Athens: Now is the time to visit!

March 2, 2012 by

Bus Tours, City Tours & Sightseeing, Day Trips, Europe, Musings from Viator's Founder, Things to Do

There is a certain type of traveler—we don’t have a name for them—who have a benevolent streak that co-exists quite happily with a hunger for travel and love for a bargain. This strange mix finds its expression when the opportunity arises to visit a place where some sort of calamity has struck, and they see the chance to do some good, while at the same time enjoying low prices, sparse crowds and grateful locals.

There is no better current example of a place matching this description than Athens. The Greek capital has seen plenty of demonstrations over the last year, but none have descended into the sort of situation that would cause tourists to reconsider a trip there; indeed, with agreement reached over the bail-out, a sense of “new normalcy” seems to have arrived. The people of Greece may not be happy about the state of their economy, but they are resigned to it, and life goes on.

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Which presents great opportunities for our benevolent bargain hunters: frankly, there’s never been a better time to visit this wonderful country, especially if you plan to use Athens as your base. Flight prices have tumbled, hotel rates—especially for those prepared to do some research—have reached lows not seen in years, and as for things to do… well, Athens is like Rome on steroids!

Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Poseidon

So, if you feel ready to pump some much needed money into the Greek economy, here are some of our favorite activities; besides these, take a few minutes to visit the Athens page and you’ll find an amazing range of options, both inside the city itself and on day trips outside the capital:

  • The Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Tour is one of my favorite tours world-wide… and that’s saying something, because I’ve been on a lot of tours! Lord Byron was a visitor and felt the need to leave some graffiti behind (“Byron”… not very imaginative, but it’s stood the test of time), though you may want to consider the modern day penalties should you decide to emulate his feat.
  • The Santorini Two-Day Experience offers you the chance to visit a Greek island without straying too far from your Athenian base. And if you are visiting just one island, Santorini is such a good choice, its brilliant blues and whites, so emblematic of the Greek experience. Plus its atmosphere and cuisine are quite unique.

So, check out those flight prices, book yourself a 5-Star hotel at 3-Star rates, then visit (or the Viator mobile app on your smartphone) to see our wide range of tours in Athens and other Greek destinations. There really never has been a better time!

– Rod Cuthbert

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4 Responses to “Athens: Now is the time to visit!”

  1. Connaught Delhi Says:

    Great historical place. Thanks.

  2. Mary Says:

    My grandmother is from Greece. I love this country very much. It has a great architecture and culture 🙂

  3. Blanca Says:

    I was there last summer and absolutely loved it! I didn’t see any demonstrations at all. Would definitely recommend going!

  4. Viagens Fantásticas Says:

    Not recomend to go in the Summer!!! It´s to HOT!!! Go in Spring time.