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Grece's current hotels & transportation reliability

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Grece's current hotels & transportation reliability

Great forum & info.

We are contemplating going to Greece in May & June. We have been concerned about travel there due to the recent demonstrations etc.

One of our concerns is booking hotels & get there only to find out the shut down to due the economy etc. also transportation (ferries & local airlines). Besides work stoppage/strikes, how reliable are such services. We normally go with the flow but are shy to book a hotel on an island if we can't get there & have to pay for nights booked even though transport is not available.

Any input, suggestions or experiences apprectiated.

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1. Re: Grece's current hotels & transportation reliability

Based on last year's experience, your chance of being affected by a strike is under 2%. You are much more likely to find that transport services (especially ferries) are affected by weather, but overall they are very reliable. After all, the ferries are the lifeline of the islands: the only way of obtaining supplies.

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I don't think that hotels are much of an issue. Transportation in and around Athens was problematic both times we were in Athens but there are always alternatives.

When it comes to ferries, weather is more an issue. We were delayed one day to Mykonos and called our hotel and they had no issue in changing our prepaid booking. They are used to this.

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It is extremely unlikely that there will be many hotels shutting down. If anything, despite the poor economic situation and negative publicity of the past two years, tourism has been on the increase, and probably more than ever before, anyone that can will redouble their efforts to have a successful tourist season.

Flights, ferries, etc. have been addressed on numerous occassions here on TA.

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I 'd not worry, despite the hype.

Statistically it can happen.

To put things in perspective:

During 2011, Greek airports closed down for a total of 4+ 8+ 24 + 12 + 4 hours.

That's 52 hours, or a little more than 2 days in a whole year that had 365.

During 2012, Frankfurt Airport in Germany has closed down already more than that, due to air traffic controllers striking. It will close another 48 hours this week, so they will double-score.

Edited: 20 February 2012, 06:23
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Most strikes in Greece, meaning strikes that can afect the airport, have taken place on either Wednesday or Thursday.

A myriad of other smaller scale strikes take place each year, still it seems Wednesday and Thursday are those tending to be affected. In one ocassion airport closed down for 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon but this caused only delays / no cancellations of flights.

Ferries have went on strike even on Monday, so it's more hard to predict.

All in all, Greece is through a wave of strikes but it's not an everyday phaenomenon not a certainty. By far.

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Great info & thanks for the quick replies...

We have been wanting to go for quite a while, but something always comes up so we've gone elsewhere.

We have travelled quite a bit but the current situation in Greece is different & concerned us. Also the media coverage isn't painting a great picture. Talk of currency change (not the euro) etc. puts questions in many peoples minds.

It's good to hear info from people on the ground.

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Speculation about a probable currency change is indeed big.

Unfortuntately it is sourcing from many European officials for a number of reasons.

We can safely assume that no-one knows if such a change will take place. Anyone that knows that info, if it exists on any other level rather than speculation, could make millions or billions.

Greece is on a painful road of economical reforms. Some of them are sincerely needed, some of them not really. Unfortunately, reforms are accompanied by extreme ( and i dare say, foolish for a number of reasons ) austerity that angers the huge majority of the people.

This anger and uncertainty for the future is expressed mainly by strikes and demonstrations.

Demonstrations that can severely disrupt a travel itinerary take place 5 - 6 days a year, for 24 - 48 hours. They are usually announced before hand and we create a specific thread on most of these ocassions to inform.

Other than that, Europe in general, more of it Greece, Spain and Portugal are in the same train of austerity, bad budgeting and public anger. They may be on different wagons, still this is the same train.

Among all, and despite what the tv news show, despite the constant efforts of our beloved neigbors to the North to show that "Greeks are lazy" or Greeks are responsible for anything bad in the world, you do have 11 million people here trying to make an honest living, working, commuting, loving, marrying and all.

5 - 6 days per year are the "bad" days and this takes place in a central place of a huge metropolis. These 5 - 6 days is what tv shows you, ommiting the rest 360.

Edited: 20 February 2012, 10:09
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Thanks again a for the on the ground info.

I appreciate the perspective & personally if we have to stay a day longer at one place or the other Im ok with that.

Hopefully things work out for Greece & it's people as I have heard nothing but positive feed back regarding your country, it's beauty, it's people and history and look forward to exploring as mush as we can while we are there.

Al

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As long as you are okay with a little flexibility you should be fine. When we were there last September there were taxi, metro and ferry strikes. We really didn't have any trouble getting around those. We were always able to get to where we wanted to go with not very much extra effort. We'll be there again this September- Greece is much too special to let those things put us off.

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