Anyone else going to Athens?

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05/04/2004 at 22:57
I read something in the paper yesterday about ticket availability for the olympics. I checked the official site and to my amazement found tickets available for almost every single athletics event. I'm going to the 100m final!
Now I've started the search for accomodation. If anyone else out there is going to Athens let's talk and swop info about where to stay and how to get around.
06/04/2004 at 05:40
I'm going if I run sub 2:15 @ FLM :-)
06/04/2004 at 06:32
i'll be there. Fortunately i have no accomodation worries, as my wife is greek so we're staying with family.

Mens 100m final session clashes with womens marathon, so i've opted for finish of marathon in the old olympic stadium in the centre of Athens.

In terms of accomodation, as far as i know hotel rooms will be very very hard to come by. I did hear that they were going to bring some cruise liners into Pireaus (port city about 10 miles away) for accomodation purposes. There's also the option of renting private properties. August is the month most Greeks go on holidays, so many private flats will be empty.

As far a transport is concerned, i havn't worked this out yet. Certainly from the centre of Athens to the Olympic stadium is easy. There is an excellent metro service. Very new and efficient.
06/04/2004 at 06:49
We lloked into this but gave up due to accomodation costs which were staggering.

06/04/2004 at 08:46
MMMMM very interesting. The athletics events look good and even the final day is within reason. Pity about the acom prices though.

Plenty of other sporting events on during the day as well. I've heard ladies beach volleyball is a very good spectator sport.
06/04/2004 at 08:59
yep i cant wait. Got quite a few tickets for athletics but also some others, such as Greece -v- USA basketball (should be good), but also some beach volleyball as well. Wife not coming to that one!!
06/04/2004 at 09:29
urm guys before you worry about the accomodation costs look at the flight costs... I looked into going out but the cheapest flight I could find was £400 one way (with easy jet..)
06/04/2004 at 09:38
Spans - we thought about it too, but the Kosmar brochure has £400 supplements for any flights during the Olympic weeks.


(We're going to Greece in May instead)
06/04/2004 at 10:13
I've been trying work out ways of going on the cheap. I was thinking about getting a last minute package holiday flight to one of the islands like Kefalonia and getting the ferry to Corinth and camping somewhere on the south side of the Saronic Gulf and getting the hydrofoil to Athens. i haven't worked out the details yet though.
06/04/2004 at 10:32
Cheap way to get to Athens for the Olympics:

Fly to Bulgaria.

Walk to Athens.
06/04/2004 at 10:44
DD - I was thinking on those lines too!... A couple of years ago I managed to get flights only with Cosmos holidays very cheap, but I doubt that will be the case this year... let me know how you get on
06/04/2004 at 11:03
The travel agent across the road from me is very good for that sort of thing, like flight only to Cancun for £179. But I think it might not work for the Olympics as I suspect demand for flights is going to high. I'll see what they say in June.
06/04/2004 at 12:45
I got a cheap flight on the folloowing site:

£140 rtn from heathrow. the downside is the outbound flight time, but I don't care.

accomodation is now my only issue
06/04/2004 at 14:36
We are staying in beach place on an island called Aegina and getting hydrofoils in. Booked accomodation with a greek agency called Dolphin I found on the net - recommended on an independent site. Had to pay £400 for flight with Olympic, and the acomodation ain't cheap - you book in set blocks of days. Once in a lifetime though - had to be done. Seeing gymnastics (EXPENSIVE), cycling, rowing, as well as the track and field. No beach volleyball for me!
06/04/2004 at 14:38
PS - Aegina is LOVELY. Make sure you spend some time on the island. It is soooo laid back and really pretty.

We were there 2 years ago, and would have been back this year if we had been able to get "our" hotel the week we are off. Next year, definitely.
06/04/2004 at 14:48
Potting shed can you send me the URL of Dolphin please/
06/04/2004 at 14:48
We've got several 'off' days, as well as days with evening events only, so hoping to unwind a good deal when not in Athens. Glad to hear the island is nice, and looking forward to it even more now!
06/04/2004 at 16:21
Yeah, Aegina is lovely.

Ice cold Amstel, watching the sunset across the harbour from a taverna - sigh.

Right, off to look for a campsite on Aegina.
08/04/2004 at 09:32
Sorry FFM, just seen your post:- www.dolphin-hellas.gr. If I've written it wrong just do a search on Dolphin Hellas
08/04/2004 at 17:33
I've got lots of tickets for events in the second week. It's cost us a fortune to go though. £1500 for accommodation in Pireaus port and that was the cheapest we could find! Most of the places were trying to charge £2500 and the majority of this is already booked!!!! Even Aegina was really expensive and what with the uncertainty about hydrofoils back to the island so late in the evening, we opted for the port accommodation. The flights cost £600 from Manchester, they were the cheapest we could find as all the airlines were charging silly prices for the Olympics weeks. Sorry if that put a spanner in the works for anyone.
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