Posted on 13 February 2012 by Basil Boziotis
Last year this time there was great anticipation and excitement with the prospect of Hellenic Airways flying daily non stops flights from JFK Airport in New York to Athens. Rumors were rampant and sure enough they initiated service. Grant it, the service was spotty with delays but in the end Hellenic Air successfully delivered and relieved both prices and availability.
As many wait anxiously for any news on Hellenic Imperial Airlines commencing flight service from Athens to John F Kennedy Airport in New York City, the frustration builds as the peak travel season to Athens is upon us. The fares on most major carriers are up substantially this year primarily due to the lack of competition amongst non stop airlines servicing the New York City Tri-State Area. Delta controls the market out of Kennedy, Continental out of Newark Airport and the nearest non stop flight would be US Air out of Philadelphia making connecting flights the only reasonable option this season.
If in fact Hellenic Airways commences services daily out of JFK via its non-stop service to Athens it will be a welcomed relief to many potential summer travelers as it was last summer, and a much needed boost to the Greek Economy. We all anxiously wait for the news but as the great Yogi Bera was fond of saying, “It’s déjà vu all over again“ For Flight Assistance to Athens this Summer call Delos Travel 718.578.4183
Posted on 02 February 2012 by Basil Boziotis
General Information for Car Rentals Greek Islands
The major roads of Greece were built after World War II and offer many diverse destinations to explore. Many of these roads wind around the scenic hills and pass through many small villages. Many of these villages offer some of the most dramatic views along the Mediterranean Sea. The highways of Greece will guide you through ancient history.
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. An international drivers license is required. Some suppliers have a maximum rental age of 70. Seatbelts are mandatory. Child seats are mandatory for children up to age 4.
Required Insurance Coverage
Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance offers up to US$85,000 of coverage in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car.
Speed limits in Greece are as follows: City 30mph/50kph Open Roads 50 mph/80kph Highways 74mph/100kph
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right and the middle lane of a three lane highway is for passing. Vehicles approaching an intersection on the right have the right of way.
Most gas stations are open from 7am to 7pm.
There are two toll highways in Greece. One goes from Athens to the Peloponnesus and the other goes from Athens to Thessaloniki. The cost is about US$1 – US$3 for the tolls.
In the major cities of Greece, on-street parking is virtually non-existent. Your best bet is to find tourist parking lots or hotel parking as illegal parking can cost you your license plate.
Vehicles rented in Greece may be driven outside of the country by special arrangement. An additional fee may be charged for this service, which is not available for all car categories. Collision and theft protection are not valid while the vehicle is outside the country and the client is responsible for loss or damage. Vehicles may be taken from Athens to islands if the vehicle is returned to Athens; CDW is void while the vehicle is on the car ferry.
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Posted on 01 February 2012 by Basil Boziotis
“A well-informed Traveler is a Safer Traveler” By Basil Boziotis
Travel can be exciting, rewarding and relaxing, but it can also be dangerous, life threatening and on a drop of dime go from paradise to hell. It is imperative that one prepares for the unimaginable when traveling abroad. Thousands of Americans are arrested, go missing or die while living or traveling abroad.
The State Department works hard to provide information in times of crisis and to protect the lives of Americans abroad. You can make it easier for the State Department to locate you in the event of an emergency by registering your trip on their website here TRAVEL REGISTRATION . U.S. consular officers are located at over 260 Foreign Service posts abroad. There are also consular officers in 46 foreign cities without U.S. embassies or consulates. They’re ready to provide assistance if you need it and you do not know where to turn.
Research your trip to Greece before you depart:
Before you go, it’s always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country you’re visiting. A great way to start is by check on the State Departments Travel Warnings and to do some research on the World Fact Book published by the CIA.
Travel Safety Resources for Planning Safe Travel:
Posted on 25 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
We present the basic “must-see” Top 10 Greece Tourist Sites for first-time visitors to Greece. These are the places, for better or worse, that attract visitors by the thousands every year and getting more popular with each passing season.
For those on a time constraint due to a limited stay in Athens or possibly visiting Athens on a Shore Excursion while Cruising the Mediterranean, a Half Day Athens Sightseeing Trip may be the best course of action to tackle the main tourist sites of Athens.
There’s much, much more to Greece than what is listed here, but if your budget or time is limited, these are the main spots to concentrate on and explore:
- Athens – The Acropolis
- Athens – The National Archaeological Museum
- Near Athens – Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
- Island of Santorini
- Island of Mykonos
- Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
- Crete – Knossos
- Island of Hydra
Click here to see the Full Description of the Top 10 Greek Tourist Site List
Posted on 22 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
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Posted on 17 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
Greece has a Mediterranean Climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. The climate on the Greek Islands Arid and rain free by day and cool and comfortable in the evening.
If a temperate climate is ideal, then late spring and early autumn are the best times to visit the Greek Islands. The summer sun is quite hot, but it’s a dry, tolerable heat cooled by the seasonal breezes called “Meltemia”, and the water is never far anywhere in Greece.
The temperature in Athens ranges from 55F in January to 92F in July and August. The country averages more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. It hardly ever rains in Greece during the Summer Months of June, July or August.
The Greek Island Climate is ideal for a destination wedding or for your honeymoon if stable weather is important to you. For More Greek Travel Tips
Posted on 12 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
Greek Honeymoon offers downloads of the Greek Islands, Mainland and Yachting to help you plan your honeymoon to Greece.
Famous for their cubist white architecture set against piercing blue sea and sky. Cyclades consist of 39 islands, of which 24 are inhabited.
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Posted on 10 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
The Rule of thumb to remember is that LESS IS MORE when it comes to packing for your Greek Island Hopping.
You can get by with khakis, light denims, linens, a few pair of shorts and tee shirts for the most part. A light windbreaker, or sweaters may come in handy for the evenings when the sun drops since there is almost no humidity in Greece during the summer months. As far as shoes, leave all the heels at home aside for a pair or two for those special occasions and make sure to bring sneakers, sandals, flip-flops and a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Depending on the islands you will visit, a nice outfit or two will come in handy for those upscale evenings when sipping a cocktail or having a romantic dinner overlooking the sea.
In addition remember to bring multiple bathing suits, a lot of memory cards for photos and video, a electricity converter if need for your electronics and an adapter for your electronics as well. On your packing list should also be sunglasses, sun protection and a Swiss knife that can come in handy when you least expect it! A good backpack will be priceless on the trip and a money belt is always a good thing to have when travelling abroad.
Posted on 01 January 2012 by Basil Boziotis
If you do nothing else while in Athens, visit the Acropolis, or ‘High City’, a testament to the Golden Age of Greece. Perched atop a rocky outcrop, it dominates the modern city and is Greece’s most famous symbol. There are also an array of tours you can take departing from Athens via a luxury motor coach.
These classical Greece tours pick you up from your Athens hotel and are escorted by an English Speaking Guide. Tours are from 1/2 a day which covers the major sites of Athens up to 7 days which will take you through most of Classical Ancient Greece.
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Posted on 21 December 2011 by Basil Boziotis
Athens has many wonderful sites where you can find the Best view the City. Feel Free to visit during Sunset or any other time of the day that you choose. Here is a list of locations to get you the best View of Athens:
The panoramic view from this vantage point will offer you Mount Parnes to the north, Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf to the west, the Acropolis.
In the time of ancient Greece the Hill was known as the Hill of the Muses. and is located in central Athens.
The Monastery lies to the eastern side of Athens, on a hillside at the foot of Mount Hymettos, a few miles away from the suburb of Kaisariani.
Profitis Elias Walk to the top of the hill and admire the breathtaking view of Mikrolimano, the Piraeus Port and the Saronic Gulf. Athens by night will be breathtaking as the Acropolis illuminates the night sky.
In Damári you can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city.
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