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Chabad has an awesome restaurant (and a cool chabad house) in Athens (Rated Number 2 of all restaurants in Athens on TA).
They also ship to all islands which you can warm up in your hotel. The food is awesome as as well!
Find them on facebook or on their website

Bunch of kosher travel related info here: http://koshergreece.com

Trip Reports: CS91's Santorini & Athens

Athens:
Hotels
Hotel Grande Bretagne (Starwood)
King George Palace  (Starwood)
Both hotel's are right near each other, grand Bretagne is a little more upscale.
Both are walking distance to Chabad (Around 10 min) and to most of the action in Athens.
Other hotel's are a little further out of all the action.

Stuff to do
GOSTIJO kosher restaurant (They have a small grocery where you can get a variety of Israeli products) [See above]
Acropolis (Akropolis) and the Acropolis (Akropolis) Museum
Anafiotika (old town with some shopping)
Plaka 
Monastiraki
Panathenaic Stadium (Panathinaiko Stadio) first modern Olympics game.
Day trip to Delphi
Water-skiing in the Aegean Sea


Santorini:
Hotels
There are only two options which take points.
1. Vedema, this hotel is in Megalochori, it is a little off the path (Not near the water) and you don't get the views you would expect in Santorini. (Not a great option, but if you want to stay with points, it is a nice hotel)
2. Mystique, rated as one of the best Starwood hotels in the world. Availability is almost impossible, because they only have 27 rooms. Never mind the shocking 70K Starwood points a night in high season. 

Stuff to do
Kamari Beach, there is a cliff there which has a nice jump into the ocean. (Please be careful!)
Red Beach
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia (You can take a Donkey which is quite freaky, or take a tram)
Sunset in Oia (A must do, to get away from the crowds go to Sun Spirit, it is near the windmill and has great views and not packed. They only serve drinks.)
Santorini Volcano, Hot Springs.
Rent a ATV go around the island (At your own risk, the drivers in Santorini are crazy!)
Highest point of the island near the town of Prygos. Awesome panoramic views of the whole island.

Rhodes
Hotels
Sheraton Rhodes, large resort very centrally located. nice pools.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #60 on: August 21, 2011, 12:18:26 PM »
as long as you have a gps, i cant imagine it should be a problem. you do drive stick though, right?

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #61 on: August 21, 2011, 10:00:27 PM »
as long as you have a gps, i cant imagine it should be a problem. you do drive stick though, right?

I do drive stick but I reserved a automatic, lazy American lol
I was force to get am international drivers licence due to greece new rule.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #62 on: August 21, 2011, 10:03:09 PM »
strange....as of when?

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #63 on: August 22, 2011, 11:57:23 AM »
strange....as of when?

If you don't have one they will not rent a car to you.

and if you get stopped without one they will arrest you

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #64 on: August 22, 2011, 12:35:17 PM »
Really isn't a big deal to get an international. $15 and a few min (depending on the line at your local branch) at AAA.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #65 on: August 22, 2011, 01:31:51 PM »
If you don't have one they will not rent a car to you.

and if you get stopped without one they will arrest you
that wasnt the case last year, i guess its changed since then

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #66 on: August 27, 2011, 08:49:59 PM »
Greeks drive like madmans, and a gps is a must. Also try including a house number in addresses, as say road x can change to road y, and later on change to x again.

When I was there only the very basics were in english/latin alphabet.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #67 on: August 27, 2011, 10:25:17 PM »
Greeks drive like madmans, and a gps is a must. Also try including a house number in addresses, as say road x can change to road y, and later on change to x again.

When I was there only the very basics were in english/latin alphabet.
i didnt find that to be the case in crete.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #68 on: August 28, 2011, 11:07:02 AM »
I was talking about Athens.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #69 on: September 14, 2011, 10:22:12 PM »
First I want to thank all you guys for making great suggesting.

Here is my report on Greece,
 
So I took my wife on a Trip to Greece for 1 week
We stayed for an entire week at the 4star Novotel Hotel in Athens, which is a 15 minute walk to the Chabad house.  We traveled to Delphi and the Aegina Island.

(Athens)
 
I will recommend you get the 12 Euro Tourist Pass, that lets you get in to all Sites in Athens, it is valid for 4 Days and lets you get into the Acropolis, the Agora, the Roman Agora, Kerameikos, and the Kerameikos museum.
The only other thing I would recommend in Athens is the The Acropolis Museum, the cost is 5 Euros and it has very interesting Avodah Zarah.

We ate at the new Chabad house restaurant in Athens, called GOSTIJO , it is very close to all the sites and the food was wonderful and very well priced. And the Hours are from 12 pm to 10 pm
The link to the restaurant is; http://www.chabad.gr/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1521444/jewish/NEW-Kosher-restaurant-in-Athens.htm

Rabbi Mendel Hendel and his wife Nechama, are the nicest people in the world, they open up the restaurant doors for Shabbos , the table  are filled with locals and tourist for shobbos night and day. Itís all complimentary, yet donations are welcomed.

They also have a kosher store that sells deli meats, soups, wine etc. If you are In Greece, donít forget to step by the New Restaurant, and Say Hello to the Hendelís.

(Aegina)

To get to Aegina you need to take a ferry for 1 Hour. It Cost 19 Euro for Round Trip Ferry
The link to the Ferry Company is; http://www.hellenicseaways.gr

The Island was amazing, we rented an ATV for 12 Hours (Cost 25 Euros) and we traveled all over the island. It has so many private beaches (Perfect for all religious Jews!!!) I traveled the world and need to say that this is so beautiful, the Beaches and Water. The only Jewish thing on the Island is right by the Port itís a Historic Town and they have the Mosaic Floor of a Shul from the Second Beis Hamikdash Period.

(Delphi)

To get to Delphi, we rented a Car form National, the drive from Athens is 3 Hours. You do need an International Driver License to rent an Automobile but for scooters you donít. It cost $15 from any triple  A branch and they give it to you on the spot, but they donít have any location in Greece, so get it in the states.

The drivers in Greece puts Israeli Drives to shame, they drive like crack heads. They cut you off at speeds of 120 Miles an hour and they like to play chicken a lot, so if you are not a NY driver, donít drive there lol.  Delphi is again one Big Avodah Zarah spot, itís the place they had Temples for their fake G-Dís, I went for my wife because she loves Greek Mythology but the nice thing about there is itís so beautiful, so if you like Hikes and nature, itís your place, to get in to Delphi itís 9 Euro, that include their Museum, Delphi alone is 6 Euro.

Again Greece was a very relaxing place for vacation and I recommend to all

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #70 on: September 14, 2011, 10:36:22 PM »
Chabad Restaurant in Athens

Outside Picture, The Rabbi told me that he will have a Sign in a week or So


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Kosher Store


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Restaurant Inside


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Kosher Greek Cuisine (Very Good)


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Kosher Greek Cuisine (Very Good)


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Lamb (Extremely good)


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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #71 on: September 15, 2011, 09:08:41 AM »
the new restauarant looks nice. when i was there last summer, you were only able to order some chicken from the rabbis house and shabbos was in his living room.

did you go to the jewish museum in athens?

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #72 on: September 15, 2011, 10:19:03 AM »
Yes I did,

The Rabbi Hendel nicely requested us go check it out, They had some interesting things about Jewish History in Greece and the story about the Greek Priest trying to save all the Jew's in the holocaust.




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Athens Greece
« Reply #73 on: March 07, 2012, 05:26:34 AM »
I will be in Athens at the end of March. Does anybody know of good hotel? Kosher Food? Things to do ?

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Re: Athens Greece
« Reply #74 on: March 07, 2012, 06:34:15 AM »
Greece Master Thread may be a good place to start...