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Vacation Around Greece

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I recently returned from a 10 day romp through Greece, and I can’t wait to go back! The streets are lined with healthy lemon, orange, and olive trees. The smell of honeysuckle is in the air. You can feel the pulse of the city just walking down the street taking in all the sights.

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April is the beginning of the tourism season so it wasn’t very crowded. This time of year the temperatures are venturing into the upper 60’s & lower 70’s. To be honest, it exhausts me to imagine vacationing when it’s any warmer over there. The sun can really take it out of you if you aren’t careful over when outside. There is a reason most homes have marble floors and huge roll-down shades on their balconies & windows.

Athens is a wonderful, thriving city! The view from downtown in any direction is full of hillsides crammed with houses & buildings, tightly packed together. On a typical day it may take you over an hour to get from one end of town to the other by car. Most citizens use public transportation to commute. Athens is the only city in Greece with a Metro System – It’s fairly cheap and easy to use, with color coded routes. Most major tourist destinations like the Acropolis are easy to travel to using the metro. If I can use the Metro System so can you.

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Stores and banks close mid-afternoon for the day. Some of the chain stores may have extended hours. Restaurants and small shops may close between 12pm – 3pm for siesta, and then reopen for the dinner crowd. Credit cards are widely accepted at the museums & in most restaurants located within the tourist areas. That said, expect to pay cash euros if you shop for souvenirs in the Planka (market) at the foot of Acropolis hill. In general, the Greeks do not haggle on prices, but if you offer a lesser price they just may take it. If they don’t bite on your offer, just accept the originally stated price and enjoy your purchase. Haggling over prices is considered rude. The Planka area is known for is pickpockets. Be aware of your surroundings and you should be fine.

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The Acropolis admission just increased from 12€ to 20€ per person. This pass includes entry to the Theatre of Dionysus, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Keramikos, and the Temple of Zeus within a 4 day validity period. Archeological sites tend to close at 3pm in the early season, but they may extend hours as late as 5pm during the high season. Early morning visits are recommended to avoid crowds and the midday sun. A trip to the Acropolis involves a lot of uphill walking even if you arrive via the Acropolis Metro stop. I was so glad I wore comfortable shoes with good tread. Take your time getting up there, and motivate yourself knowing there is a fruit slushy store across from the ticket booth at the entrance… no joke, it was the best 4.50€ I spent that day 😉

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2.5 hours North West of Athens is the historic site of Delphi. This was a wonderful day trip that allowed me to see the Greek countryside as we ventured into the mountains. Again, it is advisable to set out early morning, and stop midway for a lite bite to eat. (Fruit or pastry with Greek coffee is a no brainer) We passed through a picturesque little town called Arachova right before we arrived in Delphi. This was a nice destination to stop on the return trip so we could treat ourselves to a nice big meal & some shopping.

A ticket to the Delphi Archeological Site run 6€ for students to 12€ for adults, and admission into the Delphi Museum located at the bottom of the hill next to the Archeological Site entrance is included. This site also closed at 3pm, but the museum was open until at 4pm. After the trek up the slippery stairs of the Archeological Site, past all the temples to the Gymnasium and Stadium, we were ready for a nice fruit slushy. Luckily they have them in about a dozen flavors at the Café located outside the Delphi Museum. I highly recommend a leisurely sip of watermelon flavored slushy before venturing into the Museum. You can breeze through the museum in less than an hour.

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Aegina is a summer vacation hot-spot for Athenians that is known for 4 things: Beautiful Beaches, Pistachios, the temple ruins of Aphaia & the Monastery of Nektarios. We had the pleasure of vacationing there over the weekend. Ferry prices range from 8€ to 16€ depending on the type of vessel you take, and the ride is only about an hour. Once you arrive in Aegina’s port you can rent mopeds or quads to roam around the island. Both vehicles are street legal. Let’s take a guess at what we chose…

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If you ever have the chance to visit Aegina, please load up on the pistachios because they are the BEST pistachios I’ve ever had. They are soaked in lemon as part of the roasting process. I miss them already! The Monastery of Nektarios is centrally located. It houses the tomb of Saint Nektarios, who was canonized by the Greek Orthodox Church during the 1960s. He is fondly known as the Walking Saint who grants miracles to the faithful. They say if you put your ear up to his tiny silver casket you will hear his footsteps. For the record I didn’t hear any footsteps, but we’ll see if my request gets granted. As for the temple ruins, they are located on the highest hill of the island. It was a fun drive getting up there on our quads. The temple has been rebuilt 3 times over the years and it is in good shape. Aphaia is a goddess compared to Athena. Local lore says this temple is the place to visit if you looking for a dose of fertility. Admission here was only 8€.

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Greek food was a wonderful discovery. Forget all we Americans think we know about gyros here in the states. Over there, they serve gyros with either chicken or pork, no lamb. Meals come in 2 styles- shaved as we are used to, or cubed and grilled on sticks. Personally I prefer the sticks, and half of the fun is to fold the gyro in half and then pull the 2 sticks out, leaving the meat inside the gyro. Also expect french-fries in your gyros. If you opt for the chicken option, they will try to serve it with mayo instead of tzatziki sauce. Greek Salads are simply cut up tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, feta and maybe capers drizzled in olive oil and salt and pepper. These salads are served with most meals and are quite enjoyable.

Greeks aren’t very big on processed sugar, so they drink lots of water, coffee, tea, and juices. My host didn’t even have sugar in her house?! Tap water is ok to drink unless you are on the islands. Baklava and other sweets are a rare treat to the standard diet. A Greek would have a spinach pie for breakfast for example, and look at you oddly for ordering a piece of baklava for yourself. Greece also has several alcohols in addition to Ouzo you should try: Retsina is pine sap wine made popular in recent years. It tastes similar to a chardonnay even though it contains no grapes. Rakomelo is a honey flavored mixed drink made in Crete. It tastes like bourbon, but the aftertaste is all baklava. I just love this stuff! Aegina has Pistachio liquor that is wonderful mixed with other spirits.

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It would be fair to say I will always carry a little piece of Greece with me. It touched my heart in a way I find hard to describe without getting all cheesy. My new Greek friends now consider themselves family… and I gotta admit, I feel the love in return. If you ever journey to Greece be sure to relax and enjoy it! Take part in the hospitality offered. Share some kind words with a fellow traveler or local Greek. Try new foods & beverages. Dip your bread in the olive oil on the Greek Salad plate. Shop at the weekly street markets, and browse the locals produce and meats. Soak up the afternoon sun. You’ll never forget your journey.

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Set in the village of Oia (pronounced Ee-Ah) on the rim of the Santorini caldera, the Canaves Oia Hotel will leave you exclaiming “Ahhh.” Comprised of renovated 17th-century houses carved into the cliffside, this romantic retreat features 17 modern accommodations in the island’s iconic Cycladic architectural style. You’ll discover this is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Activities range from taking in the spectacular view of the caldera from the pool to heading out during the day on a sightseeing tour to find the ideal spot on one of the magnificent nearby beaches and more.

All 2016 Traveline Guests Receive:

    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
    • American champagne buffet or room service breakfast daily (already included in the rates)
    • Welcome gift bottle of local Santorinian wine & fresh fruit
    • A complimentary 3-course lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities

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A Useful #Travel Update for Guests Visiting #Greece – #GreeceCrisis

We just wanted to pass along an update on the current financial situation in Greece from one of our spectacular partners, Canaves Oia,  located in the heart of this beautiful country.

With always you in mind and further to the latest developments concerning the negotiations within the European Union for the financial issues in Greece, we would like to take a moment and let you know a little bit more about the actual situation in the country.

The Government has announced that Greek banks and Stock Market will be closed on Monday, June 29, 2015 and for the rest of the week in measures announced by the country’s Systemic Stability Council.

In the meantime, all guests holding cards issued by non Greek banks will be able to withdraw money from the ATM’s normally and without any limit, in order to experience their holidays to the fullest and not be affected by the any event. The same will apply for credit and debit cards as well. Cardholders will be free to use their credit and debit cards up to their contracted credit limit without any restrictions. A daily withdrawal limit of 60€ will only apply for beneficiaries holding bank accounts in Greece.

Rest assured that Greece still remains a safe and friendly country to visit. Many Greek tourism businesses have already welcomed hundreds of thousands of guests and will continue to provide high-end services for their clients with the same passion and devotion. Airports, public transportation, police and port authorities, hospitals and foreign embassies are all operating normally and are at every guest’s disposal.

We are here for you to make sure that everything will be taken care of according to your needs and wishes.

Best Restaurants in Greece

We love eating out!  This way we also have a very good idea of what the best restaurants are whether looking for suggestions in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini or anywhere else in Greece.  Whether your clients are looking for Michelin starred restaurants, molecular cuisine, traditional Greek, contemporary Greek, Japanese or other international cuisines, we know which are the best and we are able to secure the best tables for your clients.  

All restaurant reservations are done complimentary when booking any other service through our agency.  

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Discover Luxury in Oia, Santorini

 

A perfect blend of modern and authentic, the luxurious property combines the renowned white finish of the island with understated hints of colour and charming antique furniture. With these elements fused together, a boutique aesthetic runs throughout which allows guests to feel right at home on first sight. The hotel possesses state-of- the-art facilities, including a brand new, grand infinity style swimming pool overlooking the striking Caldera and volcano, complete with a spectacular underwater bar.  Boasting uninterrupted panoramic landscape views, the property bottles an undeniable beauty that matches its surroundings. Canaves Oia Hotel makes a dream getaway a reality.

 

There are numerous reasons why one should choose to discover Santorini from the comfort of this luxury hotel in Oia. Most of them can be told from the moment one enters Canaves Oia Hotel, but if we had to pick a few more, they would be:

 

  • The beautiful location on a Cliffside above the Aegean Sea, with a view of the Caldera
  • The accommodations of this luxury hotel in Oia and the spacious suites and rooms
  • Minimum to zero number of steps due to the hotel’s location on the highest level(considering all luxurious properties in the caldera are built on the side of the cliff)
  • Exceptional luxury hotel services and elegant atmosphere
  • All Day a la carte restaurant and Cocktail Bar
  • Fine wedding planning services
  • Private motor yacht for cruising the Aegean and the Greek Islands

For those with eclectic tastes, Oia, Santorini is the ideal holiday destination. The breathtaking views, the wild nature, the imposing beaches, welcome guests to a whole new experience. Offer yourself the best of both worlds as you enjoy the natural beauty of Santorini and the luxury of Canaves Oia Hotel.

 

The view to the Caldera is breathtaking and the service provided is bound to satisfy even the most demanding guest. VIP amenities and modern comforts are offered in all suite types, including air-conditioning, satellite TV, CD player / radio, Internet access, direct dial phone, safe deposit box, mini bar, fridge, bathrobes, slippers and hairdryer.

Canaves Oia Hotel Facilities

 

  • Brand new Infinity Style Swimming pool with a splendid view to the Caldera is ideal for relaxing
  • “Infinity” Pool Bar offering refreshing drinks and signature Canaves Cocktails
  • Free private parking area by the hotel
  • 24 hour reception desk
  • Daily maid service
  • Turn down service
  • Room service
  • Concierge service
  • Transport from / to the airport and the port
  • Limo service
  • Laundry service
  • Free WiFi Internet access
  • Business services
  • Massage treatments

 

All guests of Canaves Oia Hotel are welcomed with a refreshing complimentary drink as well as Santorinian wine and fruits in the room upon arrival.

A Taste of Culture

 

Discover the romantic ambience of Santorini as you enjoy a candle lit dinner, gazing at the amazing Caldera view under the starry sky. The Gourmet restaurant offers fusion cuisine, using the best local ingredients. Unique dishes of Mediterranean delicacies with touches of Asian and French influences will challenge your taste. A multi-cultural taste that blends harmoniously with the aspiring setting of Oia Santorini.

A Glass of Wine…

 

The special collection of our wine cellar offers the best of Greek and international wine brands is the perfect way to indulge in the magnificent setting of Santorini. Ceremonial wine tasting takes place in the cellar, where guests can get acquainted with the famous Santorini wines.

Romantic Weddings in Oia, Santorini

 

There is no better way to celebrate the most romantic day of your life, than a romantic wedding in Santorini. The cool sea breeze of the deep blue Aegean Sea, the breathtaking sunset and the majestic view of Oia, Santorini, is what fairytale weddings in Santorini are made of.

 

If you dream of celebrating your special day in Oia, Santorini, Canaves Oia Hotel is the ideal choice for planning and organizing your wedding reception. The specialized staff will prepare for you the ideal wedding in Santorini, by planning and organizing your wedding reception. Leave the organizing details of your wedding reception to us, while you enjoy the amorous setting of Santorini Island. Then spend your special wedding night in the Canaves Oia Hotel Honeymoon Suites or aboard the hotel’s luxury yacht M/Y Alexandros, in the middle of the deep blue Aegean Sea. The colorful sunset and the elegance of the beautiful Canaves Oia Hotel Honeymoon Suites in Oia, Santorini, will make your wedding in Santorini, a dream come true.

Discover the Magic of Santorini

 

One of the most famous Cycladic Islands, renowned for its magnificent sunset, black sanded beaches and vivid night life, beckons you to explore its magical aura, as you discover the secrets of this paradise on earth. Oia (Ia) is one of the most visited locations on Santorini Island. The settlement is built on a cliff in the northwestern part of the island, above the Caldera and opposite the volcano. The view of the Caldera and the sunset is considered one of the most exquisite vistas in the world. Oia (Ia), Santorini is also characterized by its quaint whitewashed houses and its picturesque cobblestone alleyways, making it one of the finest locations for Santorini luxury hotels…

 

All 2014 & 2015 Traveline Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • American champagne buffet or room service breakfast daily
    • (already included in the rates)
  • Welcome gift: bottle of local Santorinian wine & fresh fruit
  • Euro 80 Food & Beverage credit per room, per stay
    • (not combinable, not valid towards room rate, no cash value if not redeemed)

 

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