And I was not disappointed. A city full of history, archaeological sites, charming neighborhoods and viewpoints with breathtaking views. Our trip to Greece couldn’t start any better and this guide to Athens will help you put together your own itinerary around the city and know what to do during your stay.
If you want to travel Athens from South America, you should make one or more stopovers depending on your place of departure. You can arrive at any major airport in the European Union or Schengen area (Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, etc.) and from there take a flight to Athens. If you do not need a visa to travel to Turkey (Colombians do not) you can also make a stopover in Istanbul and then Athens.
There are direct flights from many European countries. I flew with Ryanair (a low cost airline) from Germany. Depending on the time of year you travel, you can find very good deals to Athens.
If you travel to Athens from one of the Greek islands (Mykonos, Milos, Santorini, Naxos, etc.) you can find tickets from 25 Euros and up. It depends on the ferry company you choose and the date of your trip.
Itinerary greece 5 days
Greece is a safe country. You have to be careful with pickpockets in big cities, on crowded beaches and cab drivers who may want to rip you off but, apart from that, there is nothing else to be afraid of. If you are traveling alone, it is probably one of the quietest European countries in that respect.
I traveled to Greece in 2007 through a ten-day package tour. We discovered Athens (at the beginning of its economic crisis), passed by the Greek theater of Epidaurus, the Corinth Canal, the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sunion and visited Olympia (where the first Olympics were held in Greece) and Delphi (with its mysterious temple of the oracle). A perfect trip for lovers of ancient history.
Due to the financial instability of the country, trains in Greece are very precarious and the state railway network is mainly based on the Athens-Alexandropolis (via Thessaloniki) and the Peloponnese network.
As in the case of Egypt, I think the best thing about Greece is its impressive history and for that reason, it is another of the few organized trips I have taken. To discover all the history of Ancient Greece, it is more appropriate to do it with guides and transportation in Greece, despite being a very touristy place, is still somewhat precarious.
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First step, looking for a place to sleep, I found a luxurious room for 20€ (it was low season, the owner of the hostel offered it to me for 32€ and when he saw that I was leaving he left it for 20€). Relaxing shower, contact with David who had just arrived in Madrid from Athens and to discover Delphi.
However, the crown jewel of Delphi, the Sanctuary of Athena, the most beautiful ruins of Greece (in my humble opinion) are outside the museum area and are free. If you cross the road, in front of the museum, you come across the remains of the ancient gymnasium and swimming pool and past the gymnasium you come to the Temple of Athena and the tholos, incredible not only for the ruins, but also for all the natural environment that surrounds them, you can’t miss them.
I got up early, left my backpack in the locker of the hostel, breakfast and to do the route of the Meteora Monasteries!!!! It is a peculiar enclave, smooth stone pinnacles with monasteries at the top (in the past there were many, today there are 6 monasteries). They were an ideal hiding place for the monks in time of war, their inaccessibility made them safe places. In the past they could only be reached by removable stairs, today by stairs carved into the rock and a road that connects them.
What to do in Greece in 10 days
To visit Greece you have several options you can do it on your own following an itinerary like the one we recommend or you can do it in a closed circuit trip, we will also give you the possibility to find offers and trips to Greece for 1 week by agency. We will start with our ideal itinerary to see Greece in 1 week.
A must on any Greece tour is a visit to the capital. The first day begins with a visit to the most fascinating archaeological sites in the country. You can buy a combined ticket that allows you to visit the most famous for a cheaper price than buying tickets separately, the price of the joint ticket is 30 €.
Also visit Syntagma Square, where there is a changing of the guard in the Greek Parliament every few hours. Also take the opportunity to walk around the city at your leisure and enjoy the beauty of the city. Head to Mykonos to spend the night and get up early the next day.
One of the most spectacular parts of the guide is to visit Meteora, where you will find the spectacular monasteries of Meteora that stand out for being completely integrated with the natural landscape. The monasteries on top of the hills will take your breath away.