Planning our Trip to Greece
We decided to plan a family vacation to Greece. My husband and I went in our mid-twenties, and fell in love with the beauty of the Cyclades islands, the nightlife, the food, the warm beer. Days of visiting beaches on mopeds, siestas later in the afternoon, cocktails and dinners with evening sunsets, nightime dancing. It is so amazing to be going again.
This time we will have Naomi and Kyra with us, and we are looking forward to sharing this experience with them. I think half the fun of a vacation is up front in the planning. We are going towards the end of August, so we have had time to look for some great flights and hotels.
We had a few ideas in mind of what would be best to meet our needs for accommodation:
- Hotels that had family units with a couple of bedrooms were preferred.
- Air Conditioning was a bonus.
- A Room with a View, yes please.
- Central location would save on car rental.
- Good reviews.
For flights, my husband ended up finding us great deals by searching on multiple Cheap-Flight-Sites. Initially we were searching through regular airline and Expedia sites, but the cost was going to be really high, and the dates and routing had us through multiple cities. So he did some digging, and found some flights that were better for being as direct to Europe as possible, and cheap. We fly out of Vancouver on a Sunday afternoon shortly after lunch, and arrive in Paris for a 3-hour layover, then into Athens. We are glad that we have a bit of a break in Paris, it will give us some time to stretch our legs, get out of the airplane for a bit, have a bite to eat. We arrive then in Athens at 4:00 pm.
We have found a very nice hotel just a hop, skip and trek to the Acropolis and Parthenon. Whether it was due to the political and financial situation, the hotel had drastically dropped it’s prices, and we were able to book two rooms for under our budget. We have a full day in Athens and then leave for Mykonos. We have pre-booked high-speed ferries. They are a great way to travel, we can snooze or just relax in airconditioned comfort.
In Mykonos, we are staying at the Mykonos View hotel. It had great reviews from Trip Advisor, and it is very central to everything. The hotel offers a pool and breakfast is included in the rate. It looks beautiful, and I am excited that we were able to find something right in Mykonos.
In Santorini, we are quite far out, and we will likely have to rent a car. It is probaly too far even to travel by moped back and forth. The place we found is called Earino Suites and Villas. The unit has it’s own lap pool and there is plenty of space for all of us. I love the minimalist style of white walls, rounded arches, blues in linens. Open doors showing the gorgeous caldera views, with an alfresco table of wine glasses and carafe awaiting. Hello, I’ll be there soon!
The last place we will be visiting is Crete. We’ve never gone to Crete so we are looking forward to seeing this island. For accomodation, we decided to use the VRBO site and look at renting someone’s house. We found a place just above the village of Elounda, Villa Bouganvilliea.
It is on a hilltop overlooking the village, and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a pool and patio overlooking the view. Holy cannoli, I am very excited to stay in such a beautiful house. We have a couple of days on Crete to explore.
We are all looking forward to being together, and as the girls are getting older, it will likely be our last family trip, which is partly why we really wanted to do this. If not now, then when, right?