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backpacking budget: greece

July 9th - July 22nd, 2012
Itinerary and Budget - 2 Weeks
Arrived at airport in the afternoon, caught metro to Monastiraki ΜΟΝΑΣΤΗΡΑΚΙ Station, walked over to Zeus Hostel - northbound up Athinas Αθηνάς Street approximately 5 minutes, left at Sofokleus Σοφοκλέους. Free welcome shot of raki at the sister hostel nearby, with a rooftop bar. The view was really nice, but the sister hostel seemed a little overrated and overpriced (with respect to Zeus). 
Parthenon hours:
Mon-Sat. 8:00 - 20:00 (last entry at 19:30)
Sun.        8:00 - 15:00 (last entry at 14:45)
Photos from Athens can be found here.
TOTAL40 ; SLEPT@Zeus Hostel

Took a morning bus to Delphi Δελφοί (either 7:30 or 10:30), arrived approximately 3 hours later after a pit stop. Found a room in Delphi on Apollonos Απόλλωνος Street after some time spent bartering around the village (it's going to be overpriced regardless), caught a bus down to Itea Ιτέα to hang out on the pebbly beach for a few hours. 
TOTAL39 ; SLEPT@Delphi

Walked over to the archaeological site early in the morning (it opens at either 8:00 or 8:30, check in advance) and were able to get a head start before the big tour busses rolled in. It is the perfect time to go before it gets too hot out, then went to the museum (closes some time between 14:00 and 15:00). Caught a bus to Itea, from where we caught another bus to Kilini Κυλλήνη, wandered around the port town for a few hours before catching the hourlong 20:30 ferry to Zakynthos Ζάκυνθος (or Zante, used interchangeably), 8 per person. 
Read more about Delphi here.
And about our experience arriving in Zakynthos here.
TOTAL52.5 ; SLEPT@Anastasia Studios (as a last resort)

Walked back to Zakynthos and caught the bus to Laganas Λαγανάς. Trekked up the hill to the campsite (tentless).
Read more about our time on Zakynthos here.
TOTAL25 ; SLEPT@Camping Laganas

Relaxed at the campsite. Friend took a tour boat around the island.
TOTAL; SLEPT@Camping Laganas

Rented a small boat between the 8 of us and explored the surrounding isles. Caught an evening ferry back to Killini with our new friends, who gave us a ride back to Athens and a place to stay the night.
TOTAL27 ; SLEPT@friend's place 

Caught an early morning ferry to Crete Κρήτη56 return trip with open ticket. Took the bus into Chania Χανιά. Inside the old town (note: not on the outskirts), we managed to haggle down the price of an apartment for 4 nights to 23 /night for the two of us (payed on the first night).
TOTAL115 ; SLEPT@Chania Old Town

Spent the day around Chania, went to the local beach
Read more about our time on Kriti here.
TOTAL10 ; SLEPT@Chania Old Town
Day trip to Phalasarna Φαλάσαρνα.
Read more about our time on Kriti here.
TOTAL25 ; SLEPT@Chania Old Town

Day trip to Elafonissi Ελαφονήσι.
Read more about our time on Kriti here.
TOTAL20 ; SLEPT@Chania Old Town

Visited some of the sites in Chania, caught the 21:00 ferry to Athens Αθήνα.
TOTAL10 ; SLEPT@ferry

Arrived in Athens at 5:30, picked up by friend who showed us around Athens.
Photos from Athens can be found here.
TOTAL8 ; SLEPT@Zeus Hostel 

Visited Acropolis in the morning, caught a flight back to Poland in the late afternoon.

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