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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Well for Turkey, for road-side cafes and lorries, if there are many lorries, the that cafe is a cheap place where customers probably prefer white beans and rice (a popular duo for truckers). Below is a picture what I mean with white beans and rice I prefer you not to choose such places. Beyond that, you probably will find have three type of restaurants: ...


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I'm not sure how much of an answer this is; I'm not sure this question is answerable by anyone who hasn't clocked up visits to Crete pre- and post-financial crisis. Anyway. I visited western Crete last year in June. Although I don't have any earlier Cretan experience to compare to, I would say the tourist economy was perfectly healthy, with restaurants, ...


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Being Greek and having traveled many times in Crete during the last decade, there are no distinguishable changes related to the economic crisis, at least not to the magnitude where a stranger would notice it. Crete is one of the touristic Greek islands, and as with other touristy places nothing has really changed. Some businesses have of course closed, but ...


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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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In terms of trains, I think you're currently out of luck. Rail Europe report that as of January 2011, all international trains from Greece have been cancelled until further notice. That means no trains linking Thessaloniki with Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest and Istanbul. As the cancellations are down to the financial situation, it may be some time (years) until ...


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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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There isn't much of information available, but I could find one sentence that may help you: Hundreds of trucks go daily from the port town of Igoumenitsa, in the north-west of Greece (coming with ferry from Italy), Istanbul and other Turkish destinations. 99% of these trucks will be driven by Turks and sometimes Iranians too, and the remaining 1% ...


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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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