Hi everyone!!! Very excited to say we booked Trafalgar's Best of Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise and Rome & Tuscan Highlights back to back in July, can't wait!! Any tips on shopping,clothing, dress code while in Greece and cruising?
Sounds like a great combo! One thing to remember is that in July, it will be very hot in both countries....so sunscreen and water will be your best friends.
The only dress code you'll come across is knees and shoulders covered for religious sites (more of them in Italy than Greece) and on the cruise, no shorts at dinner. There's also the one dinner on the ship that people can dress up for if they want. It's up to you. Your luggage is limited so you have to decide how much space is given to an outfit you'll only wear once. You don't have to dress to the nines...an outfit you'd wear to a nice dinner in Rome would do fine.
Other than that, the heat will dictate what you wear - shorts, capris, sun dress etc. (Capris are fine for religious sites and sundresses that go below your knees are as well. If the sun dress has straps, you can just pull a light shawl/scarf over your shoulders.
In some cases, when it's really hot, some sites will forgo the dress code (which is good for the men as it's so much harder for them to meet it in the heat).
If you haven't already, you can read my tale from 2009 here.
And Tiffany is just finishing up her tale in the travel tale section.
Great stuff tx for all the tips C, yes the one night "formal" dress code a bit of a worry, as we will have to pack for at least 25 days... and as you said only one night, will just have to have a Rome&Greece dress alltogether
Hi Daphne, I’m glad you booked such great tours! You’ll have a lot of fun in both Greece and Italy.
I just got back from the Best of Greece and 4 day Cruise tour, and as for dress codes, the only thing we were told was not to wear shorts to dinner (even the included hotel dinners). For the formal night on the ship, we were also asked not to wear jeans to the dining room (if you don’t want to dress up, you can go to the buffet). Dress pants/skirt/dress were fine. I wore a maxi dress while my friend wore black dress pants with a dressy top and dressy jewelry. I will note that most people on my tour changed into something dressier when we went out for dinner, but stayed pretty casual for the included dinners (although they put pants on if they were wearing shorts that day).
In Meteora, the men had to wear long pants, and the women had to wear a knee length dress/skirt, but if you didn’t have one, they provided you with a shall to wrap around your waist over your shorts/pants. I wore a summer dress that went to the top of my knees, and I was fine. They also asked that you cover your shoulders.
It will be very hot and humid in July, so bring sun block, a hat and light clothing. They will provide you with bottled water on the coach for 50 cents.
One thing I used during this trip that I liked was Febreze travel sized clothing freshener. You just spray it on your clothes before packing them at the end of the day, and it eliminates any odours so you can wear the item again. You might want to look into something like this since you will be travelling for almost a month.
Got my documents for Cuba! The interesting part is that they provided a guest list. Out of the sixteen going, only two of us are from Canada. The rest are Americans. I thought it would be the other way around.
I’ve been to Cuba twice, and stayed at a resort both times. While the beaches are beautiful, I have to admit that Cuba was not my favourite beach destination. I have a feeling that doing a tour of the island will be a different experience though. I can’t wait to hear about your trip when you get back. I’m hoping to go somewhere hot in March, but it will depend on money. I’m hoping to pay for my Eastern Europe trip by Jan 14 in order to get the 10% discount, and then will have to start saving for my flight and hotel room in London pre trip. I may only be able to go on one trip in 2016.
Best part is the 787 Dreamliner to Munich...in premium economy. I love that plane.
Your tour looks great chech. I think Italy is my most favourite country in Europe. Sicily was a surprise for me. Another country with many Greco ruins. I'm not a great history buff, so am often surprised to find fabulous Greek ruins in other countries. This is most probably a dumb question but why are you flying to Munich when you are touring Italy & Sicily? Is it an airline hub thing?
Yes, Munich is a hub and a small one which is nice. I prefer it over Frankfurt.
I picked it primarily because it was the 787 Dreamliner - it has premium economy so sleeping is a breeze.
In fact, premium economy was cheaper than economy for the day I'm flying out.
The Rome flight is a 333 with a 2 4 2 configuration. Hate those planes on overnight flights. I will be taking one back from Rome but it's a daytime flight so I don't mind that. Paid for a bulkhead seat on that one.
Chech, I am sure you will enjoy Florence. I have been to Venice three times and have gotten a little tired of visiting that location. You'll have to return to Italy to see Milan and Assisi as well as their beautiful lake district if you haven't yet. I enjoyed buying tickets on line to see Michelangelo's Last Super in Milan. They limit the number of tickets sold each day and they assign a time for each viewing. Also, I think you're young enough that you hopefully will make it to Turin. There you would have the opportunity to go to the Shroud of Turin museum and watch a documentary film on what is purportedly the burial cloth of Christ.
I am jealous as I love Italian food and haven't been to Italy since 2012. Have another great trip Chech and let me know what that is like flying without window shades. Don't know if I would like that so much as I find myself balancing my pillow on the closed window pane when I try to sleep on planes.
Already been through Milan and have no real interest in the shroud. Certainly not enough to go back. If I did, I'd go via the Principalities to see that coast.
The windows in the 787 are a little larger but aren't much different than other planes. The lack of a shade wouldn't make any real difference in terms of leaning against the window that I can see. The 787 itself is a better environment overall.
The last time I was in italy was in 2013 and I was travelling with 2 other ladies. We had 3 nights in Sorrento. We didn't get into our hotel until about 6pm and after having dinner at Ristorante ‘O Canonico 1898 (food so so but good people watching location) we then wandered down Corso Italia and came across Pasticceria Gelaterla. Gelato heaven. The next day we went to Capri. I had been there before but neither of the other 2 had. The weather was perfect and we had a good day there. That night we dined at the Fauna Bar, which is on Piazza Tasso. Food was much better than the previous night. Then for our last full day in Sorrento, we took a local bus to Amalfi. That was an experience. The local bus doesn't the coastal road that most of the tour buses take, with the beautiful views but takes the back roads, picking up people along the way. This is what I said in my journal We caught the 0950 bus to Amalfi and arrived at 1150. And a very interesting ride it was. So much so, that when we did arrive in Amalfi, we went and bought tickets to take the ferry back to Sorrento in the afternoon. It was an experience and thankfully we had front row seats, unlike others who boarded the bus at other stops. They had to stand while travelling along the curvy road. The views, when we saw the coast, were gorgeous.
Nice memories of Sorrento, Pauline. For us the year was 2001, I took my 83 years old aunt, and together with my daughter and a cousin we had the best time in Italy, Sicily and specially Sorrento. Don't remember the names of the restaurants as well as you, but I do remember having dinner outdoors, just my aunt and I and being serenaded the most beautiful Neapolitan songs by a handsome Italian. We did go to Amalfi and Capri as well, and took the boat to the Blue Grotto. My aunt, very dynamic and in perfect health at the time to the point that was very hard to keep up with her, passed away a few months later and since we lived in different countries this was the last time I saw her, Sorrento will be always one of those special places in my heart. Thank you, Pauline. Merry Christmas.