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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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Although it's true that there are copious amounts of anti-German rhetoric in local media, it's mostly targeted towards German politics and politicians, not Germany in general or its people. Ewald Lienen, a German football coach who has been working in Greece for a few years, was recently asked more or less the same question by the Bild and his reply was: ...


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It turned out there was a campground just a couple of minutes walk from the KTEL bus station where I posted my question from! It didn't show up when I used Google Web or Maps for "camping" or "campground". I fluked finding it by Googling for "Lonely Planet Ioannina" where they listed its name and no other details. Then Googling for its name led to some ...


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According to Google Image, it should be Santorini.


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Apparently OASTH has added a direct line from Macedonia Airport to the Chalkidiki KTEL. The line's number is 79A, and it's non stop. I'm not sure if the line is only for the summer, it might make sense to send OASTH an email and verify the line will be in service when you plan to arrive in Thessaloniki. Getting from Thessaloniki to Vourvourou with ...


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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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Wow, cheapest place you saw was 50 €. I was in Ioannina in August, and just by walking from the bus station towards the centre I stumbled into a nice little hotel and inquired about prices. It was 25€ for a single room, and I took that. The room was comfy, air-conditioned, etc. No breakfast though. The place was called Hotel Elpis. Address: ...


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couchsurfing.org or hospitalityclub.org would be the cheapest option imho. According to this page, Ioannina is the #7 most popular couch surfing destination in Greece, so your chances might be quite good.


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This page is helpful. Tourists may drive in the US for up to a year with a foreign driving licence, provided the issuing country is party to the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (see art. 1 and art. 25 para. 1) or to the Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automotive Traffic (Washington, 1943); most countries are contracting parties. ...


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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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I am currently in Skopje in Macedonia and there is a 6am bus to Thessaloniki every Monday, Wednesday and Friday see Skopje bus station site No trains at the moment.


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A couple of months ago i crossed the Albanian-Greek border not at Konispol/Sagiada, but another one. It worked out fine, so i guess there shouldn't be a problem for other border crossings from Albania to Greece.


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During the Soviet period, some scientific research center was established in this building (don't remember the profile of them, any more). In the late 1990s the building was granted by Georgia to the Greek state as a residence for the Greek ambassador in Tbilisi. The building still is uninhabited and looks "as is" now.


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Aegean Airlines currently has direct, return flights on these specific dates for €241.87 (including taxes and luggage). Olympic Air on the contrary is more expensive and flies through Athens. I believe the Aegean price is difficult to beat.


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This might not be the answer you expect but Interrail passes offer some discounts on some domestic ferry lines. The offer is you get 30% off on domestic ferry tickets if you reserved a ferry ticket between Greece and Italy (which is included with the Global Interrail Pass or you have 30% off on it with the Greece Plus Interrail Pass). It is valid on the ...


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The magic words for looking up bus timetables in Greece are ΚΤΕΛ or KTEL. This is what they are called. So you can just Google the word KTEL plus the place one wants to go, et voila: www.ktel-zakynthos.gr/schedules/local-routes Hope that helps. Enjoy your holidays!


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You do not say it in your question, do you have a car? Experience First, for the close experience, I went during August to Greece and did not book ahead (we were pedestrians). On a very large car ferry between Athens and some islands, booking the day before let us without reserved seats, but cabins with beds were still available. We went for non-reserved ...


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I think it is fairly certain that no such ferries exist. (Confirmed at turkeytravelplanner.com.) Until just recently (10-15 year?) there were no interaction at all between Greece and Turkey. What you can do is to get a ferry from Çeşme (just outside of Izmir) to Chios and from there get on a night ferry to Athens or Thessaloniki. I also found a schematic ...


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I think going anywhere in Greece right now is going to very cheap (relatively) because of the economic/political situation. The islands that make sense to see depend on where in Greece you are going. If you are say, flying into Athens, Mykonos/Delos is a close ferry away and are well worth seeing if you like ruins. From there you can ferry to Santorini if ...


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Wikipedia has a page on the Greek Alphabet, showing the conversion between its letters and the ones used in the Latin alphabet. This will help you decipher the text, but not the meaning. Below is a screenshot of the conversion table which can be found on the linked page: Last time I went on a road trip in Greece (2008) I don't remember reading that many ...


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Damn, I wanted to wait for 2 days with answer for this question, and now it had activity :) All I could find is quite uncertain, but it is better than nothing. During the war for independence between Greece and Turkey in 19th century, many Greeks migrated to the Russian Empire, in Georgia. Most of them lived in Tsalka, but many of them had some property in ...


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If you prefer to splurge rather than spend the night outside… A site I often use for hotel bookings (it goes from hostels to palaces, usually comes out reasonably cheap for hotels but doesn't list many hostels) still lists single rooms at €30 for tonight. Hotel Tourist (Kolleti 18) has air conditioning and free wifi in the lounge. Egnatia (Dagli 20 & ...


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According to this website: Wild camping, or use of camping accommodation outside the authorized campsites is strictly forbidden, with serious penalties (By Law 2160/93, article 4 and By Law 2741/99 article 21). But I wouldn't take it too seriously since it is a site that lists all official camping sites. So they're clearly interested that no one ...


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My hostel owner here in Albania assures me I can walk across. Last night I walked across the southernmost border crossing from Albania to Greece on the Konispol-Sagiada route with absolutely no problems at 8pm Albanian time, 9pm Greek time.


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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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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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Agreed. It's not about spending the money, it's about getting to everything and not missing out on the best stuff. Well it is for me. In recent (<5) years I've found Wikitravel to be the best resource for me. You can go by continent, country, province, city and sometimes even surburb and find out how to get in/out, how to get around, what to see, what ...


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At this time (February 2013) there is no direct ferry from Greece to Africa. The reason is that there is no demand for such a service. There are plenty of ferry connections between Europe and Northern Africa. For instance, Marseille has convenient connections with Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. There is a big community with immigrants from these countries in ...



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