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Trip to Greece- Plan myself or work with a travel agent

Old Jan 26th, 2008, 06:19 AM
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Trip to Greece- Plan myself or work with a travel agent

Hello, I am planning a trip to Greece in May. I want to spend 2 days in Athens and Then visit two Islands. I have following questions

1) Plan the trip myself or work with the Travel agent to plan my whole trip? US travel agent or travel agent in Greece?
2) Any well known travel agent in Greece?
3)How is Fantasy Travel? They are based in Greece.
4)I will have 10 days for my vacations? Any suggestions where should I go...

Thank you very much for suggestions.
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Old Jan 26th, 2008, 06:26 AM
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I forgot to mention that this is going to be our honeymoon and we would like to rest a little bit but are more interested in seeing and experiencing new things...
going to two islands is not a must...we can go more too...

NEED HELP!!1...Please
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Nearly all the hotels and tourist services in the popular areas are able to clearly communicate in English, via email, fax, or phone ... so you won't have any trouble making the arrangements yourself (if that's your preference).

A Greek travel agency can be helpful, because they sometimes offer significant savings if you pre-pay your hotel through the travel agency. Or, the agency may have a block of rooms set aside for agency bookings, even when the hotel says they are full.

Smaller hotels often don't have much of a website presence, so an agency may actually have more information and photos. Eg, see http://www.yourgreece.gr as one example of an Agency website.

You may also want to check out Naufplion, a very lovely seaside town in the Pelopnessus, about 2.5 hrs drive from Athens. Staying in the Venetian "old town" section of Naufplion is a "must", if one travels there.

May is a great time to travel, and overall it won't be as crowded as July-August.
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Old Jan 26th, 2008, 05:18 PM
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Anyone who is willing to do the research and has the time can easily plan a wonderful trip to Greece. That's what we did.

Your honeymoon is a special trip. For that reason and because your time will be limited you may want to take advantage of a travel specialist. Sometimes they can also save you money.

I have not used these agencies but for Greece there are two, based in Athens, that are frequently and favorably mentioned:
Fantasy Travel and Dolphin Hellas. The websites are fantasytravelofgreece.com and greecetravel.com.

If I had a ten day honeymoon in May I would fly (directly or through Athens) to Santorini for a visit of four nights, ferry to Naxos for three nights, and then return to Athens for the balance.

Best wishes.
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Old Jan 27th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Although we never use a travel agent, we did in Greece. With the ferry schedules and deposits required by hotels ,it was easier. Plus, the hotel rates were discounted. We used George at
www.zeus-diplomatic.gr in Athens and were extremely pleased with his service and responsiveness.
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I organised a Greek holiday last September and booked most things through Dolphin Hellas (lady called Uli was just the best). I could not fault the planning, the time and effort they put in and they were fine if I wanted to book anything myself. Everything went like clockwork. I used a local agent in case anything went wrong and I think it is good insurance.
Generally, don't try to do too much in 10 days. Honeymoon ? you seriously couldn't go past Santorini, it is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Stay in one of the caldera facing places in Oia (I stayed at Esperas which was sensational)
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Whether to use a travel agent or to do all your own planning depends upon how much time you are willing to devote in research - either is feasible. If you choose to go through a travel agent, pick one from Greece. It will be much easier to get help from a Greek agent in the event of ferry cancellations, hotel booking problems, etc.

>>Any suggestions where should I go...<<

Many of us on this board know the Cyclades best, so tend to recommend islands in that group, but somewhere in Sporades, eg Skiathos, or Dodecanese, eg Rhodes, would do just as well. Here goes for the Cyclades:

You will be on honeymoon. Do you want to stay in luxury hotels? That, to me, would indicate Santorini and Mykonos. Do you want great beaches? Naxos or Paros would fit the bill. Somewhere a little more out of the way? Amorgos, Koufonissi, Folegandros, Milos, or Sifnos, maybe.

Recommend you save Athens for last, especially if you choose an out of the way island.
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We always use [email protected] when we are going to Greece. John Terrell is an American who works for the company and is fantastic. Tell him what you want and he does it. He calls it "guided independence" You want your trip to be stress free and fun so I would recommend an agent. He lives there, can get the ferry tickets, etc. recommend traverenas, etc. Give him your budget for hotels, your wants and he does an proposal for your approval. Unless you want to spent hours researching on the computer (you may like doing that), we take the easy way and let someone else do the work and we enjoy. He has stayed in the places, knows the islands and how much time to spend in each place. He's a jewel. You'll love Greece and it's a perfect place for a honeymoon.
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Hi, We used Fantasy Travel planning a trip and they were wonderful to work with and everything went off like clockwork. I usually plan all trips myself, but when I go to Greece, I will always use them. Jane
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Just wanted to say you have received excellent feedback from the previous posters.

I believe, since it is your Honeymoon, you should use a travel agent; both angencies mentioned will be good.

I also recommend Athens for 2 days, then flying to Santorini, side trip to Naxos, then ending in Athens for one day before you fly home. It's best not to have the hassle of too much travel at this time, just relax and enjoy. May you have many happy travels in your life time together. Congratulations On Your Marriage.

Sandy In Oregon
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Old Feb 7th, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Thank you everybody for your recommendations and information. I can't wait to go and see beautiful Greece. I have high expectations and hope that all of them meets.
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