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This page is a general overview of a few of the Greek Islands, how to get there and how to book hotels and transportation. For more information on all the islands see my Greek Island Guide which gives a short description of each island and has links to more detailed information, plus hotels, travel agencies, stories and lots of photos. It also tells you which islands have daily connections from Pireaus (Athens' port city) and to each other. You can read hotel reviews at Hotels of Greece. If you find this page useful please share it with your friends on Facebook and Google+ by using the buttons at the bottom of the page. Remember to come back to the top of the page to use these links below to other pages on this site.  If you have somehow stumbled on this page on your own you should click on the link to Introduction below which will take you back to the beginning of my Greek Travel webpage. 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.

Introduction

General Info

Athens

Islands

Mainland

Preparation

Part 1. Visiting the Greek Islands

Booking Hotels on the Islands
Volcano View Hotel, SantoriniI strongly suggest using the Greek travel agencies to book hotels particularly when you plan on going to more than one island and will need to make a ferry connection. Many hotels on the internet are offering special rates to book directly with them, but they won't help you with the ferries and if you can't get to the island because there is no ferry you still have to pay for the room. If you book with the agency, getting you to the island becomes their responsibility. It makes traveling a whole lot easier and a lot less stressful when you don't have to spend hours searching for
accurate ferry or flight information (which is nearly impossible to find more than a couple weeks in advance). People who use the automated booking sites often have problems connecting the islands they have booked hotels on to the existing ferries. Work with a knowledgable human at a reliable Greek travel agency and don't be afraid to ask questions. There is no reason you can't stay in a hotel that is perfect for you at a price that is right and there is no reason for you to be standing on a dock waiting for the ferry that never arrives. For those who are just booking a simple itinerary and are on a budget or like to put their itinerary together themselves without the help of an agency there are thousands of hotels and descriptions at www.hotelsofgreece.com and you can also use my hotel search site done in cooperation with booking.com. By the way I know you are wondering so the photo is the Volcano View Villas in Santorini.

More questions about Greece? You can e-mail me at matt@greecetravel.com


Ferryboats to the Greek Islands

Ferry to CreteThe best way to the Greek islands is by ferry boat.They are cheap and relaxing with restaurants, snack bars and beautiful scenery. The boats to the far Greek islands like Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos & Kos leave in the evening. With a cabin it's like going to sleep in a hotel and waking up in a new place. The new ferries are like airplanes on the sea. You sit in comfortable chairs, they show movies on the TV and there are snack bars with decent food. Frequency of boats vary from island to island. To get to the port of Pireaus from Athens take the metro from the stop closest to you (probably Monastiraki or Omonia) to the last stop: Pireaus. The boats are across the street. There is a map on the dock that tells you where to find the ferries for each island. If you don't have a ticket you can buy them at the boat too though if you want a cabin you should get it in advance. Also if you are traveling to the islands on the days preceding Easter and the 15th of August or any Friday in July and August you should buy your tickets in advance. The same goes with returning after those dates and on Sundays. If you are traveling the last day of July or the first day of August you may not find a ticket if you don't book in advance.

There's a shuttle bus in the harbor that can take you to the further boats. Ferry Schedules come out in the Kathemerini insert in the International Herald Tribune every day but infortunately by the time you wake up half of them are gone since the majority leave between 7 and 8am. B
ut you can also find them on Dolphin Hellas' Ferry Booking Page

Read my primer on "How to go to a Greek Island" which gives step by step instructions.

For more detailed info on the Ferryboats click here

Greek ferry boatImportant: Not every island is easily accessible from another. You must keep in mind when planning your Island itinerary that moving from one island chain to another can be difficult and in many cases you will have to return to Athens to do it. Generally travel within an island chain is easy but there are times when even a connection from Mykonos to Santorini has to be done through a third island.

People have written that they have heard the ferries are unreliable. This is not entirely true. But they can be delayed or cancelled due to mechanical failure and bad weather. For this reason you should save Athens for the end of your trip to give yourself a buffer period so if there are any problems with the ferries at least you won't miss your flight home, though there are worse things than being stuck in Greece for a few extra days. (Unless you have to wait at the airport)


Domestic and International Flights

Do you know you can book a flight from your home airport all the way to your Greek island destination, with or without an overnight stay in Athens? Well, not all islands have airports but the main ones do, including Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos, Corfu, Skiathos, Chios, Samos, Kos..... and a few more. See www.greeceflights.com and ask David about booking a flight all the way to your island destination. If you are staying that first night in Athens it may be easier to take the ferry from Pireaus the next morning, than to go back to the airport to fly to the island, especially if you are going to Mykonos, Paros or Naxos.


Island-Hopping and Combinations

Church, Oia, SantoriniFor people traveling to the Cyclades (Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos) and the more popular islands like Crete and Rhodes, choosing an island package is often the best way to go. On Fantasy Travel's website you can pick your hotels and choose which islands you want to visit. You can go to from one to five islands and they will take care of the details of getting you from one island to the next. These are not tours and you are not with a group. You can also customize your trip to suit your individual needs.

For
Island Combinations see Fantasy Travel. They have a section where you choose from a number of islands in two-three-four and five island combiantions. Also be sure to take a look at Dolphin Hellas' Island Hopping Page

Another great idea is the Create Your Own Itinerary page where you click to choose the islands and they number of days you want to spend on each, category of hotels, days in Athens, land tours or whatever and submit it to the travel agency. They come back with a price within 24 hours. Actually not only is this a great idea, it was my idea! See www.greecetravel.com/create-an-itinerary and save it in your favorite places.

I have also put together a page of island combination suggestions at www.greektravel.com/suggestions which will make planning your trip a lot easier.

Mykonos, GreeceFar from the Maddening Crowd: In response to the travelers who don't really like cities and would like to see the islands but stay outside of Athens, perhaps on a beach, but close enough to visit the important sites of the city, at my request 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 790 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. Or you can stay in the leafy suburb of Kifissia or in one of the beautiful resorts on the Athenian Riviera.

For more information see Far from the Maddening Crowd

Economical Island Packages

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. These are in good centrally located hotels in Athens and the islands. You can't beat this 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

*Note on Island-Hopping


Sailboats and Yachts

Sailing in SantoriniOf course you won't have to worry about the ferry if you have your own boat. As many people will tell you this is the way to go and it is cheaper than you might think.Throw in a Captain and you have your own personal tour-guide and translator. You can get together with a couple friends or family and have your own boat or if you are traveling solo or are a couple you can share with other couples or soloists or even join a flotilla *. Sound like fun? It is! I did it one summer and it was the best part of my holiday. Much better than a cruise or dealing with the Greek ferry schedules because of the freedom it gives you. Plus the boats range from comfortable to luxurious. David Econopouly has a company based in the USA called GM Charters that works with several sailboat companies and individual skipper-owners in Greece to find the customer the best and most suitable boats at the best price. Whether you want to charter a large sailboat with some friends with a skipper or on your own, or join a group of boats called a flotilla, he does the research and gives you the choices. A great service and very helpful whether you know little about sailing or are an experienced skipper bringing a group and looking for the right boat. He also does power yachts and sail cruises. See www.greecetravel.com/sailing/gm-charters
Be sure to read my articles about
Sailing in Greece at www.greecetravel.com/sailing

* Note: What is a Flotilla?

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

Check out the Greek Island Cruise video below.

Greek Island Cruise: You can get discounted rates for this cruise by going to the cruise page at www.fantasytravelofgreece.com or if you want an inexpensive package that includes a cruise see their 3 Day Cruise and 4 Day Cruise pages

Part 2: The Greek Islands

This is sort of a short version of my Greek Island Synopsis but on this page I will list my favorite islands first and then move on to the popular islands. There are a lot more islands listed in the Synopsis so after you read this don't forget to go there too.

Island Of Sifnos

Kamares, SifnosThis is a nice way to start your trip to Greece. It's a quiet and beautiful island that has retained its Greek character where you can relax and get yourself acclimated to Greek life. You may never want to leave. And with the new High-Speed Cats you can be there in a little more than 2 hours! I have spent at least two weeks here every summer since 1984 and before that my parents used to go here. If you are traveling with children this is my first choice. The beach at Kamares is shallow, with cafes and restaurants right there on the sand so you can sit and drink coffee while your children happily play. Platiyialos is one of the most beautiful beach towns in Greece. If you are young and of partying age or concerned that Sifnos may be a little slow, don't worry. The capital town of Apollonia is a beautiful whitewashed village that has plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and nightlife. The photo is taken from the balcony of the Hotel Stavros. Hotel Stavros is in the port of Kamares a few steps from the ferry and a long beautiful beach. Stavros and Sarah both speak English (She's British). They also rent cars and can help you make connections and find accommodations on other islands. Their Eleonas Apartments are in Apollonia with a fantastic view of Paros and Antiparos and close to the nightlife.

See my Sifnos page at www.greektravel.com/sifnos

Sifnos, GreeceAegean Thesaurus Travel Agency
What began as the island's only travel agency has now become one of the most respected and reliable full-service agencies in the Cyclades. Not only can they arrange your trip and accommodations in Sifnos but they can take care of your hotel needs in Athens and on any of the other Cycladic islands. They will have the best prices on hotels for Sifnos. For Info on accommodations, car rentals, transportation, weddings, honeymoons, and more go to their webpage at www.greecetravel.com/aegean

Elies Resort Hotel
If you are looking for a full-blown resort hotel in a small island setting the Elies Resort Hotel in the village of Vathi is made up of individual Cycladic-style houses so you have plenty of privacy, like you are living in a Greek village. Not only does the Elies compare with the world-renown resorts of Crete and Santorini, the village of Vathi is car-free. Drivers leave their vehicles in a parking lot at the entrance of the village. Great place for families with children, right on the beach and with an Olympic-sized swimming pool right next to a kiddie-pool. Lots of excellent fish-tavernas in the village and bus service to the rest of the island make this in my opinion one of the best resorts in Greece. You can't beat the rates that Aegean Thesaurus Travel has either.
See
www.hotelsofgreece.com/cyclades/sifnos/elies


LESVOS: More Than Just Another Greek Island

Molyvos, LesvosLesvos is in my opinion, the most interesting and beautiful island in Greece, almost a country in itself. Food and accommodations are less expensive then the more popular Cyclades islands. Lesvos is fertile with pine forests, olive groves and an abundance of fish. It is the third largest of the Greek islands with a variety of landscapes, including some fantastic beaches, mountains, and two large inland seas that are rich in marine and bird life. (It is one of the finest places in Europe for bird watching with an amazing variety of birds and wildflowers.) There are medieval castles, ancient Greek ruins and Mytilini is a very enjoyable city that is alive with cultural events and a city market that is like a Turkish Bazaar.The coast of Turkey is close enough to take day-trips. But the best thing about Lesvos is the people of the towns and villages who have not been impacted by mass-tourism and are courteous, generous and friendly. If you are looking for a truly special holiday in Greece, this is the place to go. Most people who visit Lesvos return. Many make it a yearly trip and with hotels and food half the price of Athens and the Cyclades it is a Greek holiday destination that is affordable. If you only have a couple days in Greece then it's best to go somewhere else but if you have a week to ten days to explore then Lesvos is the place for you.

Skala Eressos, LesvosSkala Eressos (photo)is the birthplace of Sappho and popular with gay women, but it's also a popular family and honeymoon destination. Beautiful sandy beach and village, a wonderful place, perhaps the best kept secret in Greece. Hotels and apartments available as well as island tours to Mytilini, Molyvos, thermal springs and spas, monasteries, traditional villages, donkey treks and day trips to Turkey. Excellent and inexpensive restaurants on the beach where you can watch the best sunsets in Greece (after Santorini). Also very hip cafes, some nice bars and clubs and a very interesting community of spiritually inclined Greeks and foreigners. People who go to Skala Eressos usually come back again and again. You can find rooms and get travel information through Sappho Travel located right in Skala Eressos. For more information on one of my favorite places in Greece see my Skala Eressos Page.

For another true off-the-beaten-path destination check out the village of Sigri where there are half a dozen great beaches, several excellent tavernas and they say it never gets so hot that you need the air-conditioning. Try the spanking new Sigrion Villas, owned by a Greek-American family from Mississippi. If you have high-school aged kids and want to give them a cultural/education experience this summer send them to Hyphenology: an English language, academic/cultural program on Lesvos for teens. If you are traveling with children Sigri has the safest most child-friendly beach on the island and you may also find that when the rest of the island is full there will still be rooms in Sigri.

Vatera, Lesvos, GreeceThe Hotel Aphrodite Beach is run by a very nice Canadian family and is right on the beach at Vatera which has to be one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in Greece. Great family hotel because there are lots of children around (English speaking too!) They also have an excellent taverna with live Greek music on weekends. They have their own travel agency and car rental agency and give discount rates to their hotel clients. They also have a special Easter in Lesvos program in which they invite you to celebrate Greek Easter with their family. They have a big beautiful pool and a trampoline for the kids which keeps them occupied for hours, while you eat in the taverna. Visit the website of the hotel at www.lesvos.com/aphrodite.

Travel Agencies
To make travel arrangements for Lesvos visit www.lesvos.com/travelagents.html or you can work with Fantasy Travel in Athens.

Visit my website:
Lesvos: More then Just Another Greek Island at www.Lesvos.com

Combine Sifnos with Lesvos? Yes is can be done though it takes a little research and a few phone calls from a travel agent! See www.greecetravel.com/tours


Santorini: # 1 Destination in Greece

Santorini, GreeceThey say it's the one essential Greek island and Santorini should not be missed. Take the ferry and sail into a giant volcanic caldera that is as dramatic, or more so, then the Grand Canyon. Most people stay in or near Fira where the nightlife is or Oia where it is a little quieter, and go to the beaches by bus, car or bike in the day. Others stay on the beach and go to Fira at night or to watch the sunset. The sunsets in Santorini are like nothing you have ever seen before and for that reason many honeymooners want to stay in a hotel overlooking the volcano in Thira or Oia or Firostefani or Imerovigli which are other villages on the cliffs. A car is useful but not essential because there are buses and taxis. Watch out for motorbikes. Santorini has some of the best wine in Greece and many people visit the wineries scattered around the island. It is also known for great food and a vibrant nightlife. Did I mention amazing beaches? Black sand, red sand, white sand and other sand in a variety of beach styles from popular tourist to remote and quiet.

See my Guide to Santorini

Volcano View Villas, SantoriniFantasy Travel specializes in Santorini and the Cyclades with discounted rates on hotels and island-hopping packages so see their offerings at www.fantasytravelofgreece.com They also specialize in weddings and honeymoons.

See the amazing
Hotel Volcano View Villas (photo)on the Cliffs of Santorini, with a swimming pool and a view so spectacular you may never leave the premises. Or see the individual Volcano View VIP Villas. You can see videos of both hotels at www.greecetravel.com/videos

The Ether Traditional Houses are in the beautiful village of Oia is inexpensive with Caldera View rooms for 115 euro and sometimes cheaper when there is a special. If you are on a budget but still want a room with a view this hotel is for you.

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

Santorini beachFor Houses and Villas on Santorini see www.greecetravel.com/villas
For other travel agencies dealing with accommodations, transportation and other services contact Kiki and Aliki at
Dolphin Hellas Travel or visit Giorgios and Apostolis at Aegean Thesaurus Travel

For a listing of Hotels on Santorini with photos, descriptions and where to get the best rates see my Santorini Hotel Page or search Booking.com

Captain Ted Stathis offers day and night sailing trips and overnight cruises in his catamaran. Its a great way to explore the caldera and his trips feature a gourmet lunch or dinner in some beautiful setting. He and his wife are gourmet chefs. See santorini-sailing.

For backpackers and budget travelers there are plenty of cheap hotels and rooms at www.hotelsofgreece.com/cyclades if you look at the two-star hotels and the section below on rooms, apartments etc.

New Last Minute Deal:4 nights in Santorini in the 5 star Petit Palace Luxury Boutique Hotel at super low prices starting at 400 per person. The package includes Maison Suite with private pool and caldera view, and also includes ferry tickets and transfers in Santorini and Athens. Click For more information

Mykonos: Elegant and Exciting

Mykonos, GreeceMykonos has been visited by just about every famous person on the planet. White cube houses and amazing beaches including the famous Paradise beach where clothes are optional and a beautiful body if not essential is certainly to be desired. The best nightlife in Greece and some of the best restaurants too. In the summer this island never sleeps and in the off-season life can actually be quite sane. If you have dismissed Mykonos as just a party-island forget it. The 20 minute boat trip to Delos will give you more history than you will find on all the other Cyclades combined (with the exception of Santorini). Mykonos is fun for honeymooners, families, divorcees, gays, straights, priests, zombies, college students, tow-truck drivers, scientists and neanderthals.

See my Guide to Mykonos with lots of cool photos

MykonosFantasy Travel has some great itinerary choices to Mykonos in combination with other islands and cruises so visit their website

See the very lovely Princess of Mykonos Hotel which has low rates for June and maybe July and August too!) For those who want to stay in town I recommend the Hotel Adonis and ask about their special rates through Fantasy Travel. Great hotel with guests who return year after year, just a 5 minute walk to all the restaurants, shops and nightlife of Mykonos town. You can see HD videos of hotels in Mykonos at www.greecetravel.com/videos

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

For Budget travelers, backpackers and students you can still go to Mykonos without spending an arm and a leg. Check out the C-catagory hotels and below at www.hotelsofgreece.com/cyclades or search Booking.com


Ios: Where Spring Break lasts all Summer

Mylopotas Beach, IosI know there are some of you of college age who are going to Greece to get a little culture, but mostly to meet similar young culturally minded students, exchange ideas and then party wildly every night in the bars and discos. If that is your intention then Ios will not disappoint you. Great beaches, great nightlife and nary a human over 25 years old. If you thought you had fun this past spring break get ready for it to be eclipsed. It's the international Mecca for youth. If you are traveling to Ios and are on a budget or want to save your money for some of the other things this island has to offer take a look at the Markos Holiday Club in Ios Town, close to the nightlife and still easy walking distance from the beach (and it has a pool). Visit my Ios Page

For backpackers and budget travelers there are plenty of cheap hotels and rooms at www.hotelsofgreece.com/cyclades if you look at the two-star hotels and the section below on rooms, apartments etc.


Rhodes: Where Summer lasts all Year

Lindos, RhodesGreat beaches packed with beautiful Scandinavian women and nightlife, not to mention some of the most beautiful scenery in Greece. Amazing history too. The old city is a walled fortress and contains the famous castle of the Knights of Saint John. The time to visit Rhodes is anytime. Even in the winter. Southern Rhodes, where the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas meet is like Mecca for windsurfers. The whole south-western coast is an endless beach with few people on it, while the northern beaches are like Rio. If you are on a cruise and only have a day to see the island NICHOLAS & MICHAEL AXARLIS and their crew of drivers can give you the most bang for your bucks (or euros) See Rhodes Private Tours

For more info visit my extensive Rhodes website at www.greecetravel.com/rhodes

For Budget travelers, backpackers and students you can still go to Rhodes without spending an arm and a leg. Check out the C-catagory hotels and below at www.hotelsofgreece.com/dodekanese or search Booking.com

Crete: Like Another Entire Country

Falasarna, CreteThe beautiful island of Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and almost a country itself. In fact it very nearly was a country of its own. Heraklion is a big city but you gotta go there to visit the ancient ruins of Knossos. My favorite part of the island is Chania so be sure to visit my Chania Guide and see all the photos I took during my last visit and read about all the places I ate and drank and explored. Crete has some amazing beaches and some of the best food in Greece. The Porto Elounda Deluxe Resort is considered one of the top resorts in the world. But if you are on a budget there are also smaller and less expensive hotels all over the island. See my Crete Guide for more information and make sure you walk down the Samarian Gorge which is an essential hike.


More Greek Islands

Paros, GreeceParos (photo)
There must be a reason the island of
Paros is mentioned in the same breath as Mykonos and Santorini, besides the fact that nearly every ferry stops here. For one thing it is the Windsurfing Capital of the Greek islands and is famous for its watersports. For another reason it is a beautiful island with lots to do and see. For a great island to base yourself from have a look at My Paros Guide

Poros
The island of
Poros is only an hour from Athens by highspeed. What that means is that you can make it your base to see the sites of the city and still be home for dinner and a swim. It's also a three minute boat ride from the Peleponessos. See My Poros Guide (Check out their Easter Celebration at the Saga)

Syros, GreeceSyros (photo)
The capital of the Cyclades, an island that does not miss a beat even in the winter when some hotels are full, and one of my favorites. Cosmopolitan Hermoupolis will keep you occupied for days, shopping, eating, drinking and sitting in cafes as it is the busiest port in the Cyclades and was once the most important port in Greece. Architecture students have to come here to see a 19th century city almost totally intact. Nice beaches and villages too. See My Syros Guide

Aegina
Even closer than Poros, from the beach town of Agia Marina you can see the city of Athens and even a slow ferry gets you to Pireaus in an hour. The highspeeds do it in twenty minutes. Great place for day-trips, overnights or basing yourself for visits to Athens. See
My Aegina Page

The Agistri Club on the small island of Agistri , a few miles from Athens is like a private party that has been going on for 20 years. It seems like everyone who stays there has been there before and keeps on coming back. See My Angistri Page

Tinos, GreeceTinos (Photo)
The easiest island to get to from Mykonos and as different as two islands can be from each other. Tinos could be called the antidote to Mykonos, with traditional white cycladic villages, beautiful beaches, many of them empty, great food at lower prices and over 1000 churches. A great combination would be the quiet religious island of Tinos combined with the jet-set Mykonos. See My Tinos Guide

Chios
Secluded coves with beautiful sandy beaches, medieval villages, mastika and souma make Chios one of the most fascinating islands in the Eastern Aegean. Close enough for day-trips to Turkey but you may never want to leave Chios. See
my Chios Guide

Some of my other island Guides include Samos, Hydra , Spetses, Crete , Skiathos , Kea , Corfu, Kefalonia , Kos, Kythnos, Andros, Folegandros, Zakynthos, Evia, and Naxos withmore on the way.

You can see them all in my Greek Islands Guide

Remember that if you know which islands you want to visit you can use my Create-an-itinerary form to work out your trip with the help of a reliable travel agency.

For Budget travelers, backpackers and students you can visit these islands without spending an arm and a leg. Check out the C-catagory hotels and below at www.hotelsofgreece.com/


Kea: So Close Yet So Far Away

Kea, GreeceThe island of Kea is the closest of the Cyclades to Athens though most travelers don't know about it. That's because the ferries there don't leave from Pireaus. They leave from Lavrion near the Temple at Sounion, just 45 minutes drive from the airport and a short one hour ferry trip. Kea has the feel of a more remote island, still agricultural and without the large hotels you see in the more popular Cyclades islands. But travelers who have visited Kea have discovered a network of ancient paths that lead to remote beaches and the ruins of ancient cities. In the summer the island comes alive as Athenians with summer houses come for weekends and August. Great restaurants, cafe bars, and a couple popular clubs and a handful of small hotels make Kea an island that may remind you of Greece twenty years ago. See my Guide to Kea

Part 3. A few more Greek Island odds and ends

Edipsos in Evia: Health Spas and Therapuetic Hot Springs!
Imagine a 3000 year old health spa that combines the most modern hydra-therapy technology with over 75 natural hot springs. Though unknown to many foreigners, Edipsos was frequented by Winston Churchill, Omar Shariff, Grete Garbo, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and the Byzantine Emperors Constantine the Great and Theodosius. Only 90 minutes from Athens many older Greeks go there for rejuvenation. For more info on this amazing place visit www.greecetravel.com/edipsos which includes a section on driving in Greece and how to get lost in Athens while searching for the National road.

Bike Tours
There are bike-tours (as in bicycle-not motorcycle) of the islands through Cycle-Greece.


Greek Hotel Directory
Greek Hotel bannerI put this together with the help of the travel agencies on my website and it includes all the islands they recommend, plus those that I have stayed at. It looks something like an automated booking site but when you fill out the form it goes to a human and the human replies and you can ask him/her anything you need to know about the hotel. Let's face it. If you had a hotel and you were making a web-site wouldn't you write everything good about the hotel and leave off some of the bad things? Like if your hotel was on a beautiful golden sand beach with clean azure seas but it was next to a disco that blared music until 5am wouldn't you leave out the disco part? That's why you should use a Greek travel agency. For hotels in Athens and all the islands (well some of them anyway...probably the ones you want to go to) see www.hotelsofgreece.com

I have recently added a lot of hotels which can be booked individually without an agency and these are in all catagories including hotels so inexpensive that the agencies don't book them because it is not worth it. If you go to www.hotelsofgreece.com and find your island chain and the island you are interested many hotels in the C-catagory and below are very affordable if you are on a budget.

Hotel Search: You can also find hotels and search by category, location, amenities, and price by using my Booking.com site which has excellent rates, photos and reviews

You can find over 3000 hotels in Greek Islands by location, price, whether or not it has a swimming pool or is on the beach, and see photos, maps and customer reviews by using this link to booking.com. Excellent prices and many hotels you can book and then cancel with no cancellation fee. For those who want to book without using a travel agency this is the best way to do it.


Greek Islands and Turkey
Planning to do the Greek islands and Turkey? You can get daily boats from Rhodes to Marmaris, from Kos to Bodrun, from Samos to Kusadasi and from Chios to Cesme and Lesvos to Avalik.

The easiest way to see the Greek Islands and Turkey is on a cruise. See www.greecetravel.com/cruise and also have a look at this short video: Greek Island Cruise


Information Overload Remedy
Too much info here? Can't make a decision? Don't fret. You are not alone. That is why I have created a page for you. See www.greektravel.com/suggestions for what I suggest you do on your trip to Greece. Or see www.greecetravel.com/tours which is a brand new page of itineraries that I have created because I got tired of suggesting the same thing over and over again by e-mail. They are not the typical trips you will find in any package brochure. They are a lot more fun and more interesting too.Or you can just throw your hands up and send me an e-mail and tell me what kind of person you are and what you are looking for and I will tell you where I would go if I were you. Write to me at: matt@greecetravel.com


Travel Agents: An Endangered Species?

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? Read my article Endangered Species about the internet and the disappearance of the small personalized-service travel agency.

Remember... if you book through a travel agency transfers to and from the port and hotels are included. But if you do it on your own here is my advice. You can take the metro to Pireaus or you can get a taxi through the hotel concierge or George the Famous Taxi Driver. See www.greecetravel.com/taxi

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