Greece Journals

Greece- Athens, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Delos and Delphi

A June 2006 trip to Greece by lovethecaribbean

Hotel Glaros Photo, Naxos Island, Greece More Photos
Quote: Greece was by far the most beautiful place I have ever been! We had a wonderful time exploring history and ruins, visiting interesting little towns, and enjoying beautiful beaches and fantastic views.

Adventures in Naxos

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windsurf beach at vigla Photo, Greece, Europe
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We flew on Olympic from Athens to Naxos. I was amazed at how quickly we were able to get through the airport to our gate. We had wanted to fly Aegean, but they don’t fly to Naxos. We had heard lots of bad things about Olympic, but our flight was just fine. It only took about 30 minutes. We were SO glad we flew instead of taking the ferry. We paid about 70 each for the flight and it was worth it. We stayed at the Hotel Glaros after hearing lots of good reviews. This hotel was a great find and Alex at the reception desk was just fabulous. He was extremely helpful and answered all of our questions enthusiastically. We were greeted with glasses of delicious orange juice, and I thought that was...Read More
Delos Photo, Greece, Europe
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On our last day we took a day trip to Delos and Mykonos on the Naxos Star. It was 40 euros a person and just covered the boat rides. Delos was just amazing. The ruins were extensive and the views breathtaking. We had about 3 hours on the island, and we could have used another hour or two for more exploring. We then went on to Mykonos for around 2 and a half hours. We only had lunch and walked around the port town here. I was not impressed. It was really crowded with cruise ship passengers everywhere. Unfortunately we did not see more of the island, so I can’t really comment on the island overall. The restaurants were definitely more expensive than Naxos, and the port area just not as pretty. But cruis...Read More

Adventures in Paros

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Columbythres Beach view Photo, Greece, Europe
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We took the highspeed ferry to Paros—it cost about 13 euro a person and took about an hour. The boat was much more comfortable than I expected. We came in to the main port, Parikia, but chose to stay at a different seaside village called Naoussa. It was a little quieter than Parikia and we were happy with our choice. We really enjoyed strolling around both towns and enjoyed restaurants in both. We stayed at the Kalypso Hotel and Apartments. We had booked a studio for 60 euros a night, and they upgraded us to an apartment. We have kind of mixed feelings on the place. Our apartment was very nice, had a large balcony and a great view. We were extremely happy with the accommodations, much nice...Read More

Santorini Adventures

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Church in Ia Photo, Greece, Europe
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We took the ferry to Santorini. This time we took the slower Blue Star Ferry. It took about 3 ½ hours as opposed to 2 hours on the highspeed ferry. But the highspeed ferry didn’t work well with our schedule. Santorini is just stunning- one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been. The scenery is really dramatic. We were in a bit of tourist shock when we arrived. So much more crowded than Paros and Naxos. Fira especially was a madhouse since there were so many cruise ships around. We were so happy that we chose to stay in Ia. We loved that town so much. It was really quiet except for sunset time when all the tourists would come in. I have never taken more sunset pictures than I did on this trip! ...Read More

Ruins of Delphi

Attraction | "Day Trip to Delphi"

Ruins of Delphi Photo, Athens, Greece
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On our last full day in Greece we took a day trip to Delphi. We arranged it through the hotel and it was through Chatours. It was 90 euro a person including lunch, transportation and entrance fees. I sort of wish that we had just rented a car and done it on our own. It was a long drive, about 3 hours from Athens. We drove in the mountains and through some cute mountain towns. I would have liked to have been able to make some photo stops and explore some of the towns (Arachova looked really cute from what we saw on the bus). The drive was very scenic. We arrived at Delphi and took a guided tour of the museum and then of the site. I absolutely loved the setting. After about an hour at the site we were d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2008

Ruins of Delphi
Delphi 33054
Athens, Greece

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Hotel | "Great Splurge"

Hotel Grande Bretagne Photo, Athens, Greece
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We stayed at the Grand Bretagne. The hotel is immaculate. This was our splurge hotel and our room was beautiful. The bed was SO comfortable especially after 2 weeks of sleeping on really hard beds. The room was larger than I expected it to be and the bathroom was huge with marble, two sinks and huge shower (with a rain shower head, I love those!) and a separate tub.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2008

Hotel Grande Bretagne
Constitution Square
Athens, Greece 10563
+30-210-3330000

Pension Delfini

Hotel | "Beautiful Views"

Pension Delfini Photo, Santorini, Greece
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We stayed at the Delfini and loved it. We had booked a studio for 100 euro a night, but were upgraded to an apartment. It was in the perfect location—still quiet, but close to the shops and restaurants of Ia. The hotel rooms, where our friends stayed is right next to Katikies. Our apartment was about a block or two up from there. The view from our balcony was stunning and the balcony itself was huge. The apartment itself was very comfortable and a lot nicer than what I expected. I would definitely recommend reserving something other than their regular rooms. They do have balconies with the same nice views, but the rooms themselves were tiny with even tinier bathrooms (our friends stayed in one of thes...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2008

Pension Delfini
Fira
Santorini, Greek Islands
(30) 286-22780

Hotel & Apartments Kalypso

Hotel | "Mixed Feelings"

Hotel & Apartments Kalypso Photo, Paros, Greece
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We stayed at the Kalypso Hotel and Apartments. We had booked a studio for 60 euros a night, and they upgraded us to an apartment. We have kind of mixed feelings on the place. Our apartment was very nice, had a large balcony and a great view. We were extremely happy with the accommodations, much nicer than I expected. However, for our friends accommodations there was a miscommunication between them and the owner. He didn’t even apologize for the misunderstanding. They weren’t looking for anything for extra, just an "I’m sorry" The apartments were about a 10 minute walk from town and a five minute walk to the beach.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2008

Hotel & Apartments Kalypso
Agii Anargiri Beach - Naoussa
Paros 84401
+30 22840 51488

Hotel Glaros

Hotel | "Great Hotel"

Hotel Glaros Photo, Naxos Island, Greece
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We stayed at the Hotel Glaros after hearing lots of good reviews. This hotel was a great find and Alex at the reception desk was just fabulous. He was extremely helpful and answered all of our questions enthusiastically. We were greeted with glasses of delicious orange juice, and I thought that was a nice touch. The hotel was only 55 euro a night and included breakfast. We opted for the highest room category. We were on the third floor and had a shared balcony with our friends room, and one other room. There were plenty of chairs and umbrellas and was very spacious. We had a great view of St. George Beach just across the street. The location was perfect—just on the edge of the main town, Hora, so it w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2008

Hotel Glaros
Saint George Beach - Naxos Town
Naxos
+30 22850 23101

Holiday Inn Attica Ave

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Hotel | "Great When you Need to Get to the Airport Early!"

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We took a taxi to the hotel, the Holiday Inn on Attica Avenue. We chose this hotel because it was only 10 minutes from the airport and much less expensive than the Sofitel which is adjacent to the airport. We were flying out the next morning for the islands, so we wanted to stay as close to the airport as possible. We also knew that there wouldn’t be time or we’d be too tired to do any sightseeing in Athens when we got there. We took a taxi to the hotel and it was about 18 Euros. I think he overcharged us, but we were just too tired to argue. Our friends who were on a later flight took the bus-paid about 2 or 3 euro a person. If we were to go back, I’d take the bus because it was an express bus, so it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2008

Holiday Inn Attica Ave
ATTICA AVENUE 40 2KM BETWEEN
Athens, Greece 19002
302106689000