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Old 12-12-2019, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default Anyone been to Greece or Canada with spouse?

My wife wants to take our 10th Anni trip to Greece or potentially Canada in spring or early summer. We know nothing about what to expect, budget, best cities to tour, etc... Anyone have any first hand experience and recomendations with either location? We'd likely do 5-7 days and only spend a minimal amount on a beach if we do Greece.

...and no, I can't hunt if we do Canada. That was nixed before I could get it outta my mouth! Lol

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Old 12-12-2019, 09:11 PM   #2
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I have been to Athens...……….1973...…..
But now, they have all the historic sites fenced off...….
There is few things, more beautiful, than the acropolis (sp) lit up
at night...
The history, is awesome...…...
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:19 PM   #3
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Been to Greece twice, really amazing but extremely crowded and Touristy.... and the second time we went they had a garbage strike and the whole place was a dump.

Went to Banff for our Honeymoon and out of the 13 countries I have been to it is the most amazing place. We stayed at Emerald Lake Lodge, it can not be beat. The food, the scenery is unmatched... I vote for Canada.
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Been to Canada. Alcohol and snuff were expensive. Copenhagen was $14.00 a can!
I would go to Greece.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:21 PM   #5
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Another thing, or suggestion. If you want to go to Europe, Italy is much better than Greece... FYI
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:32 PM   #6
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Never been to Greece. Your choices seem odd to me. Completely different in attractions, travel time, budget. Why just Greece or Canada?

I like Canada. Quebec was neat. Felt like we were in France. Food was good. Language barrier was frustrating.

Alberta/BC Rockies are gorgeous! Saw two Grizz from the road in the same afternoon an hour north of the Montana border.

You have too pay attention to tell the difference between coastal BC and coastal Washington, tend to forget you are not in the states.

I would go to Greece if I had your choice.

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Old 12-12-2019, 09:41 PM   #7
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Another thing, or suggestion. If you want to go to Europe, Italy is much better than Greece... FYI
So is Croatia, Serbia, and Masadonia , very beautiful and not as touristy, a cruise of the area is awesome
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Been to both. I would do Canada and I would go in June. Go up and check into the Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise with a room over looking the lake. Google pictures of that lake. Its spectacular!!! Try to get on the 7th floor. Its private check in, private breakfast, private on the house happy hour. Every day go explore different areas.....The 7th floor concierge can make suggestions on where to go based on what you want to see. I wanted to see wildlife and take great photographs. They sent us to different lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails, etc. Between that and the road through Banff National Forrest I got tons of up close and personal pictures of black bear, grizzly bear, elk, mountain goat etc. We also went did Jasper, Banff, The Columbia Ice Cap. When I got home from that vacation I said that place has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. I looked it up and sure enough.........
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Thanks for info so far. My wife just wanted Greece because her best friend raves about it and also about Canada. I’m open to other places that would be better for hiking and sightseeing, nightlife, good food, scenic views, etc...
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Been to both. I would do Canada and I would go in June. Go up and check into the Fairmont Chateau, Lake Louise with a room over looking the lake. Google pictures of that lake. Its spectacular!!! Try to get on the 7th floor. Its private check in, private breakfast, private on the house happy hour. Every day go explore different areas.....The 7th floor concierge can make suggestions on where to go based on what you want to see. I wanted to see wildlife and take great photographs. They sent us to different lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails, etc. Between that and the road through Banff National Forrest I got tons of up close and personal pictures of black bear, grizzly bear, elk, mountain goat etc. We also went did Jasper, Banff, The Columbia Ice Cap. When I got home from that vacation I said that place has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. I looked it up and sure enough.........
Heís correct, this is a fine option. A great drive from there is up to Golden, there are many little excursions to do along the way. We did a guided mountain hike, went to the hot springs.
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Thanks for info so far. My wife just wanted Greece because her best friend raves about it and also about Canada. Iím open to other places that would be better for hiking and sightseeing, nightlife, good food, scenic views, etc...
If itís nightlife, food and sightseeing you want then Italy would be very hard to beat. You could do Rome a couple days, Pisa, Capri for coastal beach type stuff... this could all be done in a week.....
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Old 12-13-2019, 04:27 AM   #12
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Fly up to Seattle....then to Victoria.....then to Vancouver ..... then to Whistler.....stunning.
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Old 12-13-2019, 05:04 PM   #13
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If itís nightlife, food and sightseeing you want then Italy would be very hard to beat. You could do Rome a couple days, Pisa, Capri for coastal beach type stuff... this could all be done in a week.....
Heard Italy was great too. Thanks
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:25 PM   #14
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Been to Greece. Flew into Athens then hit Hydra, Patmos, Santorini and Mykonos. Was touristy but the smaller islands were really cool and less that way. Highly recommend the trip.
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:39 PM   #15
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We went to Vancouver. Very clean. No fast food restaurants. People were height to weight proportionate. I have never seen so many attractive ladies. Better than Austin, Dallas and LA.

Traffic was worse than LA or Houston.

Vancouver Island was amazing. Could live there easily.

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Old 12-13-2019, 08:30 PM   #16
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I've been looking at Greece for a while since my wife is greek. As long as theres no civil unrest (they're totally broke and very slowly trying to recover without giving up socialism in total lol), should be fine. I've heard the smaller islands are better than Athens n such, but I'd like to go to Athens just to site see.
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:40 AM   #17
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You can fly in to Calgary, drive a rental car to Canmore (we rented a condo there at Blackstone Mountain Lodge), or on to Lake Louise and Banff, then drive down to Glacier National Park in Montana, and fly back out from Calgary. However, I wouldn't go until the snowbound roads at Glacier National Park melt off in July. The Canadian dollar is about 75 cents to the US dollar.
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:26 PM   #18
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We just got back from Victoria BC, absolutely gorgeous! Iíve never been to such a clean and well kept city. Everyone was very nice(except for the airport staff in Vancouver), and the US dollar goes farther there! This was our view from lunch one day.

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My wife and I are going to Greece in May.
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Old 12-14-2019, 02:41 PM   #20
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Go to Greece! Stay away from Athens. It’s a dump. Get to the Cyclades islands and stay for 10 days. Santorini, Milos, Mykonos, etc. do some research. You can take ferries between the islands. It’s easy. Some islands are full of cruise ship tourists (Santorini), some are party islands (Ios), some have beaches so beautiful you won’t believe it (Milos) and some are sleepy islands where you sleep in hit the beach and slow down (many to choose from).
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Old 12-14-2019, 04:48 PM   #21
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Go to Greece! Stay away from Athens. Itís a dump. Get to the Cyclades islands and stay for 10 days. Santorini, Milos, Mykonos, etc. do some research. You can take ferries between the islands. Itís easy. Some islands are full of cruise ship tourists (Santorini), some are party islands (Ios), some have beaches so beautiful you wonít believe it (Milos) and some are sleepy islands where you sleep in hit the beach and slow down (many to choose from).
Good to know...thanks!
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Old 12-19-2019, 07:44 PM   #22
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Went to Greece for my honey money. Athens is trashy as soon as you step out of every historical site, if you are a history buff you have to go though, atleast for 2 days to get all the sites in. Went to Santorini after. Santorini is nice, I’d wake up at 6 am and walk around, quiet as can be. Once 10 am hits, its full of people getting off the cruise ships. Food and drinks aren’t too bad. The beach there is nice, but there’s no sand, volcanic rocks, so walking barefoot is a no go.

There’s a nice hike you can take from one end of the island to the other.
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:34 PM   #23
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For Canada Iíd recommend Banff & Jasper with your time frame. Fly into Calgary which is a cool city, then head to the mountains. The picture below is from Banff.




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Not Greece or Canada, but wife and I heading to Munich in June. Renting car to hit Nuremberg, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and back to Munich. About 13 days total. Castles, museums, more castles, beer and bratwurst.

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I will put in another vote for Victoria and the island.

That time of year Busch gardens will be in full bloom and the hiking is awesome. Whale watching in the Gulf Islands is at its peak in June. If you scuba (cold water dives), it is some of the best diving on the continent (did I mention cold?) English is the primary language. Everyone drives on the correct side of the road, and the exchange rate is favorable.

I have not been to Greece, but have been to Croatia and Bosnia. The coast lines are fabulous. However, with the economic woes, the exchange rate, and other political issues, I am not sure how the experience would be. At least it should be quiet as most Europeans go 'on holiday' in August.
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Old 12-20-2019, 12:41 AM   #26
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Not Greece or Canada, but wife and I heading to Munich in June. Renting car to hit Nuremberg, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and back to Munich. About 13 days total. Castles, museums, more castles, beer and bratwurst.

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I’ve been to Greece (wife’s family still has property there). I will never go back unless I have to. I enjoyed the trip, but 2-3 days in Athens is more than enough. Other than the few cool historic sites, it is pretty worthless.

We traveled up to the North part of Greece to take care of family business. That part was 10x better than Athens (think hill country on steroids). If I went back I’d probably try one of the small islands.

I’d go to Canada given the choices.
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Canada. Banff if awesome!


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Yep, Canada it is. Made our mind up. Just trying to plan to locations and such now
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Good call. I've been to Victoria, but would love to see more of Canada.
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I went to banff last August with my wife. I would highly recommend it.
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I highly recommend this, we stayed here a few years back.

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Emerald Lake Lodge is beyond amazing.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:06 AM   #35
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I went to banff last August with my wife. I would highly recommend it.
Anythingís in particular your wife loved so I can plan something around mine. All I keep thinking about is hunting and fishing and thatís out of the question on this trip. Lol We planning for September (could be August if better tho).
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My wife wants to take our 10th Anni trip to Greece or potentially Canada in spring or early summer. We know nothing about what to expect, budget, best cities to tour, etc... Anyone have any first hand experience and recomendations with either location? We'd likely do 5-7 days and only spend a minimal amount on a beach if we do Greece.

...and no, I can't hunt if we do Canada. That was nixed before I could get it outta my mouth! Lol

Thanks for any info from the GS
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You can try to catch a blue fin tuna. Boats don't go far out 1-2 miles.
If she like Anne of Green Gables she may want to go there. That's why my wife wanted go and she even went fishing with us. Fresh food is expensive, the fishing charter was a lot cheaper than here.
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We went to the Jasper and Banff last summer. The Fairmont Banff Springs is awesome. Everything up there is gorgeous. Banff is a cool little town, but it's super crowded and touristy - a lot like Estes Park, CO. Jasper is 3-4 hours further out, so more remote. It's a lot less crowded. Not quite as touristy. Still super beautiful. We stayed at the Jasper Park Lodge, and that was really cool too. I preferred Jasper to Banff, because I'm not big on crowds. But Banff was still really nice. Tons to see and do all over that whole region.

I've never been to Greece and don't really have any interest in going there personally, so I'm no help with that one.
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Anything’s in particular your wife loved so I can plan something around mine. All I keep thinking about is hunting and fishing and that’s out of the question on this trip. Lol We planning for September (could be August if better tho).
We stayed at Fairmont Banff Springs and she went to the spa one day. Also lots of great areas to hike near by. River rafting was a blast. The town is great to hang out in and if you're a golfer the course there is a must.
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British Columbia Canada - spent a lot of time there with Wife & Kids when we lived in Seattle. South East Alaska like experience with a British/Canadian spin. Salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout / Excellent fishing and beautiful mountains, rivers, lakes and fjords.
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Anything’s in particular your wife loved so I can plan something around mine. All I keep thinking about is hunting and fishing and that’s out of the question on this trip. Lol We planning for September (could be August if better tho).
My wife and I enjoyed driving around and seeing all the sights, hiking the endless trails, boat tour on Moraine Lake, flyfishing the Bow River out of Canmore (near Banff), Columbia Ice Fields glacier and skywalk.....


















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Wow Shane, awesome pics. Thanks for all the info guys.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:42 PM   #43
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I've taken a trip to Greece. Great food and olive oil. Lots of ancient buildings to look at if
you're into that. Athens was cool, nothing spectacular, but it was a little dirty like other comments here suggest. We also got on a cruise for 4 days and bounced around a lot of the islands, which were absolutely beautiful!
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