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  1. There are motorways all the way from Messina to Taormina.
  2. Update on Greece's vaccination plans: https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1160899/all-islanders-to-be-vaccinated-by-end-of-june/
  3. They will last forever because no one will sit on them.
  4. Here are Greece's ambitious vaccination plans: https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1160606/greece-aims-to-vaccinate-all-adults-by-early-july/
  5. Another vote for the car rental. There is a very large parking deck at the road entrance to Taormina. You take the elevator up to the top level which is street level by the town gate (Porta Catania). When you are at the top level you will be right by the Hotel Excelsior and the gate. It is called Parcheggio Porta Catania. Set your GPS for that. You may come to another parking deck ahead of that one, but it is not convenient. Here is a Google maps picture of the top of the deck. (Rotate it if it doesn't show the hotel.) https://www.google.com/maps/@37.851012,15.2801352,3a,75y,1
  6. Do a fake booking. Click on Book Now and you will be assigned a suite to begin with. Then click on Edit Suite Details and pick Select Your Own Suite in the next screen. Then play with it for different decks, position, prices, etc
  7. https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/find-a-cruise/E1M07Y/8153.html
  8. Look again. There is a July 31 "Heart of the Aegean" sailing with plenty of room. Would love to know which TA's cruises to avoid. 😉
  9. You, rascal! We will catch up one of these days.
  10. Don't mess with my caviar! We changed to 8/28. What about you? I'm looking forward to buying you a drink in the Observation Bar. 😉
  11. For a driving tour of the Peloponnesus go further south. Look up Mistras, Monemvassia, Gythio, the Diros caves, Olympia, and the Lousios Gorge. That would make a big loop around the south. Mycenae, Corinth, Epidaurus and Nafplio are very close to Athens and can be seen on the way. Look up all those places and pick the ones you would like to see. Plan your itinerary accordingly. Cruisemom- was your "taxi driver" George? He is now retired, but his sons run and have expanded the company. We went with George on our adventures, and yes, he was a real character. I understand fro
  12. Hank, We also booked, but instead of staying at the Sofitel or central Athens we are planning to stay in Glyfada. And I agree with your opinion of the Hilton having stayed there once many, many years ago. Never again.
  13. Taxis are lined up at the airport, right outside when you walk out. There are fixed rates into central Athens. The hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready.
  14. We took two multi-day trips with George's Taxi. One to the Peloponnesus and one to Meteora. We had a great time. George chose some really nice small hotels fo us.
  15. Greece confirms policy of giving priority in vaccinations to island residents. https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1159879/greece-looking-to-tourist-season-makes-islands-vaccination-priority/
  16. Greece just announced US citizens will be allowed in starting today. Tests will not be required if you have proof of vaccination. They are publishing a list of which vaccines are acceptable. https://travel.gov.gr/#/
  17. Greece just announced US citizens will be allowed in starting today. Tests will not be required if you have proof of vaccination. They are publishing a list of which vaccines are acceptable. https://travel.gov.gr/#/
  18. And this on reopening for tourism: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/greece-opens-vaccinated-tourists/index.html
  19. Here is the latest on vaccinations in Greece: https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1159641/government-announces-large-supply-of-incoming-vaccines/
  20. Here is the latest on vaccinations in Greece. https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1159641/government-announces-large-supply-of-incoming-vaccines/
  21. Well, we are taking a chance and rebooking our September Encore cruise out of Rome to a mid-September Greek cruise. We may keep on rebooking until some cruise finally sails. No word yet on proof of vaccination taking the place of the rapid tests. That would make traveling easier for us.
  22. We just booked a Seabourn cruise mid-September and plan to visit friends on the islands before or after. As of now, no US flights are allowed into Greece and no definite date has been set for opening them. The cruise line is not booking flights yet. Our cruise can be canceled without penalty so I am not worried about it. We will roll the reservation to another cruise some other time. Here is what the US Embassy in Greece website says: Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No Greece will currently only allow EU citizens, EU residents, and residents of certain o
  23. They are still at it: https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1159259/greece-aiming-for-more-than-4-mln-vaccinations-by-may-end-minister-says/ No mention of J&J. I'll keep checking.
  24. Here is the latest on vaccines in Greece: https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1159197/j-amp-j-one-shot-vaccines-to-start-on-monday-in-greece/ Greek friends tell us that the government will emphasize vaccines for island residents in order to open up those ports to cruises.
  25. A Greek friend told me the government is stepping up vaccinations for residents of the islands in an effort to open up the ports to cruises and tourism. With any luck we will get to visit them in September. May or may not take a chance adding a cruise to the trip.
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