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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


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 #135 on: June 03, 2013, 11:39:24 PM »
My wife would go for it but not with out baby  :)

Got a car rental in Santorini for 55 EUR for 2 days automatic trans.

do not know where u booked car from  -I have found , calling back to states always gets  me better rate than booking in Greece -- also i blv u may need int'l drive license

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« Reply #136 on: June 03, 2013, 11:51:33 PM »
do not know where u booked car from  -I have found , calling back to states always gets  me better rate than booking in Greece -- also i blv u may need int'l drive license
I booked with santorini car rentals.  http://www.santorini-car-rental.com/ they gave me a price of 55 EUR for 2 days with automatic trans. They asked me if I would make a deposit and then sent me an invoice after I said no, which was weird but they came back and said I can pay when I arrive. The car will be waiting for me at the port and I can return to the airport which is nice. Didn't like their customer service though so I may try to find a better company.

Gonna look into International drivers license, didn't realize I may need one.

Any tips on what to do in Crete? Assuming I will stay in Herakalion, as that's my point of entry and departure, does that make sense? Trying to decide if I can rent a car and see the scenery and some villages. On TA they are impossible as all they say is you have so little time just sit in a café and visit Knossos!

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« Reply #137 on: June 04, 2013, 12:24:42 AM »
I booked with santorini car rentals.  http://www.santorini-car-rental.com/ they gave me a price of 55 EUR for 2 days with automatic trans. They asked me if I would make a deposit and then sent me an invoice after I said no, which was weird but they came back and said I can pay when I arrive. The car will be waiting for me at the port and I can return to the airport which is nice. Didn't like their customer service though so I may try to find a better company.

Gonna look into International drivers license, didn't realize I may need one.

Any tips on what to do in Crete? Assuming I will stay in Herakalion, as that's my point of entry and departure, does that make sense? Trying to decide if I can rent a car and see the scenery and some villages. On TA they are impossible as all they say is you have so little time just sit in a café and visit Knossos!

Greeks are not the best when comes to service!!-- i have found large and int'l companies  offer the best service in Greece , though it also depends on individual dealing with, worth a  call and find out if required intl drive lic? , maybe varies from co to co

forget what people say -- ur  young ( can do anything!!)-- ur on vacation and with ur family , how can u not have a good time -- sure it is always nice to have more time , better to see some than none

can not offer any input on Crete other than food is excellent   

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/crete/things-to-do
 55  euro does not sound like a bad rate , just watch the gas gauge when u pick it up and when u return it , they have a habit of  trying to take advantage
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« Reply #138 on: June 04, 2013, 01:04:46 AM »
Greeks are not the best when comes to service!!-- i have found large and int'l companies  offer the best service in Greece , though it also depends on individual dealing with, worth a  call and find out if required intl drive lic? , maybe varies from co to co

forget what people say -- ur  young ( can do anything!!)-- ur on vacation and with ur family , how can u not have a good time -- sure it is always nice to have more time , better to see some than none

 55  euro does not sound like a bad rate , just watch the gas gauge when u pick it up and when u return it , they have a habit of  trying to take advantage

Good pointer on the gas, and in a way happy to hear this car company isn't an exception. Going to ask about the intl license.

forget what people say -- ur  young ( can do anything!!)-- ur on vacation and with ur family , how can u not have a good time -- sure it is always nice to have more time , better to see some than none

I like that attitude!!

Trying to find  a nice hotel now in Santorini. Oia seems like a good area, so far booked this http://www.onarvillas.com/  for 160 EUR,
although my search is far from over :)

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: June 04, 2013, 07:53:06 AM »
starwood has a  nice hotel , if want to spend the points( 30k a nite ) -- with such a short time-- plus  u will be out most of the day  i would stay in a place like u selected  and not spend the points and pay with c.c.-- in aug i will be staying in the starwood htl for 5 nites  and use 80k  points( b4 they raised the point price ) cost about $600 a night so for me it is worth the 80k as i have more time

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« Reply #140 on: June 04, 2013, 09:23:18 AM »
starwood has a  nice hotel , if want to spend the points( 30k a nite ) -- with such a short time-- plus  u will be out most of the day  i would stay in a place like u selected  and not spend the points and pay with c.c.-- in aug i will be staying in the starwood htl for 5 nites  and use 80k  points( b4 they raised the point price ) cost about $600 a night so for me it is worth the 80k as i have more time
Wow good for you that you got such a good deal. Great value on your SPG points at 3 cents per point!

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Re: Greece Master Thread
« Reply #142 on: June 11, 2013, 01:32:21 PM »
any feedback on the kosher restaurant in athens?   hows the food?  hows the hechsher?   

in terms of location, which of the 3 spg hotels are best (king george, arion and grand bretagne)?

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« Reply #143 on: June 11, 2013, 02:13:41 PM »
any feedback on the kosher restaurant in athens?   hows the food?  hows the hechsher?   

in terms of location, which of the 3 spg hotels are best (king george, arion and grand bretagne)?


grand bretagne BY FAR

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« Reply #144 on: June 11, 2013, 02:24:24 PM »

grand bretagne BY FAR
What would you say between the Grand Bretagne or the Hilton? Hilton U can get for 20K HH points and 75 USD, the Grand Bretagne is 110 USD and 6k SPG points.

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« Reply #145 on: June 11, 2013, 02:34:51 PM »
What would you say between the Grand Bretagne or the Hilton? Hilton U can get for 20K HH points and 75 USD, the Grand Bretagne is 110 USD and 6k SPG points.

forget hilton --- not that hilton is bad --just that GB -- Is by far the best hotel in athens .. when it opened a few years ago , I said now we have   a 5 star like most European cities --- never stayed ( do not  need a hotel in Athens since I live in A.)-- all based on public areas  that I have used many,many  times --- also location is much better -- hilton does have a nice swimming pool -- 

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« Reply #146 on: June 11, 2013, 02:41:38 PM »
forget hilton --- not that hilton is bad --just that GB -- Is by far the best hotel in athens .. when it opened a few years ago , I said now we have   a 5 star like most European cities --- never stayed ( do not  need a hotel in Athens since I live in A.)-- all based on public areas  that I have used many,many  times --- also location is much better -- hilton does have a nice swimming pool --
We won't have much time in the hotel, getting in at 8pm and leaving the next morning but if it's in a different league it's worth the splurge I guess.

Anywhere in Herakalion that you can recommend? Looking to stay near the port for the ferry. Looking at the Lato Boutique Hotel and the Kronos now. Ever stayed in that area?

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« Reply #147 on: June 11, 2013, 02:46:31 PM »

grand bretagne BY FAR
ehh, it seems like GB is completely sold out for my dates.  hilton looks like a great option for 20k points and $90 though.           i'm arriving in athens at 9am and leaving athens the next night at 1040pm... any ideas on the best way to work out the hotel situation to be covered for the stay?     

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« Reply #148 on: June 11, 2013, 02:53:59 PM »
We won't have much time in the hotel, getting in at 8pm and leaving the next morning but if it's in a different league it's worth the splurge I guess.

Anywhere in Herakalion that you can recommend? Looking to stay near the port for the ferry. Looking at the Lato Boutique Hotel and the Kronos now. Ever stayed in that area?

Sorry can not help --

hilton is like so many hiltons built in i guess 60's 70's ( was fully renovated 2004)-- GB is an old world hotel that u find in London and most European cities   -- i think 6k pts and $ 100 is great deal --JUST NOT SO SURE  if it is just to sleep over night worth it since u feel hilton is cheaper

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« Reply #149 on: June 11, 2013, 02:57:20 PM »
Sorry can not help --

hilton is like so many hiltons built in i guess 60's 70's ( was fully renovated 2004)-- GB is an old world hotel that u find in London and most European cities   -- i think 6k pts and $ 100 is great deal --JUST NOT SO SURE  if it is just to sleep over night worth it since u feel hilton is cheaper
Ok. For now I booked both and I guess when the trip gets closer I will decide. My flight out of Athens is at 2 pm. I would like to see the Acropolis in the morning right when it opens. Can that work? Also what's the best way to get to the airport? Short on time and will have my wife and baby with me so don't want to do a difficult public transport run unless it's fairly simple.