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Kids free cruising on Costa

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Kids free cruising on Costa

Costa Cruises Launches ‘Kids Free’ Promotion on Select Europe Sailings HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (April 8, 2013) — A European vacation is more affordable with Costa Cruises’ “Kids Free” spring and summer promotion that lets families of four sail for the price of two guests. With Kids Free, junior cruisers ages 17 and under only pay government taxes and fees as the third or fourth guest in a cabin on select sailings through July. Enjoy kids free cruising with low rates In addition to the Kids Free offer, special low...

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Find the Real Greece with Sunvil

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Find the Real Greece with Sunvil

Greece is a country of many charms. Its status as the birthplace of the ideas behind philosophy and government intact, the country boasts impeccable historical pedigree; its world heritage sites alone enough to make most archaeologists green with envy. Whilst sating the curious minds of the amateur archaeologist, Greece is blessed with brains AND beauty. Flanked by miles of gorgeous coastline, its interior is also home to the Peloponnese peninsula, the mythical Mt Olympus and the sleepy rustic beauty of Pelion. However, with such choice...

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Find the Autumn Sun with a Greek Cruise

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Find the Autumn Sun with a Greek Cruise

(Libertyville, IL, September 7, 2011)—Greece boasts warm sunny days through the end of October, so find the autumn sun with TourCrafters’ Athens and Aegean Cruise package that starts at $1,048 through October 15, and only $990 from October 16 to 31. The 7-day land-only package, which begins at the Athens airport every Saturday, includes two nights at the modern, air-conditioned, centrally-located Polis Grand Hotel in Athens (its Roof Garden bar has a view of the Acropolis);  daily breakfasts; a half-day Athens sightseeing tour with entrance...

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Breathing the Spirit of Delos, Greece

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Breathing the Spirit of Delos, Greece

They say that there are a few places in the world which exude spirituality and energy , sending positive vibes to any visitor who comes near. Bali is thought to be one such place, as is Baalbeck in the Lebanon and the Greek island of Delos. Unfortunately due to lack of time, I didn’t set foot on Delos itself, but I did have the opportunity to contemplate the mystical island from a very short distance across the water, sitting for hours on the beach, in a restaurant in Ai Yianni in Mykonos. Delos has been a holy sanctuary since about 3000 BC,...

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Sidetracked on the Greek Island of Samos

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Sidetracked on the Greek Island of Samos

The starting point of my recent seven-day island hopping adventure was the Greek Island of Samos. I have visited before, but as this was only an overnight stop to catch the early morning ferry to Mykonos, I decided to not stray further than Vathi, the capital of Samos. I knew that Samos is very famous for its excellent wine, and to my delight there was a wine museum not that far out of town, which also offered tastings. It’s about an one hour walk along the seafront. However, when I was just past the well known Lion Square, I saw a sign...

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Venetians, Ottomans and Lepers on Kalidon

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You can easily spend a week on the Greek island of Crete, go on a different trip each day and still only have scratched the surface because there is so much to do and see. According to Greek mythology, the infant Zeus was raised in a cave in Mount Ida, which is the highest mountain of the island and was sacred to the mother goddess Rhea. With all these gods around it’s not surprising that I think about Crete as ‘divine’ because I could: indulge in visits to massive historical monuments from Minoan times to Venetian to the Ottomans, hike in...

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Holding up the World in Samos, Greece

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Back again in Turkey, I don’t seem to be able to stay put. There is so much to see and to do and many wonderful Greek islands are so close by that they simply beckon for a day trip. My first was from the Turkish port town of Kusadasi to Samos. Kusadasi is well known, because many cruise ships have a stop there and it is a convenient location for a day trip to Ephesus. There is, however, a ferry which runs three times a day to the island of Samos. The crossing takes about 1 1/2 hours and is a pleasure for every lover of the sea. The...

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TourCrafters Offers Sailing in Greece

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Libertyville, IL, March 23, 2010—There’s no more relaxing and fun vacation than sailing the Greek Islands—watching dolphins cavort in the waves, swimming from secluded beaches, visiting picturesque villages or ancient ruins and having dinner in a lively taverna at the end of the day. TourCrafters has put together a Sailing in Greece package with departures every Friday from May 21 to September 17. Assuming eight passengers on the sailing yacht, the 8-day/7-night package starts at $1,729 (in May), including round-trip air from New York to...

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The Hippocrates Tree in Kos, Greece

Posted by on 10:03 am in Greece, ITKT Blogs | 2 comments

I spend several months each year in my small home in Didim, Turkey, a lovely fishing village half way between the more well-known Bodrum and the city of Izmir. It’s an ideal starting point for extensive travel in Turkey, but also for day trips by boat to several nearby Greek islands. Yesterday, I decided to go and visit Kos. During the summer months, a hydrofoil runs twice a week from Altinkum (5 minutes from Didim) to Kos, which is convenient. The crossing takes only 1 1/2 hours and for about 4 hours to spend in Kos same day return. I...

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Underground Samos, Greece

Posted by on 10:46 am in Greece, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

I’m at present traveling in Turkey, a country which all by itself has a lot of attractions. However, an added bonus is the proximity of many Greek Islands which can be easily reached by ferry. One of them, which I decided to visit yesterday, is Samos, home to Pythagoras, Aesop and Epicur. A ferry leaves the port town of Kusadasi on a daily basis at 9.00 am and the crossing only takes 1 1/2 hours. Return trip is at 5.00PM which leaves about six hours to get a glimpse and taste of a different world, steeped in history. My first stop was a...

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25% Off by Astra in Santorini

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Santorini, GREECE, January 26, 2009 – One of the leading boutique properties in Santorini – one of the most popular Greek islands – is offering a spring special for the first time ever. From April 1 to 30, excluding the Greek Easter weekend, Astra is providing guests who stay for three nights, a fourth night free – a 25 percent savings off the regular rates. The “Savor Spring at Astra” package starts at about $987 for two persons and includes a traditional Greek breakfast of yoghurt and fruit, eggs, ham, cheese – served on the guest’s private...

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Food and Wine in Thessaly, Greece

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When I arrived at the coastal village of New Anhialos in the Greek province of Thessaly, I was enveloped by my aunt’s strong arms. My uncle stuffed the luggage into the trunk, and drove the few blocks to their home. Before the last suitcase was unloaded, Aunt Voula had endowed the table with a feast—traditional cucumber and tomato salad, olives and apricots from their orchards, feta cheese packed in freshwater, stewed lamb meat, and a rice-like pasta called manestra. My mouth watered in savory anticipation, but there was still one final...

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Five Fabulous Foods in Greece

Posted by on 4:25 pm in Food and Wine, Greece, Spotlight | 0 comments

As the pine-green tour bus wound its way through the tree-laden mountains of central Greece, I had to bite my lip and focus on deep, cleansing breaths. No, I was not hyperventilating from the height, and our driver was a model of road decorum. I was attempting to restrain myself from inquiring of my seat mate what on earth had possessed her to travel all the way to Greece—the land of olive oil and antiquities—to order the duck. I mean—under other circumstances—duck has remained a favorite of mine. Peking duck is a staple of Chinese American...

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Mamma Mia! Discount in Santorini

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Astra in Santorini Offers 25% Savings in October Santorini, GREECE, August 18, 2007 – One of the leading boutique properties in Santorini – that iconic Greek island all over movie screens this summer and glimpsed in Mamma Mia* – is offering a fall special for the first time ever. Through October 31, Astra is providing guests who stay for three nights, a fourth night free – a 25 percent savings off the regular rates. The “Fall in Love at Astra” package starts at about $1,100 and includes a traditional Greek breakfast daily, champagne and...

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Monemvasia: The Medieval Treasure of Greece

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The towering rock of Monemvasia topped by a fortress, rises from the sea on the south eastern coast of the Peloponnese. Known as “Rosemary of the East“, or “the Gibraltar of Greece,” it has been a fortified settlement since ancient times. It got its name which means “Sole Entrance” from the 6th century AD because the only entry is through a fortified tunnel. In the words of the poet, Yannis Ritso, “This scenery is as harsh as silence“ He was born and lived for many years in this small medieval town. An aristocrat by birth, renown...

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