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// SEPTEMBER 2009
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Travelling guide, maps

For Canada: Rough guide canada

For USA: Rough guide usa 


Necessary documents

For travelling to Canada:

  • You must be able to present valid ticket when leaving your country. 
  • Entrance Visa. In order to enter Canada or to transit, you must definitely have  Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)  
  • Travelling Documents. Only passport, six months valid, at least.


 For travelling to USA:

  • You must be able to present valid ticket when leaving your country.
  • Entrance Visa. ESTA 
  • Travelling documents. Only passport, six months valid, at least.

 

Vaccines and medicines, health cards

Canada has developed advanced health system.

USA has excellent health system.

If you have private insurance, make sure that you have taken with you the number of your contract, along with the phone number of your insurance agent.

 

Air tickets – comfortable seats

The best prices from Greece are with Turkish Airlines.

Comfortable seats 
Best seats with Airbus A330 of Turkish Airlines, at the diagram,

are the: 5 and 22 A Β D E F G J K

Best seats at the Airbus 777-300 of Turkish Airlines, at the diagram,

εare the: 23 και 42 D E G

 

Where to stay (hotels)

11th   of September  London

Mercure London Heathrow
Sympathetic, comfortable rooms, good price, near the airport, also with transport service to and from the airport.

 

12th  of September  Vancouver 

The St. Regis Hotel

Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
Excellent. One of the most expensive hotels in Vancouver conveniently situated in the centre of the city, very comfortable rooms, nice views to the city.

 

13th of September  Three valley lake

Three valley lake Chateau
Nice, situated at the shores of the homonymous lake, near Revelstoke, good price, big rooms.

 

14th of  September,  San Francisco

Hotel Stratford
Very good. Expensive. But we talk for San Francisco, after all. Perfectly situated in the heart of the city, at Union Square. Small but functional rooms. Very plain breakfast.
Right in front of it and next to its entrance, on Powell Street, the famous cable car Powel-Mason line is to be found. 

 

15th of  September   Monterey

Pacific Inn Monterey
Very good. Reasonable prices. Situated in the centre of the city, a beautiful building complex with suites, in Mexican style, full of greenery and hibiscus flowers. 

 

16th of September   Los Angeles

Venice Beach Inn
Average. Good price. Situated at an interesting location, within a breath’s distance away from the famous Venice Beach, parking, plain breakfast.

 

17th of  SEptember   Las Vegas

The Venetian
Excellent, very good price. Big, wide, functional rooms. Huge building complex, you can be easily lost there…

 

18th of September, Torrey

Days Inn Torrey Capitol Reef
Average. Good price. Situated on the central road, a typical American motel. Big rooms.

 

19th of September, Monument Valley

Gouldings Lodge
Atmospheric, with views to the valley. Expensive. Plain room. Interesting was the restaurant, where we tasted traditional American Indian cuisine. 

 

20th of SEptember  Flagstaff

410 Inn Flagstaff
Average. Good price. A typical house of the area, which has been transformed to a sympathetic hotel. There were sunflowers everywhere.

 

21st of September   Santa Fe

El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Inn
Very good. Good price. Very near to the centre of the city. Our room,  Casita la paz, had fantastic chimneys, which were openings, really, allowing the sunshine getting inside.
The hotel had a beautiful garden too. 
Excellent breakfast. 

 

22nd of September, Denver

Brown Palace Hotel Denver
Very good hotel.  Good price. Situated at a central position. Comfortable rooms. 

 

23rd of September, Ottawa

Fairmont-Chateau-Laurier
Excellent. A castle, which has been transformed to a hotel. Beautiful views of the surroundings from the corner rooms and the attics.

 

24th of September, Niagara Falls

Sheraton at the Falls
Good hotel. Comfortable rooms.

 

25th of September, New York

W Ηoboken
Excellent. Beautiful views to Manhattan from all the rooms. Prefer the upper floors of the hotel.

 

26th of September, Boston

Seaport Boston Hotel
Very good. Situated a little far away, from the city centre, though.
 


27th of September, Quebec

Auberge Place d’ Armes Hotel
Exceptional, with character. Very nicely situated in the centre of the old city. Beautiful, functional rooms. Good breakfast. 

 

Transport (rental car ...or other)

Rental car

In London: We rented a car from  Avis Company

In Vancouver: We rented a car from Avis Company

In San Francisco: We rented a car from National Company

In Montreal: WE rented a car from Avis Company

Transportations

The roads in Canada and also in USA are in a perfect condition.

Petrol Prices

The petrol prices in Canada. You may check the prices here.

The petrol prices in USA. You may check the prices here.

 

Climate- weather (luggage)

The best season for a journey to Canada.  

The best season for a journey to USA.

 

Proper clothing

Prefer light clothes that can be worn in layers and flat, comfortable shoes.

Definitely take with you windproof and waterproof jackets.

Waterproof ponchos for the waterfalls.

If you move with a rental car, things are much easier, since you have your luggage with you all along. 

 

Foreign exchange

The best solution is to make exchange at the cash machines, by paying of course, the necessary commission.
Credit cards are used almost everywhere.

The equivalence between EURO – Canadian Dollar. You may check the prices here.

The equivalence between EURO – American Dollar. You may check the prices here.

 

Contacting your Embassy

You must have with you detailed information, as far as contacting the Embassy  of your own country.

 

Travel insurance

We always have travel insurance before each journey, at Mondial Assistance 
which offers support and help to travelers all over the world
through my friend Antonia at Alphaplan Travel Services

 

Roaming – time difference

TIME ZONE

UTC -8 to -4 hours backwards (from West Coast to East Coast) as far as Canada.

UTC -9 to -5 hours backwards (from West Coast to East Coast) as far as USA.

International time zone

 

Travelling instructions issued by USA, Great Britain and Australia

Get information before travelling.

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18
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Country: United States
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Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18 days
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