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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

Zaggurus TR: zagguru's


Sam28 TR Santorini : Sam28's


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

Athens Chabad Pdf

Mykonos:
Hotels

Kosher
https://koshermykonos.com
whiteandblue.kosher@gmail.com
+331 84 60 70 70

What to do


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.
https://chabadrhodes.com

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #380 on: June 30, 2015, 07:11:33 AM »
you can still use CC, just standard Greek banking crisis
Classic Europeans. Thanks

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #381 on: June 30, 2015, 07:48:30 AM »
Do Greek merchants have a personal vendetta against credit cards?
Did I miss something uppost?

Greece is a cash society

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #382 on: June 30, 2015, 07:55:27 AM »
Greece is a cash society
More like low-cash society

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #383 on: June 30, 2015, 08:03:22 AM »
Greece is a cash society
Lmai nafka Mina if they still accept CC?

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #384 on: June 30, 2015, 09:45:57 AM »
Lmai nafka Mina if they still accept CC?

translate for me?

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #385 on: June 30, 2015, 09:48:53 AM »
More like low-cash society
You can only withdraw 60$ from atms.

The same can happen here!

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #386 on: June 30, 2015, 09:52:22 AM »
translate for me?
What practical difference does it make that they're a "cash society" if they accept credit cards?
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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #387 on: June 30, 2015, 09:53:34 AM »
More like low-cash society

the Greeks probably have 'more" cash at home then most on dans have in the bank  -- where do you think the 40 billion that was withdrawn from banks went --hint -- where one sleeps   lol!

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #388 on: June 30, 2015, 10:00:40 AM »
What practical difference does it make that they're a "cash society" if they accept credit cards.

in a cash society , credit card usage is very low - so many place in Greece you can not pay with a credit card --- and many places accept cash only -so no need for a  credit card terminal to swipe a card = cash only

people "stand" in line with cash to pay phone- electric- water -car insurance - cable tv etc - just as they did in America in the 1950's

up to a few years ago an individual could not get a checking account - maybe now it has changed , though i think not

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #389 on: June 30, 2015, 11:01:03 AM »
Think it will get cheaper to go there because they are defaulting?

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #390 on: June 30, 2015, 11:05:54 AM »
Think it will get cheaper to go there because they are defaulting?
No

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #391 on: June 30, 2015, 11:07:54 AM »
No

Why not? They will need the money, and the dollar will be much worth there (think if they go out of the EU!). I understand cost of flying will stay the same (or rise?  :-\) but cost of staying there should be cheaper.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #392 on: June 30, 2015, 11:14:50 AM »
Think it will get cheaper to go there because they are defaulting?

if default , and you have a strong currency it will get cheaper - question is when will they lower prices - now starting "the season" and booking were very good -- so they may not drop price and if they do it will not be big --I would not plan a trip around a price drop -your  going on vacation - prices change all the -enjoy

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« Reply #393 on: June 30, 2015, 11:17:06 AM »
if default , and you have a strong currency it will get cheaper - question is when will they lower prices - now starting "the season" and booking were very good -- so they may not drop price and if they do it will not be big --I would not plan a trip around a price drop -your  going on vacation - prices change all the -enjoy

also -- they just may continue to quote in euros -- they are not dumb

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #394 on: June 30, 2015, 11:17:39 AM »
Why not? They will need the money, and the dollar will be much worth there (think if they go out of the EU!). I understand cost of flying will stay the same (or rise?  :-\) but cost of staying there should be cheaper.
The prices will stay the same. The currency value can fluctuate based on the economy but the average storeowner isn't dropping prices because the economy is bad. So as long as pricing there still goes by the euro I doubt there will be any change

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #395 on: June 30, 2015, 12:25:31 PM »
you can still use CC, just standard Greek banking crisis

in a cash society , credit card usage is very low - so many place in Greece you can not pay with a credit card --- and many places accept cash only -so no need for a  credit card terminal to swipe a card = cash only

people "stand" in line with cash to pay phone- electric- water -car insurance - cable tv etc - just as they did in America in the 1950's

up to a few years ago an individual could not get a checking account - maybe now it has changed , though i think not

Now I'm confused. Anyone been to Greece recently? I'm planning a 23:59 hour stopover there in a few weeks and I don't like traveling with cash.

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« Reply #396 on: June 30, 2015, 12:33:10 PM »
Now I'm confused. Anyone been to Greece recently? I'm planning a 23:59 hour stopover there in a few weeks and I don't like traveling with cash.

 I live in Greece---you may not like to travel with cash , that is fine -I suggest do not come  if concerned about  having one days expense in cash -- for a 24 hour stop over , i would think do not need a lot of cash 

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« Reply #397 on: June 30, 2015, 12:33:40 PM »
Now I'm confused. Anyone been to Greece recently? I'm planning a 23:59 hour stopover there in a few weeks and I don't like traveling with cash.
The places that accepted credit cards until now will probably still be accepting credit cards

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« Reply #398 on: June 30, 2015, 12:48:16 PM »
Now I'm confused. Anyone been to Greece recently? I'm planning a 23:59 hour stopover there in a few weeks and I don't like traveling with cash.
I'm confused now. Why would you be concerned? You can still use cc and take out however much money you want via ATM

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #399 on: June 30, 2015, 12:56:42 PM »
I'm confused now. Why would you be concerned? You can still use cc and take out however much money you want via ATM
And pay the 10% cash advance fee? Are you offering to sponsor? 😅