With alarm over a possible Grexit reaching near hysteria, there’s never been a better time to show solidarity with this beautiful, fascinating country. And the welcome will be warmer than ever, says Kevin Rushby There are some practical objections, however, to visiting during this particular crisis. I don’t want to carry so much cash. There’s money in the banks, but many operators are advising taking more cash. It might be necessary: time to dig out the old pre-ATM money belt? But many places, hotels included, are still accepting credit cards. Nothing will be open. Rational voices from within Greece say this is untrue. Food will be hard to find. Will the sardines not be in the sea? Social unrest could happen, I might get stuck. It can happen anywhere. It has happened in Mumbai, London, Paris, Bangkok, Istanbul…if you are scared of such events & fussy about food…better stay at home! Here are some images from our family holiday at Greece, just before the “crisis”. Itinerary & Travel tips at the end of the post.
Itinerary: Day1: Reach Dubai: 9W 816 IXE 1635 BLR 1725; EK 567 BLR 2045 DXB 2305 Day2: Dubai to Athens: EK 105 DXB 1005 ATH 1405, Stay at Fresh Hotel, Athens, Stroll in Plaka, Night out in Athens 1950hrs to midnight Day3: Delphi day tour 0750 (return to Athens by 2000hrs) Day4: Athens city tour (with Acropolis and Museum), Shopping at Plaka. 0750 PM Lycabettus- sunset Day5: Reach Santorini by flight. OA 6354 ATH 1015 JTR 1100, Stay at Andromeda Villas, Imerovigli, 84700 Santorini, Walk to Fira town, dinner at Fira Day6: Day Tour Santorini 0845: King Thira Tour with cruise (Volcano, Swim in hot springs, Thirassia island, Sunset at Oia) Day7: Car rental at Santorini & Island round trip (including the visit to Pyrgos, Kamari etc) Day8: Santorini: Walk in Oia, Evening at the Spa Day9: Santorini to Dubai: OA 6355 JTR 1140 ATH 1225EK 106 ATH 1300 DXB 2135 Day10: Dubai to Mangalore: EK 564 DXB 0330 BLR 0905, 9W 815 1505 IXE 1555 Tips for travel: Book Hotel, Ground transport & Packages on Prepaid basis, prior to leaving your country, Carry Euro currency for shopping and eating out. Credit cards & Cash cards should work in most restaurants. Stay tuned with news for latest updates, stay away from political protests. Travel plan: Alefiyah Motiwala (Zest Tours), Assistance during previous visit: Ms Barbara (Athens Express)