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Naxos - Early October Travel for Single Female?

Naxos - Early October Travel for Single Female?

Old Aug 27th, 2010, 03:49 AM
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Thank you so much for the ferry/bus/Athens hotel info, Hemidall!
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 07:07 AM
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About the hotel thing.... I would certainly go for the top floor/sea view thing at Glaros, you don't want the other; Glaros is family-run, is super re welcome & friendly help to guests, and it's easy to meet congenial independent travellers there. As for restaurant for special Oct. 1 birthday, let us think about it ... I have just e-mailed for advice from another Naxos buff from the TA forum "Greektraveller" a Norwegian who hangs out there constantly; he'll be in Naxos later in Oct, he knows what's buzzing that time of year.

Athens hotel -- Cypria a good call, some forum pals say ask for a room in the new wing, old wing has the balconies, new wing apparently larger rooms better decor.
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 11:08 AM
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I booked through the Cypria website, and asked for a 'superior room', one notch above standard. When I arrived I was upgraded to 'superior deluxe' for no extra charge, and ended up in a room that had separate sleeping and sitting areas, and a huge bathroom with a large shower. I was very pleased, and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 02:32 PM
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My friend Erik, 'Greektraveller" responds that a good restaurant to go to in Oct. is Scirocco, because it has a good year-round clientele.... and if you go in and tell them that your friend's friend ERIK -- GREEK-TRAVELLER -- had told you to come there, and that he says that Michalis and Nikos will give a special welcome to a friend who's having a birthday... so, that's one option.

If you stay at Hotel Glaros, Alex the owner will know for sure where there's some good music to listen to after dinner ... even tho its Oct. 1, that's a weekend night, Friday, so very likely the Flamingo will have some musical entertainment... That's a bar & restaurant upstairs on the harborside curve on the part nearest St. G. Beach. http://www.flamingo-restaurant-naxos.com/
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 04:10 PM
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Hopefully, Stanbr will respond again to your post. I'm pretty sure that he's stayed at Hotel Glaros. We stayed at The Nissaki Beach Resort this past June, and while I would highly recommend it ( wonderful, helpful staff, very comfortable rooms, great food), you may not need to spend that much when Hotel Glaros is just across the street.
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 04:57 AM
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I've decided I'm too uptight to wait to buy my ferry ticket at the airport, so will probably order in advance. Hellenic gives two delivery options - one for courier and one for agent (and the office at Piraeus is listed as an "agent"). I assume I want to select the agent option and just collect my ticket at the ferry itself?

I've decided on Hotel Glaros! Nissaki Beach Resort looks amazing, but I also really like the looks of Glaros. I'm able to get a top floor sea view with private patio (chairs, umbrella, table) so I think it is a fabulous deal at 48E and leaves me with a bigger budget for recreation/food.

Travelerjan - thank you so much for the recommendation to Scirocco. It's on my list! Hope to find some live music that evening too...would be a fabulous way to end the day.
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 07:15 AM
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Beanweb beanwweb, you truly ARE wound tightly! On Sept. 30, a full month off-season, what sudden huge throng is going to surge in and fill up 400+ seats on Hellenic ship? And why would they take the more costly ferry just to save 2 hours, when at the same time, there's also the Blue Star Naxos at Half the Price, which holds 1500 passengers or so?? (Plus Blue star has outdoor decking to sit & enjoy the wake & the sunshine, or sit in an onboard cafe, while on Hellenic vessel you must remain in indoor seat, nowhere to walk around). BTW, if you Do want to go on Hellenic and buy ticket when you arrive, there's NO risk of not getting to Naxos that morning -- even if there is an interntional convention of podiatrists filling up the Hellenic ship -- because of BLue Star with huge capacity) sailing at same time.

But yes, if you MUST order ahead, specify "agent" and you'll have to stop on the busy street in PIraeus and find the designated office to pick up your ticket.
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 07:45 AM
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Okay, okay... I get it! I will take this opportunity to be a little more flexible, as your reasoning makes perfect sense. I guess I'm more worried about the logistics of getting the tix at the airport (since I arrive at 4:00 a.m. and not sure how early the ticket office will open).

I'll look into the Blue Star also, though the price for biz class on both was pretty similar (think Blue Star was only about 10E cheaper than Hellenic). Biz class is important for me this trip b/c I'm doing a red eye flight and will want to have more space to relax...and besides, it will be my birthday so I was hoping for some champagne along the way. I do like the idea of getting some sunshine outside, though, if I want it. Hmmm...
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 09:48 AM
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AIRPORT AGENCIES ---The Amphitrion agency and Pacific travel agency at the airport are BOTH open 24/7/365. You will find them down the hall to your right, just after you emerge from the arrival area... right near the ATM machines.

TICKET CHOICES --- You can get a Blue Star "reserved Economy" ticket (€4 more than regular economy). These are numbered, upholstered, lean-back seats... called "aircraft-style seating" but that sounds awful when you know about today's airplanes!! They are very comfortable I have happily snoozed in these seats many times.

There are several areas of these seats, at NO difference in price. THe central area holds about 200-300 seats, long rows, 2 aisles, rather like theatre seating. TV sets on. However, buying ticket In person, you can ask for a "side compartment" by the window; these are smaller areas (2 seats each side of an aisle, quiet --they used to be the non-smoking compartments). COmpartments look like this: http://tinyurl.com/25hhgsy -- You can of course pay more for business class, on the next floor down --but it's mainly tables & upholstered chairs, plus some long couches that people stretch out on. YOu know what? Buy a regular ticket, get on board, look, around, make up your mind where you want to be, and if it's business class, you just walk up to one of those cuties in Uniform and say, "I want to upgrade." Its that simple... and no commitment until you look around. BTW, off-season, the "reserved economy" sections are less than half-full, so you can buy a regular economy ticket and then just casually walk in & take a vacant seat.

In the fast ferries... ALL seats are reserved. Again, regular tickets are the central theatre-style arrangment... the business-class seats are glassed-off to either side, 2 seats each side of a central aisle. I have ALSO sat in these without a Business-class ticket and... since the boat was sparsely occupied, I was never challenged. The main other perk is, I believe, a free copy of the Athens newspaper and I think they bring you free coffee.

FINAL FERRY TIP: on Fast-ferry, they shelve your larger bag right by entrance, just in back of seating area. On large ferry, you leave your large bag n the car level on steel shelving. Perfectly safe. You take upstairs your daybag with valuables, camera, maney, of course.

Champagne? I think any of the many Blue Star bars will supply it... but hmmm we're talking 7:30 in the morning??? How about waiting until you get to Naxos!! Tell alex at Glaros that you want champagne, he'll either pour you some on the spot, or point you to a good place! I suggest the most scenic options right at the near corner of the harbor.... check skymap http://www.skymap.gr/?ElementId=59724&Category=0 Day & Night or Cream & Coffee (the latter a deceptive name, I never had coffee there! Cushy seats great views...
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Old Aug 31st, 2010, 01:01 PM
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Hi beanweb24,

The Amphitrion Holidays office at the airport is always open - it never closes! When you get off the airplane at 4 am, there will be no one ahead of you in line. What could be simpler than walking up and buying a ticket? You won't even have to hunt for the ticket agent at Piraeus! The ferries leaving Piraeus on Oct 1st will so empty, you will rattle around in them.

I enjoy travelling business class on Blue Star, because they have comfortable sofas where you can curl up for a nap. Boarding on the morning ferry starts about an hour before departure, so if you arrive around 6:30 am you will be able to board around then, and walk up to business class, which is at the front of the ship. Being an early bird, you will have first crack at the sofas! ;-)

The only time I have ever pre-booked a ferry ticket was for late August (a lot busier than the beginning of October) on a Hellenic Seaways highspeed. Even then there were plenty of spare seats going. The only time I ever had trouble getting a seat on a ferry was at the end of Pentacost weekend (early June that year) when everyone was trying to get back to Athens. The highspeeds were full, but I managed to get a seat on Blue Star.
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 02:58 AM
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Since the ticket office is open 24 hours, that greatly reduces my concern. Thanks for all the information - I will definitely book my ticket at the airport versus trying to find the office at the port.

7:30 too early for champagne? Never! Especially if it's in orange juice...a mimosa on my birthday sounds divine.

Day & Night and Cream & Coffee sound just like my kind of places...all I need is a drink and a great view, and I will be in heaven.

Thanks for all the extra info. I'm really excited for this trip!
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