Go ahead. Admit it.
When reading or hearing about travel – no matter how inspiring the trip might be – doesn’t it spark a few questions that you’d really like to ask, but don’t know how to quite go about it. Questions like,
"How long were you gone?"
"How far did you go?"
"How much did that cost?"
"How did you do that?"
We certainly have them. It's not just because we are nosy; knowing those things about other's trips can help us plan our future travels. Because so many of you've mentioned that you are either heading to Greece or have it on the bucket list, we thought today we’d tell you a bit about our trip by looking at some of the numbers:
|Greece and Turkey|
Destination: Greece via Istanbul, Turkey. (Remember, last fall I tipped you off to a travel deal: The Scout, nailed us a $608 round-trip airfare (taxes, fees included) from Seattle to Istanbul on Lufthansa Airlines; a steal compared to flights to Athens averaging $1,200 per ticket. The internet deal was available for about a week.)
Our round-trip flights between Istanbul and Athens were about $250 US per person – still less than a direct flight to Athens and gave us a chance to explore Istanbul.
Incidentals: $40 US for two Visas, valid for 90 days to enter Turkey (purchased at Ataturk Airport after arrival in Istanbul).
Yikes! Unbelievable Checked Baggage charges: 25-euro ($35 US) per bag to Crete from Athens on Aegean Airlines; 35-euro ($49 US) per bag Athens to Istanbul on Olympic Airlines.
|Near Leonidas - Peloponnese Greece|
Duration: 42 nights. A three-week road trip through the Peloponnese, a week in Crete, a week in the Cyclades Islands, couple nights in Athens, five in Istanbul.
Transportation: eight airplanes, five ferries, four rental cars.
|Our 'wheels' in Greece|
Rental cars: On the flip side, those itty-bitty cars we rented did seem reasonably priced, averaging about 22-euros a day, everything included. Note: None of our rentals required an International Driver's License. Those little cars fit those narrow, winding roads well. On several occasions we squeezed past on-coming vehicles, maneuvered around goats or cattle lazing in the road, or inched our way through small town streets.
Gasoline. . . Gasp! Prices ranged from $8 US - $10 US a gallon. It sometimes took 50-euros, or $68 US to fill the small tank.
|This room cost 40-euros a night, kitchen, large bathroom and deck - Ios Island Cyclades|
Accommodations: We stayed in 15 hotels. Prices varied but were generally in the 35 - 40-euro ($48-$55 US) range and the places were charming. Most had kitchenettes which allowed us to eat a couple meals 'at home' each day - a real money-saver. The least we paid was $38 US for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with fireplace and sweeping views in Astros, a town in the Peloponnese. The most, at $200 US a night, was the five-star hotel (booked on Expedia and still a deal compared to regular prices) a block of Syntagma Square in Athens where we spent two nights.
|Greek style Greek Salad - Heraklion, Crete|
Food and Drink: This is where the travel dollar savings are unbelievably good in Greece! We spent about 22-euros ($30 US) which paid for multi-course meze meals, a half-liter pitcher of wine and tips.
Wine: for 3-euros ($4.50 US) we purchased excellent wines in one-liter plastic bottles at farmer's markets and grocery stores. The 'fancy' glass bottles with corks could be had for 7-euros and up. For 3-5-euros we drank half-liter pitchers of wine at restaurants.
Two 'filter coffees' - Tinos Island, Cyclades
Coffee: Greece has gone coffee crazy in recent years and coffee shops proliferate in cities and small towns alike. Cappuccino and filter (pressed, usually) coffee for two was 5-6-euros.
|Street Market open daily - Heraklion, Crete|
Street market shopping: It was a joy to do our grocery shopping at local street markets. We saved an enormous amount of money and had some of the freshest, best tasting food imaginable. Two examples: strawberries 3-euros ($4.50 US for a kilogram, 2.2 pounds) and oranges, fresh picked, 1-euro per kilogram.
|Mykonos Island - Cyclades|
What are the questions you wish bloggers and travel writers would answer about places? (BTW, if you've got questions these numbers didn't answer, send them our way. If you have some money saving tips for future trips, add those as well.) That's it for today - as always, thanks for your time! Hope to see you again soon!
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