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Old 05-30-2006, 10:31 AM   #1
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I am thinking about a short little trip for two weeks in september. I am in the very early stages of planning. So heres my questions.

I live in Minneapolis, and I can catch a direct flight from here to Amsterdam. Thinking of flying in there and going to Germany for Oktoberfest. From there I want to go to greece. What is the best way to do this? Flight? Train/ferry? What do you guys think??

Should I start in Greece and then go to Germany and leave from Amsterdam?

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Old 05-30-2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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You will have to fly to go direct from Munich to Athens. Otherwise its at least a 35 hour train ride without including time between connecting trains. With only two weeks I would honestly pick one or the other. Munich is an overnight train from amsterdam so you can sleep while you travel and save time.

I will actually be in Munich for Oktoberfest, check out my meet-up thread if you want to click here for the thread

I am staying at the Jaeger hostel and we will be drinking of course! You better book your bed in Munich NOW because they are going fast. I have mine already. All the details are in the above linked thread.


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If you just want to go to Germany and Greece, definitely fly between the two countries. With low cost carriers, it'll be as cheap or cheaper than 35 hours on a train, and take about two hours. Keep your options open about where you fly in and out of, too - you don't have to fly to Athens - low cost carriers go to Thessaloniki as well, and you could fly in there and out of Athens, covering more territory in Greece.

Heads up, though, a lot of the smaller hotels and pensions shut down after the season, and some of the ferry connections are reduced as well, so read a good guide to Greece and do lots of research on line to make sure you can actually get to the places you want to go, and have a place to stay there.

But be flexible - you might find another place that is open and accessible and will have a great time there, too. We had a hard time finding a place to stay in March, but the one we did find turned out to be a great option and in a place we'd never considered.

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