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Kalimera!

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That is, good morning! in Greek. And that’s the only word I learned. I was extremely lucky to take an 11-day trip with my mom to Greece – and it was amazing. You may or may not care for all the details, but I’m going to do numerous posts detailing our trip, stops, suggestions, etc. so in case one day you do go to Greece, it may come in handy! Oh – and this for sure counts as number #14 on my 30 before 30 list!

We booked our trip through SmarTours, which was kind of a risk because we had never heard of them before. But after scouring Greek travel sites, blogs, and suggestions, we realized that if we wanted to get the most out of our trip, it would be best for someone else to take care of the details. The trip included our flights, a 4-day Greek Isle cruise and meals, and 4 day land trip (transportation, hotels, some meals, and tours). And we were very pleased – would definitely book another trip with SmartTours. We had two tour directors – both very personable and knowledgeable. They made everything informative and entertaining at the same time. The only thing with SmarTours we would change (that we didn’t think of) would be to book our own flights out of Atlanta instead of having to get to New York. I would also suggest maybe not doing an organized group tour if you are easily annoyed by people….you may laugh, but imagine the different personalities in a group of 40 strangers. I, personally, think it makes for a very entertaining trip.

As far as time of year, if we did it again we would have gone a couple weeks earlier. We arrived on October 26 – the same day Greece’s time changed, a week earlier than the US. It was completely dark by 6pm every day, which affected some of our tours/activities. It didn’t ruin our trip by any means, but I would suggest going a little earlier. It was the end of tourist season, so islands and sites were not nearly as crowded as in the summer. The weather was low- to mid-60s during the day and did get pretty cool at night – similar to Atlanta right now. Layers are your friends!

Everyone should go to Greece. It is beautiful, welcoming, friendly, and fun. The history is mind-blowing – imagine seeing something that has been intact since the 4th century BC…..or earlier.

Coming up: Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Epidavros & Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, and Athens

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