Category: Travel Planning
It is not only one of the oldest cities but also an ancient capital of Europe with respectable political and cultural systems impacting European continent greatly. Athens has this mystical atmosphere around it and nothing beats a private tour in this famed center of learning, arts and philosophy. With a well guided tour in Athens you will have undoubtedly have experienced Greece at its best.
The historical sites, ancient landmarks and iconic museums make this a wonderful place to be for a holiday. You will have plenty to do and see, but it also helps to know a little about the destination you are about to explore and below are a few facts you should know about Athens before travelling and enjoying what it has to offer.
It has plenty of things to see and do
Some of the most breathtaking sites you will enjoy on your tour include Acropolis the holy site, Parthenon, Temple of Hephaestus and the National Archeological Museum. Others include Mount Lycabettus, Temple of Zeus, Church of Holy Apostle, Syntagma Square and The Plaka. Most tour packages include these attractions and many others; check out all so you have the most important and relevant to you included in your tour package.
The weather can be unpredictable
This is probably because of its location near Aegean Sea but in general, April and May are some of the best months you can choose to visit Athens because it is neither too cold nor too hot for a trek. If you are into the historical sites, then June is probably the best time to travel when the heat starts creeping in whereas beach lovers will find July through to September the best months as it is usually scorching and soaking up is just pleasant. The months between January and April are usually freezing cold, so it is best to remain warm in case you choose to go during this time of the year.
It is a relatively costly destination
Whereas the costs of entering the historical sites may not be that high, food on the other hand, especially in top restaurants can be pretty expensive. If you are travelling on a tight budget, it is best to stick to local cafes for your lunches, coffees and evening meals rather than the bigger restaurants. Fish seems to be the most expensive wherever you choose to eat. It is advisable that you have a reasonable holiday budget if at all you want to enjoy the very best of Athens. You can save up lots of money by taking up cheaper options for what you want for the holidays.
It can be a slow city
Taking your time when travelling is the best thing ever, but it could get frustrating if you tend to be in a rush especially in Athens. It may be a culture and history gem, but it can get pretty slow, so expect delays with ferries, trains and other schedules. But there is really no need to rush, just relax and enjoy!
The Eternal City as it is famously regarded makes a great place for a holiday. It is not only rich in culture, architecture and art but also nature reserves, parks and amazing gourmets made up of pizzas, gelato, pasta and espresso coffee. It is without doubt one of the best cites you can choose to visit in Europe with so much to offer throughout your stay. For you to have an amazing tour and the best of memories, you need to be open to everything it has waiting for you and below are some highlights to help you do just that.
Tip 1 – Apart from exploring Rome’s greatest highlights, take your time to also enjoy the hidden gems of Vatican City during your tour. The Colosseum St. Peter’s Square is a must visit and you may be lucky to catch weekly addresses here by the Pope. A guided tour of the Vatican is the best way to enjoy everything it has to offer and to understand what the magnificent buildings are all about.
Tip 2 – Try your luck at the famed Trevi Fountain. Throwing of coins to attract luck is one of the most famous activities you can engage in at the fountain. The ritual involves throwing a coin into the water and making a wish; it is believed that the wishes made here indeed come true so why not try your luck? It can get really crowded at the fountain as people flock to complete the ritual so make sure your tour is well planned so you get here when you can enjoy most without the frustration of too many people.
Tip 3 – Treat your taste buds by enjoying mouth-watering food at restaurants found in the city and quench your thirst at the quaint wine bars if you are looking for some evening entertainment. With so many concerts on offer most times, you complete your evening with one or dance the night away in one of the numerous nightclubs located here.
Tip 4 – Learn the history and culture of the region by paying a visit to the fascinating art galleries and museums. Galleria Borghese is among the most popular museums you should consider visiting during your tour. It is housed in a 17th century villa that is in itself a piece of classic Italian architecture.
Tip 5 – Buy items to take home and enjoy some local delicacies by visiting the Campo Dei Fiori Markets. It is a very famous street market and you can buy all kinds of merchandise here and enjoy a brilliant market day. Most markets have a tendency of opening only in the morning hours and so it is therefore advisable to choose a tour package that accommodates your needs. It is also helpful to get familiar with any existing market rules to have a pleasant experience doing your rounds in the markets.
Tip 6 – Have the weather in mind when travelling. Rome is cool in winter and snowy in January and summer months are pretty hot. If you are looking for lovely warm days, then Spring and Autumn are the best travel seasons.