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I suggest you don't cancel your trip. I have been working in Athens during a period of unrest. I can't predict what will happen, but usually many people demonstrate peacefully, then a small group of a hundred people starts facing the police for an hour, then a few people start throwing rocks/tear gas, and run a bit. Actual violence is very local, like one ...


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There are probably no (ordinary) ferries going to Israel. You can find more information on the Seat 61 Israel page. I quote from the overland to Israel section: However, as at January 2010, both Poseidon Lines and Salamis Lines' Piraeus-Cyprus-Israel ferry services remain suspended because of the political situation in Israel, and they show no sign of ...


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We were in Athens last week. The local sentiment was that of peaceful resentment. We were instructed to stray away from any sort of congregation. Though, we did hear that tourist areas are immune to this (we are after all bringing in much-needed foreign funds)...


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You may consider going to Chios and then to Cesme. Here is more information: There are many different options from Piraeus to Chios. Prices start from 22.50€. From Chios to Cesme, I have found one line for 25€. This site has the information related to pricing and time tables. You need to select your departure and arrival points from the menus.


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There is a ferry between Piraeus and Samos at about 50€, then another ferry between Samos and Kuşadası at about 35€.


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When I traveled to Greece 2 years ago I traveled between Athens/Santorini/Mykonos/Ikaria. We bought our tickets when we arrived in Greece. I had the same problem as you, where there wasn't a really good website to purchase tickets from in the US, but things may have changed since back then. I did end up use this website Greeka.com to find out ferry ...


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The problem in Greece is not the "riots", it is more like everywhere where poverty is rising the risk of getting your things stolen. In hotels this is not a risk usually, but don't go out at 3 in the morning, expecting safety there. You are alone with the Pakistanis, Afgans, heroin addicts (and we've got a lot of them too...). In the daytime Athens is safe. ...


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After a lot of searching I found this on the Interrail website: http://www.interrailnet.com/news/train-updates/important-greece-train-update Travel between Turkey and Greece There are several bus services available between Istanbul and Thessaloniki. These aren’t covered by your InterRail pass. KTEL Bus: Thessaloniki – Istanbul Departs daily ...


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Official hours are available from the Ministry of Culture website, and all the locations I checked meshed with hours posted on independent websites. The major monuments, museums, and archeological sites in Athens are open on Sundays, even in winter, for example Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Ancient Agora and Ancient Agora Museum Kerameikos National ...


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The island of Euboea (Greek: Εύβοια, Evvia) driving-distance from Athens. Indeed, its main town Chalcis (or Chalkida) (Greek: Χαλκίδα, Halkida) is approximately 1 hour away from Athens, according to google maps. The island is scattered with beaches, some of which are quite amazing. For more inspiration, here is a top 5 list from the Greek Reporter, and here ...


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I am not certain of what you mean by the expectable connection time: are you asking about the recommended minimum connection time so that you do not miss your second flight, or how long yours will be depending on what flights are available to Santorini? Regarding the minimum connection time, I could not find any specifically advertised recommended transit ...


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Norbis Travel in Thessaloniki is one option (Lonely Planet suggests there are others) Telephone: 2310287721 The bus does not depart from a regular Thessaloniki bus station but from Makedonikis Aminis 7. It goes only once per week on Mondays at 7:30 am. The price is € 120. The trip takes 36 hours from Thessaloniki. (I will keep the bounty open since I ...


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While trying to visit the office of Borjomi Travel above, I found yet another travel agency practically next door with a bus departing on a different day: NOUGZARI TOURS Thessaloniki address: Fillippou 37 Thessaloniki hone number : 2310 239 080 Athens address: Ynonos 302 / Omonoie Square Email: info@nougzaritours.gr One way price : € 80, Return price : ...


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OK after even more research and legwork I have reached some generalizations (any of which may be wrong so please correct me): There are not actually bus companies operating buses between Greece and Georgia, but travel agencies chartering buses. A bus departs Greece headed for Georgia each day of the week, with one particular travel agency dealing with each ...


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Here is a company recommended by a Georgian expat friend living in Thessaloniki as the best: BORJOMI TRAVEL Thessaloniki address: Fillippu 39 Phone number : 2310 243 238, Mobile : 693 25 96 441 One way price : € 80, Return price : € 150 Duration : approximately 34 hours Departs : Sundays at 9pm Departs from : Laggada Street near bus stop Ergatikes ...


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I can't find a lot of details, but there seems to be a bus. This website states that it goes over Athens to Tbilisi once a week.


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The last Line 1 metro leaves Piraeus at 00:15, so you're cutting it awfully close even if your ferry arrives precisely on time, and it doesn't pass very close to your hotel anyway (you'd need to transfer to Line 2). Bus 040 from the port to Syntagma (near your hotel) runs every 30 min through the night, so it's probably a better bet. As for the hotel, you ...


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Athens to Patras Best would be to take the coach/bus. If I were you I would pick the morning 8:30 Express bus according to the official Patras coach station website. I have no personal experience, but various sources say it takes ~ 3 hours (maybe a bit less). Patras to Araxos airport The reason you cannot find any information, is because it doesn't exist ...


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There should not be any systematic control at the airport for flights between Paris and Athens. This means that your passport won't be stamped and you will probably not even see any border guard on the way to or from Paris by air (on the other hand, going by land through Serbia, Romania or Albania would mean leaving and reentering the Schengen area which ...


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In regards to your note about the trains being cancelled - I'm not sure, haven't found any more on that. However, this site: http://www.greecelogue.com/getting-from-athens-to-istanbul-%E2%80%93-your-options-between-the-two-cities.html has all means of getting between them, including train and ferry (assuming the train is running). Train appears to be 54 ...


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Going out on a limb here, I would say that open-fires, and therefore barbecues, are not allowed in public parks in Athens, or anywhere else in Greece for that matter. This statement is based on the fact that Greece is a country at a constant risk for wildfires during the hot and dry season, which is the peak time for barbecues. I could not find any ...


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Angistri island is 55 mins away from the port of Piraeus with a flying dolphin. For timetables and prices, see here. I have no personal experience to be honest, but browsing on flickr photos it looks clean! Just my 2 cents ;-)


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If you have valid Schengen visa issued by one of the Schengen countries, you can visit any countries which signed Schengen agreement during your visa valid dates. For example, you can get Finnish visa and then spend all the time given by visa in Spain. It's absolutely legal, however, next time you apply for Finnish visa, they can deny issueing visa to you ...


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Going surface travel via ferry to Italy and land travel from there, like train, will keep you within the Schengen zone, as will flying. You are not likely to see border officials although they can check randomly on and within the borders. But the company that transports you across borders can and should check your documents and if they do not trust that your ...


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Oktavi Travel is going every Wednesday and Saturday from Thessaloniki. The tel. is 2310233964 and 2310566445, and the addresses are Fillippou 35 and Galopoulou 13 in the Xirokrini area.


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It appears a lot has changed since travelling the ferry route from Athens to Israel 21 years ago and what an amazing experience that was... 3 days . Two nights if my memory serves me well... back packers and others just camping out on board ... I was lucky I guess to experience that as it appears it is now not possible :(


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According to our experience, during July and August, it is better to book in advance, in order to secure a cabin, due to the high demand. Deck places can also be booked in advanced and online (at least from where we book them, there is no limitation regarding the type of places you wish to book). However, especially when travelling the Aegean sea, there may ...



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