Know Before You Go – To Athens Greece

Athens, Greece, has been a popular tourist destination for years. It’s easy to see why people are drawn to this location. A rich history filled with philosophers, politics, and towering architecture. Beyond its historic appeal, Athens also provides excellent outdoor activities. Depending on what area you explore in the city, you’ll find art galleries, bright cafes, ancient ruins, and scenic nature spots. Athens is a place where history and the present mingle together. Below, you’ll find information on what to do, and know before you go to Athens Greece travel tips.

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Getting Around Athens

Athens is chock full of available transportation, which is beneficial to all who visit Athens. Taxis are widely available, and a popular form of transportation – there are no set fees here, so you’ll be charged based on the distance and time it takes to transport you from place to place.

Public transportation is quite commonly used due to its availability and reach both in the city center and nearby suburbs. Available options include trains, buses, trolleys, and trams. Tickets for these can be purchased at a ticket box or machine in the metro and tram stations.

Other forms of transportation include renting a car or bicycle. If choosing to rent a car, an international driver’s license is needed. Driving can be tricky due to busy roads and a lack of street parking. However, there are many available rental services, as are paid parking lots in certain areas.

The final transportation method is walking. The city is quite easy to explore on foot. Try the famous Athens free walking tour to learn your way around.

Eat Like The Locals

Greek food is highly praised worldwide. Likely, you’ve eaten at least a few Greek dishes in your lifetime. Here you can experience authentic Greek cuisine items like brizolakia and kunefe. Also available are modern Greek restaurants serving reimagined classics.

To feel more like a local here, visitors can create their spread by visiting specialized stores. Start with grabbing Feta cheese from the dairy shop, head to a different shop for nuts and dried fruit, and end with a stop at a Greek coffee shop for some authentic roasts.

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Explore The Museums

As Athens is such a culturally and historically rich location, there are many museums to be explored. History buffs will be in awe of how many museums are available. Below you’ll find a few to add to your travel list so you can experience ancient Athens.

The Acropolis Museum

This museum holds artifacts from the famous Acropolis archaeological site that was built centuries before. Find replicas of temple wall ornaments and sculptures from ancient Greece sites among the exhibits here.

The Benaki Museum Of Greek Culture

Anyone who wants to learn all about the people of Greece should head to this museum. Learn all about Greek culture in a few hours before heading to your next activity. This museum is intended to be a quick, and educational experience for visitors.

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is the highlight of many vacations because of the vast number of artifacts that are found here. It centers around ancient Greek art like sculptures, statues, and even old battle shields.

Tour The Historic Sites

Once you’ve explored the museums and learned about the history of the most popular sites, it’s time to see these fantastic locations in person. Even after visiting The Acropolis Museum, you’ll want to see the magnificent buildings in person in central Athens. Here you’ll find The Parthenon and multiple famous archaeological sites.

Other places of note include the Temple of Olympian Zeus – located in downtown Athens and the Theater of Dionysus from the 4th century. Most historical destinations are spread out and will likely take a few days to see due to the distance. If you are short on time – take a day to see the Parthenon and its temples.

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Lounge At The Sandy Beaches

Take a break from exploring the museums and historic sites by heading to the Athens, Greece beaches. The number of beaches here is vast and provides different experiences. Choose between family-friendly beaches, local hideaways, and relaxed beaches with swimming holes. Here are a few you need to stop at when you head to Athens.

Limanakia Vouliagmenis

This beach requires a short hike to reach. It’s loved by locals for its relaxed vibes and is noted as an easy hangout spot. Entry is free, and you can hang out in the swimming hole or sunbathe nearby.

Astir Beach

Astir Beach is considered a luxury spot. Your drinks are brought directly to you by waiters, and spa treatments are available. Expect to pay premium pricing for a day at this beach.

Akti Vouliagmeni

This Athens beach spot is ideal for families traveling together. Here you will find sports like tennis and volleyball. There are also playgrounds on land and the water, so your children will have plenty to occupy them.

Try Mountain Biking

One doesn’t usually think of mountain biking as an available activity in Athens. However, it is a widely popular destination among cyclists. There is one primary bicycling location – Mt. Parnitha, which sits about an hour from the city’s center. Different trails and routes are available for varying degrees of difficulty. Opt for a tour as the guide will know the best spots to take a break and the optimal trail for your needs.

Safety Precautions

Athens, Greece, is a safe location, making it an excellent spot for visitors to head to. You will, however, want to follow general safety guidelines that would use at home. Keep an eye on your phone, and don’t leave it (or your personal belongings) unattended. Choose ATMs and visit areas at night that are well lit, and are well populated.

Head to any outdoor activities early in the day. This will help you avoid too much sun during the day. Depending on your intended destination, you may want to consider going out before sunset, as the temperatures start to drop.

Sunny Weather Year-Round

Athens is one of the rare locations that you can visit throughout the whole year. Athens is well known for having sun nearly every day (300 days out of 365) and pleasant weather. Blue skies accentuate the beauty of this city with little to no snow during the winter. The exception for this is on the nearby mountains, which often have snow on their peaks.

I hope you found my tips in this know before you go – to Athens Greece article helpful. I would be honored to help you plan your visit to Athens, Greece.

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Bucket List Moments in Alaska

With staggering mountain peaks, enormous wildlife, and remote wilderness lodges. Alaska offers jaw-dropping experiences that every traveler should have on their bucket list. Read on for some of the most quintessential (and mind-blowing) bucket list moments in Alaska.

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Flightseeing over Denali National Park & Preserve

One of the best ways to experience Denali is by air, soaring hundreds of feet over the diverse landscape. Take in everything from rolling meadows and fields of flowers to jagged peaks and glaciers. If you do take to the skies, keep your eyes peeled for moose, wolves, and Dall sheep.

Fancy an adventure? Your trained bush pilot can gently land on a glacier, in a meadow, or riverside for a picnic. Giving you anything from an impromptu fishing trip to a private hiking experience. 

A Stay at Sheldon Chalet

Accessible only by helicopter, Sheldon Chalet is the only five-star hotel inside Denali. Resting on the magnificent Ruth Glacier. What began as a homesteading project turned into a family’s labor of love. A five-room luxury property at 6,000 ft of elevation.

There’s no wifi and no cell service. What there is, however, is gourmet food courtesy of Chef Dave Thornhill. Chef Thornhill has cooked for the likes of Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, and Neil Young. There’s also the mind-blowing Aurora Borealis, delivering a nightly show hosted by Mother Nature herself. If that’s not enough, you can enjoy mini mountaineering rope courses. Trek across the glacier, go sledding or snowshoeing or warm up in the sauna.

Cruising the Kenai Fjords

Rising from the water like something out of a science fiction movie. The tall moss-covered fjords and narrow rocky outcrops dot the waterways of the Kenai Fjords National Park. This national park contains the Harding Icefield. Outflowing glaciers, coastal fjords, and islands. Visitors to this region may spot black or brown bears, moose, gray wolves, or even porcupines.

Touring this region by boat is truly magnificent. A unique vantage point with which to explore Alaska. During a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords, spot seals, Steller sea lions, orca, gray whales, humpback whales, or even harbor porpoises. If you are really lucky, you’ll get to witness glaciers calving. Watch in awe, as pieces of ice crumble from the massive glaciers into the frigid waters below.

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Dogsledding Across an Icefield

Dogsledding is embedded deep in Alaskan history. The famed Iditarod race was created to preserve and promote the sled dog culture in Alaska. 

Today, visitors to Alaska don’t have to compete in a grueling race across the great state. You can simply board a helicopter and touch down on the Juneau Icefield. A team of friendly pups will be waiting. Expect kisses, cuddles, and an enthusiastic jaunt across the ice field by a team of friendly (and furry) locals. This is an experience you will never forget.

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Luxury Vacations To Add To Your Bucket List

Whether you’ve hit the jackpot, have spent years saving for the trip of a lifetime, or simply have a generous annual travel budget, you won’t want to miss these luxury vacations to add to your bucket list for a trip you’ll never forget.

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Yachting in the Med

One of the best ways to explore Europe is by boat, but if you’d rather have your own captain and crew instead of sharing staff (and amenities) on a large vessel – then a Mediterranean yacht charter could be for you.

These luxurious floating hotels offer five-star service paired with jaw-dropping scenic views. Drop anchor along scenic coastlines and go for a dip, enjoy a gourmet picnic set among a crumbling fortress, or relax on your sundeck with a drink in hand. While each boat differs, most come equipped with gyms, hot tubs, dining rooms, and beautiful master suites. Water-sport enthusiasts will rejoice over the ample options for frolicking in the Med, from enormous waterslides to jet skis and overwater trampolines.


Mediterranean yacht charters generally run from April to October, and one of the best times to visit the Med is in September when the crowds die down, the kids go back to school, and the weather is still warm (sometimes hot, depending on where you are).

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Renting a Private Island

It doesn’t get much more luxurious than a private island, and if you’re looking for the ultimate in privacy, luxury, and discretion – a private island is for you. Options abound, from thatched-roof cottages set amongst the trees in Canada’s Pacific Northwest to luxurious and sprawling villas in tropical climates.

One of the best destinations for private island rentals in the Caribbean, home to the famous Necker Island (owned by Virgin founder and business mogul Richard Branson). Located in the British Virgin Islands, this 74-acre paradise can accommodate up to 54 guests comfortably. With multiple properties scattered throughout the island, guests can opt to rent a room, villa, or the entire island.

Another Caribbean island available for rent is Musha Cay, located in the southern Bahamas Exuma Chain. Available for one party at a time, visitors have exclusive access to Musha Cay and its wealth of amenities for the duration of their stay. 150 acres of powder-soft beaches. With a fleet of outdoor water toys and elegant accommodations, visitors to Musha Cay receive the finest five-star treatment. With 30 staff members to a maximum of 24 guests, vacationers here will want for nothing.

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A Cozy Winter Villa

Imagine curling up in front of a roaring fire. Getting snug under a blanket as the snow silently falls outside. Warm-up in an outdoor jacuzzi as you’re delivered a flute of champagne. These are part and parcel when renting a mountain villa or luxury chalet.

While not all come fully staffed, it’s an easy adjustment to include a chef, butler, daily housekeeper, and even a yoga instructor!

If you’re a ski or snowboard buff, staying at a villa in Whistler, British Columbia is an easy decision. The Belmont Estate in Whistler’s exclusive Stonebridge enclave rests on 7 acres of wilderness and can accommodate groups of up to 14. The helipad allows for a discreet arrival and departure. Your private driver is available to whisk you away to the lifts each day.

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An Alaskan Wilderness Lodge 

Have you always wanted to explore the Last Frontier, but in style? No two Alaskan wilderness lodges are alike. There are a select few that provide elegant luxury in rugged Alaskan surroundings. The crème de la crème, Sheldon Chalet, combines jaw-dropping views with gourmet dining, and fly-in-only access. It doesn’t get more luxurious (or remote) than this!

Sheldon Chalet is a five-star lodge resting on a nunatak in the Don Sheldon Amphitheater of Denali’s magnificent Ruth Glacier. Days spent at the chalet are yours to explore, and activities include snow cavern spelunking, sledding, rappelling, or crevasse exploration. Nights usher in magnificent light shows, as you watch the Aurora Borealis dance across the sky. Dining at Sheldon Chalet is top-notch. Complete with a celebrity chef who has been selected to cook for the likes of Barak Obama and Neil Young.

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An African Safari

With countless luxury resorts and safari experiences to choose from across Africa, it may seem impossible to narrow it down! If you must pick just one, venture deep into the heart of Kenya.

Nestled on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is Angama Mara, overlooking the Great Rift Valley. This owner-run safari lodge offers two intimate camps with only fifteen luxurious tented suites each. Set as the location for the Oscar-award-winning movie Out of Africa, the romance of this resort and the region itself is undeniable.  Complemented by the lodge, is the Angama Safari Camp. An exclusive-use mobile tented campsite located deep in the Mara triangle. Here you can spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, large elephant herds, and buffalo. Therefore, perfectly positioned for a front-row seat to the annual migration.

While I’ve only mentioned five luxury vacations to add to your bucket list, others across the globe are not to be missed! If you’d like support in planning your next luxurious getaway, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.