Last-minute trip to Athens and environs?

Sep 12th, 2017, 10:17 PM
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Rckimmo, if you want to do a day trip to Nafplio but don't want to wing it on your own, there are Athens based tour companies that do the trip. Sit back in a comfortable coach and let the driver get you there.

The companies to look for are: . You can stop in any travel agency when you are in Athens and check for availability.
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Sep 13th, 2017, 11:49 AM
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Travelerjan, thanks for your additional recommendations. We are going in three weeks, with five days in Athens, wherein we shall take a full day up to Delphi and Luke's Monastery, another day to Napflio/Mycenae/Epidaurus (yes, I know it's alot, but we have one long day for it); will stop at Cape Sounion at the end of our week's cruise en route to airport. But the jewelry museum is very appealling to me. We are staying at Athens Gate in the Plaka and will look up its location; dont remember reading about it amidst all our research. Thank you.
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Sep 13th, 2017, 12:21 PM
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Athens Gate is well situated to go to Jewelry museum, because it is On Amalia Avenue just where the car-free promenade begins, that runs along the south side of Acropolis area -- From your hotel you walk the promenade about ??4 "blocks" distance to Acropolis museum entrance on the walk way, and the LaLounis Mansion/museum is just a few 100 yards beyond.

Athens Gate faces on THE busiest avenue in Central Athens 4 lanes each direction , heavy traffic 24 hrs, I hope u have a BACK room, because those are the ones w. view toward Parthenon & sunset. A nice roof terrace w. view but of course you have to buy drinks or dinner to get it.

If u do the 1-day organized tour to Mycenae-Epidaurus, there are 3 companies that do these coach tours. I have complained that all 3 waste SO much time picking up passengers at their hotels, that it takes a hour just to get out of town!! And one of the companies KEY I believe, grabs u away from Mycenae to go first to a pottery place who u are pressured to buy souvenirs to a mediocre restaurant for a meal YOU pay for (I am sure kickbacks are involved for both). With these time-wasters, the stop in Nafplio is minimal... a few photo ops then back on the bus!

The other tour company, CHAT, also does the time-waster of hotel pickups... but at least it schedules so that your lunch is in Nafplio, thus u have a bit of time to stroll around this beautiful town.

BTW, I hope you are prepared for th cruise experience -- if you are on one of the larger vessels, not the small (50-100 passenger) ships -- to be mainly a shipboard experience with only 6 - 10 hours in each port, no matter what the brochures say. It is an efficient way to "sample" an island's look VERY briefly, for a return visit, but not an opportunity to experience authentic island stay. Look at it as a sample, and you'll have a great time!
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Sep 13th, 2017, 03:53 PM
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@ aliced -- I visited that jewelry museum while in Athens. Although interesting, I personally would not have made it a priority for the time you have in Athens, but YMMV. You'll find my description on "day 30" of this searchable report.
If you have an interest in jewelry, the Benaki Museum has a memorable collection of Greek jewelry through the ages.
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Sep 14th, 2017, 08:15 AM
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Glad you are considering my recommendations. While I am not a pro on Greece, I have gone to that country more than most but less than others. My posts are based on my experience and opinions. I may be right or I may be wrong but I always do what's best for me. I understanding everyone has their own reason for travel to Greece (or any other country) but I strive for the more traditional Greece rather than the tourist Greece. Does that make me right and someone else wrong? No . . . but in the end you have to travel for your own reasons as far as what you want for your holiday.

Greece's offers all kinds of options from over-the-top tourism, high prices, crowds, partying to more laid back, traditional, less expensive, more history/culture orientated and a semblance of the "Old" Greece. However, Greece is now in the modern world, faces all the problems every other country faces as they try to compromise on tourism, economy, culture, history and tradition.

If you do your research you can find Greece to be one of the best countries to visit with a wonderful combination of Old & New World.

Again . . . do your research!
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Sep 14th, 2017, 09:54 AM
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Travelerjan - No, we are not doing coach tours, we have a private tour with just us and our two friends scheduled through Tours By Locals (a Vancouver BC company well referred to us).

And yes, we have a back-facing Exec Suite at AGate; research was my field, so done homework on this trip for many months! Hmm, so if we get to the jewelry museum, great, if not, it'll be ok. Definitely dont want to miss Yolenti's though, the 7-floor gastronomic emporium over in Kolinaki as we are all foodies.

Our ship is max 600, large enough to have a good variety of amenities and not so huge as to take hours to get on/off. Those tiny ones are just too small for our wants as we each want a veranda.

Athens still running HOT, hoping it'll drop below 80 in three weeks remaining before we go!
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Sep 14th, 2017, 11:58 AM
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Tours by locals is great ... i can see you're an experienced researcher (u will not be surprised to learn I'm a retired journalist) ..., that's a good size of cruise ship too ... you'll be able to enter many ports that those huge MegaBoats cannot. Perhaps even get to lovely spots like Nafplio.Sounds as if you have a great trip lined up. Kalo Taxidi (that's Bon Voyage).
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