Grand Hotel Baglioni

Located steps away from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella railway station Great location, few minutes walk to Florence’s Centro Strorico (Old Town) Very close to the famous San Lorenzo market Great staff and service Hotel interior beautifully decorated with classic Tuscan style architecture and furniture Very cozy, spacious and comfortable rooms Super clean bathrooms, towels and bedding Fabulous…

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Destination 2: Florence – 5 Nights

Timeline: August 31 – September 05 Day 3: Arrived to Florence S.M.N train station at 4:30 pm (2 hours ride from Venice). Super comfortable and fast train ride with Trenitatalia , Frecciarossa high-speed trains, tickets were purchased online in advance of the trip. Walked about 5 minutes to Grand Hotel Baglioni from the train station and checked in. Hotel Baglioni was such…

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Hotel Petit Palace – Santorini

Located in town of Fira, Santorini Great location, very close to Fira town center Beautiful tranquil hotel offering a great view of water and Santorini’s famous sunset Very nice and helpful staff: Excursion booking Restaurant reservation Vehicle rentals: ATV, Bike, Car Provide very good recommendations Gorgeous, private cave rooms all offering view of the sea Clean…

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Hotel Concordia – Venice

Elegant and Classical Venetian architecture and interior design Located at the heart of Venice, San Marco piazza Easily accessible from Rialto Bridge and San Marco pier Nice and responsive staff: Fast response to emails/questions Book excursions and attraction tickets Provide valid information Beautiful and clean rooms/sheets/towels Nice and clean bathrooms Great breakfast Some rooms have…

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Destination 1: Venice – 2 Nights

Timeline: August 29 – August 31 Day 1: Arrived to Venice Marco Polo airport around noon, took a water taxi called Alilaguna from the Orange line from the airport straight to the Rialto Bridge, 15 Euros was the fare. Purchased tickets from the airport kiosk. Upon arrival to Rialto Bridge, got a slice of Venetian style…

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Venice/Florence/Sorrento/Rome: 16 Days – 4 Destinations

Itinerary Summary – from August 28 to September 13 From Toronto Pearson Airport (Departed August 28) to Venice Marco Polo Airport (Arrived August 29) 2 nights in Venice: August 29 to August 31 From Venezia Santa Lucia railway station (Departed August 31) to Florence, Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station (Arrived August 31) 5 nights…

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Destination 4: Athens – 2 Nights

Timeline: September 04 – September 06 Day 13: Arrived to Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport in the morning. Took a taxi from airport to hotel Divani Palace Acropolis, which was located within walking distance of the famous Acropolis of Athens. Divani Palace was a good hotel, the only shortcoming was that although it was advertised as Acropolis view,…

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Destination 3: Crete – 3 Nights

Timeline: September 01 – September 04 Day 10: Arrived to land of “Zorba the Greek”, Crete’s Heraklion port with the Hellenic Seaways fast ferry. It took about 2 hours from Santorini to Crete, and about 45 minutes from Heraklion to the beach resort Creta Maris, where we stayed for the 3 nights. Creta Maris was a beautiful…

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Destination 2: Santorini – 5 Nights

Timeline: August 27 – September 01 Day 5: Arrived at Santorini Thira airport around sunset of August 27th. Got a taxi to hotel Petit Palace in Fira (or Thira), Santorini, taxi fare was about 20 Euro. It was dark outside and taxi stopped by a door with short open walls and no sign of any building behind the…

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Destination 1: Istanbul – 4 Nights

Timeline: August 23 – 27 Day 1: Arrived to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on Saturday afternoon of August 23rd and took a taxi from airport to The Marmara Pera hotel in Taksim Square, Beyoglu district. Taxi fare was about 40 Lira. Checked in to the hotel, spent some time to refresh and tour the hotel before heading out to…

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