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Old 05-24-2012, 12:26 PM   #16
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In addition to WeLoveABD's credit card question, do they accept the swiped cards or are they more particular about the chipped ones? We had a co-worker who recently went to Paris and Stockholm and he said he had difficulty using swiped cc since they wanted the ones with the chip technology.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:35 PM   #17
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The Hop On Hop Off bus ticket is good for 2 days. The Citysightseeing Company gives you the second day free. If you got your ticket through Viatour it is for the red route which is where 99% of the attractions are.

As to credit cards, we have only had one place not accept them and that was the restaurant closest to the hotel. We have had no issues with our card being swiped. We also had no issue with our debit card to get Euros out of an ATM. I have seen a few Citibank banks here.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:45 PM   #18
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Thank you Nordkin--very helpful!! As to your adventure so far--can you decline bread at meals to avoid the bread charge? Are you finding that credit cards are widely accepted for restaurants? (I am planning to have euros for the museum fees, coffee and miscel.) We have the HOHO tickets--I don't recall picking a red line vs blue line so I assume the ticket is good for both, with the limits being a 24 hour period starting with your first boarding, right? (From what you are describing re the HOHO is sounds like the best plan is to use the HOHO in the AM for museums, and then the later afternoon to be dropped near the open parks/squares).
Not sure about the bread charge and it averages 2 Euros. The Hop on Hop off bus runs until around 8:30 and you can use it to get around to just about everything. I would hit the museums first as it seems everything is closing at 3 due to the economy.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:54 PM   #19
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I see in the ABD website that the 2012 trips all now say the itinerary is different and to call ABD for details; when I looked at the Greece trip details on the website it looked the same to me--so not sure what will be different in 2013. I see that the cost is down again--although likely to go back up as booking for 2013 starts (or maybe the lower Euro brought the cost down?).
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:59 PM   #20
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Isn't it great timing the euro is down?! Anyway, WeLoveABD, did you receive your pre-departure kit? We still have not received ours and I called ABD and they said we should receive them next week.

I also asked about the guides for the June 22 tour and it will be Chris Brown (yey!!!) and Mary (sounds like) Pezzari.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:09 PM   #21
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I see in the ABD website that the 2012 trips all now say the itinerary is different and to call ABD for details; when I looked at the Greece trip details on the website it looked the same to me--so not sure what will be different in 2013. I see that the cost is down again--although likely to go back up as booking for 2013 starts (or maybe the lower Euro brought the cost down?).
I wonder what will happen when or if Greece gets out/ thrown out of the Euro zone. On CNBC today and they had a currency expert on and if they do lose the euro it sounds like the economy of Greece will be in shambles. There was no good outcome according to this "expert". Love the drop in the Euro and some predict that by the end of the year it will be on par with the dollar. But I only hope their economy doesn't explode leading to civic unrest and infect our economy. We are traveling to Europe this year and next......hopefully.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:05 PM   #22
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Isn't it great timing the euro is down?! Anyway, WeLoveABD, did you receive your pre-departure kit? We still have not received ours and I called ABD and they said we should receive them next week.

I also asked about the guides for the June 22 tour and it will be Chris Brown (yey!!!) and Mary (sounds like) Pezzari.
No kit yet--we called a few days ago and from that expect them any day now! I don't know Chris Brown or Mary--have you had Chris before? this is our 6th ABD and we have never had the same guide twice!
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:35 PM   #23
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No kit yet--we called a few days ago and from that expect them any day now! I don't know Chris Brown or Mary--have you had Chris before? this is our 6th ABD and we have never had the same guide twice!
I had Chris for my Southwest Splendors trip, and he was really phenomenal!

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This is the first time we will have a guide twice. We had Chris in Southwest Splendors too AND we bumped into him in Peru, and if he won't back out in the Greece one, we will see each other in three continents!!! I just find that mind- blowing. He is a great guide and he told us he was supposed to do most of the Egypt ABDs, don't know if he did or still will. He is featured in the ABD ad on the Disney cruise (the one they show before the movie in the theater) and his footages were all in Egypt. Now we booked the Egypt ABD for next year, and if he is still doing Egypt, that would be the 4th continent we will see him!

I don't know the other guide and not sure if I got the name right.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:25 AM   #25
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This is off-topic,but when can you usually find out who your guides are? How do you go about that?
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This is off-topic,but when can you usually find out who your guides are? How do you go about that?
I call ABD. They have the info about 30 days or less before the adventure starts and they will always tell you it's tentative since circumstances may change.
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The Hop On Hop Off bus ticket is good for 2 days. The Citysightseeing Company gives you the second day free. If you got your ticket through Viatour it is for the red route which is where 99% of the attractions are.

As to credit cards, we have only had one place not accept them and that was the restaurant closest to the hotel. We have had no issues with our card being swiped. We also had no issue with our debit card to get Euros out of an ATM. I have seen a few Citibank banks here.
Hello Nordkin--I imagine you are now on the official ABD tour! One question re the above: we booked via Viator but did not see a second day option or two route option. Did you book in advance or get the tickets via the HOHO company itself in Athens? (We are now debating if we should cancel the Viator tickets and get the 2-day deal in Athens from one of the HOHO booths or via the hotel). Thanks--! (Who are your guides?)
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did I miss something?

I'm confused...you keep refering to HO/HO bus, cost of your meals, buying tickets ahead, and such. You also haven't mentioned meeting your guides and other travelers in your group. Are you on a pre trip and staying at the same hotel Disney uses for ABD?

Looking forward to following your ADVENTURE. Lucky you!
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I'm confused...you keep refering to HO/HO bus, cost of your meals, buying tickets ahead, and such. You also haven't mentioned meeting your guides and other travelers in your group. Are you on a pre trip and staying at the same hotel Disney uses for ABD?

Looking forward to following your ADVENTURE. Lucky you!
Pre-trip stuff right now--we will be coming in a couple of days in advance of the tour, as did Nordkin--so great pass down info! We (like Nordkin) elected to do the pre-nights with Disney, which uses the same hotel and guarantees transportation from the airport to the hotel. We have done pre-nights on our own in the past--sometime landing in the same hotel Disney uses, sometimes staying out near the airport and then meeting up for transport with Disney at the airport after our own pre-tour. All in all--we like getting there early just in case of delays, and to get used to the time change--plus seeing more of the first city. The trick with this trip: there is some down time in Athens while on the tour, and you get certain museum passes--so I need to plan around all of that and max the time in Athens on our own (and deal with early museum closing times, and making sure the kids have pool time and aren't dragged to too many boring old museums!). I think Nordkin has now started the official tour so we are eager to hear how that is going!
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I'm confused...you keep refering to HO/HO bus, cost of your meals, buying tickets ahead, and such. You also haven't mentioned meeting your guides and other travelers in your group. Are you on a pre trip and staying at the same hotel Disney uses for ABD?

Looking forward to following your ADVENTURE. Lucky you!
As WeLoveABD said, nordkin did several pre-days before the official ABD started. They should have started the actual ABD by now. I'm assuming nordkin is either having trouble finding a good Internet connection, or is having way too much fun to have the time to update! I'm sure we'll hear about the actual ABD sooner or later.

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