Pre-ABD options for Greece June 2020

TravelJunkieHubby

Earning My Ears
Joined
Jan 28, 2019
We are heading out on the "Greek Odyssey" next June and have 5 days to do something on our own, I was looking for suggestions. My kids will be 12 and 11 - debating between exploring Delphi/sites ABD won't be covering vs. stopping in another country on the way. This will be our 8th ABD and my kids have seen a decent amount of Italy as well as London. Prefer a more relaxed pace than ABD. If we stop in another city/country, ideally it would be easy to get to from the US and easy to go to Athens after, so we aren't adding a bunch of flights.

I was thinking about Croatia since it's near Greece, not considering Turkey/Egypt since we have safety concerns. Appreciate any suggestions!
 

BluesTraveler

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jul 23, 2015
I think you should reconsider Istanbul. We did ABD Greece this summer and did not have time to add on Istanbul, but I would have if we'd had more time. Friends of ours did Istanbul/Greece this summer with their 11 and 13 year old, and then I read this article, which made me want to go even more:

Also, the history is so overlapping. I think you might get a lot out of it.
 

disneyphx

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jan 4, 2010
I would think about it in part from a flight perspective - where makes a good stopover or transit point? Depends on where you are flying from, what airline has good prices.....
And then can you get from the 'stopover' to Athens fairly easily/cheaply?
For example we did London/Paris and Italy/Switzerland ABDs back to back. Thought Paris to Milan would be easy - but turned out getting from Paris to the 'big' Milan airport that ABD picks up from, there were not many flight options.
We have thought about Istanbul previously as Turkish has some good fares, and it would be a great city to spend some time.
Greece is creeping up our ABD wishlist - enjoy!
 
  • sayhello

    Have Camera, Will Travel
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2006
    Thanks - I was also curious if anyone has any recommendations about OYO activities in Athens?
    I can highly recommend:

    The National Archeological Museum. The entire first floor is a collection of sculptures that basically trace the history of sculpture in Greece from primitive ancient times to today. Some really amazing pieces, interestingly organized, and well presented. I also *highly* recommend Rick Steve's podcast that is basically a walking tour of the museum. It explains what you're looking at and puts it in historical context.

    The Acropolis Museum. First off, this museum has a really amazing cafeteria! One wall is floor to ceiling windows, and has a spectacular eye-level view of the Acropolis. AMAZING! And the food was really good, too. Restaurant quality. The museum also has replicas of the Elgin marbles, which were stolen from the Parthenon by the Englishman Lord Elgin. Great Britain had said they would return them to Greece, so they built this museum to house them, but they were never returned. I've seen the originals at the British Museum, and the replicas are nowhere near as amazing, but they're still great. The collections they have there are very interesting, and they also have an area with glass floors where you can see the archeological digs that are under the museum.

    The Ancient Agora. Fascinating ruins of the social/market area of ancient Athens. Again, for this, I recommend Rick Steve's walking tour podcast. Really gives context to what you're seeing.

    Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Beautiful ruins on a breathtaking cape. I went for sunset, and it was spectacular.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Sayhello
     
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    abdgeek

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 29, 2012
    Thanks - I was also curious if anyone has any recommendations about OYO activities in Athens?
    I second what @sayhello said. On my pre-days in Athens, I visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Plaka shopping area, new Acropolis Museum, Benaki Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum. I would also recommend visiting Filopappos Hill and Mt. Lycabettus. I ran out of time and never saw them, but they were on my list. If you want a pair of custom sandals, visit the Poet Sandal Maker. They only take cash, so make sure you have euros.

    I just remembered I also visited the Agora, which is down the hill from the Acropolis, on the day ABD did the Plaka because I had already done that area on my own. When I did the ABD in 2012, entrance to the Agora was included with the Acropolis ticket. I see that the itinerary on that day has changed. If you’re interested in visiting it without having to pay an extra fee, you would need to check with the Adventure Guides to see if that would be an option given the time span that now exists between visiting the Acropolis and the Plaka.
     
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    canter2u2

    Earning My Ears
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    Sep 15, 2019
    This is our third ABD - we did the Viva Italia and Southeast Asia - both of which were spectacular! We are looking to adda couple days on the front end of the Greek Odyssey which we are taking in May 2020 (adults Exclusive). as Disney no longer goes to Delphi, we were thinking of taking a day trip to do this OR a day trip to the 15,000 seat Epidaurus Amphitheatre OR the one hour trip to beautiful and unique Meteora….
     
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