can contribute. First of all you can contribute by using the agencies I recommend. Without their support this site could not exist. The best way to contribute is to help spread the word about my Greece Travel Guides. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell strangers on the travel bulletin boards. If you have your own website or blog make a link. The only way I can compete with the big commercial sites is with your help. Some people use my site to gather all this free information and then go shopping on the web to save a couple euros but if you are thankful for the info you find on my site and the work I have put into it you can support it by using the travel agencies I recommend or if you prefer to book hotels individually by using the Hotel Booking Site that was created for me by Booking.com you will find prices as cheap as you will find them anywhere. You can also support it by liking it on Google+ and Facebook.

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Introduction
to Greece

General
Greece Info

Athens

Greek Islands

Mainland Greece

Preparation

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 Hotels of Greece Website. The small comission I make on the bookings enable me to keep working and in most cases you won't find them any cheaper by searching elsewhere. You can also book at Booking.com's Greece Page and they give me a small percentage on each booking.

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