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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 #540 on: March 06, 2017, 11:47:55 AM »
Based on what I've been told, the Hilton Athens is about a 20 minute walk from the main attraction sites and Kosher restaurant. I'm booked to stay there in the summer.
I have stayed there. It's more like 30 min and the heat and humidity can take quite a toll on that walk on shabbos.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #541 on: March 06, 2017, 11:57:41 AM »
I have stayed there. It's more like 30 min and the heat and humidity can take quite a toll on that walk on shabbos.
Not there for Shabbos so I can cab it   ;)

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #542 on: March 06, 2017, 12:00:52 PM »
Not there for Shabbos so I can cab it   ;)
The train is right across the street and is prob more efficient.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #543 on: March 06, 2017, 12:04:17 PM »
Based on what I've been told, the Hilton Athens is about a 20 minute walk from the main attraction sites and Kosher restaurant. I'm booked to stay there in the summer.


HILTON IS FINE  --Grande Bretagne is the best for sure  - -but either works fine--

forget IHG

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #544 on: March 06, 2017, 12:11:33 PM »
I have stayed there. It's more like 30 min and the heat and humidity can take quite a toll on that walk on shabbos.

YES I agree  with you --Athens is very hot in summer - 32-37 c

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #545 on: March 06, 2017, 01:34:13 PM »
The train is right across the street and is prob more efficient.
Good to know.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #546 on: March 06, 2017, 02:08:04 PM »
The train is right across the street and is prob more efficient.

In Athens the Train/Metro is best and the fastest,if- gets you near u want to be, plus least expensive if two people or less( 1.40 a person good for 1 hour ride  - but taxi are also relatively cheap  5-6-7 euros will get u to  most places in city    - - just watch out for pickpockets on train and in general in city -- but Athens is  SAFER than most cities

I would not take a bus -they are just to crowded and schedules are not great plus slow

always good to look at holiday calendar  as many places will be closed if holiday
https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/greece/

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #547 on: March 06, 2017, 09:00:08 PM »
Has anyone stayed at he intercontinental in athens. Is it further from chabad and attactions then the hilton?  Can  I expect an executive room upgrade at the hilton if I am gold.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #548 on: March 07, 2017, 03:23:44 AM »
Has anyone stayed at he intercontinental in athens. Is it further from chabad and attactions then the hilton?  Can  I expect an executive room upgrade at the hilton if I am gold.

IHG -is way-way out of the way and will not be covenant

this may help you with your questions

http://www.aviewoncities.com/maps/athens.htm

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #549 on: March 16, 2017, 02:10:49 AM »
Has anyone stayed in the new wyndham grand? How safe is the walk to Chabad?

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« Reply #550 on: March 16, 2017, 02:40:36 AM »
Has anyone stayed in the new wyndham grand? How safe is the walk to Chabad?

not a good area - i would not let any of my friends stay at this location!-

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #551 on: March 16, 2017, 12:14:20 PM »
Basically every trip advisor review is saying that...
so that leaves budget hotels right next to chabad then..

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #552 on: March 16, 2017, 12:19:13 PM »
Basically every trip advisor review is saying that...
so that leaves budget hotels right next to chabad then..
There are some decent Airbnbs in the area.

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #553 on: April 14, 2017, 10:27:37 AM »
I don't see anything in Wiki for Crete, does anyone have any info on it? I see there are a lot of points options there and looks beautiful

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #554 on: April 24, 2017, 10:34:03 PM »
If you have been to the islands would you choose Mystique hotel or Andronis hotel? (both are available) Any must do attractions in the islands? Thinking of going for a few days this summer.....

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #555 on: April 26, 2017, 06:21:07 PM »
I have a 6 hr stopover in ATH. Is it possible to get to the restaurant (by train or taxi) for a quick dinner and back to the airport in time?

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #556 on: April 27, 2017, 02:09:07 AM »
I have a 6 hr stopover in ATH. Is it possible to get to the restaurant (by train or taxi) for a quick dinner and back to the airport in time?
Yes. You have time for more than that.

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« Reply #557 on: April 27, 2017, 10:12:16 AM »
Yes. You have time for more than that.
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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #558 on: May 02, 2017, 11:07:29 AM »
RE: Santorini
It seems like all the hotels are quaint and old rooms built into the mountains. Are they?

Would AirBNB be just as good as the hotels?

Are there any real hotels? Resorts?

Also, can someone explain what makes Santorini so special? Why does everyone say that it's a MUST?


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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #559 on: May 02, 2017, 12:22:31 PM »
RE: Santorini
It seems like all the hotels are quaint and old rooms built into the mountains. Are they?

Would AirBNB be just as good as the hotels?

Are there any real hotels? Resorts?

Also, can someone explain what makes Santorini so special? Why does everyone say that it's a MUST?
I've never been. But pictures and film always show a magnificent beautiful place. And people I've spoken to say it's magical.  There are def high end resorts.   But honestly from the sound of it it seems like.. Maybe it's not a place you would appreciate. 
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