A Vacation Itinerary: Athens to Venice
Your whole trip planned out, including what to see along the way.
Historic Athens offers archaeological wonders, coastline beaches and an Opa! spirit that makes the city what it is. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the numerous buildings, cars – erratic driving is part of the charm – and tourists, but there are ways to get back to the Athenian basics. You can avoid one-size-fits-all tours if you ask the locals – taxi drivers offer the greatest tips!
One driver insisted I visit the Monastiraki Flea Market. Not unlike the Grand Bazaar in Turkey, or the souks of Marrakesh, the narrow streets are lined with shopkeepers selling everything from tapestry to jewelry and souvenirs. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon finding keepsakes to take home. I stocked up on relatively inexpensive Greek pottery, each piece unique and fabulous for display in my living room.
One of the must-stops in Athens is the Acropolis – the famous ancient ruins. But, if you don’t want to wait in line and climb to the top, check out the views from atop the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Situated in the heart of the city and at the foot of the historical sights, is the hotel’s Roof Garden restaurant. From there you can enjoy a relaxing and sumptuous open-air dinner, while watching the sun set over the Acropolis, which is lit up when night falls. Enjoy the contemporary Mediterranean dishes to match the view; and don’t leave without ordering the “sleep” tea made from local herbs designed to soothe you after a full day of exploring. If the tea works a little too well, and you want to prolong the luxurious experience, you can always book a room for the night!