Saturday May 31, 2014
Greece in June
is an especially great time to travel. Prices are still on the low side, crowds haven't reached their peak, and the waters are already warm.
Saturday May 31, 2014
Agia Marina, patroness of seafarers and the ports that shelter them, is celebrated in Greece. Churches and towns named for her will hold celebrations - generally on the evening of the 16th. The small port town of Agia Marina on the island of Aegina will see that its saint is not forgotten, though here, she shares some attention with the Temple of Aphaia above the marina.
Thursday May 29, 2014
The variety of short trips you can enjoy on and around Santorini continues to grow - and many of them are focusing on the island's wonderfully rich tradition of unique food and wine. Some of these independent tours can work with a brief cruise ship visit if their own offerings are booked up or don't appeal, while others are ideal to help while away the hours during a longer stay on Santorini.
Day Trips and Tours in Santorini
Wednesday May 21, 2014
In 1864, the Greek island of Zakynthos
was reunited with Greece, along with the other Ionian islands. The day is vigorously commemorated on Zakynthos, which is also known as Zante.
Zakynthos has a history of being "early" - it established itself as a democracy in very early times, and it also was quick to take up Christianity - supposedly in 34 AD after a visit from Mary Magdalene.
More on Zakynthos
Visiting the Ionian Islands
Shipwreck Cove, Zakynthos. Courtesy Variety Cruises
Saturday May 17, 2014
is offering a day in a kitchen in the village of Karomilia near the Northern Greece town of Kastoria, part of a new flood of realistic, interactive day trips in Greece. This one allows visitors to spend part of a day with a multi-generational English-speaking Greek-German family and enjoy observing and helping with the preparation of a meal. If you've ever envied TV food show hosts who are welcomed into the homes of ordinary people to enjoy extraordinary food, this might be your chance to share in the experience.
Urban Adventures also offers food tours in Thessaloniki and Athens.
Home Cooked Kastoria
Wednesday May 14, 2014
The area of Thrace in Northern Greece
was granted to modern Greece on this day; from May 1st to the 14th the city of Komotini celebrates its return to Greek control.
Monday May 12, 2014
A new Athens bus route, the X80, will make it easier than ever for passengers traveling by ferry in Greece to get to their Athens hotels or to run into the center of town for some quick sightseeing before catching their ferries out to the islands. Echoing in some respects the now-defunct Tourist Bus 400, the new line embarks every thirty minutes and makes nine stops on its circuit through Athens. Operating hours are between 7am and 11:30pm, with the last departure from Piraeus at 9:30pm. The 7am start time makes this especially helpful for arriving overnight ferry passengers from Crete. In Piraeus, the bus can be picked up at the Cruise Terminal gates at Akti Xaveriou.
Stops include The Acropolis and Syntagma Square. The bus line connects with the popular Airport-Piraeus express bus, the X96.
Official Announcement from OASA
X80 Route Map
Friday May 9, 2014
Rembetika master Markos Vamvakaris was born in the village of Ano Syra on the island of Syros
on this date in 1905.
Friday May 9, 2014
Greece is part of the European Union or "EU", and as a member nation celebrates "Europe Day". Europe Day
commemorates May 9th, 1950, which is agreed to be the start of the many meetings and efforts to bring the European nations into a unified whole.
Observances vary each year.
Thursday May 8, 2014
Voyages to Antiquity has two unusual ways of cruising to Greece and around Greece - their "And God Created the Kornati Islands" trip
a 15-day exploration which begins in Venice, winds through the aforementioned Kornati Islands off the Adriatic Coast, winds around the Peloponnese Peninsula, and ends with two hotel nights in Athens, Greece.
The other trip is a true "Grand Voyage" in all senses. It's a 43-day free-air repositioning cruise in March, 2015 that begins in Singapore, passes through the Suez Canal, explores the Aegean, and also ends in Athens.