Hotel Olympia

25 Pireos, Athens, 105 52, Greece
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Forum Posts

Athens Day Boarding

by samitbabu

I might be arriving at Athens on my way back from the islands around 1.30 afternoon.
I would then need to catch my flight back at 11.30 pm ( 9.30pm check in)

Is there any day hotel arrangements in Athens where I can chjeck in and rest for a little.Are the rates same as one nights boarding rates?

Secondly which is the cheapest airways that connects Crete/ Santorini to Athens ? I will travel in early Aug 2010.

Re: Athens Day Boarding

by leics

Could you perhaps get a later flight and simply rest at the airport? It will take you a good chunk of time to get into Athens city and back again. I don't know if any Athens airport hotels offer day rates, sorry.

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air fly Santorini>Athens. Check which offers the best fare for your dates. from around 85 euro for an early August flight. from around 87 euro.

RAthens : return from Crete or santorini ?

by samitbabu

Thanks for your reply in the Athens forum.
Can you suggest me whether to go to crete first , stay a cpl of days and then move to Santorini for another cpl of days?
or should we do the other way, starting at Santorini.

Also I am open to either fly ( provided tickets are within 80Euro ) or sail back to Athens from any of these two islands.

My only constraint is that I need to catch my return flight back from Athens on 7th night at 11.30 pm.

Thanks in advance,


Re: Athens Day Boarding

by leics

Your question is outside my area of expertise, sorry. But I'm sure other VT-ers will soon come along with suggestions.

I can tell you that cheapest airfares are booked well in advance. So if you do intend to fly you should finalise your plans and book flights as soon as possible.

Re: Athens Day Boarding

by StefanosS

The usual hotel policy in Greece is that you rent a room from 12.00 noon to 10.00 or 11.00 morning. Renting is usually by day and not by hour. Although, you can try for a special deal, mainly in smaller hotels with not strict rules.

Crete and Santorini or Santorini and Crete, there is no difference. The only point that makes sense is that Heraklion airport in Crete is an International airport, it can accept big planes and possibly it is easier to find a seat to Athens.

If you fly to Athens, there is a couple of hotels near the airport, but I don't know how is their service and price. If you sail to Rafina port, you can have a rest at a cheap hotel there and then take a bus directly to the airport. If you sail to Piraeus port, you will have less time for rest.

Re: Athens Day Boarding

by johngayton

Since you've got a late flight I'd be tempted to get the ferry (unless of course there's a flight into Athens which doesn't leave you hanging at the airport for too long). The ferries are quite comfortable and a relaxing way to finish your trip. If you return via Pireaus and the ferry arrives at say 1.30 pm then get the metro into Athens and leave your luggage at the Monasteraki left luggage lockers and have an afternoon/evening out in the city.

And as the previous post suggests - another alternative is to look at getting a ferry to Rafina - check the timings on those - and get a bus from there direct to the airport. Rafina is a pleasant little city and well worth a visit in its own right.

Travel Tips for Athens

Dogs of Athens

by Arial_27

You will find a lot of dogs walking around the streets of Athens by themselves without the company of an owner. Stray dogs aer very common here because during the war in Bosnia, many people fled to Athens and took their dogs with them. Then store keepers started using the dogs as guards to prevent theft. Since theu never bothered to have them fixed, this resulted in too many being born and then there were thousands of dogs romaing aimlessly around the city. They eventually started killing off the dogs because there were so many and it was getting to be a big problem. However, animal rights activists got involved and opposed to the killings. Nothing was ever done about getting homes for the dogs, so they are still a lot of them on the streets.
The dogs are generally well behaved, and street smart. They won't attack you or hurt you; you can touch them and pat them if you want. From my experience they're qquite friendly, and used to people.

Athens Tip

by fabrice

1st time I came to Athens,it was by train from strasbourg(france),I met 2 charming french couples in venezia,and we travelled through ljubljana,zagreb,beograd,skopje down to greece.We found a very cheap hostel,and we slept on the roof!
I stayed 2 nights,then I continued my trip by boat to israel(where I stayed 3 years)

Relax and have a glass of wine

by dlandt

Don't pack too much into your days. Greece is meant to be a place you can relax in the cafes and tavernas, watch the sea, and just enjoy life. I know there is a phenomenal amount to see and do here, but if you're on the go the whole time you will miss a very important part of the Greek experience. One of the best ways to relax in Greece, is with a glass of wine. Wine. Greek wine is every bit as good as Italian and its a lot cheaper. I tried about eight different kinds, never paid more than 8 Euros a bottle and didn't have a single bad one. My favorite was called Atria. The wine Greeks are known for is called Retsina, but that isn't the only one. Drop into a wine merchant's shop, which seem to be open sporadically and on the whim of the owner. They will generally explain to you the different types of grapes and how they are associated with the wine-producing regions of Greece. Although this takes less than an hour, I would say it would be some of the best time you could spend. Pictured here is a very standard bottle of Tsantali, the local table-wine.

The Stadium

by Aggeliki

This Stadium is called "KALIMARMARON" which means "Beautiful marble stadium". It was built in the 4th century BC. It has been restored twice and its capacity is 70.000 spectators. In 1896 the first modern Olympic games were held in this Stadium.

Athens' congestion

by athenian80

Traffic jams is a situation that you are likely to encounter when visiting Athens.Yet,in August,when Athens is deserted the odds of a traffic jam drop to minimum(the same situation occurs during Easter holidays too)


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