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#3- Get to Europe and then to Athens
One of the better strategies
to getting to Greece inexpensively(or maybe I should say less expensively)
is to get a flight to Europe first and then continue on to Greece.
As with most of the strategies,
you need to be diligent in your searches since there are many sites
out there and not all of them are easy to find. As outlined in Strategy
#2 you'll want to search the ads on the side of the page as
well as the search engines on my Fare
I would run a combination
of searches starting from the major US cities to major European
cities(historically the lowest fares are to London and Paris and
some of the larger German cities- Munich and Franfurt). You can
also try Rome which is usually a little more expensive, but it's
less expensive to get to Greece(especially if you take the train
to Brendisi and then the ferry to Corfu or Patras!). Once you find
an good fare to a European city, then try the searches from your
closest airport and see if you can get a good fare from there. If
you can, then Great!-You're halfway there.
If you can't find a low
fare from your closest city then you'll have to find a way to get
to the city with the best fare(Strategy
#2). Once you've found a way to do that, then you can work on
the itinerary on the other side of the ocean.
DO NOT purchase any parts of the journey until you
have all the pieces in place! Find something you can hold
for 24 hours or more and then get the rest of the pieces before
you purchase all legs.
I can't tell you the number of people who have purchased inexpensive
flights to Europe to save money and have asked me to find
them something inexpensive to Greece- only to find that there
weren't any good fares from that city. In the end their money
saving tickets ending up costing them more(and were less convenient)
then if they'd purchased the tickets as one unit all the way
At this point I'll assume
that you've got your US flights set and you have an itinerary to
Europe. Once in Europe there are a few options- commercial flights,
charter flights, rail or ferry. The options are different in every
country you go to.
England has some great
charters and you can get flight with a plane full of happy-go-lucky
Brits on their way to a Fun in the Sun vacation(where most couldn't
care less if it was Greece, Albania, Iraq or China-as long as there
is sun, beer and Fish and Chips!).
If you get to England,
I've posted some search engines that can help you with flights but
make sure that they will be able to deliver your tickets to a US
address(or if you have a UK contact they can hold them for you!)
If you go to my discount
air page(Some great options come up on ads on the sides of the
page!) you can run a few searches for flights from England or scroll
down to the list of the smaller European Airlines and go to their
individual pages. You can also run a search through the US based
search engines at my Fare
I would also try the
which takes a little more time but you could work your way to Greece
slowly stopping along the way or just continue in one shot to get
there as quickly as you can. Quite a few years ago I took the train
from Athens to Vienna with a friend and had a great time, meeting
people and seeing countryside that you would never see if you fly!
One year I bought an
to Rome(for $169 one way including taxes!) and had to figure out
how to get to Greece. I was on a tight budget so I took the train
to Brindisi and the boat to Patras. It's been a long time now so
I can't remember the exact fare I paid, but it was very inexpensive(I
traveled in July) but I'm pretty sure that the whole trip cost less
As with all your travel arrangements, if you are combining
flights(or other modes of transportation), be sure to schedule
a lot of time between connections. Keep in mind that a mid-July
thunderstorm in New York could delay a take off for 3-4 hours,
and if you arrive late at your destination you could be backed
up in the air and asked to circle until there is an opening
for you to land. So a 3-5 hour delay in getting to your European
city is a definite possibility!
Another option is to
spend some time in the European country. It may end up costing more
in the long run as you'll have to pay for hotels and food(which
you would pay for in Greece anyway), but that cost is relatively
small compared to what it would cost to fly to that city another
This should give you
a pretty good idea of the options and how to find them. Let me know
if I can help you with anything else....