SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days

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1st Aug 2014
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Acropolis

Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong

Temple of Zeus

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Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
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Photo of SGD 1000 In Greece For 7 Days by Mandy Cheong
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Roman and Greek agora

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I have many readers sending emails and friends asking about Santorini. OK I GET IT! VERY POPULAR AMONG SINGAPOREANS. But Greece is really more than just Santorini. There are still many many pretty underrated islands around Greece. And of course not as commercialized too. But nevertheless, Santorini is nothing short of amazing (except that it is so crowded with tourists omg). Ever since we got to Athens, we were chasing sunsets everyday. We are finally seeing sunset after 4 days of daylights in Iceland! The temperature change we went through was insane too. From 13°c in Iceland to 30°c in Greece, CAN YOU IMAGINE?! And the European sun was so scotching hot that you instantly become tanned after few hours in the sun. Prepare your sunblock please.

1) Getting the right ticket

a) Flight: We flew back to London from Iceland and caught a flight to Athens via Pegasus Airline. The flight costs around 170 EUR (SGD 300) and is cheaper to book in advance. So book early! Like I mentioned in my previous post, there are many European budget carriers that offers really good deal like Pegasus, Wizzair, Ryanair, Easyjet, Germanwings etc but I particularly liked Pegasus because it provides a free 20kg check-in luggage. DONT NEED TO WORRY ABOUT RUCKSACK TOO HEAVY OR WHAT! 

b) Ferry: As we did island-hopping within Greece (Athens > Santorini >Mykonos >Athens), we had to book our ferry ticket beforehand too. We booked our ferry tickets from FantasticGreece! It costs us 124EUR(SGD 232) in total.  Remember to make a mental note to yourself about where the ferry is departing from. Athens has 2 ports, Piraeus and Rafina. Piraeus is the main port in Athens and the largest port in Greece. It serves most itineraries to the Greek islands and is conveniently located on the green line of the metro system in Athens. Rafina is the second largest port in Athens and is further away from the city center. To go to Rafina, you will have to take Suburban (KTEL) buses that leaves from Pedion Areos in Athens centre. Buses usually leave every hour and the ride takes about 70 min, depending on traffic. To go to Pedion Areos, take the green metro line to Victoria station and then walk up Heiden street. The bus ride costs 2.5 EUR(SGD 4.25). Your ferry ticket is not an e-ticket. Before embarkation you need to pick-up your tickets from the offices of the ferry company at the port or the central agency of the ferry company at that port. You can pick-up your tickets at any time and it doesn’t necessary have to be just before departure. The offices of the ferry companies or the central agencies are always open where there is a departure or arrival of their ferries. We always picked up our ticket before boarding the ferry on the day itself.

2) Getting a shelter
As usual, we airbnb-ed in Greece too. One very important thing is to check the location and reviews. If you are in Athens, it will be best if you stay near Acropolis or Syntagma (city center). As for Santorini, it will be best if you stay near Fira (the “capital of Santorini”). It doesn’t really matter for Mykonos because it’s smaller but it will be better if you stay near to the town area called Chora. Accomodation costs us SGD 210 for the 6 nights here. 

3) Getting around 

Where did I go in Athens! 
In Athens, it was pretty easy to get around because it is a city and places are easily accessible by metro! You can take the metro from the airport! Remember to buy a two way ticket at the counter because it is cheaper! And in Athens, remember to flash your student cards everywhere especially when you are buying admission ticket. There are usually discounts for students! Best if you say you are from an university in EU. I used my card and said that I am from a Danish university and I got free admission into the Temple of Zeus but when I said I am from a Singapore university, I was charged but at a cheaper rate of 6EUR for admission into Acropolis. We rented car when we were in Santorini and Mykonos because we had 3 persons so it was very worthy to rent a car. It costs 45EUR in Santorini and 40EUR in Mykonos to rent a car for the entire day and with 3 persons, each only had to pay 13-15EUR. Not only that, the bus frequencies in islands were really low and with a car, we went much further to explore the non-touristy places. Fret not, there are many available options to go around the islands! Rental shop offering rental of scooters and ATV are everywhere. We wanted to rent ATV in Mykonos at first because we had already drove in Santorini but ATV costs 20 EUR each and there was 3 of us so we need to get 2 ATV which makes it 40 EUR. So we decided to rent a car with the same amount of money but at much greater comfort. 

Not all European cities has one so you need to google search first! We joined the free walking tour that departs twice from the Acropolis museum entrance (next to the big yellow mailbox) everyday at 10.00 and 16.00. The free walking tour won’t bring you into those attractions that require to pay so you can go in before/after your tour. Kalimarmaro Stadium – huge marble stadium most famously used for the first modern Olympic games held in Athens in 1895. 

Where did I go in Santorini! 
Because we had a car, we basically drove around using Google map. Didn’t know that you actually don’t need wifi for location service. You just need wifi to load the map and location. So what we did was before we stepped out of our apartment, we loaded our map and location. Then when we are out of the wifi range, the map will still show our location. We saw many couples having photoshoots/wedding here and I can’t help but goes awww. I always thought it was overrated to have photoshoots here knowing that it sorta got famous among Asians because the Taiwanese drama, Love at Aegean Sea (hmmm it was a decade ago) was filmed here but after coming here, I can totally understand why everybody want to come here because it is just so romantic!

Where did I go in Mykonos! 
I remembered telling my friends that this place resembled the whitewashed houses with colourful doors and window frame in Mama Mia! And walking along the street of the main street, it felt like somebody is going to pop out singing and the whole town will sing together just like in Mama Mia. Mykonos is so different from Santorini and it definitely has its own charm. I love how the bougainvillea trees bloomed and stood out against the pristine white walls and how this island surprised me with its quirkiness. 
 Harbour City – The Port has an old and a new port. The old port is mainly used for excursions with many ferries arriving. Everyday 10-12 ferries anchor at the port and 3cruise ships arrive. It is a busy port especially in the summer months betweenMay and September. When arriving in the old port there are a row of whitewashes houses looking over the water. Mykonos port is located a 10minute walk from the City of Mykonos.
Windmills – When visiting Mykonos a popular tourist attraction and common photograph setting are the windmills. Dating back to the 16th century, the windmills came about due to the need to refine grain. The windmills were positioned near to the main port for easy access to the harbour. Originally there were more than 20 windmills, today 7 are preserved for tourists to explore and take pictures. The circular windmills were all painted in white with a wooden roof. They represent an impressive site from all angles and at night the silhouette makes the perfect picture against the sunset. The windmills were labelled as one of the most popular landmarks of the Cyclades Islands and their picture now recognised around the world.
Beaches – This island has countless of beaches. Set out on a trip to discover the beauties of the island, in particularly its sun-kissedbeaches. Along the southern coast you will find a great selection of the most cosmopolitan ones. Here, wild parties keep the crowds rocking day and night. Paradise and Super Paradise may already be familiar to you. (Beach club) Órnos and Psaroú are favorite spots for families. Try a visit too to Platis Yalós, with a well-organized beach where you can soak up the sun lazing on a sun lounge. However, if you are looking for a serene beach to unwind with a book, pick a less organized one on the northern coast of the island, like Ayia Ánna,Houlákia, KápariAgrári and Ayios Stéfanos.

Road tripping – Having a car opens endless possibilities, allowing us to just drive aimlessly around the island! So we had a mini road trip, spending the day driving around the island and stopping for photo-worthy spots, beach-hopping and relaxed under the sun. We also drove up to the lighthouse that overlooks the whole island and sat on top of the car waiting for the sun to set. That sunset was golden. We also accidentally drove into somebody’s home and that person has a helipad in his’her place.

4) What to eat
Mediterranean food was awesome omggggggg. *INSERTS HEART HEART HEART* IT IS DAMN GOOD I SWEAR! Basically we burst our pocket on food here because we had been eating out almost everyday. You definitely can save more money if you don’t eat as much as us. But the food is so good!!!! I LOVE IT! And sorry for the messy table because I really couldn’t care much other than eating. 

Authentic Greek Variety Platter (Traditional Fave Beans, Fried Tomato Balls, Cheese Croquettes, Herbed Meatballs, Eggplant Salad-Tzatzikim Zuchinni Balls, Cheese pie, Fish Row Salad). 
Moussaka, popular Mediterranean dish that is terraced with layers of cheese, potato, minced meat and eggplants. I LOVE IT OMG!
Grilled Calamari stuffed with Feta cheese – THIS WAS SO GOOD OMG. The calamari is so fresh and juicy!!! Toward the last few days, we were so tight on budget that we ate street food everyday. And one of our favourite street food is pita! It is sold everywhere in the town! Basically it is grilled wrap stuffed with meat, fries, tomato and mayonnaise! There is different variety of pita from chicken, lamb, beef but our favourite would be gyros! It is actually very filling! We can eat up to 3 pitas everyday! One pita cost around EUR2.5.

Greece was really romantic, charming and delightful! It definitely has one of the best sunsets on Earth. I love how the people there were so hospitable and warm especially in one of the dessert shop we chanced by and how nice and patient our host in Athens was even though we caused her so much troubles. Basically we spent EUR150(SGD 255) in these 7 days so it should be enough to cover expenses like petrol, car rental, food etc. Thanks Greece, for allowing me to experience bits of Mediterranean culture and I would definitely want to bring N here one day just because I cannot resist how romantic this place is. And knowing that Santorini is in almost everybody’s bucket list, I hope my post would help in the planning.

one doesn’t visit Athens without visiting Acropolis. It was super magnificent please! That area was so huge that it can fit the whole city when Ancient Greece was in war. It is no doubt why Acropolis is the symbol of Athens because from Acropolis, you can basically overlook the whole city of Athens.
Photo of Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece by Mandy Cheong
What is Athens without Greek mythology? One of the column was said to be striked by Zeus in a fit of anger.
Photo of Temple of the Olympian Zeus, Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece by Mandy Cheong
Photo of Arch of Hadrian, Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece by Mandy Cheong
was used as the Olympic village.
Photo of Zappeion, Athina, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece by Mandy Cheong
Photo of Monastiraki Flea Market, Ifestou, Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece by Mandy Cheong
The tour will end around 7pm (if you are going for the 4pm slot) at Hill of Ares! Perfect view for sunset!
Photo of Greek Agora and Roman Forum, Thessaloniki, Greece by Mandy Cheong
Fira is the main town/capitol of Santorini. Part of the town is sitting on steep cliffs and it is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Greece. Fira has the most restaurants, shops, and hotels and is the center of Santorini’s nightlife. Firostefani is a suburb of Fira, lying between Fira and Imerovigli. It is on the crest of a hill and thus has one of the spots with the best view on the island and especially looking back down to Fira.
Photo of Fira, Paros, Greece by Mandy Cheong
The pebbly sand here is red and the backdrop is just absolutely gorgeous! LOOK AT THE WATER! *insert hearts all around*
Photo of Red beach, Greece by Mandy Cheong
People do cliff jumping here!!! For some reasons, we forgot that we were in an island and totally forgetting about bringing swim wears with us!
Photo of Perissa, Thira, Greece by Mandy Cheong
In order to catch the best view of the sunset, you need to go early to camp there because it will be so crowded! The architecture is amazing and is highlighted by the stark white of the buildings and the contrasting colorful doors and window shutters. The characteristic classic view of the village of Oia is the bright white and blue of the church contrasting with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea in the background.
Photo of Oia Village, Thera, Greece by Mandy Cheong
This is where most of the business are located. Cafes, bar, souvenirs shop, quirky gelato kiosk etc
Photo of Mykonos, Mikonos, Greece by Mandy Cheong
It’s really called Little Venice! Little Venice is one of the most romantic places in the whole of Mykonos. This neighborhood is replete with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are situated precariously on the edge of the sea. Quite amazing are the sunset views from Little Venice. Its whitewashed edifices against the backdrop of the azure blue Aegean Sea is simply marvelous. The air of nonchalance that prevails in Little Venice disarms the most discerning of travelers.
Photo of Voula's Little Venice, Míkonos, Mikonos, Greece by Mandy Cheong
Photo of harbour city greece by Mandy Cheong
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great story,the next time you must see meteora,delphi and argolis. if you dont have a plan you can hire a driver and a car(minibus) from the most honest local agency enjoygreecetours.com affordable prices and extremelly friendly guys
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good stuff!!
Thu 07 28 16, 00:04 · Reply · Report
Superb!! Amazing details!!
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