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May312013

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Hydra, Poros and Egina Day Cruise from Athens

Athens, Greece

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This whirlwind tour was certainly a great way to see three islands in one day, but you don't really get much time at any of them--most of the day you're sitting on the ferry.

We departed Piraeus around 8:30am and sailed for about three hours to arrive at Hydra, the island where the only vehicles with engines are the single fire truck and single garbage truck. Walking around the port with all the donkeys lined up was fun, but we only got to spend about 45 minutes on the island before taking off for Poros.

On Poros, we got even less time; just 30 minutes on the island. All we really had time to do was grab an ice cream and eat it, and then we were back on board. The view across the strait to Galatas was certainly very nice though.

Aegina was worth it just for the Temple of Aphaea. One of the best-preserved Ancient Greek temples, it's well worth the €25 ticket price (you buy your tickets once on board). We had two hours to spend on Aegina, but again a lot of that was spent in transit--about 20 minutes each way from port to the temple and back.

Overall, great tour, but you may find you want more time on each island, as we certainly did.

May302013

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Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Athens New Acropolis Museum

Athens, Greece

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Don't waste your time buying in advance. Our tour guide was 40 minutes late, didn't apologize once she did eventually show up, and started off the tour by not letting us know we had to check our camera backpacks (strangely, people with larger backpacks and purses were let through without a second glance).

There was no line to get in (at noon on a Saturday), and the museum's own tour guides took more time with guests, had smaller groups, and were there when you expected them to be. Eventually we just wandered off on our own once we got in, as we were so annoyed with our guide and wanted to see things on our own schedule.

Don't waste your money on this.

May282013

Tour/Activity

Athens Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Athens, Greece

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I can't say enough good things about this tour, except that you should definitely spring for the 48-hour option. We were glad we did since we kept on jumping off at interesting sites and spending loads of time at them. For the extra price (CAD$5), there's no good reason not to.

The buses that run around the city come in a variety of configurations, we noticed. Some were clearly quite old, some were new, some were covered on the upper level, and some were open-air. If you didn't like the look of the bus you were on, or something didn't work properly, it was easy to simply jump off and wait for the next one.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no way to signal the driver that you want to get off. If you'd like to hop off at a destination, you have to be ready to go at a moment's notice and hoof it to the door--not ideal on an often-moving bus. Though, on the bright side, the buses were rarely even half-full, so you didn't have to worry about bumping into anyone.

We saw so many different things on this tour, with the audio guide as well, that we couldn't believe how little it actually cost us. Can't recommend enough!

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