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Greek Islands

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Greek Islands

My wife and I are travelling to the Greek Islands in September and have changed the itinerary a number of times.

We are now considering a route via USA instead Asia or the Middle East as a two day stopover each way is what we normally do to keep it a holiday and not a travelling ordeal.

Any suggestions re travelling routes would be greatly appreciated.

We have a month and had originally considered Barcelona as a city we wanted to see.

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1. Re: Greek Islands

You can consider flying into LAX then onwards to NYC where you can spend a couple of days?! From NYC you have numerous options to get to Athens.. from where you can get to the isles;-) The only direct out of NYC is via DL out of JFK.. and every European carrier will have a flight out of NYC area via Europe somewhere to get to Athens.. adding Barcelona to the mix would require a stopover so you'd be looking at multi or open jaw ticket depending on how you plot out the return:-)

Once in Athens, you can check www.olympicair.com/ www.aegeanair.com/ for the short puddle jumper flights to the isles.. none take more than approx. 50-60 min;-) Happy planning.. and EnJOY!

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Thanks Litsa

We were wondering whether we could purchase a round the world ticket via an American Airline with an itinerary something like this:

Sydney, San Francisco, New York, London, Barcelona, Athens, Abu Dabi, Sydney or similiar?

Any advice re this from anybody would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Gary

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Gary

You're probably looking at an expensive series of flights

www.expedia.co.uk/Flight-SearchResults…

Hopefully this will give you an idea of routes available.

Regards

Jim

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hi,

there have been discussions on these forums similar to your question/s by fellow aussies - they recommended a company www.roundabouttravel.com.au - (from adelaide i think ) - which i have never used - prefer to book all travel myself - however if you go to the forum search engine above you should pick up the discussion which from memory was always positive - also a broad google search for reviews of this company should turn up some information..................

we prefer just to get the air travel over and done with without resorting to stopovers - maximises time on the trip - but each to their own - you'll love the greek islands (check out paros - a favourite)

good luck !

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There's a very informative thread about round the world tickets on the Top Questions on the right hand side. Here it is.

tripadvisor.com/…57887105

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Finnair and Swiss have special RTW fares that are really well priced and would accommodate your itinerary.

The only stipulation is you must use Helsinki as a transit for Finnair, and Zurich as a transit for Swiss.

Other than that, they share lots of great options and popular carriers.

You may need a good TA to sort these for you though.

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Thanks Jim

We have finally decided to travel via Singapore to London and commute to other centres from there. Are you able to offer advice re air travel to Barcelona, San Sebastion, Athens and Central Europe (Prague, Berlin etc).

If not if anyone else has advice that would be appreciated.

Thanks Gary

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.. I can't comment on RTW fares/issues.. never looked into it .. but if looking to travel domestically within Europe, you may want to check some of the local low-cost carriers;-) Again, Aegean is a major carrier with some spectacular deals .. you can sign up for email alerts now! Again, I don't know the numerous budget carriers out there.. but many that are not on the consolidator sites can certainly save loads.. to include Ryan Air.. EZ Jet (something like that) Air Berlin.. the domestic/smaller craft of LOT, Swissair, etc.. loads out there in the market for the European domestic puddle jumpers;-) Keep Enjoyin'!

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<<<<<<<<<<<<< Singapore to London and commute to other centres from there. Are you able to offer advice re air travel to Barcelona, San Sebastion, Athens and Central Europe (Prague, Berlin etc).>>>>>>>>>>

Gary - do yourself a huge favour and research "open jaw flights

e.g, fly into London from Oz and fly home from Athens, Rome, Zurich etc, etc - far better option IMHO than fly in to London and travel around and return - over countries that you have already flown over

look at the airline web site - use the multi-city research option ..............agree with litsa - Aegean is a very good airline - not keen on Ryanair (see www.airlinequality.com for reviews) also like Flybe for UK connections to Europe www.flybe.com............

use http://matrix.itasoftware.com - a very, very good research tool to work out just which airline flys' where - in Europe air travel can be very, very cheap - especially if you take advantage of advance booking options................

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10. Re: Greek Islands

For flights within Europe radiating from London you can obviously look at BA (who have European flights from three of London's six airports with scheduled flights) for almost everywhere, Aegean for Greece, Iberia for Spain, CSA for Prague, Lufthansa/Germanwings/Air Berlin for Berlin. These will all show up in flight search engines, but always book directly with the airlines. Flights may not be any dearer than the Lowcost carriers by the time you've taken baggage fees and size/weight limits into account.

Lowcosts to look at from London - easyJet and Ryanair to almost anywhere, Vueling to Spain, Wizzair to Prague. You'll also find some of the UK's package holiday airlines selling seats without the holidays - Thomson, Thomas Cook, and Monarch for London area flights. These and the lowcosts are point to point airlines - no connections, no bags checked through from one flight to another.

By basing yourself in London you will be able to fly direct to individual Greek islands if you want to avoiding connecting in Athens in either or both directions.