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Bus from Athens airport to Preveza, Greece

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After having no luck booking a bus online, we left it to chance. Arriving at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens at 11am, we eventually made it to Cleopatra Marina in Preveza as the sun was setting, nearly 10 hours and 3 buses later! The process of getting a bus to Athens bus station was easy, and from there you can purchase a ticket to multiple destinations within Greece.

Rion-Antirion Bridge, Greece

View from our bus window of the Rion-Antirion Bridge, Greece

Bus from Athens Airport to Preveza, Greece

Prior to departing for our overseas adventures, I attempted to research the buses from Athens to Preveza. But no matter how many different combinations of search terms I used, the internet proved to be too difficult. All I could find was a bus time table, but no information on where the bus departed from or how much it would cost. So, throwing my hands in the air, I copied the details of the bus timetable and left the rest to chance!

Upon arrival to Athens airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport), we found an airport information lady and asked about the buses. First of all she could not understand our accent, so having our destination (Preveza) printed on paper proved to be a life saver! She was very helpful giving us instructions of where to walk to and that the bus would be right outside. We were super impressed! Could it really be this easy? We followed her instructions and queried another staff member (just to make certain) and she also gave the same instructions.

However, once we reached the bus our hearts sank.. surely we were not going to survive a 6 hour bus ride on a rickety old bus that definitely did not have air conditioning! So with heavy hearts we approached the ticket desk only to find out that this was not the bus at all! It was simply a bus that did the circuit between Athens airport and the main bus station! So, with wonder as to if we would make it in time for our bus departing in 30 minutes, we purchased our tickets and survived a rickety ride to the bus station that lasted about 1 hour.

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Athens to Preveza bus timetable from http://www.athensinfoguide.com/busTT.htm

How to catch a bus from Athens Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) to Athens bus station:
1. At Athens airport, walk to exit 5
2. Directly outside the door there is a ticket window on your left hand side.
3. You must buy a ticket to the bus station from the ticket desk – It costs 5 euros per person.
4. The 93x bus will stop on the road, straight in front of the ticket window.
5. Once on the bus, you must validate your ticket in the machine on board.

Upon arrival to the bus station we were impressed by its size and the sheer number of buses, however we could not figure out where to buy our tickets to Preveza! After a bit of aimless wandering and asking around, we found out they were to be purchased from a ticket office within the mall area, which happened to be right next to where we had originally got off the bus.

Our tickets from Athens bus station to Preveza cost €37.30 per adult. Luckily, figuring out our bus stop was a lot easier than buying the tickets, because each bus parking space is sign posted with its destination.

Once on board the 1.30pm bus we made ourselves comfortable, knowing we still had 6 hours to go.. Not to mention were feeling a little tired from our 6am start in Istanbul that morning. We quickly took over the front seats and spread out across two chairs each. Between working on our laptops, taking photos of the sights out the window and having a cheeky powernap; it was a very quick ride indeed!

During the 6 hour journey to Preveza we went over the Corinth Canal and the Rion-Antirion Bridge, as well as stopping for a 15 minute toilet stop where I treated myself to an ice cream! Unfortunately for us, our long day did not end once we reached Preveza bus station. The lady in charge at the station was extremely helpful but the language barrier produced a slight miscommunication..

She informed us we did not need a €15 taxi and that the €1.60 bus to Akito coming in 20 minutes would take us to Cleopatra Marina. So, being trusting, tired and not knowing any better, we jumped on the bus as the lady instructed our Greek driver as to where we were going. After 15 minutes of winding around the roads of Preveza our driver proceeded to pull over on a main road and tell us that we were at Cleopatra Marina. We looked at him with what must have been horror! We were in the middle of farmland/wasteland with the sight of yacht masts far off in the distance. So we began the long walk down the narrow road to Cleopatra Marina, laughing at ourselves and wondering if putting out our thumb to hitch a ride meant the same in Greece as it does back home!

Even though the day was long, the buses were well worth it – we were about to start our adventure sailing from Greece to Italy!

Road to Cleopatra Marina, Greece

The beginning of the long narrow road to Cleopatra Marina, Preveza

I hope this blog is helpful to anyone wishing to catch a bus from Athens to any destination within Greece. Any comments or questions are welcome!

Since May 2014, Rebecca has been wearing out her jandals. She loves anything that involves the ocean whether it be scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing or more recently - sailing! Consider following her via RSS Feed, Twitter and Facebook.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

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    July 18, 2014 at 1:37 AM

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  2. Jeremy

    August 12, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    Very useful details … people rely too much on the net these days, so when they are left to their own devices, they panic … thanks for showing that’s it’s a lot less scary than people think!

  3. Stefan

    August 25, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    We caught some buses and the Metro around Athens and found it to be relatively straightforward. I thought we’d really struggle not being about to speak much Greek but everyone spoke english anyway. Hitch hiking in the country would have been.. interesting.. 🙂

    • Rebecca Barlow

      August 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Hi Stefan, glad to hear you also had good experiences with the public transport! We didn’t actually hitch hike, we just joked about it 🙂

      • Stefan

        August 25, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        It would have been hilarious if you were picked up by a farmer driving a tractor – we had to slow down many times out in the country for farmers on their tractors on the main road. Classic.

  4. John @ GoodPlanetLiving

    September 1, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    individuals depend too much on the net nowadays, so when they are remaining to their own gadgets, they anxiety … thanks for displaying that’s it’s a lot less terrifying than individuals think!

  5. Kristy

    September 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Yeah, I should remember that when travelling because I always panic when my plan didn’t push through because of minor glitches. Anyway, I think you still had an awesome trip because of it.

  6. Lily Lau

    September 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Hahaha, I’m just thinking of all the possible endings to that situation! Greeks are like this, what would we do without their public transport? 🙂

  7. Dee Dee

    March 25, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    We will be doing the same trek, but we will have bicycles. Do you have any information on bike transport on the bus? Would really appreciate it!!

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Hammock vs Tent Camping

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Camping with a hammock is slowly but surely becoming more popular in recent years with new and improved hammock designs being preferred by some campers, compared to the traditional tent.

In this article we will discuss some of the key benefits and drawbacks of sleeping without a tent, and analyze key criteria so that you can choose your preferred shelter choice!

Weatherproof

Most tents work well in the rain; however, you’ll need to bring a tarp if you’re using a hammock. Traditional hammocks are not waterproof, and are generally open at the top, allowing water to find itself inside if you don’t have an adequate tarp. Moreover, a decent under quilt is also a good idea so that you can stay warm and cozy during cold and stormy nights.

Packing up your hammock after a long night of rain isn’t too bad, whereas packing up a soaking wet tent is always annoying. You almost always get wet in the process.

Setup

For first time campers, pop-up tents are the simplest to setup. All you need to do is find flat ground, and bam, your setup is complete! The beauty of pop-up tents is that you don’t need to worry about figuring out where to insert the poles and erect the tent. Although, traditional tents are usually more robust, and have a longer life span.

Essentially, a tent is simple, but a hammock can become a little more complicated for first timers. You’ll need to find 2 trees facing a good direction and tie each end of the hammock to them. If your hammock setup is too tight, you will generally wake up with sore ancles, but if it’s too loose, you run the risk of the hammock touching the floor, and insects crawling in with you.

If your campground doesn’t have many trees, or if the trees are dead (they could break and injure you), hammock stands come to the rescue! Basically, hammock stands allow you to pitch a hammock if there are no trees nearby. They are portable, adjustable, and are easy to setup. The only drawback is that the ground should be relatively flat, whereas if you were to hang a hammock between 2 trees, there won’t be any stands touching the ground, so a rocky floor wouldn’t be a problem.

Comfort

One of the main reasons for choosing a hammock is the comfort that it provides you! It has a basically has in-built seat which is arguably more comfortable than a standard blow up mattress. You need to pick your tree’s wisely though! You don’t want a pinecone falling on your face mid-sleep.

If you have constant back pain and find it hard to sleep inside tents, you should give hammocks a try as they cause you to sleep sideways, similar to a banana shape, which a lot people find much more comfortable.

Price

Hammocks are usually lighter and don’t include a wealth of poles and gear that tents do. Depending on the type of hammock that you purchase, they are usually quite similar to tents. You can however, find very cheap tents <$60, but they most likely won’t last long.

A good tent or hammock can cost between $200-500 without accessories. If you need a hammock stand, that will add to your cost, just like a mattress and other tent necessities will to its cost.

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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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